In order to help offset rising homeowner utility costs and lengthening commuting times, homeowners are looking for neighborhoods and communities designed to include greater access to public transportation, recreation, commercial and entertainment options. Mixed-use developments are projects where residential units are blended with retail, dining and other commercial activities in the same facility. Infill housing, where smaller land parcels closer to urban centers are targeted for development, is also increasing as metropolitan areas are becoming more built-out according to the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Home Design Trends Survey from the third quarter of 2007. For more information, please view the press release.
What continuing education programs should be available to members interested in mixed-use developments. What points of interest about mixed-use buildings need more clarification within the continuing education system?
Learn about University of Iowa's Museum of Art challenge to students. With considerable help from tech-savvy staff at the university library, each of the 12,000 objects in the museum's collection will soon be added to a newly launched database called the Iowa Gallery. With a few clicks through cyber-world, people anywhere on the planet can take a virtual tour through the museum's galleries. They can even tailor their exploration according to their tastes, grouping their search by artist (say, Henry Moore or Joan Miro), medium (batik, photography, porcelain) or time period (all the way back to the 10century).
Would virtual tours of buildings be something that interests you if you can earn continuing education for them?