Archinect - News 2016-10-25T18:49:28-04:00 Airbnb helps the homeless while getting involved with L.A.'s City Council Julia Ingalls 2016-10-25T13:27:00-04:00 >2016-10-25T13:29:15-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="432" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>After being criticized for helping to displace renters by inadvertently motivating landlords to turn long-term rentals into short-term hotel-like quarters, Airbnb is getting political and donating $100,000 to Los Angeles' Proposition HHH, which would require city officials to raise tax dollars to build 10,000 units of homeless housing. According to an article in the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">L.A. Times:</a></p><p>"The contribution&nbsp;comes as a proposed ordinance&nbsp;to regulate short-term rentals is working its way to the&nbsp;<a title="Los Angeles City Council" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">City Council</a>. The measure, approved in June by the Los Angeles Planning Commission, would limit short-term&nbsp;rentals to 180 days per year,&nbsp;exclude&nbsp;rent-controlled units and impose a tax on rentals.</p><p>Airbnb welcomes&nbsp;being regulated&nbsp;but is not endorsing all the terms of&nbsp;the proposal as is, said spokesman Christopher Nully."&nbsp;</p><p>Airbnb in the news:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Airbnb adds a Frank Lloyd Wright home, the Cooke House</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Airbnb turns to urban planning as it looks towards the future of home-sharing</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Airbnb offers landlords a cut of the profi...</a></li></ul> Third runway at Heathrow gets the go-ahead Ellen Hancock 2016-10-25T12:30:00-04:00 >2016-10-25T12:30:43-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="365" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Ministers approved the long-awaited decision at a cabinet committee meeting on Tuesday. Transport Secretary Chris Grayling called the decision "truly momentous" and said expansion would improve the UK's connections with the rest of the world and support trade and jobs. Although Heathrow has always been the favourite among businesses, it has attracted the most opposition from MPs with constituencies near the airport or under flight paths.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The expansion which had been publicly opposed by Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, Tory MP for Richmond Park, Zac Goldsmith and Foreign Secretary, Boris Johnson has been widely debated for years.</p><p>Funded with private sector cash the new runway will cost &pound;17.6 billion but provide 260,000 more flights with an estimated boost of &pound;147 billion to the economy over 60 years. However, construction is unlikely to begin until 2020 at the earliest.&nbsp;</p><p>Read more about Heathrow and UK aviation projects here:&nbsp;</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Will Brexit kill &pound;405B worth of infrastructure projects?</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Expansion of London City Airport granted planning permission</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Grimshaw chosen to design Heathrow's new terminal</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">After Brexit, &ldquo;the priority for the government at this time will not be big sexy projects&rdquo;</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Benoy Announced in Heathrow Shortlist for Terminal of the Future Expansion</a></li></ul> Landscape architecture firms report decline in billable hours and new gigs Julia Ingalls 2016-10-20T14:53:00-04:00 >2016-10-20T15:15:47-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="300" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The latest survey from ASLA, the&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">American Society of Landscape Architects</a>, reveals that the 188 landscape architecture firms that responded to the survey are planning to hire fewer people and seem to have fewer stable billable hours than they did the previous quarter. Only&nbsp;78.38 percent of surveyed firms reported stable billable hours for the third quarter of 2016, down from the previous quarter's&nbsp;82.67 percent. Check out the full report <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.&nbsp;</p><p>For more on architecture and economics:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architecture Billings Index declines further; reflecting uncertainty over U.S. presidential election</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Is Vancouver's 15% tax on overseas buyers helping to cool the housing market?</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The era of aspirational pricing is over</a></li></ul> Architecture Billings Index declines further; reflecting uncertainty over U.S. presidential election Alexander Walter 2016-10-19T14:42:00-04:00 >2016-10-20T13:07:25-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="400" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>For the first time since the summer of 2012, the Architecture Billings Index (ABI) posted consecutive months of a decline in demand for design services. [...] The American Institute of Architects (AIA) reported the September ABI score was 48.4, down from the mark of 49.7 in the previous month. This score reflects a decrease in design services (any score above 50 indicates an increase in billings). &nbsp;The new projects inquiry index was 59.4, down from a reading of 61.8 the previous month.