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Icon or Eyesore? | Metropolis POV | Metropolis Magazine

Icon or Eyesore? | Metropolis POV | Metropolis Magazine | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

Metropolis examines contemporary life through design--architecture, interior design, product design, graphic design, crafts, planning, and preservation.

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Help Wanted: University Partnerships to Expand What’s Out There | The Cultural Landscape Foundation

Help Wanted: University Partnerships to Expand What’s Out There | The Cultural Landscape Foundation | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

TCLF seeks partners--professors and students of planning, architecture, and landscape architecture:


"What these university partnerships achieve, which is difficult otherwise, is a density of content in a particular city, region, or state. For example, Douglas’s Research Methods class generated almost fifty new landscape entries, all within 150 miles of Baton Rouge. Sites range from the iconic Oak Alley Plantation outside of New Orleans to lesser known gems like Windrush Gardens, the former garden estate designed by Steel Burden and now owned by LSU. And similarly for Way’s UW students, What’s Out There will grow to include more than 30 new entries, from Richard Haag’s Gasworks Park to several parks identified in the Olmsted Brothers’ plan for Portland, Oregon. In the coming months, each of these new entries will be posted with photographs and text created by the students and vetted in-house at TCLF.


We want to know What’s Out There! If you would like more information on how to participate, whether as a professor or a student, please contact Courtney Spearman at courtney@tclf.org."

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UCLA's plan to sell Japanese garden draws criticism

UCLA's plan to sell Japanese garden draws criticism | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
For nearly half a century, the UCLA Hannah Carter Japanese Garden in Bel-Air has served as a serene stopover for visitors from locations as varied as Newhall, Nashville and the Netherlands.


"The university says it needs money for endowments and professorships, but gardening groups oppose sale of the Bel-Air property."

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Historic Buildings May Be Greener Than You Think

Historic Buildings May Be Greener Than You Think | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

New York City takes the lead in facilitating sustainable upgrading of historic buildings:


"[M]any historic buildings actually already incorporate energy-efficient design features — a legacy of having been built before the advent of cheap energy and modern mechanical systems. In those days, natural ventilation and light and the collection of water in cisterns were standard in quality construction.\


The greening process is often more about optimizing existing elements, like ensuring that cross-ventilation isn’t inadvertently blocked, than about radical retrofits. Many of the improvements suggested in the manual won’t even require a building permit or any special permission from the Landmarks Preservation Commission but could reduce energy use by 20 to 25 percent, planners say.""

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Amazon.com: A Tale of Three Campuses eBook: Robert Sabbatini, Karen Fiene: Kindle Store

Amazon.com: A Tale of Three Campuses eBook: Robert Sabbatini, Karen Fiene: Kindle Store | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

A powerful look at decades of campus placemaking and design at Mills College, Stanford University, and the University of California at Berkeley. Current students, alum, faculty, staff, and townies alike will enjoy this big picture look at three beautiful campuses. Lots of images included.


SCUP members inquire: terry.calhoun@scup.org.

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Amazon.com: Mission and Place: Strengthening Learning and Community through Campus Design (American Council on Education/Praeger Series on Higher Education.) (9780275981235): Daniel R. Kenney, Rica...

Amazon.com: Mission and Place: Strengthening Learning and Community through Campus Design (American Council on Education/Praeger Series on Higher Education.) (9780275981235): Daniel R. Kenney, Rica... | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
Amazon.com: Mission and Place: Strengthening Learning and Community through Campus Design (American Council on Education/Praeger Series on Higher Education.) (9780275981235): Daniel R.
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The Cultural Landscape Foundation |November 2011 Newsletter

The Cultural Landscape Foundation |November 2011 Newsletter | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

EVENT »
Second Wave of Modernism II: Landscape Complexity and Transformation
The conference to be held at the Museum of Modern Art in New York is now 85% sold-out, and only one tour remains open.


BIRNBAUM BLOGS »
City Shaping IV: Can Target Right What Minneapolis Is About to Ruin?
Excitement has turned to disappointment in Minneapolis, and what's happening there should be a warning about safeguarding transparency in public process and civic debate.


