Archinect - News 2014-08-20T06:52:53-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/106963616/will-philadelphia-ever-be-home-to-a-middle-class Will Philadelphia Ever Be Home to a Middle Class? Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-08-19T20:21:00-04:00 >2014-08-19T20:21:05-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/69/6994dd200759dc44aee682aec0d37081.jpg" width="514" height="330" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Recent research by Pew showed that half of the 20- to 34-year-olds polled did not expect to be living in [Philadelphia] in five to 10 years, largely because of concerns about education and career opportunities (the ones that never knock). I love Philadelphia, it has become my home. But what will happen if the bulk of today&rsquo;s middle class follows their parents and trickles out to the suburbs?</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/106959605/melbourne-named-world-s-most-liveable-city-for-fourth-consecutive-year Melbourne named world’s most liveable city for fourth consecutive year Alexander Walter 2014-08-19T19:10:00-04:00 >2014-08-19T20:37:22-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/5o/5oma1fcgjzmghae6.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Economic Intelligence Unit (EIU) claims its annual Liveability Survey could be used to "assign a hardship allowance as part of expatriate relocation packages," among other things. But that needn't apply to those in Melbourne, which for the fourth year running has been declared the best city in the world to live. The Australian culture hub was buoyed by superlative healthcare, infrastructure and education as well as a murder rate of 3.1 per 100,000 people, half the global average of 6.2.</p></em><br /><br /><p>While three Canadian cities made the ranking's top 10 (again), U.S. cities keep failing to score high.</p><p>The world's top cities for liveability are:</p><p>1. Melbourne, Australia</p><p>2. Vienna, Austria</p><p>3. Vancouver, Canada</p><p>4. Toronto, Canada</p><p>=5. Adelaide, Australia</p><p>=5. Calgary, Canada</p><p>7. Sydney, Australia</p><p>8. Helsinki, Finland</p><p>9. Perth, Australia</p><p>10. Auckland, New Zealand</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/106945116/hok-will-acquire-360-restart-sports-architecture-practice HOK will acquire 360, restart sports architecture practice Alexander Walter 2014-08-19T14:39:00-04:00 >2014-08-19T15:42:00-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/15/15wezbj3a7hrho0c.jpg" width="222" height="100" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Global architecture and engineering firm HOK will acquire Kansas City's 360 Architecture. On Tuesday, the St. Louis-based firm announced that it will acquire the sports architecture-focused firm for an undisclosed price. The merger, expected to close by the end of October, will allow HOK to set up a new sports and entertainment practice staffed with experienced and established talent.</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/106941067/self-driving-trucks-may-hit-uk-roads-next-year-truckers-included Self-driving trucks may hit UK roads next year (truckers included) Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-08-19T13:33:00-04:00 >2014-08-19T13:35:05-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/b9/b9fdb5c03ccbafe3eb6d58a843f8439e.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Fleets of self-driving lorries could be tested on UK roads as soon as next year, according to reports. [...] The initiative would cut fuel consumption, backers said. However, the plan has been criticised by motoring groups which said such a fleet would be "intimidating" to other road users.</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/106499498/weekly-news-round-up-for-august-11-2014-monumental-politics-smart-homes-and-gsapp-s-new-dean Weekly News Round-Up for August 11, 2014: Monumental politics, smart homes and GSAPP's new dean Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-08-18T12:53:00-04:00 >2014-08-20T02:00:26-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/gf/gfty4bt05v45oeby.jpg" width="514" height="344" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><strong>Friday, August 15</strong></p><ul><li><p><a title="Farewell to the Old Okura" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/106634364/farewell-to-the-old-okura" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Farewell to the Old Okura</a>: The famous Hotel Okura, built in the 1960s in a distinctive fusion of modern and traditional Japanese styles, is closing in response to prohibitive earthquake retrofits and larger, newer hotels in the area.</p></li><li><p><a title="Samsung Acquires SmartThings, A Fast-Growing Home Automation Startup" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/106628737/samsung-acquires-smartthings-a-fast-growing-home-automation-startup" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Samsung Acquires SmartThings, A Fast-Growing Home Automation Startup</a>: SmartThings, an aggregator for all "smart" internet-connected devices in the home, cost Samsung an estimated $200 million &mdash;chump change in comparison to Google's $3.2 billion acquisition of Nest.</p></li></ul><p><strong>Thursday, August 14</strong></p><ul><li><a title="One ridesharing app to rule them all: Ridescout moves into the competitive world of rideshare" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/106553263/one-ridesharing-app-to-rule-them-all-ridescout-moves-into-the-competitive-world-of-rideshare" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">One ridesharing app to rule them all: Ridescout moves into the competitive world of rideshare</a>: Ridescout aggregates hundreds of ridesharing services to compare trips, and will now include "carpool" options that can help users share trips. The announcement comes after last week's news that Uber and Lyft are now both offering carpooling services.