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>&ldquo;This recent backslide should act as a warning signal,&rdquo; said AIA Chief Economist, Kermit Baker, Hon. AIA, PhD. &nbsp;&ldquo;But this drop-off in demand could be continued hesitancy in the marketplace to move forward on projects until the presidential election is decided. The fact that new work coming into architecture continues to slowly increase suggests that billings will resume their growth in the coming months.&rdquo;</em></p><p>The AIA reports these key ABI highlights for the month of September:</p><ul><li>Regional averages: South (53.4), Midwest (50.1), West (49.5), Northeast (44.0)</li><li>Sector index breakdown:commercial/industrial (50.4), mixed practice (49.8), institutional (49.0), multi-family residential (48.8)</li><li>Project inquiries index: 59.4</li><li>Design contracts index: 51.4</li></ul><p>The&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ABI</a>&nbsp;in previous months on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architecture Billings Index in August dips below 50, overall outlook reported as positive</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architecture Billings Index in July remains in positive terrain but higher volatility expected due to U.S. presidential election...</a></li></ul> Five Can’t-Miss ARE Updates from NCARB Sponsor 2016-10-19T09:00:00-04:00 >2016-10-24T22:29:13-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img title="" alt="" src=""></a><em><strong>This post is brought to you by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">PPI</a>.</strong></em><br>&nbsp;<p>It&rsquo;s an exciting time to be an ARE candidate. With the release of ARE 5.0, new information is revealing itself daily. Keeping up with these updates can be difficult, but not impossible. Read on to discover essential ARE updates from NCARB that will help you on your path to licensure.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><strong>1. Earn a $100 Gift Card by Contributing to the Cut Score</strong></p><p>If you&rsquo;re among the first 600 candidates to take the ARE, not only will you contribute to the cut score (defined points on the score scale that determine the passing standard), but you will receive a <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">$100 gift card from NCARB</a>. NCARB will temporarily hold the release of ARE 5.0 score reports until the cut score of each division is decided, so encourage other ARE 5.0 candidates you know to test early.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><strong>2. Navigate the New Testing Interface with NCARB&rsquo;s Demo Exam</strong></p><p>The <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ARE 5.0 Demonstration Exam</a> is an interactive tool that helps you become familiar with the interface of the new test, and can be accessed easily through yo...</p> Airbnb adds a Frank Lloyd Wright home, the Cooke House Julia Ingalls 2016-10-13T20:54:00-04:00 >2016-10-16T23:00:10-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="320" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>There are dozens of Frank Lloyd Wright houses across the country that fans of the architect can visit. There are a handful that can be rented. There is only one where you can sleep overnight for $148, which includes a personal guided tour by the 90-year-old owner and breakfast in a Wright-designed &ldquo;great room.&rdquo; The Cooke House in Virginia Beach, Va., built in 1959, is one of Wright&rsquo;s last commissioned works.</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>For more on Frank Lloyd Wright:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Lloyd Wright's LA Samuel-Novarro House for sale</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">When 'Frank Lloyd Wright' and 'historic designation' are holding back your home&rsquo;s value, what&rsquo;s a seller to do?</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">New Jersey&rsquo;s Oldest and Largest Frank Lloyd Wright House Listed for $2.2M</a></li></ul> As conflict wages in Syria, Turkey's Erdogan eyes future real-estate prospects Nicholas Korody 2016-10-13T12:39:00-04:00 >2016-10-18T02:50:07-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="434" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Turkey&rsquo;s president looks at northern Syria and sees what others don&rsquo;t: a massive real estate project. Recep Tayyip Erdogan, whose army is attempting to clear 5,000 square kilometers in northern Syria of Islamic State, talks about building entire cities when his soldiers&rsquo; work is done. In regular addresses, he describes a future in which refugees return home to Turkish-built apartment blocks supplemented by Turkish-built schools and social facilities.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>That may be the only way to get some of the nearly 3 million Syrians in Turkey to return home and begin reconstructing their country, he says.