Archinect - News 2016-10-01T13:10:46-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/149971225/mayor-of-london-launches-probe-into-the-impact-of-foreign-investment-in-city-s-real-estate Mayor of London launches probe into the impact of foreign investment in city's real estate Nicholas Korody 2016-09-29T12:58:00-04:00 >2016-09-29T12:58:03-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/uw/uwg6dsqt52iy84zf.jpg" width="514" height="321" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>London mayor Sadiq Khan is to launch the UK&rsquo;s most comprehensive inquiry into the impact of foreign investment flooding London&rsquo;s housing market, amid growing fears about the scale of gentrification and spiralling housing costs in the capital. Khan said there are &ldquo;real concerns&rdquo; about the surge in the number of homes being bought by overseas investors, adding that the inquiry would map the scale of the problem for the first time.</p></em><br /><br /><p>In related news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149966148/as-a-new-class-of-super-rich-investors-displace-the-traditional-elite-average-londoners-are-pushed-further-and-further-outside-the-city-limits" target="_blank">As a new class of super rich investors displace the traditional elite, average Londoners are pushed further and further outside the city limits</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149955774/overcrowding-on-london-s-canals" target="_blank">Overcrowding on London's canals</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149947731/to-live-in-london-you-can-t-be-a-londoner" target="_blank">To live in London you can't be a Londoner</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149947505/london-fails-to-achieve-any-targets-for-affordable-housing" target="_blank">London fails to achieve any targets for affordable housing</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149970903/efficiency-enhancing-drones-could-dramatically-reduce-construction-costs Efficiency-enhancing drones could dramatically reduce construction costs Julia Ingalls 2016-09-27T13:32:00-04:00 >2016-09-27T14:18:43-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/d9/d968m37f6j0hwr49.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>According to this&nbsp;<a href="http://fortune.com/2016/09/13/commercial-drone-construction-industry/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Fortune</a> article, it's estimated that the construction industry wastes billions of dollars annually in poorly organized and distributed materials, a practice that could be eliminated with omnipresent flying drones. The trick is to create software that can process what the drones see on each construction site into data that humans can quickly comprehend and efficiently implement. Autodesk is investing in developing software and hardware that can convey this information, which may dramatically cut construction costs (and perhaps make <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/149956313/deciding-how-to-bill-clients-is-complicated-what-are-the-basic-fee-structures-behind-residential-projects" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">architects rethink how they bill for projects</a>).</p><p>For more on drones:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149963306/designing-for-drones-a-condo-tower-with-drone-friendly-balconies" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Designing for drones: a condo tower with drone-friendly balconies</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149944052/this-drone-video-takes-you-on-a-fascinating-flight-through-the-guts-of-seattle-s-bertha-tunneling-machine" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">This drone video takes you on a fascinating flight through the guts of Seattle's Bertha tunneling machine</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149937488/here-comes-the-dronescraper" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Here comes the "dronescraper"</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149969837/bau-2017-events-services-and-information-for-architects BAU 2017: Events, services and information for architects Sponsor 2016-09-27T12:30:00-04:00 >2016-09-30T21:14:11-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ek/ek3fkdnyzq4sj855.jpg" width="514" height="371" border="0" title="" alt="" /><a href="http://bau-muenchen.com/trade-fair/visitors/index.html?etcc_cmp=bau17&amp;bid=160620jb045&amp;etcc_med=banner&amp;etcc_var=&amp;bkn=central_media&amp;cnt=&amp;etcc_par=ArchinectSponsoredEditorialNewsPost" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/uploads/j6/j61xesw3wsntsonz.png"></a><br><em><strong>This post is brought to you by <a href="http://bau-muenchen.com/trade-fair/visitors/index.html?etcc_cmp=bau17&amp;bid=160620jb045&amp;etcc_med=banner&amp;etcc_var=&amp;bkn=central_media&amp;cnt=&amp;etcc_par=ArchinectSponsoredEditorialNewsPost" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">BAU 2017<img alt="" src="http://bs.serving-sys.com/BurstingPipe/adServer.bs?cn=tf&amp;c=19&amp;mc=imp&amp;pli=18609115&amp;PluID=0&amp;ord=%5Btimestamp%5D&amp;rtu=-1"></a>.