</li><li><a title="Revisiting the American Folk Art Museum controversy, through comics" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/106554065/revisiting-the-american-folk-art-museum-controversy-through-comics" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Revisiting the American Folk Art Museum controversy, through comics</a>: A thoughtful and diplomatic look at AFAM's histo...</li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/106633556/the-people-designing-your-cities-don-t-care-what-you-want-they-re-planning-for-hipsters The people designing your cities don’t care what you want. They’re planning for hipsters. Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-08-15T13:45:00-04:00 >2014-08-18T20:39:41-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/hh/hhpnk7wt63kp52l3.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>current conventional wisdom embraces density, sky-high scrapers, vastly expanded mass transit and ever-smaller apartments. It reflects a desire to create an ideal locale for hipsters and older, sophisticated urban dwellers. [...] Overlooked, or even disdained, is what most middle-class residents of the metropolis actually want: home ownership, rapid access to employment throughout the metropolitan area, good schools and &ldquo;human scale&rdquo; neighborhoods.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/106628737/samsung-acquires-smartthings-a-fast-growing-home-automation-startup Samsung Acquires SmartThings, A Fast-Growing Home Automation Startup Archinect 2014-08-15T12:07:00-04:00 >2014-08-15T12:12:22-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/az/az089khkokx33ain.jpg" width="514" height="302" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Samsung is making a big push into being the center of the smart home today with its acquisition of SmartThings, which allows people to sync up their connected gadgets onto a single smartphone app and hardware hub.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Looks like Samsung is trying to catch up with <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/100942009/apple-s-homekit-turns-the-iphone-into-a-remote-for-your-smart-home" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Apple's upcoming HomeKit</a>.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/106554065/revisiting-the-american-folk-art-museum-controversy-through-comics Revisiting the American Folk Art Museum controversy, through comics Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-08-14T13:01:00-04:00 >2014-08-18T20:30:48-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/4z/4zl35r26mr1rsj38.jpg" width="514" height="390" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Artist and animator Sam Grinberg revisits the fight over the future of the American Folk Art Museum.</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/106499499/editor-s-picks-380 Editor's Picks #380 Nam Henderson 2014-08-13T20:11:00-04:00 >2014-08-16T08:52:40-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/6a/6ax21xbfp5zqazft.jpg" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>For the latest edition of <strong>Student Works: </strong><a href="http://archinect.com/justine.testado" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Justine Testado</a>&nbsp;spoke with project architect, Duncan Baker-Brown, about T<a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/103711909/student-works-this-house-made-of-trash-teaches-a-lesson-in-green-housekeeping" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">he Waste House</a>,&nbsp;designed/built by faculty and students from the Faculty of Arts and <a href="http://www.ccb.ac.uk/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">City College Brighton &amp; Hove</a>.</p><p><strong>&nbsp;Olaf Design Ninja_</strong> &nbsp;did some quick math "<em>The numbers tell quite the story...an average of 8 people per work week day for the 15 month project duration. Compared to an equivalent wood frame house in the US that could be an entire subdivision. This should tell you how far industry has to go to do the right thing</em>".</p><p>Plus, elementary school librarian, <a href="http://ilovechildrensbooks.wordpress.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Jennette Neville</a>, shared her <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/103117101/never-too-young-15-librarian-recommended-architecture-books-for-young-children" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">top 15 recommendations of architecture books for young children</a>.</p><p><br>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>News</strong></p><p>The NYT published a letter <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/105778959/invitation-to-a-dialogue-less-ego-in-architects" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">To the Editor: Less Ego in Architects</a>&nbsp;by Peggy Deamer, a partner in Deamer Architects and professor at the Yale School of Architecture. Editors saw an opportunity to start a Sunday Dialogue,&nbsp;and <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/106324363/the-starchitect-image" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">a week later published responses and a rejoinders</a>.&nbsp;<strong>davvid</strong> had a thought "<em>Architecture firms are alrea...