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Friday, July 31, 2015

BAC Summer Academy :: Gallery Show (7.31)


BAC Summer Academy - Gallery Show 
Friday, 7.31
6-8pm
951 Boylston Street, 3rd floor

The BAC summer academy, a four week long design studio gives high school students a chance to explore Boston and explore the world of design. Each week, students studied a part of Boston, delving into social and architectural issues through their own experiences. Students learned the how to use an architectural scale ruler, how to hand draft, utilize 3D modeling computer programs, and create physical models at different scales. Tackling different social and conceptual issues each week, they designed and modeled shipping container structures, urban decay, interventions, and public spaces.


Throughout these four short weeks, students have worked in groups or individually to produce multiple models, drawings, collages, and sketches that are now on display in the gallery. By creating studio projects, visiting offices, discussing, collaborating, presenting, and questioning their surroundings; students expand their understanding of city, spaces, and the human experience.

The gallery show is FREE and open to the public.

Thursday, July 30, 2015

BAC Advanced Architecture Studio + Workshop Lottery


BAC Advanced Architecture Studio + Workshop Lottery
Wednesday August 5th, 2015
6-7:30 pm
320 Newbury Street, Cascieri Hall

Attending Studio Lottery is required for traditional curriculum students taking Segment II Studios (C1 and C2) or workshops, and new curriculum students taking Arch 3 or Arch 4. If you have extenuating circumstances that prevent you from attending, please contact Director Kerri Frick (Kerri.Frick@the-bac.edu) regarding traditional curriculum studios, and Director Kyle Sturgeon (Kyle.Sturgeon@the-bac.edu) regarding new curriculum studios.

Please note:

  • IA, LA, and BDS students do not participate unless directed by the Dean of your program.
  • Architecture students taking Segment I Foundation Studios, Arch 1 or Arch 2 do not participate.
  • Completed forms must be returned to Kerri Frick or Kyle Sturgeon by 7:30pm on lottery night.
  • Lottery results will be available via the Student Development Blog the following day! 


Wednesday, July 29, 2015

BAC's Huxtable Fellows Tackle Resiliency

Huxtable fellows work together with the community; Photo by David Morgan

The Boston Architectural College's Ada Louise Huxtable Fellows, who were chosen for the fellowship based on their genuine interest in design and community engagement, have been on the ground tackling one of today's most relevant topics: resiliency in the face of climate change. Over the past four months, the six students have been exploring ways to make Boston's homes and businesses more resilient against projected sea level rise and extreme temperatures associated with the world's changing climate.

The students started their Spring 2015 semester by working with the Community Design Resource Center of Boston (CDRC) to curate and develop public material related to the Boston Society of Architects (BSA)'s Living with Water design competition, an international call for design solutions envisioning a more resilient and sustainable Boston. The students created the brochure for the competition, which they initially designed to serve as a guide.

"As the creative process unfolded, however, we saw the guide as a chance to continue and lengthen the public conversation surrounding Living with Water," explained David Morgan, Huxtable Fellow and Bachelor of Architecture candidate at the BAC. "With this new vision of the brochure's purpose, we ultimately created materials with a longer shelf life that include a thorough explanation of the competition and an informational matrix for the projects. I see everyone grab one and look at it, then put it in their pocket, which is what we wanted. The designers and people in the field who know of the project have been very happy with its outcome."

Continue reading on the-bac.edu

Monday, July 27, 2015

Scholarship :: ideapod


Scholarship :: ideapod
Submit by: October 1, 2015
Scholarship Website

Together with ADC Forum, Ideapod is awarding a US$2000 scholarship for the best idea on the future of work. University students worldwide are invited to enter.

To apply, just answer the following question on ideapod.com about the future of work, using the #futureofwork:

"What will Artificial Intelligence mean for work?"

The best response, made using Ideapod's 1000 character limit, will scoop the prize.


Why This Question?

We created this scholarship because one of the most exciting and talked about technologies today is Artificial Intelligence (AI).

