Archinect - News 2017-03-25T04:14:15-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/149999111/if-you-can-t-stand-the-heat-get-an-outdoor-kitchen-homeowners-are-says-aia If you can't stand the heat, get an outdoor kitchen (homeowners are, says AIA) Julia Ingalls 2017-03-23T13:02:00-04:00 >2017-03-23T13:06:15-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/ot/otcsw5au4f2ez1er.jpg" width="650" height="431" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Over the past century, <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/149961338/if-you-can-t-stand-the-domesticity-get-out-of-the-kitchen" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">kitchens have gone from being a back room to the center of many homes</a>. Now, according to a <a href="http://info.aia.org/AIArchitect/2017/0324/aia-interactive/index.html#!" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">new study released by the AIA</a>, many homeowners are requesting outdoor kitchens, creating an uptick in work for residential architects.&nbsp;&ldquo;Homeowners continue to find new ways to add value to their homes by creating more functional space, which is apparent in the rise in popularity of outdoor kitchens,&rdquo; said AIA Chief Economist, Kermit Baker, PhD, Hon. AIA. &ldquo;Kitchens have become a hub for the home, now homeowners want to bring some of that activity to their outside space.&rdquo;</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149998868/the-adrian-smith-prize-for-the-2017-ragdale-ring-goes-to-living-picture-by-t-e-a-m The Adrian Smith Prize for the 2017 Ragdale Ring goes to "LIVING PICTURE" by T+E+A+M Ragdale1260 2017-03-22T19:37:00-04:00 >2017-03-22T19:38:17-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/9o/9oyyeosb54pnpdpv.jpg" width="650" height="364" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Ragdale, the acclaimed artists&rsquo; residency in Lake Forest, announces the winning design of the fifth annual Ragdale Ring competition. Amidst a field of national and international submissions, T+E+A+M, a young, internationally recognized architectural collaborative based in Ann Arbor, Michigan, was selected by jury for their proposal of <a href="http://ragdale.org/residency/ragdale-ring-2017/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">LIVING PICTURE</a>&ndash; a contemporary interpretation of the original Ragdale Ring garden theatre designed by architect Howard Van Doren Shaw in 1912.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/8f/8fb9841fbfct80wc.jpg"></p><p>The winning T+E+A+M exclaims, "We are thrilled to receive the Adrian Smith Prize for the 2017 Ragdale Ring. In its short history, this competition has produced an exciting series of experimental projects, and we&rsquo;re honored to join the ranks of past winners. We look forward to our residency, meeting the other fellows, and watching our project come to life through public programming."</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/5e/5egmybnk4txheuip.jpg"></p><p>Historical elements from the original Ragdale Ring appear&nbsp;on lightweight objects stacked and spread throughout the&nbsp;grounds. Blending ...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149998882/architecture-billings-index-in-february-climbs-back-into-positive-terrain Architecture Billings Index in February climbs back into positive terrain Alexander Walter 2017-03-22T13:56:00-04:00 >2017-03-23T13:28:19-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/gc/gckzusl8kj374pc0.jpg" width="650" height="400" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Architecture Billings Index (ABI) returned to growth mode in February, after a weak showing in January. [...] (AIA) reported the February ABI score was 50.7, up from a score of 49.5 in the previous month. This score reflects a minor increase in design services (any score above 50 indicates an increase in billings). The new projects inquiry index was 61.5, up from a reading of 60.0 the previous month, while the new design contracts index climbed from 52.1 to 54.7.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>&ldquo;The sluggish start to the year in architecture firm billings should give way to stronger design activity as the year progresses,&rdquo; said AIA Chief Economist, Kermit Baker, Hon. AIA, PhD. &ldquo;New project inquiries have been very strong through the first two months of the year, and in February new design contracts at architecture firms posted their largest &nbsp;monthly gain in over two years.&rdquo;</em></p><p>The AIA reports these key ABI highlights for the month of February:</p><ul><li>Regional averages: Midwest (52.4), South (50.5), Northeast (50.0), West (47.5)</li><li>Sector index breakdown: institutional (51.8), multi-family residential (49.3), mixed practice (49.2), commercial / industrial (48.9)</li><li>Project inquiries index: 61.5</li><li>Design contracts index: 54.7</li></ul><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/qj/qjhlblofa9f9jv27.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/7a/7a2wrzsdf2glru2m.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/te/tevmiikk9vmvrbnq.jpg"></p><p><em>All graphs represent data from February 2016 - February 2017, images via aia.org.</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149998588/architecture-employees-don-t-think-supervisors-think-it-s-important-they-get-licensed Architecture employees don't think supervisors think it's important they get licensed Julia Ingalls 2017-03-21T13:25:00-04:00 >2017-03-21T16:22:28-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/cd/cd0se5zvzmbkk6bs.jpg" width="650" height="372" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Combining all the tension of a passive-aggressive relationship with the clarity of survey-derived data, a new study released by the AIA and NCARB reveals that while both employees and supervisors think attaining licensure is important, employees don't think supervisors think it's important.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/0t/0tb7k850bdrhgny0.jpg"></p><p>Dubbed the "perception gap," this disparity is quite sharp: as <a href="http://blog.ncarb.org/2017/March/AIA-NCARB-Supervisor-Perception-Survey.aspx" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">the NCARB blog notes</a>,</p><p><em>While the results revealed that almost all supervisors surveyed (98 percent) believe it is important for emerging professionals to obtain licensure, just 66 percent of emerging professionals reported believing that their supervisor thinks it is important for them to become licensed. In fact, just 27 percent of emerging professionals indicate they believe it is &ldquo;very important&rdquo; to their supervisors for them to obtain licensure, while 88 percent of supervisors indicated that it was &ldquo;very important&rdquo; to them for the emerging professionals they supervise to get licensed.