October 23, 2009

Cox Rayner and Arup Inaugurate Tensegrity Bridge in Brisbane
Brisbane, Australia’s new Kurilpa Bridge, said to be the world’s largest tensegrity bridge, was officially opened to the public. Designed by the Queensland division of Australia’s Cox Rayner Architects with Arup, the pedestrian and bicycle bridge connects Brisbane’s central business district with the city’s south bank and its major cultural precinct.

NOAA Breaks Ground on Stimulus-Funded Science Center
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is breaking ground this month on a new economic stimulus-funded building. Its $102 million Southwest Fisheries Science Center in La Jolla, Calif., will be part of the University of California-San Diego campus and will replace an older facility. The architect of record is Gould Evans of Raytown, Mo., and the associate architects are Architects Delawie Wilkes Rodrigues Barker of San Diego.

AIA Partners with National Building Museum on Trager Photography Exhibition
The AIA has joined forces with the National Building Museum (NBM) to promote the exhibition “Form and Movement: Photographs by Philip Trager.” During his more than 40 years as a photographer, Trager has established himself among the masters of photographing both architecture and dance. The Trager exhibition opened last July at the National Building Museum, with a companion presentation now on display at AIA national component headquarters in Washington, D.C.

Join the AIA’s “Young Designers Challenge” on Facebook
The AIA is hosting its first ever design competition on Facebook—the AIA Facebook Young Designers Challenge. The competition, targeted to emerging professionals, is open to all AIAS members, all Associate AIA members, and all AIA young architect members. (The AIA defines young architects as being licensed 10 years or less.)

AIA Launches Web-based “Contract Documents on Demand” Service
On October 20th, the AIA officially released AIA Documents on Demand, a web-based service for both PCs and Macintosh computers that allows users to purchase, download, electronically fill out, and print 16 of the most popular AIA Contract Documents. There is no charge to access the service; price per document to download is from $4.95 to $19.95. The service is particularly suited for Macintosh users as well as for those such as small practitioners who anticipate only needing a few contracts per year. To purchase AIA Documents on Demand, go to http://documentsondemand.aia.org.

AIA.org Self-Service Web Page Provides Answers
Looking for information about your membership profile in the AIA membership database, when the next continuing education event is scheduled, or about the architecture profession in general? A good first stop to find answers to these and a wide variety of AIA and architecture-related questions can be found on AIA’s web site at the self-serve AIA Support page.

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