</em></p><p>For more on the Syrian conflict, check out past coverage:</p><ul><li><a href="" target="_blank">A well, a windmill, a mirror: Sigil's real and symbolic interventions in Syria</a></li><li><a href="" target="_blank">Water Wars: the Islamic State and the Mosul Dam</a></li><li><a href="" target="_blank">Replica of Palmyra Arch presented in New York</a></li><li><a href="" target="_blank">Ruimteveldwerk maps 'modes of movement' for asylum seekers in Oslo</a></li></ul> Is Vancouver's 15% tax on overseas buyers helping to cool the housing market? Alexander Walter 2016-10-12T14:22:00-04:00 >2016-10-15T22:52:28-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="294" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>There is a city which is suffering a worse property bubble than Sydney, whose residents are more priced-out than Londoners, and where there is a greater divide between the housing haves and have-nots than even San Francisco. That city is Vancouver, and in response to these mounting challenges, the west-coast Canadian metropolis recently imposed an extraordinary new tax on foreign buyers &ndash; whose impact is now being watched closely by other cities grappling with bloated property markets.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related stories in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Mayor of London launches probe into the impact of foreign investment in city's real estate</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Another case of "poor door" for proposed Vancouver high-rise</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Can Vancouver break out of its 'boring-architecture' mold with these new ambitious skyscraper</a></li></ul> Quickly Recover from Missing Billable Hours and Miscalculated Project Costs Sponsor 2016-10-10T09:00:00-04:00 >2016-10-11T22:08:40-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img title="" alt="" src=""></a><em><strong>This post is brought to you by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">BQE ArchiOffice</a>.</strong></em><br>&nbsp;<p><strong><em>Learn how this Brisbane-based architectural firm is enjoying faster cash flow now.</em></strong></p><p><strong>About</strong></p><p>Based in West End, Brisbane, Tim Bennetton Architects is a small, private architectural firm with a single director and three employees. They work in an intimate, responsive environment that collectively values good design, simplicity and positive relationships. This Australian firm goes above and beyond for their clients to ensure that the joy remains through the ups and downs of their projects &ndash; from the initial meeting through to completion. Tim Bennetton and his team offer unparalleled service that provides excellent design, as well as an experience in transforming that vision into reality.</p><p><strong>Background</strong></p><p>Prior to finding the right software for their firm, Tim Bennetton Architects encountered many time tracking issues that made it difficult to estimate project costs and profits. &ldquo;We used something called Timesheet Professional, which tracked our times ...</p> The story behind Didi, China's "Uber Slayer" Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-10-06T18:41:00-04:00 >2016-10-10T23:03:27-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="866" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In August, after a multibillion-dollar, year-and-a-half-long battle, Uber agreed to sell its business in China and depart the country. It was a face-saving retreat for Uber, which got a 17.7 percent ownership stake in Didi and $1 billion in cash. [...] Investors recently valued Didi at $35&nbsp;billion, making it one of the most valuable private companies in the world. Uber, with operations in almost 500&nbsp;cities on six continents, is worth $68&nbsp;billion.</p></em><br /><br /><p>More stories from the Uber-verse:</p><ul><li><a title='The view from inside a self-driving Uber: "the technology is not quite ready"' href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The view from inside a self-driving Uber: "the technology is not quite ready"</a></li><li><a title="Uber and the future of on-demand public transit" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Uber and the future of on-demand public transit</a></li><li><a title="Google, Uber, Lyft, Ford and Volvo join forces to lobby for autonomous vehicles" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Google, Uber, Lyft, Ford and Volvo join forces to lobby for autonomous vehicles</a></li><li><a title="Women-only Uber alternatives face pushback from antidiscrimination laws" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Women-only Uber alternatives face pushback from antidiscrimination laws</a></li><li><a title="Paris erupts in riot as taxi drivers protest Uber" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Paris erupts in riot as taxi drivers protest Uber</a></li></ul> OMA's plans for Axel Springer building officially released Julia Ingalls 2016-10-06T13:20:00-04:00 >2016-10-10T23:03:48-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="459" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>OMA's Axel Springer building, which received the official launch from its namesake company today, visually confronts the disparate nature of modern office work. The 30-foot tall atrium with 3D facade elements creates a stage for unscripted interaction, while the more discreet sections of the building provide focused, quiet working space for 3,500 employees. The building will also feature a publicly-accessible park on its top.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>As Rem Koolhaas noted, &ldquo;Over the years, Berlin has been a profound source of inspiration, and with Axel Springer we are thrilled to continue our long engagement with this city.<br>We are lucky to have a client who views architecture as an instrument of change, and with this building, we hope to address a central dilemma of the contemporary office: as computer-based work has become largely intangible and silent, how can people effectively<br>communicate in a workspace which fosters both concentration and vigorous interaction?