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Tuesday, November 30, 2010

A Guide to Institutions Teaching New Urbanism and/or Traditional Design


 The Prince's International Network for Traditional Building, Architecture & Urbanism (INTBAU) in London has posted a 
List of Schools 
teaching New Urbanism and/or Traditional Design. 

We are told that it is updated often and is meant to be the most current list of schools. 

This is invaluable for those who would like to learn more about traditional design and urbanism. I cannot reproduce it here, but HIGHLY RECOMMEND you check out their link below:


About the INTBAU:

The International Network for Traditional Building, Architecture & Urbanism (INTBAU) is an international organization established in 2001. The organization arose from a research project initiated in 2000 at The Prince's Foundation for the Built Environment. Since April 2004 it has been an independent registered educational Charity no. 1103068 under the patronage of Prince Charles. INTBAU is "dedicated to the support of traditional building, the maintenance of local character and the creation of better places to live", and has a Central Office located with three related charities in The Prince's Foundation for the Built Environment building in Shoreditch, London United Kingdom.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

New Churches

from Katarxis No. 2
New Hall  Church and Baptistery, Sauvie Island, Oregon

New Sacred Architecture 
Chapel of Our Lady of Corpus Christi

Chapel of Our Lady of Corpus Christi
Ground Floor Plan
Michael Imber Architects

Proposed  Chapel of Saint Thomas Aquinas College
by Michael Imber Architects

Proposed  Chapel of Saint Thomas Aquinas College
by Michael Imber Architects

"......that the sanctity of the Temple is protected from all terrestrian corruption, and that because of the fact that the architectural plan of the Temple is the work of the gods, and consequently is in the vicinity of the gods, in Heaven.
The transcendant models of the Temples benefit from a spiritual, uncorrupted and celestial existence. By means of the divine grace man has access to the fulgurant vision of these models, and he then dedicates himself  to reproduce them on earth."
Mircea Eliade
"The Sacred and the Profane"

Gesu Church

New Church in Miami, Florida

Trinity Church, Vero Beach, Florida

Igreja Da Azoia, Sintra, Portugal
by José Cornélio da Silva and José Franqueira Baganha
(Photo by J. C. da Silva & J. F. Baganha)

 Interior of Igreja Da Azoia, Sintra, Portugal
by José Cornélio da Silva and José Franqueira Baganha
(Photo by the Architects)
"The ancient Temple builders knew the meaning of contemporaneity. They gave their temples the proportions of of the cosmos, and they planned to allow for changes in the order of heavenly creations."
Hassan Fathy 
New Oratory in Chicago, Section of Entrance Tholos

New Oratory in  Chicago 
Oratory of Saint Philip of the Loop, Chicago
by William Heyer

The oratory of Saint Philip in the Loop  by architect William Heyer is located in the core of historic Chicago. The program includes the Oratory, the 'Oratorium Parvum' (daily chapel above the entry residences, refectory, library, court, bookstore, subway station, belting shops, theatre, and student music school.

The Oratory of Saint Philip of the Loop, Urban Context
by William Heyer

Plan of the Oratory of Saint Philip of the Loop, Chicago
By William Heyer

"Essential for something to be called a religious activity is its capacity to allow the participant to acknowledge that there is something superior to himself which he cannot explain and whose hold he cannot resist."
Carroll William Westfall
"Architectural Principles in the Age of Historicism"
(Published at Yale University Press) 

Monday, November 22, 2010

Making a Stronger Connecticut, One Downtown At a Time.

 Connecticut Main Street Center
(from the Connecticut Main Street website) 

We are the state’s leading resource for cities and towns seeking to comprehensively revitalize their “main street” districts.

We provide solutions to help Connecticut’s main streets once more become thriving centers of commercial and social activity.  A member of the respected National Main Street network which has been in place for over 25 years, we are a nonprofit organization committed to bringing Connecticut’s downtown commercial districts back to life.

Connecticut Main Street Center helps communities analyze core issues and set attainable objectives.  We provide education and training, resources and tools, and advocacy.  Our organized yet flexible approach allows communities to identify and develop their unique assets in an integrated and comprehensive way.

