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October 9, 2015
California Became the First State to Enact a Benchmarking Program for Commercial and Multifamily Housing Yesterday, California Governor Jerry Brown signed a bill to implement to require owners of commercial and large residential buildings to annually report their properties' energy usage. [ARCHITECT]
New Yale Building Beyer Blinder Belle Architects & Planners, headquartered in New York City, will design the new Schwarzman Center at Yale University. This project, expected to open in 2020, will reimagine the 84,000-square-foot complex, constructed for Yale’s Bicentennial in 1901. [Yale News]
Historic Theater May Convert to...a College Dining Hall? Boston’s Emerson College has owned a crown jewel of the city’s Theater District since 2006. And the school is considering turning the it into a dining hall and student center. Emerson plans to close the Colonial Theater for at least a year after the touring of “The Book of Mormon” ends on Oct. 11. The school is now weighing several options for what to do with the space, which has a pending decades-old petition to designate its interior as a landmark with the city of Boston. The exterior of the building is already on the National Register of Historic Places. Lee Kennedy Company and Elkus Manfredi Architects have drafted architectural renderings for the option to turn the theater into the Colonial Student Center. The design involves removing orchestra-level theater seating and replacing it with round dining tables and countertop seating. Portions of walls would be demolished, opening up the dining hall to a new food service area. [The Boston Globe]
A Frank Lloyd Wright Discovery In 1989, schoolteacher Linda McQuillen bought a Madison, Wis., residence for $100,000. A quarter-century later, she would learn the house was designed by the most well-known American architect, Frank Lloyd Wright. Wright scholar Mary Jane Hamilton had been studying the house since 2009, which she said looked like the architect’s standard design style. Earlier this week, after years of research, she was able to confirm its authenticity. The house was part of Wright’s American System-Built Homes project, which aimed to make beautifully-designed houses affordable for middle-class families. In the late 1910s, small System-Built houses cost between $2,750 (about $51,200 today) and $3,500, and large houses started at $5,000. Today, McQuillen’s home has an estimated value of $480,000. [Quartz]
The Best 3D-Printed Pavilions We love covering experimental design pavilions. We love covering 3D-printed experimental design pavilions even more. Associate Editor Hallie Busta picks four of the coolest of those out there right now and walks you through each one. [ARCHITECT]
The Chicago Dean Praises the Biennial Stanley Tigerman wrote to us to let us know what he thinks of the Chicago Archiecture Biennial: "I have never felt so good about being a native of this city and of its mayor’s and commissioner of cultural affairs’ commitment to engage Chicago, once again, to the heart and soul of architectural ideation. I am humbled to witness the work of the youngest generation, whose intellectual zest is only surpassed by their optimism." Follow the link to read the rest of the letter. [ARCHITECT]
Apple Expands HOK has unveiled plans for Apple's rumored-to-be newest campus, just days after the tech giant closed an 18- acre land deal for the site. The plan replaces nine buildings of a 1970's-era office park with a futuristic, clover leaf-shaped complex 5 miles from its existing headquarters and campus in Cupertino, Calif. [ARCHITECT]
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The AIA, the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture, and the Architects Foundation's Design & Health Research Consortium is adding up to six new member organizations. Application materials are available on the AIA's website. Deadline is Oct. 16.
The 63rd annual Progressive Architecture Awards program is now accepting submissions. The winners of our annual program honoring unbuilt designs are published in the February issue. Regular deadline is on Oct. 30, with the late deadline (and extra $50 per entry) on Nov. 4. Enter now!
The Graham Foundation's Carter Manny Award recognizes doctoral students working on dissertation topics in architecture. Applications are available online now and due Nov. 15.
The Urban Land Institute is now accepting applications to compete in its student competition to design an urban planning and development scenario. Teams must apply by Dec. 7.
Bathroom products manufacturer Victoria + Albert is challenging designers to create a space that uses its products. Entry is free and submissions are due Dec. 20.
AIA|DC is accepting entries for the Sarah Booth Conroy Prize for Journalism and Architectural Criticism to reward excellent reporting of architecture and urbanism in Washington, D.C. The annual prize is $5,000. Deadline is Dec. 31.
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