Archinect - News 2016-08-28T18:47:43-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/149964653/virtual-reality-an-architect-s-1-marketing-and-business-development-tool Virtual Reality: An Architect’s #1 Marketing and Business Development Tool Sponsor 2016-08-25T15:05:00-04:00 >2016-08-25T18:23:15-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/jz/jz2o6nh89jek9m1q.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><a href="http://www.yulio.com/?utm_source=Archinect%20Editorial%202&amp;utm_medium=Editorial&amp;utm_campaign=Archinect%20Editorial%202" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/uploads/ll/lli3ol7lk0ircrfx.png"></a><em><strong>This post is brought to you by <a href="https://www.yulio.com/?utm_source=Archinect%20Editorial%202&amp;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="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/xp/xprvqtje3m834iix.jpg"></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="http://www.yulio.com/gallery" 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> http://archinect.com/news/article/149964824/trudeau-stakes-canada-s-economic-growth-on-architects Trudeau stakes Canada's economic growth on architects Julia Ingalls 2016-08-23T14:09:00-04:00 >2016-08-27T11:12:35-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/79/79z5c1qcugh4i0me.jpg" width="514" height="289" 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="http://www.bloomberg.com/news/features/2016-08-22/trudeau-s-cure-for-canada-s-slump-architects-and-accountants" 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="http://archinect.com/features/article/135648933/the-architecture-job-application-hints-suggestions-from-employers-part-ii" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Architecture Job Application Hints &amp; Suggestions from Employers: Part II</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/126838476/what-s-the-hottest-new-job-in-architecture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">What's the h...</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149964055/the-us-housing-market-is-the-planet-s-biggest-concentration-of-financial-risk The US housing market is "the planet's biggest concentration of financial risk" Nicholas Korody 2016-08-18T19:58:00-04:00 >2016-08-19T15:04:48-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/yg/yg1bb96r3etam4uo.jpg" width="514" height="277" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>WHAT are the most dysfunctional parts of the global financial system? China&rsquo;s banking industry, you might say, with its great wall of bad debts and state-sponsored cronyism. Or the euro zone&rsquo;s taped-together single currency, which stretches across 19 different countries, each with its own debts and frail financial firms. Both are worrying. But if sheer size is your yardstick, nothing beats America&rsquo;s housing market.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>It is the world&rsquo;s largest asset class, worth $26 trillion, more than America&rsquo;s stockmarket. The slab of mortgage debt lurking beneath it is the planet&rsquo;s biggest concentration of financial risk.&nbsp;</em></p><p>For more on the state of the US housing market, check out these links:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149945853/what-these-pre-rent-control-stats-might-reveal-about-sf-s-soaring-housing-costs" target="_blank">What these &ldquo;pre-rent control&rdquo; stats might reveal about SF's soaring housing costs</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/148888343/single-women-emerge-as-second-strongest-group-of-homebuyers" target="_blank">Single women emerge as second-strongest group of homebuyers</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/123600021/looking-to-buy-a-home-in-sf-good-luck" target="_blank">Looking to buy a home in SF? Good luck</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149963978/frank-lloyd-wright-puts-his-foot-down-in-a-tribute-to-the-pluck-of-a-salesman Frank Lloyd Wright puts his foot down in 'a tribute to the pluck of a salesman' Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-08-18T12:56:00-04:00 >2016-08-23T00:42:49-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/tl/tl5jibxgryjlwr50.jpg" width="514" height="338" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Thomas H. Truslow Jr., a general sales manager at Corning Glass Works, proposed a solution of flexible waterproof strips directly to Johnson executives, bypassing Wright. The architect seethed. &ldquo;Are you then unfamiliar with the way of work with an architect,&rdquo; he wrote in a typed letter on Nov. 10, 1948. He added an angry question mark in green ink. &ldquo;The scheme is not the Johnson Company&rsquo;s,&rdquo; the typing continued. &ldquo;It is the architect&rsquo;s.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>The full, typed letter reads (with handwritten text in bold):</p><p><em>My dear Mr. Truslow: You have the cart before the horse. It is necessary to secure the architect's approval before going to the owner. Are you then unfamiliar with the way of work with an architect <strong>- ?</strong></em></p><p><em>The scheme is not the Johnson's Company's. It is the architect's. <strong>Mine.</strong></em></p><p><em>I shall be in New York at the Plaza Hotel on November 17th.</em></p><p><em>Sincerely yours,</em></p><p><em>Frank Lloyd Wright</em></p><p>More on the architect and his legacy:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/149954725/aaron-betsky-dean-of-the-frank-lloyd-wright-school-of-architecture-lays-out-taliesin-s-legacy-in-architecture-education" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Aaron Betsky, dean of the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture, lays out Taliesin's legacy in architecture education</a></li><li><a title="When 'Frank Lloyd Wright' and 'historic designation' are holding back your home&rsquo;s value, what&rsquo;s a seller to do?" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149962345/when-frank-lloyd-wright-and-historic-designation-are-holding-back-your-home-s-value-what-s-a-seller-to-do" 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 title="New Jersey&rsquo;s Oldest and Largest Frank Lloyd Wright House Listed for $2.2M" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149956509/new-jersey-s-oldest-and-largest-frank-lloyd-wright-house-listed-for-2-2m" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">New Jersey&rsquo;s Oldest and Largest Frank Lloyd Wright House Listed for $2.2M</a></li><li><a title="From Minnesota to Pennsylvania: moving a Frank Lloyd House halfway across the country" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149954698/from-minnesota-to-pennsylvania-moving-a-frank-lloyd-house-halfway-across-the-country" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">From Minnesota to Pennsylvania: moving a Frank Lloyd House halfway across the country</a></li><li><a title="Frenemies Forever: Hugh Howard brings famed relationship between Frank Lloyd Wright and Philip Johnson to life in 'Architecture's Odd Couple', on One-to-One #28" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149952735/frenemies-forever-hugh-howard-brings-famed-relationship-between-frank-lloyd-wright-and-philip-johnson-to-life-in-architecture-s-odd-couple-on-one-to-one-28" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Frenemies Forever: Hugh Howard brings famed relationship between Frank Lloyd Wright and Philip Johnson to life in 'Architecture's Odd Couple', o...</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149963790/architecture-billings-index-in-july-remains-in-positive-terrain-but-higher-volatility-expected-due-to-u-s-presidential-election Architecture Billings Index in July remains in positive terrain but higher volatility expected due to U.S. presidential election Alexander Walter 2016-08-17T13:16:00-04:00 >2016-08-17T13:17:34-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/rf/rf7icizmlzxgja0m.jpg" width="514" height="353" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Architecture Billings Index (ABI) was positive in July for the sixth consecutive month, and tenth out of the last twelve months as demand across all project types continued to increase. &nbsp;[...] (AIA) reported the July ABI score was 51.5, down from the mark of 52.6 in the previous month. This score still reflects an increase in design services (any score above 50 indicates an increase in billings). &nbsp;The new projects inquiry index was 57.5, down from a reading of 58.6 the previous month.