</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/106342044/ten-years-on-athens-2004-gives-greece-little-to-cheer Ten years on, Athens 2004 gives Greece little to cheer Alexander Walter 2014-08-11T18:50:00-04:00 >2014-08-11T18:54:29-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/6c/6ca0f22c12a41a539bb41b7838a9960a.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>It was billed as a chance to transform Greece's image abroad and boost growth but 10 years after the country hosted the world's greatest sporting extravaganza there is little to celebrate at the birthplace of the modern Olympic Games. [...] For Greeks who swelled with pride at the time, the Games are now a source of anger as the country struggles through a six-year depression, record unemployment, homelessness and poverty. Greece has struggled to generate revenue from the venues.</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/106329191/resilience-on-the-fly-christchurch-s-scirt-offers-a-model-for-rebuilding-after-a-disaster Resilience on the fly: Christchurch’s SCIRT offers a model for rebuilding after a disaster Alexander Walter 2014-08-11T14:59:00-04:00 >2014-08-18T20:32:04-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/17/175828a52358e2b924d383402befa50d.jpg" width="514" height="339" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>That calamity hit Christchurch, New Zealand, in a series of earthquakes that devastated the city in 2010 and 2011. Most people here don&rsquo;t see the extent of repair work going on underground. [...]Yet the organization created to manage Christchurch&rsquo;s infrastructure rebuild has a vital role, and it&rsquo;s become something of a global model for how to put the guts of a city back together again quickly and efficiently after a disaster.</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/106324363/the-starchitect-image The ‘Starchitect’ Image Alexander Walter 2014-08-11T13:17:00-04:00 >2014-08-20T01:56:02-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ff/ff003c17e40e8f644a2b24c04c94cc87.jpg" width="514" height="514" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Readers respond to a letter by Peggy Deamer, an architect, calling for less arrogance and more collaboration in architecture. [...] It is not only the public that is fed up with this idea of The Architect, but also the profession itself. Having watched ourselves increasingly backed into the corner of aesthetic elitism, we are now more interested in models of practice that do away with the egos and the glamorous buildings they are associated with.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously:</p><ul><li><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/105397603/ny-times-enters-the-starchitect-debate" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">NY Times Enters the "Starchitect" Debate</a></p></li><li><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/105778959/invitation-to-a-dialogue-less-ego-in-architects" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Invitation to a Dialogue: Less Ego in Architects</a></p></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/106106156/guggenheim-bullies-journalist Guggenheim Bullies Journalist Nicholas Korody 2014-08-08T17:22:00-04:00 >2014-08-09T16:08:07-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/87/87h8a6rj79lc6xa4.jpg" width="514" height="175" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>On Monday, artist Molly Crabapple published &ldquo;Slaves of Happiness Island,&rdquo; a firsthand report of the slave-like worker conditions on Abu Dhabi&rsquo;s Saadiyat Island; the Guggenheim, Louvre, and NYU are all building enormous new enterprises there [...] These conditions violate local and international labor laws. We have now received leaked email correspondence between the Guggenheim and Crabapple ... [that] reveal a shocking unwillingness to provide any statement to journalists [...]</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/105808748/martha-stewart-in-the-age-of-drone-photography Martha Stewart in the age of drone photography Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-08-05T13:18:00-04:00 >2014-08-12T21:55:24-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/5p/5pp2gtxg24bhrkp1.jpg" width="514" height="514" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In just a few minutes I was hooked. . . The photos and video were stunning. By assuming unusual vantage points, the drone allowed me to &ldquo;see&rdquo; so much more of my surroundings than usual. [The view] would have otherwise been impossible without the use of a private plane, helicopter, or balloon. With any of those vehicles, I would have needed a telephoto lens, and all of them would have made an unacceptable commotion on the beach. What&rsquo;s more, I would not have been in the photos!</p></em><br /><br /><p>Purveyor of all things "Good", Martha Stewart has added her two color-coded cents to the debate on drones in a nearly <a href="http://time.com/3053003/martha-stewart-drone/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">gleeful op-ed for <em>TIME</em> magazine</a>. Titled "Why I Love My Drone", Stewart gushes about her new "useful tool" and marvels at how large-scale planning projects like Chateau de Versailles and the Great Wall of China were accomplished without such imaging technology. Seeing aerial views of her private farm, she's tickled by its resemblance to her Peter Rabbit-themed Easter cakes.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/c6/c651d1ng807e3x0t.