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Australian College and University Projects

Australian College and University Projects | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

College and university reviews and images of architecture, interior, and landscape projects from Architecture Media.

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A nice college of images and info from campus planning and design initiatives down under.

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80% See Need for Evidence in Design Process But Only 16% Review Literature as Part of Their Normal Practice

80% See Need for Evidence in Design Process But Only 16% Review Literature as Part of Their Normal Practice | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

"As architects and designers, where does our understanding of people come from? Mostly, subjective observation and untested assumption," according to Evidence Based Design Journal.

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SCUPers who 'get' integrative planning and design will understand the value of evidence based design. SCUP initiatives, like the Perry Chapman Prize, underwrite research in support of evidence based planning and design. 

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Making Space for Creativity on Campus, free book download

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The story of the evolution, use, and assessment of the Creativity Centre at the University of Brighton is a valuable resource for campus communities exploring the potential of spaces that nurture creative learning, creative learners. In this posting, the Learning Spaces Collaboratory concisely summarizes some of the key points in the 136-page document, specifically for academic leaders, managers, and administrators.

The Collaboratory has a forthcoming webinar on September 16, "Transforming, Sandboxing, Repurposing Learning Spaces for Nurturing Creative Learning, Creative Learners: Lessons Learned from the LSC Experience."
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Wood-clad University of Tokyo research building explores world of 'ubiquitous computing'

Wood-clad University of Tokyo research building explores world of 'ubiquitous computing' | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

“'My goal was the unification of computers and architecture with nature,' said the 59-year-old Kuma.


The research building has three floors above ground and two basement levels. The entire interior is seeded with hundreds of sensors. The advanced sensor network system is sensitive to temperature, humidity, the flow of particles in the air and the presence of people.


Ken Sakamura, professor of information science at the University of Tokyo, was in charge of producing the Daiwa Ubiquitous Computing Research Building project.


“(The ubiquitous networking) technology will be effective in serving our aging society (by allowing people to operate various household tools and equipment without having to move about)," Sakamura said. “And now we can experiment with new ideas right away, using this building.”

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MIT Wristband Could Make AC Obsolete?

MIT Wristband Could Make AC Obsolete? | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
A team of students at MIT is working on a prototype wearable that asks one important question: Why heat or cool a building when you could heat or cool a person?
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Good question. This is especially promising for attending professional conferences. But, seriously, what if individuals could control their own perceptions of being hot or cold, with mush less regard to the microenvironment they are in? How would this change AEC? Design? Learning?

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Yale School of Management's Edward P. Evans Hall

Yale School of Management's Edward P. Evans Hall | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

"Edward P. Evans Hall, the new home of the Yale School of Management, which opened in January. At 249,743 square feet and a reported $189 million, the building assembles the school’s formerly scattered facilities, which serve some 300 students, around a grassy little courtyard and under one deeply overhanging roof. Monumentally shiny and not especially subtle, the building is closer in geography and spirit to the nearby Eero Saarinen and Philip Johnson buildings on Yale’s peripheral science and athletic campuses than it is to the dense Rudolph and Louis Kahn masterpieces at the university’s heart."

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Excellent set of images.

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Interview: Patrik Schumacher

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Zaha Hadid Architects' director Patrik Schumacher talks about the global rise of parametric design, the advent of robotics in architecture, and the influence of 'The Matrix' on creating intelligent buildings.
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On the global stage, Patrik Schumacher is recognized as the leading theorist on the rise of parametric design in architecture, and the main oracle predicting it will dominate the next phase of advances by the avant-garde. He famously declared in one manifesto: "There is a global convergence in recent avant-garde architecture that justifies its designation as a new style: parametricism."

Building on techniques developed for digital animation and for computational design in architecture, parametricism, he said, "succeeds Modernism as the next long wave of systematic innovation."

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Crowdsourcing Design: The End of Architecture, or a New Beginning?

Crowdsourcing Design: The End of Architecture, or a New Beginning? | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

"The idea of crowdsourcing architectural design is pretty disruptive, some of its critics would even say cataclysmic. The object of their distress is a website,  arcbazar.com, which came online in 2011 and offers an interface between people looking for design services and those in the design and construction world who might come up with a design solution. Arcbazar was started by Imdat As, an architect with a doctorate in architectural design from Harvard, who wanted to connect architects with potential clients – during the height of the recession a few years ago. Arcbazar was instantly coined the “99designs.com of architecture,” after a website that crowdsources graphic design services. (Full disclosure: As and I are colleagues at the University of Hartford Department of Architecture.) He notes that the architecture profession is involved in only a fraction of total construction activity, foregoing potential fees that As estimates at $22 billion. Arcbazar was designed as a vehicle for architects and designers to be involved in small projects for clients who would typically not seek design services."

