Archinect - News 2017-04-29T21:31:33-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/150004635/what-does-trump-s-20-tariff-hike-on-canadian-softwoods-mean-for-architecture What does Trump's 20% tariff hike on Canadian softwoods mean for architecture? Julia Ingalls 2017-04-29T13:51:00-04:00 >2017-04-29T15:30:15-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/t8/t88570q8ed10333e.jpg" width="650" height="516" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>What will <a href="https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2017/04/24/another-bad-act-on-the-part-of-the-canadians-trump-administration-launches-punitive-tariffs-on-canadian-lumber/?utm_term=.56bdee518008&amp;wpisrc=nl_most&amp;wpmm=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">higher timber prices as a result of Trump's new tarriff</a> mean for architecture? Dr. Warren Mabee, who is the Canada Research Chair in Renewable Energy Development and Implementation at Queen's University, told me over the phone that it will likely halt or significantly alter the design and construction of formerly ubiquitous wood-frame residences. "I think one of the big things you're going to see, particularly in the U.S., is that introducing this type of tariff or countervailing duty, is that it will drive up the price of lumber. What that will mean is that for architects who are specializing particularly in residential construction, where there is a lot of wood and wood frame that goes into it, they may find themselves limited in what they can do.&nbsp;So if you're building something that's on a budget or something that's going to use a lot of wood, you may find yourself in a position where the costs are now going to be substantively higher than prior to the tariff being intr...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150004506/foster-partners-plan-redundancies-due-to-uncertainty-in-the-construction-market Foster + Partners plan redundancies due to uncertainty in the construction market Ellen Hancock 2017-04-25T05:17:00-04:00 >2017-04-26T18:15:56-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/a7/a7mudmdbnw3hs4a0.jpg" width="620" height="372" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Britain&rsquo;s largest architectural firm, Foster + Partners, plans to lay off nearly 100 people, and blamed the uncertainty around construction projects caused by last summer&rsquo;s Brexit vote. The company, whose London projects have included the Millennium Bridge, the Great Hall redevelopment at the British Museum and the Gherkin tower, said the cuts would mainly affect staff at its headquarters in Battersea, south-west London.</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/150003938/an-exquisite-drone-tour-over-apple-s-new-campus-reveals-the-pond-furniture-a-new-theater An exquisite drone tour over Apple's new campus reveals the pond, furniture, + a new theater Julia Ingalls 2017-04-20T12:35:00-04:00 >2017-04-21T18:28:32-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/55/55wa7asskq2yjcg5.jpg" width="650" height="365" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Like a miniature perfectionist city, the new Apple campus in Cupertino is made up of several different buildings: there's the familiar Norman Foster-designed "spaceship," as well as a massive parking garage that features gleaming solar panels atop the roof.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/zj/zjjnjhcnf9tctvpn.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/x3/x3q4kqf1c346yb49.jpg"></p><p>This drone video reveals that very little of the landscaping has come in yet--a few trees, in their boxy planters, hang out outside the main building, and only a few plants have been installed in the equipment-strewn courtyard--but it offers an excellent tour of the Steve Jobs Theatre which is slated to open this summer:&nbsp;</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150003789/architecture-billings-index-in-march-ends-first-quarter-with-sizable-increase Architecture Billings Index in March ends first quarter with sizable increase Alexander Walter 2017-04-19T15:22:00-04:00 >2017-04-20T13:33:25-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/2h/2hqkmoba5sz4xilr.jpg" width="650" height="423" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The first quarter of the year ended on a positive note for the Architecture Billings Index (ABI). [...] The American Institute of Architects (AIA) reported the March ABI score was 54.3, up from a score of 50.7 in the previous month. This score reflects a sizable increase in design services (any score above 50 indicates an increase in billings). The new projects inquiry index was 59.8, down from a reading of 61.5 the previous month, while the new design contracts index dipped from 54.7 to 52.3.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>&ldquo;The first quarter started out on uneasy footing, but fortunately ended on an upswing &nbsp;entering the traditionally busy spring season,&rdquo; said AIA Chief Economist, Kermit Baker, Hon. AIA, PhD. &nbsp;&ldquo;All sectors showed growth except for the commercial/industrial market, which, for the first time in over a year displayed a decrease in design services.&rdquo;</em></p><p>The AIA reports these key ABI stats for the month of March:</p><ul><li>Regional averages: Midwest (54.6), South (52.6), Northeast (52.4), West (50.2)</li><li>Sector index breakdown: multi-family residential (54.6), mixed practice (53.7), institutional (52.9), commercial / industrial (49.8)</li><li>Project inquiries index: 59.8</li><li>Design contracts index: 52.3</li></ul><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/zu/zuirvfen4w0x74mf.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/15/15o4vskzs13aov6b.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/xu/xuf3f69qrkam7n0s.jpg"></p><p><em>All graphs represent data from March 2016 - March 2017, images via aia.org.</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150003454/developing-flexible-parking-garages-for-a-rideshare-dependent-la Developing flexible parking garages for a rideshare-dependent LA Justine Testado 2017-04-18T13:37:00-04:00 >2017-04-24T01:29:10-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/t0/t0sxr2csk6duns8u.jpg" width="540" height="360" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The strategy reflects a consensus among some developers and planners that California&rsquo;s vaunted car culture is inevitably going to run out of gas...