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>&ldquo;The uncertainty surrounding the presidential election is causing some funding decisions regarding larger construction projects to be delayed or put on hold for the time being,&rdquo; said AIA Chief Economist, Kermit Baker, Hon. AIA, PhD. &nbsp;&ldquo;It&rsquo;s likely that these concerns will persist up until the election, and therefore we would expect higher levels of volatility in the design and construction sector in the months ahead.&rdquo;</em></p><p>Key ABI highlights for the month of July were reported by the AIA as:</p><ul><li>Regional averages: South (56.9), Midwest (50.1), Northeast (49.3), West (49.2)</li><li>Sector index breakdown: multi-family residential (55.2), institutional (50.7), mixed &nbsp; &nbsp; practice (50.5), commercial / industrial (50.3)</li><li>Project inquiries index: 57.5</li><li>Design contracts index: 51.8</li></ul><p>The&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/4496/abi" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ABI</a>&nbsp;in previous months on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149958838/architecture-billings-index-in-june-positive-for-fifth-consecutive-month" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architecture Billings Index in June positive for fifth consecutive month</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149953248/architecture-billings-index-reaches-highest-score-in-nearly-a-year" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architecture Billings Index reaches highest score in nearly a year</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149945983/architecture-billings-index-displays-continued-modest-growth-in-april" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architecture Billings Index displays continued modest growt...</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149962970/what-could-go-wrong-north-korean-construction-workers-are-being-given-crystal-meth-to-finish-projects-faster What could go wrong? North Korean construction workers are being given crystal meth to finish projects faster Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-08-12T14:13:00-04:00 >2016-08-13T08:37:01-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/2w/2wj43jt7d04kecir.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>project managers at a building site in North Korea&rsquo;s capital Pyongyang are openly supplying their exhausted work force with powerful methamphetamines called &ldquo;ice,&rdquo; North Korean sources say. [...] Officials in charge of the project are pushing workers hard to finish frame construction on the buildings, which include a 70-story high-rise apartment building and at least 60 other structures, before the weather gets too cold, sources said.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The construction project in question appears to be <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149954910/another-speedy-pyonghattan-skyscraper-project-is-underway" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ryomyong Street, a so-called "Pyonghattan"</a> for its giant scope and reportedly the country's tallest apartments. According to a report in&nbsp;<a href="http://foreignpolicy.com/2013/11/21/inside-north-koreas-crystal-meth-trade/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>Foreign Policy</em></a>, the spread of methamphetamine (aka "ice") first began in North Korea during the 1990s, when it was being produced and sold as a medication.</p><p>You might also be interested in:</p><ul><li><a title="Another speedy &ldquo;Pyonghattan&rdquo; skyscraper project is underway" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149954910/another-speedy-pyonghattan-skyscraper-project-is-underway" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Another speedy &ldquo;Pyonghattan&rdquo; skyscraper project is underway</a></li><li><a title="&lsquo;Pyongyang Speed:&rsquo; North Korea miraculously cranks out massive residential development for scientists in only one year" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/143668960/pyongyang-speed-north-korea-miraculously-cranks-out-massive-residential-development-for-scientists-in-only-one-year" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">&lsquo;Pyongyang Speed:&rsquo; North Korea miraculously cranks out massive residential development for scientists in only one year</a></li><li><a title="Pyongyang's inner Wes Anderson shines through in its architecture, then and now" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/140342648/pyongyang-s-inner-wes-anderson-shines-through-in-its-architecture-then-and-now" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Pyongyang's inner Wes Anderson shines through in its architecture, then and now</a></li><li><a title="Pyonghattan &amp; water parks: North Korea's new architectural ambitions" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/136651392/pyonghattan-water-parks-north-korea-s-new-architectural-ambitions" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Pyonghattan &amp; water parks: North Korea's new architectural ambitions</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149962804/welive-isn-t-growing-fast-enough-to-keep-up-with-wework-s-16-billion-valuation WeLive isn't growing fast enough to keep up with WeWork's $16 billion valuation Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-08-11T17:27:00-04:00 >2016-08-12T18:27:48-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/42/42dcd37eac29b47418edbd79a2507703.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Perhaps the most notable business line to suffer from slow growth is WeLive, which offers young renters fully furnished apartments and a communal atmosphere. The two inaugural locations opened in lower Manhattan and Crystal City, Va., earlier this year in converted office buildings. But the costs of converting those spaces proved high given the extensive remodeling needed... Now the company is aiming to put WeLive locations mainly in newly built developments that can be custom designed.</p></em><br /><br /><p>More news from under the WeWork umbrella:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/149948880/strange-bedfellows-exploring-shades-of-privacy-in-co-living" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Strange bedfellows: exploring shades of privacy in co-living</a></li><li><a title="The kibbutz, rebranded for Silicon Valley" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149944287/the-kibbutz-rebranded-for-silicon-valley" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The kibbutz, rebranded for Silicon Valley</a></li><li><a title="Chief creative officer Miguel McKelvey on WeLive's &quot;relatively neutral&quot; interior design" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149938308/chief-creative-officer-miguel-mckelvey-on-welive-s-relatively-neutral-interior-design" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Chief creative officer Miguel McKelvey on WeLive's "relatively neutral" interior design</a></li><li><a title="Can WeWork re-engineer the spatial dynamics of society?" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149935208/can-wework-re-engineer-the-spatial-dynamics-of-society" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Can WeWork re-engineer the spatial dynamics of society?