CT Main Street Center’s Founding Partners are The Connecticut Light and Power Company and the State of Connecticut Department of Economic & Community Development.  Growth Partners are The United Illuminating Company and The Connecticut Commission on Culture and Tourism.

The good news is there’s a growing movement to revitalize and renew our central business districts. Nearly 40 Connecticut communities have recognized the value of a vital downtown – and they are doing something about it. Main Street partnerships work to create more sustainable living and working environments – with more walking, more small independent businesses, and preservation of architectural gems.
Connecticut Main Street Communities:
New Britain
New London
New Hartford
New Haven
New Milford
North Canaan
West Haven
Windsor Locks

Connecticut Main Street Center • PO Box 1344 • Avon CT, 06001 • 860.280.2337

Public Policy Partners

1000 Friends of Connecticut
Connecticut Chapter, American Institute of Architects
Connecticut Chapter of the American Planning Association (CCAPA)
Connecticut Conference of Municipalities (CCM)
Connecticut Council of Small Towns (COST)
Connecticut Economic Development Association (CEDAS)
Connecticut Economic Resource Center (CERC)
Connecticut Housing Coalition
Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation
HomeConnecticut Campaign
Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC)
Partnership for Strong Communities
Tri-State Transportation Campaign

Board of Directors 2010-2011

Shelly Saczynski, Chair
Director, Economic and Community Development
The United Illuminating Company

Professor Alan J. Plattus, Secretary
Director, Yale Urban Design Workshop
Yale School of Architecture

John Baker, Treasurer
Senior Vice President
Webster Bank

Timothy H. Coppage
Vice President-Housing Development (ret.)
CT Housing Finance Authority

David Grant
Senior Director, Business Intelligence Design

Kim A. Healy
Executive Director
New Alliance Foundation

Sheila Hummel
Community Development Manager
State of CT DECD

Bernard Kavaler
Asst. Vice Chancellor, Public Affairs
CT State University System

Sara Kovacic
Business & Technology Analyst
The Hartford

Thomas E. Marano, CEcD
Business Development Consultant
Northeast Utilities

Calvin Price
VP, Director of Community Development
Liberty Bank

Robert W. Santy
President & CEO

David V. Sousa, R.L.A., A.I.C.P.
Landscape Architect and Urban Planner


John Simone
President & CEO
Phone: 860-280-2023

Kimberley Parsons-Whitaker
Associate Director
Phone: 860-280-2556

Thursday, November 18, 2010

EPA Supporting SmartGrowth on Their Own Website

About Smart Growth

from the EPA website


Development decisions affect many of the things that touch people's everyday lives - their homes, their health, the schools their children attend, the taxes they pay, their daily commute, the natural environment around them, economic growth in their community, and opportunities to achieve their dreams and goals. What, where, and how communities build will affect their residents' lives for generations to come.

Communities across the country are using creative strategies to develop in ways that preserve natural lands and critical environmental areas, protect water and air quality, and reuse already-developed land. They conserve resources by reinvesting in existing infrastructure and reclaiming historic buildings. By designing neighborhoods that have shops, offices, schools, churches, parks, and other amenities near homes, communities are giving their residents and visitors the option of walking, bicycling, taking public transportation, or driving as they go about their business. A range of different types of homes makes it possible for senior citizens to stay in their homes as they age, young people to afford their first home, and families at all stages in between to find a safe, attractive home they can afford. Through smart growth approaches that enhance neighborhoods and involve local residents in development decisions, these communities are creating vibrant places to live, work, and play. The high quality of life in these communities makes them economically competitive, creates business opportunities, and improves the local tax base.

