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AIA’s National Architecture Week features Twitter chat

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 their communities.

Engaging both the architecture profession and the public, National Architecture Week (11 April -17 April) 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 care—all designed to illustrate how design shapes everyone’s lives. These discussions will be supplemented with the AIA National’s first-ever chat on 14 April.

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 alerting participants how to follow and participate in the chat. More information can be found here.

The weeklong 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.

The AIA Facebook fan page will be used to provide a broad range of knowledge resources from the National component. For Facebook account holders, go to the homepage and type “Architecture Week 2010” in the “search” box. That will take you to the site hosted by the AIA. Once there, view the resources, add resources of your own, and participate in the conversation. To join Facebook, use a search engine to find Facebook, then sign up for a free account.

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