Archinect - Press Release 2015-01-26T22:35:58-05:00 Webcast Focuses On "Riding The Red Hot Healthy Home Trend" kimweiss 2015-01-26T15:38:42-05:00 >2015-01-26T15:38:42-05:00 <img src="" width="156" height="67" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><strong><em>Chapel Hill architect Arielle Schechter, AIA, helps builders embrace high-performance houses.</em></strong></p><p>October 7, 2014 (Chapel Hill, NC) -- Should homebuilders produce houses that are as &ldquo;21st&nbsp;century&rdquo; as cell phones and automobiles?&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank"></a>&nbsp;believes they should. From sustainability technologies to CO2 monitoring, the website&rsquo;s mission is to help homebuilders and designers learn how to create high-performance houses by including high-tech features both efficiently and profitably.</p><p>One way does this is through webcasts.&nbsp;<strong>On Thursday, October 9, at 2 p.m. EST, Chapel Hill, NC, architect and passive house specialist&nbsp;</strong><a href="" target="_blank"><strong>Ariellle Condoret Schechter, AIA</strong></a><strong>, will be the featured guest on the webcast &ldquo;Riding The Red Hot Healthy Home Trend.&rdquo;</strong></p><p>Shechter and custom homebuilder Kevin Murphy of&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">NewPhire Building</a>&nbsp;in Chapel Hill, will discuss the host of &ldquo;green&rdquo; strategies and materials they used in &ldquo;Happy Meadow Courtyard House,&rdquo; perhaps the greenest single-family house in America, curre...</p> "Green" Architect Helps Seniors Conserve Energy Use and Costs, Age In Place kimweiss 2015-01-26T15:29:11-05:00 >2015-01-26T15:29:11-05:00 <img src="" width="400" height="399" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>October 14, 2014 (Chapel Hill, NC) -- Chapel Hill architect&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Arielle Condoret Schechter, AIA </a>will help senior citizens and their families discover ways to make their homes more energy-efficient during The Orange County Department on Aging Housing Expo Saturday, October 25, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.&nbsp;at the Seymour Center.</p><p>Schechter specializes in&nbsp;&ldquo;super-green&rdquo; housing with a focus on <a href="" target="_blank">passive homes</a> built to PHIUS (Passive House Institute US) standards, which are among the most stringent sustainability standards in the world.</p><p>&ldquo;Passive houses are not quite the same thing as passive solar,&rdquo; Schechter noted. &ldquo;They are much more than that, although passive solar is often one of the many features of a passive house. &rdquo;</p><p>She explained that passive houses include super-insulation, a tight building envelope, and the elimination of thermal bridging (junctions where insulation is not continuous and causes heat loss). As a result, passive houses use dramatically less energy than the standard home and r...</p> Uber-Green House in Chatham Co. Is Finalist for USGBC Award kimweiss 2015-01-26T15:23:39-05:00 >2015-01-26T15:23:39-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><strong><em>Recognizing systematic integration of sustainability and LEED standards.</em></strong></p><p>August 4, 2014 (Chapel Hill, NC) --The Happy Meadows Courtyard House, a thoroughly sustainable Modern residence designed by <a href="" target="_blank">Chapel Hill architect Arielle Condoret Schechter, AIA</a>, is a finalist for the 2014 Green Gala Sustainable Business Awards in the Residential category. The US Green Building Council / North Carolina chapter selects and presents the annual awards.</p><p>The Sustainable Business Awards recognize the best designed or built projects that demonstrate the systematic integration of sustainability and LEED standards.</p><p>Built by Chapel Hill Contractor Kevin Murphy of NewPhire Building for Phil and Velma Helfaer, the 2567-square-foot Chatham County residence is located on a five-acre property and built at the highest point of the site, leaving the existing large meadow and remainder of the site, including mature trees, undisturbed. Architect Schechter, an animal advocate, included a wildlife pond as part of the ...</p> Chapel Hill, NC, Architect Introduces Tiny, Modern, "Micropolis" House Plans kimweiss 2015-01-26T15:19:32-05:00 >2015-01-26T15:19:32-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Growing up in NC, architect <a href="" target="_blank">Arielle Condoret Schechter, AIA</a>, of Chapel Hill, NC, saw a problem: The mobile homes scattered or clumped together across North Carolina filled a great need for small housing options but they had no design integrity, they were usually made of poor materials, and she couldn&rsquo;t see how they contributed to their owners&rsquo; quality of life.