1. Bottleneck Condition

Design Ffunnel (yes, with two F’s, pronounced “FUH-funnel”), a self-described “virtual community of design enthusiasts,” is an events clearinghouse that draws together calendar items for architects, interior designers, engineers, and contractors—and it’s fast becoming a hub of AIA chapter activity. So far AIA Northern Virginia, AIA New Mexico, AIA Las Vegas, AIA Albuquerque, AIA Oklahoma City, AIA Fort Worth, and AIA Kentucky have joined in the first weeks of the site’s launch. “The localized geographic aspect is really key to this endeavor, and working with AIA chapters has been essential to understanding regional developments,” says Libby O’Malley, former executive director of AIA San Diego, who founded Design Ffunnel this year. “Market to market, we’re trying to be as inclusive as possible, and this site intends to be a real bridge, connecting the entire built environment community in a way that hasn’t been done before,” she says. O’Malley aims to cover the top 50 U.S. architecture markets by the end of 2014.
Learn more at www.ffunnel.com.

2. Arquitectura Viva

Colombia is home to more than 47 million people—the third most-populous country in Latin America. And the country’s architectural output has grown in the last decade to match the scope of its growing housing needs. Recognizing both of these things, Architecture Center Houston and AIA Houston’s exhibition “Colombia: Transformed/Architecture = Politics” examines 11 contemporary projects around the country that address community and migrant rights, racial justice, and social improvement through public housing. The exhibition is currently on view and closes Jan. 10.
Learn more at aiahouston.org.

3. Bucking Inertia

For the past two years, the University of Pennsylvania School of Design has sponsored a series of conferences, lectures, and publications centered on the topic of how architectural systems can manage energy production and consumption in the built environment. Next month, the school will host “Energy Accounts: Designing the Future” (Jan. 23–24), which will build on 2013’s investigation into how climates and regions influence each other and 2012’s coverage of how a building’s performance can determine its looks.
Learn more at architectureandenergy.com.

4. Coming Into Focus

Navigating the early years of architectural practice isn’t easy. Some paths—through licensure or through internships, to name two—are clearly marked. But there are plenty of other variables that influence how architects are educated, trained, and tested on the macro scale (take, for instance, the economy’s recessionary hangover) as well as on the micro scale (such as balancing work and family, not to mention carving out a couple hundred hours to study for the Architect Registration Exam). On Jan. 24–26, the AIA, the American Institute of Architecture Students, the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture, the National Architectural Accrediting Board, and the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards will hold an Emerging Professionals Summit in Albuquerque, N.M., to devise better ways to support more than 37,000 associate members and newly licensed members.
Learn more at aia.org/professionals.