</strong></em><br>&nbsp;<p>On about 185,000 m2 of exhibition space, BAU will be presenting a display of architecture, materials and systems for commercial and residential construction and interior design, for both new-build and R&amp;M projects. This next edition of the show, which takes place in Munich from January 16 to 21, 2017, will again be filling up all the available halls at the exhibition center. Here around 2,000 exhibitors from more than 40 countries will be showcasing a comprehensive range of materials and technologies for planning and construction. In particular architects &ndash; many coming from all over the world &ndash; regard this event as an unmissable source of information and inspiration.</p><p>BAU brings together all the technologies, products and materials that are used in planning and building. This cross-functionality approach makes BAU an essential information source for everyone involved in planning and building: from investors, planners and architects through to s...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149970752/engineering-giant-arup-announces-imminent-layoffs-following-brexit-vote Engineering giant Arup announces imminent layoffs following Brexit vote Nicholas Korody 2016-09-26T17:27:00-04:00 >2016-09-28T22:55:01-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/l7/l7xltwerj1b9c1gp.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Article 50 still hasn&rsquo;t been triggered, but the fallout from Brexit is already impacting the UK and its economy. And, as many predicted, architecture isn&rsquo;t immune to its effects. In one of the first major post-referendum announcements pertaining to the discipline, engineering giant Arup has stated that it will lay off up to 10% of staff at its London Buildings Division.</p><p>As reported by the <a href="http://www.globalconstructionreview.com/news/arup-plans-redundancies-uk-a7fter-b7rexit-v7ote/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Global Construction Review</a>, the multi-disciplinary firm will cut some 90 jobs. Final decisions will be made by the end of next month. This falls in line with predictions that the construction industry will be among the hardest hit in the aftermath of the June 23rd decision. Uncertainty hovers over many big projects in the capital, such as the planned skyscraper known as <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/638116/the-pinnacle" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">the Pinnacle</a>.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/3b/3bb2zptb4z9unvvi.jpg"></p><p>In an email sent to staff and quoted by the Global Construction River, Nigel Tonks, head of Arup&rsquo;s Buildings London office, states: &ldquo;We are seeing signs of delays in investment decisions, particularly in the commercial s...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149970031/american-home-sales-drop-unexpectedly-in-august American home sales drop unexpectedly in August Nicholas Korody 2016-09-22T12:57:00-04:00 >2016-09-26T23:26:33-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/f7/f76a14v4l3494a7n.jpg" width="514" height="514" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>U.S. home resales unexpectedly fell in August, crimped by a shortage of inventory that is boosting home prices faster than the pace of wage growth. The National Association of Realtors said on Thursday existing home sales declined 0.9 percent to an annual rate of 5.33 million units. Economists polled by Reuters had forecast sales rising 1.1 percent in August to a 5.45 million-unit pace.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>July's sales pace was also revised lower to 5.38 million units from the previously reported 5.39 million units. However, despite sales being at their second-lowest pace of the year, home resales were still up 0.8 percent from one year ago.</em></p><p>For more on the current state of the housing market in the States, follow these links:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149964055/the-us-housing-market-is-the-planet-s-biggest-concentration-of-financial-risk" target="_blank">The US housing market is "the planet's biggest concentration of financial risk"</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149960645/even-the-wealthy-are-having-trouble-buying-homes-in-silicon-valley-so-lenders-are-offering-zero-down-loans" target="_blank">Even the wealthy are having trouble buying homes in Silicon Valley, so lenders are offering "zero-down loans"</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149960015/facebook-enters-the-housing-market-and-it-s-probably-not-a-good-thing" target="_blank">Facebook enters the housing market &ndash; and it's probably not a good thing</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149959956/why-it-just-isn-t-possible-to-build-affordable-housing-in-the-current-u-s-housing-market" target="_blank">Why it just isn't possible to build affordable housing in the current U.S. housing market</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149969755/architecture-billings-index-in-august-dips-below-50-overall-outlook-reported-as-positive Architecture Billings Index in August dips below 50, overall outlook reported as positive Alexander Walter 2016-09-21T13:38:00-04:00 >2016-09-28T23:27:28-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/no/novldair2rz9ru4a.jpg" width="514" height="354" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>On the heels of six out of seven months of increasing levels of demand for design services, the Architecture Billings Index (ABI) fell just below the positive mark. [...] (AIA) reported the August ABI score was 49.7, down from the mark of 51.5 in the previous month. This score reflects a decrease in design services (any score above 50 indicates an increase in billings). The new projects inquiry index was 61.8, up sharply from a reading of 57.5 the previous month.