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    ArchitectureWeek Notes No. 581
    Dear ArchitectureWeek Readers,

    ArchitectureWeek No. 581 is now available on the Web, with these new design and building features, and more. This Notes edition is sponsored by Wiley:


    A Comprehensive Guide to the Design and Execution of Sophisticated Exterior Building Enclosures

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    The Lane Community College (LCC) Downtown Center in Eugene, Oregon, designed by SRG Partnership with Robertson Sherwood Architects and Pyatok Architects. Photo: Christian Columbres

    Downtown EfficiencyCommunity College Lets Energy Shine
    by David Owen

    Approaching the new Lane Community College (LCC) Downtown Center in Eugene, Oregon, you're greeted by a huge planar screen of vertical glass tubes suspended above the building entrance, partially shading the glazed southern facade of its atrium.

    The screen is a thermal collector array for the center's domestic hot water system, hinting that the new campus satellite, including academic and student housing buildings, was created with a focus on sustainability.

    The 182,000-square-foot (17,000-square-meter) Downtown Center was built on a long-vacant prime lot in Eugene's city core, directly opposite the recent Eugene Public Library (2003), and with the city's primary bus transit center on the diagonal block to the southeast.

    SRG Partnership designed the new campus, with Robertson Sherwood Architects acting as architect of record, and Pyatok Architects as apartment design consultants. Construction of the new facility was made possible in part by an apparent sweetheart deal between the college and the City of Eugene, which parted with the site — valued around one million dollars — for just one dollar.

    Two Part Complex

    The center's program is divided on its half-block site between two L-shaped buildings that mirror each other to define a rectangular courtyard space at the center of the site. Although these buildings are connected at several points and share a common palette of neutral panels with occasional highlights of orange and green, their individual scale and detailing distinguish one from the other.

    The southeastern building, with frontages on two streets, contains the center's academic functions, including classrooms, offices, laboratories and event spaces. And its L-shaped plan is staggered near the street corner to make room for a small public plaza leading to the building's atrium.

    The quieter housing functions are contained in the second structure which runs along the rear of the site, to the north and west. This building also contains the college's book store, which is located on the ground-floor level of the western wing, adjacent to the academic building.   >>>

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    The external screen of tinted glass on the GSA Regional Field Office in Houston, Texas, designed by Page Southerland Page, means highly reflective windows are not visible to birds from most angles. Photo: Timothy Hursley

    Bird-Friendly Design - Part Three: Glazing Solutions
    by Christine Sheppard

    It is possible to design buildings that can reasonably be expected not to kill birds. Numerous examples of this kind exist. These are not necessarily designed with birds in mind, but to be functional and attractive. These buildings usually have windows, but may use screens, latticework, grilles, and other devices outside the glass or integrated into the glass.

    Designing a new structure to be bird friendly does not need to restrict the imagination or add to the cost of construction. Architects around the globe have created fascinating and important structures that incorporate little or no exposed glass.

    In some cases, inspiration has been born out of functional needs, such as shading in hot climates, in others, aesthetics. Being bird-friendly was usually incidental. Retrofitting existing buildings can often be done by targeting problem areas, rather than entire buildings.

    Finding glass treatments that can eliminate or greatly reduce bird mortality while minimally obscuring the glass itself has been the goal of several researchers, including Martin Rössler, Dan Klem, and Christine Sheppard.

    Their research has focused primarily on the spacing, width, and orientation of lines marked on glass, and has shown that patterns covering as little as 5% of the total glass surface can deter 90% of strikes under experimental conditions.

    This research has consistently shown that most birds will not attempt to fly through horizontal spaces less than 2 inches (5 centimeters) high nor through vertical spaces 4 inches (10 centimeters) wide or smaller.

    We refer to this as the "2 by 4 rule." There are many ways that this can be used to make buildings safe for birds.   >>>

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    Walker Textures™ Acid-etched Glass

    Acid-etched glass creates a translucent satin appearance which obscures views while maintaining a high level of light transmittance. Walker Textures™ glass is not only suitable for interiors but can be readily used in exterior applications as well. This versatile translucent substrate is ideal because it reduces glare, diffuses light, creates depth and provides privacy.


    In this basic SketchUp object, all of the endpoints (corners or vertices) of the triangle were drawn at the same elevation, as seen along the blue axis, making them coplanar. Image: Courtesy John Wiley & Sons

    Getting Started in SketchUp
    by Michael Brightman

    Before you even open SketchUp, you need to understand the core concepts that make it unique. First, SketchUp is a surface modeler that is unlike most 3D modeling programs. Everything in SketchUp is composed of edges and surfaces, the basic building blocks used in SketchUp. A surface cannot exist without a closed loop of coplanar edges, and the simplest surface possible is a triangle.

    Second, because it is a surface modeler, there are no true, perfect vector curves, arcs, or circles in SketchUp. However, you can still represent circles and curves with a series of small edges.

    Third, SketchUp geometry has a tendency to stick together. This concept is known as the "stickiness of geometry" in SketchUp. Adjoining surfaces stick together and move with each other. Connected endpoints will move with each other and stretch their corresponding lines. Even though this can be frustrating at first, once you learn to control the stickiness, you will realize how much it speeds up the modeling process.