</p><p>&ldquo;I had friends who lived in mobile homes.&nbsp; When I visited, I saw how dark most of them were and I could tell the air quality was terrible even as a kid.&nbsp; Most are still made with products that give off formaldehyde.&rdquo;</p><p>Right out of architecture school, Schechter bought and renovated a tiny mill house in Hillsborough.&nbsp; &ldquo;It was 850 square feet, built in the early 1900s.&nbsp; I took out a few strategic walls and put in a huge south facing window that lit up the whole house.&rdquo;&nbsp; Schechter says.&nbsp; &ldquo;I felt like a queen in that little house!&nbsp; After renovation it felt brighter and more open than houses many times it&rsquo;s size.&nbsp; I put money into det...</p> SAVE THE DATE! Neil Porter will speak in Belfast on 9 February for the Landscape Futures Northern Ireland gustafsonporter 2015-01-26T11:33:49-05:00 >2015-01-26T11:33:49-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="270" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The Long Gallery &ndash; Stormont, Parliament Buildings, Belfast: Monday 9th February, 12.20-2.30pm.</p><p>The date and subject for the Landscape Futures Northern Ireland event have now been set. Entitlted 'Building a United Community' the event will take place at the&nbsp;The Long Gallery, Stormont: at lunchtime on Monday 9th February.</p><p><br>This lecture series by the Landscape Institute aims to stimulate debate about the future of our landscapes and explore the major themes affecting how our land is used and managed, and how that use will affect the prosperity and quality of life of all citizens. The Northern Ireland event will&nbsp;focus on the challenges of &lsquo;Designing &amp; Delivering Shared Space&rsquo; addressing questions such as:<br><br>&bull; Can connected spatial design have a positive part to play in bringing divided communities together?<br>&bull; Does integrated green infrastructure offer a delivery mechanism which could offer multi-functional benefit for all our citizens regardless of religion, race or class?<br>&bull; Does Northern Irela...</p> If you are a German speaker do not miss GUSTAFSON PORTER's Flower Tower in GEO magazine gustafsonporter 2015-01-26T11:23:14-05:00 >2015-01-26T11:23:14-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="321" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> Nigeria Church Building collapse – Was lack of Structural engineering and Design responsible for loss of precious lives? hiral.patel 2015-01-26T06:49:40-05:00 >2015-01-26T06:49:55-05:00 <p>In September this year, when a popular church in Nigeria collapsed and 116 people were killed, an urgent probe was ordered.&nbsp; Did this fatal collapse occur due to lack of attention given to the buildings structural design?</p><p>The <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>structural design of a building</strong></a> is largely responsible for the security and safety of its occupants. According to a research it was recorded that the structures of majority buildings that have collapsed, were not supervised by experts.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>While at first the cement brand used for construction was speculated to be the culprit, now it seems like not the cement but the concrete was to be blamed. Structural engineers and building experts have opined that the <strong>structural stability of a building</strong> hugely depends on the quality of concrete used in the construction, and it has been observed that majority of <strong>building collapse incidents</strong> occur due to low quality concrete used for construction.</p><p><strong>To prove the point further and to stress on the role of concrete in making a robust build...</strong></p> Blowout, Wet Soil & Frost Heave - 3 Common Failures in Retaining Wall Structural Design hiral.patel 2015-01-26T06:41:00-05:00 >2015-01-26T06:41:52-05:00 <p><strong>Posted By: <a href="" target="_blank">Nikunj Patel</a></strong></p><p>A retaining wall might seem to some, a simple structure of stone, concrete or timber, however <a href="" target="_blank">designing and building a retaining wall structure</a> involves complex engineering. Retaining wall restricts and binds the tons of soil that can erode due to water flows and damage the foundation of the surrounding property.</p><p>The retaining walls protect a site or property, and in the process undergo a lot of wear. They have to stand the test of time, and if not designed well - they crumble as time passes, and eventually fail to serve the purpose they are built for.