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LONDON (Reuters) – Police arrested a man carrying a knife on Monday as he tried to gain entry to Buckingham Palace, the London residence of The Queen, just a month after another security incident at the central London building.
The 44-year-old man was searched then detained on suspicion of trespassing on a protected site and possessing an offensive weapon, a police spokesman said. The man remains in custody at a London police station.
A spokesman for Buckingham Palace said the queen was not in the building at the time and declined to comment further, saying it was a matter for the police.
The palace is only open at limited times to public visitors and police said the man tried to enter via the north centre gate, the site’s busiest entrance for staff and deliveries, shortly before noon. No one was injured in the incident.
It comes a month after police arrested two men over a break-in at the palace, in one of the most serious security breaches there in around 30 years.
One man was found inside the palace and was arrested for burglary, trespass and criminal damage and a second was arrested outside on suspicion of conspiracy to commit burglary. Both were bailed and are due back before police this week.
Two days later, Queen Elizabeth’s son, Prince Andrew, was confronted by armed police in the gardens of the palace and asked to verify his identity. Police later apologised for failing to recognise the prince.
One of the biggest security breaches at Buckingham Palace happened in 1982 when an intruder, Michael Fagan, climbed a wall and wandered into a room where the queen was in bed.
(Reporting by Belinda Goldsmith; editing by Gareth Jones and Tom Pfeiffer)
Though Frank Lloyd Wright famously called architecture “the mother art,” it might be the one that’s been least welcoming to women. When Wright apprentice Eleanor K. Pettersen received a Certificate in Architecture from the American Institute of Architects in 1941, she was a rarity. And nearly two decades later, little had changed. In 1958, women made up only 1 percent of the AIA’s registered architects, and by 1988, only 4 percent.
But they’ve come a long way in the past 25 years, now comprising nearly a quarter of the AIA-recognized architects. Before women even had the right to vote in the U.S., though, they were already making an impact in architecture, despite being mostly unrecognized. At the turn of the 20th century, architect and radical feminist Alice Constance Austin was planning utopian socialist communities with “kitchenless” designs intended to reduce the domestic workload of women. At the other end of the social spectrum, Julia Morgan spent most of the first half of that century designing and overseeing the construction of one of the most magnificent private homes in America, the Hearst Castle (its Neptune Pool is pictured above) in San Simeon, Calif.
Along with their growing numbers, some see more acceptance of women in the past few decades. “I constantly had to be on guard with contractors (and to a much less extent — clients) to make sure they took my office seriously and implemented all my directions,” New York City residential architect Julie Kalberer told AOL Real Estate.
“As I have been in the business now for 28 years, and have raised a family in the meantime, these problems no longer exist for me,” Kalberer, the co-owner of Turino Kalberer Architects, added. “Part of that is the confidence and credibility that long-term experience gives, and part of it is also the fact that the older contractors who were more typically in business when I was younger are now retired and have been replaced by a breed of contractors who have been brought up with educated, professional women.”
In honor of International Day of the Girl Child, AOL Real Estate spoke with several American women architects across the country — with an emphasis on those who design homes — to see what inspires them, as well as what still challenges them. Some argue that when it comes to designing homes, women architects might even have an edge over their male colleagues. But that doesn’t mean that girls aspiring to emulate them will necessarily have an easy time.
“Architecture is absolutely a male-dominated field,” warns one of them, who adds, “If you know how to stand up for yourself, stand your ground, and not be pushed around by anyone, you’ll do great.” See the slideshow below for examples of their work and more of their insights.
“Creating a home for a couple or family is an awesome responsibility,” says Susan Harris Welker of Harris Welker Architects in Austin, Texas. “You are participating with the clients in a design solution that will combine the client’s time, life savings and emotional needs into a vessel for living. We understand this responsibility and determine the needs and goals early in the process so that our design for the client is unique to them and allows their home to be a safe harbor for their lives.”
She says that many people today are looking for smaller, more efficient homes, like the 1,500-square-foot “Not So Big House” (pictured) that she designed for an East Austin client.
