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October 2, 2015
Photography Series Captures Deteriorating Paris High-Rises A number of residential towers sprung up after World War II in Paris and its suburbs to house an influx of immigrants. Now, those modernist concrete buildings are abandoned and crumbling. French photographer Laurent Kronental documents the deterioration in an on-going series, pairing the aging structures with elderly men and women who are some of the project’s first inhabitants. The photographs capture gray, gloomy scenes that resemble something out of a dystopian fantasy. Although largely the public housing project is now largely considered a failure, some of the buildings featured in “Souvenir d’un Futur” (Memory of a Future) are slated for demolition, while others are being reimagined and renovated. [The Washington Post]
More From Maryland AIA Maryland released the winners of its 2015 Design Awards. In all, 22 awards were given out, applauding the firms' architectural ingenuity in projects involving rehabilitations, expansions, affordable housing, and urban planning. [ARCHITECT]
Student Awards AIA Maryland announces their 2015 Student Design Awards as part of their in annual Design Awards program. Now in its ninth consecutive year, 12 architecture students and student teams were given prizes for their achievements. [ARCHITECT]
Running a Salvage Operation Associate editor Hallie Busta talks to Anne Nicklin, the executive director of the Building Materials Reuse Association, on how sustainable municipal policies regarding material disposal and conservation are bolstering the market for reclaimed materials in the United States. [ARCHITECT]
Speaking Up Yesterday, the AIA released a statement opposing legislation approved by the House Energy and Commerce Committee that eliminates the federal government's 2030 fossil-fuel reduction targets. The provision of the bill opposed by the AIA repeals Section 433 of the Energy Independence and Security Act, which sets goals for the federal government to reduce its energy use per gross square foot incrementally each year until 2030, when a 100-percent reduction in fossil fuel use is targeted. [ARCHITECT]
The Rise of Metal Mike Jackson, FAIA, an architect and a visiting professor of architecture at the University of Illinois Urbana–Champaign who champions the development of the Association for Preservation Technology's Building Technology Heritage Library, an online archive of pre-1964 AEC documents, takes a look back at how cast-iron, aluminum, and structural steel became so important in architecture. [ARCHITECT]
Boom or Bust In her monthly AIA Perspective column, 2015 AIA National President ELizabeth Chu Richter says that even now there are still voices counseling young people to avoid choosing architecture as a career, and asks: "Is ours an obsolete profession?" [ARCHITECT]
Awards: Enter Now!
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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