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><strong>Retaining wall structure - Common causes of failures &amp; ways to avoid these failures:</strong></p><p><strong>Blowout failure</strong></p><p>This type of failure occurs when excessive load is added within 3 feet of the wall, in such cases the wall leans out and eventually crumbles under the load. Engineers should ensure that the retaining structure is designed strong enough to bear loads and face several other &lsquo;what if&rsquo; scenarios that might occur. Having ...</p> Big Night for Cody Anderson Wasney Architects, Inc. at the Santa Clara Valley AIA Design Awards Gala cawarchitects 2015-01-23T16:58:02-05:00 >2015-01-23T16:58:23-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="352" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><strong>We are delighted to announce that on October 16, the Santa Clara Valley Chapter of the American Institute of Architects presented Cody Anderson Wasney Architects with the 2014 Firm Award at their biennial awards program.</strong></p><p>This award recognizes a firm that has consistently produced distinguished architectural design for a period of at least 20 years and that has contributed to the advancement of the profession in at least three of the following areas: architectural design, research, planning, technology, practice, preservation, and innovation. In addition, the award honors a firm that promotes collaboration among individuals; produces work that transcends a specific area of expertise; has a record of community service; and has developed a culture that educates and mentors the next generation of architects.</p><p>Now celebrating the firm&rsquo;s 20th year in business, Chris Wasney and Brent McClure lead the firm of 29 staff members that has evolved into a multifaceted, diverse, grassroots organizati...</p> University of Tennessee Church Lecture Series Highlighting Architecture and Design UTCoAD 2015-01-23T14:49:19-05:00 >2015-01-23T14:49:19-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="321" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Internationally recognized architects and designers will present their work this semester as part of the&nbsp;<strong><a title="Church Lecture Series" href="" target="_blank">Church Memorial Lecture Series</a></strong>.</p><p>The series, which will feature lectures, films, and&nbsp;<strong><a title="Exhibitions" href="" target="_blank">exhibits</a></strong>, kicks off Monday, January 26. All events are free and open to the public and provide opportunities to gain insight into the works and ideas in the design disciplines today.</p><p>Lectures begin at 5:30 p.m. and films at 8:00 p.m. in the McCarty Auditorium of the Art and Architecture Building,&nbsp;<strong><a title="Directions + Map" href="" target="_blank">1715 Volunteer Boulevard</a></strong>. Exhibitions will be located in the building&rsquo;s Gallery 103, and on First Fridays at the Downtown Studio Gallery at 500 South Gay Street. Lectures will be broadcast live. An archive of current and past lectures is&nbsp;<strong><a href="" target="_blank">available online</a></strong>.</p><p>This semester&rsquo;s lineup:</p><p><strong>Lectures</strong></p><p><strong>January 26</strong>&mdash;Jason Young will present &ldquo;<strong><a href="" target="_blank">skirmishes with the MacroPhenomenal</a></strong>.&rdquo; Young is the new director of the UT School of Architecture. A researcher specializing in contemporary conditions of American urbanism, Young has taught...</p> January 2015 Newsletter KAAN Architecten 2015-01-23T09:21:45-05:00 >2015-01-23T09:39:13-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><strong>RECENT</strong><br><strong>Nomination for Mies van der Rohe Awards 2015 with the Education Center Erasmus MC</strong><br><a href="" target="_blank">Education Center Erasmus MC</a>&nbsp;has been nominated for the European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture - Mies van der Rohe Award 2015.&nbsp;The award highlights&nbsp;excellent architectural works that have been constructed over the last two years. More information on our&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">website</a>.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>The Supreme Court of the Netherlands reaches its highest point</strong><br>The construction phase of the&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Supreme Court of the Netherlands</a>, in The Hague, reached its highest point last 14th of January after finishing successfully the placement of the first floor glass fa&ccedil;ade. The building will stand firm on an earthy stone base giving rise to a&nbsp;crystalline superstructure.