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/zl/zlcap1midkpvkhg3.jpg"></p><p>Stewart's approach to drone photography is craftily optimistic, and while she recognizes the grave implications of militarized drone technology, she's not going to wrinkle her dinner napkin wringing her hands over it. But Stewart's adoption of the drone is a strong sign of the technology's mainstream commercial appeal. <a href="http://www.joaomorgado.com/eng/aerial-photography" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Professional photographers</a>, filmmakers, <a href="http://www.zillow.com/blog/pro/drone-use-real-estate-marketing-112159/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">real estate developers</a> and <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/100171363/gensler-la-wants-to-use-drones-to-alleviate-the-scale-limits-of-3d-printing" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">architects</a> have embraced the drone's utility for affording new, choreographed views (<a href="http://realtormag.realtor.org/law-and-ethics/briefs/article/2014/03/drones-in-real-estate-not-so-fast" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">even if the law hasn't</a>). The dr...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/105791849/musk-will-build-spacex-launchpad-in-texas Musk will build SpaceX launchpad in Texas Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-08-04T15:36:00-04:00 >2014-08-12T21:42:34-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/cz/czmqetlxhcstm2u0.jpg" width="514" height="290" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Elon Musk&rsquo;s Space Exploration and Technologies Corp. plans to build the world&rsquo;s first commercial launchpad near Brownsville in South Texas [...] The state is providing $2.3 million from the Texas Enterprise Fund to bring an estimated 300 jobs to the launch site, which will bring about $85 million of capital investment into the economy [...] In the region near the proposed launch site, at Boca Chica Beach in the state&rsquo;s southernmost tip, two of five residents live in poverty.</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/105555912/jacko-s-neverland-ranch-is-up-for-sale-at-50-75m Jacko's Neverland Ranch is up for sale at $50-$75M Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-08-01T14:12:00-04:00 >2014-08-01T14:12:38-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/7e/7ee04f797d7645b75bb63570746e095b.jpg" width="514" height="339" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The 2,700 acre property in Santa Barbara, California, was bought by Jackson in 1988 at the height of his fame, a place where the pop legend was reputed to have found sanctuary and happiness away from the illness and controversy that plagued his adult life. [...] In 2008, heavily in debt, Jackson was forced to hand over ownership rights to Tom Barrack's Colony Capital and since then, as well as paying off $23million of unpaid debt, the company has coughed up $5million per year just in upkeep</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/105555105/a-transit-agency-for-the-future A Transit Agency for the Future Alexander Walter 2014-08-01T13:51:00-04:00 >2014-08-01T13:55:32-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/01/011b1f966180424e4679f1346d925d2a.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>With so many crossovers in private operations, public data, and private uses, our future transit agency would blur the line between public and private sectors in a way we haven&rsquo;t yet pioneered. The challenge is one of governance, bureaucratic turf, organizational development, planning, and public policy, not simply one of technology. Technology is just a tool, and our human institutions can either make use of it or try to ignore it.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/104941218/london-mayor-boris-johnson-nimbies-pretend-to-care-about-architecture-to-block-developments London Mayor Boris Johnson: Nimbies pretend to care about architecture to block developments Alexander Walter 2014-07-24T13:57:00-04:00 >2014-07-28T19:33:08-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/6e/6e568b365da8a08ef58ba34730c1953a.jpg" width="514" height="321" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Homeowners who "pretend" to care about architecture are "nimbies in disguise" who in reality want to block any development in their local area, Boris Johnson has said. In a scathing assessment, the Mayor of London said homeowners are dishonestly claiming they care about new homes being affordable or well-designed, in fact they simply oppose new developments entirely. Mr Johnson has promised to increase house-building in the capital, and wants to see 45,000 new homes by 2018.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related: <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/92764874/boris-johnson-s-abuse-of-planning-power-is-an-assault-on-democracy" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Boris Johnson's abuse of planning power is an assault on democracy</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/104862448/architecture-billings-index-increased-in-june Architecture Billings Index increased in June Archinect 2014-07-23T13:19:00-04:00 >2014-07-23T13:19:18-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/3z/3zslr8g7e3jeep4u.jpg" width="514" height="357" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Architecture Billings Index (ABI) is signaling improving conditions for the overall design and construction industry. [...] The American Institute of Architects (AIA) reported the June ABI score was 53.5, up from a mark of 52.6 in May. This score reflects an increase in design activity (any score above 50 indicates an increase in billings). The new projects inquiry index was 66.4, up noticeably from the reading of 63.2 the previous month and its highest level in a calendar year.