David Meckel, FAIA

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About David Meckel, FAIA

David Meckel, FAIA, is Director of Research & Planning for the California College of the Arts (CCA) in San Francisco.

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[Originally published 4th quarter 2005 in arcCA 05.4, “Sustain Ability”]

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Number of green buildings certified by the US Green Building Council (usgbc.org) as of October 11, 2005:
331
(USGBC)

Number of these buildings that are in California:
46…

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[Originally published 1st quarter 2006 in arcCA 06.1, “Imbedded Knowledge”]

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Number of construction drawing sheets for Mies’s Crown Hall at IIT: 11

Number of drawing sheets in the bid set for a California K-6 elementary school:
In 1985… …

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[Originally published 2nd quarter 2006 in arcCA 06.2, “L.A.”]

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I love Los Angeles. I love Hollywood. They’re beautiful. Everybody’s plastic, but I love plastic. I want to be plastic. — Andy Warhol

L.A.’s Shape
The most Interesting …

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[Originally published 3rd quarter 2006 in arcCA 06.3, “Preserving Modernism.”]

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8 pioneering modern California architects not named Schindler
Northern California
Beverley David Thorne
Rowan Maiden
Albert Henry Hill
Don R. Knorr
Southern California
Bill Cody
E. Stewart Williams…

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[Originally published 4th quarter 2006 in arcCA 06.4, “The UCs.”]

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New (ground-up) LEED certified buildings on UC campuses (1)
UC Santa Barbara
Donald Bren School of Environmental Science & Management
Zimmer Gunsul Frasca
Platinum
www.usgbc.org

UC Buildings that

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[Originally published 1st quarter 2007 in arcCA 07.1, “Patronage.”]

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Synonyms for ‘Patron’
angel, backer, benefactor, benefactress, booster, champion, defender, encourager, fairy godmother, fan, financer, friend, front, grubstaker, guarantor, guardian, guide, head, helper, lady bountiful, leader, live one, …

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[Originally published 2nd quarter 2007 in arcCA 07.2, “Design Review.”]
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NIMBY acronyms
NIMTOO Not in my term of office
LULU’s Locally unaccepted land uses
NIABY Not in anybody’s backyard
NIMBL Not in my bottom line
NOPE Not …

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[Originally published 3rd Quarter 2007, in arcCA 07.3, “Comparing Awards.”]

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California firms awarded the AIA Firm Award since it was first presented in 1962.
1960s      Wurster, Bernardi & Emmons (’65); Jones & Emmons (’69)
1970s      Ernest J. …

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[Originally published 4th quarter 2007 in arcCA 07.4, “preFABiana.”]

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Visit Your local Architecture School’s library to look at These Three Out of Print ‘PreFab’ Books
Wachsmann, The Turning Point of Building: Structure and Design, Reinhold Publishing, 1961…

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