July 11, 2008
  Far Out! New Museum at Bethel Woods Celebrates the ’60s
The Museum at Bethel Woods, designed by museum designer Gallagher & Associates and museum architect Westlake Reed Leskosky and making up the newest part of the Bethel Woods Center for the Arts in Bethel, N.Y., opened last month at the site of the 1969 Woodstock Music and Art Fair. The museum, designed to offer a multimedia understanding of the turbulent decade that reshaped America, offers 10,000 square feet of permanent display space, 6,000 square feet of changing exhibit gallery, a research and archive library, a 1,000-seat performance amphitheater, and a 4,500-square-foot events gallery. To understand the iconic significance of Woodstock, the architects say that the project will help younger visitors grasp the vital context of what was happening at the time “politically, militarily, and socially,” while enabling boomers to look back with some perspective. Emphasizing the project’s educational aspect, the museum plans to incorporate “programs that encourage social responsibility and explore how the important issues of the 1960s are relevant today, including ecological preservation, idealism and activism, diversity, and the evolution of popular music.” For a virtual tour, visit the museum’s Web site. (Photo © Bethel Woods Center for the Arts. For more photos, visit our photo gallery.)

AIA Launches “Greenstep” Videos for Architects to Share with Clients
12 short programs augment the Institute’s Walk the Walk campaign

This week, the AIA inaugurates the launch of 12 short video episodes for architects to share with clients who want to plan a new building or renovate an existing one using green building principles. Clients can “get in step with AIA Greenstep,” and explore how to conserve water, opt for using renewable energy, optimize eco-friendly daylighting, and holistically plan a building. Greenstep is the new aspect of the AIA’s “Walk the Walk” marketing campaign to help clients and the public learn more about sustainable design elements and how architects are providing energy-efficient solutions to help lower our collective and individual carbon footprints. The video series launched this week on the “Walk the Walk” Web site, and new videos will appear biweekly. Check it out!

NIBS Appoints Henry Green as President/CEO
Henry L. Green, Hon. AIA, will take the reins from David Harris, FAIA, as the next president and CEO of the National Institute of Building Sciences, announced NIBS Board Chair Ronald L. Skaggs, FAIA, on June 24. Harris, who has served in the position since 1988, announced his retirement earlier this year.

Member Censured for Violating AIA Code of Ethics
AIA member Shane M. Rollison, AIA, has been censured by the National Ethics Council (“Council”) for violating Rule 4.201 and Rule 5.301 of the Institute’s 2004 Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct (“Code of Ethics”).

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