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2010 48 Hours Exhibit Opening Tonight

Date: Tonight – Monday, February 22nd, 2010
Time: 6:30pm
Location: Main lobby level of Central Public Library
What: Exhibition showcasing the YAF 2009 48-Hour competition entries with a special presentation by competition winner Tim Frank.

The exhibition will be up until March 15th and we invite you to join us tonight to show your support for the Central Public Library.  This event will be a wonderful collaboration and great opportunity to get architecture and the work of young architects out to the public. The library and exhibition are of course open and free to all.

We talked about the 48 Hour competion before in this post http://refugeedesigner.com/orthogonal/2009/09/yaf-48hrs-competition-2009-register-by-5pm/ Now the winner are being announced. So be sure to come out and see the new and awesome work.

YAF Site- http://aiaatlanta.org/displaycommon.cfm?an=1&subarticlenbr=9

Lets us know what you think about the 48 Hour competition exhibit

The Future of Drywall!

What if the drywall you put in your spaces was more than just a smooth surface to be painted or hang a picture on? Imagine if the walls served another purpose of regulating the buildings temperature. Well the future is almost here. ThermalCORE! Thermal Core is a National Gypsum product using BASF phase change technology.

How it works! This is my simplified understanding of how it works. So, BASF created a phase change technology that uses these little acrylic bubbles filled with paraffin wax. The wax when it warms up becomes a liquid and absorbs heat and when it cools down it solidifies and releases heat. Well, National Gypsum is taking this tech and putting it into drywall. By doing so, they add insulating properties to the drywall.

Some reports say that this product can reduce heating and cooling cost by 20%. They are still in the process of testing it and bringing it to the States. I am sure with all the Green Initiatives and growing knowledge about how much energy buildings are eating up that this product will be out sooner than later. If I could I would renovate my whole house in it.

Concerns? Since they have added acrylic and wax to the wall. How does that effect the fire rating? How sustainable is the product with those additional ingredients?

What do you think about this new drywall? Do you have any concerns or praise about the idea?

Source: ThermalCORE via Tech Review

Emerging Voices 2010 – Call for Entries

It is that time of year again. YAF is calling out to all you architects and designer here in Atlanta to submit your portfolios.  So dust off those books and buy some stamps and send your stuff in today. Good Luck!

Emerging Voices is a program developed in 2001 by YAF Atlanta. This program has a mission to recognize works of high quality at the early states of one’s career and provide a public forum for its exhibition. The competition rewards emerging professionals who are striving to practice their craft w hile considering the peculiarities of a specific geographic environment: Atlanta.

Submissions will be evaluated based on the following: a body of built work, theoretical investigations, independent research, and contributions to the profession.

Architects or intern architects working in greater atlanta are encouraged to apply. Licensed architects up to 10 years max of licensure are eligible. Firms are eligible if the principals meet this criteria. Individuals submitting firm work must submit a letter of attribution from the firm stating that the candidate was the lead designer.

Submission Info
+ anonymous digital portfolio
+ adobe PDF format
+ 15 pages max [11x17 @ 300dpi, saved on a cd]
+ identity should only be included in a separate PDF file named ‘contact information’ on the cd and within the letter of attribution if applicable.

Entry fee + Deadline
YAFrecognizes the hard work and effort put into each portfolio submission, therefore EV10 will not require any additional entry fees. Deadline is March 1st, 2010.

If couriered or hand-delivered:
Entries must be received by the AIA Atlanta office by 5pm on March 1st, 2010.

If mailing, entry must be sent to:
Emerging Voices Competition
c/o AIA Atlanta
113 Peachtree Street, Suite 100
Atlanta, GA 30303
Phone: 404.222.0099

More info about competition: http://aiaatlanta.org/displaycommon.cfm?an=1&subarticlenbr=18

Atlanta Build, Remodel and Landscape Expo

Atlanta Exposition Center
North Building
3650 Jonesboro Road SE, Atlanta, GA 30354

January 29-31, 2010
Friday 2:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Saturday 10:00 AM to 8:00 PM
Sunday 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM

How Much:
Adults $5.00
Children Under 18 FREE

More Info:
The Build, Remodel and Landscape Expo is held at the Atlanta Exposition Center, just off HWY 285, making it easily accessible to the Atlanta metro area. Hosted the past 11 years at the Atlanta Exposition Center, the show has built a reputation as the place for Atlanta and surrounding community homeowners to meet expert remodelers face to face all under one roof.

