Friday, November 21, 2014

Student Special on Designed in Boston

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For a limited time, BAC Students can purchase Designed in Boston for only $50 (normally $125)!

Get your copy of Designed in Boston: A Personal Journal-History of the Boston Architectural College, 1889-2011 by Don Brown, AIA Emeritus. Written as a year-by-year journal, this extensive history of the BAC includes contributions from many involved individuals, offering a clear perspective on the people, the culture, and the evolution of the BAC from professional-development club in 1889 to the concurrent-education College of today.

The book introduces such giants of BAC history as Clarence H. Blackall, Isidor Richmond, and Dean Arcangelo Cascieri and emphasizes the BAC’s strong representation among Rotch Travelling Fellows and the BAC’s historic relationships with MIT, Harvard, and the Boston Society of Architects. This limited run hardcopy book is 268 pages and includes photographs from the BAC’s archives. Net proceeds from sales of the book will benefit the BAC Fund.

To purchase your copy, please visit Shannon Buckley, Development Coordinator, in the Office of Institutional Advancement on the 3rd floor of 322 Newbury Street between the hours of 10 am and 6 pm, or call 617-585-0202. We accept cash, check, and all major credit cards. Books can be picked up at the BAC, or shipping can be arranged.

3-D Printing Guidelines

As we approach the end of the Fall semester, 3D printing is in high demand. To help meet these demands in an equitable fashion which allows many students to 3D print, the Coder Lab will be enforcing new usage standards for the rest of the term. Instructors have been informed about the implementation of these standards.

Usage standards are as follows:

  • For the remainder of the semester, students can 3D print one model per week on a first come first serve basis.
  • All models should be printable in 8 hours or less.  If a model will take longer than 8 hours to print, it should be simplified or scaled down in size.
  • If a student wishes to print more than one model per week, they will be asked to inform Coder Lab staff of the priority of their printing jobs, ranked first through last.  Their first model will be printed and the other models will be put on hold.  If there is time and resources in the Coder Lab, their additional models may be printed – but this is not a guarantee.

Blog Pick :: Online Design Teacher

Blog Pick:: Online Design Teacher
By Steve Marcelin, BDS Candidate

Online Design Teacher is a website that provides notes, templates, and tutorials on the following forms of design: Design Theory, Graphic Design, Web Design, Interior Design, Games Design, and Furniture Design. The site also encourages design enthusiasts to share their work on their visitor submitted design gallery.

One section that I find very useful is the Graphic Design section, especially the tutorial on how to use the pen tool in Adobe Creative Suite. I am currently taking DME 2017 Illustration: Information Graphics, Diagramming and Publishing. In our course assignments, the pen tool is used heavily, so this tutorial was great for me. The notes explain the differences between the Adobe Photoshop pen tool and Adobe Illustrator pen tool.

Another aspect of this site students might appreciate is the Interior Material and Finishes section under the Interior Design tab. This section lists various of materials and explains the quality and application of each of the material listed. In my past studios I have been a timid about which finishes and materials I should use in my projects. After reading this section I feel more confident in my material selections.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Use of Spray Fixative, Spray Paint, Lacquer, or Other Aerosols

Use of spray paint, lacquer, and other aerosols that contain VOCs are not permitted inside Boston Architectural College campus buildings. Students are not permitted to use spray paint or other aerosols that contain VOCs in any BAC buildings, including the stairwells.

We do not currently have spray booths on campus. Students are permitted to spray outside on a drop cloth. Use of spray paint or fixative is not allowed in the Green Alley (behind 320 Newbury St). It is recommended that students use zero or low VOC paints for their projects.

Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) are emitted as gases from certain solids or liquids. VOCs include a variety of chemicals, some of which may have short- and long-term adverse health effects. Concentrations of many VOCs are consistently higher indoors (up to ten times higher) than outdoors.

Examples include: paints and lacquers, paint strippers, cleaning supplies, pesticides, building materials and furnishings, office equipment such as copiers and printers, correction fluids and carbonless copy paper, graphics and craft materials including glues and adhesives, permanent markers, and photographic solutions.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Free Chair Massages

Free Chair Massages
Sunday, December 7 from 6-8 pm
Sign-ups at 5:30 pm
Cascieri Hall

Atelier is bringing in Chair Massages for all current BAC students, free of cost on Sunday, December 7, 2014 from 6- 8 pm.

Our licensed massage therapists will help you de-stress so you are able to work on your finals with a clear mind.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Music in Classrooms

As we approach final reviews and people are working in the studios to get their projects done, please be courteous about your music and the volume setting. Others around you are putting in long hours and they might not want to listen to Taylor Swift.