This home reflects the party-throwing style of the owner, a high-tech worker by day and a stage manager by night, while incorporating the client’s love of theater.
The guests arrive at the entrance of the home under the marquee (the covered porch), then enter a small vestibule to be received and shed their coats and other trappings (coat check area). A small niche in the foyer even mimics a ticket booth. Guests then pass through a double volume “lobby” with overlooking bridge and grand staircase to the seating area (living area).
SUSAN H. WELKER, WELKER ARCHITECTS
“What makes my designs really unique is that they are designed to take advantage of as many of the opportunities presented by the site as possible, while addressing the needs of the specific client,” says Kate Svoboda-Spanbock, owner of the small firm Los Angeles firm, Here Design and Architecture.
A two-term, past-president of the Association for Women in Architecture, she says, that in the 1960s it was nearly impossible for women to get a job in this field. “Now, there are thousands of women architects working in this country and about half of the students in architecture programs are women. You can open any architecture magazine and see the work of women being celebrated and built: Jeanne Gang, Elizabeth Diller, Julie Eizenberg, Kazuyo Sejima, Ming Fung, Billie Tsien, Zaha Hadid — there are more of us every day.”
She feels that “Anyone who has spent years responsible for cooking, cleaning and childcare tends to be more sensitive to the practical issues … storage, accessibility, line of sight, ease of cleaning.”
In a remodel of a home in Ventura, Calif., (pictured) Svoboda-Spanbock kept the existing space and fenestration, but opened it up to the adjacent living room.
KATE SVOBODA-SPANBOCK, HERE DESIGN AND ARCHITECTURE
“Becoming a professional allows women financial independence and control of their lives. In my case, it allowed me to start a practice with flexibility to raise children,” says the woman behind Patricia Motzkin Architecture in Berkeley, Calif.
“Residential architecture is a field where women in particular can build trust with clients and bring intuitive sensibilities to the design of clients domiciles.”
In today’s environment, there is more awareness of and concern for sustainability, she says.
“Clients are interested in light fixtures and appliances with better energy performance, and they’re more willing to consider energy saving mechanical systems too,” says Motzkin. “They also are willing to consider using finishes with recycled content, locally sourced and environmentally friendly. There is growing awareness of the importance of preserving our environment.”
A home (pictured) that Motzkin did in San Francisco’s Pacific Heights neighborhood weds the traditional style of that area to a modern European look, as seen in this living room with its rift-sawn-oak firebox surround.
PATRICIA MOTZKIN, PATRICIA MOTZKIN ARCHITECTURE
“I have found it both as a help and a challenge to be a female architect,” says Cindy A. Terry, president of Westwork Architects. However, she adds, “It’s rarely something I consciously think about until I’m in a meeting of 20 men and myself.
At the first design meeting, the owners of the residence pictured here came to the architect with a shoebox of artifacts taken from the site: a few stones, seed pods, flowers and grasses. They requested that the house feel as if it were part of the land.
“The setting was very important in the design of the home,” says Terry, whose firm is based in Albuquerque, New Mexico. “The home resembles a cliff formation that has slid down to the foothills. The owner wanted the colors and forms to speak to and evoke feelings of the site.
Colors were selected to resemble pieces from that box of artifacts that the owners collected, says Terry, who has been a registered architect for 25 years. The interiors are open and spacious. The public spaces and master bedroom open to the mountain range to the east and the city lights and views of Albuquerque to the west. The master also has a quiet and sequestered location, away from the secondary bedrooms and the more public areas of the home.
CINDY A. TERRY, WESTWORK ARCHITECTS
“About 15 years ago I was buying a new mattress,” says architect Judy Coutts of her namesake firm, Judy Coutts, AIA Architect, in Altoona, Pa. “The salesperson was a woman in her mid-50s. It was like buying a mattress from your mom — I would have bought anything from her, she was so trustworthy.
“A light bulb went off in my head, and I knew that my age would be an asset to my practice in the years ahead,” she says. “I am now that woman.
“Designing with me is probably like designing with your mom. One client did tell me that he hired me because he believed a woman was more likely to LISTEN to him and his ideas than a man would.