</em></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/lv/lv20r5y9irwpfnbz.jpg"></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149997935/the-issue-with-the-median-as-indicator-of-housing-affordability The issue with the median as indicator of housing affordability Alexander Walter 2017-03-17T13:39:00-04:00 >2017-03-17T13:41:51-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/pq/pqt33y78hg0l47f8.jpg" width="650" height="451" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The standard yardstick for judging housing affordability is to look at the median level of rents or home prices. As we all remember from statistics, the median is the observation in the middle of the distribution. And while for many purposes, it&rsquo;s a reliable indicator of typical prices, in some neighborhoods, particularly those with a mix of expensive and cheap housing, the median is actually a weak indicator of affordability.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>"For an illustration of this problem, imagine two neighborhoods. In both places, the median home costs $300,000. But in the first neighborhood,&nbsp;every&nbsp;home costs exactly $300,000, while in the second, there are a range of homes from $100,000 to $500,000. Although both neighborhoods have the same median home price, the second neighborhood has some homes affordable to low-income people, while the first neighborhood does not. So&nbsp;rather than the median, or 50th percentile, home price, we really care about something like the 25th percentile: the home for which 75 percent of homes are more expensive."</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149997738/fearing-a-drop-in-skilled-workers-brexit-britain-looks-to-prefab-housing Fearing a drop in skilled workers, Brexit Britain looks to prefab housing Alexander Walter 2017-03-16T15:01:00-04:00 >2017-03-16T15:02:38-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/eg/egplvjqhf78u0und.jpg" width="650" height="487" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The prospect of Brexit choking off the supply of EU workers is reshaping Britain's homebuilding industry, with big companies increasingly looking to factory-manufacture houses in sections that can be slotted together on-site with minimal labour. Many of Britain's leading housebuilders, including Berkeley, Taylor Wimpey, Persimmon and Your Housing, told Reuters they were either planning new developments of prefabricated homes or considering doing so.</p></em><br /><br /><p>"You can almost feel the fear among the contractors and housebuilders where they've been surviving on labor from outside the country," says&nbsp;Mark Stevenson, a managing director of construction supplier Kingspan.&nbsp;"We're being pulled in a direction that customers want us to go in, from more work from the building site into the factory."</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149996376/three-reasons-why-you-need-to-get-your-architecture-license Three Reasons Why You Need to Get Your Architecture License Sponsor 2017-03-14T09:00:00-04:00 >2017-03-09T19:38:36-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/1f/1f689ie7uzcnaays.jpg" width="650" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><a href="http://ppi2pass.com/are-resource-hub?utm_source=Archinect&amp;utm_campaign=aresponsorpost032017&amp;utm_medium=banner1500x700&amp;utm_term=direct&amp;utm_content=firstpoint" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/uploads/ji/jij9ovbbshxr1ckw.png"></a><em><strong>This post is brought to you by <a href="http://ppi2pass.com/are-resource-hub?utm_source=Archinect&amp;utm_campaign=aresponsorpost032017&amp;utm_medium=banner1500x700&amp;utm_term=direct&amp;utm_content=firstpoint" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">PPI</a>.</strong></em><br>&nbsp;<p>Here are the top three reasons licensure matters and why you shouldn't delay the process.</p><p><a href="https://ppi2pass.com/are-resource-hub?utm_source=Archinect&amp;utm_campaign=aresponsorpost032017&amp;utm_medium=banner1500x700&amp;utm_term=direct&amp;utm_content=firstpoint" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/8a/8ad89uojac2oybv3.jpg"></a></p><p><strong>1.&nbsp;Let's face it, money is pretty important!</strong></p><p>Licensure allows you to position yourself for career advancement and income generation. On average, licensed architects have a higher earning potential than unlicensed architects. More than half of architecture firms offer higher salaries to licensed architects (<a href="https://www.aia.org/resources/8066-aia-compensation-report?utm_source=Archinect&amp;utm_campaign=aresponsorpost032017&amp;utm_medium=link&amp;utm_term=direct&amp;utm_content=compreport" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">AIA 2015 compensation report</a>).</p><p><a href="https://ppi2pass.com/are-resource-hub?utm_source=Archinect&amp;utm_campaign=aresponsorpost032017&amp;utm_medium=banner1500x700&amp;utm_term=direct&amp;utm_content=secondpoint" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/tt/ttmlhgpb3j8zor64.jpg"></a></p><p><strong>2. Move from doer to leader</strong></p><p>Why wait for the future to define you when you can take control of your own future? In many states, only licensed architects can design buildings over three stories or commercial buildings. As a licensed architect, you'll be able to choose the type of projects you work on and firms that you join. You will be able to sign-off on projects, supervise teams, and start your own firms.</p><p><a href="https://ppi2pass.com/are-resource-hub?utm_source=Archinect&amp;utm_campaign=aresponsorpost032017&amp;utm_medium=banner1500x700&amp;utm_term=direct&amp;utm_content=thirdpoint" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/18/18b5sn1si8y4006p.jpg"></a></p><p><strong>3. Claim the title of an architect</strong></p><p>It may be a surprise to many people, but without licensure, you cannot claim the title of ar...