STEWARDS »
Zara Muren
A landscape architect and filmmaker, Muren focuses on the ecology and poetry of placemaking in the documentary, Dream of The Sea Ranch.


NEWS »
TCLF/ASLA Annual Meeting Events Tremendous Success, Raising More than $90,000
The myriad events held in concert with this year’s meeting help support TCLF's significant education initiatives.

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Photoblog: The City College of New York (via SCUP's North Atlantic Conference, April 2012)

Photoblog: The City College of New York (via SCUP's North Atlantic Conference, April 2012) | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
At this very moment, Julie Brown, Director of Client Services, is enjoying the SCUP 2012 Conference City College of New York Tour.
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Frank Lloyd Wright-Designed College Campus Named National Historic Landmark

Frank Lloyd Wright-Designed College Campus Named National Historic Landmark | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

More about campus heritage at http://www.campusheritage.org.


Speaking at a town hall lecture in 1957, Frank Lloyd Wright claimed that there was only one American university “that has an American campus and that is Florida Southern College.” [emphasis mine] Its synthesis of architecture and planning, he continued, represented “new thought, our thought, our belief in humanity,” if not only for the sole reason that he had authored them. It’s safe to say that Wright’s work at FSC did not spark the cultural renaissance he had hoped, yet the work has proved lasting and resilient. The university announced earlier this week that Wright’s 12 buildings on the campus has been designated National Historic Landmark status by the National Park Service. 


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Preservation Green Lab Releases New Report on the Environmental Value of Building Reuse

Preservation Green Lab Releases New Report on the Environmental Value of Building Reuse | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

Why not upgrade that existing building, instead?


"The Greenest Building analysis finds that it can take 10 to 80 years for a new energy efficient building to compensate, through efficient operations, for the climate change impacts created by its construction. The study finds that the majority of building types in different climates will take between 20-30 years to overcome the initial carbon impacts from construction."


Download that PDF here.

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Architecture in Uniform: Design and War

Architecture in Uniform: Design and War | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

Look around almost any city in the Northern hemisphere and you'll notice a difference between pre-war and postwar architecture.


Campuses?

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Historic Preservation, Modern Fire Protection | College Planning & Management

by Michael Fickes


"America's 2,500-plus college and university campuses comprise a treasure trove of historic buildings. Over the years, campus facility directors and campus architects have grown adept at maintaining these structures, often carrying out major adaptive-reuse renovations. Fire safety ranks as one of the most daunting challenges to successful adaptive reuse of historic buildings."

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The Arts | Cranbrook Art Museum reopens with design exhibit | The Detroit News

The Arts | Cranbrook Art Museum reopens with design exhibit | The Detroit News | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

After two and a half years, the completion of Cranbrook's $22 million building project, which included construction of the museum's striking new Collections Wing, as well as a meticulous restoration of the iconic 1942 building by Finnish architect Eliel Saarinen is accomplished.


"The goal was to overhaul an aging building in dire need of insulation, vapor locks and modern climate-control systems without appearing to have touched a thing, says museum director Gregory Wittkopp. "I hope when people come in, the reaction is, 'What did you spend the money on?'" he says.


Actually, because construction took place after the 2008 financial collapse, money went further than originally anticipated.


'It was a bad time for the economy,' says Cranbrook Academy of Art director Reed Kroloff, 'but a good time to be building. We got a heck of a lot of bang for our buck.'"

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UC Davis dome housing gets reprieve, rehabilitation - sacbee.com

UC Davis dome housing gets reprieve, rehabilitation - sacbee.com | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

Baggins End is what some call the fiberglass dome residents built on campus in the 1970s:


"The small community of residential domes is named for J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit.


The university is ready to sign a five-year lease with a grass-roots group called the Solar Community Housing Association to manage the neighborhood, also called the Domes, until its replacement, dubbed Domes 2.0, can be built. If all goes well, students will reoccupy the 14 igloo-like structures later this school year.


Mary Hayakawa, the university's director of real estate services, said she expects to sign a ground lease with the association in a few weeks. That's quite a turnaround from spring, when UC Davis officials doomed the domes."

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