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   July 2010

Edward Lifson on the Vanity Fair World Architecture Survey
Vanity Fair surveyed 52 architects, educators, and critics asking "What are the five most important buildings, bridges, or monuments constructed since 1980?" and "What is the greatest work of architecture thus far in the 20th century?" The results, in the August issue and online, overwhelmingly pointed to Frank Gehry's Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao. For an insightful assessment of the results, AAO turned to noted architectural journalist Edward Lifson, Loeb Fellow at Harvard's GSD and former NPR contributor and host of the design-focused radio show "Hello Beautiful." Currently, Lifson is in Shanghai interviewing architects about their 2010 Expo pavilions. AAO staff member Katherine Stalker caught up with him to discuss the VF survey, about which he said, "The list transforms Vitruvius's commodity, firmness and delight to bling, ego and commerce."

Read the full interview here.


Alaska Design Forum Wins AIA Collaborative Achievement Award
AAO is delighted to announce that one of our founding members, The Alaska Design Forum (ADF), was recently presented with the 2010 AIA Collaborative Achievement Award. The jury was impressed with ADF's caliber of speakers and the scale of the impact of its programming, especially given how remote Alaska is.  Know of someone who deserves next year's award? Nominate them by October 8, 2010.

Hear more from the award winner.


Registration is Now Open for the 2010 AAO/A+DEN Conference

November 15-16, 2010, Chicago, IL

Join us for a two-day conference of inspiring ideas and practical solutions. We’re convening a terrific network of industry leaders and visionary thinkers, including delegates from large and small architecture centers and allied organizations. Alongside our own, we’ll hear from voices outside the field whose work is dissolving traditional boundaries of architecture and design and nonprofit practice. Click here for Early Bird registration!

Click here for 2010 AAO/A+DEN Conference Information.


AIANY Hosts Fit City 5
In May, AAO member AIANY/Center for Architecture hosted the fifth annual Fit City conference, which brought together city agencies and designers to discuss how architecture and urban planning can encourage healthier lifestyles. As a result of these discussions, New York City published the Active Design Guidelines, which offer concrete strategies for designing in a way that promotes physical activity. Also, check out the Metropolis Magazine feature on Fit Cities.

The Center for Architecture provides us with a brief wrap-up.


"Lessons to Take-Away" Conference in UK
AAO learned about another conference on obesity and planning through our sister association in the UK, the Architecture Centre Network. On June 30, planners and health professionals gathered in the West Midlands, UK for a conference entitled "Lessons to Take-Way: Planning, Health & Fast Food Lifestyles." This gathering, hosted by MADE (Midlands Architecture and the Designed Environment), encouraged collaborations across professions, discussed planning controls on the locations of fast food outlets, and even involved school children in mapping their food choices.

Jo Maguire, MADE's Marketing and Communications Manager, fills us in on the details.


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