[Andy] Cohen, co-chief executive of Gensler, predicts car ownership will peak around 2020 and then start to decline, with more Americans relying on some form of ride-sharing than their own vehicles by 2025. That means cars gradually would disappear from home garages, curbs and parking structures, freeing up acre upon acre of real estate for new uses.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Some developers are already planning for a not-so-far-off future Los Angeles where more people primarily rely on ridesharing (including from autonomous vehicles) than driving their own car, particularly in the form of parking garages that can be redesigned for other uses like commercial spaces or live/work units.</p><p><em>&ldquo;...despite what some believe is the inevitability of a transportation revolution, many builders are reluctant to pay for flexibility until changes in driving habits are more pronounced, said Los Angeles real estate attorney Justin Thompson of Nixon Peabody. A lot of developers may think, &lsquo;Well, that&rsquo;s going to be on the back burner for a while,&rsquo; Thompson said, &lsquo;but the progressive developers are going to factor this in.&rsquo;&rdquo;</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150003538/indian-bar-legally-evades-closure-by-adding-250-meter-long-maze-entrance Indian bar legally evades closure by adding 250-meter long maze entrance Julia Ingalls 2017-04-18T12:38:00-04:00 >2017-04-18T13:11:34-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/lu/lucoxqswicnjsau4.jpg" width="650" height="390" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Since April 1 a large number of the bars, pubs and liquor shops across India has gone out of business, thanks to a Supreme Court order that the outlets should be at least 500m away from state and national highways...The Aishwarya Bar in North Paravoor, a Kochi suburb has built a 250m-long maze-like walkway to the entrance, theoretically making it more than 500m away from the highway.</p></em><br /><br /><p>In a move that has even delighted the bureaucrats who initially drafted the rule that no bar could be within 500 meters of a highway, an Indian bar has managed to stay in business by virtue of building a 250 meter long maze that, like the snaking lines at an amusement park, greatly expands the literal number of feet one must traverse to get to the bar's actual entrance. While this clever invention may necessitate a designated walker to help steer patrons back out, it ranks among the best architectural interpretations of law we've seen in some time. Cheers!</p><p>h/t <a href="http://www.bldgblog.com/2017/04/entry-maze/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">bldgblog</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150002494/swimming-with-skyscrapers-watch-video-from-a-glass-bottomed-sky-pool Swimming with Skyscrapers: Watch video from a glass-bottomed sky pool Julia Ingalls 2017-04-11T13:29:00-04:00 >2017-04-11T13:45:40-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/kb/kbswftzr1h8apfuy.jpg" width="650" height="365" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>What's more relaxing than a glass-bottomed sky pool 42 stories above Houston? Well, pretty much every other thing in the known universe, which makes the existence of this Jackson + Ryan Architects-designed pool not only an eye-catching publicity stunt for the residential tower's developer, but a viral, stomach-clenching video that is now titilating news anchors over at <a href="http://www.cnn.com/videos/cnnmoney/2017/04/10/houston-rooftop-pool-city.hln" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">CNN</a>. Here's the video, in full, as posted on the developer's Facebook page:</p><p></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149998422/creating-brand-recognition-with-3a-composites-usa-s-corporate-id-programs Creating Brand Recognition with 3A Composites USA's Corporate ID Programs Sponsor 2017-04-10T09:00:00-04:00 >2017-03-21T16:51:34-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/e4/e4ims1tnqca643ww.jpg" width="650" height="488" border="0" title="" alt="" /><a href="http://3acompositesusa.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/uploads/od/od14et3vz1z8duru.png"></a><em><strong>This post is brought to you by <a href="http://3acompositesusa.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">3A Composites USA</a></strong></em><br>&nbsp;<p>Every company wants to establish a brand on a local, regional, national or even international level. A company strives for an image that is recognizable by potential customers no matter where they are in the world. In fact, the first face-to-face interaction with a customer might be at a company&rsquo;s own location. This initial impression can make or break the customer&rsquo;s willingness to spend their money. Maintaining a well-loved and respected brand appearance is imperative to a company&rsquo;s success. This is where&nbsp;<a href="http://3acompositesusa.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">3A Composites USA</a>&rsquo;s Corporate Identity programs&nbsp;fit in.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/ho/howsfyt0mzlphc8t.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/lk/lkgfsw8yz7essyoy.jpg"></p><p>When starting the design phase, a company must choose which colors and materials will fit their desired image. This can be a daunting process due to all of the available materials and the look these materials can potentially convey. To simplify this process, 3A Composites USA has focused on working closely with architects and designers to aid companies in their selections both i...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150001830/in-china-70-of-millenials-own-property In China, 70% of millenials own property Nicholas Korody 2017-04-06T17:44:00-04:00 >2017-04-12T17:25:25-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/la/lahz9ezlg4jlrqua.jpg" width="650" height="434" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Unless you live under a rock, you&rsquo;ve probably read some think piece about how millenials aren&rsquo;t buying homes. Sometimes this is construed as a cultural thing, but it probably has more to due with coming of age during and after the Great Recession.