</a></li><li><a title="WeLive, WeWork's co-living venture, opens for beta testing in New York City" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/145729323/welive-wework-s-co-living-venture-opens-for-beta-testing-in-new-york-city" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">WeLive, WeWork's co-living venture, opens for beta testing in New York City</a></li><li><a title="ARExA to renovate WeWork's first co-living project on Wall Street" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/139473784/arexa-to-renovate-wework-s-first-co-living-project-on-wall-street" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ARExA to renovate WeWork's first co-living project on Wall Street</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149962250/ben-derbyshire-from-hta-design-voted-president-elect-of-the-riba Ben Derbyshire from HTA Design voted President Elect of the RIBA Ellen Hancock 2016-08-09T12:16:00-04:00 >2016-08-11T01:18:46-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/eb/ebn6dk1amn9xsrn9.jpg" width="514" height="288" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>In September 2017 Ben Derbyshire will officially&nbsp;become RIBA President-Elect, taking over from the current President Jane Duncan.&nbsp;</p><p>Commenting on the announcement on <a href="http://www.hta.co.uk/news/posts/ben-derbyshire-voted-president-elect-of-the-riba" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">HTA's website</a> he said:</p><p>&ldquo;Once again we find ourselves in turbulent times. In winning this election&nbsp;I&nbsp;am conscious of a great sense of responsibility owed to architects everywhere, in all corners of the UK and overseas. Jane Duncan has laid the foundations for change at the RIBA that I look forward to driving forward, when I take up the role of President.&nbsp;My primary goal&nbsp;is to champion architects so that they, our sister professions and clients, can advance architecture as the cornerstone of the well-designed and more sustainable built environment society desperately needs.&nbsp;All architects, wherever and however we practice, need an&nbsp;RIBA that works for us."</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149958488/7-bookkeeping-tips-for-architects 7 Bookkeeping Tips for Architects Sponsor 2016-08-08T09:00:00-04:00 >2016-08-11T01:12:43-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/00/008p2uzurp6ymui9.jpg" width="514" height="327" border="0" title="" alt="" /><a href="http://www.bqe.com/archioffice-project-management/?src=ArchinectEditorialAug16" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/uploads/ue/ue98beec2403e52h.png"></a><em><strong>This post is brought to you by <a href="http://www.bqe.com/archioffice-project-management/?src=ArchinectEditorialAug16" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">BQE ArchiOffice</a>.</strong></em><br>&nbsp;<p>Many architects struggle with staying on top of their finances. After all, they were trained to draw and design, not how to run a business. Here are seven bookkeeping tips to help you better manage your finances with innovative tools.</p><p><strong>1. Get Comfortable with Reporting</strong><br>The first tip is to get comfortable with the reporting system of your accounting software. You spend money on bookkeeping so that you can get valuable information out of the system. This is precisely where the reports come in. If you have a good working knowledge of the reporting area of your accounting system, then you can pull reports, analyze your business and make decisions based on that. Of course you should also consult your bookkeeping and/or accounting professional for help understanding the reports, especially if something doesn&rsquo;t make sense to you.</p><p><strong>2. Know Your Numbers</strong><br>The second tip comes right on the heels of the second. You should have a working knowledge of how ...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149961829/donald-trump-usher-of-america-s-postindustrial-urban-blight Donald Trump, usher of America's postindustrial urban blight Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-08-05T18:10:00-04:00 >2016-08-10T00:33:53-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/yx/yx1q6e2hpwcvmwca.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Casinos like the Taj Mahal have destroyed Atlantic City&rsquo;s public space. Gambling&rsquo;s arrival replaced the outward-looking hotels, shops, and promenades of the mid-century boardwalk with clusters of dark, labyrinthine resorts, set back from the street and enclosed behind monitored security gates. [...] Atlantic City&rsquo;s model of a plush, self-contained casino abutting a ruined neighborhood has become a synecdoche for the last forty years of American urban development.</p></em><br /><br /><p>To dissect the urban effects of Trump's Atlantic City casino, Sam Wetherall traces the city's history as a booming resort town through the early 20th century, and into its current economic crisis:</p><p><em>In 2014 alone, casino closures cost Atlantic City more than ten thousand jobs, a staggering figure for a city with a population under forty thousand. Atlantic City&rsquo;s unemployment rate sits at almost 14 percent, and it suffers from the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.nbcnews.com/business/real-estate/atlantic-city-area-tops-list-foreclosures-n555791" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">highest home foreclosure rates</a>&nbsp;in the country.</em></p><p><em>Donald Trump may herald a radical new force in American politics, but his background illuminates trends that have been unfolding in American cities for more than fifty years. As deindustrialization hollowed out cities&rsquo; economies, many have responded by wrapping their public spaces in glittering property developments and legalizing gambling to survive.</em></p><p>Atlantic City provides a potent, and foreboding, example of the kind of urbanity that Trump's business agenda has wrought:</p><p><em>While the media has dissected the failures of...</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149961562/san-francisco-rejects-tech-tax-that-would-require-big-companies-to-fund-housing-initiatives San Francisco rejects “tech tax” that would require big companies to fund housing initiatives Justine Testado 2016-08-04T15:27:00-04:00 >2016-08-10T00:07:05-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/03/03k9s0cfxaaph7s4.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;They spend $25,000 per employee per year on perks like free beer and pool tables and massages ... That&rsquo;s great, but can they spend $1,000 to help the rest of San Francisco survive?&rdquo; As it turned out, they could not. Representatives of tech organizations reacted fiercely against the tax, saying that it would suppress growth in the industry that has made the city &ndash; parts of it, at least &ndash; wealthy beyond the dreams of avarice.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Widening the gap between San Francisco's wealthy and poor, the&nbsp;budget committee of the city's board of supervisors&nbsp;rejected on Monday the tech tax, which &ldquo;would have imposed a 1.5% payroll levy on technology companies that generate more than $1m in revenues a year, including Uber, Google, Twitter and Airbnb.&rdquo;</p><p>More on Archinect:</p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149961306/luxury-condos-sink-in-san-francisco-s-millennium-tower" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Luxury condos sink in San Francisco's Millennium Tower</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149954325/san-francisco-could-face-class-warfare-if-it-doesn-t-fix-its-economic-inequality" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">San Francisco could face "class warfare" if it doesn't fix its economic inequality</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149945853/what-these-pre-rent-control-stats-might-reveal-about-sf-s-soaring-housing-costs" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">What these &ldquo;pre-rent control&rdquo; stats might reveal about SF's soaring housing costs</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149945541/bay-area-media-ban-together-for-homelessness-advocacy" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bay Area media ban together for homelessness advocacy</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149942330/don-t-blame-the-tech-bros-sf-s-housing-crisis-is-bonkers-because-of-zoning-not-startups" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Don't blame the tech bros: SF's housing crisis is bonkers because of zoning, not startups</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149961409/will-brexit-kill-405b-worth-of-infrastructure-projects Will Brexit kill £405B worth of infrastructure projects? Nicholas Korody 2016-08-03T19:57:00-04:00 >2016-08-03T20:01:53-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/9n/9nmxlo7kxjl82uxu.