Friday, February 27, 2015

Blog Pick :: Information is Beautiful

Re-blog by Alyce Packard, BIA Candidate

Information is Beautiful was created by David McCandless who is a London based author, writer, and designer. Lately he's been an independent data journalist and information designer. He loves to visually organize facts, data, ideas, subjects, issues, statistics, and questions with as little words as possible. He is interested in how designed information can help us understand the world. Check out some of his work as well as other people's work here. I've picked out a few of my favorites.

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This was one of my favorites for a number of reasons. At first glance, it instantly reminded me of something that we saw in our Design Principles class when we were learning about diagrams. I like the use of color and the fact that it looks like a living organism. It does a good job communicating a lot of information and I find the subject matter funny and interesting. The subject matter isn't too serious and neither is the image. It shows the movement in years from left to right. It is called the "History of Science Fiction" and it maps the literary genre from its roots in mythology and fantastic stories to its space opera epics of today.

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I liked this one because of its simplicity and because of its relevance. I feel like this would be interesting to a lot of younger people like me that use social networking sites. Pink is known to represent girls, blue is known to represent boys, and gray is a pretty common as a neutral color so the colors alone are easy to read and understand. The little human figures along with the numbers next to it are also easy to read. Other than for accuracy, you don't even really need the numbers. The result? That chicks rule of course, there are 99 million more females than males that visit social networking sites monthly.

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This is an important image for all college kids to look at if I'm correct in assuming that we all run on coffee. It reads from top to bottom in the amount of calories something has. The bottom has the least amount of calories and the top has the most. It also reads from left to right in the amount of caffeine something has in it, the left has the least amount of caffeine and the right side has the most caffeine in it. To show how bad something is, there is also a column on the far right that shows how much exercise we would have to get to burn off the calories from each item. Maybe this will make some of us think twice the next time we make a Starbucks run.

If you want more ideas or just want to see more of David McCandless work visit

First Friday (3.6.15) :: Boston Beer Works

Join BAC students Friday, February 6th for First Friday at Boston Beer Works. See friends, meet new students, enjoy food and beverages after a hard earned week of work and studies. First Friday offers students a time to relax with their colleagues, make new connections, and enjoy free appetizers!

This event is co-hosted by Atelier and NOMAS.

Blog Pick :: The Architect's Newspaper

Re-blog by: Curtis Robinson, BAC Alumnus

The Architect's Newspaper Blog (A|N Blog) gives insight into the community of architects, designers, engineers, landscape architects, interior designers, and really anyone that has an interest in the built urban environment. The site provides quality news and cultural reporting through multiple voices and offers different opinions on popular topics.

New SANAA design blurs exterior and interior spaces

A recent post unveils a new Sanaa Meanders design which is part building, part art installation. The Tokyo-based SANAA designed what they call, "The River for the Grace Farms Foundation" which is located in New Canaan, Connecticut. The building meanders through one acre of the 75 acre site, and is defined by the flowing roof which is only ten feet above the OLIN designed landscape on slender metal posts. The interior spaces of the building are formed through winding the structural portion of the building. The enclosed spaces are encased in floor-to-ceiling glass which allows for the transition from interior to exterior to be blurred.

One of the largest rooftop farms in the world could end up being built in the Bronx

Have you heard that there could be a new urban farm on the roof of a 200,000 square foot farm in the Bronx? Urban agricululture is the focus of another post. The Bronx already plans for other rooftop farms, but this would be the largest project ever done, in fact it would be the largest rooftop farm in the world!

The blog also posts competitions with ample time for you to start thinking and come up with a winning design.The Architect's Newspaper is also a print magazine so think about subscribing and never missing out on interesting articles. So go onto the site and start reading!

Library Reading Room + Carrels UPDATE (3.2)

The Library's Reading Room and Carrels (in the back of the Library) will be unavailable on Monday, March 2nd, from 4:00pm to 7:00pm.

Please plan accordingly -- thank you for your understanding!

BACultural :: Student Interest Meeting (3.5.15)

The following is a letter from BAC student, Tina Binazir:

My name is Tina Binazir and it is my pleasure to write an email requesting your support for the new student organization that we are trying to start, The BACultural Student Organization. We are excited about starting a new organization at the Boston Architectural College by providing services and events to empower the BAC multicultural community.

We are extremely excited about the possibilities and would love to get you involved. We would love for you to join us at our first meeting to discuss all opportunities that we may have, and the ways that each of you can help start this organization.

If you are interested in being part of our first meeting and becoming a member of our team, please join us on Thursday, March 5th.  If you have and questions or are unable to make it, and still want to be involved, please email me at

When: Thursday, March 5, 2015
Where: 951 Boylston St. (Beehive)
Time: 4pm - 6pm

Tina Binazir
Prospective President, BACultural Student Organization

Thursday, February 26, 2015

ASLA Visits the BAC!

As part of ASLA’s Leadership Visits, the BAC hosted ASLA immediate-past President, Mark A. Focht; Deputy Commissioner of Philadelphia Parks and Recreation.  More than a few BAC students were able to meet Mark, and further learn about Philadelphia's Green Infrastructure Plan.

Focht presented his keynote address titled, "Green City, Clean Waters: The Philadelphia Story." The lecture focused on the innovative and strategic green storm water management practices of the City of Philadelphia.  Focht was able to discuss how he helped the city accomplish a revitalization and stewardship plan that has beneficially impacted the way urban communities handle storm water. He also shared about the importance of partnerships and public outreach; which have contributed to the success of his leadership and Philadelphia's Green City, Clean Waters Plan.

Check out more pictures of ASLA's visit to the BAC here.

If you would like to become involved with SASLA, email for more information.

NOMAS Kick-Off Meeting RE-CAP

NOMAS held their spring semester Kick-Off meeting last Friday in the Loft.  With a great turnout, the organization was able to discuss a few pertinent topics.  From a discussion surrounding how NOMAS can showcase diversity at the BAC, to details surrounding the NOMAS New Orleans Competition, some amazing things are planned for the next couple of months here at the BAC.

If you would like to become involved with NOMAS, email for more information.

Support the BAC in the 2015 Boston Marathon!

The Boston Architectural College’s own Lucca Townsend will be running the 2015 Boston Marathon to support the BAC Fund. Lucca is a Master of Architecture candidate in her third year, and she is a student leader at the BAC, participating in the student government, Atelier, and as a member of the Student Lecture Series Committee.

Lucca’s goal is to raise $10,000 for the BAC Fund before the race on April 20, 2015. To help Lucca reach her goal, please make a donation on the BAC Marathon Page. Your information will be kept confidential.

For questions, please contact BAC Giving at (617) 585-0202 or at Thank you for supporting the BAC!

SASLA's deCordova Snowshoe Tour!

On a beautiful Sunday morning, SASLA ventured out into the sculpture park that is deCordova; with a guide, and multiple pairs of snowshoes.  What unfolded throughout the day was an adventure through the park's winter-wonderland-esque visuals.  Take a look for yourself!

SASLA Snowshoe Pictures

To get involved with SASLA, e-mail for more information.

Green Team :: Did You Know? #5

5. The average American uses seven trees a year in paper, wood, and other products made from trees. Throughout the United States this amounts to about 2 billion trees per year! Look for paper products made from recycled paper and make sure you recycle it when you’re done!

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To get involved with the Green Team, e-mail for more information.