UMass Conference Proceedings on Prefabricated Architecture Available

The proceedings for the 2008 Wood Structures Symposium and Northeast ACSA Conference "Without a Hitch: New Directions in Prefabricated Architecture" are available on the web. You can access and download individual papers on the UMass ScholarWorks site: Scholarworks - 2008 Wood Structures Symposium Or, if you would like to download or print the entire book, you may do so through the Lulu publishing website: Lulu - Without a Hitch Procedings...
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Simi Hoque and YouthBuild Holyoke are in the news

One of our faculty members, Simi Hoque, is on the news with her project with YouthBuild in Holyoke. This project provides green jobs training to low-income youth in energy efficiency, auditing and weatherization. AMHERST, Mass. A dozen young people now working toward their general educational development (GED) certificates in Holyoke are also gaining significant job skills for the green, energy-efficiency economy, thanks to community outreach efforts of the green building program at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, in collaboration with nonprofits YouthBuild-Holyoke and the Center for Ecological Technology (CET), Northampton. For the full press release, follow this link: http://www.umass.edu/newsoffice/newsreleases/articles/87963.php...
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BCT Students Model UMass for Google Earth

Students: Various from BMATWT 497C plus students from Landscape Architecture and Regional Planning (LARP) as well as Architecture+Design (A+D) Faculty Sponsor: Alexander Schreyer Project Type: Class & extracurricular Year: 2007-2010 A group of students from the UMass programs of Building Materials and Wood Technology (BMATWT), Landscape Architecture and Regional Planning (LARP) as well as Architecture+Design (A+D) under the supervision of Alexander Schreyer, Faculty member in Building Materials and Wood Technology and Architecture+Design, have created a 3-dimensional model of almost all buildings on the Amherst campus of the University of Massachusetts. In total, approximately 100 buildings were modeled in Google SketchUp, a freely available 3-dimensional CAD (Computer-Aided Design) software and then exported to Google Earth, a free GIS-based (Geographic Information System) terrain-viewer. The campus buildings will be available in Google Earth through the “3D Buildings” layer later this summer. This 3D-model can be used for visualization of new campus planning, visitor orientation, “dorm previews” for incoming students and much more.The process of creating the digital models involved first the drawing of...
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Register for the 2007 Wood Structures Symposium

Building with wood is building for the future Contemporary wood architecture demonstrates ingenuity and new direction. In the quest for sustainable building materials, life-cycle analysis studies consistently show wood as having top environmental benefits: it is energy efficient in production and operation; it absorbs and stores the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide; and it is renewable, recyclable, and sustainable. As a result, wood is becoming a material of choice in award winning environmentally green structures as well as a prominent building material used in showcase projects at world expositions. This two-day meeting will discuss and illustrate the latest innovations in wood architecture, engineering and construction. Topics include: contemporary wood architecture world-wide, wood and the environment, technological advances in green buildings, digital fabrication with wood and detailing of engineered wood products. A full day workshop by the American Wood Council on...
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