Wednesday, March 12, 2014
Istanbul Program 2014: Two Seats Left!
Departing Boston on June 29, and return on July 28, 2014, Boston-based classes start June 2nd.
Richard Griswold and Jovi Cruces, Instructors
With travel to all of Istanbul’s important sites with excursions Edirne, Bursa, Iznik, Eyup, the Belgrade Forest, Prince’s Islands, and an excursion by boat up the Bosphorus.
There is still time to join the 2014 Istanbul program! Details, including costs, scholarship application (deadline: Monday March 24th) can be found here. The program is open to all students in all degree programs, and financial aid is available. Check with Financial Aid to see if you qualify. Contact Richard Griswold for more information.
$4,500 A. Anthony Tappé Fontainebleau Prize
The Fontainebleau Schools, France
June 30, 2013 - August 8, 2013
Submission Deadline: Monday, March 31st, 2013 by 7 pm
Information Session: Wednesday, March 26th at 6 pm in Room 507, 320 Newbury St.
Each year, the BAC and Anthony Tappé provide one scholarship for an exciting study abroad program outside Paris, France. Selection is based on academic and practice standing, with preference given to advanced students of Architecture with excellent academic records and portfolio. This person must be a strong ambassador of the Boston Architectural College
During the past 80+ years, the Fontainebleau Schools have brought together different artistic disciplines in order to explore new ways of seeing, thinking and making architecture. The presence of a Music School gives a unique opportunity for the Fine Arts students to explore relationships between architecture and music, develop collaborations with musicians, and to attend rehearsals and concerts. Studio spaces in Fontainebleau and on the Chateau grounds offer inspiring places to develop design proposals and installations.
At the Fontainebleau Schools of Music and Fine Arts, students have the opportunity to come in direct contact with the work and the theories of European architects, artists and theoreticians (primarily French). The core curriculum includes architecture, landscape, painting and sculpture with possible courses in photography, fresco painting, stained glass and mosaic.
At Fontainebleau, students are required to accomplish projects in at least three disciplines. Numerous field trips are organized to acquaint students with the finest masterpieces of French art and architecture, both historic and contemporary. Classes and workshops take place in and around the magnificent Chateau of Fontainebleau. The various buildings and gardens of the Chateau provide an outstanding and inspirational setting.
For additional information, please visit http://www.fontainebleauschools.org.
To apply, students must submit the following:
1. Current Portfolio
3. An essay of no more than 500 words discussing how you would make a good ambassador for the Boston Architectural College, -- and how your participation in the Fontainebleau Architecture Program supports your educational goals.
An Information Session with Rich Griswold, Associate Provost and Dean of Students will be held on Wednesday, March 26th at 6 pm in Room 507, 320 Newbury St, for interested students. Last year's recipient, Perla Muller, and the 2012 recipient, Arlen Stawasz, will be present to talk about their experiences with the program and to answer questions. This year’s prize will cover the full tuition of the program. Travel to France and some meals will be the responsibility of the winner. For more information about the scholarship, contact Richard Griswold.
Deadline to Submit is Monday, March 31st, 2013 by 7 pm. Submissions should be turned in to Greg Sikora’s office, room 102, 320 Newbury, first floor.
What's Your Story? :: Arlen Stawasz
By Gregory Lent, BDS Historic Preservation Candidate
Arlen Stawasz is a recent graduate of the BAC, and recipient of the 20xx Ames Scholarship. I had a chance to sit down with Arlen recently and discuss his approach to the scholarship and how his project has affected his professional work.
What drew you to the Ames Scholarship?
The Ames scholarship is one of the capstone scholarships of the school, but the approach that I took, and I would hope that many people would, is that this is the beginning of a life’s work. It’s about understanding what you want to do with your life and how this scholarship can be a catalyst for that. So my general interest in the scholarship came from my degree project at the BAC.
What was your project?
My project was a library of climate change, and responded to rising sea levels. It served as a beacon to tell the story of how climate is changing, but also how we should really prepare ahead for these major emergencies that could happen within the next hundred years.
My response to the scholarship was to take that and bring it to another level. I wanted to go to a place that really started to look at those issues of flood resistance and emergency/disaster response architecture. I asked myself two simple questions: “What country is the most advanced in thinking about this technology, has been dealing with these water issues for hundreds of years, that can start to inspire our cities along the coast to respond effectively?” And then I asked myself, “What is the country that is most affected by seas level rising?” Those two countries, based on my research, happened to be the Netherlands, which has the most technical approach to living with the water, and Bangladesh, in terms of the amount of population that will be damaged by the sea level rise.
Both of these countries have been dealing with the issue for hundreds of years.
