Faculty and Alumnus Honored with ICAA Acanthus Awards // News // School of Architecture // University of Notre Dame

The Acanthus Awards … honor exemplary student work in classical or traditional design from current students and recent graduates.  School of Architecture alumnus Christopher C. Miller, M. Arch ‘14, received recognition for his thesis project, Market Bridge for Bath:  Fitting Type to Local Character—Professor Richard Economakis was the thesis advisor.  Miller developed a plan for a mixed use neighborhood development in the area surrounding River Avon in the historic city of Bath in England. Source: Faculty and Alumnus Honored with ICAA Acanthus Awards // News // School of Architecture // University of Notre Dame See A Market for Bath:  Fitting Type to…

Chronobiology shines a light on health, circadian rhythms and architectural design – The Washington Post

Insufficient daylight coming through the windows of your house, apartment or workplace may be worsening your health. At night, electrically powered sources of light may further compromise health. And researchers suggest that perhaps as many as a third of the people reading this newspaper might be affected.Problems with sleep, mood and alertness are the primary, light-related symptoms. These symptoms result from the conflict between the human brain’s natural diurnal clock — the circadian rhythm triggered by and linked to rising and setting of the sun — and the actual timing of day-to-day activities. If your sleep-wake schedule is substantially out…

The Bullitt Center in Seattle Goes Well Beyond Green – NYTimes.com

Provided that the building clears a few remaining regulatory hurdles, all its water will be supplied by rainwater collected in a 56,000-gallon cistern before being filtered and disinfected. A rooftop array of photovoltaic panels, extending beyond the building like the brim of a graduation mortarboard, will produce an estimated 230,000 kilowatt-hours a year, hopefully just enough to break even for a building that is 83 percent more efficient than the city’s typical commercial site. …. The Living Building Challenge’s imperatives go far beyond those of the better-known LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification. Its yearlong vetting process is…

Charles Muldrow: The restoration of historic buildings in Charleston, SC

The survival of the underlying form of the single house over large areas of the city is an embedded ‘sustainable’ urban form. These older blocks provide a syncopated rhythm to the street, with the sustained intervals of house, piazza, garden, house, piazza, garden, etc. Post-Bellum Charleston was not a prosperous place. The local saying was, “too poor to paint, to proud to whitewash.” Yet these weathered remainders of times gone by largely remained standing. Thus in the 1920s there was a phenomenon now called ‘the Charleston Renaissance,’ wherein the crumbled stucco and naked wood siding of the day became a…

Alexander ‘Greek’ Thomson – Country Life

Alexander ‘Greek’ Thomson 1817–75:  the Greek should be the starting point for a rational modern architecture. His work was never pure Greek, and Egyptian and other exotic influences may be detected, as well as that of the Prussian architect K. F. Schinkel. Practical and inventive, Thomson was happy to use cast iron and large sheets of glass with traditional stone masonry in his buildings.

Daylighting and Productivity

This study is the third in a series of studies looking at the relationship between daylighting and student performance. The first, Daylighting in Schools,[1] which was completed for Pacific Gas and Electric in 1999, examined school districts in three states. In Seattle Washington and Fort Collins Colorado, where end-of-year test scores were used as the outcome variable, students in classrooms with the most daylighting were found to have 7% to 18% higher scores than those with the least.  In San Juan Capistrano, California, where the study was able to examine the improvement between fall and spring test scores, we found…

TAU SENIOR STUDIO 2009: ELGIN TRAIN AND MARKET

ELGIN JU.HWAC 09EH 452t09f final review – 138 ELGIN JU.HWAC 09EH 452t09f final review – 008 ELGIN W.State.2009p JWyman Market01 copy ELGIN W.State.2009p JWyman Market02 ELGIN W.State.2009p JWyman Market07 Fall Equinox ELGIN W.State.2009p JWyman Market03 ELGIN W.State.2009p JWyman Market03 copy ELGIN W.State.2009p.Market JWyman Market05 ELGIN W.State.2009p.Market JWyman Market06 ELGIN W.State.2009p CShortt TrainStation01 ELGIN W.State.2009p CShortt TrainStation03 ELGIN W.State.2009p CShortt TrainStation02 ELGIN W.State.2009p.Market EFulkerson 04 ELGIN W.State.2009p EFulkerson 01 copy ELGIN W.State.2009p EFulkerson 01 copy copy ELGIN W.State.2009p.Market EFulkerson 03 copy ELGIN W.State.2009p.RailStation RALTMAN TrainStation01 ELGIN W.State.2009p RALTMAN TrainStation04 ELGIN W.StateSt.2009p.RailStation 45209 AHolverson TrainStation01 ELGIN W.State.2009p.RailStation RALTMAN TrainStation05 ELGIN W.State.2009p RALTMAN…

Senior Traditional Architecture and Urbanism Final Review

Critics Jhennifer Amundson, Ph.D.; Department of Architecture Tom Armstrong; City of Elgin, IL. Nathaniel Brooks; New York, NY; and Quincy, IL. Patrick Finn; Palatine, IL. Michael Fordonski; Geneva, IL. Greg Randall; Riverside, IL. Mark VanKerhoff, AIA; St.Charles, IL. Michael Watkins, AIA AICP; Kentlands, MD.  

TAU SENIOR STUDIO 2009: ST.MARTIN-IN-THE-FIELD, LONDON

St.Martin-in-the-Field (1725), by James Gibbs, is located just off London’s Trafalgar Square.  The site includes a North Range (manse and school by John Nash) separated from St Martin’s by the Church Path.  Currently underway is a major addition to complex but almost entirely buried beneath Church Path.  Departing from this project brief, the studio has undertaken an addition, or East Range, that is largely above grade.  Our approach intensifies the issues of maximizing solar access for the new building and the North Range; reducing heat gain and strategizing for natural ventilation cooling.  These concerns do not trivialize the challenge of…