&rdquo;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>For more on the Axel Springer building:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">OMA wi...</a></li></ul> Mayor of London launches probe into the impact of foreign investment in city's real estate Nicholas Korody 2016-09-29T12:58:00-04:00 >2016-10-03T00:11:20-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="406" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>London mayor Sadiq Khan is to launch the UK&rsquo;s most comprehensive inquiry into the impact of foreign investment flooding London&rsquo;s housing market, amid growing fears about the scale of gentrification and spiralling housing costs in the capital. Khan said there are &ldquo;real concerns&rdquo; about the surge in the number of homes being bought by overseas investors, adding that the inquiry would map the scale of the problem for the first time.</p></em><br /><br /><p>In related news:</p><ul><li><a href="" target="_blank">As a new class of super rich investors displace the traditional elite, average Londoners are pushed further and further outside the city limits</a></li><li><a href="" target="_blank">Overcrowding on London's canals</a></li><li><a href="" target="_blank">To live in London you can't be a Londoner</a></li><li><a href="" target="_blank">London fails to achieve any targets for affordable housing</a></li></ul> Efficiency-enhancing drones could dramatically reduce construction costs Julia Ingalls 2016-09-27T13:32:00-04:00 >2016-10-07T01:07:11-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="366" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>According to this&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Fortune</a> article, it's estimated that the construction industry wastes billions of dollars annually in poorly organized and distributed materials, a practice that could be eliminated with omnipresent flying drones. The trick is to create software that can process what the drones see on each construction site into data that humans can quickly comprehend and efficiently implement. Autodesk is investing in developing software and hardware that can convey this information, which may dramatically cut construction costs (and perhaps make <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">architects rethink how they bill for projects</a>).</p><p>For more on drones:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Designing for drones: a condo tower with drone-friendly balconies</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">This drone video takes you on a fascinating flight through the guts of Seattle's Bertha tunneling machine</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Here comes the "dronescraper"</a></li></ul> BAU 2017: Events, services and information for architects Sponsor 2016-09-27T12:30:00-04:00 >2016-09-30T21:14:11-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="469" border="0" title="" alt="" /><a href=";bid=160620jb045&amp;etcc_med=banner&amp;etcc_var=&amp;bkn=central_media&amp;cnt=&amp;etcc_par=ArchinectSponsoredEditorialNewsPost" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img title="" alt="" src=""></a><br><em><strong>This post is brought to you by <a href=";bid=160620jb045&amp;etcc_med=banner&amp;etcc_var=&amp;bkn=central_media&amp;cnt=&amp;etcc_par=ArchinectSponsoredEditorialNewsPost" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">BAU 2017<img alt="" src=";c=19&amp;mc=imp&amp;pli=18609115&amp;PluID=0&amp;ord=%5Btimestamp%5D&amp;rtu=-1"></a>.</strong></em><br>&nbsp;<p>On about 185,000 m2 of exhibition space, BAU will be presenting a display of architecture, materials and systems for commercial and residential construction and interior design, for both new-build and R&amp;M projects. This next edition of the show, which takes place in Munich from January 16 to 21, 2017, will again be filling up all the available halls at the exhibition center. Here around 2,000 exhibitors from more than 40 countries will be showcasing a comprehensive range of materials and technologies for planning and construction. In particular architects &ndash; many coming from all over the world &ndash; regard this event as an unmissable source of information and inspiration.</p><p>BAU brings together all the technologies, products and materials that are used in planning and building. This cross-functionality approach makes BAU an essential information source for everyone involved in planning and building: from investors, planners and architects through to s...</p> Engineering giant Arup announces imminent layoffs following Brexit vote Nicholas Korody 2016-09-26T17:27:00-04:00 >2016-09-28T22:55:01-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="487" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Article 50 still hasn&rsquo;t been triggered, but the fallout from Brexit is already impacting the UK and its economy. And, as many predicted, architecture isn&rsquo;t immune to its effects. In one of the first major post-referendum announcements pertaining to the discipline, engineering giant Arup has stated that it will lay off up to 10% of staff at its London Buildings Division.</p><p>As reported by the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Global Construction Review</a>, the multi-disciplinary firm will cut some 90 jobs. Final decisions will be made by the end of next month. This falls in line with predictions that the construction industry will be among the hardest hit in the aftermath of the June 23rd decision. Uncertainty hovers over many big projects in the capital, such as the planned skyscraper known as <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">the Pinnacle</a>.