Archinect - News 2015-08-28T03:35:04-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/135212787/editor-s-picks-428 Editor's Picks #428 Nam Henderson 2015-08-27T12:18:00-04:00 >2015-08-27T13:29:17-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/x6/x6g1j0m61g484udv.jpg" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="http://archinect.com/nicholaskorody" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Nicholas Korody</a>&nbsp;interviewed Smiljan Radi&#263;. They discussed <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/134655300/architecture-at-the-limits-of-instability-an-interview-with-smiljan-radi" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architecture at the limits of instability</a>.&nbsp;Therein Radi&#263; explains&nbsp;</p><p>"<em>In Chile, it&rsquo;s better to do it really brut rather than try to do it perfectly...And here to do something brut it's cheap, but in Europe it's really expensive.</em>"&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/5c/5cd8rfpshyjazh07.jpg"></p><p><strong>News</strong></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/orhan" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Orhan Ayy&uuml;ce</a>&nbsp;posted an <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/134433610/architecture-of-segregation/50" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">article</a> by Paul Jargowsky (a fellow at The Century Foundation) which lays out the facts and statistics of decline and poverty's impact on American cities.&nbsp;</p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/orhan" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Orhan</a>&nbsp;editorialized "<em>architecture must pay much more attention to this issue and start producing solutions instead of getting shamelessly high on celebrating star architect designed luxury condominiums for the globally rich clientele and elitist minimalist lakeside homes, and teaching their renderings in schools...We are inadequate and limited with our current scope as architects.</em>" &nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/people/cover/118068376/marc-miller" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Marc Miller&nbsp;</a>later added "<em>It's a hard road, but the ability to define what you do- or the working towards that is one of the things that defines ...</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/135192680/buy-your-own-private-island-off-the-coast-of-copenhagen-just-8-5-m Buy your own private island off the coast of Copenhagen, just $8.5 m Nicholas Korody 2015-08-26T15:42:00-04:00 >2015-08-26T15:42:48-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/o3/o3k97fuyl5zg5tms.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>It may not have palm trees or tiki torches, but &ndash; if you're in the market for a private island &ndash; you should probably check out&nbsp;Flakfortet, some 3.5 miles off the coast of lovely Copenhagen.&nbsp;</p><p>An artificial island constructed in 1915 as a naval base to protect the city during World War I, Flakfortet is a protected landmark and was in use until 1968.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/av/avxvmdft2nv8m65g.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/7a/7arq29njm4b29m4h.jpg"></p><p>A restaurant was added to the&nbsp;330,000 sq ft island and draws around 20,000 people a year. Bingo! It basically pays for itself!</p><p>Not only would you (conceivably) gain access to the perks of Denmark's robust welfare state, you could also have fun exploring the 1km network of underground tunnels.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/b9/b93ippp2bjjuca70.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/f9/f9ki10mo013tvmp3.jpg"></p><p>Have friends visiting? Have them park their yacht in the marina.</p><p>For just&nbsp;&nbsp;&pound;5.5 million (56 million Danish Krone or USD $8.5 million), Flakfortet could be yours!&nbsp;</p><p>via&nbsp;<a href="http://www.claus-borg.dk/bolig/42689/Flakfortet-1-1433-Koebenhavn-K/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Claus Borg &amp; Partner</a>, h/t&nbsp;<a href="http://thespaces.com/2015/08/25/private-island-near-copenhagen-goes-on-sale/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Spaces</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/rr/rrjbe0d3zbaqu407.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/6x/6xw9zcaciz1x4fb1.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/5e/5ezyn3428ya8r5lw.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/k0/k08rvzwfysatioht.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/gg/ggs8msf80qxom7me.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/io/iolg1qcfj5jcsw7e.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/g0/g0eqbx5rhk7ikf1o.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ht/ht2y62rscg07eay5.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/1c/1c4palxlu98z7lg4.jpg"></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/pa/paz35cshnx0bou2x.jpg"></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/134744557/average-1950s-nyc-apartment-rented-for-60-mo-about-530-in-2015-dollars Average 1950s NYC apartment rented for $60/mo, about $530 in 2015 dollars Julia Ingalls 2015-08-21T09:12:00-04:00 >2015-08-25T18:28:10-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/a1/a157mvkozjiq2mx5.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>With the US median wage at $5,000 a year, New Yorkers spent 1/10 of their salaries on rent [in the 1950s]...These days a depressing number of young New Yorkers spend over half their income on housing. Rent hikes have transformed a once-democratic city into a playground for the privileged.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Don't adjust for inflation: it will just depress you. This article in The Los Angeles Review of Books historically traces the drastic rise of housing costs for renters from the middle of the 20th century to the present day through a series of inflation adjustments, edgy banking moves, and the morphing shape of the economy.</p><p>For more on this topic:</p><p>&bull; <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/134283671/a-little-reminder-that-u-s-rent-affordability-is-at-its-worst-according-to-zillow" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A little reminder that U.S. rent affordability is at its worst, according to Zillow</a>&nbsp;</p><p>&bull;&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/133421471/shipping-container-village-crops-up-in-oakland-offering-alternative-to-sky-high-sf-rents" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Shipping container village crops up in Oakland, offering alternative to sky-high SF rents</a></p><p>&bull; <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/132504519/500-square-feet-and-falling" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">500 Square Feet and Falling</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/134729252/melbourne-is-world-s-most-liveable-city-for-fifth-consecutive-year Melbourne is world’s most liveable city for fifth consecutive year Alexander Walter 2015-08-20T15:24:00-04:00 >2015-08-25T18:23:40-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/5q/5qd29h4nmycap13z.jpg" width="514" height="296" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In any event, it's as you were for the "haves" at the top of list, with Melbourne taking the top spot for a fifth year running, with Vienna, Vancouver, Toronto and Adelaide/Calgary (tied at 5) completing the top five most livable cities in 2015. [...] these cities have "relatively few challenges to living standards," and enjoy a good infrastructure, healthcare system and a low murder rate. Unsurprisingly, Damascus remains the least livable city, with Syria embroiled in a bloody civil war.