</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/104785261/airbnb-host-forced-to-evict-squatter-in-palm-springs-rental Airbnb host forced to evict squatter in Palm Springs rental Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-07-22T13:49:00-04:00 >2014-07-22T13:49:58-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/fq/fqnrmjd4l590us39.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A woman rented her 600-square-foot Palm Springs, California, condo to someone for a little over a month, and now she says the guy won't leave and is threatening to sue her. She's had to hire a lawyer and go through the entire eviction process, which could take 3-6 months, the same as if he were a long-term tenant. It's "been a nightmare," the host, Cory Tschogl, told Business Insider.</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/104715361/how-barcelona-and-philadelphia-are-turning-procurement-upside-down How Barcelona and Philadelphia Are Turning Procurement Upside Down Archinect 2014-07-21T15:38:00-04:00 >2014-07-21T15:38:54-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/6d/6d9a647f65639933d9cea870a754ab49.jpg" width="514" height="299" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Rather than laying out exactly what it wants to buy (say, bike lockers), Barcelona is laying out six problems it wants to fix (such as reducing bike theft). Responses could involve buying things, but they might also suggest new services, regulatory changes or any other means of accomplishing the goal. Anyone around the world with a creative idea, including startup companies or even individuals, has a shot at a contract and all the market legitimacy that comes with that.</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/104708923/how-the-six-californias-plan-threatens-california-s-transportation-future How the “Six Californias” Plan Threatens California’s Transportation Future Alexander Walter 2014-07-21T13:34:00-04:00 >2014-07-22T18:43:05-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/3e/3e8816490e0b4f17ea1191d6186bfd6b.jpg" width="514" height="602" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>[...] tech guru and multimillionaire Tim Draper has put forth a plan which will solve the ills of the state by &ndash; wait for it &ndash; splitting it into six smaller states! This &ldquo;Six Californias&rdquo; plan [...], as you might expect, divides the state into six smaller chunks, maintaining county lines. [...] But there&rsquo;s another reason to oppose the plan that few people are talking about: it would do damage to the state&rsquo;s transportation systems, especially mass transit.</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/104708119/behind-the-scenes-at-bloomberg-s-ideas-camp-for-cities Behind the Scenes at Bloomberg’s Ideas Camp for Cities Alexander Walter 2014-07-21T13:29:00-04:00 >2014-07-21T13:29:56-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/d2/d236ebbb44fd6df1cadedb6c1fc39c8f.jpg" width="514" height="300" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Serious money is in play in the Bloomberg Philanthropies&rsquo; &ldquo;Mayors&rsquo; Challenge&rdquo; for cities competing to show they have come up with promising innovations to cope with 21st-century challenges. &ldquo;It was a big surprise to hear we&rsquo;d share our ideas with competitors,&rdquo; says Gomes. &ldquo;But it works brilliantly. It&rsquo;s exactly what you need&mdash;everyone sharing and trying to help each other. It&rsquo;s crazy, but it works.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously:</p><ul><li><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/102860203/how-the-bloomberg-mayors-challenge-is-being-received-in-europe" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">How the Bloomberg Mayors Challenge Is Being Received in Europe</a></p></li><li><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/99422397/twenty-one-finalists-for-the-bloomberg-philanthropies-mayors-challenge-competition-in-europe" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Twenty-one finalists for the Bloomberg Philanthropies&rsquo; Mayors Challenge Competition in Europe</a></p></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/104705706/herman-miller-buys-dwr-for-154-million-what-does-that-mean-for-chairs Herman Miller Buys DWR for $154 Million. What Does That Mean for Chairs? Archinect 2014-07-21T12:41:00-04:00 >2014-07-21T12:41:22-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/80/80af9e7d7d3324424cecf93e76f01d4d.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Herman Miller, the manufacturer of classic midcentury designs, will buy the contemporary retailer Design Within Reach (DWR) for $154 million in a bid to establish itself as a &ldquo;premier lifestyle brand.&rdquo;</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/104482643/do-your-homework-the-most-required-skills-to-work-at-the-top-50-architecture-firms Do your homework: The most required skills to work at the top 50 architecture firms Archinect 2014-07-18T17:58:00-04:00 >2014-08-13T22:16:12-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/7e/7e5cisqry801goxi.jpg" width="514" height="573" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The folks at <a href="http://blackspectacles.