Archinect - News 2016-02-09T17:44:11-05:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/147194078/o-hare-airport-announces-1-3b-expansion-deal O’Hare airport announces $1.3B expansion deal Alexander Walter 2016-02-02T14:21:00-05:00 >2016-02-02T14:35:00-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/gd/gdcyr16j8lbr4img.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the city's major airlines have struck a deal to build the final runway envisioned in the city's multibillion-dollar modernization of O'Hare International Airport, but new gates that experts agree are key to significant reductions in long-standing flight delays are not part of the pact. The agreement, which the mayor formally announced Saturday, calls for spending $1.3 billion to build a sixth east-west runway at the airfield&rsquo;s north end [...]</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related stories in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/140878328/beacons-in-the-sky-photographer-carolyn-russo-celebrates-the-architecture-of-airport-towers" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Beacons in the sky: photographer Carolyn Russo celebrates the architecture of airport towers</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/107561423/the-next-generation-airport-is-a-destination-in-its-own-right" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Next-Generation Airport Is a Destination in Its Own Right</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/142853295/the-iconography-of-an-airport-hotel" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The iconography of an airport hotel</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/147191669/zaha-hadid-qatari-situation-doesn-t-apply-to-her-stadium-site Zaha Hadid: 'Qatari situation' doesn't apply to her stadium site Alexander Walter 2016-02-02T13:32:00-05:00 >2016-02-03T10:48:28-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/08/089t4hf4r38h5i00.jpg" width="514" height="367" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In an interview with The Times, Dame Zaha Hadid said that the Qataris &ldquo;should do something&rdquo; about the issue of migrant workers. [...] &ldquo;I&rsquo;m not a defender of the Qatari situation, but it&rsquo;s important to get the facts right and then we can discuss it. I&rsquo;m very happy that the press make the government aware of problems on certain sites. But it doesn&rsquo;t apply to this site.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>To read the full (paywalled) <em>The Times</em> interview with Dame Hadid, click <a href="http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/arts/visualarts/architecture/article4679876.ece" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.</p><p>Previously in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/144514304/7-000-construction-workers-will-die-in-qatar-before-a-ball-is-kicked-in-the-2022-world-cup-new-ituc-report-finds" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"7,000 construction workers will die in Qatar before a ball is kicked in the 2022 World Cup," new ITUC report finds</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/94437641/zaha-hadid-defends-qatar-world-cup-role-following-migrant-worker-deaths" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Zaha Hadid defends Qatar World Cup role following migrant worker deaths</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/105403243/more-bad-news-with-hadid-s-qatar-stadium" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">More Bad News with Hadid's Qatar Stadium</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/147117709/selling-cuba-gehry-s-already-there Selling Cuba (Gehry's already there) Alexander Walter 2016-02-01T14:16:00-05:00 >2016-02-02T20:21:14-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/cm/cm7w9p815czoq872.jpg" width="514" height="770" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;I give it two years, max [...] It will be US business interests that finally push congress into lifting the embargo &ndash; they&rsquo;re all going crazy being shut out of this market.&rdquo; American architects and developers are already queuing up to be first in line, ready to pounce on investment opportunities when the embargo drops. Frank Gehry sailed into Havana in December, aboard a streamlined yacht he designed for himself, here to &ldquo;offer his expertise to Cuba&rdquo; according to a government statement.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>&ldquo;You know that Cuba is at the centre of attention of many people,&rdquo; Gehry told the gathered crowd. &ldquo;And in the immediate future it will attract many investors &ndash; particularly the tourism sector. But I am sure that you know to be careful with those projects.&rdquo;</em></p><p>Related stories in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/124359173/airbnb-now-open-for-business-in-cuba-despite-anemic-internet-access" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Airbnb now open for business in Cuba, despite anemic internet access</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/126711733/take-a-virtual-tour-of-havana-s-modern-architecture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Take a virtual tour of Havana's modern architecture</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/106016921/cuba-in-talks-for-cultural-exchange-with-us-museum" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Cuba in talks for cultural exchange with US museum</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/146747015/how-record-low-oil-prices-shape-the-fate-of-america-s-boomtown-williston-north-dakota How record low oil prices shape the fate of America's boomtown, Williston, North Dakota Alexander Walter 2016-01-27T17:55:00-05:00 >2016-01-28T13:38:19-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/5n/5nak6frx1jb2ijmn.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Now, after more than five flush years, oil prices are in a prolonged slump, the flow of workers has reversed [...] But Williston believes it can build something more enduring. [...] The city used its newfound wealth to build a $70-million high school, a $68-million recreation center, and new water and sewer systems. It renovated Main Street and created a city position for someone to write parking tickets. Highways have been widened, and an airport is under development.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related stories in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/129097799/a-supermall-grows-in-fracking-country" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A supermall grows in fracking country</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/129115534/epa-study-finds-no-evidence-that-fracking-has-lead-to-polluted-drinking-water" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">EPA study finds no evidence that fracking has lead to polluted drinking water</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/24445443/north-dakota-is-desperate-to-find-workers" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">North Dakota is desperate to find workers</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/146731728/hyperloop-brought-to-you-by-aecom Hyperloop, brought to you by Aecom Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-01-27T13:19:00-05:00 >2016-01-27T20:35:07-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/1d/1db057af2179fcb781301d4956dee061.