“Designing with a woman is less intimidating than designing with a man.”
Much of what Coutts says she designs involves renovations and additions. In the bathroom remodel pictured here for a prior addition in Underhill Farm, Pa., her goal was to make it more functional.
The concept for the master bathroom was to make the new addition look like it had been a porch and had simply been enclosed. A glass-enclosed shower was selected to keep the room as open as possible. The marble vanity island, with ceiling-mounted double-sided mirror, is one-of-a-kind.
“Two trends that we are seeing on projects currently in the design phase are for baby boomers wanting to accommodate grandchildren or cats,” says Jane Frederick, of Frederick + Frederick Architects in Beaufort, S.C. ”For grandchildren we are designing bunk rooms with four to six built-in bunk beds.
“The cat rooms are designed for ease of cleaning litter boxes. The cat rooms have cat doors and access to the litter box from outside or the garage.”
People love their pets, and the home in Bluffton, S.C., pictured here is one that Frederick designed to be dog-friendly.
A central outdoor space between two enclosed sections provides a naturally cooled outdoor space. The roof shades this space while the two structures funnel breezes — creating a comfortable and functional outdoor space appropriate to a hot, humid climates.
The owners have the ability to close their dog-trot space in the cold or air-condition it in extreme heat. Folding doors give them the opportunity to open and close the house to fit any weather situation.
JANE FREDERICK, FREDERICK + FREDERICK ARCHITECTS
“We are pushing to design energy efficient and healthy homes, but the way we build is changing,” says Valerie White of White Architects in Monroe, Conn. From wireless speakers to iPads, implementing current technologies can change with every project, she says.
However, when it comes to designing for women: ”They want millwork, built-ins and beautiful furnishings. Large televisions are not especially important.”
This yellow folk-Victorian poolhouse addition in Roxbury, Conn., was designed by White for Sex and the City author Candace Bushnell.
When it comes to female architects, she says “Women have the reputation of being more organized, better listeners and having reduced egos. While this may not always be true; I do try very hard to listen to the clients wishes and budgets.”
VALERIE WHITE, WHITE ARCHITECTS LLC
“Homeowners, both men and women are looking for flexible spaces … and for design that incorporates the possibility of “aging in place,” says architect Amy Alper, who has been licensed since 1991 and opened her own practice in 2005.
“An open plan with a strong connection to the outdoors, with a kitchen as the focal point of the home as well as the master suite on the main level, has been and remains the primary requests of my clients,” she says. An example of that is the flex space she designed for the residence pictured here in Healdsburg, Calif.
“As I started my career, there were only a handful of women architects in senior positions. In fact, I was the first woman to be hired in other than a secretarial or bookkeeping position at my first job out of graduate school.”
AMY ALPER, AMY A. ALPER ARCHITECT
Having her own firm in Moorestown, N.J., means Kimberly Bunn of Bunn Architecture has the opportunity to take on a lot of projects involving historic homes.
“[A] challenge has been and will continue to be merging today’s modern lives with the character/charm of the historic homes which often have smaller compartmentalized spaces,” she says.
For the historic home pictured here, she enlarged the family living space on the first floor to create an open plan that includes a living room, a children’s play area and a computer nook.
“Families are so busy today with school, sports, work, community involvement and more that they want ways to have the home be organized and versatile,” she says. ”Popular components of recent designs have been second-floor laundry rooms, mud-room spaces and home-office spaces for working from home.”
KIMBERLY BUNN, BUNN ARCHITECTURE
Verity Frizzell’s designs don’t have a signature style, because every project is different, says the sole owner of Point Pleasant, N.J.-based Feltz & Frizzell Architects LLC.
“Most of my recent work has been related to [Hurricane] Sandy rebuilding,” she says. “The biggest concern is that people want their homes built to last. They don’t want ever to go through that nightmare again. I have been designing for hurricane resistance for 18 years. Most of what that entails is never seen, except that the houses are higher off the ground. Elevators are becoming more standard for that reason.”
