by R. Steven Lewis, AIA, NOMA
This past Friday, the Smithsonian Institution proudly unveiled to the public the six design competition entries for the planned National Museum of African American History and Culture. A press conference held that afternoon at the famed Castle Building marked the beginning of a one-week exhibition of models, drawings, visualizations and descriptive text prepared by the six finalists - all notable firms. Later Friday evening, Museum director, Lonnie Bunch, hosted an invited-reception where an interesting cross-section of individuals representing a variety of stakeholders gathered to view and informally discuss the design submissions.
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An African-born architect whose practice is primarily based in London will be the lead designer of the Smithsonian’s African-American Museum of History and Culture. The Freelon Adjaye Bond and SmithGroup team were selected by the Smithsonian’s jury April 14. David Adjaye, Hon. FAIA, will be the lead designer and Philip Freelon’s, FAIA, firm will be the architect of record. Max Bond, FAIA, of the New York-based firm Davis Brody Bond died in February.
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Channeling fellow Chicagoan Daniel Burnham, President Obama called for the nation to “make no little plans” last week when he called for a new network of high-speed rail lines that would connect the country’s major population centers from coast to coast. Such a project would be funded by the economic stimulus package that the president signed into law in February, $8 billion of which has been allocated for high-speed rail.
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Thursday, April 30, 2009
Presented by: Adin Dunning of Miller-Hull Partnership, and Andy Frichtl of Interface Engineering
What people want to learn: “Some actual hands on, real life tips on how to do this. There’s a lot of theory, but there’s not a whole lot of ‘Alright—here’s how you do it.’ People know what net-zero means, they just don’t know how to get there.” Verity Frizzell, AIA, firm principal and New Jersey COTE chair.
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Thursday, April 30, 2009
Presenter: Robert Packard of ZGF
What people want to learn: “The status of where the world is right now,” Ryan Lee, AIA, of Gary B. Courtney and Associates in Atlanta.
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Presented by: Steven Isaacs, Assoc. AIA, of the Advanced Management Institute for Architecture and Engineering.
April 30, 2009
What people want to learn: “I’m a small firm owner, and I’m looking to learn how to ride the waves of the economy. [I’m interested in] federal work that could become a trend, as well as sustainability. I know those are trends that are going to be required to stay alive in this economy.” Ineda Adesanya, Assoc. AIA, of IPA Planning Solutions, an urban design and land use planning firm in Oakland, Calif.
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April 30, 2009
Presented by: Jonathan Hammond, AIA, and Bruce Playle, AIA of INDIGO/Hammond and Playle Architects in Davis, Calif.
What people want to learn: “For people like me, it’s very hard to have clients for whom [sustainability] is an important issue, when it’s maybe the most important thing in the whole world right now in our society. This absolutely helps me make that case.” Michael Malone, AIA, of WKMC Architects in Dallas.
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