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149996919/this-week-s-picks-for-london-architecture-and-design-events This week's picks for London architecture and design events Abigail Banfield 2017-03-13T13:33:00-04:00 >2017-03-13T13:35:29-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/zr/zrav3b2m602544ka.jpg" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>This week considers the roles of artists and architects in our ever-changing world, whether this is discussing the pedagogical directions of architecture schools or the&nbsp;direction of 'Europe's cultural&nbsp;capital'. Storytelling is prevalent in this week's events; including the tale&nbsp;of tracing&nbsp;displaced artists, and hearing personal insights&nbsp;from MJ Long and Lord Peter Palumbo on the unbuilt Mansion House Square and eventual&nbsp;creation of No. 1 Poultry.</p><p>Be sure to visit&nbsp;<a href="http://bustler.net/events/8633/gavin-turk-who-what-when-where-how-why" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Gavin Turk's exhibition</a>, which has just&nbsp;been extended by one week (now&nbsp;closing 26th March); the artist's playful pastiche and skilful use of materials&nbsp;is&nbsp;not to be missed.&nbsp;</p><p><a href="http://uk.archinect.com/news/tag/747353/weekly-events-ldn" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Check back regularly</a> to keep up to date with&nbsp;London's latest happenings and our weekly recommendations!</p><p><img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1010x/l5/l5jyi6p4ck44ni2e.jpg"></p><p><em>Image Image: Community Centre, Elephant and Castle by Chris Barnes (Unit 12, The Cass)</em></p><p><strong><a href="http://bustler.net/events/9120/school-work-architectural-conversations-between-pedagogy-and-practice" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">School/Work: Architectural Conversations between Pedagogy and Practice | 17-27 March</a></strong></p><p>Featuring some incredible work of five award-winning architects who teach at the Cass...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149996540/big-to-start-its-own-in-house-engineering-unit BIG to start its own in-house engineering unit Nicholas Korody 2017-03-10T12:33:00-05:00 >2017-03-10T19:37:21-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/c6/c6rs51ew5mj4cz4x.jpg" width="650" height="392" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>As <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/39902/big-bjarke-ingels-group" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">BIG</a> grows so does their ambition for <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/59323/engineering" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">engineering</a> challenges. To help further facilitate their adventures in building design, the Copenhagen and New York-based studio have hired an in-house engineer, Duncan Horswill, the former CCO at S&oslash;ren Jensen Engineers. BIG Engineering, as the unit will be called, with be &ldquo;dedicated to ensuring the structural, mechanical integrity and resilience of BIG buildings globally. Already, the unit is working on projects around the world, from the new NOMA restaurant in Copenhagen to the <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/71506057/big-s-marknagil-education-center-breaks-ground-on-faroe-islands" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Faroe Islands Education Centre</a>.&nbsp;</p><p>&ldquo;At BIG we practice knowledge-driven design. We have been fortunate to work with some of the best urbanists, landscapers, sociologists, artists and engineers in the world, and will continue to do so. To be able to stretch the boundaries of the physical, financial, regulatory and environmental limits of design, we need to surround ourselves with the best experts in the fields outside our own expertise in architecture, and bring them in-h...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149995792/london-s-cheesegrater-sells-for-1-15b-the-second-biggest-sale-ever-of-a-building-in-the-uk London's Cheesegrater sells for £1.15B—the second-biggest sale ever of a building in the UK Nicholas Korody 2017-03-07T12:32:00-05:00 >2017-03-07T12:32:36-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/92/927rreup5ojn2r5e.jpg" width="650" height="425" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/55220775/rogers-stirk-harbour-partners" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners</a>-designed Leadenhall Building, more commonly known as the &lsquo;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/492521/cheesegrater" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Cheesegrater</a>&rsquo;, was sold to a Chinese property tycoon for &pound;1.15B&mdash;the second-biggest sale ever of a building in the UK. The tallest building in the City of London, the Cheesegrater was previously owned by the developer of the building, British Land, and its joint venture partner Oxford Properties.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/ft/ftft7ohzoo1wb0be.jpg"></p><p>The sale marks one of the largest purchases of UK property by a Chinese company and is the largest sale in the country since 2014. When the building was completed that year, it had the highest rents of any building in the City.&nbsp;</p><p>Tim Roberts, head of offices at British Land, stated &ldquo;This sale shows continued investor appetite for best-in-class, well-located property in London.&rdquo; Others, however, might find the sale indicative of the increasing unaffordability of the capital city, which has witnessed a major boom in large, expensive towers.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/if/ifee5t55ibddb082.jpg"></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149995551/four-out-of-five-of-small-scale-developers-in-the-uk-have-gone-out-of-business-contributing-to-the-housing-crisis Four out of five of small-scale developers in the UK have gone out of business, contributing to the housing crisis Nicholas Korody 2017-03-06T13:17:00-05:00 >2017-03-06T13:17:51-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/9r/9rm0n0miu62dcvoh.jpg" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>A new report by the online property marketplace LendInvest reveals that four out of five of Britain&rsquo;s housebuilders have gone out of business in the last 30 months. This is largely due to the dominance of the eight largest builders&mdash;responsible for constructing more than 50% of the country&rsquo;s new houses. This lack of competition contributes to the UK&rsquo;s massive housing shortage, which, in turn, drives up the price of homes.</p><p>According to the report, the UK government could help spur new development by making a percentage of land available exclusively for small and medium businesses, as well as simplifying tax burdens.