Atkin Olshin Schade Architects is featured in November/December issue of The Pennsylvania Gazette, the alumni magazine of the University of Pennsylvania. Fellow UPenn alums, Tony Atkin, GAr’74, Jamie Blosser, C’91 GAr’96, and Shawn Evans, GAr’95, and our firm’s work at Owe’neh Bupingeh and Santa Domingo Pueblo are mentioned in an article titled, “Preserving Pueblos.” Our team, which also included Penn alumni Tom Pederson, GrCP’00, and Kristen Suzda, Gar’07/GHP’07, has worked to address the housing shortage and preservation issues at several pueblos in New Mexico. In 2005, when the Owe’neh Bupingeh project first began, only about 60 original homes remained and about half of them were occupied despite their dilapidated condition. The preservation plan created by our firm, allowed for 25 homes to be rehabilitated and modernized and four new ones to be built. To read more on this project and our involvement, you can find the full article here: http://thepenngazette.com/preserving-the-pueblos/
We were up at Community Legal Services recently and were delighted to find that the shower we installed in the basement is really encouraging people to bike to work.
We found two bikes stored in the basement next to the lockers CLS installed for their employees’ gear, multiple sets of shower and bike shoes in the bathroom next to the shower, and a drying rack for damp towels.
We also talked to one employee who has lost fifteen pounds in less than a year just by biking to work 15 miles each way 2-3 times a week — and he told us that it’s only possible because of the shower.
We didn’t even think to ask about lunchtime workouts made possible by the shower!
We just might have to start putting a shower in every project we do.
Between May 1 and September 30, we biked
burned 50,707 calories
saved 2,326 pounds of CO2
Our office finished 9th in the Philadelphia region for the challenge period, which is impressive, considering we had ten riders logging miles on our team and the 8th place had nearly ten times as many. We’re the top A/E firm in the region, too, and did this despite flat tires, moves, stolen bikes, and the arrival of babies.
Within the firm, the award for most points accumulated goes to Gavin Riggall, who biked an impressive 1,280 miles by getting on his bike 249 times. The award for most times on a bike goes to Kristen Suzda, who got on her bike 351 times and logged 871 miles. Most consistent goes to Sara Patrick, who stayed within 11 miles of her monthly average for every one of the five months of the challenge. Most improved goes to Shawn Evans, who finished September with 96 miles, doubling his July mileage and number of trips. Best effort is a tie between JD Scott, who left the firm to pursue a great volunteer opportunity in May, and summer intern Michael Buckley, who had to return to school before the challenge was over, but was a good sport about helping out the team while he was here.
Will you join us in the Challenge next year?
As we’ve highlighted a number of times on this blog, the Owe’neh Bupingeh Preservation Project is an innovative project involving historic preservation and affordable housing. Both Atkin Olshin Schade Architects and the tribe are delighted with the attention the project has received. In the last month, the project has been the focus of a number of case studies exploring affordable housing, historic preservation, and sustainability. These three fields are the nexus of much of our work in the southwest.
The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) recently profiled the project as a “best practice” on its HudUser portal. This case study originated with the recent award from HUD and the American Planning Association.
Read the case study here.
The Advisory Council for Historic Preservation (ACHP), a federal agency that advises Congress and the President on historic preservation, recently profiled the project in its “106 Success Stories” project, which seeks to highlight two exemplary preservation projects in each state in which federal agencies were involved. “106″ refers to Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act, which requires federal agencies to consider the impact of their work on designated historic properties.
Read the case study here.
The Sustainable Native Communities Collaborative, founded by Jamie Blosser, Associate and Director of our Santa Fe office, recently completed a national exploration of sustainable development in Indian Country. The seventeen case studies explore how climate and culture have been expressed in recent tribal planning and architecture.
Read the case study here.
The gallery, located on the mezzanine level of the Historic Landmark Building designed by Frank Furness, provides a state-of-the-art environment to display the Museum’s permanent collection of more than 9,500 works on paper. These works are very sensitive to light and, because of the damaging effects of natural light in the Museum’s existing galleries, their display has been very limited until now.
The intimate, new Gallery is accessible from the first landing of the Grand Stairhall and features an adjacent space for scholars to view works for research purposes, and for curators and faculty to teach utilizing this remarkable collection. The Gallery also provides a dedicated space to display works on paper on loan.
The renovation was led by PAFA’s Facilities Director Ed Poletti. Urban Engineers provided the design of the new MEP system.
Shawn Evans and Daniel Barboa will present a paper at Earth USA 2013, the Seventh International Earthbuilding Conference, October 4-6, 2013. Adobe in Action has organized an exciting roster of international speakers who are pushing the philosophical and practical limits of earthen construction.
Conference registration information can be found here: http://earthusa.org/registration/
The paper is excerpted from a chapter in a forthcoming book, Contemporary Indigenous Architecture: Local Traditions, Global Winds, which will be published by University of New Mexico Press. The chapter tells the story of the Owe’neh Bupingeh Preservation Project and was co-written by Shawn Evans and Jamie Blosser of Atkin Olshin Schade Architects, as well as Councilman Joe Garcia and Tomasita Duran of the Ohkay Owingeh tribe.
Shawn and Tomasita recently gave a presentation on the project at the 2013 New Mexico Rural Forum which was attended by municipal and county government officials from rural communities across the state. Their presentation focused on the economic development aspects of historic preservation in a rural environment.
Next week is the opening of the Philadelphia Center for Architecture’s annual Art by Architects exhibit and sale.
This year, Principal Sam Olshin has four watercolors in the exhibit, a sample above.
The exhibit highlights the talents of area architects in painting, photography, sculpture, and other fine arts. Proceeds from the sale support the Center for Architecture’s educational programs throughout the year.
Thursday, September 5
5:30 – 7:30pm
Philadelphia Center for Architecture
1218 Arch St, Philadelphia, PA 19107
The Opening Reception includes refreshments, music, and the first opportunity to purchase works on display.