Link to a story in Today's NY Times
The report recently released by the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change states what many of us sustainable design types have been suspecting for a while - that efforts to reduce the impact of global climate change are falling short of the targets set to keep the average global temperature increase to 3.6 degrees Fahrenheit (2 degrees Celsius) by the year 2100.
This week we celebrate Women in Construction across the industry. We asked the women of QEA to reflect on their own experiences in construction.
This past weekend, I attended the annual Performing Arts Manager’s Conference (PAMC) held this year in Kansas City. This conference is a great venue for gathering performing arts managers (a mix of front-of-house managers, technicians, and facilities managers), students, architects, theater consultants, acousticians, and suppliers together to exchange information about issues, problems, and solutions faced by performing arts facilities around the country.
In late 2011, QEA began work on a project to renovate a vacated auto supply store in the center of Cary, NC into a theater. With the goal of catalyzing the development of the area and creating a true downtown, the town sought to return the building, originally built in 1946 as a movie theater, to its original function, as well as a live music and community theater venue.
I was invited by the Ann Arbor office’s education committee to speak with the Ann Arbor office about leadership this past week. The request caused me to really think about those traits that leaders possess. I know it isn’t the same list for all leaders but I found myself really questioning what tangible qualities define leadership. It was a much tougher assignment than I initially realized. And, while I didn’t intend to develop a “top ten” list, that is what it ended up being.
Architecture looks different when viewed from a humanistic perspective. It prompts questions such as: What do people need to be healthy and fulfilled? How can architecture contribute to human engagement, well being, and productivity?
In December 2013, I traveled with my husband, Norm Tyler, to visit our son, Joseph Tyler, in Doha, Qatar. Joseph has a lecturer position at Qatar University, teaching courses in Linguistics in their undergraduate program for women. Joseph wanted his parents to see where he's been living, experience a bit of the region, and share some quality time. What began as a family vacation to someplace new, turned into an amazingly diverse exposure to in-town sights that most visitors see, such as Souk Waqif and the Corniche, and to off-road sights outside of Doha, like the Singing Sand Dunes and Purple Island. The uniqueness was seeing all of this through the eyes of an expatriate academic who happens to be our son.
I'm very excited to have been selected for the 2013-2014 class of the Urban Land Institute (ULI) Larson Center for Leadership Initiative, and wanted to share some of my thoughts about the program on the QEA Blog. This is the first in a series that I plan to write through the length of the program.
Candy Town: A Tale of Promise, Destruction, and Scandal in a New City
Quinn Evans Architects doesn't often design whole cities from the ground up. But for this year's holiday party, the DC office embarked on an ambitious urban design proejct: the planning, design, construction, and (ultimately) the destruction and consumption) of Candy Town, a new, if short-lived, bay-side community.
I thought I'd share an excerpt from an interesting article written by Paula Melton, which appears in the current Building Green Bulletin published by EBN. http://www.buildinggreen.com/auth/article.cfm/2013/12/2/Green-Is-Beautiful/
Beauty, place-making, and even love are motivating many green designers, who see these values complementing core sustainability tenets.
"The emphasis on technology rather than what we need to do to make this a really good habitat for people," is a huge part of the problem for the sustainable design community, argues Judith Heerwagen, Ph.D., environmental psychologist and affiliate faculty member at the University of Washington. While she was interviewing the occupants of one award-winning green building, she told EBN, "People said it was like a beautiful corpse. It was so technologically focused; it wasn't humanized in a way that they felt was pleasant and sensory."