September 26, 2008

Method Homes Pre-Fab Prototype Walks the Middle Path
Start-up developer offers market-ready pre-fabrication
Method Homes charts a path of compromise in field pre-fabricated residential architecture by offering a high-quality, market-ready product that is fully modular and customizable without adopting overly strictured Modernist dogma or forms. Designed to be LEED® Gold certified, the house expresses its sustainability more than its modularity.

Send that Kid to Architecture Camp
Relationships with city officials help get program going
Architects in the Making (AIM) architecture and design summer day camps, sponsored by the AIA Miami and the cities of Miami and Hialeah park and recreation departments, are helping to develop an appreciation for the making of architecture among young people in South Florida. This year’s program engaged 60 students, spanning ages 8 to 14, in a study of buildings, green design, and computer-aided technology. The summer camp, in its second year, introduced students not ordinarily exposed to the design field a chance to get their minds around the principles of drawing, scale, and typologies and get their hands dirty (well, sandy) at an end-of-session sand castle competition.

Il Duomo: Brunelleschi and the Dome of Santa Maria del Fiore

Episode 9: Finito

Every architect cherishes the day a project reaches completion, notes Jim Atkins, FAIA, in this episode of the chronicle of Filippo Brunelleschi’s design and construction of Il Duomo in Florence—a project that took 16 years and 2 weeks. Atkins describes the consecration ceremony conducted by Pope Eugenio IV in March 1436.

EPN Issues Call for Advisory Committee
Submit letter and resume by October 14
The AIA Educator/Practitioner Network invites self-nominations from educators and/or practitioners to join the EPN Advisory Committee for a four-year term, beginning in January 2009. The committee plans programs and events to integrate education and practice for the professional preparation of architects. The EPN meets twice yearly and communicates by conference call throughout the year. Expenses for committee meetings and activities are paid by the AIA. A committee member may be nominated to serve as chair in their third year. Guidelines for consideration of candidates are posted on the EPN Web page. The EPN will recommend candidates for one open position on the committee; appointments will be made by 2009 AIA President Marvin Malecha, FAIA. Submit your letter of interest and resume to by October 14. Questions? Contact Education Director Catherine Roussel, AIA.

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