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Prime Minister Theresa May recently announced that the newly-formed government will delay making any decisions about building a major nuclear power plant&mdash;the first in a generation&mdash;until the fall.</p><p>Economists reacted with alarm to the announcement, according to <a href="http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-08-02/brexit-endangers-britain-s-405-billion-pound-building-boom" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bloomberg</a>, since the deferral raises doubts about the future of &pound;405 billion worth of infrastructural projects. The infrastructural projects would both improve productivity and provide much-needed economic stimulation as the country faces the possibility of a major recession.</p><p>Before the UK&rsquo;s vote to leave the European Union, the UK planned major energy and infrastructure projects meant to improve the country&rsquo;s crumbling infrastructure. These included a high-speed rail from London to northern England and a major expansion of either Heathrow or Gatwick airports&rsquo; capacity.</p><p>Some economists question whether the UK could afford these projects at all, as the country&rsquo;s economy and credit rating remain uncertain following Brexit. Still, sp...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149961325/donald-trump-is-architecture-s-nightmare-client Donald Trump is architecture's nightmare client Julia Ingalls 2016-08-03T13:50:00-04:00 >2016-08-10T00:20:22-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/25/25joej9jifhf20kz.jpg" width="514" height="321" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Two weeks ago at the Republican National Convention, Donald Trump's daughter introduced him as a man who has overseen the construction of skyscrapers, thereby qualifying him to somehow take stead of the vastly more complex civic architecture of the United States. Never mind that Donald Trump doesn't necessarily <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149956644/hillary-clinton-campaign-ad-highlights-architect-screwed-by-trump" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">pay the architects he hires</a>, making him less of an overseer and more of a cheap tyrant (with a terrible, reductive aesthetic sense, to boot). This tendency to inaccurately appropriate architecture is a theme within the Trump family&mdash;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149958855/yeah-so-about-melania-trump-s-architecture-degree" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Melania made up an entire degree</a>&mdash;but what Duo Dickinson notes over at <a href="http://commonedge.org/donald-trump-as-architectures-nightmare-client/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">CommonEdge</a> is that Trump's blowhardism is counter to what architecture is: notably, an exchange of ideas, and a conversation about how best to implement those ideas. As Duo writes:</p><p><em>Agreement with the Donald is being right, anything else puts you in the other side of him&mdash;wrong and disqualified; not a great place for an architect if he&rsquo;s your client and radically divisive even in a ...</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149961108/airbnb-turns-to-urban-planning-as-it-looks-towards-the-future-of-home-sharing Airbnb turns to urban planning as it looks towards the future of home-sharing Nicholas Korody 2016-08-02T12:53:00-04:00 >2016-08-09T00:59:51-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/y6/y6v8gdp4rpdrwqmv.jpg" width="514" height="407" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Today, Airbnb is revealing a new division tasked with inventing new futures for the company, called Samara. Airbnb is also unveiling Samara&rsquo;s first project: a communal housing project designed to revitalize a small town in Japan. That model isn&rsquo;t meant to be a one-off. After this project, Airbnb will look to scale it to other declining small towns across the world. The idea is that Airbnb could become a force not only in sharing homes, but in urban planning.</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/p7/p7wfkzc58ty4r3hi.jpg"></p><p>Airbnb's experiment in urban planning was sparked by the success of an elderly woman in a rural Japanese town, Tsuyama Okayama,&nbsp;who listed her home on the site. While near Japan's most famous cedar forests, the town didn't receive many tourists.</p><p>But build it and they will come: soon, tourists flocked to the rural idyll. Enough tourists, in fact, that the woman's neighbors secured gigs as hiking guides, translators and tour guides.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/2a/2ad7zlmopv485ouu.jpg"></p><p>Later, Airbnb worked with architect Go Hasegawa to design a community center where tourists could stay. Designed for an exhibit,&nbsp;<em>House Vision</em>, which paired architects with companies, the center will be trucked to Yoshino in Nara Prefecture in October.&nbsp;</p><p>The building, which was built with local materials and labor, will be located near a wide stream where tourists can observe local fishermen at work.</p><p>"If this works, there are a lot of villages in Japan that could benefit," says Airbnb founder Joe Gebbia.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/75/75uqa5esmbisjymw.jpg"></p><p>For more on Airbnb and its urban influence, check out these...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149960393/it-s-been-one-month-since-brexit-how-are-you-coping It's been one month since Brexit. How are you coping? Ellen Hancock 2016-07-28T15:24:00-04:00 >2016-08-08T13:33:33-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/0o/0otoauyllwkd4w5t.jpg" width="514" height="268" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>On June 23rd, 2016, the UK voted to leave the European Union. In the following month, the pound dropped&nbsp;10% in value against the US dollar (the lowest since the 1980s), PM David Cameron resigned, Boris Johnson resigned, Nigel Farage too (not before insulting all of the European parliament), and the Labour party are squabbling like children.</p><p>After everyone else jumped ship, Theresa May now resides at No.10 and must deal with the aftermath of Brexit. With her new cabinet in place (we are still hoping Boris' appointment as Foreign Secretary is a joke) and the promise that Article 50 will not be triggered until the new year, what happens next?</p><p>Fill out our <strong><a href="https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSc1t3aqlaUhFY7CaqIL4X_qwsgSqIFj3Y-itjZSRGGWUDBIyw/viewform" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">survey</a></strong> and tell us how Brexit has affected you already, and what you think the future holds for a UK outside of the EU.&nbsp;</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149960184/tesla-s-5-8-million-square-foot-gigafactory-to-open-in-2017 Tesla's 5.8 million square foot "Gigafactory" to open in 2017 Julia Ingalls 2016-07-27T13:38:00-04:00 >2016-08-02T01:41:37-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ly/ly61d2maf4u0cg1t.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Sixty-five hundred people and a sizable compliment of <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/139530018/the-dawn-of-construction-worker-robots" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">robots</a> will work in the enormous, solar-panel topped, rail-adjacent Gigafactory when it opens in 2017, a structure which is described as a "joint venture" between Tesla, Panasonic and other supply partners. In this case, the drive to inexpensively produce lithium-ion batteries has created the need for the&nbsp;colossal&nbsp;structure.