</p><p>&ldquo;"80% of small-scale developers have gone out of business since the last housebuilding boom. That&rsquo;s an appalling statistic,&rdquo; states the CEO of LendInvest Christian Faes. &ldquo;It&rsquo;s meant less employment, less entrepreneurialism and fewer new homes on British streets where large-scale housebuilders didn&rsquo;t pick up the slack.&rdquo;&nbsp;</p><p><a href="http://www.businessinsider.com/lendinvest-reboot-britains-ailing-builders-to-fix-uk-housing-problem-2017-3?r=UK&amp;IR=T" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">H/T Business Insider</a></p>... http://archinect.com/news/article/149994948/neurosurgeon-ben-carson-officially-confirmed-to-run-hud Neurosurgeon Ben Carson officially confirmed to run HUD Julia Ingalls 2017-03-02T13:09:00-05:00 >2017-03-02T23:35:22-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/ai/aiaa0ykocm44now3.jpg" width="650" height="493" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Urban policy experts and progressive activists have expressed intense concern that Carson, in keeping with his strong conservative positions, will seek to cut money for government assistance programs and wear down the social safety net. The Trump administration has recently signaled that many government agencies can expect budget reductions in favor of increasing defense spending.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Realizing the latent dream of every neurosurgeon to one day run the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Ben Carson has been officially confirmed by the U.S. Senate to start operating on the HUD. Although his plans for the agency are vague, Carson has spoken of being against granting "extra rights" to any community.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/7j/7jymhmtcr1m005i8.jpg"></p><p>Senator Elizabeth Warren voted to support Carson's confirmation in committee before voting against his actual confirmation, explaining in a written statement that "Dr. Carson&rsquo;s answers weren&rsquo;t perfect. But at his hearing, he committed to track and report on conflicts of interest at the agency. If President Trump goes to his second choice, I don&rsquo;t think we will get another HUD nominee who will even make these promises &mdash; much less follow through on them.&rdquo;</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149994433/transit-hubs-increasingly-designed-to-serve-as-desirable-and-profitable-public-spaces Transit hubs increasingly designed to serve as desirable (and profitable) public spaces Julia Ingalls 2017-02-28T17:36:00-05:00 >2017-03-01T07:14:28-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/jn/jn0b8elybtyb8jyn.jpg" width="640" height="374" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The notion of spending time at a subway stop or other major transit center for pleasure may strike you as odd, but many cities and transportation companies are investing heavily in building up this part of their infrastructure to create desirable public spaces (it adds a whole new dimension to "mixed-use"). In this feature by <a href="http://www.constructiondive.com/news/full-steam-ahead-why-transit-hub-development-is-seeing-a-resurgence/436694/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Kim Slowey for Construction Dive</a>, the shift in investment is explored:&nbsp;</p><p><em>Architecture firm HOK designed the Anaheim Regional Transportation Intermodel Center&nbsp;(ARTIC) in California, a 21st century take on the massive transit halls of the past. Finished in 2014, using steel and ethylene tetrafluoroethylene "pillows," designers created a hangar-like, light-filled area that makes room for dining and shopping, as well as for additional future commercial development.</em></p><p><em>Skanska also completed an ultra-modern, $4 billion&nbsp;<a href="http://blog.usa.skanska.com/by-the-numbers-how-we-built-the-wtc-transportation-hub-and-oculus/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">World Trade Center Transportation Hub</a>&nbsp;last year, which connects city subway lines and PATH trains to New Jersey, to replace the one destroyed in the Sept.&nbsp;...</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149993624/how-new-york-city-s-luxury-housing-tax-could-finance-affordable-units How New York City's luxury housing tax could finance affordable units Alexander Walter 2017-02-23T19:44:00-05:00 >2017-02-23T19:46:47-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/dd/dddho5o1gf223lzx.jpg" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>While President Trump talks repeatedly about fixing America&rsquo;s inner cities, it&rsquo;s a good bet that in the coming years, New York and other large metropolitan areas will need to be more self-reliant in solving pressing problems, especially low-income housing. [...] Fortunately, there&rsquo;s an already tested alternative: an annual luxury housing tax, levied on new high-end condos and rentals, which would feed a self-sustaining fund dedicated to develop truly affordable units.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/149993552/foster-partners-apple-spaceship-set-to-touch-down-and-open-up-in-april Foster + Partners' Apple "spaceship" set to touch down and open up in April Julia Ingalls 2017-02-23T12:57:00-05:00 >2017-02-23T13:21:42-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/8p/8p2sd1uky8j2tuwp.jpg" width="650" height="302" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>According to a <a href="http://www.apple.com/newsroom/2017/02/apple-park-opens-to-employees-in-april.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">press release from Apple</a>, it will take six months to move all 12,000 employees into the 175-acre campus, which will officially open for occupancy in April. In addition to the 2.8 million square foot, naturally ventilated Foster + Partners'-designed "spaceship" building, the campus features two miles of running and walking paths, and boasts a 17 megawatt solar energy rooftop installation (making it one of the largest in the world). Nothing about this place is small, or happenstance; the construction process was reportedly a clash between <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149991236/perfectionists-versus-contractors-the-details-of-building-the-apple-campus" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">perfectionist designers and slightly more impressionistic contractors</a>.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/6u/6u1e34belmbttcpg.jpg"></p><p>However, all's well that ends well: although Steve Jobs won't be able to see the completed campus, designer Apple's chief design officer Jony Ivy feels like things worked out.