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22 news EDITED BY JENNIFER LASH Top Stories → For these stories and more, see architectmagazine.com. → FEDERAL UPDATE GSA Honors Design 18 AWARDED IN 15TH ANNIVERSARY OF GSA DESIGN PROGRAM. EIGHTEEN PROJECTS were honored by the U.S. General Services Administration on March 19 for its Design Excellence Program. More than 80 projects were submitted in 13 categories. The Wayne Lyman Morse U.S. Courthouse in Eugene, Ore., designed by executive architect DLR Group, cleaned house, winning honor awards in the architecture, construction excellence, preservation, and art in architecture categories, in addition to a citation award for graphic design/signage. The San Francisco Federal Building received honor awards for architecture and sustainability, and the U.S. Post Office in Brooklyn, N.Y., got honors in the preservation category. A full list of award categories and winners is available at gsa.gov. FEBRUARY 2009 ARCHITECTURE BILLINGS INDEX 35.3 ↑ 40.1 mixed practice ↓ 36.8 institutional ↑ 33.3 multifamily residential ↓ 32.0 commercial & industrial SOURCE: AIA Phil Freelon’s ﬁrm has been named the architect for Atlanta’s Center for Civil and Human Rights. TOP TO BOTTOM: JULIAN OLIVAS; MARK SELIGER; MORENO MAGGI; THE FREELON GROUP ARCHITECT APRIL 2009 WWW.ARCHITECTMAGAZINE.COM Giving back: Bernard Spitzer, a 1943 engineering graduate of the City College of New York, is giving $25 million to beneﬁt CCNY’s School of Architecture. White House Eﬀorts Help Small Firms PLANNED HEALTHCARE SYSTEM OVERHAUL AND NEW FOCUS ON SBA LOANS ARE GOOD NEWS. Feb. 23–27 On Feb. 26, President Barack Obama released to Congress his proposed 2009 federal budget. Of interest to architects, says Andrew Goldberg, AIA senior director of federal relations, is the planned healthcare system overhaul. “Architects are … small-business people,” he notes, and “one of the biggest ﬁnancial burdens on a lot of ﬁrms is the cost of healthcare.” March 9–13 Recent studies show that even in this down economy, businesses and homeowners are likely to keep building green, and architects are appealing to consumers with dollars and cents. “It doesn’t appear to be a tough sell because the investment will lead to lower utility costs,” says Scott Frank, AIA director of media relations. There is a growing sense that government mandates and tax incentives will spur even larger investments in green design and construction. “There are tax credits for residential green building practices that cover windows, doors, insulation, and HVAC,” Frank says. March 16–20 The White House unveiled plans for the U.S. Treasury to buy securities backed by Small Business Administration loans, expand loan guarantee limits, and reduce fees, all in an effort to restore lender conﬁdence. The government hopes the move will free up banks and credit unions to make more loans, loosening credit to small companies. “With architecture billings at historic lows, small design ﬁrms need every tool they can get to keep cash ﬂowing,” said AIA president Marvin Malecha in a statement. ETHAN BUTTERFIELD Richard Meier’s ﬁrm is one of four on the short list to design the new U.S. Embassy in London: KieranTimberlake, Pei Cobb Freed, and Morphosis round out the pool. March 2–6 For those in urban planning and design, there is a silver lining in the recession, says Christopher Leinberger, director of the University of Michigan’s graduate real estate program. Leinberger points to an increasing focus on “walkable urbanism”—pedestrian-oriented, mixed-use development based around local and regional transit. He says the stimulus plan and the yetto-be-approved funding for transportation, housing, and urban development will allow planning for new walkable urban areas, meaning opportunities for ﬁrms. He also notes how transportation spending is divided in the stimulus package. “Historically, we spend 15 percent of our transportation dollars … on transit and bike trails and so-called alternative transportation. In this stimulus bill, it’s 40 percent.” Zenith Music Hall, designed by Massimiliano Fuksas Architecture, is one of ﬁve ﬁnalists for the 2009 Mies van der Rohe Award.
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Architect - April 2009
Books, Objects & Exhibits
Salary Survey 2009: How Much Do You Make?
The Building Sleuths
Alice Tully Hall
Mercury Coffee Bar
Martin House Visitor’s Center
Architect - April 2009