PG&E and AIA Foundation Announce Opening of Zero Net Energy Design Competition
Now in its Fourth Year, Competition Will Award up to $25,000 in Prizes,
Supports State Goals for Energy Efficiency
Contact: Margie O’Driscoll, Tel: 415-350-9955
San Francisco, Calif.— When the energy industry and cutting-edge architects get together with a single purpose, creating buildings that essentially power themselves, the results are impressive. Last year’s Architecture at Zero competition was fierce and it spurred state-of-the-art designs for a 150-unit mixed-use residential apartment building in the Tenderloin neighborhood in San Francisco. This year will be no different. Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) joins the American Institute of Architects Foundation (AIA) and East Bay Asian Local Development Corporation (EBALDC) to announce the opening of the fourth annual Architecture at Zero competition for zero net energy (ZNE) building designs.
The Architecture at Zero competition is open to designers, academics, researchers and students. Contestants will design a Zero Net Energy (ZNE) building at a mixed-use site in Oakland. Up to $25,000 in total prizes will be awarded by a panel of international experts in December, 2014. ZNE buildings produce as much clean energy as they use during a year through a combination of energy efficiency and on-site renewable energy generation.
“The American Institute of Architects Foundation is excited to see the hard work and thought that go into this year’s ZNE building design entries,” said AIA Foundation Executive Director Sherry-Lea Bloodworth Botop. “The winning designs will be those that are not only aesthetically interesting, but also create ZNE spaces that help EBALDC continue its leadership in driving community change through innovative design solutions.”
This is the fourth year that PG&E has sponsored the Architecture at Zero competition. The intent is to generate new, innovative ideas for ZNE construction to help achieve the California Public Utilities Commission’s goal for all new residential construction in California to be ZNE by 2020 and all new commercial construction to be ZNE by 2030.
“PG&E is once again proud to sponsor Architecture at Zero, a competition that has pushed forward our thinking and demonstrated that great design and zero net energy use are not only possible, but available to us today,” said Steve Malnight, Vice President of Customer Energy Solutions for PG&E. “I’m sure this year’s contestants will bring their A-game to the competition.”
Competition entries will be juried by the following international experts: Bob Berkebile, FAIA, Principal, BNIM Architects; Ed Mazria, Founder, Architecture 2030; Paul Torcellini, Principal Engineer with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and Allison Williams, FAIA, AECOM.
The deadline for entries is October 31, 2014.To register or learn more, visit http://www.architectureatzero.
About the American Institute of Architects Foundation
The AIA Foundation preserves, honors and advances excellence in design for the benefit of the public. As a nonprofit, the AIA Foundation is the preeminent voice and advocate for architecture and design in America and works closely with the American Institute of Architects on areas of mutual interest. The AIA Foundation is dedicated to the belief that good design is good for all and plays an essential role in transforming lives and building a better world.
CALIFORNIA ARCHITECT PUSHES FOR NEW INSPECTION PROVISIONS
Whistleblowers now can file complaints online with OSHA:
Whistleblowers covered by one of 22 statutes administered by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) now will be able to file complaints online. The online form will provide workers who have been retaliated against with an additional way to reach out for OSHA assistance online.
Currently, workers can submit complaints to OSHA by filing a written complaint or calling the agency’s (800) 321-OSHA (6742) number or an OSHA regional or area office. Workers now will be able to electronically submit a whistleblower complaint to OSHA by visiting www.osha.gov/whistleblower/WBComplaint.html.
“The ability of workers to speak out and exercise their rights without fear of retaliation provides the backbone for some of American workers’ most essential protections,” says Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health David Michaels. “Whistleblower laws protect not only workers but also the public at large, and now workers will have an additional avenue available to file a complaint with OSHA.”
The new online form prompts workers to include basic whistleblower complaint information so they can be contacted easily for follow-up. Complaints automatically are routed to the appropriate regional whistleblower investigators. In addition, the complaint form can be downloaded and submitted to the agency in hard-copy format by fax, mail or hand-delivery. The hard-copy version is identical to the electronic version and requests the same information necessary to initiate a whistleblower investigation.
Detailed information about employee whistleblower rights, including fact sheets and instructions regarding how to submit the form in hard-copy format, is available online at www.whistleblowers.gov.
