The AIA's new awards program for housing, Futureshack, was this past week on Wednesday. Â The best thing about the program is the attempt to engage the public in a discourse about housing, density, green building. Â The awards even had a People's Choice award, based on online voting.
This year the AIA also premiered a new feature, Speed-Date-Design--7 minutes to bounce your ideas of an architect (then onto the next person). Â As one of the Speed Daters, I talked with a couple interested in a multi-family development--almost a co-housing concept, plus a couple of homeowners about northwest contempory design and sustainable construction. Â They picked my brain about dormers, backyard cottages, and recycled building materials. After the Speed Date session, one of the bartenders working the event asked me about getting a permit for his garage. Â The informal format really helped make people who might not think that they could engage an architect feel comfortable about soliciting a little advice about building. I hope that the AIA does more of this kind of activity.
Both photos are courtesy of Andrew Buchanan--www.SubtleLightPhoto.com