Archinect - News 2017-02-27T04:31:26-05:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/149993624/how-new-york-city-s-luxury-housing-tax-could-finance-affordable-units How New York City's luxury housing tax could finance affordable units Alexander Walter 2017-02-23T19:44:00-05:00 >2017-02-23T19:46:47-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/dd/dddho5o1gf223lzx.jpg" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>While President Trump talks repeatedly about fixing America&rsquo;s inner cities, it&rsquo;s a good bet that in the coming years, New York and other large metropolitan areas will need to be more self-reliant in solving pressing problems, especially low-income housing. [...] Fortunately, there&rsquo;s an already tested alternative: an annual luxury housing tax, levied on new high-end condos and rentals, which would feed a self-sustaining fund dedicated to develop truly affordable units.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/149993552/foster-partners-apple-spaceship-set-to-touch-down-and-open-up-in-april Foster + Partners' Apple "spaceship" set to touch down and open up in April Julia Ingalls 2017-02-23T12:57:00-05:00 >2017-02-23T13:21:42-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/8p/8p2sd1uky8j2tuwp.jpg" width="650" height="302" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>According to a <a href="http://www.apple.com/newsroom/2017/02/apple-park-opens-to-employees-in-april.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">press release from Apple</a>, it will take six months to move all 12,000 employees into the 175-acre campus, which will officially open for occupancy in April. In addition to the 2.8 million square foot, naturally ventilated Foster + Partners'-designed "spaceship" building, the campus features two miles of running and walking paths, and boasts a 17 megawatt solar energy rooftop installation (making it one of the largest in the world). Nothing about this place is small, or happenstance; the construction process was reportedly a clash between <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149991236/perfectionists-versus-contractors-the-details-of-building-the-apple-campus" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">perfectionist designers and slightly more impressionistic contractors</a>.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/6u/6u1e34belmbttcpg.jpg"></p><p>However, all's well that ends well: although Steve Jobs won't be able to see the completed campus, designer Apple's chief design officer Jony Ivy feels like things worked out.&nbsp;&ldquo;Steve invested so much of his energy creating and supporting vital, creative environments. We have approached the design, engineering and making of our new campus with the same enthusiasm and ...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149993373/architecture-billings-index-in-january-enters-2017-with-modest-decrease Architecture Billings Index in January enters 2017 with modest decrease Alexander Walter 2017-02-22T15:43:00-05:00 >2017-02-22T15:43:21-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/wn/wnwn5wtnfiyyxrtm.jpg" width="650" height="408" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Architecture Billings Index (ABI) dipped slightly into negative territory in January, after a very strong showing in December. [...] The American Institute of Architects (AIA) reported the January ABI score was 49.5, down from a score of 55.6 in the previous month. This score reflects a minor decrease in design services (any score above 50 indicates an increase in billings). The new projects inquiry index was 60.0, up from a reading of 57.6 the previous month.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>&ldquo;This small decrease in activity, taking into consideration strong readings in project inquiries and new design contracts, isn&rsquo;t exactly a cause for concern,&rdquo; said AIA Chief Economist, Kermit Baker, Hon. AIA, PhD. &ldquo;The fundamentals of a sound nonresidential design and construction market persist.&rdquo; &nbsp;</em></p><p><em>* Every January the AIA research department updates the seasonal factors used to calculate the ABI, resulting in a revision of recent ABI values.</em></p><p>The AIA reports these key ABI highlights for the month of January:</p><ul><li>Regional averages: South (54.2), Northeast (53.0), Midwest (52.4), West (48.8)</li><li>Sector index breakdown: institutional (54.6), commercial / industrial (53.4), mixed practice (48.1), multi-family residential (48.1)</li><li>Project inquiries index: 60.0</li><li>Design contracts index: 52.1</li></ul><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/vl/vlqk9hw2g94m4nca.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/xf/xfm06lbhrd296mfe.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/do/dok39trdaedti51e.jpg"></p><p><em>All graphs represent data from January 2016 - January 2017, images via aia.org.</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149993165/duvall-decker-architects-combine-greater-agency-and-public-outreach-to-benefit-mississippi-and-the-profession-at-large Duvall Decker Architects combine greater agency and public outreach to benefit Mississippi (and the profession at large) Julia Ingalls 2017-02-21T18:12:00-05:00 >2017-02-25T22:16:49-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/oh/oha4js2k8v0r3hw6.jpg" width="650" height="513" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Since they founded Duvall Decker nearly 20 years ago, the Deckers, as they&rsquo;re known, have focused mostly on neglected corners in and around Jackson, Mississippi&rsquo;s capital. To pay the bills, the two have redefined for themselves the ambit of a small architectural practice. They have become developers and even branched into building maintenance: a soup-to-nuts strategy that has allowed them more than just financial breathing room.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Helping impoverished Mississippi communities? Check. Making money while creating a business model that empowers you with the decision-making powers of developers? Check. Being notable and effective enough to earn your own profile in <em>The New York Times</em> by Michael Kimmelman? Done, done, and done for Duvall Decker Architects, which also was named one of <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149988668/the-emerging-voices-winners-for-2017" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">2017's Emerging Voices</a> by the Architectural League of New York. What's especially enheartening about this profile is how by virtue of increasing the quality of their own professional lives, the architects have also vastly increased the well-being of their community. &nbsp;</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149993080/only-90-for-frank-gehry-s-wisdom Only $90 for Frank Gehry's wisdom? Julia Ingalls 2017-02-21T13:32:00-05:00 >2017-02-24T09:28:38-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/62/62eqb6r31azw0bgw.jpg" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Don't tell grad students carting around six-figure debt, but those who wish to learn from one of the masters of architecture can now do so for $90. <a href="https://www.masterclass.com/fg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MasterClass</a>, a San Francisco-based educational video company, is now taking pre-orders for an online class taught by none other than Frank Gehry himself. Students can sign up for the class, which offers "video lessons from the instructor, interactive exercises,&nbsp;course materials, peer interaction, and more."