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/el/elou5zc83e4g3oab.jpg"></p><p>As <a href="https://www.wired.com/2016/07/tesla-gigafactory-elon-musk/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Wired</a> notes:</p><p><em>The assembly lines will do everything from make the individual cells&mdash;cylinders a bit bigger&nbsp;than an AA battery&mdash;to assembling the immense packs that power a Model S or store energy in someone&rsquo;s garage. Tesla doesn&rsquo;t disclose its costs, but says doing it all&nbsp;in-house&nbsp;will drive down the cost of a battery by&nbsp;30 percent.</em></p><p>Tesla in the news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149936153/lake-flato-architects-splits-reservation-cost-for-tesla-model-3-with-employees" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Lake Flato Architects splits reservation cost for Tesla Model 3 with employees</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/145592812/wired-takes-a-look-inside-tesla-s-car-factory-of-the-future" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Wired takes a look inside Tesla's car factory of the future</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/126782986/did-tesla-almost-go-bankrupt-without-anyone-noticing" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Did Tesla almost go bankrupt without anyone noticing?</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149960015/facebook-enters-the-housing-market-and-it-s-probably-not-a-good-thing Facebook enters the housing market – and it's probably not a good thing Nicholas Korody 2016-07-26T17:38:00-04:00 >2016-08-02T01:32:43-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/7j/7jef0wki7op0g3mr.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Facebook could be your next landlord. In an effort to drum up support for the controversial expansion of its headquarters, the social media giant is trying to give back to the community by building at least 1,500 housing units that can be rented by the general public&mdash;not just Facebook employees [...] Facebook has pledged that 15 percent of the new units it creates will go to low- or middle-income families.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>...Which is great until you realize that 85 percent of the building will probably be ridiculously expensive and probably populated by local tech bros.</em></p><p>For more on Silicon Valley urbanism, check out these links:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149943493/silicon-valley-campuses-at-risk-as-sea-levels-rise" target="_blank">Silicon Valley campuses at risk as sea levels rise</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/145046942/mark-zuckerberg-s-resolution-for-2016-build-an-at-home-ai-like-jarvis-in-iron-man" target="_blank">Mark Zuckerberg's resolution for 2016: build an at-home AI "like Jarvis in Iron Man"</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149957713/google-acquires-linkedin-s-hq-in-huge-unexpected-property-swap" target="_blank">Google acquires LinkedIn's HQ in huge, unexpected property swap</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149954668/what-s-the-newest-project-for-silicon-valley-investors-building-cities" target="_blank">What's the newest project for Silicon Valley investors? Building cities</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149959951/aia-s-consensus-construction-forecast-projects-continued-but-moderate-growth-in-2017 AIA's Consensus Construction Forecast projects continued but moderate growth in 2017 Alexander Walter 2016-07-26T12:44:00-04:00 >2016-07-30T01:04:22-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ss/ssu2js14s6s4bzru.jpg" width="514" height="295" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>After a strong 2015, there is a growing sense that the construction industry expansion will be more tempered over the next eighteen months. [...] The American Institute of Architects&rsquo; (AIA) semi-annual Consensus Construction Forecast, a survey of the nation&rsquo;s leading construction forecasters, is projecting that spending will increase just less than six percent for 2016, with next year&rsquo;s projection being an additional 5.6% gain.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>&ldquo;Healthy job growth, strong consumer confidence and low interest rates are several positive factors in the economy, which will allow some of the pent-up demand from the last downturn to go forward,&rdquo; said AIA Chief Economist, Kermit Baker, PhD, Hon. AIA. &nbsp;&ldquo;But at the same time, the slowing in the overall economy could extend to the construction industry a bit &ndash; with the biggest drop off expected in the industrial facility sector over the next year and a half.&rdquo;</em></p><p>For the full report and an interactive version of the infographic above, head over to <a href="http://new.aia.org/articles/14861-healthy-advances-forecast-for-nonresidential-building-market-through-2017" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">aia.org</a>.</p><p>Related stories in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149958838/architecture-billings-index-in-june-positive-for-fifth-consecutive-month" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architecture Billings Index in June positive for fifth consecutive month</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149953248/architecture-billings-index-reaches-highest-score-in-nearly-a-year" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architecture Billings Index reaches highest score in nearly a year</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149945983/architecture-billings-index-displays-continued-modest-growth-in-april" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architecture Billings Index displays continued modest growth in April</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149958838/architecture-billings-index-in-june-positive-for-fifth-consecutive-month Architecture Billings Index in June positive for fifth consecutive month Alexander Walter 2016-07-20T13:08:00-04:00 >2016-08-08T14:16:08-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/th/thatzpar592r4qf5.jpg" width="514" height="358" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Buoyed by increasing levels of demand across all project types, the Architecture Billings Index (ABI) was positive in June for the fifth consecutive month. [...] The American Institute of Architects (AIA) reported the June ABI score was 52.6, down from the mark of 53.1 in the previous month. This score still reflects an increase in design services (any score above 50 indicates an increase in billings). The new projects inquiry index was 58.6, down from a reading of 60.1 the previous month.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The AIA reports these key ABI highlights for the month of June:</p><ul><li>Regional averages: South (55.5), West (54.1), Northeast (51.8), Midwest (48.2)</li><li>Sector index breakdown: multi-family residential (57.9), institutional (52.7), mixed practice (51.0), commercial / industrial (50.3)</li><li>Project inquiries index: 58.6</li><li>Design contracts index: 49.7</li></ul><p>The&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/4496/abi" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ABI</a>&nbsp;in previous months on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149953248/architecture-billings-index-reaches-highest-score-in-nearly-a-year" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architecture Billings Index reaches highest score in nearly a year</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149945983/architecture-billings-index-displays-continued-modest-growth-in-april" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architecture Billings Index displays continued modest growth in April</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149941581/architecture-billings-index-concludes-first-quarter-on-continued-positive-note" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architecture Billings Index concludes first quarter on continued positive note</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149958556/editor-s-picks-450 Editor's Picks #450 Nam Henderson 2016-07-19T11:27:00-04:00 >2016-07-22T01:16:00-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/qn/qn86jlhmqfs5hdwo.jpg" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="http://archinect.com/patrik_schumacher" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Patrik Schumacher</a> penned an <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/149956426/brexit-a-chance-to-roll-back-the-interventionist-state-and-unleash-entrepreneurial-creativity-op-ed-by-patrik-schumacher" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">op-ed</a>, wherein he makes the case for seeing Brexit as a chance to roll back the interventionist state and unleash entrepreneurial creativity.