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Of interest.

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Architecture and the Third Industrial Revolution

Architecture and the Third Industrial Revolution | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

Ready for the next revolution? The profession changed dramatically thanks to mechanization and mass production, and the next massive shift will be no less disruptive. In this era of small-scale, bottom-up design, say hello to 3D-printed houses, digicities, and curriculums that teach future architects about far more than just building.

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Pittsburgh's "breathing" building by Gensler aims to be the world's greenest skyscraper

Pittsburgh's "breathing" building by Gensler aims to be the world's greenest skyscraper | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

The PNC Financial Services Group hopes to exceed LEED Platinum requirements while promoting a healthy workplace with a recent development – the Tower at PNC Plaza. Located in downtown Pittsburgh, the building will be 800,00 sq.ft (74,322 sq.mt) with a construction budget of approximately US $240 million.


The "breathing" design created by architecture firm Gensler moves away from the traditional closed air-conditioned environment and has the lofty aim of becoming the greenest skyscraper in the world.


Employees in the 33 floor glass tower will access daylight and fresh air. The PNC Tower design recognizes that the Pittsburgh climate can provide increased levels of natural light onto the floorspace along with improved regulation of temperatures for much of the year without using traditional, energy-intensive HVAC systems. The Tower hopes to achieve this with a double-skin facade of two panes of glass separated by an enclosed cavity, allowing external air inside. The facade features operable doors and windows that admit fresh air into the building during optimal conditions, while a solar chimney is another passive system- it pulls air in through the open windows, the air then travels across the floors, is heated and exhaled through the roof shaft.


The Tower will consume less than 50 percent of the energy a typical office building uses and will save PNC at least 30 percent on its energy costs...


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SCUP–49, the Society for College and University Planning's 49th annual conference, will be held in Pittsburgh in July 2014.

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Norm Miller's curator insight, January 9, 2013 12:07 PM

Tall buildings have been historically less efficient than smaller squarer buildings to operate, but now with new technologies we are seeing rapid improvements in the taller buildings and FINALLY we are seeing things like operable ventilation once again.

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5 Higher Ed Institutions Among 11 Projects Receiving AIA 2014 Educational Facility Design Excellence Award

5 Higher Ed Institutions Among 11 Projects Receiving AIA 2014 Educational Facility Design Excellence Award | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

The "[a]ward honors educational facilities that the jury believes should serve as an example of a superb place in which to learn, furthering the client's mission, goals and educational program while demonstrating excellence in architectural design. These projects exemplify innovation through the client's educational goals through responsive and responsible programming, planning and design. Function and surrounding regional and community context are valued as part of the planning and design process as well as sustainability."

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Evidence Based Design Journal

Evidence Based Design Journal | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

"Issue 01 of the EBD journal is essential reading for anyone developing a new aged care facility, or remodelling an existing one. Containing globally relevant, detailed case studies, evidence based design strategies, and articles about future trends, the Aged Care Issue of EBD Journal will assist you with brief development, design and facility management"

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Excellent articles and a welcome new journal that planners should bookmark.

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JandLInteriors, LLC's curator insight, September 4, 2014 12:43 PM

This is an excellent site for those who are curious about how to relate to their interior design more effectively!

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Zero Net Energy—From Building Scale to Campus Scale | Planning Webinar 9/30

Zero Net Energy—From Building Scale to Campus Scale | Planning Webinar 9/30 | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

Interest in zero net energy (ZNE) grows rapidly, but implementation is lagging. This webinar will look at the decision-making factors institutions consider when building a ZNE facility. Is the trend line bending towards greater ambition, or are institutions staying on the sidelines as costs come down, technologies improve, and the daring few pave the way, offering valuable lessons learned? Corporate and institutional representatives will also examine lessons from from Washington University in St. Louis, Cornell University, and Case Western Reserve University. They will offer first-hand experience on specific ZNE installations, both at the small and large scale, and will look ahead to predict what's next. This program will include frequent audience polling and opportunities for questions.

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Tuesday, September 30, 2014 2:00 PM–3:30 PM eastern—An interactive look at the trends, technologies, costs, and boundaries impacting Zero Net Energy buildings. Register now!