</p><p>In any case, according to a <a href="http://www.bbc.com/news/world-39512599" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">BBC article</a>, that&rsquo;s not universally the case. In China, 70% of millennials own their own home and 91% plan to buy one in the next five years. Meanwhile, in Mexico, 46% of millennials own property and, in France, 41% do. The US edges out the UK and the UAE for the fourth spot, with 35% owning property.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150000407/getting-it-done-tips-to-shorten-your-time-to-licensure Getting it Done: Tips to Shorten Your Time to Licensure Sponsor 2017-04-05T09:00:00-04:00 >2017-04-05T11:31:50-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/rv/rvrhjxvqw6bd6m8g.jpg" width="650" height="217" border="0" title="" alt="" /><a href="https://ppi2pass.com/are-resource-hub?utm_source=Archinect&amp;amp;utm_medium=banner1500x500&amp;amp;utm_campaign=aresponsorpost032917&amp;amp;utm_term=direct&amp;amp;utm_content=leaderboard" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/uploads/3l/3lossjk33olyb4zx.png"></a><br><em><strong>This post is brought to you by <a href="https://ppi2pass.com/are-resource-hub?utm_source=Archinect&amp;amp;utm_medium=banner1500x500&amp;amp;utm_campaign=aresponsorpost032917&amp;amp;utm_term=direct&amp;amp;utm_content=leaderboard" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">PPI</a>.</strong></em><p>The road towards licensure is exciting, humbling, and full of unexpected surprises. However, as daunting as the task may seem, there are ways to&nbsp;<a href="http://www.ncarb.org/gettingitdone/index.html?utm_source=Archinect&amp;utm_medium=link&amp;utm_campaign=aresponsorpost032917&amp;utm_term=direct&amp;utm_content=ncarbduration" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">shorten the duration</a>&nbsp;and ease stress as you go from wide-eyed architecture student to stamp-carrying architect. Follow these tips to get ahead of the pack and shorten your time to licensure.</p><p><a href="https://ppi2pass.com/are-resource-hub?utm_source=Archinect&amp;utm_medium=banner1500x500&amp;utm_campaign=aresponsorpost032917&amp;utm_term=direct&amp;utm_content=firstpont" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/28/281dfzj5feuw789b.jpg"></a></p><p><strong>1. Know the Basics</strong></p><p>Learn what lies ahead. The maze of educational and experiential requirements you must navigate before becoming a licensed architect is long and complex. Know these requirements like you know your shoe size. Then plan accordingly.&nbsp;</p><p>Education requirements vary depending on where you acquire your degree. If you&rsquo;re at all confused about whether or not your degree path sets you up for early licensure, refer to&nbsp;<a href="http://www.ncarb.org/Studying-Architecture/Meeting-NCARB-Education-Requirements.aspx?utm_source=Archinect&amp;utm_medium=link&amp;utm_campaign=aresponsorpost032917&amp;utm_term=direct&amp;utm_content=ncarbrequirement" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">this resource from NCARB</a>. Consider how long it will take to receive an accredited degree before settling on an institution to complete your architecture education.</p><p>Also, there are ways to start earning ...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150001383/architect-david-lake-pens-compelling-letter-to-congressman-decrying-proposed-cuts-to-epa-s-energy-star Architect David Lake pens compelling letter to Congressman decrying proposed cuts to EPA's "Energy Star" Julia Ingalls 2017-04-04T20:29:00-04:00 >2017-04-12T10:31:03-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/y0/y0x8gv5yhh6gq46s.jpg" width="650" height="480" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>As we discussed at the Witte, the EPA&rsquo;s &ldquo;Energy Star,&rdquo; indoor air quality, and materials safety programs directly support the design and construction industry each and every day. The proposed EPA budget eliminates funding for these programs and will severely impact the ability of engineers and architects to meet client demands, fulfill our contractual obligations, and carry out the duties of our licensure to protect the public.</p></em><br /><br /><p>In response to a letter in which Texan Republican Congressman Lamar Smith told David Lake that he gets all of his news from a "biased liberal media," Lake not only kindly (and eloquently) rebutted this inaccuracy, but also encouraged the Congressman not to defund the EPA if he still wants to live in a world with excellent design and construction. Specifically, cutting the EPA's "Energy Star" program will negatively impact the public realm (<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/150001372/leaders-in-architecture-tend-to-be-leed-accredited-aia-study-reveals" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">and generally lead to less excellence in the architecture profession itself</a>).&nbsp;</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150001372/leaders-in-architecture-tend-to-be-leed-accredited-aia-study-reveals Leaders in architecture tend to be LEED-accredited, AIA study reveals Julia Ingalls 2017-04-04T19:17:00-04:00 >2017-04-04T19:20:59-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/cm/cmf6prwat8kry2s2.jpg" width="650" height="363" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>What sets apart high-performing architecture firms from their award-lacking brethren? Not surprisingly, a commitment to excellence, which according to the AIA is measured by several factors, including an emphasis on sustainability and diversity. While the <a href="https://www.aia.org/resources/72031-the-habits-of-high-performance-firms-" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">full report details</a> the findings from a study of the past twenty years of COTE Top Ten Award-winners, the top eight habits of these firms are:</p><ul><li>Unanimous signing of the AIA 2030 Commitment</li><li>Significantly high project performance for energy, water, and other