RICSSummit of the Americas Toronto 2014
May 4-6, 2014
RICS Summit of the Americas 2014 is for any real estate professional looking to draw from timely, in-depth market knowledge that will be shared by local and international experts in the land, property and construction sectors. The summit will provide an excellent opportunity to connect with top professionals from around the world and engage in educational seminars and premier discussion forums. 

Sonoma Living: Home Tours
May 10, 2014
AIA San Francisco and AIA Redwood Empire are excited to announce Sonoma Living: Home Tours, a new home tours program for 2014. Sonoma Living will showcase a wide variety of architectural styles, neighborhoods, and residences—all from the architect's point of view. The program provides design enthusiasts and the general public with an inside look into the world of distinctive residences in Sonoma county. Tour participants have the opportunity to see some of the area's latest residential projects from the inside out, meet design teams, explore housing trends, and discover design solutions that inspire unique Sonoma living.

Design for Social Impact
May 25–August 3, 2014
Based on the idea that design is a way of looking at the world with an eye for changing it, the Museum of Design Atlanta (MODA) presents Design for Social Impact, an original exhibition offering a look at how designers, engineers, students, professors, architects and social entrepreneurs use design to solve the problems of the 21st century. 



Deadline: April 25
Call for Entries (Student Awards) 

Deadline: June 1 
AIA|LA 2014 Design Awards Program Registration 

Deadline: December 31
Kitchen Design Contest
Wolf and Sub-Zero 

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Urban Design: Swinging Low in Hull 

The Scale Lane Bridge in the English city of Hull is part walkway, part experience, featuring span that gives passengers a ride while allowing river traffic to pass. Photograph © Timothy Soar.

The River Hull has been the lifeblood of the English city of the same name for centuries, with vessels ferrying goods along the waterway during the the country's industrial glory days. Now, the river has a new riparian jewel: the Scale Lane Bridge, designed by the architecture firm of McDowell+Benedetti, in collaboration with Alan Baxter Associates and Qualter Hall, it was the winning entry in a competition held in 2005.

Located on a former industrial site, the new structure serves as a pedestrian walkway, linking the west bank’s Museum Quarter to The Deep, the city’s aquarium (and an architectural gem in its own right). Its gently sweeping curved form provides two walkways, divided by a central spine. The spine itself provides opportunities for seating and terminates, at one end, in an observation platform with seating for walkers to pause and take in panoramic views of the river- and landscapes.

As architect Jonathan McDowell explains, "The bridge creates a unique and memorable new place for the city where people can enjoy the experience of being on the river.”

Beyond its appealing design, McDowell points out perhaps the bridge's most compelling quality: “It creates a special event—the world's first bridge (probably) that people can ride on while it is moving.” He and his team designed the bridge to rotate, opening up to river traffic as needed via an electrical drive mechanism and turns slowly enough that passengers can safely board the bridge from the west side. And while it’s opening, a sequence of bells, a sonic landscape designed by artist Nayan Kulkarni, provides accompaniment.

For pedestrians, the new bridge is a pleasure. For designers and urban planners looking to connect the land and water, it offers an innovative template. 

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