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>SpaceX has selected Aecom ... to build its Hyperloop test track later this year [...] The nearly one-mile-long test track will be built adjacent to SpaceX's Hawthorne, California, headquarters [...] The test track's six-foot diameter steel tube will include a non-magnetic sub-track ... Cradled in place above ground, it will serve as a vacuum-sealed, high-speed proving ground for transport pod prototypes being developed as part of a SpaceX design competition.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Aecom is also reportedly not committing to any one Hyperloop company by partnering with SpaceX for the test track &ndash; they're also linked to Hyperloop Transportation Technologies, one of the two hyperloop-happy startups based in L.A. (the other, Hyperloop Tech, is sponsoring the competition).</p><p>And here's Aecom's flashy teaser:&nbsp;</p><p></p><p>Keep up with the Hyperloop happenings:</p><ul><li><a title="Reality checking the Hyperloop hyperbole" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/146116363/reality-checking-the-hyperloop-hyperbole" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Reality checking the Hyperloop hyperbole</a></li><li><a title="A first look at the Hyperloop's real tubes and imagined winged terminals" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/145191434/a-first-look-at-the-hyperloop-s-real-tubes-and-imagined-winged-terminals" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A first look at the Hyperloop's real tubes and imagined winged terminals</a></li><li><a title="Unpacking the Hyperloop's lofty promises" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/136726928/unpacking-the-hyperloop-s-lofty-promises" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Unpacking the Hyperloop's lofty promises</a></li><li><a title="Elon Musk launches Hyperloop Pod Competition to university students and engineers" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/129714649/elon-musk-launches-hyperloop-pod-competition-to-university-students-and-engineers" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Elon Musk launches Hyperloop Pod Competition to university students and engineers</a></li><li><a title="The town that Hyperloop built" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/122049432/the-town-that-hyperloop-built" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The town that Hyperloop built</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/124224194/designing-the-hyperspace-ucla-studio-imagines-hyperloop-s-future-in-california" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Designing the Hyperspace: UCLA studio imagines Hyperloop's future in California</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/146668906/michael-kimmelman-on-the-state-of-affordable-housing-in-nyc Michael Kimmelman on the state of affordable housing in NYC Alexander Walter 2016-01-26T17:28:00-05:00 >2016-01-26T17:28:36-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/d6/d614d3067fcce7406e9c9b417704aa9a.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>New York City once set the standard for subsidized housing. The city started out building and maintaining tens of thousands of apartments for working families, sponsoring job training and social programs. It ran a budget surplus. [...] Now the Village is like a gated playground for runaway wealth. Subsidized apartments all across town are converting to market-rate rentals and condos faster than City Hall can build affordable units or preserve old ones.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related stories in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/127597504/nyc-s-public-housing-woes" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">NYC's public-housing woes</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/139598283/the-promising-affordable-housing-of-hunters-point-south" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The promising affordable housing of Hunters Point South</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/141813298/my-micro-nyc-apartment-complex-is-officially-renting" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">My Micro NYC Apartment Complex Is Officially Renting</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/146654404/honoring-the-maverick-british-architects Honoring the "Maverick" British architects Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-01-26T13:15:00-05:00 >2016-01-27T12:03:47-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/5x/5ximkdfbi0q4hcfz.jpg" width="514" height="308" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Is there no architecture that can bare its soul without simultaneously crushing you with its ego, that stirs, moves, troubles, provokes, inspires? [...] A glimmer of an alternative is suggested by Mavericks: Breaking the Mould of British Architecture, an installation opening next week [...] The installation is designed by the architect Alex Scott-Whitby, previously best known for proposing that the spires of City of London churches be adapted to make creative workspaces.</p></em><br /><br /><p>"Mavericks: Breaking the Mould of British Architecture" runs at London's Royal Academy of Art from January 26 through April 20, and features the work of FAT, Robert Smythson, Charles Rennie Mackintosh, Zaha Hadid, James Stirling, and many others.</p><p>Related news:</p><ul><li><a title="Richard Rogers' Homeshell built in 24 hours at London's Royal Academy" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/79912086/richard-rogers-homeshell-built-in-24-hours-at-london-s-royal-academy" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Richard Rogers' Homeshell built in 24 hours at London's Royal Academy</a></li><li><a title="Thomas Heatherwick named WSJ. Magazine&rsquo;s 2015 Design Innovator" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/140814059/thomas-heatherwick-named-wsj-magazine-s-2015-design-innovator" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Thomas Heatherwick named WSJ. Magazine&rsquo;s 2015 Design Innovator</a></li><li><a title='National council member accuses RIBA of "institutional racism", prompting investigation' href="http://archinect.com/news/article/142607772/national-council-member-accuses-riba-of-institutional-racism-prompting-investigation" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">National council member accuses RIBA of "institutional racism", prompting investigation</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/146650375/the-future-of-new-york-s-skyline The Future of New York’s Skyline Richard Meier & Partners 2016-01-26T11:44:00-05:00 >2016-01-29T11:52:23-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/w9/w9bt2ibsswmkqsub.jpg" width="514" height="295" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The biggest names impacting New York&rsquo;s skyline come together to discuss the projects that now epitomize the city, the ever-evolving real estate market and what&rsquo;s next for New York&rsquo;s neighborhoods.