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>ON THE BOARD</strong></p><p><img src=""><br><strong>In Paris, ISMO construction has started</strong><br>The first construction phase of the new Institut des Sciences Mol&eacute;culaires d&rsquo;Orsay has started in Paris-Saclay area.&nbsp;ISMO is&nbsp;dedicated to science, education and communication as part of the new campus&nbsp;master plan of the Univ...</p> October 2014 Newsletter KAAN Architecten 2015-01-23T09:07:32-05:00 >2015-01-23T09:51:16-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><strong>RECENT</strong></p><p><strong>Kees Kaan interview in the October 2014 issue of&nbsp;de Architect magazine&nbsp;</strong><br><a href="" target="_blank">de Architect</a>&nbsp;magazine has included, in its October 2014 issue,&nbsp;an extensive interview&nbsp;with Kees Kaan about the start-up in architecture,&nbsp;how in 1987 he founded together with Felix Claus their firm Claus en Kaan Architecten. And how after 25 years he decided to give new energy to&nbsp;his practice by founding&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">KAAN Architecten</a>&nbsp;together with Dikkie Scipio and Vincent Panhuysen.</p><p><br><img src=""><br><strong>Netherlands Forensic Institute 10 years Anniversary&nbsp;</strong><br>The glazed volume in a steel box building, known as&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">The Netherlands Forensic Institute</a>&nbsp;in Ypenburg, The Hague (NL) has met its 10th Anniversary since the &nbsp;building's completion in 2004.&nbsp;Kees Kaan attended a small internal&nbsp;event&nbsp;with the NFI&nbsp;employees&nbsp;to&nbsp;discuss&nbsp;the building and its facilities, and the role of&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">KAAN Architecten</a>&nbsp;during the stages of construction.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><img src=""><br><strong>City Hall Park on show for "The City as a Vision" exhibition at FRAC Centre</strong><br>The project for the City Hall Park of S&atilde;o Paulo (Brazil),&nbsp;...</p> July 2014 Newsletter KAAN Architecten 2015-01-23T09:01:21-05:00 >2015-01-23T09:54:02-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><strong>RECENT&nbsp;</strong></p><p><strong>Website launch</strong><br>KAAN Architecten launched&nbsp;the&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">new website</a>&nbsp;at the end of April.&nbsp;A completely new and fresh&nbsp;design displaying all works, news, academia and&nbsp;publications. The website is a full architectural and visual experience through more than 20 years of work, projects and academic research.&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><img src=""><br><strong>PLANTA: Collateral Event -&nbsp;La Biennale di Venezia</strong><br>During the 14th International Architecture Exhibition,&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">PLANTA</a>, organised by Fundaci&oacute; Sorigu&eacute; and curated by the Dutch office DOMAIN, showed KAAN Architecten's architectural project. The official presentation was held on the 6th of June&nbsp;at the Conservatorio di Musica Benedetto Marcello di Venezia.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><img src=""><br><strong>KAAN Architecten and DOMAIN have developed a visual concept design for City Hall Park in S&atilde;o Paulo (Brazil)</strong><br>The design&nbsp;organises&nbsp;the site into a series of archipelagos dedicated to leisure and performance, each island is reinforced with an icon dedicated to performance. The&nbsp;icons from a continuity of irregularity, each with&nbsp;unique spaces and functio...</p> Qatar Courthouse Competition entry by AGi architects, awarded second prize AGi architects 2015-01-23T07:09:00-05:00 >2015-01-23T13:24:51-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="423" border="0" title="" alt="" /><ul><li><strong>The structural order as reference to the brutalist utopias has marked the proposal for this institutional building.</strong></li><li><strong>It is designed on two basic grids that are site driven, one linking it to its immediate context and the second to the larger context of Doha.</strong></li></ul><p><strong>Madrid, </strong><strong>22nd January 2015- </strong>The proposal developed by <a href="" target="_blank">AGi architects</a> for the <strong><a href="!works/institutional-architecture-qatar-courthouse" target="_blank">Qatar Courthouse</a></strong> restricted competition, organized by the Qatar Government, has been awarded <strong>second prize.