Smart Growth Principles
Based on the experience of communities around the nation that have used smart growth approaches to create and maintain great neighborhoods, the Smart Growth Network developed a set of ten basic principles:
  1. Mix land uses
  2. Take advantage of compact building design
  3. Create a range of housing opportunities and choices
  4. Create walkable neighborhoods
  5. Foster distinctive, attractive communities with a strong sense of place
  6. Preserve open space, farmland, natural beauty, and critical environmental areas
  7. Strengthen and direct development towards existing communities
  8. Provide a variety of transportation choices
  9. Make development decisions predictable, fair, and cost effective
  10. Encourage community and stakeholder collaboration in development decisions

Resources from EPA


Environmental benefits of smart growth
Smart growth issue pages, resources, and examples of smart growth communities
Publications from EPA's smart growth program
National Award for Smart Growth Achievement. Annual award recognizing communities that use the principles of smart growth to create better places.
Smart Growth Illustrated. Shows how smart growth techniques look in communities around the country.
EPA Smart Growth Strategy (2003). Strategy for how the EPA should focus its smart growth efforts to achieve the maximum environmental results.

Resources from Smart Growth Online

Smart Growth Online. Clearinghouse of smart growth-related news, research, presentations, publications, and other resources. Supported by EPA funding.
This Is Smart Growth (2006, International City/County Management Association and Smart Growth Network). Illustrates how communities can turn their values, visions, and aspirations into reality, using smart growth techniques to improve development. Features 40 places around the country, from cities to suburbs to small towns to rural areas, that have found success by implementing smart growth principles.
Smart Growth in Action. Case studies of smart growth communities and projects that offer models for other communities.
Getting to Smart Growth, Volumes I and II (2002 and 2003, International City/County Management Association and Smart Growth Network). Each volume provides 100 smart growth policy ideas, along with additional resources and brief case studies of communities that have applied these approaches to achieve better development. Both volumes have been translated into Spanish.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Wednesday Book Review / Promotion

Summerour: Architecture of Permanence, Scale and Proportion
by William R. Mitchell, Jr.

Well, I guess I am a relative late-comer in my admiration of Keith Summerour. Nevertheless, this monograph is worth a look.

One of the newest in a century-long line of Southern architects who have focused on classical themes is Keith Summerour of Summerour and Associates. This volume includes representations of projects completed between 1998 and 2005 by this young firm, from a cracker-style hunting plantation to a mountain-top Tudor Revival retreat. The four phases of the firm’s design process are illustrated: charrette and esquisse; model; construction drawings, and finally, the finished structure. 
There is a distinct, century-long line of Southern architects whose careers have centered in Georgia and whose talents have focused on classical themes. Author and architectural historian William R. Mitchell, Jr., has referred to them as the “Georgia school of classicists,” and he traces their beginnings to J. Neel Reid and the firm of Hentz, Reid & Adler, which was formed in Atlanta in 1909.
The lineage of Georgia classicists following Reid through the twentieth century includes such recognizable names as Shutze, Crook, Ivey, Jones, Means, Ford, Dunwody, Cooper, and McCall. Midway through the first decade of our new century there are several architects whose names now deserve to be added to this distinguished list, and one, according to Mitchell, is Keith Summerour, founder and principal architect of Summerour and Associates, Architects. This practice is notable not only for the talent Summerour possesses, but also for the methods his firm employs.

Mitchell states: “Time-honored artistic terms and design ideas, such as atelier (studio/workshop), charrette (consultation) and esquisse (free-hand sketching), are normal in its practice. . . . As our new century evolves, this firm enlarges and enhances the practice of architecture for which Beaux-Arts classicists in the past set high creative standards of ‘well-building.’”

Remarkably, this is still a young and growing firm; this volume includes representations of projects between 1998 and 2005, from a cracker-style hunting plantation in coastal Georgia, to a mountain-top Tudor Revival retreat in North Carolina. Illustrated are the four phases of the firm's design process, from charretteand esquisse, to the model, then to construction drawings, and finally to the finished structure. Examples are shown from the mountains to the sea, from cities and suburbs to the country.

