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Mass Timber: Shattering the Myth of Code Exceptions

04:00 - 12 February, 2019
Mass Timber: Shattering the Myth of Code Exceptions , T3 Minneapolis. Image Courtesy of DLR Group
T3 Minneapolis. Image Courtesy of DLR Group

Structural timber is in the midst of a renaissance; an ironic trend given that timber is arguably the most ancient of building materials. But new innovations in structural timber design have inspired a range of boundary-pushing plans for the age-old material, including everything from bridges to skyscrapers. Even more crucially, these designs are on the path to realization, acceding to building codes that many (mistakenly) view as restrictive to the point of impossibility.

The timber structures of today aren't just breaking records - they're doing it without breaking the rules. 

2016 Wood Design & Building Magazine Award Winners Announced

06:00 - 1 February, 2017
2016 Wood Design & Building Magazine Award Winners Announced, Courtesy of Wood Design & Building Awards
Courtesy of Wood Design & Building Awards

The 2016 winning submissions of Wood Design & Building magazine’s annual Wood Design Awards have been announced, each project demonstrates innovative approaches to and excellence in wood construction within architecture and design.

“For architecture to truly be successful, it must transcend buildings and fulfill the structural, functional and aesthetic needs of a community,” said Vice-President of Market Development for the Canadian Wood Council, Etienne Lalonde. “The Wood Design Awards program is an opportunity for design teams to showcase applications of wood/wood products that ultimately lead to safe, strong and sophisticated buildings and that inspire others to use wood in construction.”

Of the approximately 200 submissions, 22 projects were selected as award recipients across seven categories, selected by an esteemed jury consisting of Peter Bohlin, Patricia Patkau and Brian Court. Special awards were also presented by the Canadian Wood Council.

Here are the 2016 award recipients…

The Smile. Image Courtesy of Wood Design & Building Awards Samuel Beckett Civic Campus. Image Courtesy of Wood Design & Building Awards Wild Turkey Bourbon Visitor Center. Image Courtesy of Wood Design & Building Awards Nanjing Wanjing Garden Chapel. Image Courtesy of Wood Design & Building Awards + 20

12 Projects Announced as Winners of 2016 AIA Education Facility Design Awards

14:10 - 9 September, 2016
12 Projects Announced as Winners of 2016 AIA Education Facility Design Awards

The American Institute of Architects (AIA)'s Committee on Architecture for Education (CAE) has announced the winners of the 2016 CAE Education Facility Design Awards, which honor educational facilities that “serve as an example of a superb place in which to learn, furthering the client’s mission, goals, and educational program, while demonstrating excellence in architectural design.”

This year's theme was “Visioning and Re-Visioning," which focused on "the ways in which pedagogical innovation and cutting-edge design impact and influence each other." The AIA also notes that education facility design may now be more important than ever, as recent studies have indicated that a positive learning environment can affect a child’s academic progress over a year by as much as 25%.

Find out which projects received awards, after the break.

Community-Oriented Architecture in Schools: How 'Extroverted' Design Can Impact Learning and Change the World

10:30 - 5 March, 2012
© Yazdani Studio of Cannon Design
© Yazdani Studio of Cannon Design

You’ve considered every detail: re-thought the spatial configurations of the classrooms to account for over 40 students, ensured that the noise from outside doesn’t drown out the teacher, perhaps even adjusted the storage to kid-friendly heights.

As an architect, you live in the skin of the people who will daily occupy your buildings. And of course, the impact of physical conditions should never be underestimated, especially in the design of a school. Study after study has cited that the correct environment can greatly improve student engagement, enrollment, and even general well-being. [1]

However, there is another vital way in which design can impact learning. An approach that recognizes the power of society and culture, that aims to create a school not only permeable to the community around it, but charged with positive symbolic value.

Marysville Getchell High School / DLR Group

00:00 - 6 August, 2011
Marysville Getchell High School / DLR Group, ©  DLR Group
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2011 CAE Educational Facility Design Awards

15:00 - 24 June, 2011
© Eduard Hueber
© Eduard Hueber

AIA recently made us aware of this year’s CAE Educational Facility Design Awards. The purpose of the design awards program is to identify trends and emerging ideas, honor excellence in planning and design, and disseminate knowledge about best practices in educational and community facilities. Check out the list of 13 after the break, including several of the firms we have previously featured.