Architecture Films Mark Building Museum Anniversary
The National Building Museum in Washington, D.C is presenting the Reel Architecture Film Series, dedicated to the relationship between architecture and film, from July 9 through August 24. The films will be shown in the 15-story, football-field sized Great Hall, where 16 presidents have held inaugural balls since 1885. Visitors are invited to throw down a blanket, bring a picnic, lay back and enjoy a free movie. The Reel Architecture Film Series kicks off the National Building Museum’s 25th anniversary events. Films will include “Soylent Green,” “Chinatown,” “Los Angeles Plays Itself,” and “Touch of Evil,” to name a few. A complete schedule listing times and titles can be found on the Museum's website at www.nbm.org.
St. Louis to Celebrate 40 Years of Gateway Arch
St. Louis is offering a series of events and attractions to celebrate the 40th birthday of its architectural landmark, the Gateway Arch, on the shores of the Mississippi River. The towering 192-metre tall stainless steel arch designed by architect Eero Saarinen was completed in 1965. Visitors can ride to the top for a panoramic view of the Mississippi River and the downtown district. The Arch symbolizes the role of St. Louis, which was founded by French settlers in 1764, as the “gateway” to the West, being virtually the last stopping point for settlers before they headed to America’s frontier in the early 1800s. For more information, see the website http://www.explorestlouis.com.
Cambridge Display to License IBM OLED Technology
Cambridge Display Technology has reached an agreement with IBM to market IBM’s advanced design and materials development in amorphous silicon (a-Si) TFT technology for organic light-emitting diode (OLED) display devices. Cambridge will bring to market state-of-the-art OLED technology solutions based on IBM’s advanced research by combining its experience in licensing with its experience in display technologies and a wide network of contacts within the global display industry. Under the new arrangement, CDT will market IBM innovation in TFT devices, pixel circuitry, drive methods and active matrix OLED display modeling for display applications. Technology Licensing Agreements will be managed by IBM.
Construction Industry Migrating to National Code Set
The newest I-Code adoptions bring the construction industry closer to one set of building safety and fire prevention codes in use nationwide. This year, at least 241 jurisdictions have adopted one or more I-Codes developed by the International Code Council (ICC) as the codes of choice for their communities. Nationwide, at least 14,893 jurisdictions have adopted and enforce at least one I-Code. Using one set of construction codes can keep building costs down by providing uniformity in the construction industry. Uniformity helps building and materials manufacturers to do business on a larger scale, allowing cost savings to be passed on to consumers while improving public safety. Among the latest I-Code adoptions are Washoe County, Nev., which adopted the 2003 International Building, Residential, Energy Conservation and Existing Building Codes, effective July 1. To view the Code Adoption Map visit ICC's website at http://www.iccsafe.org/government/adoption.html.