Monthly Archives: February 2011

American Institute of Architects New York names new president

Margaret O’Donoghue Castillo Ms. Castillo is the new president of the American Institute of Architects New York, one of the oldest and largest A.I.A. chapters in the nation, with just under 5,000 members.  She is also a principal at Helpern Architects, specializing in sustainable and historic preservation projects. Q The theme of your presidency is

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Today’s project highlight

The Cairns Institute, Cairns, Australia By Woods Bagot Architecture Proposing a concept that will celebrate the rainforest setting, and enrich the place experience was a winning formula for Woods Bagot and RPA Architects who have been awarded the design of The Cairns Institute, headquartered on the James Cook University (JCU) Cairns campus. A $25 million

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U.S. architecture billings index falls in January

* January ABI 50.0, down 3.9 pts * New projects index falls 5 pts to 56.5 * Cautious optimism for design industry: AIA NEW YORK, Feb 23 (Reuters) – A leading indicator of U.S. nonresidential construction activity weakened last month after two months of improving numbers, an architects’ trade group said on Wednesday. The monthly

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David Chipperfield talks about his design of the Neues Museum in detail

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7rLsS-JDJKE] “Finally the Neues Museum is finished. The official handover of the building,newly restored by David Chipperfield,is to take place in early March. The museum,originally built in the mid-nineteenth century,has been in ruins since the end of the Second World War. Its rebuilding is the last of the restoration projects on the city’s Museum Island.

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Miami architect plans new Port-au-Prince

When I attended the University of Miami School of Architecture from 1974-1976 (before transferring to Pratt) my studio director was Andres Duany.  He was a relative unknown and had recently graduated from Columbia.  I have very fond memories of my time in his classes. A slide presentation is available at www.PortAuPrinceRP.com. Famed Miami architect and

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Innovative gay retirement community said in works for Rancho Mirage

Firm says it has plans for Rancho Mirage, but city says it’s news to them Ten diverse architecture firms are collaborating with a Los Angeles-based real estate investment company in hopes of building a $250 million urban-village type retirement community primarily for gays on 100 acres in Rancho Mirage. Developers hope to break ground next

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Computers are great tools for architects, but don’t let CAD go wild

Designing using CAD As an AEC staffing expert and someone who has sold, supported and trained in CAD products for years, I would love to know your thoughts on this article.  For example, why is BIM below the radar?  Architects can now design buildings without lifting a pencil, thanks to computer technology. In fact, digitally conceived

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Vinoly completes UCSF research facility

Transitional spaces at stem cell building encourage ‘cross-pollination of ideas’ The Ray and Dagmar Dolby Regeneration Medicine Building at the University of California (UCSF) hosted a grand opening yesterday to celebrate the completion of a challenging construction project. Designed by Rafael Vinoly Architects with executive architect the Smith Group and DPR Construction, the new facility

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Bernanke Encouraged by Drop in Unemployment, Cautions Full Recovery Will Take Years

WASHINGTON — Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke told Congress on Wednesday that the sharp drop in unemployment over the last two months is encouraging but cautioned that it will take several years for hiring to return to normal.  In prepared testimony before the House Budget Committee, Bernanke also warned that failing to forge a plan

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‘Lake Wobegon’ in the sky: Apartment high-rises are above average, but nothing special

Fueled by a growing shortage of apartments and fears that condominiums will lose their value, Chicago’s apartment building boomlet is a welcome shift from the brutal recession years, if only because it will help keep struggling architects off the unemployment rolls. Yet as two new apartment towers reveal, the design consequences of this anticipated construction

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