&nbsp;Here's a trailer of what you'll likely learn as Frank winds his way through his model archive (and memories of nearly six decades of professional practice):</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149993075/aia-officially-states-it-is-pro-immigration-and-travel-positive AIA officially states it is pro-immigration and travel-positive Julia Ingalls 2017-02-21T12:43:00-05:00 >2017-02-23T20:15:40-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/tc/tcs3e6dwp11azvv1.jpg" width="650" height="488" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>What would America be without immigrants? More to the point, what would architecture be without the ability for those working within it to freely travel and collaborate with (much more affordable) talent from around the world? In recognition of these facts, the AIA has released an official statement that raises concerns about broad anti-immigration policies, and confirms the institute's dedication to reciprocal "free moment and association" around the globe. Here's the full text of the press release:</p><p><em>As discussion on immigration continues, the American Institute of Architects (AIA) today joins with many American businesses, industries and universities in calling for fair and impartial immigration policies, and in expressing deep concern about policies that restrict immigration from specific countries or regions based on overly broad factors, including religion.</em></p><p><em>&ldquo;Beyond the essential considerations of fairness and equity, restrictions targeting specific areas of the world can have prof...</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149991937/can-work-stress-be-reduced-with-adaptive-rooms-unstudio-is-looking-into-it Can work stress be reduced with adaptive rooms? UNStudio is looking into it Julia Ingalls 2017-02-14T14:08:00-05:00 >2017-02-20T01:07:39-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/1h/1hui8dzuy961w52u.jpg" width="650" height="394" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Part inhabitable mood ring, part psychological experiment, the exhibition "Work 3.0 &ndash; A Joyful Sense at Work"&nbsp;from <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/1138/unstudio" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">UNStudio</a> and SCAPE is an attempt to create spaces that make work stress more bearable by testing out adaptable environments in the form of a "fully immersive, modular structure."</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/60/605i2lq96w80t4bo.jpg"></p><p>This immersive structure, known as a RESET pod, will be on display at the iSalone deal Mobile in Milan from April 4th through 9th, and incorporates input from a neuroscientist, an ambient intelligence technology integrator, and a technologist/interaction designer. The feedback from visitors to the exhibition will help the designers determine what spaces do and don't work for office worker stress mitigation.&nbsp;</p><p>Here's the text of the full press release from UNStudio:&nbsp;</p><p><a href="http://cdn.archinect.net/uploads/k1/k1hjam1g2gpo230h.jpg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/k1/k1hjam1g2gpo230h.jpg"></a></p><p><strong>Can </strong><strong>a space</strong><strong> adapt to your stress levels? UNStudio and SCAPE join forces with a multidisciplinary team of experts to tackle stress in the workplace.</strong></p><p>UNStudio and SCAPE have joined forces with a multidisciplinary team of experts for the ex...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149991325/editor-s-picks-463 Editor's Picks #463 Nam Henderson 2017-02-10T14:50:00-05:00 >2017-02-10T14:50:19-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/tw/tw9z8p4ylep44v35.jpg" width="650" height="383" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>For the <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/149987675/small-studio-snapshots-milli-ns" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">latest</a> in the newish series, <a href="http://archinect.com/features/tag/845829/small-studio-snapshots" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Small Studio Snapshots</a>, <a href="http://archinect.com/nicholaskorody" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Nicholas Korod</a>y chatted with Los Angeles-based studio <a href="http://www.millionsarchitecture.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MILLI&Oslash;NS</a>. <a href="http://archinect.com/dtelmore" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Daniel Elmore</a>&nbsp;felt "<em>these guys sound legit in their intentions and I'm looking forward to seeing what they produce in the future...The rest of the article is uncommonly decipherable for architects</em>".</p><p><img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1200x/ma/magackflp4fnu9ri.jpg"></p><p>Plus, <a href="http://archinect.com/colombostefano" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Stefano Colombo</a>,&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/lucamarullo" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Luca Marullo</a>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/eugenio.cosentino" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Eugenio Cosentino</a> went "<em>Looking for a picture that represents something related to the internet&rsquo; and ending up thinking &ldquo;about the desert.</em>"&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/people/cover/5808858/max-headroom-f-aia" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Max Headroom, F.AIA</a> got excited "<em>the phrase 'last existing encrypted space&rsquo; is genius on many many levels. &nbsp;exciting work!</em>"</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/rd/rdimhrko8n97hkua.jpg"><br>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>News</strong><br>In an interview with NPR&rsquo;s MarketPlace Carl Bass, CEO of Autodesk, <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149988023/carl-bass-ceo-of-autodesk-on-why-computers-are-superior-to-human-designers" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">explained</a> how computers are superior (in some things) to human designers.&nbsp;<strong>JamesJoist</strong> got serious</p><p>"<em>Spoken like true transhumanist scum; I often think AutoCAD was one of the worst things to happen to architecture.&rdquo; As you might expect the overall reception was poor</em>."</p><p>Reacting to the <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149988324/get-lectured-carnegie-mellon-university-spring-17" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">all-female lineup f...