    Fourth, geometry does not stack in SketchUp. Only one edge or surface can exist between the same series of points. Even when multiple edges are drawn on top of each other, the edges simply combine into one. When an edge is drawn that intersects or overlaps an existing edge, the existing edge will be broken into two pieces.

    Lastly, the inference engine is the "brain" in SketchUp that is always working for you; it is what assumes meaningful relationships between points, edges, and surfaces. Although you can't turn off the inference engine, you can control it through the power of suggestion. There are several inferences available in SketchUp.

    Leveraging SketchUp

    The five core concepts combine to make SketchUp a fast, fun, and unique 3D modeling program, but using it is not necessarily easy. By embracing and controlling these core concepts, you'll be able to successfully leverage SketchUp into your workflow.   >>>

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    A new residence built in the remains of Astley Castle is one of the projects shortlisted for this year's Stirling Prize. Photo: Brian Wood

    People and Places
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    Stirling Prize Shortlist 2013Zaha Hadid in New YorkKPF in Madison, New JerseyScottish Design AwardsMoshe Safdie in Los Angeles, CaliforniaRIBA Awards 2013Foster + Partners in Munich, Germany

    Stirling Prize Shortlist
    The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has announced the project shortlist for the 2013 Stirling Prize. Named for British architect James Stirling, this year's prize will be awarded to one of the following six designs:

    Park Hill Phase 1, in Sheffield, England
    by Hawkins\Brown with Studio Egret West

    "Reinvention of the loved and loathed Grade II* listed 1960s housing estate. The structure of the building remained in place whilst key features were changed – interior layout, windows, security and much more. It stands as a beacon for imaginative regeneration, quality mass housing and the bold reuse of a listed building."

    Newhall Be, in Harlow, England
    by Alison Brooks Architects

    "The radical re-thinking of the shape and interior of the UK house is tackled masterfully with these 84 new homes in suburban Essex that clearly illustrate that good design quality and committed developers can transform peoples' lives. A new model for British housing?"

    Bishop Edward King Chapel, in Oxfordshire, England
    by Niall McLaughlin Architects

    "An uplifting spiritual space of great potency that the client has described as 'what we dreamed of but didn't think we would get'. An incredible showcase for modern British craftsmanship."

    Astley Castle, in Warwickshire, England
    by Witherford Watson Mann Architects

    "Beautiful contemporary Landmark Trust holiday home installed in the ruined walls of a 12th century manor. Unique example of the recovery of an ancient building – it is a prototype for a bold new attitude to restoration and reuse."

    Giant's Causeway Visitor Centre, in Northern Ireland
    by heneghan peng architects.

    "Breaks the mould of the traditional visitor centre that tends to hide from the limelight or make a statement, this highly imaginative and sculptural piece of 'land art' offers visitors an experience that is physical and interactive, like the causeway itself. Having 'tuned in' so perfectly to the environment, the visitor centre acts as the perfect prologue for the main event."

    University of Limerick Medical School
    by Grafton Architects

    "Exceptional example of how to create a vibrant new public space through the careful design and placement of buildings. High-quality, beautiful and dramatic buildings that punch far above their rock-bottom budget."

    The winner of the Stirling Prize will be announced on the Thursday 26 September at Central Saint Martins, King's Cross, designed by Stanton Williams.   >>>

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    Press Release - Minnesota and Oakland, California Adopt Bird-Friendly Building Requirements


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    Rusticated corner pilaster between banded engaged columns (WA-090)


    Architecture Quiz this week's new question...

    This material's proponents claim that it is harder than walnut and more stable than oak. Technically a grass, the product has come into use as a substitute for tongue-and-groove hardwood flooring. What material am I referring to?

    Architecture Answer for last week's quiz...

    When early American townships were being developed, it was common to offer lots of various lengths along street frontages. Depending on a person’s inclinations or financial strength they might purchase a lot of 1, 2, 3, or 4 rods wide. How wide is a 4-rod lot?

    Classic Home


    Classic Home 069 — Azuma House, by Tadao Ando

    "This one-bedroom, one-bathroom house in Osaka, Japan was built on a very narrow lot in a core urban rowhouse neighborhood. Its unassuming and slightly austere concrete form belies a poetically composed interior, emphasizing functionality and privacy.

    "Measuring a mere 10.5 feet (3.2 meters) wide and 42 feet (12.8 meters) long, this house provides about 700 square feet (65 square meters) of living space on a 615-square-foot (57-square-meter) lot.

    "Only the living room is connected to the public street, by way of an inset stoop. A central courtyard is at the heart of this house, buffering the other spaces from the outside world, while providing all with access to light and air. In addition to living room and courtyard, the ground floor contains all the service spaces (kitchen/ dining room and bathroom), which are clustered in the rear one-third of the house.

    "A narrow stair and bridge lead to the upstairs bedroom and study, which lie on either end of the courtyard.

    "From the domesticated vegetation of the courtyard, one moved through the Living Porch onto the Living Terrace overflowing into the natural landscape, where one could contemplate the distant views toward the southeast... "


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