Archinect - News 2015-03-05T19:04:37-05:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/122214181/need-a-skyscraper-chicago-s-willis-tower-just-hit-the-market Need a skyscraper? Chicago’s Willis Tower just hit the market. Alexander Walter 2015-03-05T17:29:00-05:00 >2015-03-05T18:41:53-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ri/riduod6gm859myp9.jpg" width="514" height="326" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Chicago&rsquo;s Willis Tower, once the world&rsquo;s tallest building and one of the city&rsquo;s top tourist attractions, is up for sale. [...] The 1,450-foot (442-meter) building, formerly known as the Sears Tower, is the second-tallest in the U.S., and was the world&rsquo;s highest from its completion in the early 1970s until 1998 [...] &ldquo;It&rsquo;s iconic in the size and how it dominates the skyline, [...] As an office building, however, it&rsquo;s 1970s construction.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/122203711/the-true-costs-of-sprawl The true costs of sprawl Alexander Walter 2015-03-05T14:04:00-05:00 >2015-03-05T14:05:50-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/vc/vc8wt8ung7gzvspo.jpg" width="514" height="423" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>How much more does it cost the public to build infrastructure and provide services for sprawling development compared to more compact neighborhoods? A lot more, according to this handy summary from the Canadian environmental think tank&nbsp;Sustainable Prosperity. To create this graphic, the organization synthesized a study by the Halifax Regional Municipality [PDF] in Nova Scotia, and the research is worth a closer look.</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/122127345/an-updated-look-at-the-conditions-for-abu-dhabi-s-migrant-workers An updated look at the conditions for Abu Dhabi's migrant workers Alexander Walter 2015-03-04T14:30:00-05:00 >2015-03-04T21:45:44-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/52/52915d7211c673624f8d0dee37462c5c.jpg" width="514" height="341" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>With all the cultural, sports and real-estate projects launched throughout the United Arab Emirates, there have been persistent protests about the working and living conditions [...] &rdquo;Serious concerns about workers&rsquo; rights have not been resolved&rdquo;, claims the advocacy group, asking for a commitment for &rdquo;more serious protection&rdquo; from these institutions and Saadiyat Island&rsquo;s developers. [...] appears to have made a serious effort to address the concern expressed by Western museums and architects.</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/122049432/the-town-that-hyperloop-built The town that Hyperloop built Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-03-03T19:17:00-05:00 >2015-03-04T21:46:08-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/e2/e25cd1f06956a6cb50c08f9659285b93.jpg" width="514" height="295" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>For [Hyperloop Transportation Technologies], the Quay Valley test track is a way to test its idea of smaller hyperloop rings that could eventually connect to a bigger loop that runs along I-5. For Quay Valley and Hays, the test track is a wildly futuristic attraction [...] It follows a narrative pulled from the world of consumer technology, rather than conventional urban planning. Quay Valley isn't really a place with people yet ... it's a collection of technologies that residents will use.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Transit oriented developments, or TODs, are mixed-use urban nodes designed with public transit as their core. The typology emerged from the idea that well-integrated and easy access to transit supports businesses and an active urban life, and that strategic transportation planning can help make thriving cities. But what if that transit, and the town, are both brand new?</p><p>Cut to Quay Valley, a proposed development out in the middle of California's Central Valley that would bear the testing ground for a bunny-slope version of the Hyperloop, Elon Musk's pneumatic wonder-transit. Hyperloop Transportation Technologies (HTT), an organization intent on making the Hyperloop a reality but independent from Musk (and working with <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/91398475/hyperloop-still-far-from-frictionless-reality" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">UCLA</a> to get there), wants the new city to be the test environment for a Hyperloop mockup halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles &ndash; the end-lines in Musk's original proposal.</p><p>The Hyperloop would be the de facto public transit of Quay Valley's 7,500-acre plot, gettin...