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Gilbert Seltzer AIA celebrates 100th birthday
AIA New Jersey
Longtime West Orange resident Gilbert Seltzer, an architect, recently celebrated his 100th birthday. 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 and has no plans on slowing down. AIA New Jersey congratulates Gilbert on this milestone and wishes him many more years in the architecture profession.
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Empowerment by Design series: Surviving the commoditization trap
AIA New Jersey
The design industry has seen substantial change in business models over the past 15 years. The financial crisis and slow recovery coupled with the rising popularity of design/build have created pressure to reduce fees and lead to fierce competition. As a result, architectural firms are falling into the commoditization trap.
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AIA New Jersey leadership
AIA New Jersey
Members and leaders from around the six sections that make up AIA New Jersey attended the 2014 Leadership Conference on Saturday, Nov. 15. The day was spent looking at the current organization and how it can be improved to serve its members and the profession of architecture better.
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DESIGNrealized call for speakers
AIA New Jersey
DESIGNrealized is accepting proposals for our 2015 online education program. This is a tremendous opportunity for presenters to share their expertise with architects and building professionals from across the U.S. Presenters will receive complimentary registration for all DESIGNrealized AIA CES programs in 2015, a great way for speakers to fulfill AIA CES 2015 requirements.
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AIA New Jersey's 16th annual 'Canstruction' event wows Livingston Mall crowds for a good cause
citybizlist via AIA New Jersey
While dazzling crowds at the Livingston Mall with colossal Halloween-themed structures made entirely from canned food, the Newark and Suburban section of the New Jersey Chapter of the American Institute of Architects’ 16th annual “Canstruction” event saw 24,300 pounds of canned of food and more than $8,000 donated to the Community Food Bank of New Jersey. Titled “Trick-CAN-Treat: Creating Halloween Designs,” this year’s Canstruction event challenged four teams of talented architects and designers to build their most impressive and spooky can structures.
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INDUSTRY UPDATES


From garbage to glass
The Magazine of the American Institute of Architects
The rise in material and mining costs coupled with concern about processing consumer waste have inspired the prospect of mining landfills for materials. Although landfill mining is not a new idea — particularly in developing nations where scavenging garbage dumps is not uncommon — the notion that the procedure be conducted in earnest by developed nations is surprising.
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Michael Graves retrospective comes to Grounds for Sculpture
Courier-Post
From Camden to Singapore, Michael Graves seems to be everywhere. The award-winning architect and designer may even be spotted in your kitchen, dining room or bathroom — or washing your back. "Michael Graves: Past as Prologue," is a comprehensive exhibit of approximately 250 objects that reveal a seemingly boundless and prolific talent who has been based in New Jersey since the early 1960s.
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The best US architecture schools For 2015
ArchDaily via The Huffington Post
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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The water next time
The Atlantic
As the author, Eric Jaffe, drove downhill along narrow Second Street in Hoboken, the compact New Jersey city separated from Manhattan by the Hudson River, the landscape and urban designer Diana Balmori remarked to him that after Hurricane Sandy, this part of town had basically been “a lake.” During Sandy’s storm surge, in October 2012, river water breached the town’s northern and southern tips and spilled into its low areas.
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No more like gates: Rethinking your Facebook marketing plans
By Jessica Taylor
Just as you were on the trend of increasing your "likes," now you have to start all over with your Facebook marketing tactics. Facebook is taking down the "like gate." The social media platform will no longer allow companies to require a user to like a Page to gain access to content, contests, apps or rewards. After an abundance of like gating, Facebook found that the likes were not authentic because the increased number of likes would diminish after a promotion had run its course. What does this mean for your business?
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Architecture's most legendary surfaces transform into hypnotic illustrations
The Huffington Post
Portuguese architect Andre Chiote has shared his latest illustration series, this time exploring the graphic potential of surface’s patterns from some of architecture’s most iconic structures. “Each building holds an aesthetic essence by which it stands recognizable. Some stand out for its volumetric expression while others remain in our memory because of their skin, the texture which builds its surface,” describes Chiote.
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Construction industry building toward a strong finish for 2014
By Michael J. Berens
After a disappointing third quarter, the construction industry regained momentum in October, with signs pointing to continued growth in the months ahead. Indicators were up across the board, including employment figures, with most areas of the industry reporting notable year-over-year increases. Early forecasts are that 2015 will look even better. If the economy continues to improve, some categories — such as commercial and residential — could see double-digit increases in the year ahead.
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5 carpets and textiles that are designed to perform
The Magazine of the American Institute of Architects
Carpets and textiles serve a range of purposes from wrapping acoustical panels to covering the floors on which people tread. In this article, The Magazine of the American Institute of Architects showcased the latest in that product category from a colorful, wool-like wallcovering to a carpet-tile backing made from up-cycled chalk.
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Commercial real estate remains bright spot in flat September for US construction
CoStar
Spending on office, hotel, retail and other commercial real estate projects provided a strong lift during an otherwise flat September for U.S. construction spending, according to the latest government figures. Overall nonresidential construction spending slipped a seasonally adjusted 1 percent to a preliminary $596 billion in September from the previous month, but still managed to increase 4.2 percent on a year-over-year basis, according to the Nov. 3, release from the U.S. Census Bureau on the value of U.S. construction put in place.
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2 years after Sandy, the conversation around energy resiliency still going
Environmental Defense Fund
Recently, EDF co-hosted a successful first-of-its-kind Resilience Finance Symposium in New Jersey, attended by about 120 participants from a wide spectrum of public and private entities in the state, region and country. A main topic of discussion was the impressive progress New Jersey has made toward making the state’s energy infrastructure more resilient in the two years since Superstorm Sandy caused a massive weeks-long power outage.
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