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Philips unveils innovative lighting system at Clemson University

In the first installation of it's kind on a college campus, Philips has unveiled a large-scale lighting project that leverages a Power over Ethernet (PoE) system combined with LED lighting to improve energy efficiency. The system, installed on Clemson University's South Carolina campus, will deliver up to 70 percent in energy savings. According to Philips, "the customized system will provide flexible work spaces that encourage collaboration between faculty and students, [and] optimize space management in the facility." The Watt Family Innovation Center gathers "historical and real-time anonymous data from each lighting fixture to determine when a room is being used." Essentially the lighting is self-monitored, and uses motion-sensors to determine how much activity is happening in a room, and light the space accordingly. Additionally, the system can be controlled entirely from a single software console and allows for remote access via any authorized smartphone or tablet. Additionally, the center also features "the largest media facade installation in the U.S. using Philips iColor Flex LMX gen2, flexible strands of large high-intensity LED nodes with intelligent color light," according to Philips, which can be used to display student news, and large graphics to display school spirit. The installation includes more than 45,000 individually controllable light points.
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Following lawsuit, Clemson University backs down on plans for a new architecture center in Charleston

For the second time in a decade, Clemson University has scrapped plans for a modern architecture center in Charleston’s historic district. Confronted with a lawsuit by neighborhoods and preservation groups, who objected to the addition of the glitzy, $10 million metal-and-glass building on George and Meeting streets, the university is seeking to lease temporary space in downtown Charleston. The approval process for the architecture center has seesawed since 2012, when residents decried the building as aesthetically unfit to rub shoulders with the stately George Street headquarters of Spoleto Festival USA. Arguably, the historic district is already a hodgepodge of stylistic eras—from Georgian to Federal to Greek Revival to Victorian The architecture center's leased location has yet to be determined, but it will house the university’s locally-based architecture and historic preservation programs. Clemson’s Board of Trustees recently approved the plans for a temporary home to “better meet existing needs, anticipate planned growth and ensure that students in Charleston work in labs, studios and workshops that reflect contemporary standards of professional practice, a larger, more functional facility is required,” Clemson said. Currently, the historic preservation master’s degree program, which Clemson administers with the College of Charleston, and the Clemson Architecture Center are spread over three locations. According to the university, the interim leased space will be large enough to accommodate growth from a proposed new master’s degree program and the expansion of the specialized healthcare design track. The initially proposed architecture center (to be named the Spaulding Paolozzi Center) by nationally known architect Brad Cloepfil of Oregon-based Allied Works Architecture garnered some supporters at the 2012 Board of Architectural Review Meeting–including the director of preservation and museums at the Historic Charleston Foundation. But local residents showed the most antipathy during the public comments section of the meeting. Sculptor John Michel, offered perhaps the most outspoken take: “Why in the world do a bunch of Martians want to invade this city and put up a trap that looks like something that Walmart would build?”
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Clemson Architecture Celebrates 100 Years of Critical Regionalism with Symposium

On Friday, October 18th, an important symposium took place commemorating the Centennial Celebration of Clemson University School of Architecture. Located in Clemson, South Carolina, an idyllic college town halfway between Atlanta and Charlotte, and serving as the only School of Architecture in the state, the leadership of the school has historically created a curriculum that balances service to its home state and connections to the wider world. In fact, the “Fluid Campus” has become a hallmark of the institution with almost all of the students, undergraduate and graduate, spending at least one semester at one of three urban satellite campuses: Genoa, Italy; Barcelona, Spain; and Charleston, South Carolina. "Southern Roots + Global Reach," a year of events commemorating this spirit, culminated with the Centennial Symposium: "The Architecture of Regionalism in the age of Globalism." Organized by Director of Graduate Studies, Peter Laurence, with the support of Kate Schwennsen, former AIA president and chair of the School of Architecture, the event sought to deepen our definition of critical regionalism in an era of expanded global diversity. Over 400 attendees gathered to participate in a day of lectures and round table discussions featuring distinguished Southeast-based practitioner/educators Marlon Blackwell (Fayetteville, AK), Merill Elam (Atlanta), and Frank Harmon (Raleigh, NC). The keynote address was given by architectural historian-theorists Alexander Tzonis and Liane Lefaivre, who coined the term “critical regionalism,” defined as an architecture rooted in the modern tradition, but tied to geographical and cultural context. Highlights of the day included the round-table discussion, which included exciting debate about Southern architects working in a global marketplace, which was prompted by Lefaivre’s question to the architects about how they approach and define critical regionalism in their practice. Ultimately, the theme of the day exquisitely utilized the backdrop of the actual buildings of the school: Lee I, Lee II, and Lee III. All were designed to support a pedagogy that promotes design excellence, design innovation, and design activism. The original school was designed by regionalist architect and former dean, Harlan McClure, who brought a nuanced modernism to the school in the 1950s, a seminal period of regionalist architecture in the South. The most recent 2013 AIA Honor Award-winning addition, designed by Thomas Phifer, a native South Carolinian and Clemson graduate, maintains this dynamic spirit. The symposium confirmed the valuable tension between the universal and the regional as an approach to architectural process and design, and as a lineage of the modernist era, is perfectly embodied in the curriculum, conversations, and the architecture itself at Clemson University. The symposium reinforced the importance of the role of an institution that promotes regional identity in the context of globalized forces, as a means to protect natural and cultural diversity, and to promote "local and global understandings of firmness, commodity, and delight."