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March ABI Reflects Increase in US Design Services

14:30 - 21 April, 2016
March ABI Reflects Increase in US Design Services, March ABI 2016. Image via CalculatedRiskBlog.com
March ABI 2016. Image via CalculatedRiskBlog.com

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) reported the March Architecture Billings Index (ABI) score was 51.9, up from the mark of 50.3 in the previous month. This score reflects an increase in design services (any score above 50 indicates an increase in billings). The new projects inquiry index was 58.1, down from a reading of 59.5 the previous month.

Marcel Breuer's Central Library in Atlanta Faces Demolition Threat

08:00 - 21 April, 2016
Marcel Breuer's Central Library in Atlanta Faces Demolition Threat, The Atlanta Central Library by Marcel Breuer, currently slated for replacement.. Image via Docomomo
The Atlanta Central Library by Marcel Breuer, currently slated for replacement.. Image via Docomomo

Like many Brutalist buildings in America, the Central Library in Atlanta by Marcel Breuer is facing demolition, reports The Architect's Newspaper. Completed in 1980 with a 300-seat theater, restaurant and 1 million books, the building exemplifies Breuer’s sensibilities, with its bush-hammered concrete panels and Bauhaus-inspired forms. However, over the years the building has fallen into disrepair, with its theater closing in the mid-1990s, and the restaurant closing a few years later. In 2002, the city spent $5 million on restoration. Even so, in 2008, voters approved a $275 million bond referendum, which included a proposal to replace the library by Breuer with another. Despite protests from preservationists, the building’s future is uncertain, with voters clearly calling for a new library building.

Conference: Embodied Energy and Design

07:30 - 21 April, 2016
Conference: Embodied Energy and Design

This event frames embodied energy—defined as the sum of energy required to produce, transport, assemble, and dispose of any building element—in the context of broader design ecosystems and architectural issues. Opening keynote by Michael Specter (The New Yorker), closing keynote by Paola Antonelli (The Museum of Modern Art), and 3 panels featuring international experts from universities and private practices. The event is organized by Columbia GSAPP professor David Benjamin (The Living, NY), who also directs the GSAPP Incubator.

US Architecture School Bans Styrene as Model Making Material

14:00 - 20 April, 2016
US Architecture School Bans Styrene as Model Making Material, via Madeleine Underwood, Student Life
via Madeleine Underwood, Student Life

By next Fall, the architecture students of Washington University in St. Louis will no longer be allowed to use Styrene on their projects. The university's newspaper, Student Life reports that the commonly used white plastic material was deemed in 2014 by the National Research Council's National Toxicology Program as "reasonably anticipated to be a human carcinogen." Thus the Sam Fox School of Design is taking its own measures to protect their student's health. A number of other schools and cities have already banned Styrene since the NRC's ruling. 

Leawood Speculative Office / El Dorado

15:00 - 18 April, 2016
Leawood Speculative Office / El Dorado, Courtesy of El Dorado
Courtesy of El Dorado
  • Architects

  • Location

    Leawood, KS, United States
  • Area

    18240.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of El Dorado

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Berkshire Mountain House / Tsao & McKown Architects

13:00 - 17 April, 2016
Berkshire Mountain House / Tsao & McKown Architects, © Eric Laignel
© Eric Laignel

© Eric Laignel © Eric Laignel © Eric Laignel © Eric Laignel +22

Summer Program: The Business of Architecture

10:30 - 14 April, 2016
Summer Program: The Business of Architecture

Syracuse Architecture along with IE Business School and IE School of Architecture and Design have teamed up to offer an innovative summer course: The Business of Architecture. The six-week, 3-credit hour-long course will be conducted at the state-of-the-art Fisher Center, home of Syracuse Architecture in New York City. This course is intended for those studying for a professional degree in architecture (B.Arch and M.Arch) as well as for young professionals and qualified students in related design fields.

Mundo Verde Bilingual Public Charter School / Studio Twenty Seven Architecture

17:00 - 13 April, 2016
Mundo Verde Bilingual Public Charter School / Studio Twenty Seven Architecture, © Hoachlander Davis Photography
© Hoachlander Davis Photography

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Building on the Built - Talks to Coincide with an Exhibition of Work by Jonathan Tuckey Design

16:57 - 13 April, 2016
Building on the Built - Talks to Coincide with an Exhibition of Work by Jonathan Tuckey Design

A series of talks focused on the theme of ‘Building on the Built' hosted by Jonathan Tuckey Design and which the studio hopes may start an on-going conversation about the opportunities and problematics of architectural interventions within existing structures.

