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Tuesday, November 30, 2010
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.
Posted by Russell Guerin, AIA at 9:42 AM
Tuesday, November 23, 2010
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)
Posted by Russell Guerin, AIA at 8:45 AM
Monday, November 22, 2010
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:
Connecticut Main Street Center • PO Box 1344 • Avon CT, 06001 • 860.280.2337
Public Policy Partners1000 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
Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC)
Partnership for Strong Communities
Tri-State Transportation Campaign
Board of Directors 2010-2011Shelly 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
Timothy H. Coppage
Vice President-Housing Development (ret.)
CT Housing Finance Authority
Senior Director, Business Intelligence Design
Kim A. Healy
New Alliance Foundation
Community Development Manager
State of CT DECD
Asst. Vice Chancellor, Public Affairs
CT State University System
Business & Technology Analyst
Thomas E. Marano, CEcD
Business Development Consultant
VP, Director of Community Development
Robert W. Santy
President & CEO
David V. Sousa, R.L.A., A.I.C.P.
Landscape Architect and Urban Planner
President & CEO
Posted by Russell Guerin, AIA at 9:10 AM
Thursday, November 18, 2010
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.
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:
Smart Growth Principles
Smart Growth Principles
- Mix land uses
- Take advantage of compact building design
- Create a range of housing opportunities and choices
- Create walkable neighborhoods
- Foster distinctive, attractive communities with a strong sense of place
- Preserve open space, farmland, natural beauty, and critical environmental areas
- Strengthen and direct development towards existing communities
- Provide a variety of transportation choices
- Make development decisions predictable, fair, and cost effective
- 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.
Posted by Russell Guerin, AIA at 8:36 AM
Wednesday, November 17, 2010
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.
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.
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.
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
Posted by Russell Guerin, AIA at 9:59 AM
Tuesday, November 16, 2010
Carmel Regional Performing Arts Center
David M. Schwarz Architects
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.
Posted by Russell Guerin, AIA at 9:57 AM