Recapturing Forgotten Spaces
At this December 18, 2012 event in Washington, DC, speakers shared their insights on a wide range of issues related to utilizing all available land to create better places for residents and visitors. Robert Brosnan, Director of Community Planning, Housing and Development for Arlington County, VA; Peter Harnik, Director, Center for City Park Excellence, Trust for Public Land; and Stewart Schwartz, Executive Director of the Coalition for Smarter Growth spoke about transit-oriented development, making communities memorable with parks/plazas/waterfront and gathering spaces, highlighted lessons learned, and described the role of brick in creating inviting places to the 120 architect and Urban Planner attendees. Robert Brosnan’s and Stewart Schwartz’ presentations are available for those who were unable to attend.
This seminar is the latest in a series of events for Architects and Urban Planners held at Washington DC’s National Building Museum each year.
Urban Revitalization: One Brick at a Time
At this September 25, 2012 event, architects and planners learned ways in which urban revitalization can be done that is sympathetic to the surrounding neighborhoods. Examples of projects were shown that could be used as a guide for further exploration of this important topic. Harris Steinberg, FAIA, Founding Executive Director of PennPraxis and Daniel Kelley, FAIA, Senior Principal and Lead Designer provided the attendees with their vision for the present and future of urban revitalization. Harris Steinberg’s and Daniel Kelley’s presentations are available for those who were unable to attend. More information on brick’s ability to fit in with urban revitalization can be found in various Brick in Architecture issues and Technical Note 46 on Maintenance of Brick Masonry.
BIA Connects Architects to Genuine Clay Brick at AIA National Conference
Architects can connect with the latest in genuine clay brick products, design resources, technical resources and educational opportunities in the Brick Industry Association (BIA) exhibit at the AIA 2012 National Convention and Design Exposition, May 17-19. BIA will debut a new Brick in Architecture Multifamily edition focusing on the technical aspects and features of select buildings. Booth activities in spaces 4314 and 4316 will also include live, 3-D brick sculpting by Sue Landerman and a TV raffle.
Preparing for the Next Round of Growth
At this December 13, 2011 event, architects and community planners learned how communities are planning for smart growth and sustainability in the years to come. Mitchell Silver, Chief Planning Officer for the City of Raleigh and President of the American Planning Association; Harriet Tregoning, Director of the Office of Planning for Washington, D.C.; and Brendan Owens, Vice President for LEED Technical Development for the U.S. Green Building Council provided the 115 attendees with their vision for future and what they foresee the challenges and trends will be in the next round of growth. Harriet Tregoning’s and Brendan Owens’ presentations are available for those who were unable to attend.
This seminar is one in a series of events for Architects and Urban Planners held at Washington DC’s National Building Museum each year.
AIA/CES Credits Can Be Earned Online
Architects can read the technical article and take the ten question quiz online to earn CES credits.
AIA Lunch & Learns
We will come to your firm and present a FREE lunch & learn that offers AIA /CES credits. Most of our presentations offer HSW credit also.
Sustainability and Green Building Design
Today, clay brick has proven its contributing role in green building and sustainable design. Having been used as a building material for thousands of years, brick is made primarily from clay and shale, two of the most abundant natural resources. Brick also contributes to sustainable design through its long life span, energy efficiency, durability, recycled content, local availability, acoustic insulation, low construction waste, and potential for reuse. Finally, modern brick manufacturing incorporates many sustainable practices of its own and has captured great production efficiencies that reduce its environmental impact.
Brick In Architecture Awards Program
Since 1989, the Brick Industry Association has sponsored one of the country's most prestigious architectural award programs - The Brick In Architecture Awards. As the only national association to represent both manufacturers and distributors, BIA is the authority in the clay brick industry. As such, the Brick In Architecture Awards has become the nation's premiere architectural award featuring clay brick.
Clay Brick Pavers
In the U.S., Americans have used clay brick pavers since the earliest colonial days. Some pavers are still in service after 200 years. Today, many architects, homeowners, builders, designers and city planners prefer clay brick pavers over other surfaces because of their superior color retention, unmatched durability, strength, design options and low maintenance. For homeowners, clay pavers can transform garden pathways, driveways and patios.
For larger hardscape projects, today's flexible paving systems are an ideal surface for adding warmth, elegance and smoothness to sidewalks, patios, plazas and roadways that handle vehicular traffic. Genuine clay brick is also environmentally-friendly and an excellent long term value.
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