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Join AIA-New Jersey at the Annual Awards Dinner — Jan. 9
AIA New Jersey
Moorestown Community House
16 East Main Street
Moorestown, New Jersey
Jan. 9, 2015
6 – 10 p.m.
Black tie optional

The main course will be beef unless requested BEFORE Dec. 30.
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AIA 2015 membership renewal
AIA New Jeresy
Dear AIA-New Jersey members:

You should all by now have received your AIA membership renewal letter by mail. If you renew early, which would be by Dec. 31, you have the following advantages:

1. The chance to win a Surface Pro 3 or iPad Air 32G!

2. An additional business expense for tax purposes

And so much more!

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What do you see when you look up?
AIA New Jersey
AIA wants to know: "What do you see when you look up?"

See what architects see and pass it on.

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ICC 2015 code updates
AIA New Jersey
On behalf of AIA New Jersey, Robert Longo attended the New Jersey Uniform Construction Code Advisory Board Meeting recently. John Terry reported that Governor Christie signed the legislation to adopt the 2015 ICC series of codes with the amendments recommended by DCA. The proposed amendments are expected to be published in the New Jersey Register on Jan. 5, 2015.
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Year end review of AIA-New Jersey public awareness
AIA New Jersey
As we close the books on 2014, the AIA-New Jersey Public Awareness Committee is pleased to report yet another successful year in the evolution of the organization’s public relations campaign. Each year, the Public Awareness Committee — chaired by Bruce Turner, AIA, along with representatives from each local Section and leaders of the State Chapter — teams with Beckerman Public Relations to build and sustain exposure for our membership and the architectural profession at large.
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Reciprocity with Canada
AIA New Jersey
In his recent trip to Canada, Governor Christie said “I’ve gotten the impression over time, watching American foreign policy, that Canada has been an afterthought ... I don’t think we pay enough attention to this relationship as Americans in general. I’ve made a very conscious decision to come to Canada and to come here to Alberta because we should treat our friends with both respect and attention.”
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INDUSTRY UPDATES


US home construction drops 1.6 percent in November
The Associated Press via New Jersey Herald
Construction of new homes fell slightly in November, reflecting weakness in construction of single-family homes. Builders started construction at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.03 million homes and apartments last month, the Commerce Department reported. That was a decline of 1.6 percent from October when construction activity had posted a 1.7 percent gain.
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Mind-bending buildings that were never meant to be built
PermaLink via Wired
When we talk about architecture, we’re usually talking about buildings that serve some practical purpose. The walls keep us warm and out of the wind, the roof shields us from rain. These are our homes, our office buildings, our banks and our restaurants — the structures that keep society going. But architecture can serve more quixotic purposes, too.
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Designing in a cloud
The Magazine of the American Institute of Architects
Architecture firms today are starting to use the cloud for more than just file sharing and storage. Whether it’s schematic design or project management with BIM, outsourced tasks such as rendering or energy performance analysis, the days of relying primarily on company servers are quickly disappearing. To compete for and deliver the best projects, architects are taking to the virtual skies.
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New Jersey lawmakers want small casinos
Casino Gambling News
New Jersey lawmakers are taking steps to attract small new casinos to Atlantic City and increase home ownership there as the city reels from a financial crisis partly brought on by the closings of large casino resorts this year. A state Senate committee approved a bill recently that would water down the requirements of a 2011 law designed to attract developers willing to build new, smaller and less costly casinos with as few as 200 hotel rooms.
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How to rebuild architecture
The New York Times
In architecture, everyone’s a critic. One of them, Steven, was recently driving down Elliott Avenue in Charlottesville, Virginia, his hometown, with his 88-year-old mother. They passed a house designed and built by architecture students at the University of Virginia. To Steven, an architect, this model for affordable housing — a tough pair of stacked boxes, sheathed in corrugated metal — was a bold design statement.
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Conceptual biomimetic, 3-D-printed gear for unsustainable environments
The Magazine of the American Institute of Architects
Last month, researchers at MIT’s Mediated Matter group unveiled a novel approach to space-suit design and fabrication. Entitled “Wanderers: Wearables for Interplanetary Pilgrims,” the group’s exhibit at EuroMold in Frankfurt, Germany, displayed a series of 3-D-printed garments designed to house life-sustaining microbes. The synthetically engineered organisms could, hypothetically, keep the garments' wearers alive in otherwise-uninhabitable environments.
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Bill encourages new home building in Atlantic City
The Associated Press bia Philly.com
New Jersey lawmakers want to encourage construction of new owner-occupied homes in Atlantic City to more evenly divide the property tax burden in a city where three-quarters of its residents are renters. State senators Jim Whelan and Robert Singer and Assemblyman Mazzeo introduced a bill recently to create the Atlantic City Growth Tax Credit Program.
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A New Jersey college will convert Atlantic City's Showboat casino into a dorm
Reuters via Business Insider
A New Jersey college recently said it has completed its $18 million purchase of the shuttered Showboat Atlantic City casino resort from Caesars Entertainment Corp. Officials from Richard Stockton College in nearby Galloway Township, said in a statement they plan to convert some of the 1.4 million square foot building into dormitory space.
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Challenging code requirements to effect urban change
The Magazine of the American Institute of Architects
What could not just make the job of the architect better, but, more importantly, improve the human-made environment we all live in together? Some measures would be draconian, either in a libertarian or in a socialist mode. You can get rid of zoning regulations altogether. Houston, Texas, has shown that does not lead to urban disasters, at least not in that sprawling city’s core area
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