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AIA Fellowship workshop
AIA New Jersey
This year, AIA New Jersey was successful in having two of its members elevated to Fellowship: Pamela Rew of KSS Architects in Princeton and Joseph Tattoni of Ikon5 also of Princeton. We have begun to put in place a process to assist those who wish to apply for AIA Fellowship and hope to continue this year to build on this success.
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Working with the media — writing a letter to the editor
AIA New Jersey
In our recent year end review of the 2014 activities of the AIA New Jersey Public Awareness Committee, we asked you to stay tuned for tools that will help you make a splash in the press. Below, is the second in a series of articles that will help you in that regard. With your help, we hope to be able to leverage our strength in numbers to help promote architects and architecture.
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Meier and Eisenman at the Maplewood Ideas Festival
AIA New Jersey
World-renowned architects Richard Meier and Peter Eisenman will be featured guest speakers at the Maplewood Ideas Festival 2015. Meier’s achievements include the Getty Center in Los Angeles and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Barcelona. Among many worldwide projects, Eisenman designed the University of Phoenix Stadium, which hosted this year's Super Bowl, and the Berlin Holocaust Memorial.
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Save the date — AIANJ Annual Conference
AIA New Jersey
October 23 and 24
Mark your calendars and watch for more information soon.

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Save the date — Post-disaster Safety Assessement Program Evaluator Training and Certification
AIANJ
The course will be held at the NJIT School of Architecture. Look for full course details and registration in early March.
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INDUSTRY UPDATES


January Architecture Billings Index reflects diminished demand for design services
The Magazine of the American Institute of Architects
Following nine consecutive months of growth, the Architecture Billings Index shows that the market for design services contracted to kick off 2015, following an upward turn in the index in December. The January ABI score was 49.9, down from December's mark of 52.6, upwardly revised this month from the original report of 52.2 last month. Any score above 50 indicates an increase in billings, whereas a mark below 50 means contraction.
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New type of wood used in construction appears to be cause of fires
Al Jazeera America
It's a material that is now used in more than 60 percent of all residential construction.
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NJ 'Gold Coast' building boom fueled by economy and proximity to NYC, experts say
NJ.com
Urban areas, especially along the Gold Coast, are experiencing a renaissance of sorts, due to an uptick in major residential projects. China Overseas America announced plans for a 950-foot residential tower in downtown Jersey City that, if constructed, would be the state's tallest building. Another giant, Journal Squared, will bring three residential towers to an area of the city that a number of development projects have pledged to transform.
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7 ways architecture can tackle global warming
Fast Company
Architecture is one of the key drivers of climate change. Between construction and the energy required to keep buildings up and running, the industry is responsible for nearly half of the carbon emissions in the U.S. Technologies and energy-savvy design can lower emissions, and in some cases, even generate energy. But scale proves a significant challenge. One off-the-grid tiny house won't put a dent in the world's carbon emissions.
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New poll finds bipartisan support for USGBC's LEED system
The Magazine of the American Institute of Architects
The U.S. Green Building Council's LEED rating system has strong bipartisan backing, according to the results of a new survey. The nationwide poll, conducted by market research firm Echelon Insights on behalf of USGBC, found that 79 percent of Republicans and 89 percent of Democrats support the use of the LEED system in buildings. Of the 800 public voters, 77 percent believe that LEED-certified buildings are healthier for people who live, work, and play in them; and 74 percent think that LEED-certified buildings can save money through water and energy efficiency.
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All signs pointing up for home remodelers
By Archita Datta Majumdar
Studies conducted by various industry bodies point to a positive future ahead for the housing market at large, and more specifically the remodeling market. According to Hanley Wood's Metro study unit, the Residential Remodeling Index, there will be an average growth of about 4 percent in the remodeling business. The prediction encompasses all metropolitan areas in the United States, with indications that the third quarter will see tremendous results.
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Using additive manufacturing to build with materials sourced from the jobsite
The Magazine of the American Institute of Architects
One of the early signs that additive manufacturing had made it in architecture was the shift from its use by designers solely as a tool for prototyping to one that could be used to fabricate finished objects. Although slower than many mass-production processes, the increased design control and scalable customization afforded by the new technology through processes such as 3-D printing has propelled its rapid growth within many industries. Thanks to new-found capabilities particularly relevant to architecture, additive manufacturing is taking another step forward: printing buildings in situ.
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Smart buildings: Architects using brain science for design guidance
Al Jazeera America
The meshing of architecture and brain science is starting to gain traction. Architects are studying the way the brain reacts to various environments through brain scanners and applying the findings to their designs. The push is on to incorporate brain science into design and architecture. A decade ago, the Academy of Neuroscience for Architecture was formed in San Diego. Dougherty, of Dougherty + Dougherty Architects, is on the board. The topic is part of the American Institute of Architects' conferences.
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US construction spending down 1.1 percent in January
The Associated Press via ABC News
U.S. construction spending fell in January, reflecting weakness in spending on office buildings and other nonresidential projects and in government activity. Construction spending fell 1.1 percent in January following a revised 0.8 percent increase in December, the Commerce Department reported. Spending on home construction rose 0.6 percent but spending on nonresidential projects dropped 1.6 percent, reflecting declines in hotels, office buildings and the category that covers shopping centers. Spending on government projects also declined in January, falling 2.8 percent.
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New exhibition identifies starting point for architects
Architectural Record
The blueprint, invented in the 1840s, was ubiquitous in architecture offices — to which it lent a slightly acrid smell — for much of the 20th century. Now the medium confers a certain authenticity, a kind of Instragram-ish patina, says architect Florian Idenburg, though, he notes that paradoxically, a blueprint is also a plan for the future.
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