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Interview with AIA CEO Robert Ivy
by Kevin Matthews
ArchitectureWeek spoke with AIA Chief Executive Officer
Robert Ivy as the Institute was in final preparations to
host the AIA 2012 National Convention in Washington, D.C.
Kevin Matthews: Coming from a magazine perspective, and
now that you're here (at the AIA), how has your
perspective on architecture magazines changed -
from being steeped in that world for quite a while, to
now being next to it?
Robert Ivy: Well, a couple of things have not changed.
And those are that I think we still need them now as
much as we ever did, in whatever form or format they
I think we need the rigor and the critical attitude that
they bring, and also the information that they deploy.
They allow us an insight into the world of architecture
in a way that a blog never can/will, to the extent that
they allow, I would say, what is almost the luxury of
in-depth journalism where we're able to afford it.
Granted, we have fewer print publications. But I think
they're all the more important for doing that and I
think that we need them all. I think we need the
Architects of the world for what they are doing for us,
which is giving an overview of the practice and, let's
say, the personal side of what it means to be an
architect, as well as the Records of the world, which
are really more project-focused. I think we need them
Now, having said that, we've had this explosion in
digital media that allows us a whole different
perspective, and it's a more comprehensive overview, and
a broader reach. I can sit at my own home and look at
work in Holland without cracking a sweat.
And I can be up to date with architects and work that
I'm interested in all over the world, and be in a
network and in a community with them. So we're at a very
interesting moment, where I still think that we need
print journalism to show architecture in the unique way
that it shows it. And I think that they are by and large
succeeding in doing that, but it's also a very exciting
moment from the digital arena, where we've got,
basically, the world at your fingertips.
Kevin Matthews: Since we launched ArchitectureWeek in 2000,
our agenda has been to be a serious architecture magazine
that was online only. And it touches all the issues that
you're talking about. The internet is still such a frontier
that if you're not reinventing constantly, you're
watching from the sidelines. It's one or the other.
Robert Ivy: Sure. And I think that part of the challenge
there is about human attention, and also resources. Print
journalism has allowed resources to be brought to bear
to make something happen, where there are more than one
set of eyes that examine something.
There's a dialogue often in the production of a single
article among a variety of people to bring this to bear.
That's a wonderful thing. It's like the New York Times.
We know that when we read something there, it's not just
the work of one person. It's also the work of an entire
enterprise that is trying to bring this into our
consciousness. And part of the beauty, frankly, of the
digital world is that it is quicker and that it is more,
I think, interpersonal. So you get more of the
perspective of an individual writer and the immediacy
thereof and the personality that comes through there.
Kevin Matthews: Right. In ArchitectureWeek, most of what
we publish has been through three people by the time it
gets online. So we're kind of old-fashioned and it's
pretty different from an ArchDaily with just the fire
hose. And having a bigger investment in the content, and
a smaller hose to generate advertising — that's an
The AIA has a special relationship with Hanley Wood
these days, but more generically, what does the AIA, and
you as an observer of the profession, think that we need
more of from the magazines?
Robert Ivy: We can always use more. There never is enough.
And when I say that, I mean that in a variety of ways.
We all want to know more about projects and how they're
put together. Architects seek information on what
projects consist of. And they want to know the building
materials and construction systems and they want to know
the process, if it is relevant to the particular
And that requires more effort, space, and time than
we're ever able to devote in any medium. We'll never
have the perfect model. But that relates just to the
projects that we cover.
Architects always want a critical perspective. We find
it difficult to bring — let's call it "consistent
courage" — to the critical analysis of our work.
And so we want more of that.
Hennebery Eddy Architects designed the new LEED Platinum-certified Newberg Center for Portland Community College. Photo: Stephen Miller
Green Top Ten — Buildings for Education
In Newberg, Oregon, southwest of Portland, the first
building has been built on a new 15-acre (6-hectare)
campus for Portland Community College (PCC). The
structure's distinctive forms provide a visual clue
about the strategies — including passive cooling
and extensive daylighting — that were used to
achieve its goal of zero net energy use.
Designed by Hennebery Eddy Architects, the LEED Platinum-certified PCC Newberg Center is one of six education buildings on the AIA/COTE Top Ten Green Projects list for 2012, created by the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Committee on the Environment (COTE).