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/121590852/architecture-for-humanity-to-file-for-bankruptcy Architecture for Humanity to file for bankruptcy Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-02-25T15:30:00-05:00 >2015-02-26T15:17:18-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/l1/l1vty4mw35z33uta.jpg" width="514" height="81" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>In a letter to "the countless volunteers, supporters, design fellows, and former staff of <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/9745/architecture-for-humanity" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architecture for Humanity</a>",&nbsp;&nbsp;Board Chair Matt Charney announced that the organization will file for bankruptcy this week. AfH <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/118513336/architecture-for-humanity-to-shut-down" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">closed&nbsp;somewhat abruptly</a> this past January. Charney's letter states:</p><p>I thank you for all that you gave to this organization over the past fifteen years.</p><p>This week,&nbsp;Architecture for Humanity will file for bankruptcy. While we are saddened by the organization&rsquo;s closure, the mission of Architecture for Humanity is far from ending. Our affiliated international network of designers and allied professionals have resolved to carry on their work at the local level. Over 30 volunteer chapters on five continents, now self-governed, have recommitted to the mission and are emphatically and collectively forging a new path forward. We are overwhelmed by this response, and could not be more proud of those who volunteer their time and expertise to bring design services to where they are m...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/121585222/how-to-shop-for-an-nfl-stadium How to shop for an NFL stadium Alexander Walter 2015-02-25T13:38:00-05:00 >2015-02-25T13:48:58-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/37/37z7fymt4c5obdr6.jpg" width="514" height="224" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In the last 20 years, just one NFL stadium has been built solely through private funding. [...] Still, when it comes to getting the best deal out of an arena, leaving taxpayer money off the tab is only a good start. Studies have repeatedly shown that sports teams don&rsquo;t have the far-reaching economic impacts that one might assume, and experts have noted that stadiums aren&rsquo;t as catalytic as some franchise owners might tout.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously:</p><ul><li><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/117649876/is-la-finally-going-to-get-a-football-stadium" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Is LA Finally Going to Get a Football Stadium?</a></p></li><li><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/56308055/special-law-for-nfl-stadium-project-unconstitutional-lawsuit-claims" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Special law for NFL stadium project unconstitutional, lawsuit claims</a></p></li><li><p><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/37135555/farmers-field-bringing-football-back-on-a-need-to-know-basis" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Farmers Field: Bringing Football Back on a Need-to-Know Basis</a></p></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/121582807/let-s-talk-about-money-in-architecture Let's talk about money in architecture Alexander Walter 2015-02-25T13:00:00-05:00 >2015-02-26T22:31:21-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/1c/1c9ycp5c0zgp68vl.jpg" width="480" height="640" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Although money is often seen as a taboo topic in art schools, a group of Yale alumni is urging professional architects to place more value on the relationship between money and architecture. The Yale Architectural Journal&rsquo;s latest edition, titled &ldquo;Money,&rdquo; discusses the controversial role of money in the field of architecture. [...] ranging from Frank Gehry to Yale School of Architecture Professor Keller Easterling, the issue urges architects to reconsider the financial side of their work.</p></em><br /><br /><p>More about&nbsp;<em>Perspecta 47: Money</em> <a href="http://architecture.yale.edu/school/publications/perspecta-47-money" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/121511324/make-architects-founder-accuses-architects-of-taking-credit-for-engineers-work Make Architects founder accuses architects of taking credit for engineers' work Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-02-24T14:56:00-05:00 >2015-02-26T22:18:31-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/w9/w968u4dt757a28ig.jpg" width="319" height="360" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&lsquo;You [engineers] need to tell the architects, when they try to call the shots, to sod off.&rsquo; [...] &lsquo;Celebrity architects &ndash; or as they are known in the business starchitects &ndash; have taken over with their dazzling shirts, their big watches, and their big pointy shiny erections. [...] This is the new age of the engineer. This is your time &ndash; your moment in the limelight. Never has there been a moment where people are so aware of how fragile the planet is.'