ECOBUILDING Pulse | This System Considers How Buildings Affect Your Health
LEED v4 isn’t the only certification system I’m learning about at this year’s Greenbuild Conference and Expo. This morning, I met with Paul Scialla, a founder of Delos and the WELL Building Standard, a relatively new program that aims to address health and wellness in the built environment.
With all the talk of materials and transparency at the conference so far, I was curious about this initiative. Not to mention that I was intrigued by its advisory board, which includes such names as Deepak Chopra and Jason McLennan as well as the medical director of the Mayo Clinic Center for Innovation and chief wellness officer at the Cleveland Clinic. President Bill Clinton championed the WELL Building Standard system, announcing it at the 2012 Clinton Global Initiative. And in building and launching the standard, which is in a pilot phase now, Delos has also formed alliances with green building entities such as the USGBC.
So, what’s it all about? And frankly, do we need yet another building standard?
AIA Kansas City Awards Showpiece Book
Did you miss last Friday’s Unrivaled Awards Event? Or do you just want to see all of the entries again?
Well you are in luck. For the first time ever we have created an electronic copy of the Awards Showpiece book. Here you can read more about the jury, check out all of the entries and see which project were awarded.
AIA Repositioning Update
Recently, a presentation on the AIA Repositioning was given at the AIA Central States Region Convention. If you couldn’t make it to the CSR Convention, please check out the attached PowerPoint to see where the Repositioning effort is at.
Contact information for all panel members is included on the next to last slide should you have additional questions.
NCARB | NCARB Awards $75,000 to Three Architecture Programs
Three architecture programs, located at Florida Atlantic University, Kansas State University, and the University of Massachusetts Amherst, have been selected as 2013 NCARB Award recipients for developing innovative curricula that merge practice and education. Earlier today, the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) announced the recipients at the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA) Administrators Conference.
The NCARB Award supports initiatives that will have a long-term impact on students, faculty, and curriculum. It is designed to help schools implement new programs that bridge the gap between practice and education in a classroom, seminar, or studio setting.
“The caliber of this year’s proposals reflects the academy’s commitment to innovation and addressing real-world scenarios,” said NCARB CEO Michael J. Armstrong. “The fact that two of the winning proposals involve partnerships with both practitioners and manufacturers demonstrates the truly collaborative nature of the architecture profession.”
**AIA Kansas City would like to congratulate Kansas State University and the University of Kansas for being recognized.
AIA Kansas City Podcast
AIA Kansas City is trying something new . . . our very own podcast. We are using this communication tool as a way to keep you up-to-date with the chapter, and in the near future helping you build up CEUs. So if you can’t make it to the Nooniversity, you can tune in later.
Just check it out for yourself. We have four podcasts waiting, and will have a new one posted every couple of weeks.
ARCHITECT | After the Storm
The images of the storm that visited the Philippines late last week are unimaginable, and the casualties, once they are tolled, will be worse. For now, the best that stunned onlookers can do is hope to help with aid and recovery.
Architecture for Humanity, a design-oriented nonprofit organization that aids in recovery efforts by working with architects local to areas visited by disasters, is mobilizing to assist the Philippines after the devastation brought by Supertyphoon Haiyan. The storm—considered to be the strongest in recorded history—bore nearly 200-mile-per-hour winds when it made landfall on Friday.
A Philippines government agency reported that the storm affected more than 4 million people across 270 cities and 36 provinces in the center of the country. Some affected people are still recovering from the effects of a powerful earthquake last month.
Call for Nominations | 2014 Developments of Distinction Awards
ULI Kansas City invites nominations for its 2014 Developments of Distinction Awards Program. The 2014 event will be held on Tuesday, April 29, 2014 at the Faultless Starch Ballroom located in the West Bottoms.
ULI Kansas City seeks to recognize COMPLETED regional projects that demonstrate exceptional achievement of best practices in development. Nominations from private, public and non-profit sectors will be considered.
Please submit nominations with a brief description of why the nominated project should be recognized. All nominations must be submitted in electronic format, using the Nomination Form.
AIA National | The AIA, Architecture, and Health
Outside my office at 1735 New York Avenue hangs a wonderful exhibition called FitNation. Conceived and executed by the New York Chapter of the AIA, it demonstrates the creative power of members to address the most important questions facing society: Wherever you are, whoever you are, everyone cares about health.
Design and health is in the air. Just last Sunday morning, I tuned in NPR, waiting for the news, when Esther Sternberg, M.D., a leading medical researcher and a member of a crucial AIA initiative, was being interviewed for an hour by Christa Tippett for the program “On Being.” Dr. Sternberg spoke eloquently about the relationship of design and health, including the suggestion that architects, and architecture, could help make our lives healthier. Millions heard her positive, credible message, which we could not have paid for.
Whether at the chapter level or at the national level, on the air or in the meeting room, design and health is evolving into a major area of leadership for all architects. And yet some of you ask, “What does the Design and Health Initiative mean to me, and how can it help my practice?”
RFQ | Coffeyville Community College Men’s Dorm Project
Coffeyville Community College, located in southeast Kansas, is soliciting architectural/engineering firms to analyze options of renovation and/or replacement of some or all of the existing Men’s housing facilities.
The RFQ document can also be found on our website at: http://www.coffeyville.edu/Request-for-Qualifications.cfm .
IDP | Minimum Duration Requirements Eliminated
Beginning December 16, the minimum duration requirements for IDP will be eliminated. Intern experience that qualifies for IDP can be tracked regardless of hours worked. This will help interns track hours during summer and winter break. Learn More.