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Steven Holl Architects Wins Two “Good Design Is Good Business” China Awards Print E-mail
Thursday, 11 February 2010 15:20

Steven Holl Architects has received “Good Design Is Good Business” Awards for Linked Hybrid in Beijing and the Horizontal Skyscraper/Vanke Center in Shenzhen.
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The awards, administered by Architectural Record and McGraw-Hill Construction, recognize a total of 17 projects in six categories.

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Heller Manus Architects’ Shanghai Commercial Office Tower Receives LEED ® Gold Precertification Print E-mail
Friday, 05 February 2010 10:13

Heller Manus Architects informed us that its 26-story commercial high-rise tower currently under construction in Shanghai was awarded LEED Gold Precertification under the LEED-Core and Shell (LEED-CS) program. The building at 1080 East Dondaming is the first of the LEED-CS program that has been precertified in Shanghai, China. Final LEED Gold certification of the high-rise will be awarded after an independent document review by the USGBC following the building’s completion.
Heller_ManusThe site is located 2 blocks from the Huangpu River in the old Jewish Quarter of Shanghai and has dramatic views of the Pudong and Bund districts. Extensively landscaped outdoor areas and a grand lobby create an inviting environment that reflects the openness and flexibility which are key concepts of the design. Unimpeded circulation throughout these spaces is also a main consideration for the project. The multi-use building plan consists of a 120 meter high office tower with rooftop garden over a 21 meter high podium containing a health club with pool, conference and banquet facilities and ground floor retail as well as a separate 10 meter high retail building.

Last Updated on Friday, 05 February 2010 10:20
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Forty-Three Drawings by Swiss Architect Jean Tschumi Donated to the Collection of The Museum of Modern Art Print E-mail
Friday, 05 February 2010 08:58

Architect Bernard Tschumi has donated forty-three drawings by his father, the Swiss architect Jean Tschumi (1904-1962), to the Architecture and Design Department of The Museum of Modern Art, New York (MoMA). Jean Tschumi, a key contributor toward the evolution of modern architecture and design in the mid-20th century, was known as an influential figure in both architectural education and the development of international architectural practice.
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DESIGN COMPLETE FOR 105,000-SF, LEED-GOLD ELEMENTARY SCHOOL IN SPRING ISD NEAR HOUSTON Print E-mail
Written by Claire Bloxom   
Tuesday, 02 February 2010 11:04

SHW Group designed Gloria Marshall Elementary School to meet LEED and Collaborative for High Performance Schools (CHPS) criteria; Has already been accepted by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to receive an ENERGY STAR rating due to its energy-efficient building designSHW Group's Houston studio, one of the world’s largest educational architecture and design firms, has completed the design for the new “green” two story, 105,000-square-foot Gloria Marshall Elementary School for the Spring Independent School District near Houston.

Currently under construction, the new school will open in August 2010. It will be the first school in Houston to use geothermal heating and cooling, which is expected to save at least 25 percent in energy consumption over the current code.
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Twenty-Five Year award for SOM's Hajj Terminal project in Saudi Arabia Print E-mail
Tuesday, 02 February 2010 08:21

Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP (SOM) announced last week that the King Abdul Aziz International Airport - Hajj Terminal received the 2010 American Institute of Architects (AIA) Twenty-Five Year award.
KAAIA_sunsetThe award jury commented, “This project exemplifies the power of a clear idea. With a very simple bay repeated quite beautifully, they set the standard for many airports since….The architects created a highly sustainable project well ahead of the green movement….The terminal presents a sense of place, ecology, economy of means, and culture – not imposing on but learning from the local culture and environment.”

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AIA: Architects Urge Swift Action on Jobs Bill Print E-mail
Thursday, 28 January 2010 10:13
Architect discussed policy ideas with Senate majority leader in advance of State of the Union

“We are encouraged that the President and leaders of both parties are talking about job creation,” said Christine McEntee, EVP / Chief Executive Officer of the American Institute of Architects (AIA).  “But, the time for talk has passed.  The President and Congress must move quickly to help address the economic crisis the country continues to experience.  We urge swift passage of the legislation that helps get the design and construction industry back to work.  We want common sense policies that free up credit, promote green building and help small businesses drive economic recovery.”
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Benjamin Vargas and James Logan Abell, Are Recipients of 2010 AIA Awards Print E-mail
Saturday, 12 December 2009 10:26
The American Institute of Architects (AIA) have recently selected Benjamin Vargas, FAIA, as the 2010 recipient of the Whitney M. Young Jr. Award, given to an architect or architecturally oriented organization exemplifying the profession’s responsibility toward current social issues.

It has also awarded James Logan Abell, FAIA with the 2010 American Institute of Architects’ Edward C. Kemper Award for Service to the Profession. Named in honor of the AIA’s first executive director, the award recognizes individuals who contribute significantly to the profession of architecture through service to the Institute.
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