</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/146593376/a-blueprint-can-give-you-an-idea-but-this-cements-it-for-you-vr-s-promising-future-in-architectural-communications "A blueprint can give you an idea, but this cements it for you.” – VR's promising future in architectural communications Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-01-25T18:00:00-05:00 >2016-02-03T17:51:29-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/l0/l0jhsenafaf0phkl.jpg" width="514" height="341" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>LHB has become one of the nation&rsquo;s first design firms to incorporate virtual reality, or VR, across the sweep of its in-house teams [...] &ldquo;With VR, you can inhabit the space in full scale...You get a far more physical sense of what that space is going to be.&rdquo; [...] Virtual reality also has potential to be &ldquo;the great equalizer,&rdquo; LHB&rsquo;s Fischer noted. A middle-school maintenance worker can put on a VR headset and notice design flaws that might go unnoticed by project managers.</p></em><br /><br /><p>More from the VR-desk:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/146212120/rendered-reality-the-vr-journalism-of-emblematic-group" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Rendered reality: the VR journalism of Emblematic Group</a></li><li><a title="Are virtual reality systems sexist?" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/144578296/are-virtual-reality-systems-sexist" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Are virtual reality systems sexist?</a></li><li><a title="Using virtual reality to bridge the gap between architect and client" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/136435407/using-virtual-reality-to-bridge-the-gap-between-architect-and-client" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Using virtual reality to bridge the gap between architect and client</a></li><li><a title="Drury architecture students are experimenting with virtual reality technology Oculus Rift" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/97789711/drury-architecture-students-are-experimenting-with-virtual-reality-technology-oculus-rift" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Drury architecture students are experimenting with virtual reality technology Oculus Rift</a></li><li><a title='Spacemaker VR lets designers "walk through" their own 3D creations' href="http://archinect.com/news/article/87089321/spacemaker-vr-lets-designers-walk-through-their-own-3d-creations" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Spacemaker VR lets designers "walk through" their own 3D creations</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/146578071/selling-architectural-history-in-a-new-york-market Selling architectural history in a New York market Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-01-25T13:22:00-05:00 >2016-01-25T13:22:45-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/kc/kcj9sb3fchk8kgyr.jpg" width="514" height="316" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>As an architectural historian, Ms. Clark, 30, has studied buildings throughout New York City in pursuit of her doctorate. [...] Working for JDS, Ms. Clark felt she could have more than a theoretical effect on architectural history. &ldquo;I think real estate in many ways is the story of New York, how the city grows and changes,&rdquo; she said. [...] As soon as JDS considers acquiring a property, Ms. Clark heads to the archives ... to start developing a case for or against the project.</p></em><br /><br /><p>More from the world of architectural history and New York real estate:</p><ul><li><a title="Rupert Murdoch suddenly pulls out of 2 World Trade Center deal" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/146052786/rupert-murdoch-suddenly-pulls-out-of-2-world-trade-center-deal" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Rupert Murdoch suddenly pulls out of 2 World Trade Center deal</a></li><li><a title="The challenges and opportunities of updating Midtown NY&rsquo;s aging office towers" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/143992226/the-challenges-and-opportunities-of-updating-midtown-ny-s-aging-office-towers" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The challenges and opportunities of updating Midtown NY&rsquo;s aging office towers</a></li><li><a title="Architectural historian discovers Chartres Cathedral has started faking it" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/116032713/architectural-historian-discovers-chartres-cathedral-has-started-faking-it" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architectural historian discovers Chartres Cathedral has started faking it</a></li><li><a title="The Digital Future of Architectural History" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/82526606/the-digital-future-of-architectural-history" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Digital Future of Architectural History</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/146199131/one-ceo-s-plan-to-supply-water-to-drought-stricken-ca-cities-and-obviously-profit-from-it One CEO's plan to supply water to drought-stricken CA cities, and obviously profit from it Justine Testado 2016-01-20T15:14:00-05:00 >2016-01-21T11:17:08-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/pu/pucutlu7xnsu36ia.jpg" width="514" height="308" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Scott Slater has a plan. It is not a popular plan, but he wants to pump 814bn gallons of water from under the Mojave desert to Los Angeles and other drought-stricken communities in southern California, and make more than $2bn doing so...In addition to environmental concerns, others object to a private company being able to make billions from water. Slater says they do not understand the law, which in California states no entity can own water but they can buy, sell and trade the right to use it.</p></em><br /><br /><p>America: The land where nothing is free, indeed.</p><p>h/t <a href="https://newrepublic.com/article/127870/one-mans-plan-capitalize-californias-drought" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">New Republic</a></p><p>More on Archinect:</p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/146139696/have-these-heavy-rains-alleviated-the-california-drought" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Have these heavy rains alleviated the California drought?</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/142904746/thirst-quenching-as-los-angeles-heats-up-next-wave-ucla" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Thirst-quenching as Los Angeles heats up: Next Wave @ UCLA</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/136648960/in-face-of-drought-san-diego-s-desalination-efforts-won-t-stop-there" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">In face of drought, San Diego's desalination efforts won't stop there</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/139615184/meet-the-architects-behind-the-winning-dry-futures-proposals" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Meet the architects behind the winning Dry Futures proposals</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/146190281/architecture-billings-index-ends-the-year-in-positive-terrain-at-50-9 Architecture Billings Index ends the year in positive terrain at 50.9 Alexander Walter 2016-01-20T12:34:00-05:00 >2016-01-20T12:47:21-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ux/uxqwt46az99l8mfj.jpg" width="514" height="353" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>There were a few occasions where demand for design services decreased from a month-to-month basis in 2015, but the Architecture Billings Index (ABI) concluded the year in positive terrain and was so in eight of the twelve months of the year. [...] (AIA) reported the December ABI score was 50.9, up from the mark of 49.3 in the previous month. This score reflects a slight increase in design services [...]