AIA Issues Statement to Congress on Introduction of Transportation Reauthorization Proposal
Friday, 08 July 2011 11:52


AIA Urges Congress Not to Miss Opportunity to Revitalize Economy, Improve Safety

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) issued the following statement on the release of the transportation reauthorization proposal Thursday by House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman John L. Mica (R-Fla.)

The statement should be attributed to AIA President Clark Manus, FAIA:

“Whenever architects are hired by clients to design projects, their primary goal is for the design to be cost effective while being long-lasting – by investing now and realizing the paybacks over time. This proposal may cost less than a fully funded transportation bill, but the long-term costs to our country by failing to invest in a 21st Century transportation system are far-reaching.”

“The cost just to maintain our transportation infrastructure in a good state outpaces even current federal funding. It will not help communities address the congestion challenges they face, or offer people more options in how they travel.

“This reauthorization bill should be a rare opportunity to help re-design our communities and transportation networks to help enable the U.S. to remain competitive. “We urge Congress to keep this goal in mind as negotiations continue on this much needed transportation bill.”
 
OMA to build major convention centre in Toulouse, France
Friday, 08 July 2011 07:24

OMA has just won the competition to design the new Parc des Expositions (PEX) in the innovation zone of Toulouse, southern France. PEX is conceived as a new gateway to the city and will host exhibitions, conferences, and concerts. The 338,000m2 project is designed to be a compact mini-city – an antidote to the sprawl of a standard exposition park, and a means to preserve the surrounding French countryside.
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Image courrtesy OMA
Last Updated on Friday, 08 July 2011 08:03
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logon | urban.architecture.design - Shanghai Museum of Glass
Thursday, 07 July 2011 08:59
Shanghai-glass-museum-12Located in Shanghai’s Baoshan District, this former glass-manufacturing site covers a total area of around 30,000m2, and includes thirty existing buildings of various age and scale. logon proposed a 20 year strategic development plan, renaming the site to G+ Glass Theme Park (Glass, Art, Research and Technology Park). Phase one includes the Shanghai Museum of Glass and a hot glass show.

Implementing a museum within the first phase of the development will help to shed some light on the Baoshan district where it is located and its community. As the site location is not well known, the museum should help in increasing the value of the surrounding land. Following phases of G+ Glass Theme Park include a sculpture yard in phase two, a science park in phase three, and a business park in phase four all supported by commercial facilities planned to be complete by 2018.
Last Updated on Thursday, 07 July 2011 09:45
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Roldán + Berengué, arqts. - Plaza Europa, a Social Housing Development in Barcelona, Spain
Tuesday, 05 July 2011 07:40
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The tower E.I.O.5 is a social housing project,  located in a newly developped central area of Barcelona  known as Plaça Europa (Europa Square).

The urban model of the Europa Square provides a generous public space opened to each side of Gran Via and includes 26 mainly residential towers whose height vary  between 15 and 20 floors. Tower 5 is located in the farthest crown from the Gran Via which runs half- undergrounded.

In all the buildings of the last ring, most of them public housing produced by different promoters,  the master planning laws fixed the  floor dimension not to exceed 24x24m, as well as height in which should be located the first floor structure (slab) and the crowing point of the towers.

This project was the object of public competition back in  2005.  The architects proposed rescaling the tower according to its position as a perpheral project within the whole development.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 05 July 2011 09:19
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The Month in Review
Monday, 04 July 2011 00:00
A selection of projects and articles that we featured in the last month. A wide variety of interesting projects that we hopr you will enjoy.

Last Updated on Monday, 04 July 2011 10:32
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Best business conditions since 2007 for residential market
Thursday, 30 June 2011 07:36
The AIA's Home Design Trends Survey has noticed that the decrease in home sizes and lots is nearing bottom. While we rejoice at the residential market picking up, we hope the tendency that prevailed back in 2007 to supersize those 'Macmansions' will keep decreasing.

According to the survey, the collapse of the housing market resulted in greater interest in smaller homes and lot sizes, but that appears to be leveling off. There continues to be interest from homeowners in investing in their properties, particularly with regards to outdoor living space.  Accessibility within the home remains a concern, especially for an aging population, along with ongoing demand for more flexible and open design within homes.  Business conditions for residential architects are showing improving conditions with the highest billings score since mid-2007.  These findings are from the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Home Design Trends Survey that focused specifically on overall home layout and use in the first quarter of 2011.
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CCS Architecture - Alpine Meadows in Lake Tahoe, CA
Tuesday, 28 June 2011 07:58

CCS-Architecture-Alpine-Meadows-04This project is a second home for a client that splits his week between San Francisco and Lake Tahoe. The home was developed for efficiency in response to a tight budget, and to maximize the amazing views of the adjacent landscape. An interpretation of alpine rustic modernism, vertical cedar siding and cedar wood is featured throughout the design. The house is grid connected, but it is also grid independent. 

Last Updated on Tuesday, 28 June 2011 08:35
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