Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Library Hours 5.6, 5.7, & 5.8

Library Hours 5.6, 5.7, & 5.8

The Library will be open normal hours this weekend.

Friday, May 6, 10-5
Saturday, May 7, 10-5
Sunday, May 8, 12-7

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

2016-2017 Atelier Elections

Atelier is YOUR Student Government at Boston Architectural College. Atelier's mission is to foster communication between the BAC administration and the student body, to emphasize and promote professional and social aspects of student activities on and off campus, and to foster fellowship, cooperation, and unity between and among BAC students and organizations.

Atelier is one of the best ways to get involved in the school's happenings, connect with other students, and learn the inner workings of the school and of your education.

The following positions are open for the 2016-2017 academic year:
-Vice President
-Student Representatives (5 positions)

Candidate Eligibility Criteria
-Current BAC Student who has been enrolled in degree programs at the BAC for a minimum of two consecutive semesters prior to taking office.
-Be in good academic standing with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher.
-Must not be an officer of another recognized student organization on campus by the first day of the semester in which your term begins.
-Must maintain Practice compliance. All modes of Practice assessment, such as skill level, must be up to date.
-Candidates must not be delayed in the portfolio review sequence and schedule, meaning a student's path to graduation is not being delayed by the submission or re-submission of a portfolio.
-President - Candidates for the President position must have served at least one full term as an elected member of Atelier prior to running for President.

Nominations Must Include:

  • Name of Nominee
  • Desired Position
  • Degree Program of Nominee
  • Semester at the BAC
  • 100 word maximum nomination statement, stating your interest in being involved with Atelier
  • Headshot photo of yourself

Please send your nominations to Nominations are due Friday, May 6, 2016 at 11am.

Monday, May 2, 2016

Phantom Gourmet's Hot Dog Safari :: (5.7)

Phantom Gourmet's Hot Dog Safari
Landsdowne Street, Boston
Saturday, May 7th
12:00 - 4:00pm

All you can eat hot dogs and ice cream for $10?!?!

The Phantom Gourmet Hot Dog Safari is MORE than hot dogs and ALL to benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. This indoor and outdoor event features parties inside the restaurants plus food and fun all over Lansdowne Street!

Ticket includes all the hot dogs and food sampling. Tickets are $10 in advance, $15 at the event. Tickets are limited.
Kids under 12 are free!

*Buy tickets here*

Friday, April 29, 2016

Use of Spray Fixative, Spray Paint, Lacquer, or Other Aerosols

A No-Spray Reminder 
Please note that there is no spraying of any kind allowed inside the BAC buildings without the express permission of the BAC Facilities Department. Spray paint, spray fixative, and spray mount create fumes that are both harmful and flammable. Spray paint has the further problem of defacing campus property which, besides looking terrible is expensive to remove. Anyone caught spraying will be considered in violation of the Campus Compact, and will be addressed as such.

Use of spray paint, lacquer, and other aerosols that contain VOCs are not permitted inside Boston Architectural College campus buildings. Students are not permitted to use spray paint or other aerosols that contain VOCs in any BAC buildings, including the stairwells.

We do not currently have spray booths on campus. Students are permitted to spray outside on a drop cloth. Use of spray paint or fixative is not allowed in the Green Alley (behind 320 Newbury St). It is recommended that students use zero or low VOC paints for their projects.

Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) are emitted as gases from certain solids or liquids. VOCs include a variety of chemicals, some of which may have short- and long-term adverse health effects. Concentrations of many VOCs are consistently higher indoors (up to ten times higher) than outdoors.

Examples include: paints and lacquers, paint strippers, cleaning supplies, pesticides, building materials and furnishings, office equipment such as copiers and printers, correction fluids and carbonless copy paper, graphics and craft materials including glues and adhesives, permanent markers, and photographic solutions.

BAC Bicycle Policy

All bicycles are to be parked at the bike rack in front of 322 Newbury Street. No bicycles are allowed inside campus buildings, except for staff that have a private office, in which case the bike must be stored in their office.

It is most important to keep ramps, stairwells and aisles clear of bikes. Bicycles found in the building will be removed at owners' risk.

If a bike is discovered blocking a means of egress, or other passageway, the bike will be removed immediately, without notice to the owner.

The security staff will, from time to time, check the property to ensure that no bicycles are in the building. If a bicycle is found, and is not blocking a means of egress, the security officer will do the following:
a) Secure the bike with a lock (which is stored at the security desk);
b) Place a ticket on the bike, which will inform the owner to locate the security officer, who will then free the bike and inform the owner that it is improper to store bikes in the building; and
c) Remove the bike (if owner does not recover within two days) and park it unlocked at the bike rack adjacent to the main entrance.

This policy is effective September 1, 1998, and is subject to formal revision, as BAC needs change.

Thursday, April 28, 2016

BuildingGreen Offline

BuildingGreen Offline 

The database BuildingGreen will be offline from Friday (4.29) at 9pm through Sunday (5.1) at midnight.