&nbsp;</p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/orhan" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Orhan Ayy&uuml;ce</a> summed up "<em>Filed under, a case for neo/post deregulation and probable reregulation.</em>" For his part architect <a href="http://archinect.com/chriswilliamson" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Chris Williamson</a> responded with his own <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/149957963/brexit-exposed-a-britain-divided-and-architects-must-now-redouble-our-efforts-to-be-at-the-forefront-of-quality-and-innovation-op-ed-by-chris-williamson-of-weston-williamson-partners" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">op-ed</a>, wherein he argues British architects/designers "<em>need to redouble our efforts to be at the forefront of quality and innovation...We all have to redouble our efforts to compete for investment from a wider world and not rely on Europe</em>".</p><p>Plus, <a href="http://archinect.com/nicholaskorody" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Nicholas Korody</a> published a two (<a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/149955321/the-whistleblower-architects-surveillance-infrastructure-and-freedom-of-information-according-to-cryptome-part-1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">1</a> &amp; <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/149956364/the-whistleblower-architects-surveillance-infrastructure-and-freedom-of-information-according-to-cryptome-part-2" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">2</a>) part interview with Deborah Natsios and John Young (of Natsios-Young Architects) behind the twenty year old project, Cryptome (and sister archive Cartome).&nbsp;The two are interested "<em>in decentralized zones where architecture and public infrastructures intersect</em>", democratic society, "<em>the corrosive apparatus of national security secrecy</em>" and how surveillance operates "<em>in the city?</em>"...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149958345/liverpool-waterfront-heritage-status-at-risk-as-mayor-rejects-un-plea Liverpool waterfront heritage status at risk as mayor rejects UN plea work_for_free 2016-07-18T13:08:00-04:00 >2016-07-24T22:46:08-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ei/eiz8u925z5at90u1.jpg" width="514" height="307" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The world heritage site status of Liverpool&rsquo;s waterfront is in jeopardy after the city&rsquo;s mayor, Joe Anderson, rejected a plea by UN cultural chiefs to halt development in the city [...] Anderson said he would be writing to the UN body informing it that the city would not be complying with its request [...] Heritage campaigners recently went to court in a fight to stop the demolition of 10 historic buildings near Liverpool Lime Street station in the buffer zone.</p></em><br /><br /><p>More Liverpool-related architecture news on archinect:</p><p><a href="http://uk.archinect.com/news/article/149949440/riba-set-to-open-national-architecture-centre-in-liverpool" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">RIBA set to open national architecture centre in Liverpool</a></p><p><a href="http://uk.archinect.com/news/article/148270911/turning-the-ugliest-building-in-liverpool-into-an-exemplar-of-public-health" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Turning the &ldquo;ugliest building in Liverpool&rdquo; into an exemplar of public health</a></p><p><a href="http://uk.archinect.com/news/article/142830022/assemble-wins-turner-prize-becoming-first-architects-to-win-uk-s-most-prestigious-art-prize" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Assemble wins Turner Prize, becoming first architects to win "UK's most prestigious art prize"</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149958163/boyle-heights-activists-want-all-art-galleries-to-gtfo-of-their-neighborhood Boyle Heights activists want all art galleries to GTFO of their neighborhood Justine Testado 2016-07-15T17:57:00-04:00 >2016-07-19T12:35:51-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/kw/kwq64eauwim9ky4z.jpg" width="514" height="319" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>"We&rsquo;re not against art or culture," [says Boyle Heights activist Maga Miranda.] "...But the art galleries are part of a broader effort by planners and politicians and developers who want to artwash gentrification." "We&rsquo;re saying that they need to make a bigger effort to amplify the voices of the people that are gonna be most affected by this, and that doesn&rsquo;t happen to be artists in this situation. It happens to be people who can&rsquo;t afford to live here anymore."</p></em><br /><br /><p>Amid widespread gentrification in LA, activists in Boyle Heights have been scrutinizing the art galleries that set up shop there in recent years &mdash; including significant spaces like Self Help Graphics, which helped put the Eastside neighborhood on the cultural map.&nbsp;While activists want to prevent developers from taking control and &ldquo;artwashing gentrification&rdquo;, some gallery owners have expressed mixed reactions. The debate gets even more convoluted considering that some activists are also working artists.</p><p>More on Archinect:</p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149949634/5-myths-about-gentrification-according-to-a-gsapp-urban-planning-professor" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">5 myths about gentrification, according to a GSAPP urban planning professor</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149943937/a-telltale-sign-of-gentrification-in-los-angeles" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A telltale sign of gentrification in Los Angeles</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149941499/how-a-group-of-boyle-heights-residents-are-fighting-gentrification" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">How a group of Boyle Heights residents are fighting gentrification</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/143132832/how-l-a-can-reboot-its-creative-economy-so-artists-can-actually-live-in-town" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">How L.A. can reboot its "creative economy" so artists can actually live in town</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149958136/cutting-out-the-real-estate-middle-man-a-closer-look-at-self-builds Cutting out the (real estate) middle man: a closer look at Self-Builds Alexander Walter 2016-07-15T13:46:00-04:00 >2016-07-22T05:10:03-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/c3/c35318ba8fd0ce3fabd59f33809ac0f8.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>It&rsquo;s not a new argument to say that cities are increasingly morphing from social configurations to investment vehicles. [...] &ldquo;Self-builds&rdquo;, &ldquo;Baugruppen&rdquo;, and &ldquo;zelfbouw&rdquo; are just a few ways to define variations of building-it-yourself (BIY), whether done individually or as a collective. The end users (who are the commissioners), together with architects, decide on the design of their homes, and then take care of the construction themselves or have contractors do it.