Sketching the City: Architectural Drawing

16:51 - 13 April, 2016
Sketching the City: Architectural Drawing

This 4-session class is an introduction to architectural free-hand drawing through lessons at the Center and on-site sketching exercises outdoors.

Topics will include sketching building façades, basics of perspective drawing, and techniques for showing light, shadow and rendering building materials. This class is open to the general public - no previous drawing experience necessary. (Ages 16 and up)

Dallas Architecture Forum Presents "The Social Impact of Greening the City"

16:39 - 13 April, 2016
Dallas Architecture Forum Presents "The Social Impact of Greening the City", Don Gatzke, Professor & Former Dean of UTA School of Architecture will moderate "The Social Impact of Greening the City" Panel Discussion for the Dallas Architecture Forum
Don Gatzke, Professor & Former Dean of UTA School of Architecture will moderate "The Social Impact of Greening the City" Panel Discussion for the Dallas Architecture Forum

Dallas Architecture Forum, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing public education about architecture, design and the urban environment, will continue its 2015-2016 Panel Discussion Series on Tuesday, April 19, 2016 with “The Social Impact of Greening the City” moderated by Donald Gatzke, who served as Dean of the School of Architecture at the University of Texas at Arlington from 2004 through 2014 and is now a Professor at the university on the faculty.

AIA Names 10 Best US Houses of 2016

15:35 - 11 April, 2016
AIA Names 10 Best US Houses of 2016, Custom Housing: Hog Pen Creek Retreat; Austin, Texas / Lake|Flato Architects. Image Courtesy of AIA
Custom Housing: Hog Pen Creek Retreat; Austin, Texas / Lake|Flato Architects. Image Courtesy of AIA

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) has selected ten recipients for the 2016 Housing Awards. The AIA’s Housing Awards program, now in its 16th year, was established to recognize "the best in housing design and promote the importance of good housing as a necessity of life."

The 2016 AIA Housing Award recipients include: 

Double Stick / Studio Pali Fekete architects

13:00 - 10 April, 2016
Double Stick / Studio Pali Fekete architects, © Roland Halbe
© Roland Halbe
  • Architects

  • Location

    Beverly Hills, CA, United States
  • Architect

    Zoltan E. Pali, FAIA, Studio Pali Fekete architects [SPF:a]
  • Area

    5000.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

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Colorado Outward Bound Micro Cabins / University of Colorado Denver

11:00 - 8 April, 2016
Colorado Outward Bound Micro Cabins / University of Colorado Denver, © Jesse Kuroiwa
© Jesse Kuroiwa

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AIA Convention 2016

10:40 - 7 April, 2016
AIA Convention 2016, AIA Convention 2016 is the architecture and design event of the year. Imagine what can happen!
AIA Convention 2016 is the architecture and design event of the year. Imagine what can happen!

AIA Convention 2016 is the architecture and design event of the year.

A provocative lineup of celebrity speakers. An awe-inspiring array of tours, parties, exhibitors, seminars, and more. All happening in a legendary American city known for attitude, passion and perspective.

Uptown / Stanley Saitowitz | Natoma Architects

13:00 - 6 April, 2016
Uptown / Stanley Saitowitz | Natoma Architects, Courtesy of Stanley Saitowitz | Natoma Architects
Courtesy of Stanley Saitowitz | Natoma Architects

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OMA Reveals Plans to Redevelop Washington DC's RFK Stadium Campus

12:35 - 6 April, 2016
OMA Reveals Plans to Redevelop Washington DC's RFK Stadium Campus, "Stitch" Layout. Image © Robota
"Stitch" Layout. Image © Robota

Two conceptual plans designed by OMA have been unveiled for the redevelopment of Washington DC's 190-acre Robert F. Kennedy (RFK) Stadium-Armory Campus site. Released by Events DC, the official convention and sports authority for the District of Columbia, the phased design concepts aim to "leverage the District's waterfront, provide neighborhood serving amenities and connect the current site with increased and sustainable green space, flexible recreational fields and natural access to pedestrian-friendly paths."

Living Small: Ideas for Living in the City

16:18 - 5 April, 2016
Living Small: Ideas for Living in the City, Living Small Exhibit graphic by Leah Vendl
Living Small Exhibit graphic by Leah Vendl

As Seattle grows, how can housing design keep pace with the evolving ways we are living in cities? Is small housing a viable option? Can smaller spaces make for better living? This exhibit by 2015 Emerging Professionals Travel Scholarship Recipient Garrett Reynolds, explores micro-living spaces in dense urban environments in Copenhagen, New York, Stockholm, and Tokyo.