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The right move for the Wright house?
The Magazine of the American Institute of Architects
When Frank Lloyd Wright designed a house alongside the Millstone River in Somerset County, N.J., he couldn’t have predicted that flooding would cause it to be shipped 1,300 miles away. Neither did homeowners Lawrence and Sharon Tarantino. But after years of floods, the Tarantinos — architects and co-founders of Tarantino Studio, a Millstone, N.J.-based firm specializing in the restoration of Wright buildings — decided to put their house on the market for $1.5 million.
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FROM OUR PRESIDENT


A new year
AIA-NJ
AIA New Jersey has hit the ground running in 2014. I’d be remiss if I didn’t first thank Jack Purvis, AIA for his leadership last year and I Iook forward to continuing to work together in the coming year. We will strive to put the architect in the forefront where it comes to rebuilding all of our communities across the state as we continue the rebuilding process after hurricane Sandy.

I have had the opportunity to visit with most of the sections at their inaugural dinners and have a few more to go, but in each that I have visited so far it has been encouraging to see so many new faces getting involved to help advance our profession. The next generation is our future and we need to continue to encourage and support them as they take on more leadership positions in the AIA.

We are gearing up for Grassroots in March where we will be taking our voices to the Washington to meet with our representatives and let them know that we have a great understanding of what needs to be done to move not only New Jersey, but our country forward as we come out of what has been the worst recession that most of us have experienced in our lifetimes.

I have been asked by many “What’s on your agenda for the coming year?” But I don’t see it like that. This is not my AIA, this is our AIA. Likewise it is not my agenda, it is our agenda. This is how I approached the leadership conference last year. For those who weren’t there, we asked ourselves some hard questions. What do we do well? What do we not do well? What should we start doing? What should we stop doing? What should we continue doing? Three major topics where chosen and broken down in great detail, Governance, Activities and Membership. We have assigned task forces to further discuss these issues and bring recommendation back to the board for action. This is what I see my role as your president, to help facilitate the will of the membership.

I look forward to meeting as many of you as possible in the coming year. Speak up, be heard, after all, we are Architects!

Kurt M Kalafsky AIA
AIA-NJ 2014 President

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An AIA architect can
AIA-NJ
This past summer, I had the opportunity to witness Mariano Rivera’s last two games at Yankee Stadium. As a lifelong Yankee Fan, it was an experience that I could never believe would happen during my lifetime and a moment that was bigger than the game of baseball. Needless to say, both games at Yankee Stadium were overwhelming with cheering fans that had tears in there eyes, clapping endlessly, while watching Mariano pitch his last games. But the most memorable moment came during his final game without notice.
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At awards gala AIA-NJ reflects and looks toward future
AIA-NJ
From the creation of innovative new homes, offices, schools and other buildings to the preservation of some of New Jersey’s most important structures, the architecture profession had a profound impact on New Jersey in 2013.

While the New Jersey chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA-NJ), which was formed in 1900, has long played an important role in improving the landscape and economy of The Garden State, 2013 was an especially active year for the organization and its members.

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Membership renewal time — what are your options?
AIA-NJ
Once again it is that time of year to renew our AIA membership. In my opinion, one of the most valuable assets to have as an Architect, so of course, I renewed just after the new year to get that first business expense! We at AIANJ are here to serve our members in any way we can to help you get the most out of your membership.
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Practicing architecture without a license — don't let it happen
AIA-NJ
This is a reissue of the original article from 2011. There has been great success as of recent against parties who were practicing architecture illegally. If you know of someone who is practicing illegally, please file a complaint! Read the following article to understand the process.


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In memoriam — Franklyn Spiezle AIA
AIA-NJ
Trenton, N.J. – Jan. 15, 2014 – Spiezle Architectural Group, Inc. is saddened to announce the passing of its founder, Franklyn Spiezle, AIA. Franklyn Spiezle, the Founder of Spiezle Architectural Group, passed away Wednesday, Jan. 8, peacefully at the age of 89 on his 64th wedding anniversary.
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INDUSTRY UPDATES


Architecture for Humanity presents new gym and playground design for Little Ferry school
North Jersey
Architecture for Humanity continued its work with the Little Ferry School District on its "ReNew Schools: Washington School" project as representatives returned to the borough to present designs based on ideas that came directly from members of the community. In November 2013, a community design workshop was held in the Washington Elementary School gym for residents, students, teachers and administrators to sketch out ideas they would like to see implemented into the design of the soon-to-be refurbished gymnasium and playground.
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Architizer hopes to digitize architecture and construction
Venture Beat
Architizer, a New York-based online marketplace for architectural construction projects, has raised $2 million in seed money. The money positions the company to go after what chief executive and cofounder Marc Kushner says is a $200 billion global construction supplies market. The 15-person start-up bills itself as the net’s largest “online source” in the global architectural market.
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An interview with Emerging Woman Architect of the Year, Julia King
Architects Journal
This interview with Julia King focuses on the effects of being a woman in architecture and how it has changed her work. She also discusses her ideas on future urban development in depth, as well as the importance of architectural research.
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The bright road ahead
The Magazine of the American Institute of Architects
Many architects, engineers and material manufacturers have already recognized the benefits of introducing illumination to roads and pathways. The NightTec Leuchtsteine illuminated pavers, Studio Roosegaarde's Smart Highway and BIG's Digital Interactive Roadway are all investing in this idea, but their examples are in the preliminary stages of development or are relatively expensive to widely implement.
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Standing out amid monotony in residential design
The New York Times
David Boyle did not build his house out of shipping containers to be hip, though he does live in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. He left the water pipes exposed not in pursuit of an industrial chic aesthetic, but to make them easier to fix.
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Revitalization plans for six Flemington sites to be unveiled Feb. 25
NJ.com
Tim DeLorm of TerraNoble Design has been hired by the Flemington Business Improvement District to create a “Recommended Downtown Strategic Plan.” It will include specific suggestions for redeveloping six sites in the borough — the Union Hotel block, the Cut Glass property, Fulper Road, Turntable Junction, the Daiboch property (at Park Avenue and Corcoran Street) and the former Agway properties. Delorm presented preliminary ideas to the public on Jan. 15.
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What makes the best architecture
The Magazine of the American Institute of Architects
Does architecture have to look strange to be considered good? Does it have to show us something we haven’t seen before? Or should it do what we know well? These are some of the questions to keep in mind when considering new styles of architecture.
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