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Around Aspen: Murray Gell-Mann and more

Mary Eshbaugh Hayes
Aspen Times Weekly

MEHMurray Gell-Mann and Cathy Brentvel.

Every summer the Santa Fe Institute holds a Garden Party on the lawn of Jerry and Gina Murdoch’s Victorian home in the West End (the former home of Murray Gell-Mann). The party was co-hosted by Ann and William Nitze and Gina and Jerry Murdoch and Murray Gell-Mann. The Institute was founded 27 years ago by Gell-Mann and David Pines and concentrates on transdisciplinary science. Giving a talk at the event was David Krakauer, chair of faculty and a professor. He spoke on “Two Cultures: The Evolution of the Novel.” Sadly, a rainstorm of huge proportions interrupted the gathering and everyone ran for shelter.

Early in the fall, the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Colorado West held its 2011 Gala at the Viceroy Hotel in Snowmass Village with the presentation of Design Awards by Miguel Rivera, AIA of Miro Rivera Architects who was chair of the AIA Colorado West Jury. Presiding at the 2011 gala was Aspenite Heidi Hoffmann, AIA, who is president of AIA Colorado West.

Charles Cunniffe and his architectural firm received two awards. Cunniffe was recongnized with the Community Service by an Architect Award for community service. The firm works on several pro-bono projects each year, including recent work with Theatre Aspen, the Rocky Mountain Institute, CMC, Challenge Aspen and the Childhelp River Bridge Center. The Architectural firm was also awarded a People’s Choice Award for the Fullerton residence. This project has earned acclaim for its reablilitation of a 1980s design on a restrictve site. This is the 5th award this project has received.

Studio B Architects was named Firm of the Year for the Western Chapter of AIA Colorado. The firm also received a Citation Design Award for the Aspen Valley Fire Department and Museum. It garnered Merit design awards for the Wrap House and the Edge House, both in Aspen. Photographer-writer Mary Eshbaugh Hayes was given an award for her contribution to the Built Enviornment by a non-architect. Her photographs of early and present-day Aspen architecture are used often by architects.

The ski towns of Snowmass and Aspen ranked No. 13 and No. 20 respectively in Forbes magazine’s list of the 500 most-expensive ZIP codes in the United States.

Undercurrent … It always snows on Halloween!