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AIA New Jersey celebrates successes and looks toward future
AIA New Jersey
Capping an eventful year for the architectural profession in New Jersey, AIA New Jersey gathered with friends and family on recently to celebrate the year’s architectural successes. At AIA New Jersey’s annual awards gala, held Jan. 9, at the Moorestown Community House, the organization installed its slate of officers for 2015, providing a glimpse into who will be steering the organizational ship in the coming year.
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President's message — a busy January
AIA New Jersey
The month of January has been a busy one for AIA New Jersey. It was a month of celebration, looking back and looking forward.

Friday, Jan. 9, was the Annual Awards Gala, the 2015 officers were installed, Design Awards highlighted, Service Awards recipients honored and the years scholarship was presented to a local college student. A wonderful evening was had, and we all expressed excitement for the year to come.

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IDP seminar to be held on Feb. 12
AIA New Jersey
Thursday, Feb. 12, from 6 - 9:30 p.m., Weston College of Architecture and Design, Gallery.

Presenters will overview Intern Development Program (IDP), the Architect Registration Exam, including an update on recent NCARB changes.

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AIA South Jersey Membership Meeting
AIA New Jersey
AIA South Jersey Member Meeting Tuesday, Jan. 27

5 to 6 p.m. — cocktail hour, cash bar and hors d’oeuvres

6 to 7 p.m. — dinner; Choose from: chicken cordon bleu, broiled fillet of flounder, or crab cakes

7 to 7:30 p.m. — AIA South Jersey Member Meeting

7:30 to 8:30 p.m. — program

Location: The Crab Trap; 2 Broadway, Somers Point, New Jersey 08244; (609) 927-7377

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Proposals: Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy
AIA New Jersey
AIA members may be interested to know that the Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy is now accepting proposals for presentations at its 2015 annual conference, Sept. 30 - Oct. 4, in Milwaukee Wisconsin. This year’s theme is Wisconsin: Wright’s Laboratory. AIA continuing education credits are offered to conference attendees.
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Job posting: Hoboken, New Jersey
AIA New Jersey
Looking for work in North Jersey? There are two jobs (Director of Business Development and Project Architect or Designer) that recently opened up in Hoboken.
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INDUSTRY UPDATES


2014: 'Tallest year ever,' according to Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat
The Magazine of the American Institute of Architects
The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat released its annual report, the 2014 Tall Building Data Research Report, which concluded that 97 buildings of 656 feet or higher were completed last year, beating every previous year on record, including the all-time high of 81 completions 2011. Additionally, eleven "supertalls" were completed, making this year even more significant for tall buildings, as it was also the highest recorded annual total.
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A leader in socially conscious architecture is closing amid financial woes
The New York Times
Architecture for Humanity, a nonprofit design group that sought to repair the world with socially conscious construction in places like Kosovo, Haiti and hurricane-ravaged Mississippi, has abruptly closed its San Francisco headquarters and plans to file for Chapter 7 bankruptcy protection. The organization has not officially announced its demise, but its founders, who left in 2013, and the chairman of the board confirmed the news recently.
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The world's most spectacular new airports
BBC News
Architect Moshe Safdie — who designed the iconic Habitat 67 housing complex in Montreal — began construction on a new development at Singapore’s Changi airport in December 2014. Featuring a "Forest Valley," "Jewel Gardens" and a 130ft-high waterfall called a "Rain Vortex," it looks more like the Land of Oz than an air hub; trees, palms and ferns are enclosed within a 134,000 square meter glass dome.
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AIA releases 2015 list of legislative priorities for Congress
The Magazine of the American Institute of Architects
The AIA released its annual legislative agenda for Congress on Jan. 16, days before President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address on Jan. 20. AIA’s legislative priorities aim to increase construction activity, create jobs, preserve the nation’s historic structures and ensure that resiliency is a key focus in planning communities.
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Architecture doesn't need rebuilding, it needs more thoughtful critics
ArchDaily
Over the past few weeks, a number of reactionary architectural commentators have come out of the woodwork to denounce what they see as the currently negative direction of contemporary architecture. They claim that architecture needs to be “rebuilt” or that it is “imploding.” From their indications, architecture is on life-support, taking its last breath.
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White space: The architecture of the art fair
Archinect
In his 1942 short story “The Library of Babel,” Jorge Luis Borges describes a universe consisting of a potentially infinite library of adjacent hexagonal rooms. Convinced that the library contains every imaginable ordering of twenty-five orthographic symbols, the inhabitants of this universe search incessantly, and futilely, for meaning amid the endless shelves. While an individual art fair is never actually infinite, its labyrinthine rows of cubicles can appear endless.
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2014 job growth in construction-related industries
The Magazine of the American Institute of Architects
The 2014 jobs numbers are in. Recently, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and payroll company ADP and Moody's Analytics both released the final monthly jobs reports for the year, capping out the first complete data sets on employment growth over the calendar year. So was it a good year or a bad year? There are a couple of things to keep in mind.
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Writer from Morris Plains sees historic buildings as 'visible link to past'
Parsippany Life via NorthJersey.com
The Henry Doremus House in Montville Township is a recurring figure in the writings of David Veasey. It was the subject of one of his first feature articles during his days as a journalist and now is part of Veasey’s book, "New Jersey’s Colonial Architecture Told in 100 Buildings."
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Being safe doesn't mean it has to be ugly
Detroit Free Press
Several years ago, the FBI announced it was looking for 10 acres in or near downtown Detroit to build a regional headquarters. The project fell through when the FBI could not find suitable space. Some people lamented the loss, but from an urban planning stance, Detroit dodged a bullet.
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