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DCP News
Newsletter for Faculty and Staff of the College of Design, Construction & Planning


November 2004


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Rinker Hall Heralded For Energy Saving Achievements


Florida's first building to achieve gold, the
University of Florida's Rinker Hall, will be
celebrated at a ceremony at 5 p.m. on Nov. 13 for
having one of the most energy-efficient buildings in
the nation.
Rinker Hall, at the UF College of Design,
Construction and Planning, was awarded gold
certification from the U.S. Green Building Council's
Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design,
or LEED, Rating System. Rinker Hall is only the
25th building in the United States to receive gold
certification from LEED, which measures a
building's environmental performance and has four
achievement levels: platinum, gold, silver and
certified.
The building, which houses the M.E. Rinker, Sr.
School of Building Construction, is an education
tool in itself. Even before construction, students
were involved in design planning.
"We involved our students with identifying

News Bulletin

* Thomas Gallery Exhibit An exhibition of
Professor Emerita and visiting ARC professor
Maelee Thomson Foster's work will open with
a reception at 5 p.m. on Dec. 16 at the Thomas
Center Gallery, located at 302 N.W. 6th Street
in Gainesville. Faculty, students and alumni
are invited to attend. The exhibition, "A
Retrospective: Exploration of Universal
Forms," will include collagraphs, both prints
and mounted plates, based on research of the
ancient Maya, Chinese philosophy and Spanish
landscapes. In addition, graphic work (prints
as magazine covers) completed for Honeywell
International and Power Engineering will be
included in the exhibition along with other
works. The exhibition will run through Jan. 23.
The exhibit may be viewed Monday through
Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday and
Sunday, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
* ARC News Martha Kohen acquired the
drawings of Durrell Fleeger for ARC last
month through the generous donation of his
wife Penny. ARC received a visit from Kenneth
Treister, an architect and artist from Miami.


viable construction materials and created a case study out
of the planning of this building," said Abdol Chini, director
of the Rinker School.
For example, one of the LEED criteria requires use of
local or regional materials in order to reduce the
environmental costs of transporting materials from a long
distance. Students participated in this process by
identifying vendors within 500 miles for purchasing
materials and provided the information to the architect.
"Our goal is to be at the forefront of construction
sustainability education programs, and this achievement is
a milestone in realizing that goal," said Charles Kibert, BCN
professor and director of the Powell Center for Construction
and Environment.
"Students come to the Rinker School to study
sustainable construction," Chini said. "Then, once they are
in the field, they become advocates for green building,
which impacts areas such as reducing and recycling waste
during construction."


* Miami Exhibit Visiting professor Al Parker and
Rufus Nims exhibited their work in Miami at the
Historical Museum of South Florida. The exhibit was
titled "The Florida Home: Modern Living, 1945-1965."
Their drawings were provided by the UF Smathers
Library Special Collections, and the drawings were
acquired by the School of Architecture.
* BCN Homecoming Barbecue BCN will have its
homecoming barbecue at 1 p.m. Nov. 13. The barbecue
will precede the 5 p.m. LEED Gold ceremony.
* URP in St. Augustine URP professors Ruth
Steiner and Kristin Larsen are teaching a studio this
semester focused on the historic Lincolnville
neighborhood in St. Augustine, Fla. Listed on the
National Register of Historic Places, the neighborhood
played a pivotal role in the civil rights era and contains
the largest concentration of Victorian architecture in
the city. Students are addressing the issues of

transportation, housing, historic preservation and land
use given recent significant development pressures.
Students have attended neighborhood meetings and
will be making a final presentation in St. Augustine in
mid-December.


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* Acoustics Lecture A guest lecture by UF Alumni,
Gary Madaras, Ph.D. (ARC 1996) kicked-off the
Architecture of Diffusion Design Competition
sponsored by RPG, Inc. (www.rpginc.com). Dr.
Madaras currently works as the director of
international sales and research with Dr. Peter
D'Antonio, the founder of RPG, on further developing
the art and science of sound diffusion. The competition
deadline is Nov. 14 in the gallery in the architecture
building. The exhibition will be on display in the
gallery Nov. 15-19. Students will have the opportunity
to explore the relationships between the architectural
form of a room, the sub-forms that comprise the
interior architecture and the sonic landscape of the
room. The intention of the project is to produce
innovative architectural and acoustical forms, render
them in section/elevations or perspectives and
construct a diffusing element used in the project from
actual materials.