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>&ldquo;This is only the second month this year where demand for architectural services has declined and it is only by a fraction of a point,&rdquo; said AIA Chief Economist, Kermit Baker, Hon. AIA, PhD. &nbsp;&ldquo;Given the solid numbers for new design contracts and project inquiries, it doesn&rsquo;t appear that this is the beginning of a broader downturn in the design and construction industry.&rdquo;</em></p><p>The AIA reports these key ABI highlights for the month of August:</p><ul><li>Regional averages: South (55.2), Midwest (52.8), West (49.0), Northeast (44.9)</li><li>Sector index breakdown: mixed practice (51.8), multi-family residential (50.9), commercial / industrial (50.8), institutional (50.7)</li><li>Project inquiries index: 61.8</li><li>Design contracts index: 52.7</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/149963790/architecture-billings-index-in-july-remains-in-positive-terrain-but-higher-volatility-expected-due-to-u-s-presidential-election" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architecture Billings Index in July remains in positive terrain but higher volatility expected due to U.S. presidential election</a></li><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...</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149969277/riba-appoints-alan-vallance-as-new-chief-executive RIBA appoints Alan Vallance as new Chief Executive Ellen Hancock 2016-09-20T01:12:00-04:00 >2016-09-20T10:36:43-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/3p/3p5uw2us5d02ld91.jpg" width="514" height="771" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Alan Vallance has been chosen as the new Chief Executive of the RIBA unanimously by the interview panel. He has been Interim Chief Executive at the institute since February this year and prior to that Interim Director of Finance. Previous to working at the RIBA he has worked in finance, consulting, strategic planning and general management in Europe and Australasia.&nbsp;</p><p>Regarding his appointment Alan Vallance said:</p><p>&ldquo;Architects are creative, visionary and collaborative professionals who ensure that our built environment serves and strengthens communities now and in the future. It is a privilege to have been appointed to the role of Chief Executive&nbsp;of the RIBA. I look forward to working with the Board and Council, the staff team and members in the UK and globally to deliver the RIBA&rsquo;s five year strategic plan and to further strengthen the RIBA&rsquo;s offer to current and future members.&rdquo;</p><p>Read more news relating to the Royal Institute of British Architects here:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149967792/uk-architects-workloads-expected-to-decrease-for-the-first-time-since-2012" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">UK Architects&rsquo; Workloads Expected t...</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149968810/gsapp-united-how-student-unions-affect-architectural-labor-ft-a-l-hu-gsapp-march-student-and-organizer-with-graduate-workers-of-columbia-on-archinect-sessions-81 GSAPP United: how student unions affect architectural labor, ft. A.L. Hu, GSAPP MArch student and organizer with Graduate Workers of Columbia, on Archinect Sessions #81 Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-09-15T18:50:00-04:00 >2016-09-19T00:42:14-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/u8/u8gm1hfjrya9gii0.jpg" width="514" height="333" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>In a landmark decision last month, Columbia University graduate students won <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149965110/following-a-landmark-decision-graduate-students-will-now-be-able-to-unionize" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">the right to unionize</a>&nbsp;in a case filed against the National Labor Relations Board. As a result,&nbsp;graduate students in private universities across the U.S. now have the right to collectively bargain. What effect does this have on architecture student labor, and the valuation of architecture overall?</p><p>We're joined this week by special guest <a href="https://twitter.com/a_l_hu" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A.L. Hu</a>, a third-year GSAPP MArch student and key organizer with Graduate Workers of Columbia (GWC-UAW). Hu shared what's happening at the school after the landmark decision, and how these organizing efforts can affect the architecture profession overall.