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Practice Matters RECORD's Practice section is a comprehensive source of information for architects seeking current news, reports, and the innovative thinking they need to run their businesses. Can project alliancing agreements change the way we build? By Chris Noble Errors, omissions, inefficiencies, delays, coordination problems, cost overruns, productivity losses—the list of complaints against (and often by) architects and contractors is a long one. Integrated practice in perspective: A new model for the architectural profession By Andrew Pressman, FAIA The inefficiencies inherent in the process of design and construction are necessitating a shift to greater multidisciplinary collaboration and information sharing among project team members. Where independent contractors are concerned, know the rules By Alec Appelbaum Architecture firms may need to lure extra hands for all sorts of reasons. Forum: Are you an independent contractor or a person who hires them? Forum: Doubts?

Connemara / Peter Legge Associates Architects: Peter Legge Associates Location: Connemara National Park, Ireland Design Team: Peter Legge, Cornelia Legge, Carolina Sardinha, Lisa McSharry Project Year: 2010 Photographs: Sean Breithaupt + Yvette Monohan Project Area: 150.0 sqm Contractor: Mitchell Construction Site Connemara. A typical long narrow seashore to road plot; undulating rock strewn stone walled irregular enclosures, enjoying a Southerly aspect seaward with fine vistas all around; the Twelve Pins mountain range dominating the skyline northward. Brief Clients a retired professional couple with an existing holiday home adjoining the site acquired in the seventies. Concept The two cottages though close (a mere three metres apart) were not directly in line nor at the same level but were parallel. In the larger western cottage, access to the kitchen/dining area would be via the partially double height living room space, accessed from the glazed entrance and circulation link. Implementation Conclusion

ArchiThings Committee on the Environment homepage, Knowledge Communities The Committee on the Environment (COTE) works to advance, disseminate, and advocate—to the profession, the building industry, the academy, and the public—design practices that integrate built and natural systems and enhance both the design quality and environmental performance of the built environment. COTE serves as the community and voice on behalf of AIA architects regarding sustainable design and building science and performance. COTE reflects the profession’s commitment to provide healthy and safe environments for people and is dedicated to preserving the earth’s capability of sustaining a shared high quality of life. The committee’s mission is to lead and coordinate the profession’s involvement in environmental and energy-related issues and to promote the role of the architect as a leader in preserving and protecting the planet and its living systems.

ASLA 2008 Student Awards - Congratulations Amanda, Malea, and Laura Remediation as Catalyst: Transforming an Industrial Landscape Laura Kamin-Lyndgaard, Student ASLA, Amanda Olson, Student Affiliate ASLA and Malea Jochim, Student Affiliate ASLAUniversity of Minnesota, College of Design, Minneapolis, Minnesota Faculty Advisors: Lance M. Neckar, ASLA; John J. Comazzi "An important topic! — 2008 Student Awards Jury Comments Project Statement: The St. Project motivation and approach The term superfund, according the Environmental Protection Agency, is the name given to the environmental program established to address abandoned hazardous waste sites. Environmental, cultural and historical data and analysis methods The analysis and collection of data was essential to our design process and planning strategies. Planning strategy/Design Process After the final analysis presentation, the two studios were asked to create three to four member groups that had at least one person from a landscape studio and one from an architecture studio. P.s. via: Bustler

Empowering Architecture: architects, buildings, interior design, materials, jobs, competitions, design schools TV Screen Cantilevers That Dominated the Mid-Oughts Some people say that it takes 20 years for something to become vintage, or for a cultural phenomenon to evolve into irony. Take, for instance, the impending resurgence of JNCO jeans, the preferred denim of '90s raver kids. This cyclical time frame may seem accurate, but it may be changing with the hyperspeed cultural acceleration of the internet. Highbury Terrace Mews by Studio 54 Architecture Highbury Terrace Mews is a classic London mews where, over time, architects and owners have been given license to build an eclectic mix of houses of all types and styles in materials, including brick, timber, floor-to-ceiling glazing, render and aluminum. Remembering Architect Robert Hull's Pioneering Sense of Place Power Ballad: A Kansas City Energy Plant is Converted Into a Stunning Performance Hall Savioz House by Savioz Fabrizzi Architectes Built in 1882 in the middle of a field, this barn was used for housing during the pasture season.

Archinect 66 Most Popular Architecture Websites The other day I was wondering if ArchDaily updated its YAMoPo -- Yet Another Most Popular Site Ranking -- of architecture websites. Well, apparently the last one was in 2009 (the same year as Eikongraphia's last MoPo ranking of architecture blogs), and since things have changed a good deal in these short two years I figured it was time somebody did a new ranking. Like ArchDaily, the rankings are based on Alexa, so I could use one resource for compiling the below list of 66 English-language websites*. The rankings are based on Alexa's Global Traffic Rank for July 11, 2011; their rank is a measure of a site's popularity over the past three months based on the combination of visitors and pageviews**. A more thorough ranking may have taken other things into account (Facebook fans, Twitter followers, RSS subscribers, etc.), but I'll leave that to somebody else willing to spend the time and effort on such a list.