1. Be Kind. Rewind.
Adaptive use is going to influence—if not drive—architecture in the 21st century. We’d better figure out best practices now, then. Cue the winners of the Urban Green Council’s inaugural EBie (“existing building”) Awards. Winners will be revealed in a ceremony in New York on June 28. The program recognizes the best in renovations across 12 categories. Project submissions could be either residential or commercial renovations and improvements, located anywhere in the continental U.S., and completed within the last five years.
Learn more at ebies.org
2. Garden State
Wondering what happened to spring this year? You’re not the only one. AIA New Jersey will take on climate change during its East Coast Green 2012 conference on June 13 and 14 in Lincroft, N.J. Conferencegoers will have a chance to discuss the state of the Architecture 2030 Challenge by examining codes, case studies, and adaptive use. The two-day event will be capped by a keynote address by educator and urbanist Mitchell Joachim, Assoc. AIA.
Learn more at aia-nj.org/ECG
3. Provocateurs Welcomed
Castle Pinckney is an early-19th-century fort on Shutes' Folly Island, a mile offshore from historic Charleston, S.C., which served as a strategic fortification in America's early coastal defense system. Castle Pinckney also served as a prisoner-of-war camp during the Civil War, changing sides several times. In 1970, it was added to the National Register of Historic Places. And in July 2012, the AIA’s Historic Resources Committee and the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture will host its Third International Preservation as Provocation Ideas Competition, asking students to reimagine Castle Pinckney for the 21st century. Competition organizers welcome submissions from students in architecture, planning, landscape architecture, and engineering, among other disciplines.
Learn more at acsa-arch.org
4. Perfect Vision
Architecture is a natural profession for community engagement. It’s also a highly collaborative career. But making it as a team player requires a little initiative and leadership. On June 20, AIA Cincinnati’s leadership forum for emerging professionals, titled “VISION,” embarks on its summer series with a mix of lectures and workshops that will center on civic engagement, advanced project delivery, and team building. For the past seven months, VISION’s 12 participants have covered other topics ranging from firm legacy considerations to continuing education.
Learn more at aiacincinnativision.com
5. Buzz Feed
In 2012, the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA) celebrates its centennial. To help mark this milestone, ACSA developed ARCHIVE, an online exhibit showcasing the creative and socially engaged work happening in architecture schools. Curator Maia Small, AIA, of Pawtucket, R.I., organized a series of competitions to gather thousands of faculty and student projects over a two-year period.
Learn more at archive100.org