Join us for the February Chapter Meeting next Thursday! Thanks to Ricardo Yvellez and everyone at Border Construction Specialties for sponsoring this month’s meeting.
Location: Angry Owl,
4799 N Mesa St, El Paso, TX 79912
Date: February 28th at 11:45am
Program Sponsor: Border Construction Specialties
Presenter: Oldcastle Architectural Texas (J374)
Contact: Ricardo Yvellez
Course Description: Sustainable Site Pavement Systems (SS101)
CEU Provided: 1 HSW, 1 GBCI, 1 ICPI
RSVP: Bruno Vasquez
Please RSVP by Monday, February 25th
All members welcome and encouraged.
On Lincoln’s birthday, come to Austin to share your story with legislators and staff. Help them better appreciate the value of what you do, the importance of architecture and good design. Learn how to present our 2019 legislative priorities in a morning training session, then personally deliver the profession’s message — your message — alongside colleagues at the Capitol immediately after.
ARCHITECTS DAY: It’s important, it’s informative — but most of all it’s fun!
Registration begins at the AT&T Conference Center. Coffee and refreshments included.
Training and information session.
11:30 AM – 4:00 PM
Move to Capitol. (Lunch ticket will be provided for the Capitol Cafeteria.) Team Leaders will work with their teams to meet with legislators throughout the afternoon.
Join us for the first Chapter Meeting of 2019 next week! We will be talking about reviewing committees for the upcoming year. So come out, pick a topic that you are passionate about and get involved! Thanks to David Gallegos and everyone at Norman S. Wright Co. for sponsoring this month’s meeting.
Program Sponsor: Norman S. Wright Co.
Presenter: FabricAir - Miguel Duarte, Territory Manager
Course Description: A Comparative Introduction to Fabric Ducts
CEU Provided: 1 HSW
RSVP: Bruno Vasquez
Please RSVP by Monday, January 21
The Cardwell Collaborative will be a “tech park” in one building, bringing together researchers, students and private industry – along with a state-of-the art, highly configurable infrastructure to create biomedical innovations that advance healthcare, and create economic opportunities.
The Cardwell Collaborative will a have a modest amount of biomedical incubator space (20,000 square feet made up of wet-labs, dry-labs, lab support, Principal Investigator offices, research support open offices, and collaboration spaces) in a building that will bring private start-up companies and university personnel together under one roof to collaborate.
The other 40,000 square feet in the building will be occupied by TTUHSC El Paso, the Medical Center of the Americas Foundation, and RedSky. The LEED Silver building will contain a mix of private offices, cubicle spaces, collaboration spaces, conference rooms, a high-tech conference center, and wet- and dry- laboratory spaces.
Geraldine Forbes Isais, Associate AIA, is dean of the School of Architecture and Planning at the University of New Mexico. In 2006 Forbes Isais received the acclaimed Distinguished Professor Award from the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture and in 2009, received a Faculty Hall of Fame Award from Woodbury University, where she earned distinction as an educator and founding dean of the University’s San Diego, California campus. While in San Diego, she recognized the potential for collaboration through their mutual interest in the architecture and urban environments that impacted both sides of the U.S./Mexican border, and hired faculty from both sides of this contested region.
Ronald Rael is an applied architectural researcher, design activist, author, and thought leader in the fields of additive manufacturing and earthen architecture. In 2014 his creative practice, Rael San Fratello (with architect Virginia San Fratello), was named an Emerging Voice by The Architectural League of New York—one of the most coveted awards in North American architecture. In 2016 Rael San Fratello was also awarded the Digital Practice Award of Excellence by the The Association for Computer Aided Design in Architecture (ACADIA).
His first book, Earth Architecture (Princeton Architectural Press, 2008) is a history of building with earth in the modern era to exemplify new, creative uses of the oldest building material on the planet. A forthcoming book, Borderwall as Architecture(University of California Press 2017), advocates for a reconsideration of the barrier dividing the U.S. and Mexico through design proposals that are hyperboles of actual scenarios that occur as a consequence of the wall. Emerging Objects, a company co-founded by Rael, is an independent, creatively driven, 3D Printing MAKE-tank specializing in innovations in 3D printing architecture, building components, environments and products (a short documentary of thier work can be seen here).
At Berkeley, Ronald Rael is the Director of the printFARM Laboratory (print Facility for Architecture, Research and Materials), holds a joint appointment in the Department of Architecture, in the College of Environmental Design, and the Department of Art Practice and is both a Bakar and Hellman Fellow. He often teaches graduate design thesis, undergraduate courses on Design & Activism, and has twice directed the one year post-professional Master of Architecture program, Studio One.
Rael earned his Master of Architecture degree at Columbia University in the City of New York, where he was the recipient of the William Kinne Memorial Fellowship. Previous academic and professional appointments include positions at the Southern California Institute for Architecture (SCI_arc), Clemson University, the University of Arizona, and the Office for Metropolitan Architecture in Rotterdam. His work has been published widely, including the New York Times, Wired, MARK, Domus, Metropolis Magazine, PRAXIS, Thresholds, Log, and recognized by several institutions including The Museum of Modern Art, The Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum, La Biennale di Venezia, the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts, and Storefront for Art and Architecture.
PechaKucha Nights are informal and fun gatherings where creative people get together and share their ideas, works, thoughts, holiday snaps -- just about anything, really -- in the PechaKucha 20x20 format. PechaKucha 20x20 is a simple presentation format where you show 20 images, each for 20 seconds. The images advance automatically and you talk along to the images.