metrics</li><li>Energy modeling, daylighting modeling, and post-occupancy evaluations as standard practice</li><li>Geographic concentration (47% on the West Coast)</li><li>Medium size (average staff number of 75)</li><li>A high percentage of women in staff (46%) and leadership positions (34%)</li><li>Low staff turnover (under 10%)</li><li>A high percentage of staff with LEED accreditation (48%)</li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/150001275/trump-family-s-nyc-properties-are-embarrassing-energy-hogs Trump family's NYC properties are embarrassing energy hogs Julia Ingalls 2017-04-04T12:43:00-04:00 >2017-04-12T17:46:03-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/o3/o3o2ezdn3germly8.jpg" width="650" height="434" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Wasteful, inefficient, and pointlessly expensive to operate: most of Donald Trump's namesake properties, as well as his son-in-law Jared Kushner's <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/150000432/the-kushner-family-s-new-zaha-hadid-designed-tower-for-666-fifth-avenue-is-catching-a-lot-of-heat" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">new "666" edifice</a>, are oozing energy by virtue of their poor design and indifference toward conservation. A report by the <a href="http://www.ibtimes.com/trump-kushner-buildings-nyc-some-worst-polluters-manhattan-2519760" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">IBTimes</a> noted that:</p><p><em>As of 2015, Trump Tower in midtown&nbsp;used more energy than 93 percent of large residential buildings in Manhattan, according to the report. Trump International Hotel and Tower used more energy than 70 percent of large hotels in the city, while Trump SoHo used more energy than 79 percent of large hotels in the city. The report also detailed Kushner&rsquo;s office at 666 Fifth Avenue, which used more energy than 85 percent of large office buildings in Manhattan.</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150001020/uber-manipulates-its-drivers-through-behavioral-science-experiments Uber manipulates its drivers through behavioral science experiments Nicholas Korody 2017-04-03T12:49:00-04:00 >2017-04-03T12:49:31-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/3d/3dwfrhanyh2z3p6k.jpg" width="650" height="366" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>...even as Uber talks up its determination to treat drivers more humanely, it is engaged in an extraordinary behind-the-scenes experiment in behavioral science to manipulate them in the service of its corporate growth &mdash; an effort whose dimensions became evident in interviews with several dozen current and former Uber officials, drivers and social scientists, as well as a review of behavioral research.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>"Because its drivers are independent contractors, they lack most of the protections associated with employment. By mastering their workers&rsquo; mental circuitry, Uber and the like may be taking the economy back toward a pre-New Deal era when businesses had enormous power over workers and few checks on their ability to exploit it."</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150000026/internet-providers-can-now-profit-from-your-privacy-thanks-to-the-house-republicans Internet providers can now profit from your privacy, thanks to the House Republicans Julia Ingalls 2017-03-28T18:57:00-04:00 >2017-03-29T10:01:04-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/8x/8xmnbkwck53jscx5.jpg" width="650" height="439" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Not content to creepily stalk you with tailored ads on Facebook and Google, ISPs can now sell your internet browsing history to third-parties for cash, thanks to the corporately-backed husks that voted for the move in the U.S. House of Representatives. According to <a href="https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-switch/wp/2017/03/28/the-house-just-voted-to-wipe-out-the-fccs-landmark-internet-privacy-protections/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Washington Post</a>:</p><p><em>Congress's joint resolution empowers Internet providers to enter the&nbsp;$83 billion market for online advertising now dominated by Google and Facebook.&nbsp;It is likely to lend momentum to a broader GOP rollback of Obama-era technology policies, and calls into question&nbsp;the fate of other tech regulations such as net neutrality, which was approved in 2015 over strident Republican objections and bans Internet providers from discriminating against websites. And it is a sign that&nbsp;companies such as AT&amp;T, Comcast and Verizon will be treated more permissively at a time&nbsp;when conservatives control all three branches of government.</em></p><p></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149999111/if-you-can-t-stand-the-heat-get-an-outdoor-kitchen-homeowners-are-says-aia If you can't stand the heat, get an outdoor kitchen (homeowners are, says AIA) Julia Ingalls 2017-03-23T13:02:00-04:00 >2017-03-23T13:06:15-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/ot/otcsw5au4f2ez1er.jpg" width="650" height="431" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Over the past century, <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/149961338/if-you-can-t-stand-the-domesticity-get-out-of-the-kitchen" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">kitchens have gone from being a back room to the center of many homes</a>. Now, according to a <a href="http://info.aia.org/AIArchitect/2017/0324/aia-interactive/index.html#!" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">new study released by the AIA</a>, many homeowners are requesting outdoor kitchens, creating an uptick in work for residential architects.&nbsp;&ldquo;Homeowners continue to find new ways to add value to their homes by creating more functional space, which is apparent in the rise in popularity of outdoor kitchens,&rdquo; said AIA Chief Economist, Kermit Baker, PhD, Hon. AIA. &ldquo;Kitchens have become a hub for the home, now homeowners want to bring some of that activity to their outside space.