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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

FDNY Union Head Pushes for Zadroga Act Extension for Ground Zero Responders-Newsday

Latest deaths of Ground Zero responders shows need for Zadroga Act extension, FDNY union head says

Retired New York City Fire Dept. member Daniel

Retired New York City Fire Dept. member Daniel Heglund was one of three retired FDNY firefighters who died on the same day, Monday, Sept. 23, 2014, from cancer contracted at Ground Zero. The other two who died Monday are retired Lt. Howard (Howie) Bischoff and retired firefighter Robert Leaver. (Credit: FDNY)
The deaths of four Ground Zero first responders from cancer and leukemia in recent days underscore the need for Congress to extend medical benefits for those who worked on the pile and later got sick, the head of an FDNY firefighters union said Thursday.

"We were domestic soldiers on that day when America was brought to its knees," said James Lemonda, president of the Uniformed Fire Officers Association Local 854 at a news conference in Manhattan to update the list of firefighters who have died or become ill since the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.

Lemonda vowed to push Washington, D.C., legislators to extend the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act beyond its expiration date in 2016. The act provides medical treatment and health insurance coverage to first responders who cleared debris and searched for victims at Ground Zero amid toxic dust and fumes from the smoldering rubble.

"We will be asking elected officials in Washington to put aside their bipartisan politics and remember those who helped America on that day," Lemonda said.

Since the attacks, 92 members of the firefighter association have died and 875 have been diagnosed with 9/11-linked illnesses, union officials said. Of those diagnosed, 80 members' illnesses are at the critical stage and 177 are in remission, they said. Another 280 members are in the early stages of their illnesses and 25 are being tested to confirm whether their work at the World Trade Center is linked to them getting sick, according the union leaders.

On Saturday, retired FDNY Lt. John Gremse of Long Beach was buried after losing his battle with colon cancer. Gremse, who grew up in Valley Stream, was 64.

"His prognosis was good, but in May the cancer spread to his mouth and liver," said his longtime friend Deputy Chief Paul Ferro of Division 13 in Queens.

Ferro described Gremse as "as an avid softball player, swimmer and surfer."

Two days later, three FDNY firefighters died. Esophageal cancer took the life of retired firefighter Daniel Heglund, 58, of Rocky Point, according to union officials. He was a member of Rescue 4 Ladder 33 in Woodside, Queens.

Firefighter Robert E. Leaver, 56, of Engine Company 202 in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, died of leukemia Monday. Retired Lt. Howard Bischoff, 58, of Ladder 149 in Brooklyn died of colon cancer.
Lemonda said the deaths have shaken association members "concerned as to what is going to happen to them in the future."

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Hotel Golden Holiday in Nha Trang / Trinh Viet A Architects

© Hiroyuki Oki
Architects: Trinh Viet A Architects
Location: Nha Trang, Khanh Hoa Province, Vietnam
Architect In Charge: Trinh Viet A, Naoya Sakamaki, Le Hoai Phuong
Area: 2000.0 sqm
Photographs: Hiroyuki Oki

House in Atsugi / Naoya Kawabe Architect & Associates

© Takumi Ota
Architects: Naoya Kawabe Architect & Associates
Location: , Kanagawa,
Area: 110.0 sqm
Year: 2008
Photographs: Takumi Ota

“Briefly”: a Documentary About Design’s Least Significant Piece of Paper

<a href=""></a> When we evaluate the work of architects and other designers, we often treat it as if the design was created in a vacuum. It’s easy to forget that the vast majority of designs emerge from a collaboration between the designer and their client, and when it comes to the design’s success the input of the client can often be as important as the work of the designer. This creative relationship can be a difficult one to navigate, yet it is usually held together by a single document: the brief.
Released today, this half-hour documentary by director Tom Bassett entitled Briefly takes a long hard look at the brief, with architects Frank Gehry and David Rockwell, industrial designer Yves Béhar, illustrator and author Maira Kalman, marketing executive John C Jay and creative executive John Boiler all pitching in their experience with creative briefs, and recounting stories where, for better or for worse, the brief had a major effect on their work.
More on the documentary after the break

Bow House / Edwards Moore

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Architects: Edwards Moore
Location: Richmond VIC,
Year: 2014
Photographs: Fraser Marsden
Los Angeles, California. Image © Wikimedia Commons / Pintaric

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Locales Roca / BBC Arquitectos + Sol Loustaunau

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Architects: BBC Arquitectos, Sol Loustaunau
Location: Tucumán 668, , Río Negro Province, Argentina
Area: 600.0 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Manuel Ciarlotti

Finalists for 2014 Buckminster Fuller Challenge Announced

Makoko/Iwaya Waterfront Restoration Plan. Image Courtesy of BFI
Seven humanitarian initiatives have been nominated for “Socially-Responsible ’s Highest Award,” the 2014 Buckminster Fuller Challenge. Presented by the Buckminster Fuller Institute, the $100,000 prize is awarded each year to scientists, students, designers, architects, activists, entrepreneurs, artists and planners from all over the world using innovative solutions to solve some of humanity’s most pressing problems.
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New Practices New York: Upcoming Firms in the Big Apple

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In Progress: Pomona College Studio Art Hall / wHY

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Architects: wHY
Location: , CA, USA
Area: 35000.0 ft2
Year: 2014
Photographs: Jeremy Bittermann, Benny Chan

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Constellations Bar / H. Miller Bro

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Architects: H. Miller Bro
Location: 37-39 Greenland Street, , Merseyside L1 0BS,
Architects In Charge: Hugh Miller Furniture, Howard Miller Design Ltd.
Year: 2014
Photographs: Courtesy of H. Miller Bros.

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Architects: Cristina Xavier Arquitetura
Location: – São Paulo,
Design Team: Henrique Fina, Lucia Hashizume, João Xavier
Area: 1250.0 sqm
Year: 2010
Photographs: Daniel Ducci, Joao Xavier, Courtesy of Cristina Xavier – Photos of work, ITA – Prototype photos
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Online Master Class: Real Estate in the Corporation – More than just an Expense

Online Master Class
Real Estate in the Corporation – More than just an Expense
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Speaker: Sharon Liebowitz, VP of Global Real Estate, JPMorgan Chase
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Brought to you by: IE School of Architecture & Design
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Interactive Infographic: How Much do Architecture Graduates Earn?

The median total lifetime earnings of architecture graduates (highlighted red) compared to all other majors (excluding with graduate degrees). Image Courtesy of the Hamilton Project at The Brookings Institution
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Read on after the break for analysis of what the  tell us
Courtesy of RIBA

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Oct Design Museum (Shenzhen) / Studio Pei-Zhu. Image Courtesy of Studio Pei-Zhu

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Single-family house in Curile / 3biro

© Miran Kambič
Architects: 3biro
Location: 8330 Čurile,
Area: 245.0 sqm
Year: 2010
Photographs: Miran Kambič