Archinect - News 2014-10-22T02:49:02-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/95125280/autodesk-foundation-established-to-further-support-impact-design-organizations Autodesk Foundation established to further support impact-design organizations Justine Testado 2014-03-07T18:16:00-05:00 >2014-03-10T21:24:51-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/kk/kkcxhatn99uvmowz.jpg" width="514" height="401" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Major 3D design software company <a href="http://www.autodesk.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Autodesk</a> recently announced the launch of the Autodesk Foundation to further invest in influential individuals and non-profit organizations who use impactful design to find solutions for various pressing global issues. And to increase contribution to the Foundation's goals, Autodesk will encourage their more than 7,000 employees worldwide to volunteer with or donate to their organizations of choice.</p><p>Through the Impact Design Program, the Foundation will collaborate and provide select design-oriented non-profit groups with software, training, and funding to support the group's causes. Some of the Foundation's first grantees include initiatives like <a href="http://www.kickstart.org" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">KickStart International</a>, <a href="http://massdesigngroup.org" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MASS Design Group</a>, <a href="http://d-rev.org" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">D-Rev</a>, and the <a href="http://www.ruralstudio.org/initiatives/20k-house" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">20K House project</a> from Auburn University's Rural Studio.</p><p>The Foundation will also incorporate Autodesk's Technology Impact program. Established during the 2013 Clinton Global Initiative, the Technology Impact program committed to donating $7.5 million...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/92549774/seed-award-winners-for-excellence-in-public-interest-design SEED Award winners for Excellence in Public Interest Design Justine Testado 2014-01-31T18:58:00-05:00 >2014-02-03T14:11:37-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ae/aea52zy0voycjyrm.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The winners were recently announced in the fourth annual SEED Awards for Excellence in Public Interest Design. The SEED Awards acknowledges design projects that highlight pressing social, environmental, and economic issues in the world. Winning projects received a US$1,000 honorarium and an all-expenses-paid trip for one team representative to present at the Structures for Inclusion conference in New York City on March 22-23, 2014.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The jury selected six winning projects:</p><p>Pictured above: <strong>Towns Association for Environmental Quality Green Building Headquarters</strong>, Sakhnin, Israel<br><br><strong>Comunidad Ecologica Saludable</strong>, Puenta Piedra, Lima, Peru<br><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/zm/zmb9fq2c41uu9266.jpg"><br><br><strong>Can City, </strong>Sao Paulo, Brazil<img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ww/wwrw6pdug7r9sxf8.jpg"><br><br><strong>Manica Football for Hope Centre, </strong>Bairro Vumba (Vumba neighborhood), Manica, Mozambique&nbsp;<img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/1a/1apa1ehegkegbwn1.jpg"><br><br><strong>Community How-To-Guides, </strong>Detroit, MI, USA&nbsp;<img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/jb/jbe03v506pcnc4ny.jpg"></p><p><strong>The Potty Project</strong>, New Delhi, India&nbsp;<br><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ni/ni8vakguz9syst6m.jpg"><br><br>Three honorable mentions were also awarded to:<strong> Dimen Kam Minority Cultural Heritage in China</strong>, Dimen, China; <strong>Walk [Your City]</strong>, Raleigh, NC; and <strong>People Organizing Place</strong>, Dallas, Texas.<br><br>Find out more on <a href="http://www.bustler.net/index.php/article/seed_award_winners_for_excellence_in_public_interest_design/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a>.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/88676289/project-winners-announced-for-public-interest-design-global Project winners announced for Public Interest Design Global Justine Testado 2013-12-12T13:35:00-05:00 >2013-12-16T18:53:44-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/e4/e49wffyt1q5idff6.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>After tight competition and vigorous deliberation from the jury, six Project winners were selected for the Public Interest Design Global. The winners will present their projects and discuss social impact design at a public global convening at the Ecole Sp&eacute;ciale d&rsquo;Architecture in Paris on April 18-19, 2014.