John Portman: A Life of Building April 25 Section Meeting

AIA Asheville will screen the film John Portman: A Life of Building at its Wednesday, April 25 Section Meeting, 12noon, Trinity Episcopal Church, 60 Church Street, Downtown Asheville.  Reservations required; contact

Architect-developer John Portman, FAIA, almost single-handedly changed the hospitality typology. Documentary producer Ben Loeterman, in John Portman: A Life of Building, helps us look with fresh eyes at the architect’s work. Starting with Atlanta’s Hyatt Regency in 1967 (now part of the Atlanta Merchandise Mart), the 87-year-old founder of John Portman & Associates has designed countless hotels and convention centers around the country and the world, including the Bonaventure in Los Angeles, the Embarcadero Center in San Francisco, the Marriott Marquis in Atlanta and the Shanghai Centre. Although Portman has been criticized for designing introverted buildings that separate guests from their urban surroundings, commendation comes just as freely from critics such as Paul Goldberger and Herbert Muschamp, who famously described Portman’s better buildings as being like “architecture at happy hour.”

Box Lunch at LUX Lighting

Wednesday, April 11, 2011
12:00 am –  1:30 pm
Lux Lighting , Asheville NC

LUX Lighting will host a Box Lunch at their showroom by Carolina Controls.  Program details:AIA 1  HSW LU Learning Objectives: 1. Through examination of the LED industry, the participant will be able to describe the features and benefits of LEDs as a general illumination light source, and the applications where LEDs excel to ensure operational safety and occupant productivity.  2. Studying the components of an LED system will enable the participant to explain an LED luminaire and each component involved to ensure effective and safe operation.  3. By examining existing control types and standards, the participant will be able to identify the differences between power line, 3 wire and low voltage control.  4. Analysis of LED drivers will enable the participant to identify the differences between constant current and constant voltage drivers and which applications require which type of driver to ensure safe operation and expected performance. Click here if you would like to attend.