</p><p>Listen to&nbsp;episode 81 of&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/sessions" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Archinect Sessions</strong></a>, "GSAPP United":</p><ul></ul><ul><li><strong>iTunes</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/archinect-sessions/id928222819" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Click here to listen</a>, and click the "Subscribe" button below the logo to automatically download new episodes.</li><li><strong>Apple Podcast App (iOS)</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="pcast://archinect.libsyn.com/rss" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">click here to subscribe</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 o...</li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149968544/sydney-architect-petitioning-against-the-illegal-use-of-the-title-architect-in-australia Sydney Architect petitioning against the illegal use of the title ‘architect’ in Australia Alexander Walter 2016-09-14T14:19:00-04:00 >2016-09-16T03:56:22-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/dt/dtald3r5says2d8c.jpg" width="514" height="385" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Sydney architect Robert Harwood is apparently fed up with being compared on price point and capability to building practitioners who aren&rsquo;t registered architects. The director of Harwood Architects and founder of My Architect is petitioning the Australian Institute of Architects CEO Jennifer Cunich to do more to protect the architecture profession from non-architects passing off their work and capability as that of an architect.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>"Harwood is particularly concerned with non-architects using the title &lsquo;architect&rsquo; in their name or the words &lsquo;architectural services&rsquo; in advertising."</em></p><p>Related stories in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/136880453/new-york-man-tries-to-weasel-out-of-architectural-malpractice-suit-with-i-m-not-an-architect-defense" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">New York man tries to weasel out of architectural malpractice suit with "I'm not an architect" defense</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/128095662/college-wins-5-5mm-lawsuit-against-firm-for-use-of-unlicensed-architects" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">College wins $5.5MM lawsuit against firm for use of unlicensed architects</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/113496632/the-nyt-s-interview-with-karim-rashid-unlicensed-architect" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The NYT's interview with Karim Rashid, unlicensed architect</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149968386/airbnb-offers-landlords-a-cut-of-the-profits Airbnb offers landlords a cut of the profits Nicholas Korody 2016-09-13T17:27:00-04:00 >2016-09-18T22:37:41-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/pa/pac2yh60zg37ta9u.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Landlords have had a gripe with Airbnb for a while. The sharing platform facilitates subletting apartments without their consent or knowledge, not to mention a cut of the profits. Now, Airbnb is hoping to make amends by rolling out a new initiative dubbed the 'Airbnb Friendly Building Program'. Here's how it works, according to <a href="http://fortune.com/2016/09/13/airbnb-building-owners-program/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Fortune</a>:</p><p><em>Building owners&mdash;provided they operate in a jurisdiction where short-term rental laws are clear, meaning that there&rsquo;s no ambiguity nor potential for a regulatory mess&mdash;apply for the program. Once accepted, the owner then decides the terms (which units, for how long, revenue division, etc.) under which tenants can rent out their homes and submits them to Airbnb as well as amends its tenants&rsquo; leases. Eligible tenants in that can then sign up for their building&rsquo;s program through Airbnb, and become part of the regular reports the company sends to the landlord.</em></p><p><em>What&rsquo;s more, Airbnb also handles paying out both the hosts and their landlords, as well as collecti...</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149967250/are-you-ready-for-are-5-0 Are You Ready for ARE 5.0? Sponsor 2016-09-12T11:00:00-04:00 >2016-09-15T23:50:01-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/uj/ujos82y0w2uc3u22.jpg" width="514" height="240" border="0" title="" alt="" /><a href="http://ppi2pass.com/shop/are" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/uploads/q3/q3cfyydwavo30knj.png"></a><em><strong>This post is brought to you by <a href="http://ppi2pass.com/shop/are" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">PPI</a>.</strong></em><br>&nbsp;<p>As the release date for ARE 5.0 draws near, knowing what to expect on the new test is becoming more pertinent for ARE candidates. Exciting breakthroughs in graphic testing methods and a desire to move away from the outdated CAD software system were just a couple of considerations fueling the latest ARE update. NCARB&rsquo;s aim of making ARE content better reflect the day-to-day activities of professional architects also played a large role.