The Netherlands is one of the most densely populated countries in Europe. Bangladesh is one of the most densely populated countries in Southeast Asia. There are these parallel high-density populations dealing with the issue. The total amount of time I was away from the US was about three months. I spent about a month and a half in the Netherlands, and about three to four weeks in Bangladesh.
Was your intention to investigate how the techniques the Dutch were using could be used in an area like Bangladesh?
I went to the Netherlands to see how they were dealing with the issue, and I went to Bangladesh to understand how they were dealing with the issue. But since being there, I learned that you need to take the best of the two countries, figure out what’s important, and that’s how you apply it to what is appropriate at the time, for [whoever is addressing the issue].
Is the sea level rise a problem Bangladesh is even dealing with right now?
Bangladesh is a country at extreme risk, and they don’t have the money to build infrastructure. They migrate away from the issue. Their process is understanding that they cannot battle this major issue. They are moving away from it.
The Dutch have actually gone to Bangladesh and built many dikes for them – but didn’t take into account the monsoon rainfall. Many people lost their land because of that. So there are many lessons to be learned on how maybe a solution isn’t the best solution for the purpose.
What works in one area doesn’t necessarily work in another.
Absolutely. And I think that is the key major point that I’m bringing back. This is such a major issue in the world. It’s a geographical phenomenon. The amount of urban disasters by flooding in 2011 alone was $380 billion, in the world.
I’d say that’s part of the reason why the scholarship committee was very interested in investing it into me, considering I was interested in going after this really topical thing and bringing it back to Boston. This is a real issue. We should look at how we can prepare for this, but also how we can help others. It’s a world issue.
What were your dates of travel?
I was gone from late September to Thanksgiving day. The time was chosen to avoid monsoon season in Bangladesh because during monsoon season you can’t travel anywhere, and I wanted to be able to see as much as I could.
If you could narrow the experience down to one life-changing event that the program allowed, what would you say that was?
The scholarship opened up so many doors, developed my network internationally.
I was offered the opportunity to do a specific kind of research with climate refugees and developing a sense of housing that allowed people to pack up and leave; as if their house in in a suitcase and they can just pack it up and go. You should go to a place that best responds to the vision and mission of what you want to do with your life. You can do your service as an architect and interact with people who are in need of housing. Be a capital-A Architect, of providing housing for people. What a tremendous opportunity! For some, it could be about transportation, or social community issues; there are so many different values.
How have you been able to apply the lessons you took away from your trip in your current work? You talk about a life's work, but how does that apply when you just have a position working in a firm?
I started by getting involved with the sustainable design committee in the firm. That led to me giving an office presentation on my thesis project. My thesis project received a lot of support from the office, and that led to my involvement with the Urban Land Institute in the city and the Climate Adaptation Committee of the State of Massachusetts. So now I’m taking all my research and reporting back to these organizations, which are the decision makers for Boston. I also try to share my knowledge and my experience with everyone I can. Think of this scholarship as a way to share your research with political entities and architectural practices that are dealing with these live issues in the world. That’s the service of the scholarship. It’s not just a bout you going, its about how you bring it back, whether it’s publication or teaching and inspiring others.
Photographs from Arlen’s trip can be found at http://arlenstawasz.tumblr.com/
Tuesday, March 11, 2014
Competition :: Getting L.A. to Zero
Submission Deadline - Monday, May 5, 2014
What: The Living Building Challenge Los Angeles Collaborative is hosting a “Getting L.A. to Zero” Competition, a call for innovation in three categories: Design, Product, and Strategy.
Who: Undergraduate and Graduate students at institutions throughout all of Southern California
When: Registration is open and submissions are due on May 5, 2014
Why: “Imagine a building designed and constructed to function as elegantly and efficiently as a flower: a building informed by its bioregion’s characteristics, and that generates all of its own energy with renewable resources, captures and treats all of its water, and operates efficiently and for maximum beauty. Imagine a city block or a college campus sharing resources from building to building, growing food, and functioning without a dependency on fossil fuel-based transportation.”
- Design Innovation: Submissions must meet the requirements of all (7) Petals and applicable Imperatives outlined in the Living Building Challenge to create an architectural proposition within the boundaries established in the site area map. A holistic and innovative approach to net-zero design that explores a paradigm shift within one of the following typologies: Renovation, Landscape/Infrastructure, Building, or Neighborhood
- Product Innovation: This category encourages investigation into the design of a specific technology system, component or product. This is intended to recognize those that develop and leverage new and emerging technology in the built environment. Submissions must address one of the following Living Building Challenge Petals at a minimum: Water, Energy, or Materials
- Strategy Innovation: Examine the design process to create new business models, programs and ways to drive successful development projects as they strive for Living Building Challenge Certification. This category also recognizes innovation in research, methodology or building code analysis. Furthermore, programs that drive ideas forward, such as collaborations, partnerships, and other strategic alliances that encourage sustainable business development.Innovative strategies, processes and/or technology will be shared to make the goals of getting to zero a reality. Submissions must address one of the following Living Building Challenge Petals at a minimum: Water, Energy, or Materials
Prizes: One winning team in each project category will receive $1,000, coverage in the Trim Tab publication, recognition at the annual unConference, and recognition in the LA Collaborative’s quarterly newsletter.