</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/121222398/apec-announces-expedited-international-registration-among-architects-in-canada-australia-and-new-zealand APEC announces expedited international registration among architects in Canada, Australia and New Zealand Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-02-20T21:01:00-05:00 >2015-02-21T17:28:35-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/pm/pmgv7k3afxz6q8cj.jpg" width="514" height="298" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Now licensed architects in Canada, New Zealand and Australia will have a much easier time becoming registered in any of those countries. The Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation, or <a href="http://www.apecarchitects.org/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">APEC</a>, just announced its Architect Mutual Recognition Arrangement (MRA) among the registration boards of the three countries, so that architects with at least seven years of &ldquo;senior experience&rdquo; in one country can have their registration expedited in another. Representatives from the Canadian Architectural Licensing Authorities (CALA), the Architects Accreditation Council of Australia (AACA) and the New Zealand Registered Architects Board (NZRAB) signed the MRA on February 21 at the New Zealand Parliament.</p><p>The Government to Government Trans-Tasman MRA already entitled New Zealand architects to registration in Australia (and vice versa). Meanwhile Canada is having it large, as it is already part of <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/115137911/ncarb-announces-reciprocity-program-across-the-us-canada-and-mexico" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">a similar MRA with the U.S. and Mexico</a>.</p><p>Read the full press release, drafted by CALA, AACA and NZRAB, <a href="https://www.nzrab.org.nz/Editable/Assets/Newslink2015/AU_Canada_NZ_APEC_MRA_Press_Statement_18_2_15.pdf" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.</p>... http://archinect.com/news/article/121142105/times-square-and-the-routine-of-chaos Times Square and the routine of chaos Alexander Walter 2015-02-19T19:38:00-05:00 >2015-02-26T21:16:20-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/e4/e436a4f90d5b09a50a3bc38917bc6dd6.jpg" width="514" height="344" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Times Square runs on spectacle. Bigger and brighter is always better. And though plenty of New Yorkers wear their criticism of Times Square as a badge of local honor [...] one of the most iconic public spaces in the world. In recent years, as stretches of Broadway formerly open to vehicular traffic have been repurposed as pedestrian plazas, opportunities to activate the &ldquo;crossroads of the world&rdquo; with events, performances, and public art installations have ballooned.</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/121123627/what-financial-crisis-museums-across-the-u-s-benefit-from-the-greatest-intergenerational-wealth-transfer-in-history What financial crisis? Museums across the U.S. benefit from the "greatest intergenerational wealth transfer in history" Alexander Walter 2015-02-19T13:46:00-05:00 >2015-02-26T17:30:07-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ne/ne2gk1tvu04uka6a.jpg" width="514" height="309" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Cultural giving among America&rsquo;s top philanthropists fell slightly in 2014, according to an annual ranking of the 50 largest charitable donors released last week by the Chronicle of Philanthropy. This news might come as a surprise to US museum directors, who have been swiftly&mdash;and quietly&mdash;raising eight-, nine-, and ten-figure donations from eager patrons. Their ambitious capital campaigns make the austerity measures of the recent recession feel like a distant memory.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related:&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/117891787/who-pays-for-the-new-private-museums-after-the-death-of-their-aging-founders" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Who pays for the new private museums after the death of their aging founders?</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/121043277/architecture-billings-index-in-january-reportedly-softens Architecture Billings Index in January reportedly "softens" Alexander Walter 2015-02-18T12:50:00-05:00 >2015-02-18T12:53:44-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/vo/vojiniiu0umwyowy.jpg" width="514" height="354" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Following a nine-month stretch of positive billings, the Architecture Billings Index (ABI) showed no increase in design activity in January. [...] The American Institute of Architects (AIA) reported the January ABI score was 49.9, down from a mark of 52.7 in December. This score reflects a very modest decrease in design services (any score above 50 indicates an increase in billings). The new projects inquiry index was 58.7, down from the reading of 59.1 the previous month.