August 15, 2008
  Currier Museum Addition Bulks Up Yet Dematerializes with Glass
Ann Beha Architects join glass and masonry in a subtle expansion of New Hampshire’s Currier Museum of Art
The newest galleries in the Currier Museum of Art are subtle and proportional interpretations of the existing masonry buildings. They use glass walls to create expressive visibility corridors and preserve the original plan’s symmetry. The product of a tight budget, this addition doubles the museum’s amount of exhibition space and offers new amenities.

China Looks Beyond Gold, Silver, and Bronze
New R&D facility by RMJM Hillier going for the green
As its architectural facelift in anticipation of the 2008 Olympics attests, China is hard at work changing its world reputation from a poor starving populace in substandard housing to a wealthy, educated citizenry with a taste for elegance and design. As part of its transformation into an economic world power, China is working toward creating a thriving medical research and development economy. One such endeavor is the forthcoming Genzyme Corporation facility that will be located in the Zhongguancun (ZGC) Life Science Park, an area dedicated to academic and government research centers and pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies.

AIA New Hamsphire’s Integrated Design/Integrated Development Conference Honors Four Projects for Sustainable Design
The four winners of the fourth annual Integrated Design/Integrated Development (IDID) Excellence in Sustainable Design and Development Awards program were announced last month at the fifth IDID Conference held at Plymouth State University, Plymouth, N.H. Projects were honored for “demonstrating excellence in design, a substantive engagement of sustainable design principles, and the beneficial synthesis of an integrated approach to site planning, site and building design, and construction.” All architects in the New England region were eligible to enter any project in the world, and architects outside the region could submit projects located in New England. The awards program is conducted by the NH Environmental Guild, a committee of AIA New Hampshire.

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