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Public Lecture with Lake | Flato Architect Tenna Floian

screen-shot-2016-10-27-at-5-24-34-amPerhaps one of my favorite US architecture firms will be here next week to provide an opening lecture to next week’s Climate Adaptive Design Conference on Friday. The public is invited to attend the free lecture (donations accepted at the door) on Thursday, November 3 (the evening before the symposium) on The Dixon Water Foundation Josey Pavilion, presented by Tenna Flourian, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, of Lake|Flato architectural firm. One AIA-approved HSW (Health Safety Welfare) continuing education unit is available for AIA Members. Doors open at 5:15pm for beer, wine, and light refreshments. Lecture begins at 6pm at the Collider. Hope to see you there. Cheers!screen-shot-2016-10-27-at-5-24-45-am

AIA Design Awards | TONIGHT

Hi Folks! It is going to be a beautiful night and the awards ceremony will be held outside at the City County Plaza in front of great architecture. For a peek at the entries go here and watch the video overview.Screen Shot 2016-09-03 at 1.35.46 PMThe outdoor awards is tonight and is $25 for General Admission which includes beer, wine and catering by Corner Kitchen. The 30 minute awards portion will be presented via a cool multi-media projection. Come and enjoy this outdoor ceremony at the City County Plaza. For tickets and information go here. Come and join us Modern Mixer crowd. Cheers!Screen Shot 2016-08-17 at 6.15.03 AM

AIA Design Award Entries

Hi Folks! You can now see all the entries to WNC’s AIA Design Awards this year. Go here for the video overview.Screen Shot 2016-09-03 at 1.35.46 PMThe outdoor awards is this upcoming Thursday evening and is $25 for General Admission which includes beer, wine and catering by Corner Kitchen. The 30 minute awards portion will be presented via a cool multi-media projection. Come and enjoy this outdoor ceremony at the City County Plaza. For tickets and information go here. Come and join us Modern Mixer crowd. Cheers!Screen Shot 2016-08-17 at 6.15.03 AM

Designing Our Future | The Missing Middle

Screen Shot 2016-09-01 at 7.06.01 AMYesterday, following a closing on a property for one of our investor clients {YEAH!} Kelly and I attended a meeting with AIA Asheville and a member of our city’s planning department on the movement towards changing our zoning to allow more density and housing types in some of our neighborhoods. If interested the presentation can be seen HERE. The city is looking for your input so, also, go HERE and take the survey following. This is your chance to help influence the future of your community. Cheers!

AIA Asheville 2016 Design Awards

Screen Shot 2016-08-17 at 6.15.03 AMHi Folks! It is almost time for the AIA’s Annual Design Awards. I got a peek at all the 40 some regional entries last night at our board meeting. There are some cool designs entered in the competition. The outdoor event is $25 for General Admission which includes beer, wine and heavy nibbles. The 30 minute awards portion will be presented via a cool multi-media projection. Come and enjoy this outdoor ceremony at the City County Plaza. For tickets and information go here. Come and join us Modern Mixer crowd. Cheers!

Architect Mark Allison

kArticle from February 2009 | Architect Mark Allison is a native of Asheville. He left Asheville after high school to study at UNC Charlotte. He followed that with studies in Denmark and then finished with his degree from the Pratt Institute. Eventually, he moved to Atlanta where he spent several years working for the Epsten Group. The Epsten Group was one of the first design groups in Atlanta practicing sustainable principles and LEED certifications with their projects. In 1997 he returned to Asheville where he worked for both PBC&L Architects and Samsel Architects. One year ago, after completing a home for him 1chand his family, he opened his own design office.

Mark’s office is in his new home, which is located in one of my favorite mid-century neighborhoods off of Town Mountain Rd. The home was constructed on a steep slope opposite many 1960’s contemporary homes. While creating a 3300 sqft modern home for today his design is sensitive to the context of his neighbors all while balancing with the steep slope of his 1.5 acre site.8ch

Mark’s use of sustainable materials was evident through much of his home along with incorporating some passive solar exposure. The steep slope of the site allowed the incorporation of a deep basement into the foundation. Mark made use of a pre-cast concrete system to allow for larger openings and more a natural light. The basement does not feel like a basement.intro-home

One of the mechanical items I knew little about was the Energy Recovery Ventilator (ERV). Mark tried to explain it to me, but it went in one ear and out the other while admiring the house. Doing an online search I found the dictionary explanation in unreadable technical jargon. Still not getting it I found this video that will helped. Take a moment to watch.

Previous to visiting Mark’s office and home I looked at his website. I noticed two projects I wanted to discuss with him.