. The new projects inquiry index was 60.2, up from a reading of 58.6 the previous month.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Key ABI highlights for the month of December were reported by the AIA as:</p><ul><li>Regional averages: West (53.7), South (53.3), Northeast (46.7), Midwest (46.1)</li><li>Sector index breakdown: multi-family residential (52.9), institutional (52.2), commercial / industrial (47.3), mixed practice (46.5)</li><li>Project inquiries index: 60.2</li><li>Design contracts index: 51.0</li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/146116363/reality-checking-the-hyperloop-hyperbole Reality checking the Hyperloop hyperbole Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-01-19T13:25:00-05:00 >2016-01-19T21:10:44-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/jb/jbb6xyiwx16aauea.jpg" width="514" height="247" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>[Hyperloop] has the swagger of Elon Musk rather than the stigma of a public bureaucracy. Second, it&rsquo;s going to be, like, a billion times faster than HSR. [...] And yet, this combination of enthusiasm and magnetism doesn&rsquo;t buy farmland. It doesn&rsquo;t ease eminent domain takings. It doesn&rsquo;t blast through bedrock or relocate utilities. It doesn&rsquo;t design station area plans. [...] The very same mountains, cities, canals, farmers, and habitats that complicate HSR also complicate Hyperloop.</p></em><br /><br /><p>For past reporting on Hyperloop in all its emerging forms:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/124224194/designing-the-hyperspace-ucla-studio-imagines-hyperloop-s-future-in-california" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Designing the Hyperspace: UCLA studio imagines Hyperloop's future in California</a></li><li><a title="A first look at the Hyperloop's real tubes and imagined winged terminals" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/145191434/a-first-look-at-the-hyperloop-s-real-tubes-and-imagined-winged-terminals" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A first look at the Hyperloop's real tubes and imagined winged terminals</a></li><li><a title="Unpacking the Hyperloop's lofty promises" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/136726928/unpacking-the-hyperloop-s-lofty-promises" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Unpacking the Hyperloop's lofty promises</a></li><li><a title="Elon Musk launches Hyperloop Pod Competition to university students and engineers" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/129714649/elon-musk-launches-hyperloop-pod-competition-to-university-students-and-engineers" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Elon Musk launches Hyperloop Pod Competition to university students and engineers</a></li><li><a title="LA's Arts District now home to Hyperloop World Headquarters" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/123680434/la-s-arts-district-now-home-to-hyperloop-world-headquarters" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">LA's Arts District now home to Hyperloop World Headquarters</a></li><li><a title="The town that Hyperloop built" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/122049432/the-town-that-hyperloop-built" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The town that Hyperloop built</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/146052786/rupert-murdoch-suddenly-pulls-out-of-2-world-trade-center-deal Rupert Murdoch suddenly pulls out of 2 World Trade Center deal Alexander Walter 2016-01-18T17:48:00-05:00 >2016-01-20T11:24:49-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/3p/3pzbhlwq9puy4d64.jpg" width="514" height="350" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Rupert Murdoch has dropped his plans to relocate 21st Century Fox and News Corp. to 2 World Trade Center. In a statement issued Friday afternoon, World Trade Center developer Larry Silverstein declared himself &ldquo;disappointed&rdquo; by the news. [...] In June, the two media companies signed a letter of intent with Silverstein to occupy 1.5 million square feet for 30 years at a 2 World Trade Center designed by architect Bjarke Ingels.</p></em><br /><br /><p>2 WTC previously in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/143436084/2-world-trade-center-receives-9m-rent-assistance-from-port-authority-to-expedite-project" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">2 World Trade Center receives $9M rent assistance from Port Authority to expedite project</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/138339682/bjarke-ingels-and-the-challenges-of-designing-two-world-trade-center" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bjarke Ingels and the challenges of designing Two World Trade Center</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/133642467/2-world-trade-center-could-be-the-most-expensive-office-tower-in-the-world" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">2 World Trade Center Could Be the Most Expensive Office Tower in the World</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/145806466/rio-cancels-construction-contract-for-unfinished-olympic-tennis-center-200-days-before-the-games-open Rio cancels construction contract for unfinished Olympic tennis center – 200 days before the games open Alexander Walter 2016-01-15T13:01:00-05:00 >2016-01-15T13:01:38-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/b6/b6hgvy6h6zgzalbb.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The city of Rio de Janeiro canceled the construction contract for the Olympic tennis center on Thursday, just 200 days before the start of the games, fining the consortium responsible for delays and breach of contract for the mostly finished venue. [...] Rio City Hall, which is responsible for the construction, did not say how the tennis center, which is 90-percent complete, will be finished.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related stories in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/133587773/will-rio-s-olympic-venues-be-ready-in-time-for-the-2016-games" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Will Rio's Olympic venues be ready in time for the 2016 Games?</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/141820527/brazilian-engineering-companies-building-olympic-venues-very-probably-broke-laws-accepted-bribes" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Brazilian engineering companies building Olympic venues "very probably" broke laws, accepted bribes</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/107949061/olympic-infrastructure-displaces-brazilian-families" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Olympic Infrastructure Displaces Brazilian Families</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/145729323/welive-wework-s-co-living-venture-opens-for-beta-testing-in-new-york-city WeLive, WeWork's co-living venture, opens for beta testing in New York City Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-01-14T12:58:00-05:00 >2016-01-18T22:18:38-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/87/877235b35aa3c0602e1f19a9d9a088b4.