Whether you are optimistic or pessimistic about what Ray Kurzweil has termed the "Singularity" - that moment when the intelligence of one machine outstrips all humanity - we can all agree the effects will be tremendous.

For some, the concept of intelligent machines is worrying. Many are concerned that machine intelligence has the capability to take away our livelihoods and ultimately destroy humanity as we know it.

Others take a more optimistic view. They predict that machines will make us our work more efficient and only remove the jobs that people don't need (or want) to do, freeing us to pursue the creative instead of the repetitive.

Either way, the Singularity could arrive faster than many believe:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1uIzS1uCOcE

Whatever you think about the Singularity, one thing's for certain: technology is going to continue to change human life in enormously important ways, and the implications for our working lives are very real.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Interested in Design/Build?


Placetailor Site Tour
Thursday, July 30, 2015 at 6:30 pm
9 Fulda St, Roxbury MA 02119
RSVP

Interested in Design/Build? BAC alum Declan Keefe, Director at Placetailor, will give a site tour of one of their current projects for BAC students on Thursday July 30th.

The event will consist of a site tour, and informal talk discussing Design/Build with free pizza! This is a great opportunity to learn from, and network with, like-minded design professionals.

Interested students should email their RSVP soon since spots on the tour are limited.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Competition :: Visual Merchandising (Pave 2015)




2015 PAVE Student Design Competition :: Visual Merchandising Category
Sponsored by Kroger
Submit by 10.27.2015
Competition Website

About Kroger
Kroger was founded in 1883 in Cincinnati, Ohio. It is the largest grocery chain in the US, with 2600
stores coast to coast, representing multiple formats and banners in 34 states and serving 8 million
customers a day. Much of Kroger’s growth has been through acquisition, so in addition to the Kroger
banner, it is recognized by multiple banners in regions across the country, including: Fred Meyer,
QFC, Ralphs, King Soopers, Frys, Smiths, Dillons and Harris Teeter.


A prominent new store format for Kroger is known as “Marketplace”. It has approximately 100,000 sf of selling space and features fresh foods, groceries, drugs and general merchandise. Within the
format is a 6,000sf area where hot and cold fresh prepared foods and beverages are available for onsite consumption or carry-out, a coffee shop, sushi bar and seating. The 2015 PAVE design
challenge will focus on this area of the store.

Visual Merchandising Category
In many locations, food trucks or food carts provide temporary and spontaneous prepared food
destinations reflecting a broad variety of fresh food offerings. Farmer’s Markets and Market Halls also provide similar experiences that are highly sensorial, appealing and memorable within unique local settings.

The challenge is to design and create vignettes for local food vendors that clearly reflect variables
driven by geography and demographics. Integrate fresh prepared food elements that positively reflect
the energy and intrigue of such local settings in designated points positioned within a typical
supermarket context. The selling environment should be defined by fixture placement, to include fresh prepared foods, and related merchandise, signage and visual presentation.

While some basic assembly or final cooking steps should be accommodated within the vignette, it is
assumed that primary food preparation, storage and clean-up will be provided off-site.

Entries must be received by 5:00 p.m. Eastern time on Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2015

Please do not contact Kroger with any questions regarding the competition; this address is
for entries only. For all questions regarding the competition contact PAVE at
pave@paveinfo.org

Competition :: Store Design (Pave 2015)




2015 PAVE Student Design Competition :: Store Design Category
Sponsored by Kroger
Submit by 10.27.15
Competition Website

About Kroger
Kroger was founded in 1883 in Cincinnati, Ohio. It is the largest grocery chain in the US, with 2600
stores coast to coast, representing multiple formats and banners in 34 states and serving 8 million
customers a day. Much of Kroger’s growth has been through acquisition, so in addition to the Kroger
banner, it is recognized by multiple banners in regions across the country, including: Fred Meyer,
QFC, Ralphs, King Soopers, Frys, Smiths, Dillons and Harris Teeter.


A prominent new store format for Kroger is known as “Marketplace”. It has approximately 100,000 sf of selling space and features fresh foods, groceries, drugs and general merchandise. Within the
format is a 6,000sf area where hot and cold fresh prepared foods and beverages are available for onsite consumption or carry-out, a coffee shop, sushi bar and seating. The 2015 PAVE design
challenge will focus on this area of the store.