</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149990851/brexit-lash-riba-announces-60-of-u-k-architects-have-seen-projects-delayed-cancelled Brexit-lash: RIBA announces 60% of U.K. architects have seen projects delayed/cancelled Julia Ingalls 2017-02-08T07:01:00-05:00 >2017-02-07T17:46:18-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/ra/rasyryy3e4p8cee8.jpg" width="650" height="406" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The effects of last summer's Brexit are starting to be measured within the architectural community, and they're dramatic: according to a press release issued by RIBA, in a survey of its members 40% of U.K.-based non British EU nationals are thinking about leaving the country, while 60% of RIBA's members have seen their projects delayed, cancelled, or just plain scaled back. The news isn't all grim: according to the survey, many members are trying to look on the bright side (or at least trying to identify the bright side). As RIBA notes:</p><p><em>From trade agreements with new markets, reform of the UK&rsquo;s public procurement system and increased public sector and private sector investment, our members have made it clear&nbsp;</em><em>that with the right decisions the short-term impacts of Brexit can be mitigated, and the UK can position itself as a global facing nation.&nbsp;In response to the concerns and opportunities raised by its chartered members, RIBA has today published a set of five priority recommendation...</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149989528/win-ppi-s-are-5-0-review-manual-book Win PPI's ARE 5.0 Review Manual Book Sponsor 2017-02-06T19:35:00-05:00 >2017-02-14T13:15:55-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/k8/k87qzz6r9nrx2ykw.jpg" width="650" height="445" border="0" title="" alt="" /><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/bz/bzf803f2k3jstrzv.jpg"><em><strong>This post is brought to you by <a href="http://ppi2pass.com/shop/are" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">PPI</a>.</strong></em>&nbsp;<p>PPI is proud to sponsor this week&rsquo;s Archinect giveaway. One lucky winner will walk away with an architecture dream bundle that includes:</p><ul><li>PPI&rsquo;s&nbsp;<strong><em>ARE 5.0 Review Manual Book</em></strong>&nbsp;written by David Kent Ballast, FAIA, CSI, NCIDQ-Cert. No. 9425, and Steven E. O Hara, PE ($250 value). Offers a comprehensive review of all six divisions of ARE 5.0 with hundreds of tables, figures, advice, tips, and strategies.</li><li>A LEGO set from the Architecture Collection,&nbsp;<strong>The White House</strong>&nbsp;(No Longer Available). With 560 pieces, this kit allows you to build a LEGO replica of the White House and includes a booklet with details on design and history. For ages 12+.</li><li>PPI&rsquo;s&nbsp;<strong>Stainless SteeI Water Bottle</strong>&nbsp;($24.95 value). Keeps fluids hot for up to 12 hours and cold for up to 24 hours.</li></ul><p>Opt into our newsletter and receive a 15% off promotion code valid through the end of February 2017. This offer is exclusive to Archinect and is only valid for residents of the United States.</p><p><strong>To enter the giveaway ...</strong></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149989459/aia-forecast-indicates-a-great-market-for-design-job-seekers-in-2017 AIA forecast indicates a great market for design job seekers in 2017 Julia Ingalls 2017-01-31T13:34:00-05:00 >2017-02-08T00:37:52-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/yw/ywthjj442emtork4.jpg" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Unemployed? Well, you shouldn't be: according to the AIA Consensus Construction Forecast, non-residential building projects are predicted to be strong throughout 2017, which means that design talent is currently in&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/jobs" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">high demand</a>. As AIA Chief Economist Kermit Baker explains in a press release, "virtually every segment of the design and construction market is reporting that recruiting and retaining qualified staff is a growing issue. Many workers left the industry during the downturn, and others left the workforce entirely, and rebuilding a competent and productive workforce is a challenge, particularly when the national unemployment rate is below five percent.&rdquo; (By the way: if you want tailored advice for how to get hired at specific firms, check out Archinect's series <a href="http://archinect.com/features/tag/802122/how-to-get-a-job-at-______" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"How To Get a Job At ___"</a>).</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/uploads/kr/krlihqr5wuaw6xs1.png"></p><p>View full press release:</p><p><strong>Washington, D.C. &ndash; January 31, 2017</strong>&nbsp;&ndash; With construction spending continuing on an upward trajectory, 2016 can be considered a successful year for the nonresidential bui...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149987146/architecture-billings-index-in-december-ends-year-with-sharp-uptick Architecture Billings Index in December ends year with sharp uptick Alexander Walter 2017-01-18T14:13:00-05:00 >2017-01-21T17:37:44-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/p7/p79mltb4xenwfpc5.jpg" width="650" height="400" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Architecture Billings Index (ABI) concluded the year in positive terrain, with the December reading capping off three straight months of growth in design billings. [...] (AIA) reported the December ABI score was 55.9, up sharply from 50.6 in the previous month. This score reflects the largest increase in design services in 2016 (any score above 50 indicates an increase in billings). The new projects inquiry index was 57.2, down from a reading of 59.5 the previous month.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>&ldquo;The sharp upturn in design activity as we wind down the year is certainly encouraging. This bodes well for the design and construction sector as we enter the new year&rdquo;,&rdquo; said AIA Chief Economist, Kermit Baker, Hon. AIA, PhD. &ldquo;However, December is an atypical month for interpreting trends, so the coming months will tell us a lot more about conditions that the industry is likely to see in 2017.&rdquo;</em></p><p>The AIA reports these key ABI highlights for the month of December:</p><ul><li>Regional averages: Midwest (54.4), Northeast (54.0), South (53.8), West (48.8) &nbsp;</li><li>Sector index breakdown: commercial / industrial (54.3), institutional (53.3), mixed practice (51.9), multi-family residential (50.6) &nbsp;</li><li>Project inquiries index: 57.2 &nbsp;</li><li>Design contracts index: 51.2</li></ul><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/xy/xyq1fsuqkgg5y58b.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/pn/pn37w3ur2b6oqdgp.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/sa/saz6qgpnkdjwvddl.jpg"></p><p><em>All graphs represent data from December 2015 - December 2016, images via aia.org.