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related stories on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/149956435/it-s-the-culture-stupid-curatorial-statement-for-the-international-architecture-biennale-rotterdam-from-executive-director-george-brugmans" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">It's the Culture, Stupid: curatorial statement for the International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam, from executive director George Brugmans</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149957948/reinhold-martin-hosts-contentious-house-housing-panel-provoking-discussion-on-inequality-real-estate-and-architecture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Reinhold Martin hosts contentious 'House Housing' panel, provoking discussion on inequality, real estate and architecture</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149951467/halfway-there-the-limits-to-aravena-s-social-housing" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Halfway there? The limits to Aravena's social housing</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149957713/google-acquires-linkedin-s-hq-in-huge-unexpected-property-swap Google acquires LinkedIn's HQ in huge, unexpected property swap Justine Testado 2016-07-13T18:13:00-04:00 >2016-07-17T19:46:04-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/1o/1onxmola6x960ers.jpg" width="514" height="385" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>[Google and LinkedIn] announced a large, surprising property swap encompassing over three million square feet of existing and future real estate... From Google, LinkedIn is picking up seven buildings...In return, Google is getting LinkedIn&rsquo;s Mountain View headquarters office and...four different surrounding properties that enable Google to follow through on its ambitious plan for a new, green, crazy-futurist campus.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Following an unsuccessful bid <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/126833043/google-loses-to-linkedin-in-silicon-valley-hq-pitch" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">last year</a>, this is good news for Google as they continue to push toward making their dream campus a reality.&nbsp;Unleash the <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/126826379/new-googleplex-will-be-built-by-robots" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">&ldquo;crabots&rdquo;</a>.</p><p>Previously on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/122201296/archinect-sessions-episode-19-don-t-be-evil-don-t-throw-stones" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect Sessions Episode #19: Don't be Evil, Don't Throw Stones</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/126833043/google-loses-to-linkedin-in-silicon-valley-hq-pitch" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Google loses to LinkedIn in Silicon Valley HQ pitch</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/126826379/new-googleplex-will-be-built-by-robots" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">New Googleplex will be built by robots</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/121746764/google-unveils-big-heatherwick-studios-collaboration-for-new-campus-master-plan" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Google Unveils BIG + Heatherwick Studios Collaboration for New Campus Master Plan</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149957412/architecture-for-humanity-is-being-sued-for-3m-for-mismanaging-funds Architecture for Humanity is being sued for $3M for mismanaging funds Nicholas Korody 2016-07-12T13:07:00-04:00 >2016-07-15T14:23:29-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/id/id4oxw8vyf3ygqjn.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The founders and board members of Architecture for Humanity (AFH), the influential and accoladed non-profit organization, is being sued for $3M for alleged mismanagement of funds, according to an exclusive report published by <a href="http://www.architecturalrecord.com/articles/11787" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architectural Record</a>. The report helps shed light on the circumstances under which the non-profit closed down last year.</p><p>Among those named in the lawsuit, which was filed on June 10, are the founders Cameron Sinclair and Kate Stohr, both paid employees, and the 10 volunteer members of the board of directors, including the former head of the American Institute of Architects Clark Manus and architect Toshiko Mori.</p><p>According the lawsuit, AFH acted with "gross negligence", misappropriating restricted funds &ndash; donations made with specific caveats as to their use &ndash; in order to pay overhead such as executive salaries and promotional expenses.</p><p>The lawsuit alleges that AFH "completely disregarded the &lsquo;restricted&rsquo; and &lsquo;unrestricted&rsquo; nature of the funds and began a wholesale ...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149957192/creative-currency-post-brexit-mark-middleton-of-grimshaw-weighs-the-good-and-bad-for-uk-firms-as-split-with-eu-looms-on-one-to-one-30 Creative Currency, post-Brexit: Mark Middleton of Grimshaw weighs the good and bad for UK firms as split with EU looms, on One-to-One #30 Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-07-11T15:31:00-04:00 >2016-07-17T17:41:08-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/dz/dzthyxvwae2ij3mc.jpg" width="514" height="333" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Mark Middleton, partner at <a href="http://archinect.com/grimshaw" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Grimshaw</a> in London, has been facing the Brexit decision's aftermath like <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149953793/architects-react-to-shocking-eu-referendum-result" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">many of his architecture-compatriots</a>&mdash;with positive pragmatism. While prominent architecture and design professionals lent their <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149937278/say-no-to-a-brexit-says-david-chipperfield" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">support to the "Remain" campaign</a>, they now have little choice but to #keepcalmandcarryon, while carefully reevaluating how ties with the European Union could affect business, as well as London as a design capital.</p><p>Middleton joined me on One-to-One to sort through the current mood for practitioners in the UK, and the effects Brexit could have on architecture projects and policy in the years to come.</p><p>Find more Brexit news <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/729153/brexit" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.</p><p>Listen to&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/670405/one-to-one" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">One-to-One</a>&nbsp;#30 with&nbsp;<strong>Mark Middleton</strong>:</p><ul><li><strong>iTunes</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/neil-denari/id1057340260?i=356797877" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Click here to listen&nbsp;and subscribe to the new&nbsp;"Archinect Sessions One-to-One" podcast</a></li><li><strong>SoundCloud</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="http://soundcloud.com/archinect" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">click here to follow Archinect</a></li><li><strong>RSS</strong>: subscribe with any of your favorite podcasting apps via our RSS feed:&nbsp;<a href="http://onetoone.libsyn.com/rss" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">http://onetoone.libsyn.com/rss</a></li><li><strong>Download</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="http://traffic.libsyn.com/onetoone/One_to_One_Episode_30_Mark_Middleton.mp3" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">this episode</a></li></ul><p></p>... http://archinect.com/news/article/149956742/post-brexit-pessimism-causes-precautionary-job-losses Post-Brexit pessimism causes precautionary job losses Eleanor Marshall 2016-07-09T04:05:00-04:00 >2016-07-17T15:53:52-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/dp/dparv1b71dluc6q2.jpg" width="514" height="257" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>With the