The summer home pictured here in Mantoloking, N.J., was designed for three families. As a result, the house required three master suites facing the water, each with a second
bedroom for the grandchildren and a private bath. Sweeping views of Barnegat Bay and the Mantoloking Bridge were the focal point of the first-floor living areas, both inside and out.
“I find many of my clients appreciate my attention to detail,” says Frizzell, “and how I can relate to their lives — being a woman, wife, and mother myself.”
VERITY L. FRIZZELL, FELTZ & FRIZZELL ARCHITECTS LLC
When it comes to female architects and designers, Janet Tebbenkamp of Tebbenkamp Associates in Chicago, says: “We have been educated to know all the practical, technological and aesthetic issues of home design; but, also care about all the minuscule details that the homeowner cares about such as lifestyle conveniences; health and safety for family; sufficient storage; accessories; and artwork/decorations that make their house a wonderful home.”
For this single-family residence in Chicago, Tebbenkamp created a contemporary style with a touch of traditional and modern. The kitchen is clean and sleek, so as to disappear into the background when viewed from the dining room.
“I’m inspired by Marion Mahoney Griffen, Julia Morgan and all the women architects in past that helped pave the path for today’s women architects — and presently inspired by Zaha Hadid on her works and how she pushes the envelope on her designs.” (Hadid is the designer behind the 2020 Olympic stadium and the first woman to ever win the Pritzker Architecture Prize, the field’s equivalent to the Nobel Prize.)
JANET TEBBENKAMP, TEBBENKAMP ASSOCIATES
Although the industry viewed women quite differently when Julie Kalberer first started in the business in 1985, “I would say the biggest advantage for me now is not so much about being female as it is about having the design knowledge that comes with the experience of raising a family,” she tells AOL Real Estate. ”The insight that that brings to our projects and how that informs our designs is invaluable to our clients and to the success of the final product.”
Pictured here is the combined dining room-living room-kitchen of a 3,000-square-foot residential retreat in the Catskills, designed by her New York-based firm, the Turino Kalberer Architects. “This all-purpose room is meant to accommodate many weekend guests in a room that fosters a convivial atmosphere,” says Kalberer, whose designs are influenced by the American Arts & Crafts movement.
JULIE KALBERER, TURINO KALBERER ARCHITECTS
“I’m not in this to design magazine-cover photos,” says architect Cinda Lester of the Downers Grove, Ill., based firm, 12/12 Architects. “I’m in this to design homes for people that they love to live in.”
As for trends: “There is a huge surge in designing for Aging-in-Place, and multi-generational living. So many clients want space for Grandma to move back in, separate but adjacent,” says Lester.
“We have done that in my own home, with an entirely accessible lower level, with walk-out spaces to the yard. Baby boomers, like my parents, don’t want stairs, need barrier-free showers, but still want to live as independently as possible while still being able to see their grandchildren after school. That’s the way American families used to be, and I really see a strong shift toward that kind of living again.”
I am also particularly lucky that many of the building officials in my village are women. … In a male-dominated world of contractors, inspectors and other architects, “the old girls’ network” is alive and well here.
“Girls need to be ready to be part of the the Ol’ Boys’ Network, because architecture is absolutely a male-dominated field,” she warns. “Not just in architecture school, and working as an architect, but with all the contractors, inspectors and other male-dominated professions, you’ll be dealing with during the design and construction of projects. If you know how to stand up for yourself, stand your ground, and not be pushed around by anyone, you’ll do great.”
CINDA LESTER, 12/12 ARCHITECTS
Chris Chu, who was an architect on “This Old House” in 2010, recently won a Historic Preservation award from Historic Newton — for a renovation that respects the architecture of a Queen Anne Victorian while creating spaces for modern living, both inside and outside.
The home (pictured here) was designed for a single mom with three children. “They were living in a house with a cramped kitchen that was dark and uninviting,” Chu told AOL Real Estate. “By adding on only 4 feet, I created a beautiful light-filled kitchen/breakfast area that has a window seat, a computer/homework station and breakfast bar with a deck outside that flows down to the backyard.
“The family basically lives in this space.”
