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Design Actions for the Common Good

Design Actions for the Common Good

Matchstick Marvels: Models Only the models listed in dark ink can be seen at the Matchstick Marvels museum. # Year Model name & description Number of Matchsticks 1. 1977 Church 500 2. 1978 Barn 5,000 3. 1979 USS Constitution 8,000** 4. 1980 Stagecoach 2,000 5. 1981 Stern wheel riverboat 20,000 6-9 1982 4 Windmills 2,000 10. 1983 1930's Locomotive 1,500 11. 1984 Bicycle 500 12. 1985 Small Civil War Cannon 1,000 13. 1986 Small USS Iowa Battleship 7,000** 14-16 1987 3 Country Schools 1,500 17. 1987 USS Midway aircraft carrier 16,000 ** 18-22 1987 5 Rocking Chairs 500 23. 1987 Freightliner flatbed tractor-trailer 4,000 24. 1988 Robert E. Lee 19th century steamboat 50,000 ** Robert E. What's coming in 2013?

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Architectural Record's Continuing Education Center | Earn AIA Continuing Education Credits Online The architecture meltdown When the Great Recession dawned, architecture was the glamour profession of the creative class. Extravagant, signature buildings – Frank Gehry’s titanium-clad Guggenheim Museum in Spain’s Basque Country, Richard Meier’s white-travertine Getty Center in Los Angeles, and multimillion-dollar concert halls in seemingly every city in the U.S. – drew not only press attention but the kind of architectural tourists who once visited Italian duomos. Brash, individualistic “starchitects” – cerebral urbanist Rem Koolhaas, Iraq-born diva Zaha Hadid, gracious, serene Renzo Piano and others hailed in the press as visionaries – became the new rock stars. For an era supposedly defined by bourgeois bohemianism, architecture – a synthesis of aesthetics with hardheaded pragmatism — was the perfect field. It isn’t just the celebrity figures who are frustrated, however. He bounced checks. Horton wasn’t alone: According to the U.S. But those stuck working in the States are in a tight spot. The Washington, D.C.

AIA-Announces-COTE-T-7136 The American Institute of Architects’ (AIA) Committee on the Environment (COTE) has announced its Top 10 Green Projects for 2012, and exemplifies the top works in sustainable architecture and design solutions. The COTE Top 10 Green Projects for 2012 are: The winning projects were selected by a jury which consisted of Clark S. Brockman, AIA, SERA Architects, Inc.; Steve L. Dumez, FAIA, Eskew+Dumez+Ripple Architects; Scott Shell, FAIA, EHDD Architecture; Laura Lee, FAIA, Carnegie Mellon University; Paul Schwer, PAE Consulting Engineers; and Sue Barnett, Sue Barnett Sustainable Design. To learn more visit

Building Diagrams I've always found the gulf between architect and end user most fascinating, particularly the legibility of architectural production (plans, elevations, sections, details, sketches, models, perspectives, renderings, etc.) by -- for lack of a better term -- laypeople. It goes without saying that much of that produced by the former is not fully grasped by the latter, in terms of how a set of drawings, for example, will translate into a building. Models and renderings attempt to bridge this gulf of understanding, but in some cases diagrams done after a building's completion can prove even more helpful. These post-occupancy aids may be done for publication, though more often than not they are done for public buildings (museums, libraries, etc.) as wayfinding devices, given to visitors to help orient themselves in space. Below is a sampling of what I found, with some broad categorizations on how the diagrams increase legibility. The color-coded plan: and: The solid-void plan:

No. 570 - 2012.1024 Brooklyn is a hub of innovative architecture and design, with dozens of young professionals commissioning or undertaking their own eco-sensitive renovations to existing brownstones and low-rise attached buildings throughout the borough. Tighthouse, a Passive House brownstone retrofit, sits at the end of a string of two-story buildings constructed in 1899 that share a tree-lined block with larger brownstones built around the same time, centrally located off Fifth Avenue in the neighborhood of Park Slope. It is the first certified Passive House in New York City and meets the standards for new construction, surpassing the EnerPHit certification. Remodeling Approach The unique retrofit of a 110-year-old house by the Brooklyn-based firm Fabrica 718 could serve as an important model for the many urban and suburban residences that need energy-saving renovations.