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Grassroots 2014 — Connect, Engage, Lead, Innovate
AIA New Jersey
The AIA 2014 Grassroots Leadership and Legislative Conference was held March 18–21 in Washington D.C. A number of your AIA-NJ leaders attended and were inspired to build a better AIA. Along with hundreds of leaders from around the country and world AIA members discussed multiple projects to effect change. From the latest on AIA repositioning and how it could effect your local AIA chapters, to hearing from candidate for national AIA offices that will help to lead AIA next year and beyond.
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AIA-WJ Hosts Back of House Tour at Barnes Foundation
AIA New Jersey
AIA West Jersey is hosting a second Back of House Tour at the Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia on April 12. This tour has limited space available, anyone interested please email the form below to jglaviano@LGARCH.com reserve a spot. The same tour was held on March 29, to a packed group of AIA-WJ members and friends. Even in the rain this was a wonderful tour that all participants greatly enjoyed.
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Save the Date: Oct. 17-18 — Design Conference
AIA New Jersey
The 2014 AIA-NJ Design Conference will be a two day event this fall - More information to follow soon, Save the Date to join AIA-NJ Oct. 17-18.
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Sustainable Developments Seminar — Women in Architecture
AIA New Jersey
Our next AIA NJ meeting hosted by Modernfold will be held on April 16, with the opportunity to speak with Robin L. Murray, FAIA. Robin was elevated to fellow by the AIA for her national impacts in sustainability and smart growth, making her one of 400 women of 3000 fellows out of 80,000 members world wide. This is a great opportunity to meet and be inspired by a great leader in our industry.
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Celebrate Architecture Week 2014
AIA New Jersey
National Architecture Week, April 6─12, is a time to showcase the innovative and talented architects who’ve made positive contributions to our communities and society in general. It is annually held during the birthday week of our nation’s first president/architect, Thomas Jefferson (April 12).
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INDUSTRY UPDATES


Home construction continues to recover in New Jersey
North Jersey
Home construction in New Jersey is running about 15 percent ahead of last year's pace, which was the strongest since before the recession, according to the U.S. census. Home-building permit totals for January and February show a housing market "that is expanding with the economy," according to the economist Patrick O'Keefe of CohnReznick, an accounting firm with offices in Roseland.
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New Jersey company converts carbon dioxide into ethylene glycol
The Magazine of the American Institute of Architects
The process of waste production moves in one direction, regardless if it is linear or cyclical. Either way, energy and material production eventually results in waste that must either be disposed or reused. This process, however, may be reversed, as scientists at Princeton University have demonstrated. For decades, chemistry professor Andrew Bocarsly and his team have been investigating various means of converting CO2 — a waste material of significant concern — into usable materials.
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Increase your Facebook reach without paying for advertising
By Mayur Kisani
It is getting harder and harder for businesses on Facebook to reach their audiences. According to Facebook, it is due to the increase in the amount of content, the increasing number of businesses building a presence on the site and an effort to crack down on spam. But many also believe that Facebook has decreased the reach of pages in order to make businesses pay for promoted posts and advertisements, thus increasing revenue for Facebook. So just like everything online, there are a few ways that might help increase your reach on Facebook without having to pay for promoted posts or ads.
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Ahead of the bell: US construction spending
The Associated Press via Bloomberg Businessweek
The expectation is that as the weather warms up, construction will strengthen. For January, the small increase reflected strength in housing construction which helped offset declines in nonresidential building and government projects. Most economists are forecasting home sales and construction will improve further in 2014. They believe a strengthening economy will boost employment and the employment gains will provide the income gains needed to convince potential home buyers to take the plunge.
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Architects pushing the envelope with tiny homes
CNBC
Here are a few truisms about tiny homes: they are ecologically friendly. They are generally inexpensive. They can help avoid house debt. They reduce one's carbon footprint. They offer the possibility for a freer, simpler life. Plus, they're cute. And now, tiny homes have something else: a coolness factor. Architectural innovation has become part of the tiny home movement, with some of today's top designers testing the boundaries of imagination and possibility, transforming ultra small spaces into marvels of eco-sustainable, microminimalist design.
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US and New Zealand follow Australia towards tall timber buildings
Architecture & Design
Both the U.S. and New Zealand have announced million dollar plans to encourage tall timber building construction. The White House Rural Council and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) have announced a climate-driven initiative to encourage architects, builders and engineers to use wood as a structural material. America’s Forest Service has invested $1 million and will work with WoodWorks, a not-for profit organization to provide industry technical support, education and resources related to the design of modern wood buildings.
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Why urban domes are bad for society
The Magazine of the American Institute of Architects
In 1960, architect Buckminster Fuller proposed one of the most ambitious designs of his career: a dome to cover Midtown Manhattan. Made of ultralight, wire-reinforced glass, the 1.86 mile wide, 0.99 mile tall dome could supposedly be constructed by a fleet of 16 helicopters in three months. The overall structure would be as light as the air it contained, and would require cable-tethering in order to prevent uplift during the summer. Why the dome?
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3-D printing market projected to grow to $16.2 billion in 2018
The Baltimore Sun
After a slow start, 3-D printing is poised for a huge growth spurt in the next few years. The size of the market, including 3-D printer sales, materials and associated services, reached $2.5 billion worldwide last year, according to research firm Canalys. That figure is expected to grow to $3.8 billion this year and soar to $16.2 billion globally by 2018.
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Good design that does good
The Magazine of the American Institute of Architects
Shigeru Ban deserved to win the 2014 Pritzker Architecture Prize for one reason above others: his work demonstrates that socially-responsible architecture can also be beautiful. Ban had already designed the Curtain Wall House, whose billowing sails were similar to Léon Krier’s renderings of neoclassical utopias, but which was a real place of breathtaking beauty. He indeed seemed worth watching, as well as being amazingly bright and articulate — and now he has won the 2014 Pritzker Architecture Prize.
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Construction is picking up, projected to grow
The Times of Northwest Indiana
U.S. construction recently hit its highest point in five years, and was up 9.3 percent in January as the sector rebounds at a faster pace. Non-residential construction is expected to grow by 5.8 percent this year as hotels and retail chains expand, according to the American Institute of Architects. Such a surge would be a boon for steelmakers, who have struggled because of the sluggish demand from the construction industry.
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Fastest growing construction markets in the US
The Huffington Post
In February, we showed how the construction industry has experienced steady growth over the past several years based on our analysis of building permits issued during this period. To better understand where the market growth was occurring, we drilled down to the city/county level. In this article are the top ten cities that have experienced the most consistent growth over the past three years.
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1 idea for protecting New York, New Jersey from powerful storms: Man-made islands
The Associated Press via WLNY-TV
The federal government will be evaluating some bold ideas for how to prevent damage from another Sandy-type superstorm. As WCBS 880′s Jim Smith reported, one of the proposals would build a string of man-made islands off the coasts of Long Island and New Jersey to absorb the impact of another powerful storm. The artificial-islands plan was created by New Jersey’s Stevens Institute of Technology, along with the WXY architectural firm and West 8 Urban Design and Landscape Architecture.
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US architecture billings index upticks
World Property Channel
According to the American Institute of Architects (AIA), renewed commercial design activity and continued strong demand for multi-family residential projects is fueling new project growth in the U.S. Because of such, there was another uptick in the monthly Architecture Billings Index (ABI) last month. The AIA reported the February ABI score was 50.7, up slightly from a mark of 50.4 in January.
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