by Emily Nemens
In this issue:
·Solar Decathlon Relocates Back to the National Mall
Solar Decathlon Relocates Back to the National Mall
In recent months, e-Oculus has featured reports on an announcement made by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to relocate the Solar Decathlon from the National Mall (See “Solar Decathlon Update,” in Around the AIA + Center for Architecture, 02.09.11, and “U.S. Department of Energy Sends Crushing Message to Architecture Students,” in the Editor’s Soapbox, 01.25.11). AIA Chapters from all over the country, students, professors, professionals, and elected officials (including New York Senators Kirsten Gillibrand and Charles E. Schumer) lobbied against the move, the DOE rescinded its announcement and has revealed that the Solar Decathlon will be sited on the Mall. DOE Officials were concerned that the competition would interfere with a planned $600 million Mall renovation. However, the site has shifted from the former, central location to West Potomac Park, beyond the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial, near the new Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial. The Decathlon will be held 09.22-10.02.11.
eCalendar includes an interactive listing of architectural events around NYC. Click the link to go to to eCalendar on the Web.