</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149987132/donald-trump-taps-two-of-the-richest-developers-to-oversee-infrastructure-plan Donald Trump taps two of the richest developers to oversee infrastructure plan Nicholas Korody 2017-01-18T12:43:00-05:00 >2017-01-27T20:44:00-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/9e/9ef1a3lmd21lj07j.jpg" width="650" height="440" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Donald Trump has chosen Richard LeFrak and Steve Roth, &ldquo;two of the wealthiest men in real estate&rdquo; according to <a href="http://www.forbes.com/sites/bisnow/2017/01/17/donald-trump-taps-richard-lefrak-steven-roth-to-lead-new-infrastructure-council/#3e0036e76f49" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Forbes</a>,&nbsp; to head a &ldquo;council of builders and engineers&rdquo;. This new council will be tasked with overseeing Trump&rsquo;s plan to invest $1 trillion in infrastructure. As Archinect previously <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/149975615/archinect-s-2016-us-presidential-election-guide-how-trump-and-clinton-stand-on-the-issues-architects-care-about-most" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">reported</a>, the Republican infrastructure plan relies heavily on private-public partnerships, so it&rsquo;s not really a surprise that developers will be involved. That being said, scant details have been provided on how Trump plans to shore up the nation&rsquo;s crumbling infrastructure.</p><p>Roth founded Vornado, one of the most prominent real estate trusts in New York and Washington. Tornado is merging with JBG Smith, which is one of the short-listed bidders for the development of a new FBI headquarters&mdash;a $2 billion contract. The LeFrak family has played a sizable role in developing New York, New Jersey, Los Angeles and Miami.</p><p>In the past, the president had little to do with real estate decisions. That will likel...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149987007/deborah-berke-designed-stylish-sustainable-tower-opens-in-indianapolis Deborah Berke-designed stylish, sustainable tower opens in Indianapolis Julia Ingalls 2017-01-17T17:13:00-05:00 >2017-01-20T11:09:05-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/jv/jv4o4euan7x7flud.jpg" width="650" height="727" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Nine glassed-in, metal-fin bearing stories make up the new Deborah Berke Partners-designed Cummins Indy Tower, which officially opens this month. With its "projections and inflections," the building simultaneously juts and struts through the metropolis, creating a slender and ecologically conscious corporate HQ.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/xg/xgqbe1tvenh6tg25.jpg"></p><p>Referring to Cummins' past collaborations with architects like Eero Saarinen and Kevin Roche, Deborah Berke notes that &ldquo;over the decades, Cummins has demonstrated a commitment to great design that benefits its employees, its customers, and the community. This building carries that legacy forward with an environmentally sustainable design that dignifies the work going on inside while enhancing the urban realm.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/93/9302jciuvy0oznl8.jpg"></p><p>The building&rsquo;s articulated facades and distinctive form serve a purpose&mdash;to create a comfortable, light-filled work environment for employees that adds to the vitality on Market Street. Adding some muscle to the great bones of downtown Indianapolis, the park is a public am...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149986796/karim-rashid-launches-design-development-firm-kurv-architecture Karim Rashid launches design-development firm, Kurv Architecture Alexander Walter 2017-01-16T17:44:00-05:00 >2017-01-17T14:36:33-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/eg/egb3irnsy62b7y9t.jpg" width="650" height="1005" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Never one to bore, Karim Rashid has announced that he&rsquo;s formed a new vertically-integrated firm that will incorporate architecture, investment, and development of new projects across New York City. Rashid has teamed up with his namesake firm&rsquo;s director of interior design, Alex Loyer Hughes, to form Kurv Architecture D.P.C. [...] Although there&rsquo;s overlap between Rashid&rsquo;s namesake firm and Kurv at the moment, Kurv will focus more on ground-up production rather than design alone.</p></em><br /><br /><p>"We are foremost,&nbsp;a design-development firm, specializing in the increased return of tangible added value&nbsp;through the implementation of unique award winning design," the mission statement on <a href="https://www.kurvarchitecture.com/about/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Kurv's website</a> reads.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/oy/oykes4rsvulrgbyv.jpg"></p><p>"The word design&nbsp;is used in the broadest sense to describe the full scope of the development process.&nbsp;Therefore, we work at all scales and stages of the process to ensure that increased value is returned as a result of our direct involvement."</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/xf/xf83mc93cfqnuspi.jpg"></p><p><em>Project images via&nbsp;kurvarchitecture.com.</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149986713/zaha-hadid-leaves-67-million-fortune-in-her-will Zaha Hadid leaves £67 million fortune in her will Justine Testado 2017-01-16T13:38:00-05:00 >2017-01-19T00:25:55-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/u1/u1wto18zo8aze178.jpg" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>[Hadid] bequeathed a lump sum of &pound;500,000 to her business partner Patrik Schumacher. Hadid also left a total of &pound;1.7m to four nieces and nephews, as well as her brother Haytham Hadid, whose share was &pound;500,000 [...] Her will, obtained by the Architects&rsquo; Journal, shows that the net value of her estate was &pound;67,249,458. The calculation was filed in the high court dated 14 December 2016 [...] The will shows Hadid is leaving her architecture practice, of which she was the sole owner, in trust.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/149985681/hyperloop-one-announces-35-semifinalists-in-17-countries-for-its-global-challenge Hyperloop One announces 35 semifinalists in 17 countries for its global challenge Julia Ingalls 2017-01-10T12:58:00-05:00 >2017-01-15T15:28:33-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/nt/ntjlwuy428zfvfu9.jpg" width="650" height="357" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Whether you envisioned Hyperloop One as an overhyped pneumatic tube or an inventive way to transport cargo and/or passengers, 35 teams from 17 countries around the world have just been announced as semifinalists in the contest to create working transit corridors for the technology. The 35 proposed routes are sited in countries including Argentina, Poland, Australia, India, the U.K. and the U.S. (the full list is below). Finalists will be announced in May after three global showcase events where each team has the chance to demonstrate how their proposal will economically benefit their region. The showcases will be held in New Delhi on February 28th, Washington D.C. on April 6th, and London on April 27th. Twenty of the proposals currently have governmental or other funding sources already lined up.&nbsp;</p><p>Corridors in&nbsp;the semifinalist round include:<br>AR Buenos Aires-Cordoba<br>AU Sydney-Melbourne<br>CA Ontario (cargo)<br>CA Toronto-Montreal<br>CA Vancouver (cargo)<br>CH Shanghai-Hangzhou<br>DE Autobahn<br>EE Tallin-Helsi...