</p></em><br /><br /><p> The six winners, announced by the Ecole Sp&eacute;cial d&rsquo;Architecture, Design Corps, and the Social Economic Environmental Design (SEED) Network are:</p> <p> <strong>Umusozi Ukiza "Healing Hill" - Butaro Doctor Housing</strong> - Burera District, Rwanda (see cover image)<br><br><strong>Can City</strong> - Sao Paulo, Brazil</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/cs/csnuuzp29ap8scrz.jpg" title=""></p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> <strong>TAEQ Green Building Headquarters</strong> - Sakhnin, Israel</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/d8/d85y4b9az3tjpiqp.jpg" title=""></p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> <strong>Walk [Your City]</strong> - Raleigh, North Carolina</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/oy/oy95tsn09p4vkmsb.jpg" title=""><br> &nbsp;</p> <p> <strong>Comunidad Ecologica Saludable</strong> [Healthy Ecological Community] - Lima, Peru<br><br><strong>Joler Jonno Utshob</strong> - A Dug Well Pavilion - Dhaka, Bangladesh</p> <p> For more, head over to <a href="http://www.bustler.net/index.php/article/project_winners_announced_for_public_interest_design_global/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a>.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/63167608/editor-s-picks-293 Editor's Picks #293 Nam Henderson 2012-12-11T02:07:00-05:00 >2012-12-12T12:26:32-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/dx/dx1m9wxid7togs8f.jpg" width="514" height="685" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>For the latest in the Showcase series Archinect featured Villa Solaire by JKA + FUGA as well as Folkwang Library by Max Dudler. The Folkwang Library took advantage of a special photographic/glazing technique to create the illusion of the facade being fashioned from the stone material itself. Save Western pointed out "It looks like the original proposal was for actual marble, which came back astronomically expensive, so they VE'd to curtain wall instead."</p></em><br /><br /><p> For the latest in the Showcase series Archinect featured <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/62813689/showcase-villa-solaire-by-jka-fuga" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Villa Solaire by JKA + FUGA</a> as well as <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/62937991/showcase-folkwang-library-by-max-dudler" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Folkwang Library by Max Dudler</a>.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/vj/vj77l5zu4evz46rl.jpg" title=""></p> <p> Villa Solaire in Pied de La Plagne, Morzine, France is an ancient farmhouse converted into a luxury rental villa. The project made use of a traditional technique of decorative cut-outs within the wood strips resulting in a uniform perforated cladding, which wraps the whole facade.&nbsp;</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/nc/nch0xvbbi8j2f3bt.jpg" title=""></p> <p> The Folkwang Library located in Essen-Werden, Germany is an institutional project which , combined musicological programs/collections from three institutions under one roof. The Folkwang Library also took advantage of a special photographic/glazing technique to create the illusion of the facade being fashioned from the stone material itself.</p> <p> <strong>royc</strong> commented "<em>it's a bit too literal of a reinterpretation for me...I love the knife edge though, it's nicely done. I'd be really interested to see the interior of that space, with the stairs/atrium</em>". <strong>Save Western</strong> pointed out&nbsp;...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/62849455/public-interest-design-100-honors-people-for-their-commitment-to-dignifying-design-for-all Public Interest Design 100 honors people for their commitment to dignifying design for all Keith Zawistowski 2012-12-06T13:07:00-05:00 >2012-12-10T18:51:00-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/re/rex6ixjr43ri6mck.jpg" width="514" height="460" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>There is a growing movement afoot in design. It has assumed many names over the years, all of which emphasize the public good and the engagement of too-often marginalized voices. Of late, we've seen life-saving products, more dignifying environments, and more efficient systems, all designed for the betterment of all.</p></em><br /><br /><p> The University of Minnesota College of Design,&nbsp; Tandus Flooring, and PublicInterestDesign.org introduced&nbsp; Public Interest Design 100.</p> <p> The list is, a comprehensive look at 100 individuals and teams working at the intersection of design and service.