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Can-struction 2014 — call for entries
AIA New Jersey
It starts with one can, to feed the hungry, to lift the spirit, to change the world. Can-struction is a charity committed to ending hunger, using “one can” as a catalyst for change. Every month, over 500,000 New Jerseyans access hunger relief programs supported by the Community Food Bank of New Jersey. New Jersey’s design/build competition puts a visual spotlight on hunger while showcasing the state’s best and brightest designers.
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2014 AIA New Jersey Service Awards open for nominations
AIA New Jersey
The AIA-New Jersey annual Service Awards are given to recognize accomplishments of individuals and firms that have provided distinguishes service to the profession and to the Society. They are designed to focus on the accomplishments of members and non-members on issues of public awareness of the built environment, service to the community and other non-design aspects of architecture.
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In memoriam: Saul Prail
AIA New Jersey
Saul Prail, 93, passed away at the Morris View Health Care Center in Morris Township, New Jersey, on Thursday, April 17. Born in Exeter, New Hampshire, Saul also lived in West Orange, New Jersey, and Barnegat, New Jersey, before moving to Morris Plains, New Jersey, in 2010.
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Luxury riverfront housing planned in Burlington City
Courier-Post
Burlington City officials have announced a plan for a major apartment complex with retail space facing the downtown Promenade along the Delaware River. To be known as Pearle Pointe, the four-story luxury apartment complex would be built on 3.8 vacant acres at High and East Pearl streets in the historic district. Officials said the city is on the verge of a housing and business renaissance that this development would help accelerate.
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New Jersey builders on track to start largest number of homes since 2006
The Record
Despite last winter's weather delays, New Jersey builders are on track to start the largest number of homes since 2006, led by a boom in rental construction. Through July, home builders have obtained more than 17,200 building permits this year, up 30 percent over the same period last year, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Multifamily construction has continued to lead the way, accounting for 63 percent of the activity this year.
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Faux brain tissue could help monitor architectural repairs
The Magazine of the American Institute of Architects
Ongoing fascination with the brain has helped to spur the development of cognitive machines that replicate human thought processes. The International Business Machines Corporation researchers, for example, are working on neurosynaptic computing chips that emulate the structure of the human brain, while the new book Superintelligence: Paths, Dangers, Strategies, by Oxford University philosophy professor Nick Bostrom, outlines recent developments in artificial intelligence.
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Stevens Tech students debut hurricane resistant, solar powered shore home design
The Jersey Journal
Stevens Institute of Technology recently showcased renderings of a high-tech, hurricane resilient “SURE HOUSE” designed in response to the devastation to homes on the New Jersey and New York shores by Superstorm Sandy. "I congratulate Stevens and the SURE HOUSE team on their innovative, forward-thinking design,” said Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer, who attended the event. “We look forward to learning from the SURE HOUSE and potentially applying some of the concepts to making homes in Hoboken more resilient."
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More women applying for architecture but only few receiving license
Realty Today
"Women in architecture" has become a sensitive social issue. Previously, it was reported that the industry is teeming with sexism and now it has been revealed that although many women apply to pursue architecture, only a few end up with a license. The Wall Street Journal covered a feature where it cites statistics from the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards and the American Institute of Architects. The figures show a striking difference between the number of female enrollments in architecture and the number of qualified, operating female architects in the U.S.
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Test the latest wearable technology on the jobsite
The Magazine of the American Institute of Architects
Here’s a chance to justify investing in wearable technology for work purposes. On Aug. 19, construction software developer Bridgit, based in Waterloo, Ontario, launched Groundbreaker, a beta testing program for architects and contractors unafraid to wear gesture control devices and smart glasses on the jobsite and test Bridgit’s flagship product, Closeout. The mobile app allows architects and contractors to photograph, track and notify project team members of construction deficiencies and punch list items on their smart phones and tablets.
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US architecture billings index hits highest level since 2007
Reuters
The Architecture Billings Index, considered a leading indicator of U.S. non-residential construction, rose in July to a seven-year high, the American Institute of Architects said recently. The ABI rose to 55.8 in July, from 53.5 in June, reflecting an increase in design activity. "The last three months have shown steadily increasing demand for design services, and the Architecture Billings Index is now at its highest level since 2007," the institute said in a statement.
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US home prices rose at slower pace in July
The Associated Press via New Jersey Herald
U.S. home prices rose in July but at a slower rate compared with earlier this year. The moderating price increases could help support sales. Real estate data provider CoreLogic said recently that prices rose 7.4 percent in July from July 2013. That was slightly below June's year-over-year increase of 7.5 percent and far below a recent peak of 11.9 percent in February.
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Industry groups to evolve the International Green Construction Code
The Magazine of the American Institute of Architects
The path to compliance for environmentally sustainable construction comprises a web of standards and regulations that are often out of sync. That could soon change. Recently, a handful of industry rule-making groups — the AIA, ASHRAE, the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America, the International Code Council (ICC) and the U.S. Green Building Council — announced plans to bring the shared Standard 189.1 code and the International Green Construction Code into concert in a new ANSI green-building standard to be enforced as a code by the ICC.
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Millville's Glasstown Arts District finalist for best South Jersey downtown
South Jersey Times
The Glasstown Arts District has a chance of winning the distinguished title of being the 2014 People's Choice Awards winner for having the best downtown in South Jersey. To be named one of the Great Downtowns in New Jersey by the American Planning Association New Jersey Chapter, Millville still needs the support of its patrons.
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3-D printed castle heralds future of click-and-print architecture
Gizmag
Though 3-D printing technology is still relatively new, it may become an important tool for architects and the construction industry, as highlighted by projects like the recent 3-D printing of 10 homes in a day. The latest example of this progress comes via U.S.-based Andrey Rudenko, who has created a small concrete "castle" structure in his backyard using a large 3-D printer he built himself. Next up, he's making a house.
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