The site is being updated. With these new updates, students and faculty will be able to easily browse our website with a mobile device, making it useful for them to search and read wherever they are. The site will also be more accessible to students with disabilities.

Our new site will be easier for us to maintain and update, so that we can respond to your needs. For example, we're currently reformatting our high-performance case studies database, which we'll start rolling out in a couple of months.

With many new features and upgrades, we hope you'll find that our site update is a major improvement, and continues to be a significant benefit to your campus community.

Common Boston Architecture Festival

Common Boston
Boston Architectural College
June 4 - 5, 2016

The Common Boston festival is a unique opportunity to discover and explore the region's rich architectural, cultural, and historic resources. From civic spaces to sacred interiors to hidden infrastructure and everything in between, the festival weekend's "open house" format offers the public open access to significant spaces and places—many not open to the public, and all for free!

This year, the Boston Architectural College is participating in Common Boston as a site! If you are interested in getting involved, contact the Office of Student Life.

Cascieri Lecture 2016 :: Blair Kamin

Cascieri Lecture 2016 :: Blair Kamin
Thursday, April 28th
Cascieri Hall

The Boston Architectural College invites the community to join us for the 24th lecture in the Cascieri Lectureship in Humanities series featuring Blair Kamin on April 28, 2016 at 6 pm in Cascieri Hall.

As a Nieman Fellow at Harvard in 2012-13, Pulitzer Prize-winning Chicago Tribune architecture critic Blair Kamin was intrigued by the 25 gates that frame Harvard Yard-and by the way gates around the world and throughout history have been both instruments of control and symbols of the identities and visions of their builders. That interest led to a new book, Gates of Harvard Yard, published by Princeton Architectural Press, and to the view that gates can be something other than ugly symbols of exclusion. In this lecture, Kamin will explore the lore and legacy of Harvard's gates, as well as the way gates delineate space and mark elemental transitions--between ignorance and wisdom, freedom and captivity, life and death.

1 HSW CEU credit is available to attendees of this lecture.

About Gates of Harvard Yard:
In Gates of Harvard Yard (Princeton Architectural Press, May 3), Kamin and his co-authors reveal for the first time the complete story of the gates. In the process, they shed light on the way these portals bring an inviting scale and harmony to Harvard's imposing, eclectic architectural ensemble. The book simultaneously brings alive the human story behind the gates, whose patrons ranged from U.S. ambassadors to classes of Harvard alumni to a mother who sought to memorialize a son whose life was cut short...learn more.

About the Lectureship:
The Dean Arcangelo Cascieri Lectureship in the Humanities was established by the BAC Alumni Association in 1992 to honor the spirit of volunteerism. Each year, the BAC invites a distinguished speaker to present a public lecture on the many ways in which architecture and design interact with other disciplines, an enrich our common life. It is thanks to our volunteers, as well as the donors and sponsors who contribute so generously to the Cascieri Lectureship Fund, that the lectureship is made possible.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

The Quad :: Design Competition

The Quad :: Design Competition
Submit by: 6.10.16

“Quad”, short for “Quadrangle”, is one term for the public square at the center of a college campus.  It’s a space to take naps in the grass on a sunny day, throw a Frisbee with friends, or where inspirational lectures are given on a warm spring afternoon. The experience of the quad is one of vibrancy, playfulness, and connectivity. In our increasingly dense urban habitats, city dwellers seek to discover similar environments in the places they live, work, and play.

The Quad Competition is an international call for a social space installation. The competition is hosted by WHAT’S IN, a multi-disciplinary research initiative that advocates for urban density and housing affordability through design and policy. Since 2012, WHAT’S IN has built traveling exhibits annually to host research content. Past exhibits were all self-supporting structures designed for ease of travel and deployment, and built with inexpensive materials. Proposals should aim to create an installation with similar approaches.

The winning installation will be premiered at ArchitectureBoston Expo (ABX 2016) from November 15-17, 2016. ABX is an annual 3-day event held at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center (BCEC), attended by thousands in the building industry in the US Northeast.  The installation will then travel other locations in the city as a mobile exhibit.

Competition Background and Intent

We are seeking design proposals that capture the essence of the “quad” through site-specific installation for the ABX conference, intended for social gathering. Proposals should envision meaningful and impactful social spaces without sacrificing cost and feasibility of construction.

The winning installation will inhabit a 20’ x 70’ space in the exhibit hall, surrounded by exhibitor booths. It should act as an informal gathering space that draws the exhibit attendees towards the back of the exhibit floor. In addition, the design should also include a prominent area to display the latest research findings from WHAT’S IN, in a format suitable to your installation concept.

Check out some of WHAT'S IN's past research here.

Then and Now :: Library Exhibit

Next week the Library will be showcasing an exhibit in the gallery space!
Date & Time TBD

The books you see above represent the books with the highest circulation from the Boston Architectural College Library. By mining our statistical data, we know what books our students, faculty and staff actually use for education, research, and edification.

To view last year's exhibit, click here.