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GSA'S GREEN OFFICE BUILDINGS

Kevin Kampschroer was recently named the permanent director of the Office of Federal High-Performance Green Buildings in the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA). Here's some of his perspective on green building, as shared with Congress in testimony on converting federal buildings across the country into higher-performing, more-efficient green buildings. — Editor — Published 2010.0303

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AUTODESK UNIVERSITY 2009

At Autodesk University 2009, Autodesk CEO Carl Bass said he was encouraged by signs that the economy seems to be improving. He also acknowledged that Autodesk customers worldwide are being challenged to stay competitive. He suggested that this translates into being able to work more efficiently and being able to do more with less — an idea echoed in every presentation at AU 2009. — Published 2010.0113

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ROPE-ACCESS SURVEYING

"Wanted: Project architect/designer with varied experience in construction documents, detailing, and construction administration. Minimum 5 years CAD experience and familiarity with digital photography. Experience in mountain climbing desirable; athletic ability with no fear of heights is required." — Published 2009.0311

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BUILD BOSTON 2008

The 2008 Build Boston convention and trade show seemed, on the surface, to be its usual hustling, bustling, active marketplace of hundreds of educational workshops, dozens of receptions and affiliated conferences, and a convention floor full of product booths centered around the design and construction industry. — Published 2009.0128

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MAYNE COURTHOUSE

The new Federal Courthouse in Eugene, Oregon by Thom Mayne and his Los Angeles firm Morphosis, is in some ways an outstanding building for this small city. Mayne certainly delivers a strong dose of visual excitement. The depth of art in this architecture is more open to question. — Published 2007.0103

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REJUVENATING BOOMERS

An article in the New York Times late in 2005 reported on the escalating demise of brutalist buildings designed and constructed during the post-war years the hard-edged, unforgiving, sterile, and often-humorless creations of modernism's aging gurus and, especially, their uninspired copyists. — Published 2006.1108

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JOAN GOODY INTERVIEW

Joan E. Goody, FAIA is the recipient of the 2005 Boston Society of Architects Award of Honor, in recognition of her contributions to the profession and to the community. As principal of Goody Clancy, she has directed a wide range of academic, public, commercial, residential, and preservation projects. She was chair of the Boston Civic Design Commission from 1995 to 2005 and now serves on the faculty of the Mayor's Institute for City Design. Here she tells her story in conversation with Rebecca Barnes. Editor — Published 2006.0628

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OASIS IN A WAR ZONE

Israel's modernist Supreme Court, with its clean stone lines and its miniature pyramid, seems to rise up from one of Jerusalem's many hills. Planned by the brother-sister architectural team of Ram Karmi and Ada Karmi-Melamede, it is a complex three-story building of local limestone. — Published 2002.0403

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NEW COURTHOUSE IN THE DESERT

"I have always been struck by the pervasive nature of the desert in the midst of downtown Tucson, Arizona, and the magical qualities it bestows upon the urban experience." So says Norman Pfeiffer, FAIA, principal of Hardy Holzman Pfeiffer Associates (HHPA), which last year completed Tucson's Evo A. DeConcini U.S. Courthouse. — Published 2001.0228

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