</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/120968526/the-nyt-on-prison-architecture-and-ethics The NYT on prison architecture and ethics Alexander Walter 2015-02-17T13:34:00-05:00 >2015-03-05T11:05:12-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/kk/kkoi14pwl1ut49qt.jpg" width="514" height="341" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Faced with lawsuits and a growing mountain of damning research, New York City officials decided last month to ban solitary confinement for prison inmates 21 and younger. Just a few weeks earlier, the American Institute of Architects rejected a petition to censure members who design solitary-confinement cells and death chambers. [...] What are the ethical boundaries for architecture?</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously:</p><ul><li><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/79933910/should-architects-design-for-solitary-confinement" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Should Architects Design for Solitary Confinement?</a></p></li><li><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/88686773/adpsp-and-the-architecture-of-incarceration" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ADPSP and the Architecture of Incarceration</a></p></li><li><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/81071148/prison-design-faces-judgment" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Prison design faces judgment</a></p></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/120506064/china-s-manhattan-replica-continues-to-lie-abandoned-as-economy-slows China's Manhattan replica continues to lie abandoned as economy slows Alexander Walter 2015-02-11T13:39:00-05:00 >2015-02-18T23:27:41-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/1f/1f1928a32aa97f061ea2683c20493c5e.jpg" width="514" height="260" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Manhattan may be a bustling metropolis filled with busy people rushing off to work, the theatre, restaurants and the myriad attractions the city has to offer. A replica in China, complete with knock-offs of Rockefeller Center and the Hudson River, is missing that one key element that makes New York, New York: the people. [...] &ldquo;All of these tall buildings just appeared,&rdquo; one local man recently told CTV News.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously:&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/103097785/china-s-replica-of-wall-street-is-full-of-half-built-deserted-skyscrapers-and-floods-regularly" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">China&rsquo;s replica of Wall Street is full of half-built, deserted skyscrapers and floods regularly</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/120502832/koolhaas-to-design-new-high-line-project Koolhaas to design new High Line project Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-02-11T13:16:00-05:00 >2015-02-12T19:25:28-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/nl/nl3l7jweoiqqf6bz.jpg" width="514" height="643" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Gimme Shelter has learned exclusively that developer The Related Companies has hired Rem Koolhaas to design their new High Line project on W. 18th St.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Thirty-seven years after <em>Delirious New York</em>, Koolhaas may finally have a building in New York City. While OMA has worked on a variety of commercial interiors in NYC before, as well as being a part of HUD's Rebuilding by Design, the High Line residence will be the firm's first "ground-up" building in the city. That title might have belonged to OMA's 23 East 22nd Street residential tower, if it weren't wiped off of the drawing board by the 2008 recession.</p><p>Koolhaas' project will join fellow starchitect Zaha Hadid's 520 West 28th Street on the High Line, under the same developer, The Related Companies.</p><p><a href="http://www.world-architects.com/architecture-news/headlines/Koolhaas_to_Build_in_NYC_Finally_2555" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>h/t world-architects.com</em></a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/119886924/3rd-party-liability-brian-newman-archinect-session-s-legal-correspondent-explains-how-a-pivotal-supreme-court-case-is-changing-architects-liability 3rd Party Liability: Brian Newman, Archinect Session's legal correspondent, explains how a pivotal supreme court case is changing architects' liability Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-02-03T14:25:00-05:00 >2015-02-10T17:40:56-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/vx/vxi5qdq8fme84ozs.jpg" width="514" height="331" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="http://archinect.com/sessions" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect Sessions</a>&nbsp;is proud to have&nbsp;<a href="http://www.dykema.com/professionals-brian_newman.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Brian Newman</a>&nbsp;of&nbsp;<a href="http://www.dykema.com/offices-los-angeles-california.