Society of Architectural Historians to Honor Architectural Excellence at Gala

Chicago, IL (PRWEB) September 24, 2015

The Society of Architectural Historians (SAH) will present four Awards for Architectural Excellence during its annual SAH Awards Gala on Saturday, November 9, 2015, at The Casino in Chicago. The awards will be bestowed on individuals and organizations in the categories of planning and sustainability, media, criticism and stewardship. Representing a unique coming together of architectural practice and academic study, the awards honor the contributions of those who shape and interpret our built environment. The theme of the gala is A Century of Progress: 19132013, recognizing the changes in the urban landscape over the past 100 years. The gala benefits SAH and supports its mission to promote the study, interpretation and conservation of the built environment worldwide.

The awards are as follows:


Honoring Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture for its innovative zero-energy skyscraper designs and publications on sustainability, including Toward Zero Carbon: The Chicago Central Area DeCarbonization Plan (2011).


Honoring Judith Paine McBrien, director of The Archimedia Workshop, for a lifetime of documentary and interpretive filmmaking, including her film, Make No Little Plans: Daniel Burnham and the American City.


Honoring Blair Kamin for his 21-year-role as the Pulitzer Prize-winning architecture critic at the Chicago Tribune. In addition to thousands of print and online columns, Kamin has written books including Terror and Wonder: Architecture in a Tumultuous Age (2010) and Why Architecture Matters: Lessons from Chicago (2003).


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Material ConneXion Receives Innovation Award from American Society of Interior Designers (ASID)

Chicago, IL (PRWEB) June 14, 2012

The American Society of Interior Designers has chosen global materials resource and innovation consultancy Material ConneXion for its annual Innovation Award. This prestigious award recognizes an individual or organization that has contributed a significant and innovative product, project or body of work relating to interior design. The ASID recognizes the work of Material ConneXion and its role as a leader in the research and presentation of new material innovations that advance the industry of design. The ASID is the countrys leading association for interior designers and has more than 30,000 members throughout the US and Canada. It is a community driven by a common love for design and committed to the belief that interior design, as a service to people, is a powerful, multi-faceted profession that can positively change lives. The Society strives to advance the interior design profession through education and advocacy and, in the process, demonstrate and celebrate the power of design.

Material ConneXion was founded fifteen years ago by George M. Beylerian who saw how critically important material innovation would be in the very near future. Today, Material ConneXion is a resource for thousands of designers around the world who are increasingly looking for sustainable materials to create their designs. With more than 6,500 innovative materials and processes in nine locations worldwide, as well as a state-of-the-art online database, theres a material solution for every idea. For Material ConneXion, innovation means offering designers and architects a very real solution by researching materials that are not only beautiful and useful but often have groundbreaking impacts on the environment, says Michele Caniato, President of Material ConneXion, speaking from Chicago while attending NeoCon where the announcement was made.

The ASID Innovation Award is just another example of the extraordinary breadth and scope of Material ConneXions unwavering determination towards making material innovation an element of everyday life, says Adam I. Sandow, CEO of Sandow Media, the parent company of Material ConneXion. Having worked side by side for many years with the ASID, Material ConneXion is incredibly honored to accept this award that for us, celebrates the power of material innovation to enhance the world in which we live and interact with on a daily basis. Our primary goal is to serve as a catalyst for design innovation. We do this by being a conduit for educating designers on whats happening in the world of materials across all disciplines and industries, said Michael LaGreca, VP Library of Material ConneXion, who accepted the award on Monday night on behalf of the company.

The ASID Award winners are being showcased at the ASID National Conference at NeoCon in Chicago, June 11 13, 2012. For more information please contact Susan Towers, VP Marketing and Communications at / (+1) 212-842-1509 or cell 917-405-6563 or Gabriella Vivaldi, Marketing and Communications Manager at gvivaldi(at)materialconnexion(dot)com / (+1) 212-842-1679

About Material ConneXion:

Material ConneXion (a Sandow company) is a global materials and innovation consultancy that helps companies create the products and services of tomorrow through smart materials and design thinking. Focused on delivering Innovation That Matters, Material ConneXion is the trusted advisor to Fortune 500s, and any forward-thinking company or government agency seeking a creative, competitive, or sustainable edge. With offices in New York, Milan, Cologne, Bangkok, Seoul, Daegu, Istanbul, Beijing and Shanghai, Material ConneXion’s international network of specialists provides a global, cross-industry perspective on materials, design, new product development, sustainability and innovation. Material ConneXion maintains the worlds largest subscription-based Materials Library with over 6,500 innovative materials and processesan indispensable asset to a wide audience of users. Its sister company, Culture + Commerce, represents the worlds leading designers, including Philippe Starck and Marcel Wanders, in licensing their groundbreaking new products. For more information, visit