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149985442/more-than-half-of-architects-work-more-than-40-hours-a-week More than half of architects work more than 40 hours a week Nicholas Korody 2017-01-09T13:03:00-05:00 >2017-01-11T21:35:43-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/qk/qkh6myzzut0uafye.jpg" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In the first survey about the state of the American design industry, more than half of the 9,514 respondents reported working more than 40 hours a week, with the average logging in four extra hours over what&rsquo;s legally required of full-time workers in the US. Of the design industries surveyed, those working in design education, public relations, environmental graphics, and architecture logged the most overtime hours.</p></em><br /><br /><p>This probably doesn't come as a surprise to any practicing architects&mdash;working overtime, often well into the night, is common practice in the field. Moreover, this counts logged hours. But, as everyone knows, architects often work extra hours without billing for it, whether motivated by love of a project or hope for earning brownie points with the boss.</p><p>The good news? 80% of those surveyed said they were happy at their job.</p><p>More on the state of the profession:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/149938311/the-internship-test-or-why-even-become-an-architect-at-all" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The internship test or: why even become an architect at all?</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149978830/architecture-billings-index-in-october-improves-modestly-after-two-month-contraction" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architecture Billings Index in October improves modestly after two-month contraction</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149977564/is-your-architectural-firm-a-practice-or-business" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Is Your Architectural Firm a Practice or Business?</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/149970956/if-only-i-had-known-advice-for-prospective-architecture-students-from-former-students" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">If Only I Had Known: Advice for Prospective Architecture Students, from Former Students</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149985156/damien-hirst-cancels-his-ilfracombe-eco-town-plans Damien Hirst cancels his Ilfracombe eco-town plans Alexander Walter 2017-01-06T13:44:00-05:00 >2017-01-06T15:36:12-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/s7/s75ug5p3w6lwmoyi.jpg" width="620" height="413" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Isn&rsquo;t Ilfracombe already a town? Yes, but Hirst was deeply involved in the application process for an eco-friendly, 750-home development known as the Southern Extension. That&rsquo;s a terrible name for a town. Which is probably why the scheme was known as Hirst-on-Sea until recently. Until recently? Hirst, who lives nearby, has now withdrawn from the project. His company, Resign, says it could not find a developer to build houses &ldquo;in keeping with our vision&rdquo;.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Looks like Damien Hirst's plan to build 750 eco-friendly homes in the English seaside town of Ilfracombe isn't going to happen after all.&nbsp;</p><p>When we <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/38548368/artist-damien-hirst-s-eco-homes-vision-to-regenerate-town-is-unveiled" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">first reported</a> about the artist's town-development ambitions back in 2012, the announcement was greeted with skepticism from Archinect readers. Two years later, everything still seemed jolly fine with the North Devon Council <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/105555322/plans-approved-for-damien-hirst-s-village-on-the-british-coast" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">approving the plans</a>.</p><p>The endeavor even inspired the studio project "<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/124972074/visionary-cities-project-applies-urbanist-archetypes-to-damien-hirst-s-blank-development-site" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Visionary Cities Project</a>" at the University of Illinois at Chicago with students applying urbanist archetypes to Ilfracombe's blank development site.</p><p><em>The Guardian</em> reader Patrick Ryan <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/shortcuts/2017/jan/06/damien-hirst-eco-friendly-town-ilfracombe-devon#comment-90660781" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">praises Hirst</a> as a sensible businessman in the comment section and blames "Brexit dark clouds" over the UK's property market as a legitimate reason to pull the plug.</p><p>What's your take? Chime in below.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149984719/the-luxury-apartment-boom-is-about-to-come-to-a-screeching-halt The luxury apartment boom is about to come to a screeching halt Nicholas Korody 2017-01-04T13:13:00-05:00 >2017-01-09T16:53:17-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/kf/kfe83hmk4e1lxm6n.jpg" width="650" height="650" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>&nbsp;The Wall Street Journal <a href="http://www.wsj.com/articles/luxury-apartment-boom-looks-set-to-fizzle-in-2017-1483358401#livefyre-comment" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">reports</a> that the seven-year long boom in luxury apartment development is about to fizzle out. Since early 2010, U.S. apartment rents have risen more than 26%&mdash;a pace much faster than either inflation or income growth. This pattern began to slow last year, when rents rose just 3.8%. Faced with a superabundance of new apartments that outstrips demand, landlords are prepping to cut rents and offer concessions. According to the report, landlords in Los Angeles are starting to offer free parking while developers in New York are offering up to three months free rent.</p><p>A couple of years ago, several emerging demographic patterns led to a rush to build new luxury properties. Most notably, in the post-housing crash market, young, high-earning professionals were less likely to buy homes and instead headed back to the city. But the boom outpaced demand, and now major cities are chock-full of fancy digs with not enough wealthy folks to fill them.</p><p>More on the American housin...