At the show, you will be introduced to the latest innovations and offerings in the home building and remodeling industry. The show features top quality displays and knowledgeable experts offering everything for the home. It will be your time to ask questions and get expert advice. Exhibits include, but are not limited to the specializations of home building, kitchen and bath remodeling, basements, sunrooms, additions, windows, siding roofing as well as landscape installations.

The Build, Remodel and Landscape Expo is your opportunity to get the valuable information needed to execute your design and remodel projects. You will be able to learn from experienced professionals and find the latest product information. Whether your interests concern heating and air conditioning systems, decking, water treatment systems, interior decorating, home security systems or just the best way to install a towel bar, you will find the advice and products you need. We look forward to seeing you this January at the Atlanta Exposition Center, the place to be for all your home building and remodeling needs.

Cardboard Chair Competition

Submissions due: Monday, February 15th, 2010
Exhibition starts: Wednesday, February 17th 6:00pm


Designs must comfortably seat an adult. Designs shall use corrugated cardboard only (recycling is encouraged). Design submissions deadline is on Feb 15th, 2010. Entries shall compete in one of three levels – high school, college, or professional. Participants may join as individuals, or as groups (maximum of 4 per group).

Entry Fee:
Each design shall have an entry fee of $10.

Exhibition will start 6:00pm February 17th

See Flyer – Below



• Can I use glue to bound the cardboard?
o Yes, Use of adhesives is allowed.

• Can I use materials other than cardboard?
o No, Material is limited to cardboard

• Can we work in groups?
o Yes, You may work in groups(Max 4 individuals per group)

• When is the submission deadline?
o Designs must be submitted by February 15th

• Where do I submit my design?
o Designs must be submitted to Southern Polytechnic University, Architecture Building Front office.

• How do I sign up/ pay my fee for the cardboard Seat competition?
o You may signup simply by emailing cardboardseat@gmail.com and providing us with your name and group information.
o There is an online PayPal account setup for Fee payments: link to PayPal account

• Are there any size restrictions?
o The design must fit an average adult.

• Do I have to build the design full scale or is it just model?
o The designs must be built in full scale.
o Designs will be open for visitors to try and test

• How many chairs can be entered per team?
o One

FABLAB has a laser cutter and wants to open its doors for the purpose of this competition to participants who want to add precision to their work. We are architects and designers running a multidisciplinary fabrication laboratory located here in Atlanta specializing in physical models for architecture, prototyping, product design, sculpture and art. All designs and work discussed is confidential and property of the designer, we’re just here to give a clean edge to your design.

For those not familiar with the Laser Cutter, please check out our website for demo and sample of work. Discounts up to half our usual rate are available for competition participants! Please feel free to contact us at Fablab@branchoff.net – Subject: CDC.

Facebook Event Page –  Here
YAF/AIA Competition Page – Here

Barry Bergdoll Lecture


Wed, January 13, 7pm – 8pm
Auditorium in the Central Branch Public Library
How Much
A lecture to kick off the year of 2010 with Barry Bergdoll and to say goodbye to the Marcel Breuer show. Barry Bergdoll is a Professor of architectural history in the Department of Art History and Archaeology at Columbia University and the Phillip Johnston Chief Curator of Architecture and Design at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York City. The lecture is entitled Marcel Breuer and the Invention of Heavy Lightness from the Bauhaus to Atlanta. This is a truly unique opportunity as Mr. Bergdoll has recently assembled a Bauhaus exhibition currently on display at MOMA which is getting much acclaim from the architecture and design community and critics. This lecture is open to the public so please make sure to come early to reserve your seat-first come first serve.