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Dykema Gossett PLLC</a>&nbsp;as our official legal correspondent, offering insight into the legal quagmire of architectural practice. Brian is a regular guest on the podcast, dishing out advice to make every architect better informed and protected under the law.</p><p>On <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/118367994/talking-multicultural-modernism-with-ehrlich-architects-on-archinect-sessions-episode-12" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Episode #1</a><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/118367994/talking-multicultural-modernism-with-ehrlich-architects-on-archinect-sessions-episode-12" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">3</a>,&nbsp;"Elizabeth Timme Gives no F*cks", Paul spoke with Brian about a landmark California Supreme Court case against SOM, that has massive repercussions for architects' liability. Listen below:</p><p></p><p>Or If the above embed doesn't work, <a href="https://soundcloud.com/archinect/brian-newman-archinect-sessions-legal-correspondent-on-contracts" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">click here</a>&nbsp;to listen.</p><p>Want to ask Brian something specifically, or suggest a future topic for him to cover on the podcast? Send your legal questions to us via email at&nbsp;<a href="mailto:connect@archinect.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">connect@archinect.com</a>, through&nbsp;<a href="http://twitter.com/archinect" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Twitter</a>&nbsp;#archinectsessions, or leave a message at&nbsp;(213) 784-7421.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/119843603/editor-s-picks-403 Editor's Picks #403 Nam Henderson 2015-02-03T11:20:00-05:00 >2015-02-13T13:38:12-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ht/ht1ut7u8v237pqcu.jpg" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="http://archinect.com/sessions" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect Sessions</a> still wants you to share your client horror stories!, (Inspired by the insane&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/forum/thread/118151802/just-lost-a-hole-clients" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Just lost a-hole clients&nbsp;</a><a href="http://archinect.com/forum/thread/118151802/just-lost-a-hole-clients" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">thread</a> from a earlier this month) which you can do via twitter <a href="https://twitter.com/search?f=realtime&amp;q=%23archinectsessions&amp;src=typd" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">#archinectsessions</a>, email or call us at (213) 784-7421.<br>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>News</strong><br>Stephen Burgen <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/119271907/will-pamplona-s-bilbao-effect-gamble-pay-off" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">traveled to</a> the newly opened Museo Universidad de Navarra, designed by Rafael Moneo.&nbsp;<strong>Mr_Wiggin</strong> was disappointed "<em>To me, Moneo's best works are those that are inserted into a place built up 100+ years ago....this, standing alone in the middle of a verdant green, looks like failure of planning</em>".</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/8c/8cad4m9j84rvpkm4.jpg"></p><p>The <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/119441450/future-of-paul-rudolph-s-brutalist-orange-county-building-still-uncertain" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">NYT</a>&nbsp;reported on the <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/119441450/future-of-paul-rudolph-s-brutalist-orange-county-building-still-uncertain" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">latest developments regarding Paul Rudolph&rsquo;s Orange County Government Center in Goshen, N.Y.</a>&nbsp;<strong>Thayer-D</strong> lamented "<em>I know this building is a maintenance nightmare, but it's truly one of the more interesting brutalist buildings out there. &nbsp;A lot of ideas to cull from it</em>".</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/my/myis31tbfmotikwd.jpg"></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/orhan" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Orhan Ayy&uuml;ce</a>&nbsp;shared <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/119507352/favorite-building-konrad-wachsmann-and-le-corbusier" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">a quote/story</a> from Esther McCoy's 1981 memorial to&nbsp;<a href="http://sma.sciarc.edu/lecturer/konrad-wachsmann/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Konrad Wachsmann</a>, wherein both Corbu and Konrad praise the&nbsp;<a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UV3NOU3Kxb4" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Pont Transbordeur</a>&nbsp;as ...