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    At the eight-story School of Nursing and Student Community Center in Houston, Texas, designed by BNIM, multifaceted skylights bring modulated daylight into a series of atriums. Photo: Farshid Assassi

    BNIM - AIA FIRM OF THE YEAR
    by Brian Libby

    To become one of the first two buildings to receive full recognition under the Living Building Challenge, the Omega Center for Sustainable Living in Rhinebeck, New York, had to meet a stringent set of criteria, including generating all its energy from renewable resources, and capturing and treating all water used onsite.

    For BNIM, the architecture firm that designed the building, this recognition of extremely sustainable design was one more notch in a long track record of environmentally sensitive architecture.

    The Kansas City, Missouri-based firm has received the AIA Architecture Firm Award from the American Institute of Architects for 2011. The award is the highest honor the AIA bestows on an architecture firm. BNIM cofounder Bob Berkebile sees the firm's selection as a clear statement encouraging green building design as a tool in the battle against climate change.

    "I think the reason we got this award is the AIA had to pick someone to acknowledge that this is the future," he ventures.

    A pioneering advocate in the green field, Berkebile sees the chance to improve upon the possibly dire ecological outcomes forecast for the next century as a quintessential challenge and reward of being an architect. He was the founding chairman of the first AIA Committee on the Environment (COTE) in 1990 and a founding board member of the U.S. Green Building Council a few years later. BNIM also helped develop the USGBC's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification system through several pilot projects.

    BNIM practices what it preaches; rigorous sustainability is intrinsic to its work. The Omega Center project and nine others designed by BNIM have earned LEED Platinum certification, and another nine have received other LEED ratings. The many awards received by the firm include five Top Ten Green Project nods from AIA/COTE.

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    Architecture and planning firm MVRDV of Rotterdam, the Netherlands, has revealed its winning design for the China Comic and Animation Museum in Hangzhou, China. Inspired by speech bubbles from comics, the design features a series of eight balloon-shaped volumes linked together. Image: MVRDV

    People and Places
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    MVRDV in Hangzhou, ChinaRafael Viñoly Architects in Philadelphia, PennsylvaniaBIG in Tirana, AlbaniaHOK in La Jolla, CaliforniaThe Jerde Partnership in Hashimoto, JapanShepley Bulfinch in St. Paul, MinnesotaFernando Romero in Mexico City, Mexico

    Hangzhou — 2011.0505
    Architecture and planning firm MVRDV of Rotterdam, the Netherlands, has revealed its winning design for the China Comic and Animation Museum in Hangzhou, China. Inspired by speech bubbles from comics, the design features a series of eight balloon-shaped volumes linked to create an internally complex 30,000-square-meter (320,000-square-foot) museum.

    In the preliminary design, the monochromatic white concrete facade enables the curved volumes to actually function like 3D speech bubbles when text is projected onto them. Services such as the lobby, three cinemas, and comic book library each occupy separate volumes. Where two such bulbous forms touch, a large opening allows access and views between them. The eight volumes are interconnected to allow for a circular tour of the entire program, with routing that permits short or long visits. The permanent collection is presented in a chronological spiral, while the temporary exhibition hall is designed for flexibility.

    Several features are planned to improve the building's energy efficiency, such as ground-source heat exchange, natural ventilation, and adiabatic cooling. The structural concept by Arup creates an aerodynamic design for even wind pressure and reduced need for air conditioning.   >>>

     
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    Clerestories and skylights were added to the CNT building to increase daylight penetration and to facilitate natural ventilation. Photo: © Center for Neighborhood Technology

    Center for Neighborhood Technology
    by Jean Carroon

    The Center for Neighborhood Technology in Chicago, Illinois, moved into a former textile factory in 1987 and began its second renovation in 2000 to accommodate greater space needs. Designed by architect Jonathan Boyer (now a principal at Farr Associates), the new office space offers an exemplary model of sustainable adaptive reuse that takes advantage of environmentally responsible products and technologies not available in the 1980s.

    The original decision to relocate to Chicago's northeastern side was to enhance public transportation options for employees and visitors. The Center's web site notes that people can easily come and go, do errands, or eat lunch by walking or using public transportation. The commitment to urban sustainability and environmental education has attracted hundreds of visitors, and tours are held almost daily to enlighten the community on ecological design.

    Site and Water

    A light-colored roof was installed to reduce the absorption of the sun's heat and reduce the interior air temperature during warm months. The adjacent lot is planted as a sliver park using native, drought-tolerant vegetation to provide a cool oasis for the neighborhood and trees that shade the building to further lower the air-conditioning requirements. Rainwater percolates through the garden and pervious parking lot to replenish aquifers. Low-flow fixtures inside the building have reduced potable water consumption by 30 percent.   >>>

     
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    B. All my work is much more peaceful than I am.
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