"The new National Museum of African American History and Culture will also have an automatic flood gate"
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Check out this NPR article, which links the changing coastlines, our nation's capitol, and a tidbit about David Adjaye and Phil Freelon's National Museum of African American History and Culture. The museum is scheduled to open in two years, and along with a gorgeous exterior, it "will also have an automatic flood gate. In addition, plans call for manually installed panels, sandbags and special glazing, all designed to protect against a 500-year flood."
SFNOMA Vice President 2, Shelley Davis presents the Evolution of African American Architects via the Organization of Women Architects.
Undocumented Cal Poly Architecture Student, Her 8th Grade English Teacher, and President Obama's Immigration Policy
Photo by Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times
It describes Itzel Ortega's story. Itzel is a Cal Poly architecture student whose story merges President Obama's current immigration policy, a young architect's tenacity, and a deeply sentimental [and financial] bond with her eight-grade teacher.
"...In December, she presented a project at Walt Disney Studios. Her model had sliding panels to create rooms with echoing walls where visitors could speak, or shout, their minds. The theme was freedom of speech, the building was an embassy near the United Nations.
The Disney judges gave her a top award. She was a front-runner for a paid internship at the company. But as long as she was here illegally, she couldn't claim the job..."
"Self-Taught Architect Behind Brooklyn's 'Broken Angel' Faces Eviction" by JOel Rose
It's a prime example of those charming projects that engage the public, that make us stop and think about the creative possibilities in architecture...and that make us wonder why we have building codes.
Image 1 - Photo by builder/designer Chris Wood
SFNOMA president Tiana Robinson and treasurer Rommel Taylor bumped into Deborah McKoy and her Rhs Health Academy Y-Plan class at Oakland Farmer's Market today. Ms. McKoy along with Rhs Health Academy instructor Jose Irizarry and several Y-Plan mentors were taking the students to visiting various sites in Oakland and San Francisco to study good urban design solutions to inspire the work they are doing in Richmond. We were asked to briefly speak to the students about architecture and urban design. We can't wait to see what great ideas the students come up with to revitalize Richmond. Below is a video clip Mr. Irizarry posted on Facebook.
On Monday, February 11, 2013, the Obama Administration held a White House Workshop on STEM
Minority Inclusion, at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building. NOMA and
twenty-five representatives from STEM professional societies that focus on
increasing participation of underrepresented minorities were invited to attend.
Among the groups attending were American Assn of Blacks in Energy (AABE), Black
Data Processing Associates, MAES: Latinos in Science & Engineering, National
Organization for the Professional Advancement of Black Chemists & Chemical
Engineers (NOBCChE), National Society of Black Engineers-Alumni Extension
(NSBE), National Society of Black Physicists (NSBP), National Technical Assn
(NTA), and Society for Advancement of Chicanos & Native Americans in
Science (SACNAS), Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE), National
Action Council for Minorities in Engineering (NACME), American Indian Science
& Engineering Society (AISES), The National GEM Consortium, National Assn of
Black Geoscientists, Institute for Broadening Participation, National Society of
Hispanic Physicists, Hispanic Heritage Foundation, Hispanic Youth Institute
(part of Hispanic College fund), Excelencia in Education, Asian Pacific Islander
American Assn of Colleges & Universities, National Congress of American
Indians, Great Minds in STEM, and the National Biotechnology & Pharmaceutical Assn.
Dr. John P. Holdren, Assistant to the President for Science and Technology and
Director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy opened the meeting with
remarks about the desire of the Obama Administration to make inroads to better
equip graduates for the demands of a high-tech economy and create classes
focused on science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) studies.
The three-hour long session included discussions regarding Leadership
and Policy Opportunities, K-12 Education, Out-of-classroom science experiences
for youth, STEM jobs of the future, Increasing federal employment opportunities
for minority STEM professionals, media campaigns, and entrepreneurship &
innovation. Kathy Dixon AIA, NOMA, the current NOMA President, attended the
workshop on behalf of the organization. The group is expected to move forward
on ideas developed during the Workshop. Ideally, the next steps will involve
Outside observers included representatives from the White House HBCU initiative, White
House Initiative on Asian Americans & Pacific Islanders, White House
Initiative on Historically Black Colleges & Universities, Bureau of Indian
Education, Commodities Futures Trading Commission, American Association for the
Advancement of Science (AAAS), Office of Personnel Management (OPM) and the
Department of Education.
Ross Minority Program in Real Estate
The ICSC Foundation and Gap Inc. are providing a $5000
scholarship to one applicant admitted to the Summer 2013 Session of the USC Ross
Program who is interested in working in the field of retail real estate sector,
and who furthers the interests of underrepresented groups in the real estate
In addition, the recipient of the award will be required
to participate as a paid intern in the Gap Inc. Corporate Offices in San
Francisco, CA starting July 1, 2013 for 10 weeks. During this time, the intern
will rotate through three functional areas; construction, operations and real
If you are interested in the Retail Development industry
then this is the opportunity for you. You must complete an online application
for admission to the Ross Program and complete a scholarship application as
indicated on the website, plus meet some additional requirements as requested by
ICSC/Gap Inc. Upon our review and admission to the program, your application
will be forwarded to the ICSC/Gap Inc. individuals for review and award
The deadline for these applications is April 1, 2013!
Contact me for additional details.
Feel free to forward this along!
Ross Minority Program in Real Estate
USC Lusk Center for Real Estate
650 Childs Way 331
Los Angeles, CA 90089-0626
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