&rdquo;</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149998868/the-adrian-smith-prize-for-the-2017-ragdale-ring-goes-to-living-picture-by-t-e-a-m The Adrian Smith Prize for the 2017 Ragdale Ring goes to "LIVING PICTURE" by T+E+A+M Ragdale1260 2017-03-22T19:37:00-04:00 >2017-03-22T19:38:17-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/9o/9oyyeosb54pnpdpv.jpg" width="650" height="364" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Ragdale, the acclaimed artists&rsquo; residency in Lake Forest, announces the winning design of the fifth annual Ragdale Ring competition. Amidst a field of national and international submissions, T+E+A+M, a young, internationally recognized architectural collaborative based in Ann Arbor, Michigan, was selected by jury for their proposal of <a href="http://ragdale.org/residency/ragdale-ring-2017/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">LIVING PICTURE</a>&ndash; a contemporary interpretation of the original Ragdale Ring garden theatre designed by architect Howard Van Doren Shaw in 1912.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/8f/8fb9841fbfct80wc.jpg"></p><p>The winning T+E+A+M exclaims, "We are thrilled to receive the Adrian Smith Prize for the 2017 Ragdale Ring. In its short history, this competition has produced an exciting series of experimental projects, and we&rsquo;re honored to join the ranks of past winners. We look forward to our residency, meeting the other fellows, and watching our project come to life through public programming."</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/5e/5egmybnk4txheuip.jpg"></p><p>Historical elements from the original Ragdale Ring appear&nbsp;on lightweight objects stacked and spread throughout the&nbsp;grounds. Blending ...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149998882/architecture-billings-index-in-february-climbs-back-into-positive-terrain Architecture Billings Index in February climbs back into positive terrain Alexander Walter 2017-03-22T13:56:00-04:00 >2017-03-23T13:28:19-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/gc/gckzusl8kj374pc0.jpg" width="650" height="400" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Architecture Billings Index (ABI) returned to growth mode in February, after a weak showing in January. [...] (AIA) reported the February ABI score was 50.7, up from a score of 49.5 in the previous month. This score reflects a minor increase in design services (any score above 50 indicates an increase in billings). The new projects inquiry index was 61.5, up from a reading of 60.0 the previous month, while the new design contracts index climbed from 52.1 to 54.7.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>&ldquo;The sluggish start to the year in architecture firm billings should give way to stronger design activity as the year progresses,&rdquo; said AIA Chief Economist, Kermit Baker, Hon. AIA, PhD. &ldquo;New project inquiries have been very strong through the first two months of the year, and in February new design contracts at architecture firms posted their largest &nbsp;monthly gain in over two years.&rdquo;</em></p><p>The AIA reports these key ABI highlights for the month of February:</p><ul><li>Regional averages: Midwest (52.4), South (50.5), Northeast (50.0), West (47.5)</li><li>Sector index breakdown: institutional (51.8), multi-family residential (49.3), mixed practice (49.2), commercial / industrial (48.9)</li><li>Project inquiries index: 61.5</li><li>Design contracts index: 54.7</li></ul><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/qj/qjhlblofa9f9jv27.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/7a/7a2wrzsdf2glru2m.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/te/tevmiikk9vmvrbnq.jpg"></p><p><em>All graphs represent data from February 2016 - February 2017, images via aia.org.</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149998588/architecture-employees-don-t-think-supervisors-think-it-s-important-they-get-licensed Architecture employees don't think supervisors think it's important they get licensed Julia Ingalls 2017-03-21T13:25:00-04:00 >2017-03-21T16:22:28-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/cd/cd0se5zvzmbkk6bs.jpg" width="650" height="372" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Combining all the tension of a passive-aggressive relationship with the clarity of survey-derived data, a new study released by the AIA and NCARB reveals that while both employees and supervisors think attaining licensure is important, employees don't think supervisors think it's important.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/0t/0tb7k850bdrhgny0.jpg"></p><p>Dubbed the "perception gap," this disparity is quite sharp: as <a href="http://blog.ncarb.org/2017/March/AIA-NCARB-Supervisor-Perception-Survey.aspx" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">the NCARB blog notes</a>,</p><p><em>While the results revealed that almost all supervisors surveyed (98 percent) believe it is important for emerging professionals to obtain licensure, just 66 percent of emerging professionals reported believing that their supervisor thinks it is important for them to become licensed. In fact, just 27 percent of emerging professionals indicate they believe it is &ldquo;very important&rdquo; to their supervisors for them to obtain licensure, while 88 percent of supervisors indicated that it was &ldquo;very important&rdquo; to them for the emerging professionals they supervise to get licensed.</em></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/lv/lv20r5y9irwpfnbz.jpg"></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149997935/the-issue-with-the-median-as-indicator-of-housing-affordability The issue with the median as indicator of housing affordability Alexander Walter 2017-03-17T13:39:00-04:00 >2017-03-17T13:41:51-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/pq/pqt33y78hg0l47f8.jpg" width="650" height="451" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The standard yardstick for judging housing affordability is to look at the median level of rents or home prices. As we all remember from statistics, the median is the observation in the middle of the distribution. And while for many purposes, it&rsquo;s a reliable indicator of typical prices, in some neighborhoods, particularly those with a mix of expensive and cheap housing, the median is actually a weak indicator of affordability.