Thanks for all the support! Our Ash Street Split project won the 2014 AIA NH Excellence in Architecture People’s Choice Award in the Residential Category. The AIA NH Excellence in Architecture Awards recognize the gold standard here in New Hampshire and with only a handful of awards doled out we feel honored to be among the winners. Here we are at the reception:
Sometimes architecture is about imagining a building from the ground up. Other times it’s how we reimagine, recalibrate, fine tune, and update. Check out the before and after photos to see what we mean.
In an ongoing effort to impact the threat of climate change, the global architecture and building community is pushing to reach the goal of carbon-neutral buildings by 2030. We are attending the AIA+2030 Professional Series in Concord. This 10-session series that runs through February 2015 provides specific ways to make our built environment energy-efficient. Above, Steve holds court at the May session while McHenry team member Margaret, and others, look on.
Below, Brandon participates in the April session, “Getting to 60,” which addressed the specific goals 2030 Challenge: to create buildings that are designed to meet a fossil fuel, greenhouse gas emitting, energy performance standard of 60% less than the regional (or national) average for that building type now, with the standard rising to a 70% reduction in 2015 and incrementally increasing 10% in efficiency every five years until 2030, when the goal of zero emissions is met.
On May 13, Steve and Margaret participated in a panel discussion after the showing of the movie “The Human Scale” at the Portsmouth Public Library. With the city steeped in debate about the development boom in downtown, “smart growth” is the phrase de rigeuor around Portsmouth. To learn more about what this concept means to us, check out the transcript from that evening’s discussion here.
On June 3, McHenry Architecture participated in a PS21-led discussion of how to apply the ‘10 Steps to Walkability’ to Portsmouth, using the book, Walkable City, by Jeff Speck to inform the conversation.
The 10 steps, including ‘Put Cars in their Place,’ ‘Mix the Uses’ and ‘Shape the Spaces’ brought out a lot of ideas that can help keep Portsmouth on the right track towards a more walkable and sustainable community. It’s certainly a movement that is near and dear to our hearts; Smart Growth principles help make cities more functional, safer, comfortable, and more interesting, none of which could be achieved without streetscapes and buildings working together. You can read about all 10 steps and find a comprehensive guide to walkability by the Walkable and Livable Communities Institute here.
Check out PS21’s website and get involved with us! http://ps21.info/