“What makes my designs ‘unique,’ ” Chu says, “is that I create lines of sight throughout the house by strategically locating and sizing openings, doorway and windows so that you never feel you are in a dead-end space. I am especially attuned to creating a symbiotic relationship between the indoors and outdoors.
“My architectural designs extend into the site and grounds. How does one get into the house with groceries? Can you easily see and get to your children in the backyard? Yet I never design a bigger space than is required to achieve these goals. I do believe in the ‘not so big’ house.”
Chu says, ”I feel that as a woman, I really know how a house should function, being the mother of two, household manager, family event planner, chauffeur, cook, gardener, bill payer, IT person (by default), etc.”
CHRIS CHU, CHRIS CHU ARCHITECT
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WASHINGTON (AP) ? President Barack Obama says he’s a “huge Clint Eastwood fan,” even in the aftermath of the actor’s rambling “invisible Obama” monologue at the GOP convention.
Obama says in an interview with USA Today released Sunday the Academy Award-winning Eastwood is “a great actor, and an even better director.” But Obama was coy when asked if he was offended by the performance.
Eastwood talked with an imaginary Obama in an empty chair before Mitt Romney‘s speech at the GOP convention, saying the president has failed to deliver on his promises.
Obama says, quote, “if you’re easily offended, you should probably choose another profession.”
The president joked on Twitter after Eastwood’s appearance, tweeting that “this seat’s taken,” along with a photo of him in his chair at a Cabinet meeting.
Considering the increase in home invasion and burglary incidents today, it is surprising to know that many homeowners still don?t take steps to improve their property?s security. Surprising because by not improving their home?s security systems, they put their property, loved ones and their own safety at great risk. This is the reason why it is important to setup your home?s perimeter security system. If that is the case, then how can you go about setting it up? If you don?t know your property lines yet, you have to identify them first. Check the description of your property and verify the boundary lines by walking the length of your property and visually confirming where the boundaries are. You also need to draw a diagram of your property which you must show the security system provider later.
Setting a budget for this project is the next thing you need to do. Setting a budget helps you save time and effort identifying the specific perimeter security systems you can invest in. For instance, you can determine if you have enough budget to have a PSIM system installed in your security fence or if you need to consider more affordable solutions. After setting a budget, you need to identify the type of perimeter fence you want to put up. There are many different types of security fences you can consider installing in your home, the most popular being the classic chain link fence. Depending on your preference and most importantly, budget, you can choose simple chain link security fences or the palisade fence. Another important consideration will be the type of accessories you?ll install in these fences. The most common accessories installed in fences are motion detectors with lights.
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Logitech’s Ultimate Ears marque is unveiling a plethora of new products designed to keep you smothered in music from the moment you wake up. First up is a trio of speakers that push tunes from your smartphone, including a $180 WiFi-connected Smart Radio, a $250 Boombox and a $100 Mobile Boombox, the latter of which seems like it could take on Jawbone’s Jambox and win on price alone.
If you prefer strapping your tunes to your skull, the company’s got a lovely looking pair of $400 in-ear monitor-style earphones that are said to be the closest you’ll get to a professional set. Cans-wise, the range is topped by a $350 pair of Bluetooth-headphones that are built for the rigors of being tossed in your bag when you reach the office. If you’re worried about nursing your battery after a long day, the company thoughtfully bundled a cable in the set. If your wallet won’t stretch to those prices, lower-spec wired versions are available for $200 and $100, respectively.
For those of us who’ve found our sets die at the cable connections, the company’s smartly built all of theirs to be braided, detachable and each one has an in-line hands-free kit as standard. The range goes live in Europe in September, so we’ve got pictures, video and PR galore to whet your appetite in the meantime.
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Each week, the Construx editorial staff posts key articles regarding current or upcoming commercial, civil, industrial and institutional construction projects in the Mid-Atlantic region.
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This week in construction history:
On August 28, 1820 historic surveyor Andrew Ellicott passed away. Born in Bucks County, PA, Ellicott helped map many important U.S. locations. He is most famous for surveying the boundaries of the District of Columbia and completing (Peter) Charles L?Enfant?s work on the plan for Washington, D.C.