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>"For an illustration of this problem, imagine two neighborhoods. In both places, the median home costs $300,000. But in the first neighborhood,&nbsp;every&nbsp;home costs exactly $300,000, while in the second, there are a range of homes from $100,000 to $500,000. Although both neighborhoods have the same median home price, the second neighborhood has some homes affordable to low-income people, while the first neighborhood does not. So&nbsp;rather than the median, or 50th percentile, home price, we really care about something like the 25th percentile: the home for which 75 percent of homes are more expensive."</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149997738/fearing-a-drop-in-skilled-workers-brexit-britain-looks-to-prefab-housing Fearing a drop in skilled workers, Brexit Britain looks to prefab housing Alexander Walter 2017-03-16T15:01:00-04:00 >2017-03-16T15:02:38-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/eg/egplvjqhf78u0und.jpg" width="650" height="487" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The prospect of Brexit choking off the supply of EU workers is reshaping Britain's homebuilding industry, with big companies increasingly looking to factory-manufacture houses in sections that can be slotted together on-site with minimal labour. Many of Britain's leading housebuilders, including Berkeley, Taylor Wimpey, Persimmon and Your Housing, told Reuters they were either planning new developments of prefabricated homes or considering doing so.</p></em><br /><br /><p>"You can almost feel the fear among the contractors and housebuilders where they've been surviving on labor from outside the country," says&nbsp;Mark Stevenson, a managing director of construction supplier Kingspan.&nbsp;"We're being pulled in a direction that customers want us to go in, from more work from the building site into the factory."</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149996376/three-reasons-why-you-need-to-get-your-architecture-license Three Reasons Why You Need to Get Your Architecture License Sponsor 2017-03-14T09:00:00-04:00 >2017-03-09T19:38:36-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/1f/1f689ie7uzcnaays.jpg" width="650" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><a href="http://ppi2pass.com/are-resource-hub?utm_source=Archinect&amp;utm_campaign=aresponsorpost032017&amp;utm_medium=banner1500x700&amp;utm_term=direct&amp;utm_content=firstpoint" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/uploads/ji/jij9ovbbshxr1ckw.png"></a><em><strong>This post is brought to you by <a href="http://ppi2pass.com/are-resource-hub?utm_source=Archinect&amp;utm_campaign=aresponsorpost032017&amp;utm_medium=banner1500x700&amp;utm_term=direct&amp;utm_content=firstpoint" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">PPI</a>.</strong></em><br>&nbsp;<p>Here are the top three reasons licensure matters and why you shouldn't delay the process.</p><p><a href="https://ppi2pass.com/are-resource-hub?utm_source=Archinect&amp;utm_campaign=aresponsorpost032017&amp;utm_medium=banner1500x700&amp;utm_term=direct&amp;utm_content=firstpoint" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/8a/8ad89uojac2oybv3.jpg"></a></p><p><strong>1.&nbsp;Let's face it, money is pretty important!</strong></p><p>Licensure allows you to position yourself for career advancement and income generation. On average, licensed architects have a higher earning potential than unlicensed architects. More than half of architecture firms offer higher salaries to licensed architects (<a href="https://www.aia.org/resources/8066-aia-compensation-report?utm_source=Archinect&amp;utm_campaign=aresponsorpost032017&amp;utm_medium=link&amp;utm_term=direct&amp;utm_content=compreport" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">AIA 2015 compensation report</a>).</p><p><a href="https://ppi2pass.com/are-resource-hub?utm_source=Archinect&amp;utm_campaign=aresponsorpost032017&amp;utm_medium=banner1500x700&amp;utm_term=direct&amp;utm_content=secondpoint" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/tt/ttmlhgpb3j8zor64.jpg"></a></p><p><strong>2. Move from doer to leader</strong></p><p>Why wait for the future to define you when you can take control of your own future? In many states, only licensed architects can design buildings over three stories or commercial buildings. As a licensed architect, you'll be able to choose the type of projects you work on and firms that you join. You will be able to sign-off on projects, supervise teams, and start your own firms.</p><p><a href="https://ppi2pass.com/are-resource-hub?utm_source=Archinect&amp;utm_campaign=aresponsorpost032017&amp;utm_medium=banner1500x700&amp;utm_term=direct&amp;utm_content=thirdpoint" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/18/18b5sn1si8y4006p.jpg"></a></p><p><strong>3. Claim the title of an architect</strong></p><p>It may be a surprise to many people, but without licensure, you cannot claim the title of ar...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149996919/this-week-s-picks-for-london-architecture-and-design-events This week's picks for London architecture and design events Abigail Banfield 2017-03-13T13:33:00-04:00 >2017-03-13T13:35:29-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/zr/zrav3b2m602544ka.jpg" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>This week considers the roles of artists and architects in our ever-changing world, whether this is discussing the pedagogical directions of architecture schools or the&nbsp;direction of 'Europe's cultural&nbsp;capital'. Storytelling is prevalent in this week's events; including the tale&nbsp;of tracing&nbsp;displaced artists, and hearing personal insights&nbsp;from MJ Long and Lord Peter Palumbo on the unbuilt Mansion House Square and eventual&nbsp;creation of No. 1 Poultry.</p><p>Be sure to visit&nbsp;<a href="http://bustler.net/events/8633/gavin-turk-who-what-when-where-how-why" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Gavin Turk's exhibition</a>, which has just&nbsp;been extended by one week (now&nbsp;closing 26th March); the artist's playful pastiche and skilful use of materials&nbsp;is&nbsp;not to be missed.