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National Architecture Week April 12-18, 2015
AIA New Jersey
This week we are celebrating Architecture Week. In order to celebrate, we are promoting an #archselfie campaign. This campaign seeks to acknowledge that certain individual buildings can have more personal meaning than others, and for different reasons. A new project can reinvent the way we use, see or experience them within our community. Sometimes it's their resilience, never changing or moving, that holds the meaning and represents something constant in our lives. Or, an existing building may have shaped our lives, or the lives of countless others that came before us.
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AIA-NJ 2015-2016 scholarships available
AIA New Jersey
The AIA New Jersey Scholarship Foundation is seeking qualified applicants currently attending Schools of Architecture to award scholarship monies associated with the 2015-16 AIA New Jersey Scholarship Foundation Program of Scholarships. An application form for grant consideration is required from all applicants. Our Foundation encourages wide distribution of this notice along with disseminating information about our requirements and application forms (available on AIA NJ website) to eligible architectural students.
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NJIT architecture student receives AIA-NJ scholarship foundation grant for the second time
AIA New Jersey
AIA-NJ is pleased to announce that Saif Haobsh was granted the organization’s annual Scholarship Award. The $5,000 grant was presented to the Pompton Lakes resident at AIA-NJ's annual gala, which was held in Moorestown, New Jersey. A rising star among New Jersey architecture students, Haobsh also received the prestigious AIA-NJ award in 2011.
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AIA South Jersey meeting
AIA New Jersey
Date/time: April 21, 2015, from 5-9 p.m.
Location: Avalon Links Restaurant, Cape May Court House, NJ
Cost: AIA members $20, gusts $35 (free for interns, students and associate members)
Topic: Using Redevelopment to Preserve Atlantic City's History
RSVP by April 17, 2015

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Denise Scott Brown keynote at scholarship fundraiser
AIA New Jersey
Women In Architecture (WIA) is proud to present its Annual Scholarship Fundraiser featuring Denise Scott Brown. We will pay tribute to Denise's influence on the architecture profession with presentations by esteemed colleagues and collaborators of Denise Scott Brown, including Claudia Cueto, Nancy Rogo Trainer as well as Caroline James and ArielleAssouline-Lichten, the women behind the Pritzker Prize petition.
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Quinn de Menna, AIA appointed to AIA Design for Aging Advisory Group
AIA New Jersey
AIA-West Jersey would like to announce the appointment of Quinn de Menna, AIA to the AIA Design for Aging (DFA) Advisory Group. The eight-member national leadership board advocates for innovative design and shares research findings with professionals via the AIA DFA Knowledge Community, to promote quality of life and superior environments for an aging society.
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INDUSTRY UPDATES


How do NJ's building codes stack up to other states?
Asbury Park Press
Tens of thousands of homes were felled by superstorm Sandy, but a new report says New Jersey has the proper regulations in place to rebuild them the right way. With a score of 89 out of 100, New Jersey ranked fourth, thanks to a mixture of statewide standards and uniform processes for building officials and contractors, in the Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety's "Rating the States" report. The report examines building codes and regulations of the 18 states most vulnerable to potentially catastrophic hurricanes.
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Preservationists fight to save a former asylum in New Jersey
The New York Times
Case number 65935 involved a 44-year-old man brought from the jail in Morris County to Greystone Park Psychiatric Hospital on May 29, 1956. Described as "rambling" in his conversation, found by police "wandering aimlessly on the highways," he told the admitting physician, "I wrote about 8,000 songs and I got $10,000 for writing." So it was that Woodrow Wilson Guthrie, better known to the world as Woody, was found to have "grandiose ideas" and to lack "judgment" and "insight." He spent the next five years on Ward 40 of the Victorian building. Now, despite having solicited offers in 2013 for redevelopment of the hospital, the state says it is too far gone to preserve and plans to knock it down and return the site to parkland.
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Building boom slated to bring hundreds of residential units, retail space to Harrison and Kearny
NJ.com
For newlyweds Noorin Hamid and Zain Naqvi, convenience was key when choosing their first apartment. Married in January, the Monmouth County couple moved a month later to Water's Edge, a new 141-unit apartment complex in Harrison. The combination of new construction and proximity to the Harrison PATH station sealed the deal for the couple, who work in Manhattan. Water's Edge, which was constructed by Livingston-based BNE Real Estate Group and opened in September, is already 85 percent occupied, as of late March. Monthly rents for the studio, one- and two-bedroom apartments start at $1,600.
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Construction costs in the US are rising
The Journal of the American Institute of Architects
Newly released reports from international property and construction consultants Rider Levett Bucknall show that construction costs are on the rise in the United States, as the construction industry itself has diminished in size since the recession that began in 2008. The firm's First Quarter 2015 USA Construction Cost Report manifest a numerical explanation of the position the industry stands in currently: with costs of materials and labor gradually increasing, the demand for subcontractors "has led to upward pressure on bid prices in busy areas," said Julian Anderson, president of RLB.
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Are computers bad for architecture?
ArchSmarter via ArchDaily
In his articles for ArchSmarter, Michael Kilkelly often praises the value of computers and automation, a sometimes controversial viewpoint with plenty of supporters on either side. But what is the value of this automation? In this post originally published on ArchSmarter, he expands on his view of what computers can be useful for — and more importantly, what they can't.
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Buyers want energy-efficient homes
Green Building Elements
The National Association of Home Builders says a recent survey of prospective homebuyers shows energy-efficient homes are what they want most. Almost 84 percent of the people who responded to the survey said energy-efficient windows, Energy Star rated appliances, and programmable thermostats are high on the list of features they want in a new home. Others went further, saying they are looking for energy, water, and resource efficiency in a new home, together with improved indoor environmental quality from sustainable and locally sourced products.
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US adds 600 architecture jobs in February
The Journal of the American Institute of Architects
The United States economy added 4,200 jobs in architectural and engineering services in March, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported in the latest monthly employment report. The sector added 1,500 more jobs in March than it added in February. (February's data was revised from the initially reported 4,900 jobs added down to 2,700 jobs added). The bureau also released more detailed information about the success and failure in February of individual industries within this architectural and engineering services sector.
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10 classic misconceptions of architects
Freshome
When you think of an architect, what is the first thing that comes to mind? We bet it is one of these top 10 classic misconceptions that we have compiled below. While every profession contains certain stereotypes (and some may be valid), architects tend to be right up there with engineers when it comes to misconstrued notions.
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20 buildings that show the future of architecture
Wired
Five years ago, a group of Spanish architects dug a hole on a mountainside in Laxe, Spain. They filled it with hay, covered it in concrete, let it dry and blasted an opening to the mound. Then Paulina moved in. Paulina, a cow, spent the better part of a year eating her way through the hay, and by the time she was finished, all that was left was a hollowed-out bunker, marred with hoof scrapes and imprints of straw. This is the future of architecture.
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