&nbsp;&ldquo;Steve invested so much of his energy creating and supporting vital, creative environments. We have approached the design, engineering and making of our new campus with the same enthusiasm and ...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149993373/architecture-billings-index-in-january-enters-2017-with-modest-decrease Architecture Billings Index in January enters 2017 with modest decrease Alexander Walter 2017-02-22T15:43:00-05:00 >2017-02-22T15:43:21-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/wn/wnwn5wtnfiyyxrtm.jpg" width="650" height="408" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Architecture Billings Index (ABI) dipped slightly into negative territory in January, after a very strong showing in December. [...] The American Institute of Architects (AIA) reported the January ABI score was 49.5, down from a score of 55.6 in the previous month. This score reflects a minor decrease in design services (any score above 50 indicates an increase in billings). The new projects inquiry index was 60.0, up from a reading of 57.6 the previous month.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>&ldquo;This small decrease in activity, taking into consideration strong readings in project inquiries and new design contracts, isn&rsquo;t exactly a cause for concern,&rdquo; said AIA Chief Economist, Kermit Baker, Hon. AIA, PhD. &ldquo;The fundamentals of a sound nonresidential design and construction market persist.&rdquo; &nbsp;</em></p><p><em>* Every January the AIA research department updates the seasonal factors used to calculate the ABI, resulting in a revision of recent ABI values.</em></p><p>The AIA reports these key ABI highlights for the month of January:</p><ul><li>Regional averages: South (54.2), Northeast (53.0), Midwest (52.4), West (48.8)</li><li>Sector index breakdown: institutional (54.6), commercial / industrial (53.4), mixed practice (48.1), multi-family residential (48.1)</li><li>Project inquiries index: 60.0</li><li>Design contracts index: 52.1</li></ul><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/vl/vlqk9hw2g94m4nca.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/xf/xfm06lbhrd296mfe.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/do/dok39trdaedti51e.jpg"></p><p><em>All graphs represent data from January 2016 - January 2017, images via aia.org.</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149993165/duvall-decker-architects-combine-greater-agency-and-public-outreach-to-benefit-mississippi-and-the-profession-at-large Duvall Decker Architects combine greater agency and public outreach to benefit Mississippi (and the profession at large) Julia Ingalls 2017-02-21T18:12:00-05:00 >2017-02-25T22:16:49-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/oh/oha4js2k8v0r3hw6.jpg" width="650" height="513" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Since they founded Duvall Decker nearly 20 years ago, the Deckers, as they&rsquo;re known, have focused mostly on neglected corners in and around Jackson, Mississippi&rsquo;s capital. To pay the bills, the two have redefined for themselves the ambit of a small architectural practice. They have become developers and even branched into building maintenance: a soup-to-nuts strategy that has allowed them more than just financial breathing room.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Helping impoverished Mississippi communities? Check. Making money while creating a business model that empowers you with the decision-making powers of developers? Check. Being notable and effective enough to earn your own profile in <em>The New York Times</em> by Michael Kimmelman? Done, done, and done for Duvall Decker Architects, which also was named one of <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149988668/the-emerging-voices-winners-for-2017" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">2017's Emerging Voices</a> by the Architectural League of New York. What's especially enheartening about this profile is how by virtue of increasing the quality of their own professional lives, the architects have also vastly increased the well-being of their community. &nbsp;</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149993080/only-90-for-frank-gehry-s-wisdom Only $90 for Frank Gehry's wisdom? Julia Ingalls 2017-02-21T13:32:00-05:00 >2017-02-24T09:28:38-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/62/62eqb6r31azw0bgw.jpg" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Don't tell grad students carting around six-figure debt, but those who wish to learn from one of the masters of architecture can now do so for $90. <a href="https://www.masterclass.com/fg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MasterClass</a>, a San Francisco-based educational video company, is now taking pre-orders for an online class taught by none other than Frank Gehry himself. Students can sign up for the class, which offers "video lessons from the instructor, interactive exercises,&nbsp;course materials, peer interaction, and more."&nbsp;Here's a trailer of what you'll likely learn as Frank winds his way through his model archive (and memories of nearly six decades of professional practice):</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149993075/aia-officially-states-it-is-pro-immigration-and-travel-positive AIA officially states it is pro-immigration and travel-positive Julia Ingalls 2017-02-21T12:43:00-05:00 >2017-03-13T07:55:50-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/tc/tcs3e6dwp11azvv1.jpg" width="650" height="488" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>What would America be without immigrants? More to the point, what would architecture be without the ability for those working within it to freely travel and collaborate with (much more affordable) talent from around the world? In recognition of these facts, the AIA has released an official statement that raises concerns about broad anti-immigration policies, and confirms the institute's dedication to reciprocal "free moment and association" around the globe. Here's the full text of the press release:</p><p><em>As discussion on immigration continues, the American Institute of Architects (AIA) today joins with many American businesses, industries and universities in calling for fair and impartial immigration policies, and in expressing deep concern about policies that restrict immigration from specific countries or regions based on overly broad factors, including religion.</em></p><p><em>&ldquo;Beyond the essential considerations of fairness and equity, restrictions targeting specific areas of the world can have prof...