construction industry expected to be the <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/business/2016/jul/04/construction-first-casualty-brexit-housebuilders-jitters-eu-referendum" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">first casualty</a>&nbsp;of Brexit, leading architecture firms in the UK <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/29494805/make-architects" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Make</a>, <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/69207773/sheppard-robson" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Sheppard Robson</a>&nbsp;and<a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/61784367/bdp" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"> BDP</a> have already started to react to the uncertainties in the construction industry. In February of this year it was reported that housebuilding in the UK hit a <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/money/2016/feb/25/uk-housebuilding-new-homes-construction-high-2008" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">seven-year high</a>, as the construction industry was steadily recovering from the last recession. However, post-Brexit uncertainty has caused a crisis of confidence, prompting large firms to take precautionary measures against the loss of projects and a lull in construction.</p><p>It may seem as if optimism has been exchanged for pessimism by some big firms, however the actual impact on the architectural profession in the UK in the next few years remains open to speculation. Uncertainty based on assumptions could lead to a self fulfilling prophecy within the industry, as no one really know what will happen if the UK leaves the EU. Speaking to <a href="http://www.dezeen.com/2016/07/07/brexit-crisis-job-losses-project-uncertainty-architecture-construction-industry/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Dezeen</a>, Simon Allford of <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/69207772/allford-hall-monaghan-morris" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">AHMM</a>&nbsp;respond states practically...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149956785/los-angeles-selects-hdr-to-manage-its-1-4-billion-sidewalk-repair-program Los Angeles selects HDR to manage its $1.4 Billion Sidewalk Repair Program Alexander Walter 2016-07-08T14:14:00-04:00 >2016-07-17T15:58:08-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/hp/hpyrhy2v8xj09fe4.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The city of Los Angeles has selected HDR to serve as program manager for the next three years for its robust Sidewalk Repair Program. The 30-year, $1.4 billion program aims to repair sidewalks to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act and ensure universal access for all Angelenos. The second largest city in the U.S., Los Angeles is home to roughly 11,000 miles of sidewalks, many of which hinder passage because of cracks, buckles and bulging tree roots.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related stories in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/117424438/why-los-angeles-is-struggling-to-fix-thousands-of-miles-of-sidewalks" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Why Los Angeles is struggling to fix thousands of miles of sidewalks</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149956563/michael-maltzan-proposes-greening-l-a-s-134-freeway" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Michael Maltzan proposes greening L.A.'s 134 freeway</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149956345/alissa-walker-imagines-a-utopian-los-angeles-in-2056" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Alissa Walker imagines a "utopian" Los Angeles in 2056</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149956752/affordable-spaces-for-london-s-creative-industry-by-urban-acupuncture Affordable spaces for London's creative industry by Urban Acupuncture Ellen Hancock 2016-07-08T11:18:00-04:00 >2016-07-17T15:48:03-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/e7/e7e89689781f116b4f8340a0700fcde2.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The duo asked themselves the question if London will still be the capital of creativity, arts and crafts in 10 years time. Rising rents for residential and work spaces, combined with an&nbsp;increasingly unaffordable education system, are making the city less and less accessible. According to Boano and Pri&scaron;montas, London has always been a center for creativity,&nbsp;but the recent financial pressures have turned &lsquo;creativity&rsquo; into an industry that can only be joined by people who are able to afford&nbsp;it.</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/ab/ab4f6d0e76b8daa4724a53972c466495.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/2a/2ac26e7c3912bb83065bde25f262585a.jpg"></p><p>At this unstable time, the capital's creative industry must be entrepreneurial and work together to remain the best, are we up to the challenge? Read more stories of ingenuity in the UK here:</p><ul><li><a href="http://uk.archinect.com/news/article/149956491/the-hive-pavilion-moves-to-kew-gardens" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Hive pavilion moves to Kew Gardens</a></li><li><a href="http://uk.archinect.com/news/article/149956114/digital-elytrons-latest-architecture-technology-at-the-v-a-museum" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Digital Elytrons. Latest Architecture Technology at the V &amp; A Museum.</a></li><li><a href="http://RIBA%20reveals%2046%20stunning%20projects%20as%202016%20National%20Awardees" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">RIBA reveals 46 stunning projects as 2016 National Awardees</a></li><li><a href="http://uk.archinect.com/news/article/149951999/allies-and-morrison-propose-an-alternative-to-the-garden-bridge" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Allies and Morrison propose an alternative to the garden bridge</a></li><li><a href="http://uk.archinect.com/news/article/149951735/london-revives-co-housing" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">London revives co-housing</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149956719/plans-unveiled-to-save-aberdeen-home-of-mitsubishi-founder Plans unveiled to save Aberdeen home of Mitsubishi founder work_for_free 2016-07-08T09:50:00-04:00 >2016-07-18T05:10:28-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/tx/txim3t9gbw2jxlql.jpg" width="514" height="291" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A top businessman has offered to help restore the home of [Thomas Blake Glover] a Scottish pioneer who became one of the most famous merchants in Japan [...] If anything can be done to restore Glover House we will be prepared to do it and we have made an offer to contribute to the house reopening in his memory [...] the building would be turned into an &ldquo;ideas hub&rdquo;, which could be used to strengthen business links with Japan - with a particular focus on the oil and gas industry.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The home of Thomas Blake Glover in Japan gets 2 million (!) visitors a year and is an important heritage site,&nbsp;representative for the scottish-japanese history of industrialisation.The Glover's house in Aberdeen is in a reversed situation.&nbsp;It has fallen into a state of disrepair and is in desperate need of restoration. Now, the Founder of the Thomas Blake Glover Foundation, Anne Malcolm, welcomed the proposed renovation work. She said: &ldquo;It is very important that the Glover House should be kept for posterity as it&rsquo;s very important historically."</p><p>There have been no serious historical dramatisations of Glover&rsquo;s remarkable life and role in the Japanese history. Glover, equipped with enthusiasm for his modernising energy, had the willingness to act and negotiate in unfamiliar and dangerous surroundings in late 19th century Japan. The preservation project in Aberdeen aims to keep a architectural record of this famous Scot.</p><p>More informations Thomas Blake Glover offer an essay and a documenta...</p>