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Tuesday, May 23rd, 2017

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Arch App for iPhone

Arch App for iPhone

29GPS developed a really neat FREE App available at the iTunes App Store. “Architecture” is a GPS based pocket guide to architecturally interesting attractions anywhere in the world. The application gives you the history of the structure along with several full screen photographs. “Architecture” also provides a detailed map and walking/driving directions to the location, and select stories … [Read more]


AIA Tour – Atlanta Marriott Marquis

AIA Tour – Atlanta 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 … [Read more]


Bomb-Proof Walls

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 … [Read more]


Save Water Bricks

Save Water Bricks

The 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 … [Read more]


The Suburban Paradox

The Suburban Paradox

In the winter of 2008, I was in my final year of graduate school in urban planning and policy design.  In hopes of having work lined up post-graduation, I began to search for openings in the field of urban planning.  I noticed a trend in the planner positions that were available; they were all in the suburbs.  The conclusions I made were that maybe cities and metropolitans were saturated with planners … [Read more]


The One and Only… still proving that she’s more than a Woman

The One and Only… still proving that she’s more than a Woman

In an experiment aimed to prove a particular hypothesis, I asked a group of random architectural designers, interior designers, and urban planners to jot down the first thing that came to mind when a few of today’s starchitects were mentioned.  The results (as honestly as they were delivered) were as follows: Sir Norman Foster The Gherkin, Renault Distribution, Millennium Tower, trendsetter, … [Read more]


AIA Tour – Howard School

AIA Tour – Howard School

ATLANTA - On Saturday, November 14, 2009, the AIA Atlanta Tours committee offers a lecture and guided tour of the Howard School.  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. The … [Read more]


AIA Tour – Cannon Chapel

AIA Tour – Cannon Chapel

ATLANTA - On Saturday, November 7, 2009, the AIA Atlanta Tours committee offers bonus lecture and guided tour of the Cannon Chapel at Emory University by Kemp Mooney, AIA.   Reserve your place by clicking onAIAatlantaTours@gmail.com or through the AIA Atlantacalendar 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 … [Read more]


Robert Gatje Speaks About Marcel Breuer

Robert Gatje Speaks About Marcel Breuer

When: Wednesday, October 28, 2009 Reception starts at 6 PM Lecture starts at 7 PM Where: Central Branch Public Library 1 Margaret Mitchell Square NW Atlanta, GA 30303-1022 Phone (404) 730-1700 How Much: Free! About: Mr. Gatje was a partner in the architecture firm of Marcel Breuer and worked along side Marcel Breuer for 23 years, in three new York offices and established the Paris … [Read more]


What If Your Roof Could Change Colors?

What If Your Roof Could Change Colors?

What if your roof could change colors? Was the question that a team of engineers at MIT asked themselves and created Thermeleon. The idea behind this product is that most homes have black shingle roofs and in the summer it is absorbing heat and increasing your cooling bill but that is slightly offset in the winter where that same roof  lowers your heating bill. So, this team set forth to answer this … [Read more]