&nbsp;</p><p><a href="http://uk.archinect.com/news/tag/747353/weekly-events-ldn" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Check back regularly</a> to keep up to date with&nbsp;London's latest happenings and our weekly recommendations!</p><p><img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1010x/l5/l5jyi6p4ck44ni2e.jpg"></p><p><em>Image Image: Community Centre, Elephant and Castle by Chris Barnes (Unit 12, The Cass)</em></p><p><strong><a href="http://bustler.net/events/9120/school-work-architectural-conversations-between-pedagogy-and-practice" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">School/Work: Architectural Conversations between Pedagogy and Practice | 17-27 March</a></strong></p><p>Featuring some incredible work of five award-winning architects who teach at the Cass...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149996540/big-to-start-its-own-in-house-engineering-unit BIG to start its own in-house engineering unit Nicholas Korody 2017-03-10T12:33:00-05:00 >2017-03-10T19:37:21-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/c6/c6rs51ew5mj4cz4x.jpg" width="650" height="392" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>As <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/39902/big-bjarke-ingels-group" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">BIG</a> grows so does their ambition for <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/59323/engineering" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">engineering</a> challenges. To help further facilitate their adventures in building design, the Copenhagen and New York-based studio have hired an in-house engineer, Duncan Horswill, the former CCO at S&oslash;ren Jensen Engineers. BIG Engineering, as the unit will be called, with be &ldquo;dedicated to ensuring the structural, mechanical integrity and resilience of BIG buildings globally. Already, the unit is working on projects around the world, from the new NOMA restaurant in Copenhagen to the <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/71506057/big-s-marknagil-education-center-breaks-ground-on-faroe-islands" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Faroe Islands Education Centre</a>.&nbsp;</p><p>&ldquo;At BIG we practice knowledge-driven design. We have been fortunate to work with some of the best urbanists, landscapers, sociologists, artists and engineers in the world, and will continue to do so. To be able to stretch the boundaries of the physical, financial, regulatory and environmental limits of design, we need to surround ourselves with the best experts in the fields outside our own expertise in architecture, and bring them in-h...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149995792/london-s-cheesegrater-sells-for-1-15b-the-second-biggest-sale-ever-of-a-building-in-the-uk London's Cheesegrater sells for £1.15B—the second-biggest sale ever of a building in the UK Nicholas Korody 2017-03-07T12:32:00-05:00 >2017-03-07T12:32:36-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/92/927rreup5ojn2r5e.jpg" width="650" height="425" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/55220775/rogers-stirk-harbour-partners" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners</a>-designed Leadenhall Building, more commonly known as the &lsquo;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/492521/cheesegrater" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Cheesegrater</a>&rsquo;, was sold to a Chinese property tycoon for &pound;1.15B&mdash;the second-biggest sale ever of a building in the UK. The tallest building in the City of London, the Cheesegrater was previously owned by the developer of the building, British Land, and its joint venture partner Oxford Properties.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/ft/ftft7ohzoo1wb0be.jpg"></p><p>The sale marks one of the largest purchases of UK property by a Chinese company and is the largest sale in the country since 2014. When the building was completed that year, it had the highest rents of any building in the City.&nbsp;</p><p>Tim Roberts, head of offices at British Land, stated &ldquo;This sale shows continued investor appetite for best-in-class, well-located property in London.&rdquo; Others, however, might find the sale indicative of the increasing unaffordability of the capital city, which has witnessed a major boom in large, expensive towers.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/if/ifee5t55ibddb082.jpg"></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149995551/four-out-of-five-of-small-scale-developers-in-the-uk-have-gone-out-of-business-contributing-to-the-housing-crisis Four out of five of small-scale developers in the UK have gone out of business, contributing to the housing crisis Nicholas Korody 2017-03-06T13:17:00-05:00 >2017-03-06T13:17:51-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/9r/9rm0n0miu62dcvoh.jpg" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>A new report by the online property marketplace LendInvest reveals that four out of five of Britain&rsquo;s housebuilders have gone out of business in the last 30 months. This is largely due to the dominance of the eight largest builders&mdash;responsible for constructing more than 50% of the country&rsquo;s new houses. This lack of competition contributes to the UK&rsquo;s massive housing shortage, which, in turn, drives up the price of homes.</p><p>According to the report, the UK government could help spur new development by making a percentage of land available exclusively for small and medium businesses, as well as simplifying tax burdens.</p><p>&ldquo;"80% of small-scale developers have gone out of business since the last housebuilding boom. That&rsquo;s an appalling statistic,&rdquo; states the CEO of LendInvest Christian Faes. &ldquo;It&rsquo;s meant less employment, less entrepreneurialism and fewer new homes on British streets where large-scale housebuilders didn&rsquo;t pick up the slack.