</p><p>NCARB&rsquo;s goal with any update is to use the most effective methodology to properly test a candidate&rsquo;s ability to protect public safety and welfare - not to mention making the test as logical and cost-effective as possible. With the update, candidates will only have to take six divisions in contrast to the seven divisions of ARE 4.0. In fact, you may qualify to take advantage of a unique and lucrative <a href="http://ppi2pass.com/are-5-0-loophole-you-should-know" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Loophole Combo Strategy</a> to the transition between tests. Check <a href="http://ppi2pass.com/are-5-0-loophole-you-should-know" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a> to see if you&rsquo;re eligible.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/s2/s2l0881iy5g0wwuk.jpg"></p><p><strong>What&rsquo;s New?</strong></p><p>With the relea...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149965815/financial-management-for-the-small-architectural-firm-101 Financial Management for the Small Architectural Firm 101 Sponsor 2016-09-12T08:00:00-04:00 >2016-09-14T23:12:30-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/y8/y8ubi4yviafdnfj1.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><a href="http://www.bqe.com/archioffice-project-management/?src=ArchinectEditorialSep16" 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=ArchinectEditorialSep16" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">BQE ArchiOffice</a>.</strong></em><br>&nbsp;<p>Providing great architectural services and running a financially successful firm are not mutually exclusive. It&rsquo;s quite the contrary. If you are as good an architect as you think, you&rsquo;ll be successful and it won&rsquo;t be because of your design skills. However, what separates the great&ndash;struggling designers from the great-successful designers isn&rsquo;t just luck.</p><p>It&rsquo;s not your fault that after all the years of education and training you endured to become an architect, you don&rsquo;t know the first thing about how to run a business. Sure, you can design &ndash; like nobody&rsquo;s business &ndash; but do you truly understand the difference between income and revenue? How about a credit and debit? Do you know what an overhead factor is and why it&rsquo;s so critical? Do you know what your minimum billing rate is? Did you ever sit down and map out your firm&rsquo;s operating budget?</p><p>Chances are the answer to all these questions is no. So let&rsquo;s get to work and get you on the right trac...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149967792/uk-architects-workloads-expected-to-decrease-for-the-first-time-since-2012 UK Architects’ Workloads Expected to Decrease for the First Time Since 2012 Erin Whalley 2016-09-10T12:21:00-04:00 >2016-09-14T23:13:43-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/qn/qnl4e522zcnz0gun.jpg" width="514" height="571" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The RIBA Future Trends Survey predicts that UK architects&rsquo; workloads are expected to decrease for the first time since 2012.</p><p>The fall in positivity occurred in the month after the UK referendum on EU membership, with the confidence of practices falling, anticipating negatives consequences if the UK were to actually leave the EU. The results of this and previous trend surveys are published here: <a href="https://www.architecture.com/RIBA/Professionalsupport/FutureTrendsSurvey.aspx" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">RIBA</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/0r/0racv42kfnxnnzf6.jpg"></p><p>Though the figures provided in the study are generalised, they are useful as a comparison and show that the fall appears to be quite significant; with a balance figure of -7 in July, compared to the +22 shown in June. <em>(Values given are the balance figure; the difference between the practices expecting more work and those expecting less.)</em></p><p>As these are overall values, across the country results have differed. For example, London has predicted a workload decrease, whilst Wales and the West returned a positive balance figure of +14.</p><p>Practices participating in the RIBA survey confirmed that the p...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149967684/top-10-u-s-architecture-schools-of-2017-according-to-design-intelligence Top 10 U.S. architecture schools of 2017, according to Design Intelligence Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-09-09T14:52:00-04:00 >2016-09-14T23:15:29-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/5s/5s4kozf8vjhcu2am.jpg" width="514" height="314" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Since 2010, Cornell has topped DI's Undergraduate rankings (except for 2014, when Cal Poly San Louis Obispo was first), with Harvard consistently being first in Graduate programs (excluding 2011, when University of Michigan got the top spot). How 2017's top 10 schools compare to one another since 2010 can be seen below:</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/7b/7bp36srydeqm6jfw.jpg"></p><p>The rankings are formed under the following methodology, according to a report in <a href="http://www.architecturalrecord.com/articles/11865-americas-top-architecture-schools-2017" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architectural Record</a>:</p><p><em>DesignIntelligence sent surveys to CEOs, managing partners, and human-resource directors asking about their findings in hiring architecture graduates. The respondents could select up to 10 National Architectural Accrediting Board&ndash;certified undergraduate and graduate programs in each category. Each survey response was checked for authenticity and validated by the research staff at DesignIntelligence. In cases of dubious or unreliable information that could not be confirmed, researchers eliminated the questionable return. Researchers also confirmed that the person resp...