The Store Design Challenge
Kroger seeks to continuously grow its customer base and build loyalty across multiple regions in the
US by consistently providing a convenient and comfortable shopping experience that makes
shoppers want to return, focusing on good prices, offering the right products and having friendly store
employees. While there are high expectations of being able to purchase items that are routinely “on
their shopping list”, these are generally items they take home for subsequent use or consumption.
Kroger aspires to provide a deeper emotional connection through the creation of a “third place
destination” that is centered on the enjoyment of food. This may be an opportunity to share a meal
with family or friends, or to taste and learn about new foods or new ways of preparing familiar foods. It may also provide a place to experience a sense of community inspired by the concept of sharing
food, a cup of coffee or a glass of wine, and offer a meeting destination or simply a place to relax.

The new design should explore ways to enhance the relationship shoppers have with the purchase
and consumption of fresh prepared foods as a key focus of the Marketplace format. It should provide
a highly appealing destination for shoppers of all ages, ethnicities and demographic backgrounds to
share a range of food types that represent local traditions and a variety of ethnic heritages. It should
be perceived as fresh, uplifting, welcoming, convenient, authentic and locally relevant and present a
compelling community gathering space that inspires a sense of social connection, and enhances the
value of the shopping experience.

Entries must be received by 5:00 p.m. Eastern time on Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2015


Please do not contact Kroger with any questions regarding the competition, this address is for
entries only. For all questions regarding the competition contact PAVE at pave@paveinfo.org

Monday, July 20, 2015

Fellowship :: Enterprise Rose Architectural Fellowship



Enterprise Rose Architectural Fellowship
Apply by:
July 26, 2015
Fellowship Website

The Enterprise Rose Architectural Fellowship develops the next generation of leaders in community-based design. As full-time employees of their host organizations, fellows earn an annual stipend plus the standard insurance and benefits package provided by their host organization. The stipend for fellowships beginning in 2016 is $52,000.

The application deadline has been extended to July 26th, 2015. 

Friday, July 17, 2015

Blog Pick :: Campsite



Re-blog by: Curtis Robinson, B.Arch Alumnus

Campsite is a design blog and studio based in New York run by designer Max Ritt. The studio believes that it's never to late to make something better. The blog showcases everything from fascinating architecture, to furniture, to photography and prints, to DIY, and food. There's such a great mixture of topics and great finds that it's fast becoming one of my favorites to check back and see what's been updated.

Jens Risom's home located on 7 acres on Block Island, RI.
A recent post under the architecture tab, explores the Block Island getaway home of furniture designer, Jens Risom. The home is a great example of modernist architecture as well as a prefab design. On the site is a video with Jens Risom, giving a history of the house.  


Are you thinking of taking furniture studio this semester? Get some inspiration by scrolling through some of the work on the furniture and DIY pages of the blog. This specific post shows off a simple modular shelving unit that one could easily build for their home. The system is unique in look but is well designed, and extremely functional. 



Under the category of art is a post on artist Stephen Wiltshire. Wiltshire is able to remember places, skylines, and cityscapes in ways many cannot. Watch the video to see the artist at work drawing the skyline of New York from memory.

Go and explore Campsite - there's even a section dedicated to the Swiss, and who knows how to do good, clean design in any form better than the Swiss?


Wednesday, July 15, 2015

The BAC in the News :: WGBH


WGBH cites the BAC's Green Alley in a story on Weather Patterns

Great to see the BAC’s Arthur Byers, Associate Vice President of Facilities, and Shaun O’Rourke, Faculty, featured in WGBH’s most recent segment on water. The segment focuses on society’s changing relationship with water, taking a national perspective on the topic and then bringing it back home to Boston. A look at the BAC's Green Alley gives the segment a strong conclusion, featuring it as one way folks are adapting to the changing climate. Check it out:

http://wgbhnews.org/post/californias-missing-water-fell-boston-instead-snow