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Celebrate New Jersey architecture — DIGroup: Memorial Elementary School
AIA New Jersey
The New Jersey chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA-NJ) has awarded New Brunswick, N.J.-based architecture and planning firm DIGroup Architecture with an Honor Award for its innovative rebuilding design of Memorial Elementary School, a facility in East Brunswick that was severely damaged by fire. “DIGroup Architecture is well deserving of this award, having demonstrated true vision and imagination in this challenging rebuilding project,” said Kurt Kalafsky, AIA, president of AIA-NJ.
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National Convention — Chicago
AIA New Jersey
Architects from around the country will be at the AIA National Convention in June. Connect with the world’s brightest architects, designers, innovators, provocateurs and thought leaders. All in one place at one time, in the heart of America’s architectural epicenter — Chicago.
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Celebrate New Jersey architecture 2014 recap
AIA New Jersey
Over the last week as part of National Architecture Week , an event that showcases architecture’s influence on daily life, the New Jersey Chapter of the American Institute of Architects has highlighted a small sampling of projects that exemplify how architects and architecture play and important role as a force for positive change in our communities and to elevate the public’s appreciation of design. We highlighted ten of New Jersey’s Iconic Architects and positive impacts they have made on their communities in this article.
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New Jersey Political Action Committee on Capitol Hill
AIA New Jersey
Another fabulous AIA Grassroots Leadership Conference has graced AIA, but not without extraordinary excitement, great colleague camaraderie and well-organized Leadership Plenary Sessions. The political branch of AIA-NJ was represented at “the Hill” by Ben Lee, AIA and Laurence E. Parisi, who together attended the Government Advocacy Networking Breakfast and Congressional Staff Panel who discussed the purpose and the criteria for Capitol Hill visits.
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INDUSTRY UPDATES


Princeton-based ikon.5 integrates architectural style and sustainable technologies
The Times of Trenton
In the late summer or early fall of 2015, when Princeton University begins to use a long-awaited new storage facility for its art museum’s collections, it will have the imprint of a local architecture firm on it. But ikon.5, based in Princeton, is far more than a local name; the firm has designed buildings around the country, from campus housing to corporate headquarters.
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Panel rejects design for Eisenhower Memorial
The Associated Press via New Jersey Herald
A federal commission that oversees plans for monuments in the nation's capital voted recently to reject the current design for a memorial honoring President Dwight D. Eisenhower, sending the concept back to its architects for revisions. The National Capital Planning Commission voted 7-3 to endorse its staff's report opposing the current design. The objections focus primarily on the scale and placement of columns that would hold large stainless steel tapestries framing a memorial park honoring Eisenhower.
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History of Pulaski Skyway: Once 'most beautiful' and always dangerous
The Jersey Journal
When completed in 1932 at a cost of $20 million, the General Casimir Pulaski Skyway was the most expensive bridge of its day and it was declared the “Most Beautiful Steel Structure” among long-span bridges by the American Institute of Steel Construction. Architectural historian and author John Gomez noted that when famed architect Le Corbusier visited America in the 1920s, he toured the area, including Jersey City, and was fascinated by the Skyway “because he was theorizing about highways in the sky and to him the Pulaski Sky was the epitome of that concept.”
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Man-made color technology that never fades
The Magazine of the American Institute of Architects
Structural color is a natural phenomenon that continues to intrigue scientists. Structural color is abundant in nature — consider the wings of the morpho butterfly or the feathers of the spangled cotinga, for example. It is imparted by the surface nanostructure of a material. Unlike conventional paints and dyes used in manufactured products, structural color never fades — as long as the nanostructures remain intact, the color will persist even in harsh environmental conditions.
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Construction firms worried about worker shortage
The Associated Press via New Jersey Herald
The construction industry says it's in danger of running short on workers to keep up with the demand for building projects, as employees age and more teens are pushed to go to college. To counter the effect, a top construction trade group kicked off an effort recently to help bolster the employment ranks.
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Container rooms can be added and removed in Jenga-like tower by OVA studio
Architecture & Design
Following the brief for “bold new thinking, problem solving, beautiful design and revenue generating ideas”, OVA came up with the Hive-Inn – a hotel structure built from containers that allows each individual room to move in and out of the tower. With a focus on sustainability, the recycled containers are used as modular pieces that can be slotted into and connected independently to the building’s utilities regardless of what is above or under them – enabling the building to grow or decrease in relation to demand.
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5 innovations in kitchen design
The Magazine of the American Institute of Architects
In the halls of the biannual Eurocucina, part of the 2014 Salone del Mobile, kitchen and appliance manufacturers preferred substance over style with their new offerings. Here are five new innovations that stressed new uses of materials, long-awaited low-risk designs, and subtle technological innovations.
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Should architects be weaned off computer designing?
Daily News
Dr. Camilius Lekule, a senior lecturer with Ardhi University's School of Architecture and Design said recently that architectural work created by computers had limitations and did not allow individual creativity. "Sometimes a computer may fail, thus manual work is still important. Instead of solely depending on it, architects should allow their brain to do some thinking and use their hands to design some things," he said.
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Construction in the 21st century
The Magazine of the American Institute of Architects
WinSun Decoration Design Engineering Company has produced in Shanghai has created some different-from-usual concrete homes. For less than $5,000, the company used a gigantic 3-D printer to produce a concrete aggregate layer by layer, building upward. Even better, the concrete uses recycled materials.
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World's first realistic virtual elevator window system transforms lift experience
Architecture & Design
The modern city skyline is built on skyscrapers, but skyscrapers would not exist without elevators. Enter LiftEye, the world’s first and most realistic virtual elevator window system designed to transform the passenger’s experience. Operating similarly to Google Cars technology principles, LiftEye converts the conventional lift into a panoramic one with up to three HD LCD widescreen monitors fixed on to the car walls.
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8 floor finishes to ground space in good design
The Magazine of the American Institute of Architects
Finding flooring products that meet clients’ aesthetic and performance needs can be a challenge, especially if those applications see continuous use or demand ultra-green specs. The Magazine of the American Institute of Architects gathered the latest flooring introductions designed to handle a range of tasks from heavy foot traffic in the emergency room to dampening the buzz in open-plan offices.
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