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Natural light in office boosts health

Natural light in office boosts health | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
Office workers with more natural light exposure at the office had longer sleep duration, better sleep quality, more physical activity and better quality of life compared to office workers with less light exposure in the workplace, a study shows. "There is increasing evidence that exposure to light, during the day, particularly in the morning, is beneficial to your health via its effects on mood, alertness and metabolism," said the senior study author.
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How about students? "Employees with windows in the workplace ... slept an average of 46 minutes more per night than employees who did not have the natural light exposure in the workplace. There also was a trend for workers in offices with windows to have more physical activity than those without windows."

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OHS OHS's curator insight, August 22, 2014 4:13 AM

OHS isn't just about staying safe it also means staying healthy. As Jon works in an office environment Natural Light isn't always guaranteed. Jon has assured me that majority of his light between normal 9-5 working hours is in fact natural light.

 

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Architectural design and physical activity: Staircases Versus Elevators Versus Attractive Staircases

Architectural design and physical activity: Staircases Versus Elevators Versus Attractive Staircases | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
Abstract
BACKGROUND:

The indoor built environment has the potential to influence levels of physical activity. However, the extent to which architectural design in commercial buildings can influence the percentage of people choosing to use the stairs versus elevators is unknown. The purpose of this study was to determine if buildings with centrally located, accessible, and aesthetically pleasing staircases result in a greater percentage of people taking the stairs.

METHODS:

Direct observations of stair and elevator use were conducted in 3 buildings on a university campus. One of the buildings had a bank of 4 centrally located elevators and a fire escape stairwell behind a steel door. The other 2 buildings had centrally located staircases and out-of-the-way elevators.

RESULTS:

The percentage of people who ascended the stairs was 8.1% in the elevator-centric building, compared with 72.8% and 81.1% in the 2 stair-centric buildings (P < .001). In addition, the percentage of people who descended the stairs was 10.8% in the first building, compared with 89.5% and 93.7% in the stair-centric buildings (P < .001).

CONCLUSIONS:

The results of the current study suggest that if buildings are constructed with centrally located, accessible, and aesthetically pleasing staircases, a greater percentage of people will choose to take the stairs."

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Given an attractive staircase as an alternative, many more people will walk both up and down than ride the elevator.

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New GVSU library's design based on student habits

New GVSU library's design based on student habits | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
Study spaces at the new Mary Idema Pew Library on the main campus of Grand Valley State University were designed around students' habits. The design team from SHW Group observed the way students used the campus' Zumberge Library. Its findings influenced the design of all areas, from seating and …
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The Best of Campus Planning, Architecture, and Landscape Architecture | 2014

Plan for the Transformation of Higher Education is higher education's premier planning conference—you will find most of the planning professionals who receive these SCUP awards in gorgeous (and transformed) Pittsburgh, July 12–16.


Below, the 2014 recipients of the Society for College and University Planning's annual awards recognizing excellence in the above fields. Details, including images, about each project and award will be available shortly. See those details about the 2013 recipients now.

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2014 SCUP Excellence in Planning for a District or Campus ComponentHonor Award College of Charleston for Dixie Plantation Master Plan with Ayers Saint GrossHonor Award University of Chicago for New Academic Complex and Campus Precinct with Ann Beha ArchitectsSpecial Citation Kent State University and the City of Kent, OH for College Town Kent with NBBJ
2014 SCUP Excellence in Planning for an Existing Campus
Honor Award Tecnologico de Monterrey, Regeneración - A Vision Plan for the Distrito Tec and Monterrey with Sasaki Associates, Inc.Honor Award University of Texas at Austin for University of Texas at Austin Campus Master Plan with Sasaki Associates, Inc.Merit Award University of Wisconsin-Madison for Campus Master Plan with Ayers Saint Gross
2014 SCUP Excellence in Landscape Architecture – Open Space Planning and Design
Honor Award

Duke University for Hybrid Landscape West Campus with Reed Hilderbrand LLC

Merit Award

University of Wisconsin-Waukesha for University Field Station Master Plan with GRAEF

