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What Makes it GREEN? - Live Jury Interviews, Winners Announcement, and Reception

Designers in the Northwest and Pacific Region create some of the world’s most sustainable buildings. What Makes it GREEN? (WMIG?) celebrates the region’s achievements and the interdisciplinary teamwork required to meet the 2030 Challenge®. For over a decade, WMIG? has educated and inspired the larger design community with creative solutions for sustainability. Jurors from the 2012 What Makes It GREEN? Awards will be interviewing the shortlisted project teams from around the region live at Seattle City Hall April 18 starting at 9am with the winners being announced that evening. For those interested in sustainable design, green buildings, and energy-efficiency, this is an opportunity to learn behind-the-scenes what goes into designing the kinds of buildings that will help us reach carbon neutrality by 2030. For more information, please visit here.

UPDATE: zHome / David Vandervort Architects

©  Aaron Ostrowsky
© Aaron Ostrowsky

Last June we announced the zHome community designed by David Vandervort Architects, a target zero-energy community in Washington that is one of many springing up across the country, changing the way communities are planned and developed.  Since World War II spawned the era of suburban living, the Levittown model has been the trajectory along which so many communities across the country have gone.  Now with sustainability and ecologically conscious design being at the forefront of many architects’ practices, it makes perfect sense for whole communities to take the leap as well.  But what does that mean for the lifestyles of its residents?  And does this make an exclusive neighborhood where only some are willing or able to comply. Follow us after the break for more.

Urban Intervention: Public Space Competition Proposal / PRAUD

The public space proposal for the Urban Intervention competition creates a new way of creating a dialog between the park and the city. Designed by PRAUD, each solid and void creates its own topography, and thus the topography of the solid provides different experiences for pedestrians and joggers, while topography of the voids provide different types of functions and landscape fields. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Urban Island Prototype 01 / Erick Kristanto

Courtesy of Erick Kristanto
Courtesy of Erick Kristanto

Unlike the old concept of public spaces that rely on objects as a single attraction, the new prototype of urban island by Erick Kristanto for the Seattle Urban Intervention Competition uses various different activities as multiple magnets. The activities are pooled on the elevated platform as a new addition of the Seattle center complex. Since all of the programmed activities are moved to the elevated platform, the ground floor can be almost free of structure for flexible multipurpose space. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Spring 2012 AIAS West Quad Regional Conference

The American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS) chapter at Washington State University will proudly host the Spring 2012 West Quad Regional Conference in Spokane at the end of March 2012. The conference will take place March 29th – April 1st on the WSU Spokane campus under the theme of “Preserving Identities,” welcoming in attendees from across the Western United States. More images and information on the event after the break.

AIA Seattle: Tour of Architects

The upcoming Tour of Architects in the Puget Sound region of Washington State sponsored by AIA Seattle will take place from March 17-25. Four separate tours will take place over the two weekends, with architects on site to meet with tour guests in addition to conducting tours. The projects featured on the tour are primarily residential, encompassing a wide variety of styles ranging from modern, universally design urban lofts, to remodeled min-century ramblers. Some of the other typologies featured include a memorial project dedicated to the memory of Japanese Americans interned during WWII, an equestrian facility and an award winning Fire Station. The tickets are priced at $20 per tour, $35 for a weekend pass, and $50 for both weekends.Visit the official site for more information here. See more photos of some of the featured projects after the break.

Maier Hall / Schacht Aslani Architects

© Doug Scott
© Doug Scott

Architect: Schacht Aslani Architects Location: Port Angeles, Washington, USA Project owner: Peninsula College (Port Angeles, WA) Projects Area: 62,950 sf Project Year: 2011 Photographs: Doug Scott 

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Interview with Tom Kundig by Lawrence W. Cheek of SeattleMet

© Tim Bies/Olson Kundig Architects
© Tim Bies/Olson Kundig Architects

In this interview published by Seattle Met,  Lawrence W. Cheek speaks with Tom Kundig, principal at Olson Kundig Architects.  Kundig has defined his career for designing homes that are flexible and considerate in their materials, functions, response to site and the way that the human body interacts with the space and mechanics of the environment.  This interview is excellent at revealing Kundig’s inspiration and priorities when it comes to designing homes and he mentions some great examples and strategies that he has taken over the years. Here is just a list of the variety, but consistency, representative of Kundig’s work: Art Stable; Seattle, WA; 2010. 1111 E. Pike; Seattle, WA; 2008. Rolling Huts; Mazama, WA; 2008. Montecito Residence; Montecito, CA; 2008. On January 25th at 6pm, Tom Kundig will be speaking with Mark Rozzo at the New York Public Library about Tom Kundig: Houses 2.  More information on that event coming soon. Follow us after the break for the full interview, courtesy of SeattleMET, ”Q&A with Architect Tom Kundig” by Lawrence W. Cheek.

