Impressive bit of imagineering:
The earthquake and tsunami in Japan, the Libyan uprising and Charlie Sheen’s rants. Current events are unfolding all around us. And, we’re witnessing them in real time. No time for hours, days and sometimes months of reviews before going live. We know people want their news on their terms, via their platform of choice – whether a website, blog, Facebook, Twitter or YouTube. And, they need this news at a time that is convenient for them. That’s why we’ve enhanced our website to include all of our media in one easy-to-use package. Please let us know what you think, suggest, like and don’t like.
HKS has continued our commitment to green power by matching 100% of the electricity anticipated at our Dallas Headquarters for 2011 with Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs). RECs have also been purchased for the Detroit and Atlanta offices.
Renewable Energy Credits (RECs) are the commodity used to track and trade renewable energy in North America. Each REC represents the inherent environmental attributes of 1 MWh of electricity being generated through renewable sources (generally wind, biomass, small hydro or solar) and added to the grid in a calendar year. Organizations like 3Degrees act as intermediaries between renewable energy generation facilities and organizations like HKS who would like to account for how their electricity is produced. RECs should not be confused with Carbon Emission Reductions (CERs). HKS chose to invest in renewable energy to help reduce our nations dependency on foreign fuels, promote energy independence and to help improve air quality.
The not-for-profit organization that regulates and certifies the RECs is San Francisco based Green-e (http://www.green-e.org/). Green-e ensures that developers’ projects are indeed environmentally beneficial, are producing the electricity they claim and are audited annually to make sure they have sold RECs equivalent to said production levels and no more.
An impressive list of HKS Hill Glazier Studio-designed projects was included on the Condé Nast Traveler 17th Annual “Gold List.” The list is comprised of the best places to stay in the world, selected by the readers of Condé Nast Traveler.
This semester some middle schoolers at Highland Park Middle School (HPMS) will be learning about the world of architecture. HPMS conducts what they call “Spark” classes in which students pick a subject they find interesting and want to learn more about. One of the Spark classes is on architecture. In support of this unique learning opportunity, HKS sponsored kits for the students which included trace paper, pens, and scales. And, the students will have a chance to earn four mini-HKS monographs throughout the course of the class. As the semester progresses we’ll be getting updates on their progress, and we’ll share it with you as we hear how they are doing in their discovery of the world of architecture.
If you had the chance to tell a 7th or 8th grader about architecture, what would you tell them and where would you begin?