</strong></p><p><strong>More than </strong><strong>30 design teams</strong> submitted their projects to this restricted invitation to tender organized in November 2014 and only <strong>four were shortlisted</strong>. The final decision on the winning project has been announced this week.</p><p><em>&ldquo;We are very pleased to have reached the final stage of the competition and being able to transfer to our design proposal all the values and responses that an institutional program of this scope requires&rdquo;</em>, said <strong>Joaqu&iacute;n Perez-Goicoechea</strong>, partner and co-founder of AGi architects along with &nbsp;<strong>Nasser Abulhasan</strong>.</p><p><strong>Qatar Courthouse, AGi architect...</strong></p> Spectacular Living Room design and 3D Rendering – Interior Design Ideas at Your Fingertips hiral.patel 2015-01-23T03:08:31-05:00 >2015-01-23T03:08:48-05:00 <p>Your living room needs to have a pleasant setting where you can host and entertain your guests. This room is actually the most frequented, and designing it to your taste is very important. Wouldn&rsquo;t it be great if you could just pick and chose, integrate and voil&agrave; &ndash; your living room interiors are done. Architectural interior lighting and rendering makes this possible &ndash; now you can have interior design ideas at your finger tips.</p><p><strong>Modern &ndash; Minimalistic and Chic</strong></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Living rooms are getting smaller, and the best way to make these small spaces look big is to keep it simple. This is what we call &ndash; modern, minimalistic and chic.</p><p><strong>Lavish Living Room Interiors</strong></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>If you are lucky enough to have a spacious living room, where you often host parties and entertain your guests then the lavish designs false ceilings and ambient lighting is perfect for you. A perfect setting to host a dinner party, to relax and chill with your group of friends, enjoy a movie with some coke and popcorns &ndash; fun not compromised.</p><p><strong>The...</strong></p> Blog Update_Cube3 Updates Lacey.Lauren 2015-01-22T13:01:28-05:00 >2015-01-22T13:02:16-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Updates! Updates! Updates!</p><p>We just had a lot of fun visiting with past clients, of our Cube3 railing and post system to manage some repairs for them after a little mishap with a teenage driver took out their mailbox...</p><p>Good to see old clients we know and love, and to see how our work is holding up!</p><p>Check it out: <a href="" target="_blank"></a>/</p> BIM 5D Tools Redefine Construction: Simulation, Project Construction & Improved Project Management hiral.patel 2015-01-22T08:02:12-05:00 >2015-01-22T08:03:51-05:00 <p><strong>Posted By: <a href="" target="_blank">Nikunj Patel</a></strong></p><p>5D BIM is an evolving segment in the construction industry, comprehending the customary three-dimensions of a BIM with schedule as the fourth dimension and cost estimates as the fifth dimension. This 5D BIM sketchup helps contractors to envision the cost of the entire project, the time-line for the project, when these expenses are projected to be incurred and much more. All this happens while bearing in mind the quantities of materials resulting from the model and the productivity rate of construction staffs.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>5D-BIM approach offers an exceptional opening to unite practices in design, cost and construction approaches. On the other hand it should be noted that 5D BIM approaches call for a significant change in the way construction companies work. <strong>It will be impractical to promise, a large construction company with wide spread resources, repositioning of their basic practices will be economical and lucrative.</strong></p><p>One of the leading and a huge construction company in US...</p> Benoy announces exciting Bahrain Marina Masterplan 2015-01-22T04:45:35-05:00 >2015-01-22T04:45:35-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Benoy, the international, award-winning Architecture, Masterplanning, Interior and Graphic Design firm, is thrilled to announce the first phase of the Bahrain Marina Development in Manama, Bahrain.</p><p>The firm has just completed the Concept Masterplan for this luxury scheme which will reinvent the current marina with a 150,000sqm mixed-use design including the prestigious Bahrain Marina Yacht Club.