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Practice : Winter 2010
NEWSWORTHY ] PUBLIC EVENTS A vibrant exhibition, lecture program, and hosting of public events entices many to join us to learn more about topics of interest related to architecture, interior design, landscape design, real estate, development, and city planning. Here are highlights from the past busy year that enabled the sta , students, and faculty to welcome many new visitors to the BAC. Step Into Space : line I surface I volume is exhibition was curated by BAC Director of Advanced Architecture Studios Karen Nelson and Fallingwater Curator of Education Cara Armstrong, and included the projects Live Wire by Oyler Wu Collaborative; Hadaway House by Patkau Architects Inc. and the Leventritt Garden and Pavilion at Arnold Arboretum by Reed Hilderbrand and Maryann ompson Architects. A stair, a house, an arboretum. All three projects use line, surface and volume to de ne and enclose space. ese works respond reciprocally with their settings and site constraints (urban room, rugged hillside, picturesque landscape) and show the insistent pursuit of an idea through design intentions and iterations. Live Wire, designed by Dwayne Oyler and Jenny Wu in collaboration with engi- neering rm Buro Happold, is a staircase designed for the SCI-Art gallery. It uses , linear feet of aluminum rods and tubing to weave a vertical spatial experience that links the gallery oor to a catwalk. Using constructed lines and planes to de ne a pathway and space, the stairs create a manipulation of light, geometry, and structure that carries us up to, and even over, the top. e Hadaway House, designed by Patkau Architects in Whistler, British Columbia, Canada, is created by the collision of two simple ideas: volumes created to frame views and shed snow. e Hadaway House becomes a set of possibilities in relation to each viewer's psychological and visual exibility. One of the best preser ved of Frederick Laws Olmsted's landscapes, the -acre Arnold Arboretum is now home to an outdoor classroom space and amphitheater done in collaboration by Maryann ompson Architects and Reed Hilderbrand Landscape Architects. Organic and spatially rich, this is an architecture focused on systems and concepts (volume, transparency, sequences, variations, stasis, irregularity). At di erent scales, each project is inherently dynamic, but is further activated by the body. Using the simple act of rep- etition to establish rhythm, each reiterates with a slight dissonance to suggest growth, progression, movement, possibilities, thresholds, and perspectives. e works both enfold and unfold us. Count Down to Zero (April) e Boston Architectural College hosted the local USGBC Massachusetts Membership Forum and the Urban Land Institute for an evening of discussion and debate of the two major construction industry stimuli to a ect the State of Massachusetts in many years: Governor Patrick's Zero Net Energy Buildings Report of and the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of . e event apprised attendees of these two major strategies, followed by a panel discussion made up of a cross section of practitioners from the construction industry who commented on the realities and oppor- tunities going forward to a more energy e cient future. Speakers included: Marcus Springer, Director, Sasaki Associates and Chair, Advocacy Committee USGBC Massachusetts membership Forum; Eric Friedman, Director, Leading by Example, Executive O ce of Energy & Environmental A airs; BAC Overseer and Faculty Member Mike Davis AIA, LEED, Vice President, Bergmeyer Associates; Co-Chair Legislative A airs Committee, Boston Society of Architects, BAC Overseer and Faculty member. Panel Members included: Fran Boucher, Principle Engineer, National Grid; Bryan Koop, Senior Vice President and Boston Regional Manager, Boston Properties Norman Lamonde, Sustainability Manager, Turner Construction Company; and Michael Pascavage, Executive Vice President and Regional Manager, Skanska USA Commercial Development. Hideo Sasaki Distinguished Visiting Critic Brian Healy (April -- May) Each spring, the Boston Architectural College appoints a Distinguished Visiting Critic to conduct an advanced studio for those seeking to study with highly accom- plished design practitioners. A grant from the Hideo Sasaki Foundation enabled the BAC to appoint the founding principal of Brian Healy Architects, as the Hideo Sasaki Distinguished Visiting Critic. e programs of the Hideo Sasaki Foundation are funded by a trust established by Sasaki Associates, Inc., and family, friends and colleagues of Hideo Sasaki. Hideo Sasaki was internationally respected as a landscape architect, planner, teacher and mentor. He instilled the rm he founded Highlights of a Vibrant Year of BAC Public Events The BAC's central location and its strong links with the design community make it a strategic center for the discussion of design related issues. APRIL--MAY JANUARY Photos : (left to right) Live Wire --- Oyler Wu Collaborative ; Brian Healy Architects : Commonplaces 16 PRACTICE