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>About 80 WeWork members and employees have moved into 45 apartment units in WeWork&rsquo;s first "coliving" space at 110 Wall Street, which will eventually house about 600 people on 20 floors, WeWork confirmed. Along with living accommodations, residents will have access to community events like fitness classes and potluck dinners, services like cleaning and laundry, and a digital social network&mdash;all of which can be coordinated through a mobile app.</p></em><br /><br /><p>More from WeWork and WeLive:</p><ul><li><a title="ARExA to renovate WeWork's first co-living project on Wall Street" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/139473784/arexa-to-renovate-wework-s-first-co-living-project-on-wall-street" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ARExA to renovate WeWork's first co-living project on Wall Street</a></li><li><a title="More details emerge about WeWork's residential endeavor WeLive" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/135806594/more-details-emerge-about-wework-s-residential-endeavor-welive" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">More details emerge about WeWork's residential endeavor WeLive</a></li><li><a title="The design never stops: WeWork acquires Case" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/133566870/the-design-never-stops-wework-acquires-case" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The design never stops: WeWork acquires Case</a></li><li><a title="WeWork moves into residential development with WeLive" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/123197014/wework-moves-into-residential-development-with-welive" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">WeWork moves into residential development with WeLive</a></li><li><p><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/92243101/working-out-of-the-box-miguel-mckelvey" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Working out of the Box: Miguel McKelvey</a></p></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/145653004/what-does-president-obama-s-final-year-in-office-mean-for-architecture What does President Obama's final year in office mean for architecture? Julia Ingalls 2016-01-13T13:18:00-05:00 >2016-01-26T13:20:06-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ae/aefrzjr6nt83s24m.jpg" width="514" height="215" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>President Obama gave his final State of the Union speech last night, which prompted the AIA to issue a statement outlining policies it feels President Obama and Republicans in Congress should enact this year in order to bolster the health of the architectural profession. These include:</p><p>&bull; Strengthening the Historic Tax Credit</p><p>&bull; Passing <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/95485007/architects-laud-introduction-of-bipartisan-national-design-services-act-as-way-to-cut-spiraling-student-loan-debt" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The National Design Services Act</a></p><p>&bull; Retaining 2030 energy efficiency targets for federal buildings</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/oc/ocbbr3i4imvnlojh.jpg"></p><p>The majority of these initiatives are designed to ease financial burdens, both by reducing student debt while stimulating tax incentives for construction (the AIA advocates for making the&nbsp;179D Energy Efficient Commercial Building Tax Deduction permanent). Among other things, The National Design Services Act allows students to work off their academic loans through community service, while the AIA describes the Historic Tax Credit as a method of "promot[ing] investment in the buildings that make America what it is today." Archinect plans to follow the state of t...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/145588799/anatomy-of-a-non-profit-dissecting-architecture-for-humanity-s-death-and-future Anatomy of a non-profit: dissecting Architecture for Humanity's "death" and future Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-01-12T17:38:00-05:00 >2016-01-18T21:14:20-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/x4/x4adg5drypqipln2.jpg" width="514" height="450" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>This case study looks at the origins of, and factors that led to, the &ldquo;death&rdquo; of the best-known humanitarian architecture organization in the world. However, it will also reveal that AFH is regenerating via its worldwide network of chapters, which it had begun developing around 2004, and which gathered more formally under the name Architecture for Humanity Chapter Network upon AFH&rsquo;s closure.</p></em><br /><br /><p>To get caught up on Architecture for Humanity's history as a non-profit:</p><ul><li><a title="Architecture for Humanity begins crowdsourced rebranding campaign" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/135884547/architecture-for-humanity-begins-crowdsourced-rebranding-campaign" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architecture for Humanity begins crowdsourced rebranding campaign</a></li><li><a title="Architecture for Humanity to file for bankruptcy" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/121590852/architecture-for-humanity-to-file-for-bankruptcy" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architecture for Humanity to file for bankruptcy</a></li><li><a title="Architecture for Humanity to shut down" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/118513336/architecture-for-humanity-to-shut-down" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architecture for Humanity to shut down</a></li><li><a title="Cameron Sinclair and Kate Stohr, co-founders of Architecture for Humanity, to step down and help form a five-year strategic vision" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/81451941/cameron-sinclair-and-kate-stohr-co-founders-of-architecture-for-humanity-to-step-down-and-help-form-a-five-year-strategic-vision" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Cameron Sinclair and Kate Stohr, co-founders of Architecture for Humanity, to step down and help form a five-year strategic vision</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/144597780/are-5-0-is-coming-why-start-studying-now ARE 5.0 Is Coming—Why Start Studying Now? Sponsor 2016-01-11T08:00:00-05:00 >2016-01-06T12:54:55-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/4v/4vmrrubyd41xxs3m.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><br><em><strong>This post is brought to you by <a href="http://ppi2pass.com/shop/are" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">PPI</a>.</strong></em><br>&nbsp;<p>In 2016, NCARB announced a change to the ARE exam format. The goal is to align the ARE with current practice management, project management, and project design activities in the architecture profession.</p><p>The new exam will be launched late 2016, but you have will until June 2018 to pass the ARE 4.0 divisions. Now is a great time to plan and start studying so that you can pass all seven divisions before the exam changes. You can still find study tips from architects who have already taken and passed the ARE. <a href="http://info.ppi2pass.com/acton/form/6661/000c:d-0001/0/index.htm" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Click here</a> to download a side-by-side chart showing topics covered by the seven ARE 4.0 divisions.