</p><p>State-of-the-art facilities across several sectors, comprising Residential, Entertainment, Leisure and Hospitality will further develop this bustling capital city. With a 5-Star hotel, serviced apartments, retail offers, a cinema and a wide variety of food and beverage options, the Benoy Masterplan will create a landmark community anchored by the Bahrain Marina Yacht Club situated at the heart of the project.</p><p>Subtle aspects of the design, such as the wide promenade encouraging visitors to meander through the retail area and enjoy the water features which will accent the vibrant atmosphere, alon...</p> UT Governor’s Chair Lecture Series to Focus on Energy and Urbanism UTCoAD 2015-01-21T13:32:00-05:00 >2015-01-22T14:03:58-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>KNOXVILLE&mdash;The <strong><a href="" target="_blank">Governor&rsquo;s Chair</a></strong> for High Performance Energy Practices in Urban Environments, a partnership between UT, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, and engineering firm Skidmore, Owings, and Merrill, will host three lectures this spring.</p><p>The&nbsp;<strong><a title="Governor&rsquo;s Chair Seminars" href="" target="_blank">Governor&rsquo;s Chair Seminar Series</a></strong>, designed to address issues related to creating carbon-neutral and resilient cities, will be held on Wednesday evenings in January, February, and March. They are free and open to the public.</p><p>The seminars will include a 6:00 p.m. reception followed by a 6:30 p.m. lecture at the UT College of Architecture and Design&rsquo;s new state-of-the-art&nbsp;<strong><a title="Fab Lab" href="" target="_blank">Fab Lab</a></strong>, 525 N. Gay St.</p><p>The lineup:</p><p><strong>January 21:</strong>&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank"><strong>Benton Johnson</strong></a>, structural engineer, will present &ldquo;Urban Mass Timber: Rethinking Embodied Energy.&rdquo; The talk will examine the use of mass-timber technology in construction. Current projections suggest today&rsquo;s population living in urban areas will double by the year 2050. This concentration of people will have substantial impacts on existi...</p> Benefits of Architectural 3D Modeling in Design and Construction hiral.patel 2015-01-21T03:24:23-05:00 >2015-01-21T03:24:53-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="515" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Architectural 3D modeling, replete with full renderings, animations and walkthroughs is an extremely popular trend in the AEC industry. 3D models provide a realistic, detailed &lsquo;as built&rsquo; view of a building, thus allowing improved communication of the proposed design to developers, engineers, fabricators, architects and clients.</p><p><strong>Using architectural 3D modeling can help you answer the following questions</strong>:</p><ul><li>How will your proposed construction project look after landscaping and construction?</li><li>What design alteration do you need to implement, in order to achieve the desired look and outcomes for your construction project?</li><li>How will you communicate a detailed and clear visualization of your project to the clients?</li></ul><p>Construction projects rely heavily on design documentation. Conventionally design documentation provided by architects and engineers includes site plans, working drawings and architectural drafts. These 2D drawings can be converted into 3D floor plans, and detailed 3D models of buildings...</p> Common Considerations and Importance of Office Architectural Design hiral.patel 2015-01-21T03:10:21-05:00 >2015-01-21T19:34:04-05:00 <p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>In today&rsquo;s productivity driven environment it is important that the place of work is designed keeping in mind comfort of operation and ease of functioning. However, are work place space design and ease of performing work related activities the only factors that increase your efficiency?</p><p>Clearly not! It the entire office architectural design, office interior, facilities and the ambience, that boosts employee performance and translates it into improved productivity.</p><p><strong>Importance of a favorable work environment cannot be stressed more</strong></p><p>Office spaces need not be strictly monotonous and dull. Google has set an example for other corporate and multinational companies by setting up a quirky yet interesting and colorful 160,000 square foot office at its London headquarters. Following suit, several organizations are increasingly investing in developing high facility infrastructure in order to improve employee engagement, employee retention and to facilitate a better and a motivated work environment...