Yale Steam Laundry Condominiums / John Ronan Architects

  • Architects: John Ronan Architects
  • Location: Washington, DC, USA
  • Architects: John Ronan Architects
  • Photographs: Nathan Kirkman

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Record Store Installation at [storefront] / Olson Kundig Architects

© Tim Bies
© Tim Bies

Olson Kundig Architects is an experimental work place for their community collaborations, pro‐bono design work, philanthropic and volunteer work, and for design research and the development of design ideas. Since its inception this summer, has served as an artist’s working studio, a dancer’s stage, a non‐profit’s arts education on workshop and outreach hub, a design festival’s pop‐up space, and more. Record Store is the latest and current iteration of . More images and architects’ description after the break.

AIA+2030 Professional Series: Prepare for the New Energy FutureTM

AIA Seattle, the Seattle Chapter of American Institute of Architects, with partners BetterBricks, the City of Seattle, and Architecture 2030 present AIA+2030 Professional Series: Prepare for the New Energy Future at Seattle City Hall. The AIA+2030 Professional Series, which starts on January 27th and ends with the last session on October 12th, helps design professionals create buildings that meet the ambitious energy efficiency goals of the 2030 Challenge. Ten four-hour sessions offer strategies to reach 60% reduction in fossil fuel greenhouse gas emissions, giving design professionals the knowledge and leverage to create next-generation, super-efficient buildings—and provide firms with the skills that will set them apart in the marketplace. All who are interested must register by January 18th. For more information, visit here.

Bertschi School Living Science Building / KMD Architects

Architect: KMD Architects Location:  Seattle, Washington Project area: 5,225 sqf Construction cost: $930,000 (est.) Project Year: 2011 Owner/Tenant: The Bertschi School Photographs: Benjamin Benschneider

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Container Architecture Exhibition

Showcasing the most high-profile realized ISO-container projects from all over the globe, the Container Architecture Exhibition, put together by Jure Kotnik, is offering an insight into one of architecture’s youngest branches until December 9 at the Seattle AIA gallery and clearly demonstrates the wide variety of uses containers can be put to. This includes temporary constructions, public buildings, housing arrangements and everything in between. The exhibit asserts that quality architecture does not precondition what you build with but how. Several of the presented projects rank among top notch architecture achievements, having received world renowned awards. More information on the exhibition after the break.

2011 AIA Seattle Honor Awards for Washington Architecture

© Tim Bies/Olson Kundig Architects
© Tim Bies/Olson Kundig Architects

The AIA Seattle chapter recognized nineteen projects for design excellence from across the state of Washington. An extensive collection of 140 submittals were reviewed, resulting in the selection of ten institutional, seven residential, and two commercial projects. The general theme showed an integration of sustainability into architectural work, stating that the “old discussion of green design in opposition to good design argument is history.” Nancy Levinson, Editor of Places/Design Observer, moderated the packed event at Benaroya Hall. The competition was juried by Marlon Blackwell FAIA (University of Arkansas), Martin Felsen AIA (Chicago) and Jennifer Yoos (Minneapolis). Co-Chairs were Wendy Pautz AIA of LMN Architects and Guy Michaelsen ASLA of the Berger Partnership. Continue reading for the complete list of the 2011 winners.

Jim Olson: Architecture for Art Exhibition

The Museum of Art at Washington State University is organizing ‘Architecture for Art,’ the first comprehensive exhibition devoted to the career of Jim Olson, one of the Northwest’s most significant architects and founder of the internationally recognized Seattle-based firm, Olson Kundig Architects. The exhibit, which is open from now until December 10th, will serve as a retrospective for Olson’s 45-year career, highlighting his residential legacy, including his own homes-an apartment in downtown Seattly and his cabin on Puget Sound-as well as his public design work, which encompasses the Lightcatcher Museum in Bellingham, Washingtom, St. Mark’s Cathedral and the Pike and Virginia Building in Seattle, and the Noah’s Art Exhibit at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles.  More information on the event after the break.

University of Washington Medicine Research Complex / Perkins+Will

Courtesy of Gustafson Guthrie Nichol
Courtesy of Gustafson Guthrie Nichol

Gustafson Guthrie Nichol (GGN) shared with us their role as landscape architects for the third phase of the University of Washington Medicine’s research hub, designed by Perkins+Will, in Seattle’s South Lake Union neighborhood, which broke ground earlier this month and is scheduled to be completed in the spring of 2013. More images and project description after the break.

Call for Entries: 2011 Honor Awards for Washington Architecture

Perspective provides us the vision to see our work and how we shape our surroundings with increasing clarity as we aspire to evolve and seek ever better answers to the challenges of our world. Our perspective begins with the most personal of the individual, to ever expanding rings of reference and community. This year’s 2011 AIA Honor Awards for Washington Architecture recognizes the transformative potential of vision in shaping our work and our communities. We invite the design community to engage in the conversation of the Awards and submit your perspective whether realized, latent, or an idea in the pursuit of design excellence. This year’s esteemed jury and moderator will share their perspective in an engaging evening of dialogue at Benaroya Hall.