</p><p>You can <a href="http://www.ncarb.org/en/ARE/ARE5.aspx" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">visit the NCARB web page</a> to learn more about the upcoming transition to ARE 5.0.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/d9/d9latytmaptwzsqz.jpg"></p><p><strong>Studying for ARE 4.0 </strong></p><p>There are no requirements from NCARB regarding the order in which examinees should take the seven divisions. Examinees often choose to assess division subject matter and schedule the exams in order from easiest to most difficult (as ranked by t...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/145128860/shocker-new-york-tops-list-of-most-expensive-cities-for-construction Shocker: New York tops list of most expensive cities for construction Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-01-06T17:54:00-05:00 >2016-01-18T01:49:31-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/2x/2xsik1vllouods85.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>[The International Construction Costs Report 2016] found that New York, London and Hong Kong ranked as the world&rsquo;s most expensive cities to build in, with strong currencies and significant resource constraints resulting in higher prices. Elsewhere, the gradual recovery in the Eurozone has meant that these markets have avoided this high construction inflation. While, in Asia, the Chinese economic slowdown and weakening demand in many cities means that overall growth in Asia is expected to ease</p></em><br /><br /><p>More on the construction market:</p><ul><li><a title="As the U.S. loses more Mexican immigrants than it gains, the construction industry must adapt" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/141528503/as-the-u-s-loses-more-mexican-immigrants-than-it-gains-the-construction-industry-must-adapt" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">As the U.S. loses more Mexican immigrants than it gains, the construction industry must adapt</a></li><li><a title="&ldquo;I thought, &lsquo;What?&rsquo; when I heard it would cost &yen;252 billion,&rdquo; Tadao Ando says about National Stadium" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/132028782/i-thought-what-when-i-heard-it-would-cost-252-billion-tadao-ando-says-about-national-stadium" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">&ldquo;I thought, &lsquo;What?&rsquo; when I heard it would cost &yen;252 billion,&rdquo; Tadao Ando says about National Stadium</a></li><li><a title="The dawn of construction worker robots?" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/139530018/the-dawn-of-construction-worker-robots" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The dawn of construction worker robots?</a></li><li><a title="In weaker market, architecture firms in China are cutting back" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/134029472/in-weaker-market-architecture-firms-in-china-are-cutting-back" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">In weaker market, architecture firms in China are cutting back</a></li><li><a title='Are English universities picking up "American habits" as campus construction booms?' href="http://archinect.com/news/article/126830013/are-english-universities-picking-up-american-habits-as-campus-construction-booms" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Are English universities picking up "American habits" as campus construction booms?</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/145055786/table-flipping-real-housewife-teresa-giudice-and-the-world-of-architectural-billing Table-flipping 'Real Housewife' Teresa Giudice and the world of architectural billing Alexander Walter 2016-01-05T18:45:00-05:00 >2016-01-18T01:13:15-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/f1/f1a2g1489n8n0lau.jpg" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>An architect who is owed $13,000 by Teresa and Joe Giudice has spoken of his anger at the lavish display of wealth that welcomed the criminal Real Housewife of New Jersey home on the day she got out of prison [...] 'I did plans for modifications to that house and to an addition. I didn't do the final drawings that make it look like a miniature castle. I wouldn't want to put my name to that [...] 'I think our billing was about $13,000 and we've never received a penny of it.'</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/144969856/use-the-aia-s-visualized-home-design-survey-results-to-keep-track-of-emerging-trends Use the AIA's visualized home design survey results to keep track of emerging trends Justine Testado 2016-01-04T15:28:00-05:00 >2016-01-04T20:41:05-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/di/diu560pp5auszu48.jpg" width="514" height="248" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/49568164/the-american-institute-of-architects" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">AIA</a>&nbsp;recently revamped their AIA Home Design Trends Survey into a visual-friendly format for the 2015 findings, so this could be a handy reference tool for any home designers who want to stay on top of emerging trends that may come to the forefront in 2016. The new visual lets users quickly access charts and figures for each quarter in 2015, which focuses on a different area of home trends including "Neighborhood and Community Design", "Home and Property Design", "Home Features", and "Kitchen and Bath". The survey results also include the&nbsp;same business conditions questions for tracking purposes.</p><p>Check out the survey, archives, and more <a href="http://info.aia.org/AIArchitect/2015/1216/aia-interactive/index.html#!" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.</p><p>More on Archinect:</p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/107273/architecture-billings-index" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Monthly architecture billings index</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/143599085/aia-creates-new-commission-to-further-investigate-equity-in-architecture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">AIA creates new Commission to further investigate equity in architecture</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/126539522/aias-launches-survey-to-reassess-studio-culture-s-broken-status-quo" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">AIAS launches survey to reassess studio culture's broken status quo</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/125978727/architects-tell-all-in-a-global-survey-about-the-future-of-design-competitions" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architects tell all in a global survey about the future of design competitions</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/144514304/7-000-construction-workers-will-die-in-qatar-before-a-ball-is-kicked-in-the-2022-world-cup-new-ituc-report-finds "7,000 construction workers will die in Qatar before a ball is kicked in the 2022 World Cup," new ITUC report finds Alexander Walter 2015-12-29T18:00:00-05:00 >2016-01-17T00:47:19-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/jk/jkeo2jo8qg6ga9tu.jpg" width="514" height="222" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A report by the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) has estimated that 7,000 workers will die before the first ball is kicked in the 2022 World Cup. [...] &ldquo;Qatar&rsquo;s labour laws are ruinous for workers. All the government has done is to codify slavery. Employers can now even lend out workers to another employer without the worker&rsquo;s consent for up to a year&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>In its 2015 report <a href="http://www.ituc-csi.org/IMG/pdf/qatar_en_web.pdf" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>Qatar: Profit and Loss. Counting the cost of modern day slavery in Qatar: What price freedom?