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President's message — AIANJ update and grassroots
By Kimberly Bunn, AIA New Jersey President
Spring is almost here in New Jersey, I know many of us are looking forward to warmer temperatures and to see projects delayed by weather move forward. Though it is only March a lot has been happening in the architecture community in NJ. We were saddened to learn of the passing of two architects who impacted the architecture community in New Jersey. Paul DeMassi, AIA, and Michael Graves, FAIA.
Lightweight construction materials — the public's perception
By Justin A. Mihalik, AIA New Jersey President-Elect
As a result of the AvalonBay fire in Edgewater, I was interviewed by PIX 11 news and Al Jazeera America as a representative of AIANJ, for the Architect’s perspective on lightweight wood construction materials. Architects understand that the building code takes into consideration the use group of a building as well as the construction type of materials in order to determine how then to protect the materials being used in order to meet a minimum standard and to be considered "safe." But what is the public's perception of "safe"? After all, as Architects, it is our responsibility to design “safe” buildings. In watching many Youtube videos and reading white papers on the subject of lightweight construction as I prepared for the interview, I found that the public's perception of engineered lightweight materials, mainly wood I-joists, is that they are "cheap."
Support historic preservation funding — Important deadline March 18
AIA New Jersey
Please ask your Member of Congress to support historic preservation funding. Historic preservation programming on the state and federal level relies on annual funding appropriated by Congress to continue to run – we need your help TODAY to make sure that happens. Please ask your Member of Congress to sign on to the historic preservation funding letter. We need to act fast – the deadline for legislators to sign this letter is Wednesday, March 18.
AIA Convention 2015
May 14-16, Atlanta
AIA Convention 2015 is one of the largest and most exciting annual gatherings of architects and design professionals in the U.S. The people, the ideas, the environment, the setting—it all comes together for an experience that will supercharge your year.
In memoriam — Paul DeMassi, AIA
AIA New Jersey
Paul J. DeMassi Architect and Navy veteran, on the board at Deborah Hospital Paul J. DeMassi, 80, a resident of Lavallette, New Jersey, passed away on Thursday, March 12, 2015. Funeral is Wednesday at 9 a.m. from the Ippolito-Stellato Funeral Home, 425 Ridge Rd., Lyndhurst, N.J. Funeral Mass is at 10 a.m. at Sacred Heart R.C. Church. Entombment is in Holy Cross Chapel Mausoleum. Friends will be received Tuesday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Send condolences to stellatofuneralhomes.com.
Michael Graves, dead at 80, leaves behind NJ architectural legacy
Michael Graves, the Princeton architect and designer who died on March 12, leaves behind an architectural legacy throughout the state he lived for more than 50 years.
In addition to the famous Portland Building, Denver Public Library and Humana Building, Graves's architectural designs include office and university buildings, modernist homes and shopping centers throughout New Jersey.
Performance demands will drive green construction growth
By Michael J. Berens
Of all the trends affecting the rise in sustainable construction, none is having a greater impact than the drive for higher building performance. As owners, engineers and builders strive for greater efficiencies, they are turning to green building practices for solutions. To judge by the trade media, you would think everyone is building green. Such is not the case. Although sustainable design and construction has become more mainstream, it still represents only a fraction of the entire industry. That may change drastically in the next three to five years.
Jersey City development boom reaching new heights
Jersey City is about to get a lot more crowded. The city is expecting nearly 3,000 residential units to come online before the end of the year, while developers are expected to break ground on another 3,000 in the next 10 months. The new additions will include a 950-foot condominium tower on Hudson Street that will be the tallest building in New Jersey, a 50-story high-rise outside the Grove Street PATH station and a 448-unit tower in Liberty Harbor North that will rise 44 stories.
4 reasons New Jersey housing is set to boom
It is obvious that the Great Recovery has impacted regions in the U.S. unevenly. One local market has had more to deal with than others: the state of New Jersey. The Great Recovery has been anything but Great or Recovery for the Garden State. With slow job growth, high taxes and the collapse of the real estate market, New Jersey had enough to deal with without having two catastrophic storms hit consecutively: Irene (2011) and Sandy (2012). But this spring 2015, could present itself as a big pivot for New Jersey's real estate market.
BLS releases January 2015 job growth for architects
The Magazine of the American Institutes of Architects
As the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics announced, preliminary data shows that architectural and engineering services added 4,900 jobs in February. January figures for the same sector were revised down dramatically from February's preliminary report, to 4,800 jobs added. As it does each month, the BLS also released more specific numbers on the number of jobs added within architecture, landscape architecture, and engineering and drafting services in the month previous.
Landscape architecture market valued at $2.3 billion
The Huffington Post
Landscape architecture services in the U.S. are currently valued at around $2.3 billion per year, according to a new report from the National Endowment for the Arts. The latest data, which covers up to 2012, shows that landscape architecture services account for 14 percent of total architectural services, which are estimated to be valued at $16 billion. In 2012, an estimated 21,000 landscape architects were employed, earning about $1.8 billion.
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Preemptive design saving cities
Massachusetts Institute of Technology via PhysOrg
Miho Mazereeuw is the founder of the Urban Risk Lab. She designs buildings and cities in anticipation of disasters. "Working in a field that has traditionally been the domain of emergency managers and engineers, we bring preemptive design and community engagement into the risk-reduction equation," she says. An architect, landscape architect, and assistant professor of architecture and urbanism, Mazereeuw's lab has a rapidly growing list of projects across the globe. Current projects take her to Haiti, India, Peru, and Japan—all sites vulnerable to earthquakes and floods.
A building designed to solve Haiti's cholera problem
In 2010, Haiti began to experience the worst cholera outbreak in the country's history. Five years and nearly 9,000 lost lives later, there's an interesting question to be asked: Could better architecture have saved lives?
Free online architecture and design courses
Following our wildly popular article on Four Ways to Learn About Architecture for Free, we've compiled a list of upcoming online classes related to architecture, engineering, urbanism and design. So whether you're looking to embark on a new topic or dive deeper into an already familiar subject, take a look at these free online courses after the break.
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