Zaha Hadid – The Lady of the Hour


I am kinda late to this party, because I had no idea who Zaha Hadid was till a fellow writer wrote about her and the Maxxi Museum in Rome. Evidently, this talented architect has won the commission to do the Broad Museum at Michigan State University. The project is primarily funded by Eli and Edythe Broad’s donation of $18.5 million to construct a museum. The museum will be named after them, of course. Eli is an alumni from MSU and was ranked as the 93rd richest person in the world by Forbes. Anyways, the Broad Museum is scheduled to be be completed in 2012, the same time Hadid’s other great work the Aquatic Olympic Stadium will hit the world stage at the Olympics in London. MSU recently uploaded a fly through animation of building which is quite stunning.

What do you think of Hadid’s newest project? Share your thoughts below.

Image Source: http://www.broadmuseum.msu.edu/
Source: FastCompany.com

AIA Tour – Atlanta Marriott Marquis

marriott marquis

ATLANTA - On Saturday, December 12, 2009, the AIA Atlanta Tours committee offers a
lecture and guided tour of the Atlanta Marriott Marquis.  Reserve your place by clicking onAIAatlantaTours@gmail.com or through the AIA Atlanta calendar section of the AIA Atlanta website.  The lecture starts at 2 p.m., and tours run continuously from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Lecture and tour are free and open to the public.

Designed by John Portman and Associates in 1985, the Atlanta Marriott Marquis is one of the most recognized buildings in the city.  The building’s iconic feature is its spectacular atrium, which curves gracefully and subtly changes shape as it rises 50 stories above.  In the early 2000′s, tvsdesign (formerly Thompson, Ventulett, Stainback & Associates) was tasked with re-inventing the hotel’s public space layout and design.  Here TVS Design’s concept celebrates the atrium by locating a new glass-walled 25,000 S.F. Ballroom on its northern side, and two new restaurants on its southern side.  The project’s signature move, the Pulse Lobby Bar, is located directly in the Atrium Space.  Its sculptural form, derived from the building’s graceful arcs, creates a vibrant atmosphere.  Its central location beckons patrons to enjoy the remarkable atrium space.

About TVS Design
The philosophy at TVS Design is fundamentally rooted in the belief of design, which defines their purpose, their process, and their passion. Within this context, tvsdesign is also highly committed to collaboration, sharing a core belief that multiple insights through careful listening and genuine openness always lead to better outcomes.

TVS Design
2700 Promenade Two
1230 Peachtree Street NE
Atlanta, GA 30309
PH: 404.888.6600

Image Source: Atlanta Marriott Marquis

Bomb-Proof Walls


Berry Plastics Corporation and the US Army Corps of Engineers created X-Flex which was “specifically engineered to protect structures that may be subject to acts of terrorism such as blast events or catastrophic occurrences.” X-Flex Blast Protection System is kinda insane. It is kinda sad that something like this had to be created, but it is also kinda cool and really works. Here is a video of it in action.

Basically, X-Flex is applied like a wallpaper. It comes in rolls of 48″x36 linear feet. X-Flex is designed from what I can tell, to take the force and translates it outward to diffuse the energy to prevent the wall from failing, kinda like a bullet proof vest but for walls. I am sure this will become standard for walls of banks, airports, and places where people gather. What do you think? Leave your thought below in the comments.

Source: Berry Plastics Corporation

Save Water Bricks

eco-friendly-brick-designThe concept behind Save Water Bricks is pretty cool. They want to use the waste leaves and waste plastics that are thrown away each year, to create bricks that absorb and channel water. The designers Jin-Young Yoon and Jeongwoong Kwon from Korea, realized in their country that some 20tons of leaves are burned each year releasing CO2 into the atmosphere. So they came up with a way to recycle those leaves and use plastic which is already recycled to produce a product that helps the environment in two ways. Either by the nature of the components or by design, they found that their product could absorb and direct water. This feature, I am sure will have them added to the LEED hotlist of products.

savewater2A few of my concerns:

  • How does this brick compare to the common brick structurally?
  • How much water will it absorb before it starts to channel it?
  • How durable is it?
  • Would this be better compared to stucco than brick?

Either way, I think this is a great idea but as a practical replacement for brick not so much. I think it will fall in the middle where it will be used on projects that want the look of brick but do not need it for structure. I.E. Atlantic  Station in Atlanta, GA which has faux painted stucco bricks. What do you think about the Save Water Bricks? Leave your comments below.

Source: IIDA via Yanko Designs