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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
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.
"I can honestly say that no firm has done as much to
place the profession on its current trajectory towards a
truly sustainable future as BNIM," wrote Richard
Fedrizzi, CEO and president of the USGBC, in a letter
recommending the firm for this award. >>>
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
by Nancy Novitski
MVRDV in Hangzhou, China
Rafael Viñoly Architects in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
BIG in Tirana, Albania
HOK in La Jolla, California
The Jerde Partnership in Hashimoto, Japan
Shepley Bulfinch in St. Paul, Minnesota
Fernando Romero in Mexico City, Mexico
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.
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 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. >>>
BIM Handbook, Second Edition
The BIM Handbook, Second Edition, provides an in-depth
understanding of BIM technologies, the business and
organizational issues associated with BIM implementation, and
the profound advantages that effective use of BIM can provide to
all members of a project team.
It's fast, easy, private, and secure.
Tools and Downloads
Update to AutoCAD Web and Mobile Access
Autodesk recently released an update to AutoCAD WS, which
enables users to view, edit, and share their AutoCAD designs and
DWG files through web browsers and mobile devices. The AutoCAD
WS 1.1 plugin and mobile app are currently available for free
(subject to terms and conditions):
Improve Energy Efficiency in Historic Buildings
A free guide from Clean Air-Cool Planet details ways to improve
the energy efficiency of historic homes, museums, and other
buildings without detracting from their historic value: "Energy
Efficiency, Renewable Energy and Historic Preservation: A Guide
for Historic District Commissions."
Autodesk Introduces New Academic Certification - Autodesk Press Release, 2011.0512
Reprogram Your Mouse Buttons - Cadalyst, 2011.0512
Dassault to Distribute Gehry Technologies' Digital Project - Dassault Press Release, 2011.0512
RenderStream Announces Teraflop Servers and Workstations for OpenCL - RenderStream Press Release, 2011.0511
Keep Ahead of the Learning Curve, Part 2 - Cadalyst, 2011.0511
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