About Sandow

Founded by Adam I. Sandow in 2002, Sandow ( is a leader in building multichannel, vertically integrated brands. The companys foundation is built on identifying underserved markets, creating indispensable resources, and building influential consumer and trade platforms across marketing, media, experiential and commerce. Sandows media platform includes the powerhouse print, digital and commerce properties under NewBeauty; Worth, the business and finance magazine for the ultra-affluent; Luxe Interiors + Design, the nations largest network of luxury design magazines; Interior Design, the iconic publication serving the interior design industry; Surface magazine, the American voice of the contemporary luxury design world; and the Furniture Today Group, recently included in B2B Magazines Media Power50. Sandows experiential/event platform includes Gen Art, the beloved organization that engages consumer audiences and aligns brands organically with emerging talent in film, fashion, music and art. Sandows marketing platform includes Material ConneXion, a global materials consultancy and library, Culture + Commerce, a strategic design consultancy that develops opportunities for global brands and international designers, and Wonder, a multi-disciplinary design and branding agency. Sandow has more than 400 employees nationwide, with offices in New York, Florida, Los Angeles and North Carolina.

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Urban Design Group Principal to Perform at Humane Society Benefit

Atlanta, GA (PRWEB) September 07, 2012

Prominent southern blues artist the Ken Rhyne Band will perform at the celebration marking the end of the Humane Society of Jackson Countys (HSJC) Ride Like the Animals event on Saturday, September 8, 2012.

Ride Like the Animals is the HSJCs inaugural pet festival, concert and motorcycle ride. It will be held from 1:00 pm 7:00 pm (rain or shine) at Crows Lake in Jefferson, GA. The event will also include pet demonstrations, pet services, a childrens area with inflatables, food, and a tailgate-themed beer garden.

The event is intended to raise funds and awareness for the creation of Jackson Countys first animal shelter. Currently, the HSJC operates through an all-foster home network. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Raise the Woof campaign, which was launched in early 2011.

Rhyne is an Atlanta-based Principal of Urban Design Group, which is currently providing pro bono architectural services for the planning and design of the future facility.

The staff and volunteers at HSJC are incredibly passionate about this vision, said Rhyne. Its a privilege to use my musical and design talents in support of their cause.

For more information about the event, please visit

The Jackson County Board of Commissioners voted unanimously in June 2012 to negotiate a long-term property lease with the HSJC, allowing the organization to construct a shelter on a 15-acre site owned by the county.

About the Ken Rhyne Band:

Rhyne is a talented blues singer and harmonica player and is regarded by many as one of the most accomplished blues rock/southern rock artists of our time. His album Caught You White Handed went to #1 across the Canadian charts upon release in 2008, followed by an “Album of the Year” nomination at the Native American Music Awards. Rhynes music may be heard on AirPlayDirect at

About Ken Rhyne, Allied AIA, AICAE, Principal, UDG:

Principal of Urban Design Group, Ken Rhyne is a noted interior designer and pivotal part of the firms leadership team. He is a member of the American Indian Council of Architects and Engineers (AICAE) and is an Allied Member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA). Rhyne has over 35 years of experience in conceptual architectural and interior design projects, including sustainable design, green architecture and the respectful infusion of Native American culture into his work.

Through his design, music and civic involvement, Rhyne has served as an advocate for Native American issues throughout his life. He is a Tuscarora Indian and a nationally-recognized designer with a talent for respectfully incorporating tribal culture into museums, cultural centers and other types of facilities. Rhyne is also a member of the Pfeiffer University Baseball Hall of Fame and was a minor league player for the Washington Senators and Texas Rangers.

About the Humane Society of Jackson County:

Established in 1998, the Humane Society of Jackson County was the vision of native Marjorie Butler, who worked with Bob and Sandy Wells to make her dream a reality. A low- and no-cost spay neuter program for low-income families was started in 2006, and in February of 2007, the group received its Department of Agriculture License and began rescuing and placing homeless animals. In 2008, volunteers launched a courtesy placement program to assist with animals requiring re-homing that the group could not accommodate, since it currently operates through an all-foster home network. In 2011, the organization launched its capital campaign to raise funds for the shelter and opened the ReTail Thrift Store, located in downtown Jefferson behind the Crawford W. Long Museum. HSJC is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit and donations are tax deductible. Community meetings are held the 2nd Tuesday of the 2nd month of each quarter at locations around the county. For more information, visit the web site at, call 706-367-1111 or e-mail hsjc1111(at)gmail(dot)com.

About Urban Design Group:

Urban Design Group offers architectural, interior design and urban master planning services to its worldwide clientele from studios in Atlanta, GA, and Dallas, TX. A market leader in the application and advancement of Building Information Modeling (BIM) technology, UDG’s personnel work on a wide range of projects from hospitality, resort, gaming design and Native American design projects to corporate, university facilities and urban mixed-use developments.

In the firm’s 38-year history, Urban Design Group has completed more than $ 6 Billion dollars in projects worldwide. The firm has received more than 80 design excellence awards and honors, 15 design competition awards and has been featured in hundreds of magazine articles, newspaper pieces and design resource books. For more information, please visit

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EcoClean Selects Austin Film Society as August 2012 PROPS Recipient

Austin, TX (PRWEB) August 02, 2012

EcoClean proudly announces its twelfth PROPS program partner, The Austin Film Society. Starting August 1st, and every Wednesday in August, 5% of all sales at EcoClean will be donated to AFS. Individuals can make a difference for the future of film in Austin by patronizing EcoClean any Wednesday this month.