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/119581209/ontario-california-fighting-for-a-stronger-airport-in-los-angeles-mega-region Ontario, California fighting for a stronger airport in Los Angeles' mega-region Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-01-30T13:49:00-05:00 >2015-02-02T17:17:39-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/34/347nxnro6h35uvv3.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>While American airlines carry more than 700 million passengers annually, nobody wants to fly out of his own backyard. Nobody that is, except the citizens of Ontario, California. [...] Ontario wants as many of those potential 30 million passengers as it can get. And it has been pleading, negotiating and suing for the right to do so. [...] &ldquo;The Ontario Airport is the largest economic engine in the Inland Empire ... It generates jobs, revenue to the city and to the entire region"</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/119274317/about-the-fertile-relationship-between-architects-and-second-tier-cities About the fertile relationship between architects and second-tier cities Alexander Walter 2015-01-26T14:07:00-05:00 >2015-02-02T21:04:02-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/xw/xwbw22eiol7xpxn2.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>New York, Boston, Chicago, and other major metros have a lot of construction activity, but also a lot of architects. It's a competitive field made more so by the sheer number of talented firms in the same handful of cities. That contributes to the culture of stress and overwork that many architects bemoan [...]. By contrast, an ambitious architecture practice can carve out a niche for itself in a second-tier city, where the scene is often dominated by "legacy" firms that play it safe.&nbsp;</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/118882877/aia-reports-architecture-billings-index-on-solid-footing AIA reports Architecture Billings Index "on Solid Footing" Alexander Walter 2015-01-21T12:13:00-05:00 >2015-01-23T18:22:18-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/rq/rql1x83mspc6lr3u.jpg" width="514" height="405" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>There were ten out of twelve months of increasing demand for design services in 2014, and the Architecture Billings Index (ABI) points to a healthy outlook for the nonresidential construction industry. [...] The American Institute of Architects (AIA) reported the December ABI score was 52.2, up from a mark of 50.9 in November. [...] The new projects inquiry index was 58.2, following a mark of 58.8 the previous month. Design contracts posted a mark of 49.9, after a 54.9 score in November.</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/118812138/uncertain-future-for-sou-fujimoto-s-taiwan-tower Uncertain future for Sou Fujimoto's Taiwan Tower Alexander Walter 2015-01-20T14:11:00-05:00 >2015-01-23T21:44:47-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/14/14i71nulqmqnqwhf.jpg" width="514" height="574" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Greater Taichung Mayor Lin Chia-lung (&#26519;&#20339;&#40845;) has temporarily pulled the plug on the ambitious Taiwan Tower project, citing concerns over safety and its costs, which have ballooned from NT$8 billion (US$253.5 million) to NT$15 billion. [...] Designed by Japanese architect Sou Fujimoto, who won an international competition in 2011 to draw up plans for the building, Taiwan Tower&rsquo;s ornate steel structure was inspired by the trunk of a banyan tree.</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/118430633/work-finally-resumes-at-brooklyn-s-modular-prefab-tower Work finally resumes at Brooklyn's modular prefab tower Alexander Walter 2015-01-15T15:02:00-05:00 >2015-01-22T23:49:35-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ab/abrp42xwo29tm563.jpg" width="514" height="328" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The world&rsquo;s tallest proposed modular tower may actually reach its full potential. Developer Bruce Ratner has finally resumed work on his 32-story residential building next to the Barclays Center after a five-month hiatus stemming from a dispute with construction giant Skanska over the pre-fabricated design. As a result of that legal fight, Ratner gained control of Skanska&rsquo;s factory in the Brooklyn Navy Yard, where modules for the proposed tallest modular tower were made.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously:</p><ul><li><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/98217703/lego-high-rise-world-s-tallest-modular-apartment-tower-getting-snapped-together-in-brooklyn" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Lego High-Rise: World's Tallest Modular Apartment Tower Getting Snapped Together In Brooklyn</a></p></li><li><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/62343787/atlantic-yards-will-be-getting-32-story-shop-designed-modular-tower-after-all" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Atlantic Yards Will Be Getting 32-Story, SHoP-designed Modular Tower After All</a></p></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/118272302/is-unpaid-work-ever-legal-brian-newman-archinect-sessions-legal-correspondent-answers-the-question Is unpaid work ever legal? Brian Newman, Archinect Sessions' Legal Correspondent, answers the question. Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-01-13T18:47:00-05:00 >2015-01-14T20:52:03-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ie/ie5glcf7hvi9vxxm.jpg" width="514" height="331" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Need legal advice? Sure you do, all architects could use some. <a href="http://archinect.com/sessions" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect Sessions</a> is proud to have&nbsp;<a href="http://www.dykema.com/professionals-brian_newman.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Brian Newman</a>&nbsp;of&nbsp;<a href="http://www.dykema.com/offices-los-angeles-california.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Dykema Gossett PLLC</a>&nbsp;as our official legal correspondent, offering insight into the legal quagmire of architectural practice. Brian is a regular guest on the podcast, dishing out info on internships, how to negotiate a contract, and when to take things to court. We've extracted his segments to better focus directly on his wisdom.</p><p>Brian made his podcasting debut on <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/115666803/powers-of-10-with-christopher-hawthorne-architecture-critic-at-the-la-times-on-archinect-sessions-10" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Episode #10</a>, Powers of 10 with Christopher Hawthorne, architecture critic at the <em>LA Times</em>. In that episode, Paul spoke with Brian about when unpaid work is legal (and when it certainly isn't). Listen to their conversation below:</p><p></p><p>Click <a href="https://soundcloud.com/archinect/archinect-sessions-lawyer-correspondent-brian-newman-on-unpaid-work" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a> to listen on SoundCloud if the track above isn't playable.</p><p>Want to ask Brian something specifically, or suggest a future topic for him to cover on the podcast? Send your legal questions to us via email at <a href="mailto:connect@archinect.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">connect@archinect.com</a>, through <a href="http://twitter.com/archinect" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Twitter</a> #archinectsessions, or leave a mess...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/118273909/hok-s-acquisition-of-360-architecture-now-complete HOK's acquisition of 360 Architecture now complete Alexander Walter 2015-01-13T14:22:00-05:00 >2015-01-14T20:47:38-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/sv/sv89q78768xs15pr.jpg" width="222" height="100" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>HOK celebrated its return to Kansas City Tuesday, revealing new signage at what has been the offices of 360 Architecture at 300 W. 22nd St. The event marked completion of 360 Architecture&rsquo;s acquisition by HOK, a global architecture, engineering and design company with 1,800 employees. The purchase, announced in August, made Kansas City HOK&rsquo;s 24th office globally. The practice is marketed as HOK Sports + Recreation + Entertainment.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously:&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/106945116/hok-will-acquire-360-restart-sports-architecture-practice" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">HOK will acquire 360, restart sports architecture practice</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/118197559/a-look-at-the-growing-influence-of-immigrants-on-the-american-housing-market A look at the growing influence of immigrants on the American housing market Alexander Walter 2015-01-12T14:37:00-05:00 >2015-01-14T20:41:35-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/e8/e8083c3c2f26a3db7c68d87528f8194e.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>While some remain cynical about homeownership, the U.S.'s foreign-born population still regards it as a symbol of attaining the American Dream. [...] Last year, immigrant households made up 11.2 percent of owner-occupied housing according to the JCHS&mdash;that&rsquo;s up from only 6.8 percent in 1994.</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/118196753/about-detroit-s-too-often-skewed-media-coverage About Detroit's too often skewed media coverage Alexander Walter 2015-01-12T14:25:00-05:00 >2015-01-12T15:27:43-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/mi/mij4bkruszzajcxo.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In Detroit, the American Dream has become an American Paradox: Corporate-backed revitalization downtown belies the continued deterioration of sprawling neighborhoods of single-family homes; [...] white newcomers trickle in by choice, just as many black natives have no choice but to stay where they are. What&rsquo;s that? It doesn&rsquo;t sound like the up-from-the-ashes, post-industrial renaissance Detroit you&rsquo;ve been hearing about of late?