</em></a>, the ITUC demands that FIFA would make workers' right a central concern of the 2022 World Cup preparations. The organization has also called on Qatari authorities to take these immediate steps to improve workers' conditions:</p><ul><li>End the kafala system starting with the elimination of the exit visa;</li><li>Allow worker representation &ndash; a collective voice with elected representatives and workplace committees;</li><li>Employment contracts through direct employment or large, reputable, recruitment companies;</li><li>A national minimum wage for all workers, and collective bargaining rights;</li><li>Proper labor inspection and grievance mechanisms, inclusive of contractors, and an independent labor court.</li></ul><p>Click <a href="http://www.ituc-csi.org/IMG/pdf/qatar_en_web.pdf" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a> to read the full report.</p><p>Previously in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/127580581/bbc-journalists-arrested-for-reporting-on-qatar-s-world-cup-laborers" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">BBC journalists arrested for reporting on Qatar's World Cup laborers</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/116273652/a-memorial-for-the-workers-dying-while-constructing-the-qatar-world-cup-stadium" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A Memorial for the Workers Dying While Constructing the Qatar World Cup Stadium</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/93393287/qatar-introduces-higher-standards-for-world-cup-migrant-workers" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Qa...</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/144049955/frank-lloyd-wright-school-of-architecture-reaches-fundraising-goal-of-2m-working-towards-independence-from-foundation Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture reaches fundraising goal of $2M, working towards independence from foundation Alexander Walter 2015-12-23T12:43:00-05:00 >2015-12-28T22:35:36-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/zk/zkekvz1wahyn7ve0.jpg" width="514" height="288" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture has issued a statement that it has reached its 2015 fundraising goal of $2 million&nbsp;&ndash; a crucial milestone towards establishing the school's independence from the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation. The goal of becoming an independent subsidiary of the foundation became necessary when new accreditation regulations established in 2011 required the school to be financially and administratively independent or risk being stripped of its accreditation by the Higher Learning Commission.</p><p>In this latest statement, the school says: "As part of the agreement, the Foundation will continue to support the School financially over the next four years, investing over $1.4 in its operating costs and future growth. In addition, it will donate the extensive use of historic, residential, and classroom facilities at Taliesin and Taliesin West, which cost the Foundation over $1 million in cash a year for the spaces utilized by the School.&nbsp; Combined with the more than...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/143992226/the-challenges-and-opportunities-of-updating-midtown-ny-s-aging-office-towers The challenges and opportunities of updating Midtown NY’s aging office towers Alexander Walter 2015-12-22T18:20:00-05:00 >2015-12-28T22:34:04-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/hm/hmtvx4z9fx227e8o.jpg" width="514" height="338" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Amid contentious debate on rezonings across the city, the late 2013 hubbub around an upzoning proposal for East Midtown has, for the moment, abated &mdash; but hasn&rsquo;t disappeared. In a bid to spur significant new development for the first time in decades, the de Blasio administration is currently retooling the Bloomberg-era plan to allow developers to construct much larger buildings [...] Whether this rezoning eventually occurs or not, the buildings in Manhattan&rsquo;s core aren&rsquo;t getting any younger.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related news on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/141299783/scroll-through-the-new-new-york-skyline-with-this-interactive-infographic" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Scroll through the "new New York Skyline" with this interactive infographic</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/142525054/new-renderings-video-of-one-vanderbilt-midtown-ny-s-future-tallest-office-tower" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">New Renderings &amp; Video of One Vanderbilt, Midtown NY&rsquo;s Future Tallest Office Tower</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/126947698/historic-190-bowery-to-be-restored" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Historic 190 Bowery to be Restored</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/143664937/britain-s-last-deep-pit-coal-mine-closes-the-end-of-the-industrial-revolution Britain's last deep-pit coal mine closes — the end of the industrial revolution? Alexander Walter 2015-12-18T12:25:00-05:00 >2015-12-21T12:18:59-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/iw/iwd8dl0squ4ax0g5.jpg" width="514" height="368" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The last deep-pit coal mine in the U.K. plans to shut its doors here next week, heralding the end of a centuries-old industry that helped fuel the industrial revolution and build the British Empire. The shutdown [...] represents a victory for advocates of reducing carbon emissions after world leaders gathered in Paris to discuss how to combat global warming, with coal in the cross hairs. It also reflects a glut of energy on world markets, from crude oil to natural gas and coal itself.</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/143515625/multitasking-musk-the-busy-life-of-elon-musk Multitasking Musk: the busy life of Elon Musk Nicholas Korody 2015-12-16T13:35:00-05:00 >2015-12-28T00:06:19-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/5v/5v04xvam1vzfdhzy.jpg" width="514" height="504" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Elon Musk has plenty of other ideas. If anyone asks and he has a moment to explain, he'll talk distractedly of as-&shy;yet-&shy;unrealized concepts&mdash;a vertical takeoff&shy;-and&shy;-landing supersonic electric jet for long&shy;-distance travel; an entirely new form of transport that he's named the Hyperloop... He is a man with the rare problem of having more ideas for how to radically change our world than the time to realize them. Still, you do what you can. And so this Monday evening, his mind is on space suits.</p></em><br /><br /><p><strong>Related:</strong></p><ul><li><a title="A look inside Tesla's growing Gigafactory: &quot;It will blow your mind.