The London Fire Department reports an unknown number of casualties at this hour as survivors are being pulled from the Apollo Theatre structural collapse. Full story: http://www.nydailynews.com/news/world/balcony-collapses-apollo-theatre-central-london-article-1.1553139 Another report here: http://youtu.be/zIKfiH3HUvM
Shawmut, an East Coast-based $850 million dollar national management construction firm responsible for LA flagship stores including Louis Vuitton, Yves Saint Laurent and Tory Burch on Rodeo Drive, has just expanded into an LA office in the mid-Wilshire area.
In addition to the firm’s newly established LA outpost, the team is currently under construction on a new Christofle, Barney’s and Santa Anita Park, as well as recently having recently completed culinary hotspots Nobu and Nikita in Malibu, and Del Frisco’s Grille in Santa Monica. Other notable national clients include Apple, Le Bernardin, The Waldorf Astoria, Harvard University and Yale University.
SNOW KREILICH ARCHITECTS
ARCHITECTURE FOR ARCHITECTS
Phaidon Press launch Phaidon Atlas: Architecture for Architects (www.PhaidonAtlas.
com), a global online resource for the best examples of contemporary architecture, spotlighting thousands of projects built in the 21st century.
The product of 6 years of extensive research and the input of over 200 architects, universities and experts from around the world, this new digital resource is designed to evolve as a growing online community to help build a global network for architects to communicate and share ideas, and will be a must-have research tool and an essential resource for anyone creating, studying, involved in, or passionate about the field of contemporary architecture.
The architect’s* (builder’s also) nightmares are many, but we may refer to a few of them. There is the client who does not know much about building but who has friends who do, to whom he goes for suggestions — and, unfortunately, gets them! Were these suggestions made to the architect directly he could in most cases dispose of them; but his client becomes an intermediary, carrying back his defence or explanation in a garbled form to a judge who is prejudiced against him. The client often begins to feel that if he knew more about the game he could himself catch the architect out. Strained relations, inconsistent with lofty ideals of charity, supervene — and we have a case of architect’s nightmare (builder’s also!)
We have the client who, like the ancient Athenians, is always looking out for some new thing. His architect can do nothing without discussing the advantage of something he has not thought of adopting and is usually unsuitable and inappropriate. Yet, because the client and not the architect has mentioned it first, the client feels he has got his architect at a disadvantage, and the poor fellow is much in the position of a man who runs for a train with insufficient time and failing wind. This is another well-known form of nightmare.
The economical client is often a trial and discipline to those whom he employs. His architect can do nothing without being told of something somewhere else which was cheaper, and a continual stream of such reminders gradually destroys the architect’s peace of mind, leaving him in the position of a convicted fool — an experience akin to a nightmare. The architect who builds for a client whose finances cannot well bear the strain naturally fares badly. He is placed in the position of a man who insists on his solicitor fighting a weak case. If by a miracle he wins, his judgment is justified; if not, it is human to attribute his failure to inefficient professional advice.
These and many other forms of nightmare might be described, but it suffices to say that one and all of them are obviously attributable to the client’s failure to digest and understand the true nature of the sympathetic and altruistic architect he has employed. Summing up the evidence we have briefly marshalled, we may say that architectural nightmares such as we see around us owe their origin not so much to the failure of architects, but to their super-abundant sympathy for their clients, while the architect’s nightmares have their origin in the failure of the client rightly to understand and estimate the full merits of the profession. The treatment in both cases is obviously not to administer remedies to the architect, but to the general public. We are refining pure gold at our numerous architectural schools, while what is needed is to leaven the mass and make the public recognize the talent which is theirs to employ. But touching the minor question of the education of the architectural student, we have indicated the nature of another aspect from which it may be approached.
We may arrive at a definition of virtue and vice by studying either, and is it not possible that in all fields of thought it is sometimes well to adjust our views by considering not only what is, but also what is not? We have often been asked to give chapter and verse for a condemnation of bad design, which we have found difficult precisely because we have never troubled to analyze the nature of what displeases us, while we find it easy to explain the merits of what we consider good. As the proper study of mankind is man and not good men alone, so our proper study is building and not good building alone, and it is only mental laziness which leads us to restrict the extent of our survey. We are but the instruments on which our clients play their harmonies or strike discords, and what is needed is that the performer should receive a training which will enable him to appreciate our manifold merits. - The Editor
Adopted from the classic reference text: ca. 1922 American Architect & Architecture C 373602 – Fornightly, New York
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