For more information visit pechakucha.org
As part of AIA's Annual Archtober events, the American Institute of Architects is joining forces with the Rubin Center for the Visual Arts for their Family Day event, which will be hosted at Chalk the Block in El Paso's Downtown Arts District. We will be co-hosting a Lego Bricks Build-A-Thon where kids, ages 4 and up will be given an opportunity to build El Paso's landmark buildings and structures. Each session will begin with a short presentation highlighting El Paso architecture with a brief introduction of concepts, place, space, planning and design. This event is free and open to the public. Space is limited, so plan to arrive early. Hope to see you there!
This event is sponsored by AIA El Paso, The Stanlee & Gerald Rubin Center for the Visual Arts and The El Paso Community Foundation.
SELFIE WALL creates a range of lighting conditions day and night, offering a dynamic and interactive space for self-photography.
The wall is built from over 150 custom-fabricated aluminum composite units, CNC-milled and folded, to shape different apertures for bouncing, scattering, and collecting light. A grid of LED lights is inset to provide zones of different color temperatures at night. The public is encouraged to explore the dynamic matrix on site, finding the lighting condition and background most suitable for their own self-portrait.
The project extends AGENCY’s previous work, designing new interfaces for self-photography in public space. Through an extended online and on-site digital presence, the installation will draw attention to the potentials and and pitfalls of the vast range of metadata extracted from a still-burgeoning global selfie culture.
The project is part of an annual event sponsored by the City of El Paso Museum and Cultural Affairs Department (MCAD). AGENCY is one of five international artists featured the exhibition. The project is sponsored in part by AIA-El Paso.
Feral Federation reveals emerging geographies of a growing constellation of contested urban enclaves governed by non-state actors, operating beyond the control of nation-states. Military doctrine is shifting to target such cities as prime loci of impending geostrategic conflicts, recognizing the new forms of soft power that autonomous agents exploit in urban constellations outside the rule of law. The database highlights and questions the pervasiveness of this increasingly common ‘securocratic’, managerial distinction, which casts a shared sense of immediate threat in a growing list of otherwise diverse and geographically distant cities. The exhibition offers a collection of urban landscapes, and the attendant technologies of occupation, protest, and agonistic conflict within the feral designees, as a counterpoint to the flattening gaze of the security state.
Feral Federation has been organized by AGENCY.
AGENCY is an active thought leader in social practice, developing award-winning architectural projects and urban strategies at a variety of scales. Seeking productive anomalies in the overlooked, the under-represented, and the everyday, the practice identifies, synthesizes, and transforms emerging urban paradigms. The practice draws on the partners’ extensive experience in architectural construction, fabrication, education, and independently directed research.
The unprecedented challenges of rapid urbanization, ecological instability, and widespread resource depletion are matched only by an exponentially increasing capacity for innovation in architectural thought and production. Emerging technologies, communications, and models of practice offer a new generation the ability to identify and transform the most pressing urban and ecological issues through design. AGENCY positions architectural design as a systemic instrumentation of material ecologies, social constituencies, political policies, and ethical thought, embracing a transformative role, and enabling new paradigms of cultural production.
Partners Ersela Kripa and Stephen Mueller are the recipients of the 2010-2011 Rome Prize in Architecture from the American Academy in Rome, and MacDowell Colony residency fellowships in 2009 and 2013. AGENCY is the winner of the 2010 ONE PRIZE, an international design competition for creating productive green space in cities hosted by Terreform 1. AGENCY’s work has been exhibited internationally, most recently through invited participation at the 12th International Architecture Exhibition at the Venice Biennale, Sofia Architecture Week, Eme3 International Architectural Market in Barcelona, and SUPERFRONT Gallery in Los Angeles.
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The Texas Trost Society presents Urban Transformations: Visions of the Past and Future of Downtown El Paso, an exhibition which promotes history and culture by providing photographs, tours, contemporary artwork, and educational materials to remind El Pasoans of a time when the city enjoyed a booming economy and subsequently underwent an architectural transformation that rivaled some of the biggest cities in the country, and show them what they can look forward to after our historic core is revitalized. This exhibition will educate El Pasoans of our historic building's irreplaceable value and why they deserve to be saved for their beauty, what they contribute to the region's history, and their economic potential. Exhibits will be completely free to the public, hosted in the windows of three historic buildings located within a short distance of San Jacinto Plaza - the Roberts-Banner Building, Kress Building, and Plaza Motor Inn. They will showcase the transformation of El Paso from a small cattle ranch into a booming metropolis in exhibits curated by Dr. Max Grossman, architectural historian, as well as host artistic works envisioning the future of downtown El Paso in a juried exhibition. Participating artists include Daniel Rios-Lopera, Peter Svarzbein, Matthew Villarreal, Los Dos, Arturo and Valerie Enriquez, Candy Mayer, Jessica Tolbert, Marc Stone, and Anne Giangiulio. The exhibition will run from October 1 to 31, 2016, and will start with opening celebrations on October 1, 2016 from 10am to 2pm with free tours, family-friendly activities provided by the El Paso Museum of History, and free coloring books of downtown provided by El Paso Electric.
Canstruction El Paso 2016 is a wonderful event coming on Saturday, September 24, 2016 at Sunland Park Mall.
Here is a web link about this design event https://www.canstruction.org/gallery/ (there is a great video there to watch).
It is an amazing event that highlights architects serving others in our community.
Everyone enjoys building and seeing the structures built out of canned food.
All donated canned food will go to support El Pasoans Fighting Hunger Food Bank.
Please be a part of this inspiring effort as one in three children in El Paso County are food compromised!