Friday, October 31, 2014

Halloween Safety Message from the BPD

Blog Pick :: Preservation Nation

Blog Pick:: PreservationNation Blog
by Steve Marcelin, BDS Candidate

The PreservationNation Blog focuses on everything related to historic preservation. Some of the blog writers are staff or interns at the National Trust for Historic Preservation. The public is encouraged to submit items for publication as well.

The Adaptive Reuse section of the blog personally interests me because the items highlighted combine preservation and sustainability. As designers, we can preserve buildings but still upgrade their functionality.

I think that readers can learn a lot of useful information from the Preservation Tips & Tools section on the PreservationNation Blog. The blog post How to Save History Food Establishments was interesting to me because it listed resources and ways that you can help preserve places, whether you are an ordinary member of the public, a real estate entrepreneur, or a designer.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Reminder For Advanced Students With Card Access For After Hours Occupancy

With the half-way point of the fall semester underway, it brings about a gentle reminder to our students about awareness of their safety as increased studio access begins, particularly after the buildings have closed.

As stated in the contract that all students with card access are given, all individuals must sign into the After Hours Occupancy Log Book, located at the security guard desk of 320 Newbury Street and 951 Boylston Street. Students must note the time entered and location they will be occupying.

This will be used in case of emergencies by security personnel to identify the occupant's locations within the building. It is required that students must have their access cards in their possession at all times in case it is asked during security checks. Before exiting the building, students must note the time that they are leaving in the After Hours Occupancy Log Book.

Please refer to Access Card Rules and Policies for additional information regarding proper use of space, emergency numbers and other rules. Please remember that use of studio spaces is a privilege which can be revoked if abused.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Halloween Sustainable Costume Party

Halloween Sustainable Costume Party
Thursday, October 30, 2014 from 6-8 pm
CIC Boston, 50 Milk Street, 17th Floor, Boston, MA 02109

Join the Emerging Professionals of the USGBC and Net Impact Boston for a Sustainable Costume Party!

Come together at the USGBC’s headquarters in Downtown Crossing to meet and greet your favorite LEED Credits, Sustainable Goblins, or Green Giants!

Prizes will be awarded in a variety of different categories so be sure to show up in your best Sustainably Themed or LEED credit Costumes. Come with a broad diversity of ideas - they aim to make this event a LEED Platinum Halloween Party.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Competition :: Natural

Competition :: Natural
Registration Deadline: November 17, 2014 at 6:00 pm CEST
Competition Website

Natural is the 40th Formabilio furniture design contest dedicated to designers and design enthusiasts worldwide.

Be inspired by nature to create furniture and home accessories for this contest. The expressive power of a bud, the daintiness of a petal, the grace of a spider web, the energy of a honeybee fly, the sinuosity of a snake, the strength of an elephant. Do not simply reproduce your inspiration, think of the dominant element, the aspect that you can turn into furniture without falling into obviousness.

Submit projects:

  • which fall into the furniture and furnishings categories (NO lamps, clocks, gifts, accessories, children’s games and furniture, cooking utensils etc.);
  • that can be achieved for the most part with productive and material capacities – solid wood or panels upholstered with various finishes , sheet metal processing through cold forming, punching and 2D and 3D laser cutting – therefore, no 100% glass, plastic, marble, stone, Corian, etc.;
  • that can easily be packaged with packaging of up to 230 cm in length and weighing up to 30 kg each per package;
  • that can be easily assembled and installed by the buyer;
  • that are eco-design inspired.

Competition :: iF Student Design Award

Competition :: iF Student Design Award
Registration Deadline: December 15, 2014
Competition Website

The iF Student Design Award is one of the most internationally renowned as well as biggest young designers competition. Already since 2008 we are looking for the most intelligent, most innovative concepts from all fields of design every year.

Students and recent graduates that left university within the last two years are allowed to submit their entries. There is an Interior Architecture category.

BAC Merchandise Sale :: Free Shipping Code

Happy Halloween! Free Shipping on any $30 BAC Merchandise purchase using code VAMPIRE14. Valid until 10.30.14.

Competition :: U.S. Tall Wood Building Prize

Competition :: U.S. Tall Wood Building Prize
Submission Period Ends December 8, 2014 at 12:00 a.m. ET.
Competition Website

The U.S. Department of Agriculture in a cooperative partnership with the Softwood Lumber Board and the Binational Softwood Lumber Council is conducting a prize competition funding initiative to support the demonstration of tall wood buildings in the United States. The U.S. Tall Wood Building Prize Competition (the “Competition”) is being conducted to showcase the architectural and commercial viability of advanced wood products in tall building construction in order to support employment opportunities in rural communities, maintain the health and resiliency of the Nation's forests, and advance sustainability in the built environment.

Using wood obtained through sustainable forestry practices in green building applications promotes a healthy environment and a strong economy. The timber industry is an important job creator and supports hundreds of local communities, many of them rural. A recent life cycle analysis found that harvesting, transporting, manufacturing, and using wood in lumber and panel products in building yields fewer air emissions—including greenhouse gases—than the resource extraction, manufacture, and use of other common building materials.

There are barriers to being the first to adopt new building materials and systems, most notably the costs of analyzing novel design and engineering alternatives and verifying that these solutions comply with applicable code(s). The funds made available for the Competition will support costs associated with pioneering the use of advanced wood products and systems in tall buildings and open the door for more widespread adoption of the innovative materials.

The objective of the Competition is to identify one or more proponents with existing viable projects and capable design and construction teams willing to convert their existing project from a traditionally constructed tall building to a design and construction approach using advanced wood building materials, new composite or hybrid wood methods, and/or existing proven alternative solution techniques.

The Competition prize purse will be awarded to selected proponent(s) to cover the incremental costs of converting from traditional construction to wood construction. The selected proponent(s) will be the team demonstrating the best ability to utilize new scientific data, to develop technical expertise, and to use incremental funding to safely design, specify, and construct a building of a minimum of eighty feet (80') in height (not including a reinforced concrete podium) in the United States of America that can showcase the application, practicality, and sustainability of innovative wood based structural building solutions in tall building construction.

Monday, October 27, 2014

YWCA Boston :: After Ferguson

YWCA Boston's Annual Meeting :: After Ferguson
Tuesday, November 18, 2014 from 5:30 - 6:30 pm
140 Clarendon St, Boston MA
Kuumba Library, 2nd Floor

Events in Ferguson, MO reminded us all that we do not live in a post-racial America. Please join the YWCA in a discussion with Peggy McIntosh, Madison (Matt) Thompson, and Sylvia Ferrell-Jones about what we can all do to promote racial equality.

Light refreshments will be served. This meeting is free to attend and open to the public. Seating is limited, so please RSVP.

2015 Boston colormix Color Forecast Event

2015 Boston colormix Color Forecast Event
Thursday, October 30, 2014 at 10 am
Boston Convention Center, 415 Summer St, Boston, MA 02110

Color is upbeat! Find out how Sherwin Williams is moving ahead in vibrant new directions that reflect their brightened outlook and adventurous spirit.

Join them for colormix 2015, an optimistic odyssey where the universe is your paintbox.