More Information: http://www.livingbuildingla.org/getting-l-a-to-zero-competition
Monday, March 10, 2014
Common Boston Forum :: An Interactive Discussion on Vibrant Comunities
March 13-16, 2014
Please join Common Boston in kicking off its 2014 programming with a very special event, the CB Forum! This interactive conversation will be framed by our theme "The Places In Between" and focus on two Common Point neighborhoods– Kendall/MIT and Allston-Brighton. We'll chat with local residents, students, designers, business people and community leaders about what makes for a vibrant community from their perspective. Audience Q&A to follow.
The CB Forum will be moderated by Ken Shulman, an independent journalist and Contributing Editor to Metropolis Magazine.
Our panelists include the following:
- Iram Farooq, Acting Deputy Director for Community Development, City of Cambridge
- Keith Craig, Director of New Balance Development Group, LLC
- Randy Vera, Musician and lifelong Brighton resident
- Alana Olsen, Executive Director at Allston Village Main Streets
- Renata von Tscharner, Executive Director of the Charles River Conservancy
- Ross Miller, Artist
- Ryan Morisseau, Wenworth Graduate Student
Click HERE to attend, or visit http://www.eventbrite.com/e/cb-forum-allston-brighton-kendallmit-tickets-10772830827.
Tour :: 375 Newbury Street Project
Friday, March 14, 2014
375 Newbury Street
Tour begins at 10:00am
SPACE IS LIMITED: RSVP to email@example.com by March 12
Commodore Builders has generously offered to provide BAC students with a tour of the 375 Newbury Street Project, located at the corner of Massachusetts Ave and Newbury Street. This 4-story, 40,000 square-foot masonry building dates back to the early 1900s and has been home to various restaurants and retail stores on the ground floor.
The renovation of the property will include a complete replacement of the façade, including the decorative storefront detail. The existing structure will also be expanded with a new steel-framed 4-story addition that will extend the Newbury Street elevation with an in-fill. The renovation prepares the base building for the next phase of the project, which is the tenant fit-out.
The tour will take place on Friday, March 14 at 10:00am. Students will meet outside the entrance of the construction site. Space is limited; interested students must RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than Wednesday, March 12 so that Commodore can set aside hard hats, safety glasses, etc. This is a construction site; be sure to wear the appropriate boots and clothing.
BAC Spring Break 2014
There will be no classes held during Spring Break, March 17-22. BAC offices will be open, however, some may have adjusted hours. Please be sure to check with individual offices for hours before coming to campus.
Library Spring Break Hours
Saturday 3/15/14 - Library Closed
Sunday 3/16/14 - Library Closed
Monday 3/17/14 to Thursday 3/20/14 - 12:00 noon - 7:00 pm
Friday 3/21/14 - 12:00 noon - 5:00 pm
Saturday 3/22/14 - 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sunday 3/23/14 - 12:00 noon - 5:00 pm
951 Boylston - Closed
The building will be closed during break. Please be sure to take all items you may need to work on/with before the building goes on lock down this Friday evening.
Have a great and safe break!
Sunday, March 23, 2014, 1-4 pm
320 Newbury St, Room 401
Run by BAC student and LRC tutor Peter Gruhn, this workshop will cover basic Photoshop for beginners.
Topics to be covered include:
-Intro to Photoshop
-How to use Photoshop for Portfolio and Studio
-Selections and Layers
-How to clean up scans and combine various elements in one image.
Co-sponsored by Atelier and the Learning Resource Center.
Please note: workshops offered are not intended to replace a course, and attendance does not count for course credit.
Saturday, March 8, 2014
Operation Money Wise
Saturday, March 22, 2014
Mass Bay Community College, Wellesley
Operation Money Wise is a FREE financial empowerment conference open to veterans, servicemembers and their families. Join to learn more about personal finance and improve financial behavior through quality financial education. This day will focus on the topics that most commonly affect those who have served our country, the benefits available and organizations that can help.
Friday, March 7, 2014
The BAC's student chapter of NOMAS - the National Organization for Minority Architecture Students - is holding elections for the 2014-2015 academic year.
The following officer positions are available for 2014-2015:
Click the image above to read about position descriptions and eligibility.
To declare your candidacy, please submit the following to email@example.com by Friday March 28, 2014 at 9 am:
-Semester at the BAC
-100 word nomination statement
-Professional photo of yourself