&nbsp;While there are many designers, there are a great many more people working in roles essential to movement-building--as educators, communicators, connectors, funders, and more.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/8f/8fyzwenozcno74jx.jpg" title=""></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/58833971/dignifying-design Dignifying Design Archinect 2012-10-07T18:54:00-04:00 >2012-10-08T18:31:13-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/dc/dcfcc0747eb1b5fa24c0835e97efd57b.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Though unemployment is widespread among designers and architects, there exists a world of products, places and processes in desperate need of redesign. Imagine if designers &mdash; uniquely trained to listen and observe, and to improve the way things function, feel and look &mdash; were, like the Enterprise Rose fellows, embedded in schools, nonprofit organizations, health clinics, religious institutions and government offices, where they could experience community needs and behavioral patterns firsthand.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/58697121/public-interest-design-products-places-processes-exhibition Public Interest Design: Products, Places, & Processes exhibition Archinect 2012-10-05T18:14:00-04:00 >2012-10-05T18:15:53-04:00 <em><p>The heroes of public interest design are bringing the benefits of good design to those who need it most. Join us as we celebrate these design pioneers and unveil 12 new exhibits about their work.</p></em><br /><br /><p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/vj/vjn1s5r5939ssamj.jpg" title=""></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/52394299/editor-s-picks-270 Editor's Picks #270 Nam Henderson 2012-06-25T00:49:00-04:00 >2012-06-27T18:04:52-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/so/so2z9g3ng7ne54tc.jpg" width="514" height="685" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>G&uuml;nther Domenig passed away on June 15, 2012. Wolf D Prix, design principal at Coop Himmelb(l)au, released the following statement "I insist that G&uuml;nther Domenig was one of the most important Austrian architects. Important in terms of being weighty. Meanwhile our own tammuz felt "his steinhous is an beautiful and seminal poem of architecture"</p></em><br /><br /><p> <strong>News</strong><br><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/52075670/g-nther-domenig-1934-2012" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">G&uuml;nther Domenig passed away on June 15, 2012</a>.&nbsp;Wolf D Prix, design principal at Coop Himmelb(l)au, released the following statement "<em>I insist that G&uuml;nther Domenig was one of the most important Austrian architects. Important in terms of being weighty. In my opinion the former Z-Bank branch in the Favoritenstra&szlig;e in Vienna was one of his best buildings. Long before the convoluted computer architects started using parametric tools to give their lame design a boost, Domenig had not only designed the first threedimensional facade, but actually built it, too.</em>"&nbsp;</p> <p> Meanwhile our own&nbsp;<strong>tammuz</strong>&nbsp;felt "<em>his steinhous is an beautiful and seminal poem of&nbsp; architecture</em>"&nbsp;and&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/people/cover/5178330/dimitri-kim" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Dimitri Kim</a> wrote "<em>Finally, an english speaking journal covered the late great Gunther's death. He's work was radical beyond he's time, beyond he's predecessors (Coop Himmelblau, Zaha hadid, EOM, and etc), and clearly beyond mainstream fabric of contemporary architecture.</em>"</p> <p> <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/52190113/the-30-minute-interview-robert-a-m-stern" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The NYT Commercial section published a 30-Minute int...</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/34730776/lessons-from-the-front-lines-of-social-design Lessons from the Front Lines of Social Design Places Journal 2012-01-16T15:56:00-05:00 >2012-01-18T16:49:04-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/hi/hiskt4l79oni5nmz.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In the last decade, much has been written about architecture for the greater good, and it would seem that the field, as a whole, is invested in bringing design to underserved communities. Yet all of this talk &mdash; at conferences, in the press, at universities &mdash; has focused hardly at all on how to put together a career in social design.</p></em><br /><br /><p> On Places, Virginia Tech graduate Will Holman gives an honest report of his experiences volunteering, studying and working at Arcosanti, Rural Studio, and Youth Build. Does the architecture profession need to do more to support young architects who take this path?</p>