Within the pages of this monograph one can clearly see why Lewis Crook, one of Summerour’s architectural ancestors, once proclaimed: “There are cycles in architecture, but people always return to the classics.” (from Golden Coast Books )

About Keith Summerour: 
(from  Summerour and Associates website)

Keith Summerour studied architecture at Auburn University. His architectural course of study included a yearlong study abroad, concentrating on the classic architecture in London, Paris, and Florence. Following his graduation from Auburn University in 1987, he went on to win the Ritchie Fellowship, allowing him to dedicate time to developing his distinctive style of architecture. Summerour further developed his talent for design while interning for several architecture firms, including the Ritchie Organization, Robert McAlpine, AIA, Herkommer Architectur and Plannungs Buro in Stuttgart, Germany, and Smallwood, Reynolds, Stewart and Stewart Architects. His duties while employed with these companies included regional projects, such as designing Olympic housing at the Georgia Institute of Technology, and international projects for the Ritz Carlton Corporation in Bermuda, Puerto Rico, and Indonesia. Summerour’s work has been featured in many publications, including Architectural Digest, Southern Accents, Metropolitan Home, Veranda, Southern Living, Coastal Living, Trends Magazine, Atlanta Homes and Lifestyles, and Atlanta Style and Design.

The firm’s most recent publication, Garden and Gun, features Summerour’s personal dream, a stone tower in rural Georgia. This tower serves as a rural studio where members of the firm can get away to work without interruptions and Summerour can getaway most weekends with his family. The firm has also received recognition as one of the top 100 architecture firms by the Institute of Classical Architecture. In 1991, Summerour founded Summerour and Associates Architects, Inc., a firm that specializes in residential design, boutique commercial projects, mixed use buildings, institutional and resort development.

In December of 2004, he added Summerour Interiors, in his efforts to translate a seamless transition from his unique vision of architecture to interior design. Since that time, Summerour Interiors has become an integral part of Summerour and Associates. While the majority of the firm’s projects are located in the Southeast, you will find the designs of Summerour and Associates are also on the West Coast, the Mid-West and New England.

Hardcover: 160 pages
Publisher: Golden Coast Publishing Company (October 30, 2006)
Retail: $50.00 Amazon: $35.00

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

David M. Schwarz - Outstanding Performance

 Carmel Regional Performing Arts Center
from the architect's website 
The Carmel Performing Arts Center, located in Carmel, Indiana, is intended as the focal point of Carmel City Center, a new, mixed-use development which will serve as the new town center for Carmel.  The Performing Arts Center will be a 154,000 gross-square-foot, 1,600 seat concert hall, and will support all forms of classical music.  It will also accommodate various other forms of acoustic and amplified concert and operatic performances.  By anchoring the development with a performing arts venue, the town has chosen to make its new, vibrant heart a haven for the arts to develop and flourish.  That effort will be boosted by the city’s intent to later create a small theater across the village green from the new Concert Hall, which will further cement the idea of a cultural center for the town.
The Concert Hall is modeled on Andrea Palladio’s Villa “La Rotonda,” built in 1550 near Vicenza, Italy, and still an architectural icon nearly 500 years later.
Providing its region with a cultural attraction of world-class quality and scale, the multi-venue Center for the Performing Arts in Carmel, Indiana - just outside of the state capital of Indianapolis - will open the first of its facilities on January 29, 2011, when it inaugurates its concert hall The Palladium. The Center's other venues, now under construction, will be a 200-seat studio theater (opening in March 2011) and The Tarkington, a 500-seat proscenium theater (August 2011).

Steven Libman, Executive Director of the Center and Artistic Director Michael Feinstein have announced details of the gala concert and inaugural season that will welcome audiences to The Palladium and offer a preview of the exceptional design features and programming that will make the concert hall, and the complex as a whole, a major destination within Central Indiana and a focal point for the exciting new urban vision of the City of Carmel.

Given a gracious and elegant form by architect David M. Schwarz Architects Inc. with local consultation by from CSO Architects, the 1,600-seat, 154,000-square-foot Palladium is the only true concert hall in its region and features an acoustic design by the renowned firm of Artec Consultants. In addition to presenting an extensive schedule of concerts and events, The Palladium will also be the new home of the Feinstein Foundation for the Preservation of the Great American Songbook, making the Foundation's extraordinary, museum-quality archive of American popular song available as never before to scholars and the public.

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