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>In an email sent to staff and quoted by the Global Construction River, Nigel Tonks, head of Arup&rsquo;s Buildings London office, states: &ldquo;We are seeing signs of delays in investment decisions, particularly in the commercial s...</p> American home sales drop unexpectedly in August Nicholas Korody 2016-09-22T12:57:00-04:00 >2016-09-26T23:26:33-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="650" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>U.S. home resales unexpectedly fell in August, crimped by a shortage of inventory that is boosting home prices faster than the pace of wage growth. The National Association of Realtors said on Thursday existing home sales declined 0.9 percent to an annual rate of 5.33 million units. Economists polled by Reuters had forecast sales rising 1.1 percent in August to a 5.45 million-unit pace.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>July's sales pace was also revised lower to 5.38 million units from the previously reported 5.39 million units. However, despite sales being at their second-lowest pace of the year, home resales were still up 0.8 percent from one year ago.</em></p><p>For more on the current state of the housing market in the States, follow these links:</p><ul><li><a href="" target="_blank">The US housing market is "the planet's biggest concentration of financial risk"</a></li><li><a href="" target="_blank">Even the wealthy are having trouble buying homes in Silicon Valley, so lenders are offering "zero-down loans"</a></li><li><a href="" target="_blank">Facebook enters the housing market &ndash; and it's probably not a good thing</a></li><li><a href="" target="_blank">Why it just isn't possible to build affordable housing in the current U.S. housing market</a></li></ul> Architecture Billings Index in August dips below 50, overall outlook reported as positive Alexander Walter 2016-09-21T13:38:00-04:00 >2016-09-28T23:27:28-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="447" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>On the heels of six out of seven months of increasing levels of demand for design services, the Architecture Billings Index (ABI) fell just below the positive mark. [...] (AIA) reported the August ABI score was 49.7, down from the mark of 51.5 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 61.8, up sharply from a reading of 57.5 the previous month.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>&ldquo;This is only the second month this year where demand for architectural services has declined and it is only by a fraction of a point,&rdquo; said AIA Chief Economist, Kermit Baker, Hon. AIA, PhD. &nbsp;&ldquo;Given the solid numbers for new design contracts and project inquiries, it doesn&rsquo;t appear that this is the beginning of a broader downturn in the design and construction industry.&rdquo;</em></p><p>The AIA reports these key ABI highlights for the month of August:</p><ul><li>Regional averages: South (55.2), Midwest (52.8), West (49.0), Northeast (44.9)</li><li>Sector index breakdown: mixed practice (51.8), multi-family residential (50.9), commercial / industrial (50.8), institutional (50.7)</li><li>Project inquiries index: 61.8</li><li>Design contracts index: 52.7</li></ul><p>The&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ABI</a>&nbsp;in previous months on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architecture Billings Index in July remains in positive terrain but higher volatility expected due to U.S. presidential election</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architecture Billings Index in June positive for fifth consecutive month</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architecture Billings Index reaches highest score in...</a></li></ul> RIBA appoints Alan Vallance as new Chief Executive Ellen Hancock 2016-09-20T01:12:00-04:00 >2016-09-20T10:36:43-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="975" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Alan Vallance has been chosen as the new Chief Executive of the RIBA unanimously by the interview panel. He has been Interim Chief Executive at the institute since February this year and prior to that Interim Director of Finance. Previous to working at the RIBA he has worked in finance, consulting, strategic planning and general management in Europe and Australasia.&nbsp;</p><p>Regarding his appointment Alan Vallance said:</p><p>&ldquo;Architects are creative, visionary and collaborative professionals who ensure that our built environment serves and strengthens communities now and in the future. It is a privilege to have been appointed to the role of Chief Executive&nbsp;of the RIBA. I look forward to working with the Board and Council, the staff team and members in the UK and globally to deliver the RIBA&rsquo;s five year strategic plan and to further strengthen the RIBA&rsquo;s offer to current and future members.&rdquo;</p><p>Read more news relating to the Royal Institute of British Architects here:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">UK Architects&rsquo; Workloads Expected t...