&quot;" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/141435421/a-look-inside-tesla-s-growing-gigafactory-it-will-blow-your-mind" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A look inside Tesla's growing Gigafactory: "It will blow your mind."</a></li><li><a title="Unpacking the Hyperloop's lofty promises" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/136726928/unpacking-the-hyperloop-s-lofty-promises" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Unpacking the Hyperloop's lofty promises</a></li><li><a title="Elon Musk launches Hyperloop Pod Competition to university students and engineers" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/129714649/elon-musk-launches-hyperloop-pod-competition-to-university-students-and-engineers" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Elon Musk launches Hyperloop Pod Competition to university students and engineers</a></li><li><a title="Challenging the space-age Manifest Destiny narrative, as Elon Musk vies to move humans to Mars" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/126901864/challenging-the-space-age-manifest-destiny-narrative-as-elon-musk-vies-to-move-humans-to-mars" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Challenging the space-age Manifest Destiny narrative, as Elon Musk vies to move humans to Mars</a></li><li><a title="Did Tesla almost go bankrupt without anyone noticing?" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/126782986/did-tesla-almost-go-bankrupt-without-anyone-noticing" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Did Tesla almost go bankrupt without anyone noticing?</a></li><li><a title="The town that Hyperloop built" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/122049432/the-town-that-hyperloop-built" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The town that Hyperloop built</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/143509190/architecture-billings-index-in-november-dips-slightly Architecture Billings Index in November dips slightly Alexander Walter 2015-12-16T11:46:00-05:00 >2015-12-16T11:47:56-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/da/dat5l0nosbow1gyo.jpg" width="280" height="159" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>As has been the case a few times already this year, the Architecture Billings Index (ABI) dipped in November. [...] The American Institute of Architects (AIA) reported the November ABI score was 49.3, down from the mark of 53.1 in the previous month. This score reflects a decrease in design services (any score above 50 indicates an increase in billings). The new projects inquiry index was 58.6, up just a nudge from a reading of 58.5 the previous month.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Key highlights for the month of November were reported by the AIA as following:</p><ul><li>Regional averages: South (55.4), West (54.5), Midwest (47.8), Northeast (46.2)</li><li>Sector index breakdown: multi-family residential (53.8), institutional (52.0), commercial / industrial (51.0), mixed practice (47.6)</li><li>Project inquiries index: 58.6</li><li>Design contracts index: 53.5</li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/143436084/2-world-trade-center-receives-9m-rent-assistance-from-port-authority-to-expedite-project 2 World Trade Center receives $9M rent assistance from Port Authority to expedite project Alexander Walter 2015-12-15T13:14:00-05:00 >2015-12-15T13:16:07-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/pc/pcrimpviuwmw2w1k.jpg" width="514" height="350" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey approved subsidies to help expedite the construction of lower Manhattan&rsquo;s 2 World Trade Center [...]. Developer Silverstein Properties Inc., which leases the sites for 2 World Trade Center and two other towers from the Port Authority, would receive a rent break that amounts to $9 million over the life of the lease [...]. The agency had previously maintained that 2 World Trade would be built entirely without public assistance.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/138339682/bjarke-ingels-and-the-challenges-of-designing-two-world-trade-center" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bjarke Ingels and the challenges of designing Two World Trade Center</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/133642467/2-world-trade-center-could-be-the-most-expensive-office-tower-in-the-world" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">2 World Trade Center Could Be the Most Expensive Office Tower in the World</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/117113216/port-authority-reveals-plan-to-sell-world-trade-center-site" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Port Authority reveals plan to sell World Trade Center site</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/143363013/china-relaxes-restrictions-on-who-gets-perks-of-urban-public-services China relaxes restrictions on who gets perks of urban public services Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-12-14T14:52:00-05:00 >2015-12-27T23:24:25-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/3b/3b7wjxk4z7boaobs.jpg" width="514" height="368" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Chinese citizens have for decades been limited in public services they can access by their household registration [...] The problem is especially acute for the millions of migrant workers who are often forced to either leave their children in the countryside or place them in unregistered and often sub-standard schools in the city. [...] &ldquo;The move is to improve basic public services in urban areas and provide conveniences for residential permit cardholders&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>More news from China:</p><ul><li><a title="Touring China's past, present, and future: an examination of &quot;Architectural Guide China&quot;" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/142982682/touring-china-s-past-present-and-future-an-examination-of-architectural-guide-china" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Touring China's past, present, and future: an examination of "Architectural Guide China"</a></li><li><a title="Beijing's latest &quot;airpocalypse&quot; is bad enough for city to issue first ever red alert" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/142916001/beijing-s-latest-airpocalypse-is-bad-enough-for-city-to-issue-first-ever-red-alert" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Beijing's latest "airpocalypse" is bad enough for city to issue first ever red alert</a></li><li><a title="Four O Nine's Andrei Zerebecky shares his must-see architectural sites in Shanghai" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/141012454/four-o-nine-s-andrei-zerebecky-shares-his-must-see-architectural-sites-in-shanghai" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Four O Nine's Andrei Zerebecky shares his must-see architectural sites in Shanghai</a></li><li><a title="Exploring China's urban decay " href="http://archinect.com/news/article/140026317/exploring-china-s-urban-decay" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Exploring China's urban decay</a></li><li><a title="In weaker market, architecture firms in China are cutting back" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/134029472/in-weaker-market-architecture-firms-in-china-are-cutting-back" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">In weaker market, architecture firms in China are cutting back</a></li></ul>