</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149991937/can-work-stress-be-reduced-with-adaptive-rooms-unstudio-is-looking-into-it Can work stress be reduced with adaptive rooms? UNStudio is looking into it Julia Ingalls 2017-02-14T14:08:00-05:00 >2017-02-20T01:07:39-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/1h/1hui8dzuy961w52u.jpg" width="650" height="394" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Part inhabitable mood ring, part psychological experiment, the exhibition "Work 3.0 &ndash; A Joyful Sense at Work"&nbsp;from <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/1138/unstudio" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">UNStudio</a> and SCAPE is an attempt to create spaces that make work stress more bearable by testing out adaptable environments in the form of a "fully immersive, modular structure."</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/60/605i2lq96w80t4bo.jpg"></p><p>This immersive structure, known as a RESET pod, will be on display at the iSalone deal Mobile in Milan from April 4th through 9th, and incorporates input from a neuroscientist, an ambient intelligence technology integrator, and a technologist/interaction designer. The feedback from visitors to the exhibition will help the designers determine what spaces do and don't work for office worker stress mitigation.&nbsp;</p><p>Here's the text of the full press release from UNStudio:&nbsp;</p><p><a href="http://cdn.archinect.net/uploads/k1/k1hjam1g2gpo230h.jpg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/k1/k1hjam1g2gpo230h.jpg"></a></p><p><strong>Can </strong><strong>a space</strong><strong> adapt to your stress levels? UNStudio and SCAPE join forces with a multidisciplinary team of experts to tackle stress in the workplace.</strong></p><p>UNStudio and SCAPE have joined forces with a multidisciplinary team of experts for the ex...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149991325/editor-s-picks-463 Editor's Picks #463 Nam Henderson 2017-02-10T14:50:00-05:00 >2017-02-10T14:50:19-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/tw/tw9z8p4ylep44v35.jpg" width="650" height="383" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>For the <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/149987675/small-studio-snapshots-milli-ns" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">latest</a> in the newish series, <a href="http://archinect.com/features/tag/845829/small-studio-snapshots" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Small Studio Snapshots</a>, <a href="http://archinect.com/nicholaskorody" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Nicholas Korod</a>y chatted with Los Angeles-based studio <a href="http://www.millionsarchitecture.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MILLI&Oslash;NS</a>. <a href="http://archinect.com/dtelmore" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Daniel Elmore</a>&nbsp;felt "<em>these guys sound legit in their intentions and I'm looking forward to seeing what they produce in the future...The rest of the article is uncommonly decipherable for architects</em>".</p><p><img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1200x/ma/magackflp4fnu9ri.jpg"></p><p>Plus, <a href="http://archinect.com/colombostefano" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Stefano Colombo</a>,&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/lucamarullo" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Luca Marullo</a>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/eugenio.cosentino" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Eugenio Cosentino</a> went "<em>Looking for a picture that represents something related to the internet&rsquo; and ending up thinking &ldquo;about the desert.</em>"&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/people/cover/5808858/max-headroom-f-aia" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Max Headroom, F.AIA</a> got excited "<em>the phrase 'last existing encrypted space&rsquo; is genius on many many levels. &nbsp;exciting work!</em>"</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/rd/rdimhrko8n97hkua.jpg"><br>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>News</strong><br>In an interview with NPR&rsquo;s MarketPlace Carl Bass, CEO of Autodesk, <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149988023/carl-bass-ceo-of-autodesk-on-why-computers-are-superior-to-human-designers" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">explained</a> how computers are superior (in some things) to human designers.&nbsp;<strong>JamesJoist</strong> got serious</p><p>"<em>Spoken like true transhumanist scum; I often think AutoCAD was one of the worst things to happen to architecture.&rdquo; As you might expect the overall reception was poor</em>."</p><p>Reacting to the <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149988324/get-lectured-carnegie-mellon-university-spring-17" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">all-female lineup f...</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149990851/brexit-lash-riba-announces-60-of-u-k-architects-have-seen-projects-delayed-cancelled Brexit-lash: RIBA announces 60% of U.K. architects have seen projects delayed/cancelled Julia Ingalls 2017-02-08T07:01:00-05:00 >2017-03-01T14:24:10-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/ra/rasyryy3e4p8cee8.jpg" width="650" height="406" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The effects of last summer's Brexit are starting to be measured within the architectural community, and they're dramatic: according to a press release issued by RIBA, in a survey of its members 40% of U.K.-based non British EU nationals are thinking about leaving the country, while 60% of RIBA's members have seen their projects delayed, cancelled, or just plain scaled back. The news isn't all grim: according to the survey, many members are trying to look on the bright side (or at least trying to identify the bright side). As RIBA notes:</p><p><em>From trade agreements with new markets, reform of the UK&rsquo;s public procurement system and increased public sector and private sector investment, our members have made it clear&nbsp;</em><em>that with the right decisions the short-term impacts of Brexit can be mitigated, and the UK can position itself as a global facing nation.&nbsp;In response to the concerns and opportunities raised by its chartered members, RIBA has today published a set of five priority recommendation...