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149984532/aia-study-reveals-architects-want-material-manufacturers-to-step-up-their-digital-game AIA study reveals architects want material manufacturers to step up their digital game Julia Ingalls 2017-01-03T17:24:00-05:00 >2017-01-05T23:27:47-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/00/0071zbmpvl8da2ci.jpg" width="650" height="434" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>As any architect who has spent precious time trying to identify a chrome versus silver nickel plated kitchen faucet for a client can attest, outdated websites and their corresponding vague specifications from building products and materials manufacturers makes life unnecessarily tedious. This specifications fatigue has been backed up by a study conducted by the AIA, in which architects hope that in addition to digital upgrades, manufacturers will make it easier for them to earn continuing education credits while they toil away in search of specifics. Here are the five main conclusions from the AIA study, as quoted in a press release:</p><ul><li>Improved websites. Architects want product websites that are clear, concise, up-to-date, and easy to navigate. They also want easy access (no sign-up to view product information) and access to detailed information, including building information models and objects.</li><li>Focus on education. Architects are required to take continuing education courses in order t...</li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149984082/editor-s-picks-460 Editor's Picks #460 Nam Henderson 2016-12-29T13:46:00-05:00 >2016-12-30T13:48:58-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/8g/8gelghoacbc3q2hz.jpg" width="650" height="383" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>In response to Archinect&rsquo;s December theme, <a href="http://archinect.com/features/tag/848446/december-faith" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Faith</a>, Menis Arquitectos submitted a project of theirs from 2012, <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/149982857/menis-arquitectos-use-local-building-techniques-to-create-a-sharp-edged-sacred-space" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Holy Redeemer Church</a>. Sited in Tenerife, the Church has a heavy, <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/87928/brutalism" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Brutalist</a>-esque design and actually resulted in a new certified material (already in use for another project in Poland), "picado".&nbsp;</p><p>Meanwhile for the #48th edition of <strong>Screen/Print</strong>,&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/Julia_Ingalls" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Julia Ingalls</a> highlighted the fifth issue of <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/149982003/screen-print-48-lobby-investigates-faith-in-architecture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">LOBBY</a>, the Bartlett School of Architecture at University College London's publication. Which coincidentally, also was dedicated to the subject/topic of Faith.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/5m/5mglo3njxem5c8pm.jpg"></p><p><strong>News</strong></p><p><strong>gwharton</strong> editorialized "<em>Can we move all these events-listing articles out of News and into their own section on the site?</em>" <a href="http://archinect.com/everydayintern" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Everyday Intern</a> agrees "<em>the site already has a section for events, <a href="http://archinect.com/events" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">http://archinect.com/events</a> ... not sure why it needs to be posted as news.</em>" Yet, <strong>friend</strong> countered "<em>personally like them in the news. i often forget to visit the events section or don't have the time to sort through all the bustler events, so ge...</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149984030/how-a-mobile-home-community-created-a-co-op-and-bought-its-own-land How a mobile home community created a co-op and bought its own land Alexander Walter 2016-12-28T13:47:00-05:00 >2016-12-29T15:10:56-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/uk/ukskgi2d7h9i9d6n.jpg" width="650" height="216" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Park Plaza is a mobile home park, or what industry calls a manufactured housing community. Five years ago, the residents banded together, formed a nonprofit co-op and bought their entire neighborhood from the company that owned it. Today, these residents exert democratic control over almost 9 acres of prime suburbs, with 80 manufactured houses sited on them.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>"There are no precise figures, but the U.S. Census Bureau estimates there are more than 8 million manufactured houses across the country. Housing specialists say they're an important source of affordable housing."</em></p><p>Related stories in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149981644/5-housing-experts-offer-opinions-about-ben-carson-s-direction-as-hud-head" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">5 housing experts offer opinions about Ben Carson's direction as HUD head</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149983282/colorado-governor-proposes-building-affordable-housing-from-marijuana-tax-revenue-mainly-to-address-issues-from-marijuana-legalization" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Colorado governor proposes building affordable housing from marijuana tax revenue, mainly to address issues from marijuana legalization</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149974544/housing-must-be-considered-a-human-right-not-a-commodity" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Housing must be considered a human right, not a commodity</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149983967/with-trump-s-presidency-dawning-the-final-jane-jacobs-work-dark-age-ahead-wins-new-relevancy With Trump's Presidency dawning, the final Jane Jacobs work "Dark Age Ahead" wins new relevancy Alexander Walter 2016-12-27T18:12:00-05:00 >2017-01-02T16:51:36-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/19/196mk8k424d8bcv1.jpg" width="650" height="538" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>At a time when pundits and political scientists were celebrating the end of history, pointing to an emerging Democratic majority and extolling the virtues of a flat world of globalization, she ominously predicted a coming age of urban crisis, mass amnesia, and populist backlash in her final work, Dark Age Ahead. Eerily prescient as always, rereading the 2005 book today serves as a survivors&rsquo; guide to the Age of Trump.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>"Jacobs outlines an increasing distrust of politicians and politics, a burgeoning new urban crisis in cities, worsening environmental degradation, entrenched segregation, and an &ldquo;enlarging gulf between rich and poor along with attrition of the middle class&rdquo; as signals and symptoms of a coming Dark Age."