If you need to rock out while you work, please use headphones. Forcing your musical tastes loudly onto others is not only rude, it is a violation of the Campus Compact.

Sustainable Products in the Materials Library

Check out the selection of sustainable products in the BAC's Materials Library!

Items in photo include fabrics from ArcCom, Momentum and Pallas woven with recycled polyester fibers, Caron coconut panels, recycled content tiles from Fireclay, Globus Cork colored flooring, Forbo Marmoleum made of natural materials, Alkemi acrylic and scrap metal panels, recycled leather floor tiles by Ecodomo, Paperstone and Richlite solid surfaces made of recycled paper, Ceasarstone consisting of recycled materials and manufactured using sustainable practices, stained reclaimed wood from Indo Teak, and Ecofinishes carpet created from recycled water bottles.

Competition :: Unbuilt Visions

Competition :: Unbuilt Visions
Registration Deadline: Monday, December 15, 2014
Competition Website

Unbuilt Visions promotes critical debate about architecture and design by acknowledging excellence in unbuilt projects. This annual competition provides an opportunity to engage with architecture, urbanism, interiors, and designed objects at the conceptual stage by recognizing work that offers a critical contribution to worldwide architectural discourse.

Throughout time, unbuilt projects have exerted significant influence on the trajectory of global architecture and design. √Čtienne-Louis Boull√©e’s monolithic Cenotaph for Newton expressed a sublime grandeur than continues to beguile contemporary architects. LeCorbusier’s utopian Ville Radieuse (1924) proposed a blueprint for social reform that radically transformed the design of 20th century cities worldwide. Mies van der Rohe’s austere concept for the Friedrichstrasse Skyscraper Competition (1921) fostered a seachange in our perceptions and expectations of the modern commercial workplace.

Continual shifts in architectural theory and production drive new desires to create and address untapped opportunities. Reflecting forces of globalization and crisis, contemporary architects and designers are negotiating new territories, defining alternative approaches, and engaging untested methodologies. The increasingly multidisciplinary nature of our work has become more experimental, while correspondingly less classifiable. In an era of significant technological innovation, speculative projects offer vast potential for advancing theoretical discourse, as well as alternative ways to intervene within the built environment. Yet there are inherent risks and challenges attached to exploring uncharted frontiers.

In the 21st century, which unbuilt ideas will reflect the most salient and avant-garde notions of our time? Unbuilt Visions recognizes excellence in projects that to date remain unbuilt. Theoretical, academic, and other unbuilt projects will be juried and awarded by a distinguished international panel of architects, designers, theorists, and historians. All projects submitted to the competition will be considered for publication in ‘Unbuilt Visions I’, the first volume in a series that will collect, curate, and document transitions in unbuilt architecture and design.

Sponsored by New York-based d3, this annual program is open to all architects, landscape architects, designers, students, and other makers of the built environment.  Unbuilt architecture and design projects of any type are eligible.  There are no restrictions on site, program, or geographic location. The competition awards three grand prizes and multiple special mentions.

Friday, November 14, 2014

Fall 2014 Student Employment Survey

The Practice Department invites you participate in the Fall 2014 Student Employment Survey.  The information collected from this annual survey provides useful insight into general employment and salary trends within each program at the BAC, and will be used to help Practice improve their services to students and prospective employers.

Historically we have found that this information is particularly useful when students are discussing initial rates of pay at the time they are hired, as well as when negotiating salary increases during their performance reviews.

This survey takes less than ten minutes to complete. The information you provide will be kept strictly confidential within the Practice Department and will be shared with others only in the form of aggregated data. A summary of the survey results will be available on the Practice Department webpage starting January 2015.

If you have any questions or concerns, contact the Practice Department: | 617.585.0148 | 5th floor of 320 Newbury.

Blog Pick:: Land8

Blog Pick :: Land8 
by Steve Marcelin, BDS Candidate

Land8 is a is a social media company dedicated to connecting students, professionals, and enthusiasts within the field of Landscape Architecture and Design. There are several header tabs on the site - Profiles, Projects, Products, Forum, Blog, Resources, and Jobs.

I liked reading Land8's Blog because the posts aren't overly complicated, and they used terminology that even a non-landscape architect like me could understand. I think BAC students will like the Blog at Land8 because they will be able to learn about topics that could enhance their projects.

Their Blog covers a wide range of topics such as vertical gardens, sustainable residential design, to essentials for landscape drawings. I was fascinated to read about aquaponics systems.

The Jobs section is a great resource for students and recent graduates. The Resources section can help you quickly improve your knowledge about landscape design. I just watched a video from the Resources section about how to draw trees--a necessary skill for a landscape designer, but also a valuable skill for an architectural designer for rendering.