</a></li></ul> GSAPP United: how student unions affect architectural labor, ft. A.L. Hu, GSAPP MArch student and organizer with Graduate Workers of Columbia, on Archinect Sessions #81 Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-09-15T18:50:00-04:00 >2016-09-19T00:42:14-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="421" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>In a landmark decision last month, Columbia University graduate students won <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">the right to unionize</a>&nbsp;in a case filed against the National Labor Relations Board. As a result,&nbsp;graduate students in private universities across the U.S. now have the right to collectively bargain. What effect does this have on architecture student labor, and the valuation of architecture overall?</p><p>We're joined this week by special guest <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A.L. Hu</a>, a third-year GSAPP MArch student and key organizer with Graduate Workers of Columbia (GWC-UAW). Hu shared what's happening at the school after the landmark decision, and how these organizing efforts can affect the architecture profession overall.</p><p>Listen to&nbsp;episode 81 of&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Archinect Sessions</strong></a>, "GSAPP United":</p><ul></ul><ul><li><strong>iTunes</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Click here to listen</a>, and click the "Subscribe" button below the logo to automatically download new episodes.</li><li><strong>Apple Podcast App (iOS)</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="pcast://" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">click here to subscribe</a></li><li><strong>SoundCloud</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">click here to follow Archinect</a></li><li><strong>RSS</strong>: subscribe with any of your favorite podcasting apps via o...</li></ul> Sydney Architect petitioning against the illegal use of the title ‘architect’ in Australia Alexander Walter 2016-09-14T14:19:00-04:00 >2016-09-16T03:56:22-04:00 <img src="" width="598" height="448" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Sydney architect Robert Harwood is apparently fed up with being compared on price point and capability to building practitioners who aren&rsquo;t registered architects. The director of Harwood Architects and founder of My Architect is petitioning the Australian Institute of Architects CEO Jennifer Cunich to do more to protect the architecture profession from non-architects passing off their work and capability as that of an architect.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>"Harwood is particularly concerned with non-architects using the title &lsquo;architect&rsquo; in their name or the words &lsquo;architectural services&rsquo; in advertising."</em></p><p>Related stories in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">New York man tries to weasel out of architectural malpractice suit with "I'm not an architect" defense</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">College wins $5.5MM lawsuit against firm for use of unlicensed architects</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The NYT's interview with Karim Rashid, unlicensed architect</a></li></ul> Airbnb offers landlords a cut of the profits Nicholas Korody 2016-09-13T17:27:00-04:00 >2016-09-18T22:37:41-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="366" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Landlords have had a gripe with Airbnb for a while. The sharing platform facilitates subletting apartments without their consent or knowledge, not to mention a cut of the profits. Now, Airbnb is hoping to make amends by rolling out a new initiative dubbed the 'Airbnb Friendly Building Program'. Here's how it works, according to <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Fortune</a>:</p><p><em>Building owners&mdash;provided they operate in a jurisdiction where short-term rental laws are clear, meaning that there&rsquo;s no ambiguity nor potential for a regulatory mess&mdash;apply for the program. Once accepted, the owner then decides the terms (which units, for how long, revenue division, etc.) under which tenants can rent out their homes and submits them to Airbnb as well as amends its tenants&rsquo; leases. Eligible tenants in that can then sign up for their building&rsquo;s program through Airbnb, and become part of the regular reports the company sends to the landlord.</em></p><p><em>What&rsquo;s more, Airbnb also handles paying out both the hosts and their landlords, as well as collecti...</em></p> Are You Ready for ARE 5.0? Sponsor 2016-09-12T11:00:00-04:00 >2016-09-15T23:50:01-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="240" border="0" title="" alt="" /><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img title="" alt="" src=""></a><em><strong>This post is brought to you by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">PPI</a>.</strong></em><br>&nbsp;<p>As the release date for ARE 5.0 draws near, knowing what to expect on the new test is becoming more pertinent for ARE candidates. Exciting breakthroughs in graphic testing methods and a desire to move away from the outdated CAD software system were just a couple of considerations fueling the latest ARE update. NCARB&rsquo;s aim of making ARE content better reflect the day-to-day activities of professional architects also played a large role.</p><p>NCARB&rsquo;s goal with any update is to use the most effective methodology to properly test a candidate&rsquo;s ability to protect public safety and welfare - not to mention making the test as logical and cost-effective as possible. With the update, candidates will only have to take six divisions in contrast to the seven divisions of ARE 4.0. In fact, you may qualify to take advantage of a unique and lucrative <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Loophole Combo Strategy</a> to the transition between tests. Check <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a> to see if you&rsquo;re eligible.