december 15, 2006
Penn Students Design Sustainable, Low-Cost Housing Project
University of Pennsylvania architecture students have successfully completed a design for a sustainable and affordable West Philadelphia housing project for teen mothers and their children. The Bernice Elza Homes project will begin construction this spring and involve sustainable design elements, such as photovoltaic roof panels and solar hot water heat, all within a limited budget. Eighteen students participated in a design studio for one academic semester at the UPenn’s School of Design.

WMF Watch List Nominations Due January 15
The World Monuments Fund is now accepting nominations to the 2008 World Monuments Watch List of 100 Most Endangered Sites. The deadline for submitting nominations to the list is January 15, 2007. The biennial Watch List is a call to action on behalf of threatened cultural-heritage sites worldwide. By bringing the sites to international attention, the list helps to raise the funds needed for their rescue and often spurs local governments and communities to take an active role in protecting cultural icons in their regions.

Virginia Society AIA Announces 2006 Awards for Excellence in Architecture
AIA Virginia Society selected 13 projects for the component’s Awards for Excellence in Architecture. Chosen from a field of 161 submissions, the award winners varied from an inventive resurfacing of Richmond City Hall’s exterior to a copper-clad museum at Historic Jamestowne known as the Archaearium. The jury awarded 3 Honor Awards and 10 Merit Awards.

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