2014 SCUP Excellence in Landscape Architecture – General Design
Honor Award Stony Brook University/The State University of New York for Simons Center for Geometry and Physics with Dirtworks Landscape Architects, PCHonor Award University of British Columbia for Pedestrian Campus, University of British ColumbiaHonor Award University of Massachusetts Amherst for Southwest Concourse Revitalization with Stephen Stimson Associates Landscape ArchitectsMerit Award University of Pennsylvania for Shoemaker Green with Andropogon Associates Ltd.
2014 SCUP/AIA-CAE Excellence in Architecture for a New Building
Honor Award Massachusetts College of Art and Design for Tree House Residence Hall with ADD Inc.Honor Award SUNY-ESF College of Environmental Science and Forestry for Gateway Center with Architerra Inc.Honor Award University of California, San Diego for University of California, San Diego - Medical Education and Telemedicine Building with Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLPHonor Award University of Utah, Salt Lake City for Natural History Museum of Utah with Ennead ArchitectsMerit Award California State University, Northridge for Student Recreation Center with LPA, Inc.Merit Award

Modesto Junior College, Yosemite Community College District for Student Services Building with Perkins+Will

Merit Award

University of Baltimore for John and Frances Angelos Law Center with Ayers Saint Gross

2014 SCUP/AIA-CAE Excellence in Architecture for Building Additions or Adaptive Reuse
Honor Award Arizona State University for Student Health Services with orcutt | winslow and Lake | Flato ArchitectsHonor Award Bridgewater State University for Science and Mathematics Center with PayetteHonor Award Thompson Rivers University for Old Main Academic Building Addition with Diamond Schmitt ArchitectsHonor Award University of Massachusetts Dartmouth for Claire T. Carney Library with designLAB architectsHonor Award University of Washington for Odegaard Undergraduate Library with The Miller Hull PartnershipMerit Award Brown University for Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology & the Ancient World with Anmahian Winton ArchitectsMerit Award Colorado State University for Durrell Center with 4240 ArchitectureMerit Award

Georgetown University for Georgetown University School of Continuing Studies, STUDIOS Architects

Merit Award Riverside Community College District for Center for Social Justice and Civil Liberties with LPA Inc.Merit Award University of Pennsylvania for George A Weiss Pavilion at Franklin Field with Crawford Architects
2014 SCUP/AIA-CAE Excellence in Architecture for Restoration or Preservation
Honor Award Arizona State University for Manzanita Hall with Studio Ma with Solomon Cordwell BuenzHonor Award Northwestern University for Charles Deering Library West Entry Restoration with HBRA Architects, Inc.

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The hottest RFQ in CA— Stunning Site and Stunning Shortlist at UC Santa Cruz

The hottest RFQ in CA— Stunning Site and Stunning Shortlist at UC Santa Cruz | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

“The desire to have something like this has been around for a very long time, but it came into focus in the last couple of years,” said Weber. The Institute’s museum will contain interactive exhibits on topics ranging from climate change to cancer research, and the facility as a whole, measuring 27,000-31,000 square feet, will contain research and teaching facilities, seminar and conference spaces, study areas, a cafe, and more. “The vision is to engage the issues of our time through the arts, sciences,  humanities and technology based on research here at UC Santa Cruz and bringing in material that complements and pushes what’s going on here,” said Weber.


The  site, he added, is “really spectacular,” wedged between a forest of Redwoods and Ancient Oaks above and a grand meadow overlooking the Pacific below.  There will be a public presentation of the final three teams’ schemes on April 3 at UCSC. The $32-40 million project’s completion date will depend on ongoing fundraising, added Weber.

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Beautiful, Innovative, and Sustainable: The Future of Green Architecture

Beautiful, Innovative, and Sustainable: The Future of Green Architecture | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

Today, architecture finds itself at a crossroads.

Building materials and new construction, along with the operation and maintenance of buildings, account for a significant sum of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions.


Faced with this fact, how are architects to responsibly pursue the act (and art) of architecture without further deteriorating the planet’s environmental make-up or depleting its resources?

What forms of high and low technology can be developed to curtail the injurious side of building?

Can good—or even great—architecture be sustainable?


The answer, of course, is yes. The best buildings have always shown a concern for their immediate environs and how they fit in them, whether they were conscious of “sustainability” or not. Now, all architects and buildings are expected to be engaged with sustainable standards, such as LEED titles, photovoltaic cells, or green roofs—all things that these 10 projects have in common. Check out our favorite projects in architecture + sustainability...


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Lauren Moss's curator insight, January 17, 2013 6:32 PM

A curated collection of (relatively) recent sustainable building projects that highlight innovative approaches to environmental design and green building, with links provided for additional information and details.

Paige's curator insight, August 6, 2014 2:47 PM

Green architecture! I've dreamt and have considered going into a field of real estate specializing in the building and selling of eco-friendly homes!