</p></em><br /><br /><p>For more about Detroit, take a listen to episode 11 of Archinect Sessions, and our chat with Mitch McEwen:</p><p></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/117960873/boston-wins-u-s-olympic-committee-s-bid-for-2024-games Boston wins U.S. Olympic Committee's bid for 2024 Games Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-01-09T13:12:00-05:00 >2015-01-14T21:18:48-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/be/be62356b7801239d25e6e8674a0a26a0.jpg" width="514" height="329" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;Boston is a global hub for education, health care, research and technology,&rdquo; said Boston2024 chairman and Suffolk Construction CEO John Fish in a statement. &ldquo;We are passionate about sports because we believe in the power of sport to transform our city and inspire the world&rsquo;s youth. A Boston Games can be one of the most innovative, sustainable and exciting in history and will inspire the next generation of leaders here and around the world.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previous news on the 2024 Olympics:&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/116192545/u-s-in-the-race-for-2024-olympics-no-host-city-picked-yet" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">U.S. in the race for 2024 Olympics, no host city picked yet</a>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/117806632/which-u-s-city-will-win-the-2024-olympic-bid-boston-la-dc-and-sf-duke-it-out" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Which U.S. city will win the 2024 Olympic bid? Boston, LA, DC and SF duke it out</a></p><p>Not all Bostonians are happy with the decision. According to the same boston.com article:</p><p>"Boston&rsquo;s bid has generated debate in the city and the region. An opposition nonprofit, No Boston Olympics, is against the proposal. Its reasons: doubts that the Games can be held without using taxpayer money (Boston2024 says it can pull operational expenses off with private funding of $4.5 billion, and publicly-funded infrastructure improvements of $5 billion or so); the Olympics&rsquo; history of going overbudget; and the supposed &ldquo;opportunity costs&rdquo;&mdash;the idea that the city and state would be better served by focusing on other priorities than the Olympics."</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/117961678/major-ny-architecture-firm-swanke-hayden-connell-files-for-bankruptcy Major NY architecture firm, Swanke Hayden Connell, files for bankruptcy Alexander Walter 2015-01-09T13:06:00-05:00 >2015-01-14T21:21:38-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/n6/n6eqqszuhgmnu949.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A New York architecture and interior-design firm with roots dating back more than a century has filed for Chapter 11 protection, citing its inability to collect more than $2 million from an assignment in Russia. [...] Over the years, Swanke Hayden has worked on a number of well-known projects in New York and elsewhere, including the Trump Tower, a 1980s facelift of the Statue of Liberty, and the recent rehabilitation of Central Park restaurant Tavern on the Green.</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/117891787/who-pays-for-the-new-private-museums-after-the-death-of-their-aging-founders Who pays for the new private museums after the death of their aging founders? Alexander Walter 2015-01-08T15:16:00-05:00 >2015-01-14T21:19:49-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/be/bea31a88e6892d764a4acaa6c64c52dd.jpg" width="514" height="392" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>From the opening of the Fondation Louis Vuitton in Paris in October to the construction of The Broad in Los Angeles now set to open this autumn, the model of the single-donor museum is thriving. [...] what will happen to these new institutions on the death of the founder or the decline in their collecting activity. [...] To what extent have these museum founders made plans to ensure the vitality and flexibility of their prized institutions beyond their own lifetimes?</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/117808241/america-s-most-expensive-rental-markets-in-2014 America's most expensive rental markets in 2014 Alexander Walter 2015-01-07T13:21:00-05:00 >2015-01-08T14:34:54-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/5d/5d9e3b520b3f1c57e32d823ea26fcb24.jpg" width="514" height="257" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Rents continue to outpace incomes. In fact, Zillow just&nbsp;released data showing U.S. renters spent a combined $441 billion on housing&nbsp;in 2014. Perhaps surprisingly, the New York-Northern New Jersey metro didn&rsquo;t top the list. San Jose was the highest, with renters paying on average&nbsp;$1,807 per month. Meanwhile, the 20th most expensive metro&nbsp;for renters was&nbsp;Minneapolis-St. Paul, where the average monthly payment in 2014 was&nbsp;$927.</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>