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><strong>What&rsquo;s New?</strong></p><p>With the relea...</p> Financial Management for the Small Architectural Firm 101 Sponsor 2016-09-12T08:00:00-04:00 >2016-09-14T23:12:30-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img title="" alt="" src=""></a><em><strong>This post is brought to you by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">BQE ArchiOffice</a>.</strong></em><br>&nbsp;<p>Providing great architectural services and running a financially successful firm are not mutually exclusive. It&rsquo;s quite the contrary. If you are as good an architect as you think, you&rsquo;ll be successful and it won&rsquo;t be because of your design skills. However, what separates the great&ndash;struggling designers from the great-successful designers isn&rsquo;t just luck.</p><p>It&rsquo;s not your fault that after all the years of education and training you endured to become an architect, you don&rsquo;t know the first thing about how to run a business. Sure, you can design &ndash; like nobody&rsquo;s business &ndash; but do you truly understand the difference between income and revenue? How about a credit and debit? Do you know what an overhead factor is and why it&rsquo;s so critical? Do you know what your minimum billing rate is? Did you ever sit down and map out your firm&rsquo;s operating budget?</p><p>Chances are the answer to all these questions is no. So let&rsquo;s get to work and get you on the right trac...</p> UK Architects’ Workloads Expected to Decrease for the First Time Since 2012 Erin Whalley 2016-09-10T12:21:00-04:00 >2016-09-14T23:13:43-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="723" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The RIBA Future Trends Survey predicts that UK architects&rsquo; workloads are expected to decrease for the first time since 2012.</p><p>The fall in positivity occurred in the month after the UK referendum on EU membership, with the confidence of practices falling, anticipating negatives consequences if the UK were to actually leave the EU. The results of this and previous trend surveys are published here: <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">RIBA</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Though the figures provided in the study are generalised, they are useful as a comparison and show that the fall appears to be quite significant; with a balance figure of -7 in July, compared to the +22 shown in June. <em>(Values given are the balance figure; the difference between the practices expecting more work and those expecting less.)</em></p><p>As these are overall values, across the country results have differed. For example, London has predicted a workload decrease, whilst Wales and the West returned a positive balance figure of +14.</p><p>Practices participating in the RIBA survey confirmed that the p...</p> Top 10 U.S. architecture schools of 2017, according to Design Intelligence Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-09-09T14:52:00-04:00 >2016-09-14T23:15:29-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="397" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Since 2010, Cornell has topped DI's Undergraduate rankings (except for 2014, when Cal Poly San Louis Obispo was first), with Harvard consistently being first in Graduate programs (excluding 2011, when University of Michigan got the top spot). How 2017's top 10 schools compare to one another since 2010 can be seen below:</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>The rankings are formed under the following methodology, according to a report in <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architectural Record</a>:</p><p><em>DesignIntelligence sent surveys to CEOs, managing partners, and human-resource directors asking about their findings in hiring architecture graduates. The respondents could select up to 10 National Architectural Accrediting Board&ndash;certified undergraduate and graduate programs in each category. Each survey response was checked for authenticity and validated by the research staff at DesignIntelligence. In cases of dubious or unreliable information that could not be confirmed, researchers eliminated the questionable return. Researchers also confirmed that the person resp...</em></p> Instant, customizable digital architectural stencils hit the market Julia Ingalls 2016-09-06T14:38:00-04:00 >2016-09-13T00:10:00-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="488" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>With a press release that makes references to Banksy's iconic global stencils, the new digital architectural stencil set from&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Morpholio </a>enables architects to instantly make customizable stencils of complex designs, from faces to condo layouts to intricately shaded trees. The initial image can come from a photograph, drawing, or render.