</em></p><p>Related stories in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149943710/how-jane-jacobs-continues-to-be-an-influential-force-in-city-planning" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">How Jane Jacobs continues to be an influential force in city planning</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149982125/cities-should-be-very-wary-of-trump-s-plan-for-urban-renewal" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Cities should be very wary of Trump's 'Plan for Urban Renewal'</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149980007/president-elect-trump-offers-hud-post-to-ben-carson" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">President-elect Trump offers HUD post to Ben Carson</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149982611/opinion-city-life-is-out-of-sync-with-the-electoral-systems-that-led-to-trump-and-brexit" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Opinion: City life is 'out of sync' with the electoral systems that led to Trump and Brexit</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149983776/top-features-our-favorite-feature-articles-of-2016 Top Features: Our Favorite Feature Articles of 2016 Nicholas Korody 2016-12-26T10:00:00-05:00 >2016-12-27T16:44:38-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/4u/4uuomzuolctphz6b.jpg" width="650" height="383" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>These are the articles that made big waves in 2016 &ndash; not just in traffic, but in defining the discussions architects were having. From professional practice issues to academia to interviews and showcases, we present to you our favorite original editorial of the year:</p><p><img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1200x/ed/ed41n5842nlh7cy5.jpg"></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/149949024/one-student-s-solution-to-the-permanent-limbo-of-refugee-camps" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>One student's solution to the permanent limbo of refugee camps</em></a></p><p>There are more refugees in the world right now than since World War II&mdash;and the world is woefully unable to shelter them. This student imagines a refugee camp that would be both livable and high functioning.</p><p><img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1200x/yw/ywiaeuf3pp6efu35.jpg"></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/149970062/frank-gehry-liz-diller-rem-koolhaas-and-others-share-crucial-moments-in-their-education" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>Frank Gehry, Liz Diller, Rem Koolhaas and Others Share Crucial Moments in Their Education</em></a></p><p>Ever wonder how some of the biggest names in the industry&mdash;the 'starchitects'&mdash;got to where they are? Julia Ingalls gathers snippets of big name architects' memories of their halcyon (or not) years spent in the academy.</p><p><img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1200x/us/usai4p6sdtew1c7k.jpg"></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/149970956/if-only-i-had-known-advice-for-prospective-architecture-students-from-former-students" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>If Only I Had Known: Advice for Prospective Architecture Students, from Former Students</em></a></p><p>Architecture school is a costly enterprise. It's also really hard. So...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149983575/not-just-notmyaia-the-top-professional-practice-stories-of-2016 Not just #NotMyAIA: the top professional practice stories of 2016 Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-12-22T14:07:00-05:00 >2016-12-23T23:26:22-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/p4/p450dqbu9x2abd1i.jpg" width="650" height="383" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>From the nitty gritty of starting a business to the institutional upsets at the AIA, this year of professional practice issues took some big hits. The following stories showcase the work atmosphere for architects in the U.S. during 2016.</p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149980845/scott-frank-senior-director-of-media-relations-for-the-aia-resigns-following-the-aia-s-statement-of-support-for-president-elect-trump" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/g1/g1rx6d5na4sa55h5.jpg"></a></p><p><em><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149980845/scott-frank-senior-director-of-media-relations-for-the-aia-resigns-following-the-aia-s-statement-of-support-for-president-elect-trump" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Scott Frank, Senior Director of Media Relations for the AIA, resigns following the AIA's statement of support for President-elect Trump</a></em></p><p>Frank's resignation came after the AIA's controversial endorsement of president-elect Donald Trump caused an uproar within its membership, prompting the organization to issue multiple apologies. Allegedly Scott resigned due to&nbsp;the &ldquo;AIA&rsquo;s severe mishandling of the situation&rdquo; and &ldquo;total lack of accountability," when it made such a statement without member consultation and against his better judgment. The practical effects of the controversy and its fallout have yet to be fully understood, but it certainly fueled feelings of distrust and frustration for many members, prompting some to resign.</p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149975715/cheezburger-founder-ceo-joins-ycombinator-s-new-cities-project" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/iz/izyg1eod5epi4zjg.jpg"></a></p><p><em><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149975715/cheezburger-founder-ceo-joins-ycombinator-s-new-cities-project" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Cheezburger founder/CEO joins...</a></em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149983541/architecture-billings-index-in-november-reports-another-slight-increase Architecture Billings Index in November reports another slight increase Alexander Walter 2016-12-21T13:05:00-05:00 >2017-01-18T14:03:37-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/dc/dc2jt3scso4zzaok.jpg" width="650" height="394" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Coming off a modest increase after two consecutive months of contraction, the Architecture Billings Index (ABI) recorded another small increase in demand for design services. [...] AIA reported the November ABI score was 50.6, essentially unchanged from the mark of 50.8 in the previous month. This score reflects a slight increase in design services (any score above 50 indicates an increase in billings). The new projects inquiry index was 59.5, up from a reading of 55.4 the previous month.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>&ldquo;Without many details of the policies proposed, it&rsquo;s still too early to tell the likely impact of the programs of the new administration,&rdquo; said AIA Chief Economist, Kermit Baker, Hon. AIA, PhD. &ldquo;However, architects will be among the first to see what new construction projects materialize and what current ones get delayed or cancelled, so the coming months should tell us a lot about the future direction of the construction market.&rdquo;</em></p><p>The AIA reports these key ABI highlights for the month of November:</p><ul><li>Regional averages: South (51.3), Midwest (50.9), Northeast (50.8), West (48.6)</li><li>Sector index breakdown: &nbsp;multi-family residential (51.7), mixed practice (51.3), commercial / industrial (50.4), institutional (49.5)</li><li>Project inquiries index: 59.5</li><li>Design contracts index: 50.2</li></ul><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/91/91ysslu6z41bqhum.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/h5/h5fpfmjkqeo1nvk1.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/3q/3qiliq7lfg0zd7i6.jpg"></p><p><em>All graphs represent data from November 2015 - November 2016, images via aia.org.