</p> Marcus Gleysteen Architects has been awarded "Best of Houzz 2015" for Design gleysteen 2015-01-20T15:34:17-05:00 >2015-01-20T15:34:17-05:00 <p><strong>Marcus Gleysteen Architects of Boston, MA Receives</strong></p><p><strong>Best Of Houzz 2015 Award</strong></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><strong><em>Over 25 Million Monthly Unique Users Rated Top-Rated Home Building, </em></strong></p><p><strong><em>Remodeling and Design Professionals in the United States and Around the World</em></strong></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Boston</strong><strong>, MA </strong>&nbsp;<strong>January 20, 2015</strong> &ndash; <strong>Marcus Gleysteen Architects </strong>of <strong>Boston</strong><strong>, MA</strong> has been awarded &ldquo;Best Of Houzz&rdquo; for Design by <a href="" target="_blank">Houzz</a>, the leading platform for home remodeling and design. The 25-year old architecture firm was chosen by the more than 25 million monthly unique users that comprise the Houzz community from among more than 500,000 active home building, remodeling and design industry professionals.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>The Best Of Houzz award is given in two categories: Design and Customer Satisfaction. Design award winners&rsquo; work was the most popular among the more than 25 million monthly users on Houzz, known as &ldquo;Houzzers.&rdquo; Customer Satisfaction honors are determined by a variety of factors, including the number and quality of client reviews a professional received in 2014. Winners ...</p> The Five-Thousand-Pound Life: Water Jeremy Delgado 2015-01-20T15:34:00-05:00 >2015-01-22T14:02:45-05:00 <p>Join us in New York on Saturday February 7th, 1 pm to 7pm, for The Five Thousand Pound Life: Water.</p><p>Organized and presented by the Architectural League of NY and Cooper Union, the symposium focusses on water supply in the context of climate change. &nbsp;What&rsquo;s the relationship between water supply, water&rsquo;s energy and carbon intensity, and the design of cities&mdash;in Los Angeles? &nbsp;In the Great Lakes Region? and in New York? &nbsp;We&rsquo;re delighted to be part of the conversation, and hope you will join us if you are in the area.</p><p><strong>The Five Thousand Pound Life</strong>&nbsp;is an initiative of The Architectural League of New York on new ways of thinking and acting on architecture, climate change, and our economic future.&nbsp;The February 7th symposium will be focused on issues of water supply in the context of climate change.</p><p><img alt="" src="">&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Speakers include: Al Appleton, Hadley Arnold, Peter Arnold, Maria&nbsp;Arquero de Alarc&oacute;n, Ila Berman, Kevin Bone, Rosalie Genevro, Henry L. Henderson, Jen Maigret, Peter Mulvaney, Josh Newell, Stephanie ...</strong></p> Myles Brown Promoted to Principal amentaemma 2015-01-19T15:14:36-05:00 >2015-01-21T19:33:47-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Amenta Emma is pleased to announce the promotion of Myles Brown, AIA to Principal. Myles has been an integral part of Amenta Emma&rsquo;s architectural practice and success for over 20 years as a designer, leader, mentor and most recently as director of the firm&rsquo;s marketing program.</p><p>Myles has an interest in New Urbanist Planning Principles, Design for Aging, and Sustainable Architecture.&nbsp; His current works include Senior Living projects at Thames Edge in Groton, Duncaster in Bloomfield, and Covenant Village of Cromwell in Connecticut, as well as a new 54 unit mixed income housing and retail project for the West Hartford Housing Authority at 616 New Park Avenue in West Hartford, CT &ndash; the first Transit Oriented Development related to CTfastrack.</p> Amenta Emma Says Construction Growing Healthily amentaemma 2015-01-19T15:11:27-05:00 >2015-01-21T19:34:16-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>HARTFORD &mdash; After recessions, architects are like crocuses.</p><p>When developers, governments or nonprofits hire architects, it's what they call a leading economic indicator &mdash; those contracts will result in workers in hard hats with paychecks many months or a year down the road.</p><p>Since any recession, no matter what its cause, leads to a pull back in new construction, months of sustained growth in architecture firms' billings is a concrete sign of business optimism and investment.</p><p>Bob Emma, one of the two founders of Amenta Emma Architects, said clients with vision start talking about projects two or three years ahead of when they think they can afford to build, and those conversations were happening as early as 2011 and 2012.