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Black Spectacles</a> have shared with us some pretty insightful intelligence about what software skills and licensure/accreditation are most required to land you a job at the world's Top 50 architecture firms.</p><p>Compare below if you've got what it takes, and then head over to the <a href="http://archinect.com/jobs" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect Job Board</a> to land your next big gig. Many of the listed Top 50 firms are <a href="http://archinect.com/employers" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">currently hiring</a>!</p><p>"We surveyed 928 job postings at the top 50 architecture firms, based on <a href="http://archrecord.construction.com/practice/top250/2013/top300-architecture-firms-1.asp" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>Architectural Record</em>'s July 2013 Top 300 Architecture Firms study</a>, and compiled the software requirements and the licensure/accreditation requirements listed for each job. We then sorted them by average, and then by the experience level required, from 0-3, 4-10 and 11-20+.</p><p>The results are in the infographic below."</p><p><a href="http://cdn.archinect.net/uploads/ad/ad7vvpw38fpfeb6i.jpg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ad/ad7vvpw38fpfeb6i.jpg"></a></p><p><em>(Click on the graphic to get a more detailed view)</em></p><p>"In summary, for software skills, over 70% of architecture jobs require Revit skills, and over 50%<em> still </em>require AutoCAD skills. &nbsp;The #3 software skill required is Sketchup...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/104480216/how-much-are-curators-really-paid How much are curators really paid? Alexander Walter 2014-07-18T14:30:00-04:00 >2014-07-22T18:03:12-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/c4/c44e32df778961ca671cd9c910619b9d.jpg" width="514" height="347" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Many in the art world were staggered by recent reports that the Italian curator Germano Celant is being paid &euro;750,000 to organise a pavilion for the Milan Expo 2015. Celant&rsquo;s fee, and the incredulity it provoked, raises questions about how much curators are typically paid for organising biennials and large-scale international exhibitions. The Art Newspaper surveyed around 40 international curators and biennial organisers [...].</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/104403021/stadium-sticker-shock-costs-explode-for-russia-s-2018-world-cup Stadium Sticker Shock: Costs Explode for Russia's 2018 World Cup Alexander Walter 2014-07-17T14:19:00-04:00 >2014-07-22T18:36:57-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/6b/6bef4c6bd50cf02cdfad0f2316ebcd21.jpg" width="514" height="191" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Moscow wants to make Russia the "center of the sporting world," but the price tag will be steep. Four years before the 2018 World Cup, costs are exploding in the next host country, with the two most important stadiums each costing more than a billion euros.</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/104329059/edifice-complex-architecture-leaps-from-commodity-to-collectible Edifice Complex: Architecture Leaps From Commodity to Collectible Alexander Walter 2014-07-16T15:20:00-04:00 >2014-07-22T19:17:03-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/gb/gbhjiub45b1qwlhw.jpg" width="514" height="322" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>[...] the Crystal Bridges acquisition reflects an increasingly popular attitude toward architecturally significant homes among private collectors. Such buyers now see that historic homes can be collected, preserved, and appreciated much like fine art.</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/104326642/wait-you-can-trademark-the-layout-of-a-store Wait. You can trademark the layout of a store? Archinect 2014-07-16T14:39:00-04:00 >2014-08-13T22:16:12-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/05/05ced60f451da3ceee70083bc4ca0b8f.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The trademark effort was reportedly spurred by copycat competitors seeking to emulate the Steve Jobs-inspired minimalism (and massive business success) of Apple&rsquo;s retail store. Alleged store copycat Microsoft, by the way, has its own trademark on its not-at-all-inspired-by-Apple retail stores...</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/00/005c3a5e07ad382d4a0c137de80cf894.jpg"><br><em>Microsoft's trademark layout</em></p><p>Of course, it isn&rsquo;t just dueling technology giants trademarking their retail layouts. The term of art for this kind of intellectual property protection is &ldquo;trade dress,&rdquo; and it has long been a staple of the retail world.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/104245331/china-town-meet-the-architecture-giant-with-asian-designs-on-london China town: meet the architecture giant with Asian designs on London Alexander Walter 2014-07-15T13:24:00-04:00 >2014-07-15T23:44:45-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/dc/dc5859e1d5f029e81e5c71a43de515d3.jpg" width="460" height="276" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;Our Chinese clients have their sights set on London, and they know what they want,&rdquo; says Keith Griffiths, the Welsh-born chairman of Aedas, who presides over the 1,400-strong practice from its Hong Kong headquarters. &ldquo;They are used to high rise, high density, truly mixed-use developments &ndash; having everything on one site, so you can live, work and play without ever leaving the building. We think that's the way London needs to densify.&rdquo;</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>