We published the other four projects on this year's green top ten list — all office buildings — in ArchitectureWeek No. 559.
PCC Newberg Center — Portland, Oregon
Portland Community College selected a greenfield site as the location for its fourth full campus in part because of growing attendance at its next-nearest campus — located 20 miles (32 kilometers) away via a congested highway — by recent high school graduates from Newberg and the surrounding small communities.
The new campus is said to reduce the total vehicle miles traveled (VMT), and thus the carbon footprint, of these commuter students.
The Newberg campus has also been integrated with local transit and bike routes. However, only three percent of building occupants are expected to travel by these alternative means.
As the first building on the new Newberg campus for PCC, the 13,500-square-foot (1,250-square-meter) Newberg Center will also act as the campus gateway. And until further development occurs, the building will combine many of the functions that the college requires — academic, administrative, and social.
PCC Newberg Center, Portland, Oregon —
Hood River Middle School Music and Science Building, Hood River, Oregon —
Kensington High School for the Creative and Performing Arts, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania —
UC Merced Long Range Development Plan, Merced, California —
VMZINC: The Versatile Choice for Roofs and Walls
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In the Foggy Bottom neighborhood of Washington, D.C., a Whole Foods Market anchors a neighborhood retail center at The Avenue, designed by Pelli Clarke Pelli.
Photo: Kevin Matthews/ Artifice Images
Designing the Neighborhood Retail Center
by Robert J. Gibbs
Developing and managing retail centers remains one of
the most financially risky of all real estate categories.
In 2006, the United States had 20.22 square feet (1.88 square meters) of gross leasable area (GLA) of retail space per capita, far more than any other nation in the world.
Retailers must respond to ever-changing consumer trends and demands while constantly fending off new competition. As a result, the retail industry relies upon proven methods and techniques to minimize the risk and to earn a market rate of return on their investment.
This risk may be felt more acutely in mixed-use urban areas, where vacant storefronts or undesirable retailers can significantly disrupt the quality of life for surrounding residents and nearby office workers.
Most of America's shopping centers fall into one of seven proven building types: the corner store, convenience center, neighborhood center, community center, regional center, lifestyle or town center, and outlet center. The GLA of each of these center types can be increased 30 to 50 percent to create supersized centers — for example, the super neighborhood center, super community center, or super regional mall.
Each type of center appeals to a distinct market segment and has specific tenant types, size ranges, location criteria, and site plan standards. Although there are always exceptions to these types, centers that deviate from these industry standards and sizes are often considered economically risky and thus difficult to finance or lease.
For example, a 50,000-square-foot (4,600-square-meter) convenience center is generally too large to support 20 to 25 small stores without the pulling power of a supermarket. On the other hand, a 50,000-square-foot (4,600-square-meter) supermarket-anchored neighborhood center does not have enough GLA to support the below-market rents affordable to modern supermarket operators.
The neighborhood center is considered the core of the traditional neighborhood and a staple of the shopping center industry. Anchored with a supermarket, pharmacy, and restaurant, a neighborhood center offers the complete array of goods and services needed by households on a regular basis but not available at smaller or larger centers.
It's fast, easy, private, and secure.
Elevator Energy Calculator
ThyssenKrupp Elevator Americas has launched the 2.0 version of
its Energy Calculator, a free online tool for predicting the
energy consumption of elevators. Of interest to architects,
elevator consultants, facility managers, and building owners
involved in new construction and building modernization
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HP Announces New Mobile and Cloud Printing Apps - AECCafe.com, 2012.0517
In Architecture, Is 3D Printing the New Normal? - Smart Planet, 2012.0517
AutoCAD 2013 - Command Line Enhancements - Architect's Desktop, 2012.0516
Altair Introduces HyperWorks Engineering Suite for Mac OS X - Altair Press Release, 2012.0516
Overlay Versus Attachment When Linking Files in Revit - AEC Tech Talk, 2012.0515
Eureka Asks Three CAD Companies What They See as Emerging Technologies - Eureka, 2012.0514
Product News - Self-Stick Roofing Membrane
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