One of the two projects is a concept for a commercial building along Merrimon Ave. Mark has a great deal of experience developing commercial projects. In Mark’s words, “This building for a retail or office tenant creates a pedestrian oasis against heavy automobile traffic on Merrimon Avenue. A south-facing courtyard shielded from the street by an armature of precast concrete and glass block wall creates a multifunction courtyard. One passes from here to an inner court between an existing building and the new. The design reinforces the 1street-final-copyemerging pedestrian character of this new urban edge. The challenge was to create an economical, energy efficient shell that is true to its concept, affords flexibility to its future tenants.” I could immediately recognize and appreciate the attempts Mark was making to address both the automobile and the pedestrian. The simplicity, scale and continuous portion of the architectural marquee creates a billboard to help identify it from an automobile. At the same time the way the pedestrian level falls back becomes welcoming to those on foot. For me they are simple, clean gestures that get the job done while addressing issues that many new buildings along Merrimon don’t.1jh-copy

The other project I noticed is a home he is creating for a family in Asheville.  He is designing a 1500q/ft., sustainable house that will house 3 generations under one roof. The house utilizes passive solar design principles and is tailored to its gently sloping site.  Shared terraces and courtyards join both the public and private wings. I appreciated what he and his clients were working to achieve and believe that they were creating something we will see more of in the future which is a smaller home with the flexibility to house more generations, accommodate a professional office all while working to be energy efficient.0815-plan-sd-copy1

Looking at Mark’s projects you notice that he works closely in blending the program of each project with the context of the specific site. He works back and forth with all the different issues involved in designing a building until there is a natural balance of all the pieces while always including his individual, creative vision as part of the process and result.

(text by Troy Winterrowd, Mark’s house photos by John Fletcher of the Citizen Times)

AIA Asheville presents THE HIGH LINE

13692514_1036078499802956_4028167490537028878_nHave you walked on the High Line? AIA Asheville screens a film on how this creative linear park came to be. Proceeds to benefit Asheville Parks and Greenways Foundation. Join them this Thursday, July 21 at 7pm in the Fine Arts Theater downtown. Cost is $10. Cheers!

What is Modernism for our Mountains?

Join Modern Asheville, AIA and a few of our designer friends on the evening of Thursday, June 16th for an architectural panel discussion on Modernism and mindful, modern design practice in our mountains at the Black Mountain College Museum. Architects Maria Rusafova, Mark Allison and Thad Rhoden will be moderated by enthusiast Troy Winterrowd. The discussion will be followed by our last Modern Mixer social gathering before our summer break. We hope to see you there. And please — don’t forget to vote today. Cheers!13310455_1008433319234141_7570262326683399378_n


Bert King Home Stroll | THANK YOU

King Crawl Follow UPKelly, myself and the AIA team want to share a BIG, BIG “Thank You” for the homeowners who allowed us and the public to enjoy their unique and beautiful homes this past Thursday. Kelly estimates we had over 200 appreciative people come through the Bert King designed homes. Energetically, it was a huge success. Thank you Sally, Chris, Lucy, Bill, Bryson and Kelly. We all appreciate how you are preserving a special legacy for our community. Cheers to you!

Mid-Century Home Stroll | Tonight from 5 to 7pm

Architect J. Bertram King designed Mid-Century Home StrollKing Crawl Comp

Our April Mixer is tonight folks and comes in the form of a stroll! Co-sponsored by AIA Asheville and Modern Asheville Real Estate the Stroll will consist of three 1950’s era Bert King designed homes in the Grove Park Country Club neighborhood for one evening only. This includes Bert King’s own home where he lived for decades. The tour is in honor of AIA’s National Architect’s Week honoring talented architects who’ve made positive contributions to our communities. You won’t want to miss it. Go here to see the details or print out the below image/flyer which will be provided at the stroll. There are no tickets. Just show up. We look forward to seeing you along the way. Cheers!Crawl Map

Homes are at: 222 Country Club, 15 Grovewood and 5 Northwood. We would suggest starting at either 222 Country Club or 5 Northwood. Please park on streets and not in driveways. Walking between 222 Country Club and 15 Grovewood is easy. 5 Northwood is walkable, but uphill so you may choose to drive.

In Situ Studio Presentation | Tonight

Screen Shot 2016-04-12 at 6.04.51 AMAIA Asheville is excited to bring you IN SITU STUDIO, a Raleigh based firm, to share their philosophy on contemporary home design in North Carolina. Join us Tuesday night at 6pm in the Lord Auditorium and welcome principals Erin Lewis and Matt Griffith as they articulate details of their mindful design practice inspired by many things including regionalism, context and culture. Go here for details and be sure to come. It is free after all!CHandG AIA Ad copy

“Every building is situated in a unique context formed of specific physical and cultural characteristics. At in situ studio, we work with our client to uncover design solutions that are unique to clients’ needs, appropriate to the places in which we are building, and innovative in the ways they solve problems through common sense. Our work is contemporary and sustainable. We prioritize stewardship of water, light, and energy. We are not prone to imitating any particular style. Rather, we seek an authentic logic for every project that transcends style.”

Modern Monday | From the Archives

SIX ASSOCIATES | 1095 Hendersonville RoadSix Associates Office

I find myself driving to South Asheville a lot lately. Soon we will have multiple listings in the area and just put in a contract for some buyers down in the thick of it. On Friday I had to stop and pay homage to the SIX ASSOCIATES and see the building from where many of our architectural designs came from. Six Associates began in 1942 as an Asheville architectural firm established by a group of western North Carolina architects: William Waldo Dodge, Jr., Henry Irvin Gaines, Anthony Lord, William Stewart Rogers, Erle G. Stillwell, and Charles Waddell. Their swanky, mid-century office was built in 1965 at 1095 Hendersonville Road. The building still exists today as an office complex housing a variety of businesses. SIX Associates