Micène Fontaine, May 20, 2020
2020 will undoubtedly be one these years seared in the global collective consciousness. For one thing, it has put the livability of our environments (and of those we live with) to the ultimate test. Generally speaking, livability (or lovability as I wish it were called) is about “the quality of life in any human living environment.”1Continue Reading
Micène Fontaine, May 13, 2020
On my last visit to Havana, I went to the Fine Arts Museum to learn more about Cuban Art. In the lobby, I was greeted by an art installation that simply stated: It's now or never (Ahora or Nunca) in colored lights. I stared for a while. I took it as both an indictment for not doing enough (about an absurdly long list of things) and also as a gentle reminder to act and do what I can. What was I waiting for?Continue Reading
Micène Fontaine, May 11, 2020
On a trip to New York, I visited the 9/11 memorial at One World Trade Center. I thought a lot about the relationship between war, peace, and architecture. After all, 9/11 and mass shootings are the only first-hand experiences I have had with war. In Normandy, France, where I grew up, the scars left by the first two world wars are omnipresent and most notable in the urban landscape.
Cindy Grant, May 7, 2020
The Utah Board of Architecture requires that Utah-licensed architects complete 24 hours of Continuing Education every two years.Continue Reading
Cindy Grant, May 6, 2020
The Minnesota Board of Architecture, Engineering, Land Surveying, Landscape Architecture, Geoscience and Interior Design (AELSLAGID) requires Minnesota-licensed architects and interior designers to complete 24 hours of continuing education every two years.Continue Reading
Micène Fontaine, May 5, 2020
1 in 9 Americans were affected by food insecurity in 2018. That's 37 million people, including 11 million children who (according to the USDA's definition of food insecurity) do not have consistent access to enough food for an active and healthy life. Globally, 1 in 4 people – 1.9 billion – are moderately or severely food insecure.
Micène Fontaine, April 27, 2020
The Florida Board of Interior Design and Architecture requires licensees to meet mandatory continuing education requirements every two years.
Micène Fontaine, April 21, 2020
April. Earth day is on the 22 (and marks 50 years). Climate change is a very tangible issue. Every professional organization in the architecture and design industry in the US and abroad has rolled out recommendations to help combat climate change. The narrative is often framed as “combat,” us against nature. Something for us to tame, overpower, etc.Continue Reading
Micène Fontaine, April 3, 2020
The Hawaii Board of Professional Engineers, Architects, Surveyors, and Landscape Architects requires that Hawaii licensed architects complete sixteen (16) hours of Continuing Education Units (CEUs) in Health, Safety, and Welfare (HSW) subjects every two years.
Micène Fontaine, April 1, 2020
COVID-19 is claiming lives daily and relentlessly disrupting everything else across the globe. For those of us whose health is unaffected, our attention turns to doing what we can to avoid spreading the virus, protecting ourselves and our loved ones, helping others, and trying to adjust to this new normal.
It also means figuring out how to do our jobs in the context of physical distancing, self-isolation, quarantine, and sheltering in place.