WEBINAR | The Practice and Science of Prefabrication

ReFAB PreFAB: The Practice and Science of Prefabrication at the Cutting Edge

Earn 1 AIA HSW LU | March 11, 2013 | 12-1pm ET | 9-10am PT | Learn more here.

Although prefabrication is not new to the practice of architecture, its full potential, particularly in residential design and construction, has yet to be realized. The time for architects to take the lead in realizing this potential is now. New concepts and technologies in prefabrication are creating exciting new architecture and opening the opportunity for architects to influence a larger segment of the construction industry. Not only will prefabrication expand architects' influence, it will also help revitalize residential neighborhoods, influence sustainable design, and provide lower-cost home-ownership alternatives.

This presentation is a part of the ongoing Housing Knowledge Community research webinar series.


WEBINAR | The Future of Specifications

Linking Specification Authoring to BIMs

Earn 1AIA LU | February 19 | 1-2pm ET | 10-11am PT | Learn more here.

Project contract documents contain drawings and specifications. Yet the active industry discussion is about BIM (drawings) and almost no discussion about specifications. Surely there have been technology advances for specification authoring and linking to BIMs. Well-coordinated drawings and specifications reduce project risks. Is it possible to author specifications in parallel with design activities, providing critical data to designers to make well-informed decisions? This presentation is for all project participants responsible for authoring and coordinating project specifications.

This presentation is a part of the ongoing AIA Technology in Architectural Practice webinar series.



WEBINAR | DEC. 3rd: Free CEUs from AIA KnowledgeNet

BY-RIGHT/BY-DESIGN: Los Angeles Housing Designed & Developed 

Earn 1 HSW/CEH | December 3 | 12-1pm ET | 9-10am PT | Learn more here.

In By-Right/By-Design, Liz Falletta of USC presents a qualitative analysis of significant Los Angeles multi-family housing design projects and their associated development types. A side-by-side graphic comparison of these works—common, basic types developed in large numbers over time by builders and landlord interests, versus an example of high design by a noted architect—tells a visual story of the complicated interactions between design, development and planning, highlighting how negotiations among these disciplines have shaped residential life in Los Angeles.

Three comparisons will be presented: the Mackey Apartments built in 1939 by Rudolph Schindler with a Four Flat, primarily developed during the teens and twenties, the National Apartments built in 1954 by Ray Kappe with a Dingbat, primarily developed during the fifties and sixties, and the Harold Way Apartments built in 2003 by Koning Eizenberg with a Podium Apartment, which began development in the eighties and is ongoing.

The study identifies a “typology of trade-offs” that categorizes the consequences of disciplinary approaches to important housing design decisions, including density, unit mix, unit aggregation, access, parking and relationships between indoor and outdoor space.