August 22, 2007

Aug. 22, 2007
August 22, 2007
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PHOTO: Scott Suchman Photography

Where Art Thou Romeo?
In the Shakespeare Theatre Company’s new Harman Center for the Arts in Washington, D.C. Set to debut on October 1, the 800-seat theatre features a three-level glass façade curtain wall distinguished by a projecting bay window. Just under the window, an animated marquee projects changing images and information. Inside a series of “suspended bridges” connects the lobby areas to performance areas.
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Elementary Schools Goes Eco
When Poquoson, Virginia’s new elementary school opens next year, sections designated for each grade will feature colors that reflect different ecosystems: The building’s design, colors, and environmental friendliness educate students about the land, water, and animals around them. The roof spills water onto flowerbeds when it rains, and fabric sails in the cafeteria absorb noise.
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Survey Examines Pro Bono Design
A recent survey of 150 architecture firms by Public Architecture shows that architects are putting their skills and talents to work for the public good. Sole practitioners to some of the largest firms in the country, such as HKS and Perkins + Will, have pledged a minimum of 1 percent of their billable hours to pro bono service via the nonprofit organization’s “1% Solution” program. The survey also examines what variables motivate firms to choose certain pro bono projects.
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Connecticut Town Turns to the Green Side
Madison, CT, grassroots energy conservationists hope that the expansion of the E.C. Scranton Memorial Library will turn the town “green,” setting an example for future construction projects. Plans call for a green roof and other energy- and water-saving components such as a geothermal heating system, waterless urinals, electronically controlled faucets, and a parking lot made of permeable paving that allows rainwater to soak back into the ground.
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ARCHI-TECH AV Awards e-Lunch and Learn Webinar Series

Register for the ARCHI-TECH AV Awards e-Lunch and Learn webinar series, produced in partnership with InfoComm International. Each webinar will feature the 2007 AV Award winners from the InfoComm International Trade Show. Learn firsthand how the AV design and technology challenges were met, from the people who met them in these “best-practice” case studies. Architects can earn one AIA credit by attending, and InfoComm International Members can earn one RU credit.

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July 25, 2007 Survey: Tech is Key Tool for Hospitals
July 18, 2007 Architectural Firms Super-size
July 11, 2007 Vegas Shops Undergo Miraculous Transformation
July 05, 2007 Library Makes Herculean Statement
June 27, 2007 The Power of Many

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