</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149966968/instant-customizable-digital-architectural-stencils-hit-the-market Instant, customizable digital architectural stencils hit the market Julia Ingalls 2016-09-06T14:38:00-04:00 >2016-09-13T00:10:00-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/3w/3w4vrfy8k9ecd647.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>With a press release that makes references to Banksy's iconic global stencils, the new digital architectural stencil set from&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/188790/morpholio" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Morpholio </a>enables architects to instantly make customizable stencils of complex designs, from faces to condo layouts to intricately shaded trees. The initial image can come from a photograph, drawing, or render.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/5c/5cl5wfus62jcpds4.jpg"></p><p>As Toru Hasegawa, co-creator of&nbsp;Morpholio Trace Pro explains: "Software should mirror the gestures, intuition and behavior of the creative. Trace Pro seeks to amplify it, and in doing so, make it as smart and elastic as possible." &nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/z8/z8tjnzv0l7qomi6a.jpg"></p><p>This video illustrates the process, which involves gliding the stencil tool over a particular design, capturing it, and then replicating it/editing it at will with the assorted tool bars:</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149966489/vacant-new-york-maps-manhattan-s-shuttered-storefronts VACANT NEW YORK maps Manhattan's shuttered storefronts Alexander Walter 2016-09-02T13:23:00-04:00 >2016-09-05T00:19:12-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/d3/d379c6ffbc3d5287a12399668fe8f46f.jpg" width="514" height="267" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>This is high-rent blight. The vacancy problem is immediately visible but lacking in hard data. The intent of this project is to provide some background around commercial vacancies and use a map to give some insight into the extent of the issue, ideally doubling as a tool for community groups and policymakers to identify areas for intervention. It's an obvious problem without a clear set of causes or solutions, but there are several contributing factors [...]</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/i9/i9n9rsq7hgmzpwzi.jpg"></p><p>Click <a href="http://map.vacantnewyork.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a> for the interactive VACANT NEW YORK&nbsp;map.</p><p>Related stories in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/113354403/new-map-tool-reveals-nyc-s-vacant-lots-zoned-for-revitalization" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">New map tool reveals NYC's vacant lots zoned for revitalization</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/103092958/a-new-mapping-tool-lets-nyc-residents-peek-into-developers-plans" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A New Mapping Tool Lets NYC Residents Peek Into Developers' Plans</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/125279560/new-york-city-s-tree-species-mapped" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">New York City's tree species mapped</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149966144/chicago-tribune-tower-sale-closes-mixed-use-redevelopment-likely Chicago Tribune Tower sale closes; mixed-use redevelopment likely Alexander Walter 2016-08-31T13:42:00-04:00 >2016-08-31T13:43:02-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/0y/0y51kqsf7mn45vzu.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Los Angeles-based developer CIM Group has agreed to buy Tribune Tower for up to $240 million, marking the end of media ownership for the historic North Michigan Avenue building and the beginning of a new chapter, likely as part of a mixed-use redevelopment. [...] Tribune Media unveiled conceptual plans last year to redevelop the parcel, adding several buildings to maximize the space with residential, retail and hotel components.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The Tribune Tower sale previously in the Archinect news:&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149946493/chicago-tribune-tower-inches-closer-to-hotel-residential-redevelopment" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Chicago Tribune Tower inches closer to hotel &amp; residential redevelopment</a></p> 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 >2016-09-03T11:11:43-04:00 <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 >2016-09-01T23:05:52-04:00 <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 >2016-09-18T21:25:48-04:00 <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>