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Introducing archiproducts.com, a new search engine for interior design and architecture Print E-mail
Thursday, 23 June 2011 12:17

www.archiproducts.com is a new international search engine for interior design and architecture.

It consists of a work-tool for professionals and those with interest in design all over the world, archiproducts is today the greatest multilingual archive to click. It’s the feather in the cap for the network also including archiportale, web portal of reference in Italy for architects ad designers. More than 400.000 network subscribers, 1,7 million of unique visitors per month, more than 20.000 catalogues in 11 languages to find forward-looking materials with innovative technologies and striking creativity.

What to find on archiproducts? Many and many home furnishing ideas, with the latest trend developments unveiled by suppliers from all over the world, without forgetting historical design production for the most enthusiasts!


Sofas, chairs, beds and dining room furniture, kitchens and bath ideas, outdoor living solutions, but also lighting, textiles and accessories, playing an increasingly important role in today’s new interior worlds.
The pleasure of “leafing through” catalogues as if they were paper will satisfy the most scepticals. The usual gesture of page turning is enriched on archiproducts by new possibilities thanks to a graphic style studied for those who love things “in a big way”: very large pictures unveiling the main product details, pdf files with all information, text enlargement and easy access to products catalogues.


 
Unveiling of Buckminster Fuller's Restored Fly's Eye Dome Print E-mail
Tuesday, 24 May 2011 06:26

Flys-Eye-Aspen-Bucky1980 - Buckminster Fuller with Fly's Eye dome and Dymaxion Car in Snowmass Colorado

Goetz Composites, fabricators of some of race boats is nearing completion of a historic restoration of one of Buckminster Fuller's most iconic structures, the 24 foot Fly's Eye Dome. The restored dome will be unveiled to the public at Goetz Composites in Bristol, RI Wednesday May 25th

Last Updated on Tuesday, 24 May 2011 16:26
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Stanford University selects Diller Scofidio + Renfro to design new Burton and Deedee McMurtry Building for the arts Print E-mail
Thursday, 14 April 2011 12:31



The new building will provide unified facilities for art history, art practice and film programs. The new interdisciplinary arts hub is part of a major investment in the arts across the campus.

Stanford University announced today that it has selected Diller Scofidio + Renfro to design a new home for the Department of Art and Art History. The 90,000-square-foot Burton and Deedee McMurtry Building will serve as an interdisciplinary hub for the arts at Stanford and further the ongoing development of an "Arts District" at the entrance to campus. The new facility, named in recognition of Deedee and Burt McMurtry (MS '59, PhD '62), who provided a $30 million gift toward its creation, will be a cornerstone in Stanford's initiative to enhance and expand the role the arts play throughout campus.

The McMurtry Building will house the department's programs in art practice, design, art history, film and media studies, and documentary film, which currently occupy several different facilities on campus. Diller Scofidio + Renfro, selected for its experience and distinctive approach to architecture for the arts and education, will design the space to foster interaction and collaboration among students and faculty across artistic disciplines, and advance the integration of the arts and art history into other areas of the university.

Last Updated on Thursday, 14 April 2011 12:32
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The American Institute of Architects Issues Statement on Obama Administration’s Fiscal 2012 Budget Print E-mail
Tuesday, 15 February 2011 08:07


AIA 2011 President Clark Manus, FAIA commented on the budget President Obama presented to Congress yesterday.

“The President’s budget, in effect, increases the value of investment in energy conservation in commercial buildings by roughly $1 billion. That represents a significant increase from the current tax deduction of $1.80 per square foot now on the books and is an increase for which the AIA has been advocating in order to encourage energy conservation. Energy conservation isn’t a political agenda but rather a sound policy that can save money and resources, ultimately making the US less dependent on foreign sources of energy.”

“The President’s budget also launches a new loan guarantee program to increase financing opportunities for universities, schools, and hospitals and creates a $100 million "Race to Green" competition for State and municipal governments to implement innovative approaches to building codes, standards, and performance measures.” The AIA co-sponsorship of an emerging green code (IgCC) is consistent with this approach.

