National Architecture Week was created to encourage a public dialogue about architecture and to increase attention to the role architects play as a force for positive change in communities. Engaging both the architecture profession and the public, National Architecture Week will take place virtually on the American Institute of Architects Architecture Week 2010 Facebook fan page. Each day during architecture week a different discussion topic will be posted to the fan page. Discussion topics will include sustainability/environment, design, economy, education, housing, transportation and health careall designed to illustrate how design shapes everyone’s lives. These discussions will be supplemented with the AIA National’s first ever chat on Twitter. April 11, 2010 National Architecture Week will kick off with the release of a video presentation by the 2010 AIA president, George Miller, FAIA, which will be posted to the Architecture Week 2010 Facebook fan page. April 12, 2010 The AIA Facebook page will host a discussion on the reach of design and delve into a design-related question that is generated by a panel of topical experts. April 13, 2010 New videos will be posted to the Shape of America site. The new video posting will generate a discussion on the AIA Facebook page. Videos will include a profile of past AIA Committee on the Environment (COTE) Top Ten Green building award recipients. April 14, 2010 Given the large number of followers AIA National has on Twitter there will be a 60-minute Twitter chat focusing on the theme, Design Matters, featuring about four to six thought-provoking questions. A web page will be posted and linked to alert participants how to follow and participate in the chat. April 15, 2010 Another new video will be posted to the Shape of America site while a link to the video will be posted on the Facebook page. Architecture Week participants will be encouraged to view the new video and then share their thoughts and commentary about the video on the Facebook page. April 16, 2010 Another thought-provoking narrative/question from a panel of topical experts will be posted to the Facebook page to engage participants. Pertinent links will be shared as background for the participants. April 17, 2010 The week-long initiative ends with a virtual town meeting to discuss the future of communities and how design affects local communities. The model for the town meeting will be based on the town meeting taking place in April in Columbus, Ind., where George Miller, FAIA, will appear. The town meeting will serve to underscore the week’s discussions and encourage users to continue the dialogue throughout the year.
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