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President's message
AIA New Jersey
2014 has been an exciting year for AIA New Jersey and our work is not done yet. In June the national delegation voted to move forward with the National repositioning effort. Many of the changes will be transparent to the average AIA member as they should be. Others will hopefully be more noticeable making our organization proactive on the national and regional stage putting the architect in the spotlight as a leader in our communities and giving more relevance to our profession.
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2014 CanStruction
AIA New Jersey
For the fourth consecutive year, Livingston Mall is hosting CANstruction, a food drive program held in conjunction with The New Jersey Chapter of the American Institute of Architects’ and their local AIA Newark and Suburban section. The exhibit was on display in the mall through Nov. 2.
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New Jersey Revit Users Group
AIA New Jersey
The New Jersey Revit Users Group is pleased to announce the creation of New Jersey-RUG and would like to extend an open invitation to our monthly meetings. Our mission and purpose is to create the right conditions for New Jsersey AEC Professionals to learn about Revit/BIM and increase the adoption of BIM across our industry.
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2014 AIA West Jersey Photography Competition — voting open
AIA New Jersey
The public voting portion of the 2014 AIA West Jersey Photography Competition is now open.

Go to our website to place your vote for your favorite.

Many great images were submitted to this years competition. A panel of four jurors narrowed all the entries to the finalists that are in the public voting portion.

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INDUSTRY UPDATES


Keep away from booze and women until you're 12, advises West Orange centarian
Patch
Gil Seltzer celebrated his 100th birthday recently with 73 guests, including his two children and two grandchildren. Seltzer, who was born in Toronto in 1914, is the owner of Gilbert L. Seltzer Associates in West Orange. He still drives himself to work every day. “I love my work,” he says. “As long as people trust me with their problems, I’ll be here to take care of them.”
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Home renovations reflect modern lifestyles
The Record
Steven Kaplan said he wasn't looking to save on his utility bills when he added an outdoor cooking space to his Demarest home. Inspired by his family's love for the food they tasted on a trip to Italy, followed by repeated trips to a restaurant that featured a traditional wood-fired oven, Kaplan wanted an outdoor kitchen with his own traditional pizza oven.
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Autodesk unveils $100 million 3-D printing investment fund to spur on developers
The Drum
Design firm Autodesk has announced the world’s first 3-D printing investment program, offering over $100 million to developers over the next few years. The Spark Investment Fund will enlist and reward developers improving the Spark 3-D printing software platform while spurring innovation in the sector.
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Phase 1 of New Jersey's tallest residential towers breaks ground
designboom
Construction is underway at the site of New Jersey’s tallest residential structure, a mixed-use development that will form the centerpiece of the region’s urban regeneration. Designed by New York-based practices HWKN and Handel Architects, the scheme is composed of three connected towers that between them offer 1,838 rental residences and 36,000 square feet of retail and restaurant space.
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US construction spending weaker than expected in September
Reuters
U.S. construction spending fell for a second straight month in September as investment in both private and public projects declined, suggesting the third-quarter growth estimate could be revised lower. Construction spending dropped 0.4 percent to an annual rate of $950.9 billion, the Commerce Department said.
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Spooky structural applications of human bone in ancient crypts
The Magazine of the American Institute of Architects
From their exteriors, the churches in this article resemble many early, Gothic chapels. Their contents, however, may unsettle some unenlightened visitors. Ossuaries, or “bone churches,” are found in several European cities, and were constructed to relieve overcrowded catacombs and cemeteries.
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The best US architecture schools for 2015
ArchDaily
DesignIntelligence has released their 2015 rankings of the Best U.S. Architecture Schools for both undergraduate and graduate programs. Over 1,400 professional practice organizations were surveyed and asked to respond to the question: “in your firm’s hiring experience in the past five years, which of the following schools are best preparing students for success in the profession?”
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NJIT formally questions Kean University's plan for architecture program
The Record via NorthJersey.com
New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) issued a formal statement recently, questioning Kean University’s intentions to open another public architecture program in the state, saying the initiative was duplicative and costly. The salvo came following an event at Kean’s Union campus where the university announced that it was launching the Michael Graves School of Architecture, pairing up with the famous designer to start a school that will grow to 500 students evenly divided between the stateside campus and one in Wenzhou, China.
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Purdue University researchers develop a highly conductive plastic
The Magazine of the American Institute of Architects
Plastics have several desirable material properties, including durability, flexibility, lightness and colorfastness. A recent development at Purdue University now adds another characteristic to the list: high electrical conductivity. Although conductive polymers have existed for decades, the new, so-called radical polymers offer 10 times greater conductivity than typical semiconducting plastics.
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Architecture Billings Index bodes well for US construction industry
World Property Journal
According to the American Institute of Architects (AIA), all geographic regions and building project sectors in the U.S. showed positive conditions and heightened level of demand for design services signaled in the latest Architecture Billings Index (ABI). The AIA reported the September ABI score was 55.2, up from a mark of 53.0 in August.
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Michael Graves School of Architecture to open in 2015
ArchDaily
Kean University has announced plans to open a new architecture school based on the design philosophy of Michael Graves. Following the footsteps of a man who laments the “loss of drawing,” the new Michael Graves School of Architecture will prioritize hand drawings as a key to design process.
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5 wood products to lighten up projects
The Magazine of the American Institute of Architects
Wood furnishings and finishes aren't new to the world of interior design, and product designers continue to integrate them in contemporary applications. The wood pieces in this article — among them, interior paneling, furniture and a wall clock — update the look of conventional interior products.
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