</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149989528/win-ppi-s-are-5-0-review-manual-book Win PPI's ARE 5.0 Review Manual Book Sponsor 2017-02-06T19:35:00-05:00 >2017-02-14T13:15:55-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/k8/k87qzz6r9nrx2ykw.jpg" width="650" height="445" border="0" title="" alt="" /><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/bz/bzf803f2k3jstrzv.jpg"><em><strong>This post is brought to you by <a href="http://ppi2pass.com/shop/are" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">PPI</a>.</strong></em>&nbsp;<p>PPI is proud to sponsor this week&rsquo;s Archinect giveaway. One lucky winner will walk away with an architecture dream bundle that includes:</p><ul><li>PPI&rsquo;s&nbsp;<strong><em>ARE 5.0 Review Manual Book</em></strong>&nbsp;written by David Kent Ballast, FAIA, CSI, NCIDQ-Cert. No. 9425, and Steven E. O Hara, PE ($250 value). Offers a comprehensive review of all six divisions of ARE 5.0 with hundreds of tables, figures, advice, tips, and strategies.</li><li>A LEGO set from the Architecture Collection,&nbsp;<strong>The White House</strong>&nbsp;(No Longer Available). With 560 pieces, this kit allows you to build a LEGO replica of the White House and includes a booklet with details on design and history. For ages 12+.</li><li>PPI&rsquo;s&nbsp;<strong>Stainless SteeI Water Bottle</strong>&nbsp;($24.95 value). Keeps fluids hot for up to 12 hours and cold for up to 24 hours.</li></ul><p>Opt into our newsletter and receive a 15% off promotion code valid through the end of February 2017. This offer is exclusive to Archinect and is only valid for residents of the United States.</p><p><strong>To enter the giveaway ...</strong></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149989459/aia-forecast-indicates-a-great-market-for-design-job-seekers-in-2017 AIA forecast indicates a great market for design job seekers in 2017 Julia Ingalls 2017-01-31T13:34:00-05:00 >2017-02-08T00:37:52-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/yw/ywthjj442emtork4.jpg" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Unemployed? Well, you shouldn't be: according to the AIA Consensus Construction Forecast, non-residential building projects are predicted to be strong throughout 2017, which means that design talent is currently in&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/jobs" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">high demand</a>. As AIA Chief Economist Kermit Baker explains in a press release, "virtually every segment of the design and construction market is reporting that recruiting and retaining qualified staff is a growing issue. Many workers left the industry during the downturn, and others left the workforce entirely, and rebuilding a competent and productive workforce is a challenge, particularly when the national unemployment rate is below five percent.&rdquo; (By the way: if you want tailored advice for how to get hired at specific firms, check out Archinect's series <a href="http://archinect.com/features/tag/802122/how-to-get-a-job-at-______" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"How To Get a Job At ___"</a>).</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/uploads/kr/krlihqr5wuaw6xs1.png"></p><p>View full press release:</p><p><strong>Washington, D.C. &ndash; January 31, 2017</strong>&nbsp;&ndash; With construction spending continuing on an upward trajectory, 2016 can be considered a successful year for the nonresidential bui...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149987146/architecture-billings-index-in-december-ends-year-with-sharp-uptick Architecture Billings Index in December ends year with sharp uptick Alexander Walter 2017-01-18T14:13:00-05:00 >2017-01-21T17:37:44-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/p7/p79mltb4xenwfpc5.jpg" width="650" height="400" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Architecture Billings Index (ABI) concluded the year in positive terrain, with the December reading capping off three straight months of growth in design billings. [...] (AIA) reported the December ABI score was 55.9, up sharply from 50.6 in the previous month. This score reflects the largest increase in design services in 2016 (any score above 50 indicates an increase in billings). The new projects inquiry index was 57.2, down from a reading of 59.5 the previous month.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>&ldquo;The sharp upturn in design activity as we wind down the year is certainly encouraging. This bodes well for the design and construction sector as we enter the new year&rdquo;,&rdquo; said AIA Chief Economist, Kermit Baker, Hon. AIA, PhD. &ldquo;However, December is an atypical month for interpreting trends, so the coming months will tell us a lot more about conditions that the industry is likely to see in 2017.&rdquo;</em></p><p>The AIA reports these key ABI highlights for the month of December:</p><ul><li>Regional averages: Midwest (54.4), Northeast (54.0), South (53.8), West (48.8) &nbsp;</li><li>Sector index breakdown: commercial / industrial (54.3), institutional (53.3), mixed practice (51.9), multi-family residential (50.6) &nbsp;</li><li>Project inquiries index: 57.2 &nbsp;</li><li>Design contracts index: 51.2</li></ul><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/xy/xyq1fsuqkgg5y58b.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/pn/pn37w3ur2b6oqdgp.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/sa/saz6qgpnkdjwvddl.jpg"></p><p><em>All graphs represent data from December 2015 - December 2016, images via aia.org.</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149987132/donald-trump-taps-two-of-the-richest-developers-to-oversee-infrastructure-plan Donald Trump taps two of the richest developers to oversee infrastructure plan Nicholas Korody 2017-01-18T12:43:00-05:00 >2017-01-27T20:44:00-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/9e/9ef1a3lmd21lj07j.jpg" width="650" height="440" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Donald Trump has chosen Richard LeFrak and Steve Roth, &ldquo;two of the wealthiest men in real estate&rdquo; according to <a href="http://www.forbes.com/sites/bisnow/2017/01/17/donald-trump-taps-richard-lefrak-steven-roth-to-lead-new-infrastructure-council/#3e0036e76f49" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Forbes</a>,&nbsp; to head a &ldquo;council of builders and engineers&rdquo;. This new council will be tasked with overseeing Trump&rsquo;s plan to invest $1 trillion in infrastructure. As Archinect previously <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/149975615/archinect-s-2016-us-presidential-election-guide-how-trump-and-clinton-stand-on-the-issues-architects-care-about-most" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">reported</a>, the Republican infrastructure plan relies heavily on private-public partnerships, so it&rsquo;s not really a surprise that developers will be involved. That being said, scant details have been provided on how Trump plans to shore up the nation&rsquo;s crumbling infrastructure.