EcoClean is an Austin dry cleaning alternative business committed to community involvement. PROPS is EcoCleans non-profit partner program designed to create positive change in the environment and social fabric of Austin. Each month they partner with a local organization that is making a difference in our community. The program has raised over $ 4,200 for local non-profits and organizations in the last eleven months.

The PROPS program not only recognizes the people and organizations making a difference in Austin, it also gives our customers the ability to contribute every week. We commit to giving the 5%, but its up to our customers and the community members who hear about the program to come in with their cleaning to make a difference and ultimately increase the donation you know, its a community effort, says EcoClean manager Kerstin Shoberg.

AUSTIN FILM SOCIETY — their tag line says it all: MAKE WATCH LOVE FILM. AFS is a non-profit organization that promotes the appreciation of film and supports creative media production. AFS achieves its mission by exhibiting rarely seen films, providing financial support to regional filmmakers, offering film education programs to youth and adults, and attracting creative media productions to Austin and other locations throughout Texas.

What began in 1985 as a small group of cinephiles getting together to watch and discuss independent under-distributed films has become a powerhouse of support for film and digital projects. They work with all budget levels and types of productions: feature film, television, commercials, music video, and digital video. Their credits include TRUE GRIT, GRINDHOUSE, FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS, THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE, SECONDHAND LIONS, THE LIFE OF DAVID GALE, PREDATORS, THE LYING GAME, MACHETE and MISS CONGENIALITY. They have also hosted photo shoots for Entertainment Weekly, Texas Monthly, and NBC Universal and hosted commercial productions for Bud Light, Nike, L’Oreal, and Hallmark.

The newly renovated Austin Studios, a twenty acre film production facility operated by the Austin Film Society, features five wireless stages, a state of the art digital infrastructure and 10,000 square feet of production office space.

The caliber of film production happening right here in Austin is truly something to be proud of and something that wouldnt be happening without the vision and drive of Austin Film Society. Since 1996 the Austin Film Society has awarded over $ 1 million in cash, goods and services to over 300 film and video projects.

More about EcoClean:

In February of this year, the EPA classified the chemical used in 70% of dry cleaning, Perc, as a likely human carcinogen. Perc is also the primary contaminant in over half of our countrys Superfund sites (hazardous waste sites on the EPAs National Priority List based on potential health impact). Despite its catastrophic environmental impact and health concerns, Perc continues to be the main chemical used in most dry cleaning.

EcoClean is an eco-friendly garment cleaner, and its professional wet cleaning is considered by the EPA to be the safest alternative to dry cleaning. We are here at the cutting edge of the dry-cleaning revolution, says Shoberg, there is absolutely no reason to keep using petroleum solvents to clean clothes. The risks are too high.

EcoClean professionally cleans clothing, household, and commercial items using their safe and sustainable process. Beyond providing a safe alternative to dry cleaning, EcoClean prides itself on high touch customer service, hand pressing of every garment, 24 hour turn around and free delivery to door or desk to over 400 Austin addresses and growing.

Established in 1996, EcoClean is a member of both the Austin Independent Business Association (AIBA) and Austin EcoNetwork. For more information visit and @ecocleanaustin. Or go old school and visit 2915 Guadalupe, Austin, TX 78705 or call: (512) 236-8645

Previous PROPS recipients include Austin Pets Alive, Sustainable Food Center, Project Transitions, Theatre Action Project, Hill Country Conservancy, SafePlace, Austin Lyric Opera, Save Our Springs (SOS) Alliance, The Colorado River Foundation, and Keep Austin Beautiful (KAB), and KOOP Community Radio.

“We’re excited to partner with EcoClean, a wonderful local business that believes in supporting area nonprofits,” said Ann Welch, Director of Development for AFS. “We hope AFS members and EcoClean customers get to know more about the great work that both organizations are doing in our community.”

Austinites are encouraged to bring garments and household cleaning into EcoClean any Wednesday to ensure 5% of your bill will go to a deserving charity. In August, 5% of all Wednesday sales go to Austin Film Society. Future month PROPS partners will be announced over time.

American Society for Cybernetics 2012 Joint Conference with the Bateson Idea Group in Asilomar, CA

(PRWEB) July 01, 2012

The joint ASC/BiG conference, with its showing of Nora Bateson’s prize winning film about her father Gregory Bateson; the many plenary lectures by leading Batesonians and others; the experimental cybernetic performances that the ASC has a history of encouraging over the years; and the anticipated intense discussions and presentations of ground breaking research and thinking by many leading academics and practitioners will offer a selection of media-worthy activities with wide audience appeal. The full program of events can be found on the conference website:

The event will take place at the Asilomar Conference Grounds, amongst the stunning National Register of Historic Places-listed architecture of Julia Morgan’s conference buildings and in the adjacent state park and beach.

You are welcome to discuss your selection of activities with the conferences point of contact for media below in order to arrange for meetings or recordings.

For more information or to contact a participant, contact Tim Jachna, VP of ASC email: tjachna(at)hotmail(dot)com

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