* Stein Publishes New Book Dean Jay M. Stein
recently published "Classic Readings in Urban
Planning, Second Edition," (Planners Press, American
Planning Association). The first edition of the book,
published in 1995, was described in a review in
Planning as "the best anthology in planning in almost
25 years." Similar to the original book, Stein uses a
unique methodology that involves a "panel of experts"
to select the "classic" readings. Each reading begins
with an abstract and each of the section topic areas
includes a list of supplementary readings. The book
serves as a comprehensive introduction to urban
planning for advanced undergraduate and graduate
students. Stein has used a similar methodology in the
publication of other anthologies, "Classic Readings in
Architecture," (with Kent Spreckelmeyer) and "Classic
Readings in Real Estate and Development."

* Kohen Speaks at Rollins College Martha Kohen
gave a lecture on Oct. 14, at Rollins College in Winter
Park, Fla. She spoke to the AIA and the Young
Architects Forum and discussed issues relative to the
state of architectural education. She also attended the
AIA Florida board of directors meeting Oct. 15, in
Orlando, Fla.

DCPNews is published during the fall and spring semesters by
the University of Florida College of Design, Construction and
Planning. News and announcements contained in DCPNews were
submitted by DCP faculty and staff. To make a submission to DCP
News, please visit http://www.dcp.ufl.edu/news/dcpnews.php


Julie Frey Editor
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* Vicenza The Vicenza Program is undertaking a
series of initiatives this year in conjunction with one of
the themes presented in the Venice Biennale, "La Citta
D'Aqua", or "Cities of Water." This theme raises
important question for students who come from one
peninsular topography to another, Florida to Italy of
similar size, but vastly different scale and culture.
* ARC Professor Joins Florida Community
Design Center Board ARC professor Charlie
Hailey has been invited to join the board of directors of
the Florida Community Design Center. He joins
current DCP faculty members Kristin Larsen, Gary
Ridgdill and Kim Tanzer and replaces Tina Guracharri
who has completed three years of service. Linda Dixon,
strategic planner for UF and graduate of the URP
program also has been invited to join the board. The
Florida Community Design Center provides exhibits,
events and design proposals to members of the
Gainesville and north Florida community. Most of the
center's work involves DCP students participating in
service learning.
* Fading Florida William Tilson, ARC professor
and director of the Preservation Institute: Caribbean, is
collaborating with photographer Ruth Dusseault (artist
in residence at the Georgia Tech School of
Architecture) to document Florida's historic tourist
attractions through large format photographs,
historical research, oral history and analytical texts.
The project, titled "Fading Florida," aims to create a
traveling exhibit, a catalogue and a series of public
seminars addressing the issue of placemaking and
public space in an age of globalization.
* Wind Resistant Training & Demonstration
Centers Survive Hurricanes A contract from the
Florida Department of Financial Services (formerly the
Florida Department of Insurance) was awarded to the
Shimberg Center for Affordable Housing to build a
series of regional Windstorm Damage Training and
Demonstration Centers. The primary purpose of the
centers is to provide home owners as well as
homebuilders and other industry factions with an
understanding of options available to minimize wind-
storm damage. The first center was built in Ft. Pierce,
Fla., and the second was built in Pensacola, Fla. Both
of these areas were in the path of the recent hurricanes.
A fourth training and demonstration center is being
constructed in Broward County. If funding is available,
the plan is to construct up to two more facilities which
will complete the state-wide regional network of
training and demonstration centers.

* ARC Fall Lecture Series Carlo Pozzi with Rosario
Pavia will speak at 6 p.m. Nov. 22, in the Chandler
Auditorium at the Harn Museum.




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