“While we still have much of the budget to analyze, we think the Better Buildings initiative contained in the budget represents a major step forward in implementing policies for which the AIA has been advocating for some time.”

“We look forward to working with the Administration and Congress to make these budget proposals a reality.”
 
Possibility of a Guggenheim Museum in Finland Print E-mail
Wednesday, 19 January 2011 15:08

Helsinki Mayor, Jussi Pajunen, has recently announced that the City of Helsinki has commissioned the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation to conduct a concept and development study, exploring the possibility of creating a new Guggenheim Museum in Finland. Helsinki is the largest city in Finland.

While located at the heart of the fast-growing Baltic Sea region, 315 miles due east of Stockholm, where it serves as a gateway between East and West, the city is home to 1.3 million people and several universities. The relocation of the cargo harbor in 2008 opened vast waterfront areas in downtown Helsinki have been freed for redevelopment, further enhancing Helsinki’s strong maritime character and making the urban structure more sustainable.

The study, which is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2011, will explore topics including the possible mission and structure of an innovative, multidisciplinary art museum in Finland, the form that its exhibition and education programs might take, its prospective relationship with Helsinki’s existing visual arts institutions, the museum’s potential economic impact and the scope of the Guggenheim Foundation’s involvement in its operation. Beginning from a deep consideration of program and purpose, the study will seek to imagine what a museum of the 21st century might be.

The Mayor stated, "As the capital of our country and home to its greatest concentration of art museums, Helsinki has a special responsibility to keep improving and developing Finland’s cultural infrastructure. It is widely recognized that cultural destinations can help drive economic growth for a country, provided they are created within an intelligent overall plan for development. We have such a plan—and the Guggenheim, as a truly global institution, is the ideal institution to collaborate with us in studying how to realize our goals. This is a collaboration that can help Helsinki and Finland prosper in an increasingly interconnected and competitive world."

The commencement of this concept and development study marks the first step in a multi-level process that will advance and evolve only with the appropriate consent and endorsement at each stage.
 
Architecture Billings Index Continues Positive Momentum Print E-mail
Wednesday, 19 January 2011 14:12
Three out of past four months have seen positive business conditions

On the heels of its highest mark since 2007, the Architecture Billings Index (ABI) jumped more than two points in December.  As a leading economic indicator of construction activity, the ABI reflects the approximate nine to twelve month lag time between architecture billings and construction spending. 

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) reported the December ABI score was 54.2, up from a reading of 52.0 the previous month.  This score reflects an increase in demand for design services (any score above 50 indicates an increase in billings). The new projects inquiry index was 62.6, up slightly from a mark of 61.4 in November.


“This is more promising news that the design and construction industry is continuing to move toward a recovery,” said AIA Chief Economist, Kermit Baker, PhD, Hon. AIA. However, historically December is the most unpredictable month from a business standpoint, and therefore the most difficult month from which to interpret a trend.  The coming quarter will give us a much better sense of the strength of the apparent upturn in design activity. ”

Key December ABI highlights:


Regional averages: Northeast (55.3), South (54.8), Midwest (52.9), West (48.4)
Sector index breakdown: multi-family residential (60.1),  commercial / industrial (52.7), institutional (50.6),  mixed practice (47.8)
Project inquiries index: 62.6
 
The Ohio State University pursues climate neutrality with comprehensive sustainability master plan Print E-mail
Friday, 24 September 2010 08:19
Seattle-based Mithun, in partnership with Heapy Engineering and green building consultants Yudelson Associates, reported that it is nearing completion of a comprehensive sustainability master plan for The Ohio State University, one of the largest universities in the nation with an enrollment of more than 66,000 students.
OSU_aerial“This project presented a great opportunity to create a national model for other major universities,” said Brodie Bain, Mithun Partner and Lead Campus Planner. “We anticipate that lessons learned here and practices adopted in the pursuit of climate neutrality to provide valuable information for colleges and universities across the nation seeking to address issues of climate change within the context of a core mission, multiple activities and complex organizational systems.”

The Sustainability Plan is being developed along with the University’s Climate Action Plan to position to set the Ohio State University on an ambitious course toward climate neutrality.
Last Updated on Friday, 24 September 2010 08:39
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