Attending trade shows, conferences and industry
meetings are par for the course for an editor. For me, I get the
opportunity to sit in on seminars as well as meet with
manufacturers and readers over the course of a few days.
Public art structure celebrates the immigrant
By Marcy Marro, Editor
If you happen to be near the Armenian Heritage Park on the Rose Fitzgerald
Kennedy Greenway in Boston, on Sunday morning, April 2, you will
have the opportunity to watch the sixth annual reconfiguration of
the abstract structure. Made of steel and aluminum, the split
rhomboid dodecahedron will be lifted and pulled apart by a crane in
two halves and reshaped into a new and different sculptural
This month's Top Honors column features the
Cotton Gin at the CO-OP District in Hutto, Texas. The project is a
wonderful example of how a city took buildings that spoke to its
past, and updated and modernized them in a way that provides a
beacon for its future.
Do you use metal in an unusual and wonderful way? We want to
hear about it. In a new feature in Metal Architecture called
Creative Metal, we're showcasing project details that use metal
building materials in applications you don't see every day.
Each year, Metal Architecture conducts a survey of architects to
learn more about the metal products they are specifying. The survey
asks about what was specified in the previous year, and what
architects expect to specify in the current year. This year's survey shows that after a
positive 2016, 2017 is also looking to have increased
specifications on metal products.
The discussions by architects on the merit of one
project over another never cease to amaze me. From the attention to detail to the personal
likes and dislikes of the architects charged with selecting the
winning projects in an awards program, the insight gained by even
just sitting in and listening is always quite interesting. And even
being involved in a number of awards calls over the years, every
one is dramatically different in both the conversation between the
judges and the final projects selected.
By Marcy Marro, Editor
In my interview with Hal Davis, FAIA, senior vice president at
SmithGroupJJR, Washington, D.C., one of the
four architecture firms involved in the Smithsonian's
National Museum of African American History and Culture
(NMAAHC), featured in this month's Building
Profile, he shared so much more information than I could fit
into my article. So, I went back over some of the points he
mentioned, and thought I'd share some additional insights into the
19th museum on the National Mall.
Are building product manufacturers doing everything they can to
support architects using their products? According to a new study
Institute of Architects (AIA), maybe not.
With a new president about to take office, 2017 is
full of both uncertainty and predictions of a
strong year. And as we head into a new year, it's time
to look toward the future with the help of industry experts, who
weigh in on what they predict 2017 will bring.
Thanksgiving is upon us, and before we know it we
will be leaving 2016 behind and heading into
the new year. As we head full force into the holiday
season, let's take the time to look back and reflect on 2016.
Has your architecture or design firm completely recovered from
the Great Recession? Are you back on track and doing the same or
more business than before the economy tanked? I know when I look
around the two communities near where I live and where I work in
the Chicagoland area, there is more new construction going on than
there has been in years. New strip malls and restaurants are
popping up in areas that have had stalled growth over the years. I,
for one, take all of the recent development as a good sign that the
economy has finally gotten to a point of growth.
When designing a new building for a client, do you
consider the health impact of the building? According to a new study released last
month, nearly three quarters of architects say the health impacts
of buildings are influencing their design decisions. This finding
matches a strong market demand by building owners, who two-thirds
of those surveyed reported that health considerations affect how
they design and construct buildings.
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