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>As Toru Hasegawa, co-creator of&nbsp;Morpholio Trace Pro explains: "Software should mirror the gestures, intuition and behavior of the creative. Trace Pro seeks to amplify it, and in doing so, make it as smart and elastic as possible." &nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>This video illustrates the process, which involves gliding the stencil tool over a particular design, capturing it, and then replicating it/editing it at will with the assorted tool bars:</p> VACANT NEW YORK maps Manhattan's shuttered storefronts Alexander Walter 2016-09-02T13:23:00-04:00 >2016-09-05T00:19:12-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="338" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>This is high-rent blight. The vacancy problem is immediately visible but lacking in hard data. The intent of this project is to provide some background around commercial vacancies and use a map to give some insight into the extent of the issue, ideally doubling as a tool for community groups and policymakers to identify areas for intervention. It's an obvious problem without a clear set of causes or solutions, but there are several contributing factors [...]</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Click <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a> for the interactive VACANT NEW YORK&nbsp;map.</p><p>Related stories in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">New map tool reveals NYC's vacant lots zoned for revitalization</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A New Mapping Tool Lets NYC Residents Peek Into Developers' Plans</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">New York City's tree species mapped</a></li></ul> Chicago Tribune Tower sale closes; mixed-use redevelopment likely Alexander Walter 2016-08-31T13:42:00-04:00 >2016-08-31T13:43:02-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Los Angeles-based developer CIM Group has agreed to buy Tribune Tower for up to $240 million, marking the end of media ownership for the historic North Michigan Avenue building and the beginning of a new chapter, likely as part of a mixed-use redevelopment. [...] Tribune Media unveiled conceptual plans last year to redevelop the parcel, adding several buildings to maximize the space with residential, retail and hotel components.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The Tribune Tower sale previously in the Archinect news:&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Chicago Tribune Tower inches closer to hotel &amp; residential redevelopment</a></p> Virtual Reality: An Architect’s #1 Marketing and Business Development Tool Sponsor 2016-08-25T15:05:00-04:00 >2016-09-03T11:11:43-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><a href=";utm_medium=Editorial&amp;utm_campaign=Archinect%20Editorial%202" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img alt="" src=""></a><em><strong>This post is brought to you by <a href=";utm_medium=Editorial&amp;utm_campaign=Archinect%20Editorial%202" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Yulio</a>.</strong></em><br>&nbsp;<p>There&rsquo;s no denying it: Virtual Reality (VR) creates a buzz. It&rsquo;s exciting and attention-grabbing. It attracts and then holds. And keeps holding. Wherever you go, a pair of goggles instantly draws a crowd.</p><p>For businesses in the Architecture and Interior Design industries, VR technology becomes a fantastic&nbsp;<strong>marketing and </strong>business development opportunity.&nbsp;Telling &ndash; or showing &ndash; prospects that you&rsquo;re using VR is great for <strong>sparking conversations</strong> and leaving <strong>lasting first impressions.</strong></p><p>For those interested in or actively experimenting with it VR, here&rsquo;s a few <strong>tips for using this technology as a business development and marketing tool in your business.</strong></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><strong>1. Give a great first impression</strong></p><p>Show, don&rsquo;t tell. The best way to explain what VR can do is to simply <strong>hand your client or prospect a pair of goggles. </strong>Pre-load it with a <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">sample space</a>, past projects or perhaps even a 360&deg; &lsquo;before&rsquo; photo, and let them imagine the possibilities for themselves.</p><p>Make sure you <strong>know y...</strong></p> Trudeau stakes Canada's economic growth on architects Julia Ingalls 2016-08-23T14:09:00-04:00 >2016-09-01T23:05:52-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="366" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>With the U.S. presidential election coming up, a few Americans are considering moving to Canada, a move that actually might be lucrative if you're an architect. Responding to the forces of globalization, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is aiming to inject new economic life into his country by investing in traditionally brainy industries like architecture and accounting, as reported in this <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bloomberg News</a> article:</p><p><em>So if manufacturers won't do the heavy lifting, who will?</em></p><p><em>Enter Diamond. The world-renowned architect employs 180 people, including 140 architects, in an airy but respectfully renovated early 20th-century building in Toronto&rsquo;s Fashion District. It was Canada&rsquo;s education system that brought him to the country&mdash;he set up the post-graduate architect program at the University of Toronto in 1966&mdash;but his eye has always been turned outwards.</em></p><p>For more on architectural employment tips/trends:&nbsp;</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Architecture Job Application Hints &amp; Suggestions from Employers: Part II</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">What's the h...</a></li></ul>