</p><p>Roth founded Vornado, one of the most prominent real estate trusts in New York and Washington. Tornado is merging with JBG Smith, which is one of the short-listed bidders for the development of a new FBI headquarters&mdash;a $2 billion contract. The LeFrak family has played a sizable role in developing New York, New Jersey, Los Angeles and Miami.</p><p>In the past, the president had little to do with real estate decisions. That will likel...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149987007/deborah-berke-designed-stylish-sustainable-tower-opens-in-indianapolis Deborah Berke-designed stylish, sustainable tower opens in Indianapolis Julia Ingalls 2017-01-17T17:13:00-05:00 >2017-01-20T11:09:05-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/jv/jv4o4euan7x7flud.jpg" width="650" height="727" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Nine glassed-in, metal-fin bearing stories make up the new Deborah Berke Partners-designed Cummins Indy Tower, which officially opens this month. With its "projections and inflections," the building simultaneously juts and struts through the metropolis, creating a slender and ecologically conscious corporate HQ.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/xg/xgqbe1tvenh6tg25.jpg"></p><p>Referring to Cummins' past collaborations with architects like Eero Saarinen and Kevin Roche, Deborah Berke notes that &ldquo;over the decades, Cummins has demonstrated a commitment to great design that benefits its employees, its customers, and the community. This building carries that legacy forward with an environmentally sustainable design that dignifies the work going on inside while enhancing the urban realm.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/93/9302jciuvy0oznl8.jpg"></p><p>The building&rsquo;s articulated facades and distinctive form serve a purpose&mdash;to create a comfortable, light-filled work environment for employees that adds to the vitality on Market Street. Adding some muscle to the great bones of downtown Indianapolis, the park is a public am...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149986796/karim-rashid-launches-design-development-firm-kurv-architecture Karim Rashid launches design-development firm, Kurv Architecture Alexander Walter 2017-01-16T17:44:00-05:00 >2017-01-17T14:36:33-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/eg/egb3irnsy62b7y9t.jpg" width="650" height="1005" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Never one to bore, Karim Rashid has announced that he&rsquo;s formed a new vertically-integrated firm that will incorporate architecture, investment, and development of new projects across New York City. Rashid has teamed up with his namesake firm&rsquo;s director of interior design, Alex Loyer Hughes, to form Kurv Architecture D.P.C. [...] Although there&rsquo;s overlap between Rashid&rsquo;s namesake firm and Kurv at the moment, Kurv will focus more on ground-up production rather than design alone.</p></em><br /><br /><p>"We are foremost,&nbsp;a design-development firm, specializing in the increased return of tangible added value&nbsp;through the implementation of unique award winning design," the mission statement on <a href="https://www.kurvarchitecture.com/about/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Kurv's website</a> reads.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/oy/oykes4rsvulrgbyv.jpg"></p><p>"The word design&nbsp;is used in the broadest sense to describe the full scope of the development process.&nbsp;Therefore, we work at all scales and stages of the process to ensure that increased value is returned as a result of our direct involvement."</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/xf/xf83mc93cfqnuspi.jpg"></p><p><em>Project images via&nbsp;kurvarchitecture.com.</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149986713/zaha-hadid-leaves-67-million-fortune-in-her-will Zaha Hadid leaves £67 million fortune in her will Justine Testado 2017-01-16T13:38:00-05:00 >2017-01-19T00:25:55-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/u1/u1wto18zo8aze178.jpg" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>[Hadid] bequeathed a lump sum of &pound;500,000 to her business partner Patrik Schumacher. Hadid also left a total of &pound;1.7m to four nieces and nephews, as well as her brother Haytham Hadid, whose share was &pound;500,000 [...] Her will, obtained by the Architects&rsquo; Journal, shows that the net value of her estate was &pound;67,249,458. The calculation was filed in the high court dated 14 December 2016 [...] The will shows Hadid is leaving her architecture practice, of which she was the sole owner, in trust.</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/149985681/hyperloop-one-announces-35-semifinalists-in-17-countries-for-its-global-challenge Hyperloop One announces 35 semifinalists in 17 countries for its global challenge Julia Ingalls 2017-01-10T12:58:00-05:00 >2017-01-15T15:28:33-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/nt/ntjlwuy428zfvfu9.jpg" width="650" height="357" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Whether you envisioned Hyperloop One as an overhyped pneumatic tube or an inventive way to transport cargo and/or passengers, 35 teams from 17 countries around the world have just been announced as semifinalists in the contest to create working transit corridors for the technology. The 35 proposed routes are sited in countries including Argentina, Poland, Australia, India, the U.K. and the U.S. (the full list is below). Finalists will be announced in May after three global showcase events where each team has the chance to demonstrate how their proposal will economically benefit their region. The showcases will be held in New Delhi on February 28th, Washington D.C. on April 6th, and London on April 27th. Twenty of the proposals currently have governmental or other funding sources already lined up.&nbsp;</p><p>Corridors in&nbsp;the semifinalist round include:<br>AR Buenos Aires-Cordoba<br>AU Sydney-Melbourne<br>CA Ontario (cargo)<br>CA Toronto-Montreal<br>CA Vancouver (cargo)<br>CH Shanghai-Hangzhou<br>DE Autobahn<br>EE Tallin-Helsi...</p>