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    ArchitectureWeek Notes No. 567
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    Barnes Square, planned by Duany Plater-Zyberk & Company with Brown Craig and Turner, is a "community-integrated continuing care retirement community (CCRC)" at the heart of the Mableton, Georgia master plan. Image: © Duany Plater-Zyberk

    Masters Plan for Mableton
    by M. Ball Scott

    "The only viable way to accept the gift and meet the challenge of longevity is to match the dramatic transformation of the 20th century that made it possible to grow old, with an equally dramatic and fundamentally new way of being old." — Kathryn Lawler, welcoming the Lifelong Communities Charrette Team, February 2009

    Mableton, Georgia is a small suburban community just outside of the City of Atlanta that is seeking to reposition itself in the region as an attractive, livable community for people of all ages. It's an example of a community readying itself to redevelop, with a strategic view into the 21st century.

    Since 2009, Mableton has been an intensive focus of the Lifelong Communities Initiative led by the Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC), the regional planning and intergovernmental coordination agency for the 10-county metropolitan area. The Lifelong Communities Initiative is intended to develop policy and programs that will better integrate aging issues into regional planning processes.

    Mableton was one of five communities planned as part of a nine-day Lifelong Communities Charrette, hosted by ARC in partnership with Duany Plater Zyberk & Company. It is one of Cobb County's oldest identified areas, although it has remained unincorporated for all but two years of its history. As a result of its unincorporated standing, the name "Mableton" can refer to a wide geographic area and residents from all over South Cobb may refer to their community as Mableton.

    With a post office, regional library, and arts center all grouped at its major intersection, the historic area of Mableton has today begun to function as a town center for the entire southern section of Cobb County.

    The community is in flux as the County gears up to implement some of the first phases of its recently completed redevelopment master plan and new form-based zoning code for the area. With more than 30% of its population above the age of 65, the community is consider to be a Naturally Occurring Retirement Community (NORC) like Penn South in New York.

    Mableton is typical of towns that have been bypassed when modern interstates drew away automobile traffic and with it the stream of passing retail customers. The town has actually been twice stranded in its century and a half history. Initially developed as a watering and fueling stop for steam driven locomotives, it had to reinvent itself when the railroad moved to long haul diesel locomotives that no longer needed a watering hole in that location.   >>>


    The built-in ruler in GTeam's 3D View gives users a way to point and click on corners and edges to obtain the distance between them. Image: Kenneth Wong/ ArchitectureWeek

    GTeam Cloud Collaboration Tool
    by Kenneth Wong

    A new A/E/C-centric collaboration and communication hub from Gehry Technologies has promise to put your project team on cloud power, whatever the size of your A/E/C firm.

    When Marc Benioff launched its web-hosted CRM software in 1999, he ruffled more than a few feathers by declaring "The End of Software." Benioff's eulogy for traditional shrink-wrapped software — the kind that you need to install in a desktop or laptop computer in order to operate — may have been a bit premature.

    Nevertheless, thanks in part to ubiquitous Internet access, Software as a Service (SaaS) has become an integral part of IT lexicon, proving web-hosted software has found a market. SaaS products for architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC) usually come in the form of project management and collaboration tools.

    One notable example is Autodesk BIM 360 — "BIM in the Cloud," as Autodesk calls it — a comprehensive suite of web-hosted applications for conceptual design, collaboration, energy analysis, rendering, and more. In August 2012, Gehry Technologies, spawned from the research and development division of Gehry Partners 10 years ago, enters the "cloud" with its own offering, GTeam.

    Delivered solely through a standard browser, GTeam allows A/E/C project teams to maintain a secure file repository in the cloud, manage file access, track project statuses, and view common 2D drawings and 3D models with an online file viewer.

    With SaaS model's no-hardware, instant-on approach, GTeam could be an attractive alternative to small and midsize firms that need to collaborate but lack the IT and financial resources of larger firms.   >>>

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    The new Sigmax headquarters, in Enschede, the Netherlands, was designed by Paul de Ruiter Architects. Photo: © Pieter Kers

    Architecture People and Places

    Sigmax HQ by Architectenbureau Paul de Ruiter in Enschede, the NetherlandsRichard Neutra's Cyclorama building in GettysburgMarpillero Pollak Architects at Staten IslandArchitecture 2030 in PittsburghEYP Architecture in Oslo

    Sigmax HQ by Architectenbureau Paul de Ruiter in Enschede, the Netherlands
    Located on a suburban office park site in Enschede, the Netherlands, a new headquarters building for Sigmax was designed by Architectenbureau Paul de Ruiter. The four-story building features a horizontally uninterrupted glass facade that emphasizes access to daylighting. The building's interior spaces were designed by Ex Interiors.

    The 2,500-square-meter (27,000-square-foot) building has been designed in the form of a "stacked pavilion," whose horizontal lines and extensive glass facade with rounded corners emphasize spaciousness and transparency. The glazing comprises large, rectangular floor-to-ceiling panels whose joints align with the building's structural grid. And quarter-circle glass panels form the rounded-corner bridge between adjacent facades.

    The thin building floor plates provide minimal interruption of the glass facade and accentuates the building's sense of horizontality. The portions of each floor plate that cantilevers beyond the glazing work to provide shading of the glass and are intended to develop as a vegetal "roof." The architects intended this feature to produce a sense of connection to the landscape, even on the upper floors... >>>

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