</p><p>But Connecticut's past that now, he said. "All clients are suddenly asking: 'Can you be in the ground by June?' They recognize the market's back."</p><p>Read entire article here: <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p>... Pathways Academy Designed For Tech-Savvy Teens amentaemma 2015-01-19T15:08:46-05:00 >2015-01-21T19:34:21-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Teenagers thrive on technology, so a magnet high school for students jazzed about digital tech and design has to have not only the latest techy tools, but also an environment that sparks their creativity. Designed by Amenta Emma Architects, the Pathways Academy of Technology and Design (named the top Magnet High School in the U.S. last year by Magnet Schools of America) uses architecture to pump up the students' excitement and provides a fun and challenging academic environment.</p><p>Read entire article here: <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> MILLIØNS exhibition published by SA+P Press, MIT millionsofmovingparts 2015-01-19T15:06:31-05:00 >2015-01-21T19:34:27-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><strong>New Massings for New Masses</strong><br>Milli&oslash;ns: John J. May and Zeina Koreitem&nbsp;<br>Essay contributions by Andrew Atwood and Kiel Moe</p><p>Design: TwoPoints.Net</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Available on Amazon and selected bookstores:&nbsp;</p><p><a href="" target="_blank"></a></p><p><a href="" target="_blank"></a></p><p><a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> Contractors In Place To Work On Weaver High School amentaemma 2015-01-19T15:05:08-05:00 >2015-01-21T19:43:37-05:00 <p>HARTFORD &mdash; Designs for the renovation of Weaver High School are being developed now that two architectural firms have been selected for the massive project in the city's North End.</p><p>The S/L/A/M Collaborative in Glastonbury and Amenta Emma Architects in Hartford will draw up renovation plans for the 40-year-old building. School administrators have said they want an emphasis on natural light.</p><p>Once expected to cost up to $100 million, the Weaver overhaul is being downsized after the projected enrollment dropped from 1,350 to 900 students, said Jack Butkus of the firm ARCADIS/O&amp;G, Hartford's school construction program manager. The new scope is being determined in the design phase.</p><p>Read entire article here:<a href="" target="_blank"></a><img alt="" src=""></p> A Building With An Artist's Attitude amentaemma 2015-01-19T15:02:40-05:00 >2015-01-21T19:37:47-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Folks in the visual and performing arts are not, as a rule, staid. Most artists push the edges and question the status quo. You could say the same for the new Visual &amp; Performing Arts Center on the campus of Western Connecticut State University, a playfully provocative and engaging building that questions the conventional. It shares these qualities with the students and faculty who inhabit its studios and performance spaces and who gain creative energy from the architecture.</p><p>Read entire article here:</p><p><a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> Alumnus Steven Ehrlich Wins AIA National Award Emily Klein 2015-01-18T00:01:00-05:00 >2015-01-19T06:30:22-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Steven Ehrlich &rsquo;68 and his firm <a href="" target="_blank">Ehrlich Architects</a> has been awarded the 2015 AIA Architecture Firm Award. This award is the highest honor the American Institute of Architects bestows on an architecture firm, and it recognizes a practice that has consistently produced distinguished architecture for at least 10 years.</p><p>Mr. Ehrlich will be honored at the May 14th-16th, <a href="" target="_blank">AIA Convention</a> meeting in Atlanta, GA. where former President William Jefferson &ldquo;Bill&rdquo; Clinton is scheduled to give the keynote address.<br>Mr. Ehrlich founded his firm in California in 1979, after he spent time in the Peace Corps working in Africa. There, he said, he gained an appreciation for simple, natural materials and local solutions to energy, sustainability and building performance challenges. He and the partners in his firm said they work as &ldquo;architectural anthropologists,&rdquo; exploring ancient traditions and using them in contemporary buildings to solve modern problems. <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>Here</strong></a> you may find additional information about the...</p>