&rdquo;&nbsp;</p><p><a href="http://www.businessinsider.com/lendinvest-reboot-britains-ailing-builders-to-fix-uk-housing-problem-2017-3?r=UK&amp;IR=T" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">H/T Business Insider</a></p>... http://archinect.com/news/article/149994948/neurosurgeon-ben-carson-officially-confirmed-to-run-hud Neurosurgeon Ben Carson officially confirmed to run HUD Julia Ingalls 2017-03-02T13:09:00-05:00 >2017-03-02T23:35:22-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/ai/aiaa0ykocm44now3.jpg" width="650" height="493" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Urban policy experts and progressive activists have expressed intense concern that Carson, in keeping with his strong conservative positions, will seek to cut money for government assistance programs and wear down the social safety net. The Trump administration has recently signaled that many government agencies can expect budget reductions in favor of increasing defense spending.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Realizing the latent dream of every neurosurgeon to one day run the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Ben Carson has been officially confirmed by the U.S. Senate to start operating on the HUD. Although his plans for the agency are vague, Carson has spoken of being against granting "extra rights" to any community.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/7j/7jymhmtcr1m005i8.jpg"></p><p>Senator Elizabeth Warren voted to support Carson's confirmation in committee before voting against his actual confirmation, explaining in a written statement that "Dr. Carson&rsquo;s answers weren&rsquo;t perfect. But at his hearing, he committed to track and report on conflicts of interest at the agency. If President Trump goes to his second choice, I don&rsquo;t think we will get another HUD nominee who will even make these promises &mdash; much less follow through on them.&rdquo;</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149994433/transit-hubs-increasingly-designed-to-serve-as-desirable-and-profitable-public-spaces Transit hubs increasingly designed to serve as desirable (and profitable) public spaces Julia Ingalls 2017-02-28T17:36:00-05:00 >2017-03-01T07:14:28-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/jn/jn0b8elybtyb8jyn.jpg" width="640" height="374" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The notion of spending time at a subway stop or other major transit center for pleasure may strike you as odd, but many cities and transportation companies are investing heavily in building up this part of their infrastructure to create desirable public spaces (it adds a whole new dimension to "mixed-use"). In this feature by <a href="http://www.constructiondive.com/news/full-steam-ahead-why-transit-hub-development-is-seeing-a-resurgence/436694/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Kim Slowey for Construction Dive</a>, the shift in investment is explored:&nbsp;</p><p><em>Architecture firm HOK designed the Anaheim Regional Transportation Intermodel Center&nbsp;(ARTIC) in California, a 21st century take on the massive transit halls of the past. Finished in 2014, using steel and ethylene tetrafluoroethylene "pillows," designers created a hangar-like, light-filled area that makes room for dining and shopping, as well as for additional future commercial development.</em></p><p><em>Skanska also completed an ultra-modern, $4 billion&nbsp;<a href="http://blog.usa.skanska.com/by-the-numbers-how-we-built-the-wtc-transportation-hub-and-oculus/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">World Trade Center Transportation Hub</a>&nbsp;last year, which connects city subway lines and PATH trains to New Jersey, to replace the one destroyed in the Sept.&nbsp;...</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149993624/how-new-york-city-s-luxury-housing-tax-could-finance-affordable-units How New York City's luxury housing tax could finance affordable units Alexander Walter 2017-02-23T19:44:00-05:00 >2017-02-23T19:46:47-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/dd/dddho5o1gf223lzx.jpg" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>While President Trump talks repeatedly about fixing America&rsquo;s inner cities, it&rsquo;s a good bet that in the coming years, New York and other large metropolitan areas will need to be more self-reliant in solving pressing problems, especially low-income housing. [...] Fortunately, there&rsquo;s an already tested alternative: an annual luxury housing tax, levied on new high-end condos and rentals, which would feed a self-sustaining fund dedicated to develop truly affordable units.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/149993552/foster-partners-apple-spaceship-set-to-touch-down-and-open-up-in-april Foster + Partners' Apple "spaceship" set to touch down and open up in April Julia Ingalls 2017-02-23T12:57:00-05:00 >2017-02-23T13:21:42-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/8p/8p2sd1uky8j2tuwp.jpg" width="650" height="302" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>According to a <a href="http://www.apple.com/newsroom/2017/02/apple-park-opens-to-employees-in-april.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">press release from Apple</a>, it will take six months to move all 12,000 employees into the 175-acre campus, which will officially open for occupancy in April. In addition to the 2.8 million square foot, naturally ventilated Foster + Partners'-designed "spaceship" building, the campus features two miles of running and walking paths, and boasts a 17 megawatt solar energy rooftop installation (making it one of the largest in the world). Nothing about this place is small, or happenstance; the construction process was reportedly a clash between <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149991236/perfectionists-versus-contractors-the-details-of-building-the-apple-campus" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">perfectionist designers and slightly more impressionistic contractors</a>.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/6u/6u1e34belmbttcpg.jpg"></p><p>However, all's well that ends well: although Steve Jobs won't be able to see the completed campus, designer Apple's chief design officer Jony Ivy feels like things worked out.&nbsp;&ldquo;Steve invested so much of his energy creating and supporting vital, creative environments. We have approached the design, engineering and making of our new campus with the same enthusiasm and ...</p>