</em></p><p>The&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/4496/abi" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ABI</a>&nbsp;in previous months on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149978830/architecture-billings-index-in-october-improves-modestly-after-two-month-contraction" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architecture Billings Index in October improves modestly after two-month contraction</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149974373/architecture-billings-index-declines-further-reflecting-uncertainty-over-u-s-presidential-election" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architecture Billings I...</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149983421/mark-zuckerberg-unveils-a-home-operating-ai-app-called-jarvis Mark Zuckerberg unveils a home operating AI app called "Jarvis" Julia Ingalls 2016-12-20T14:05:00-05:00 >2016-12-22T23:15:33-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/8d/8d0xbxnyjrp91bou.jpg" width="650" height="499" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>At last, somebody understands Mark Zuckerberg, and it's an artificial intelligence app that speaks with the wisdom and patience of Morgan Freeman. Partially an internet of things melded with a changeable, celebrity-cameo Siri (Arnold Schwarzenegger makes a brief aural appearance), <a href="https://www.facebook.com/zuck/posts/10102577175875681" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Zuckerberg's home-running app Jarvis</a> is demonstrated by the inventor himself in the video below.</p><p></p><p>Facebook in the news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149960015/facebook-enters-the-housing-market-and-it-s-probably-not-a-good-thing" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Facebook enters the housing market &ndash; and it's probably not a good thing</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149953233/without-uber-or-lyft-austin-turns-to-facebook-for-rides" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Without Uber or Lyft, Austin turns to Facebook for rides</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149943493/silicon-valley-campuses-at-risk-as-sea-levels-rise" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Silicon Valley campuses at risk as sea levels rise</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149983413/china-will-build-modular-housing-factories-in-the-uk-aiming-to-produce-25-000-homes-per-year China will build modular housing factories in the UK, aiming to produce 25,000 homes per year Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-12-20T13:00:00-05:00 >2016-12-21T15:03:17-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/uz/uzxooguffkhmdi7b.jpg" width="650" height="406" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The six planned factories will use British light gauge steel framing to produce panelised components for residential developments that are &ldquo;at least 75% off-grid&rdquo; thanks to solar power and energy efficient design, renewables developer Welink said in announcing the joint venture today (19 December). [...] The UK government greeted the news enthusiastically, as it tries to lure innovative entrants to the UK housing market to help it deliver its objective of 1 million new homes by 2020.</p></em><br /><br /><p>More pre-fab on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a title="SHoP-designed Brooklyn tower &ndash; now world's tallest modular building &ndash; opens its doors" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149979856/shop-designed-brooklyn-tower-now-world-s-tallest-modular-building-opens-its-doors" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">SHoP-designed Brooklyn tower &ndash; now world's tallest modular building &ndash; opens its doors</a></li><li><a title="Jean Nouvel's prefab 'Simple' home can be reconfigured from the inside out" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149974727/jean-nouvel-s-prefab-simple-home-can-be-reconfigured-from-the-inside-out" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Jean Nouvel's prefab 'Simple' home can be reconfigured from the inside out</a></li><li><a title="To solve a housing crisis, invest more in modular construction" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149958641/to-solve-a-housing-crisis-invest-more-in-modular-construction" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">To solve a housing crisis, invest more in modular construction</a></li><li><a title="A Parisian architect's plan to solve housing shortages by adding pre-fab houses to existing structures" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/147884890/a-parisian-architect-s-plan-to-solve-housing-shortages-by-adding-pre-fab-houses-to-existing-structures" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A Parisian architect's plan to solve housing shortages by adding pre-fab houses to existing structures</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149983058/examining-the-politics-of-starchitect-megaprojects-in-abu-dhabi Examining the politics of starchitect megaprojects in Abu Dhabi Justine Testado 2016-12-16T15:18:00-05:00 >2016-12-21T23:19:12-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/kg/kg5edzi57rzrib7s.jpg" width="650" height="396" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Even if Abu Dhabi has almost unique economic and institutional conditions and rests for now as a borderline case of development profiles, it still highlights several common problems in contemporary large-scale development projects and in the use of star architecture in other parts of the world: little care for the context of branded projects, de-politicization of urban development, weak and inconsistent public planning...[and] spectacular architecture [for] global competition and media exposure</p></em><br /><br /><p>An excerpt from the upcoming book&nbsp;<a href="http://www.monacellipress.com/book/?isbn=9781580934688" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">&ldquo;Starchitecture. Scenes, Actors, and Spectacles in Contemporary Cities&rdquo;</a> by Davide Ponzini and Michele Nastasi examines Abu Dhabi's Saadiyat Island megaproject, and argues how such projects show the&nbsp;little influence that famous architects can have on city-building initiatives today.</p><p>More on Archinect:</p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/148814474/masdar-abandons-its-dream-of-becoming-the-first-zero-carbon-city" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Masdar abandons its dream of becoming the first zero-carbon city</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149966419/architecture-has-sacrificed-its-aspiration-to-deepen-public-life" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architecture has sacrificed its aspiration to deepen public life</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/133432736/gulf-labor-initiative-renews-criticism-of-abu-dhabi-museums-over-migrant-workers-rights" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Gulf Labor initiative renews criticism of Abu Dhabi museums over migrant workers' rights</a></p>