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Other articles related to <em>liveability</em> on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/134719585/think-you-live-in-a-nice-county-find-out-where-it-stands-on-the-nationwide-natural-amenities-index" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Think you live in a nice county? Find out where it stands on the nationwide Natural Amenities Index.</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/108103352/planning-for-local-and-liveable-neighbourhoods-in-melbourne" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Planning for Local and Liveable Neighbourhoods in Melbourne</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/115580917/is-jan-gehl-winning-his-battle-to-make-our-cities-liveable" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Is Jan Gehl winning his battle to make our cities liveable?</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/106959605/melbourne-named-world-s-most-liveable-city-for-fourth-consecutive-year" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Melbourne named world&rsquo;s most liveable city for fourth consecutive year</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/134653690/architecture-billings-index-in-july-reflects-healthy-and-sustained-demand-for-design-services Architecture Billings Index in July reflects "healthy and sustained demand for design services" Alexander Walter 2015-08-19T16:00:00-04:00 >2015-08-26T18:44:52-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/hj/hjbdq03znvejk6l3.jpg" width="278" height="158" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Architecture Billings Index (ABI) is reflecting healthy and sustained demand for design services in nearly all nonresidential project types. [...] (AIA) reported the July ABI score was 54.7, down a point from a mark of 55.7 in June. This score still reflects an increase in design services (any score above 50 indicates an increase in billings). The new projects inquiry index was 63.7, up slightly from a reading of 63.4 the previous month.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The AIA summarizes these key ABI highlights for the month of July:</p><ul><li>Regional averages: Midwest (58.2), South (55.7), West (53.8) Northeast (53.5)</li><li>Sector index breakdown: institutional (57.3), mixed practice (56.8), commercial / industrial (53.4) multi-family residential (49.8)</li><li>Project inquiries index: 63.7</li><li>Design contracts index: 54.5</li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/134651275/barcelona-plans-shakedown-scheme-against-unlicensed-airbnb-apartments-to-curb-tourism-boom Barcelona plans shakedown scheme against unlicensed Airbnb apartments to curb tourism boom Justine Testado 2015-08-19T15:07:00-04:00 >2015-08-24T22:32:23-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/50/503gxyck1xpdvevk.jpg" width="514" height="257" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>People caught running unlicensed apartments through websites will be offered the chance to have 80% of their fine canceled if they allow the city council to use the apartment as social accommodation for three years...When the three years are up the landlord [can] either pay off the fine through his or her own funds and reclaim possession of the apartment or continue offering the property as social accommodation until the council receives the equivalent of full payment of the fine.</p></em><br /><br /><p>More on Archinect:</p><p><a title="Airbnb now open for business in Cuba, despite anemic internet access" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/124359173/airbnb-now-open-for-business-in-cuba-despite-anemic-internet-access" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Airbnb now open for business in Cuba, despite anemic internet access</a></p><p><a title="Airbnb rentals cut deep into San Francisco housing stock, report says" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/128107747/airbnb-rentals-cut-deep-into-san-francisco-housing-stock-report-says" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Airbnb rentals cut deep into San Francisco housing stock, report says</a></p><p><a title="Monterey Park City Council adopts tougher penalties for landlords of illegal boarding homes" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/127179161/monterey-park-city-council-adopts-tougher-penalties-for-landlords-of-illegal-boarding-homes" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Monterey Park City Council adopts tougher penalties for landlords of illegal boarding homes</a></p><p><a title="Airbnb celebrates London's Deregulation Act with floating house on River Thames" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/127540172/airbnb-celebrates-london-s-deregulation-act-with-floating-house-on-river-thames" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Airbnb celebrates London's Deregulation Act with floating house on River Thames</a></p><p><a title="Archinect's Lexicon: &quot;Dark Tourism&quot;" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/117905496/archinect-s-lexicon-dark-tourism" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect's Lexicon: "Dark Tourism"</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/134651279/news-cycle-august-s-noteworthy-bicycle-news News cycle: August's noteworthy bicycle news Julia Ingalls 2015-08-19T14:59:00-04:00 >2015-08-24T22:47:20-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/4g/4g4bmlruhd14oh28.jpg" width="514" height="514" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Germany might still be a car-obsessed country, but it's starting to build an Autobahn for bikes.</p></em><br /><br /><p>From <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/134108329/from-california-to-texas-car-culture-is-losing-its-monopoly" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">the U.S</a>. to Germany, urban planners and major corporations are starting to purposefully design for bicycles instead of individually operated cars. In Munich, a proposed network of two-lane bike paths would radiate out from the city center to the surrounding suburbs, creating 400 miles of cyclist-only access. Meanwhile, according to WebUrbanist, international fast-food chain <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/123814573/turns-out-the-u-s-has-more-museums-than-the-combined-number-of-starbucks-and-mcdonalds" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">McDonald's</a> has created an unfolding bicycle-oriented food transport container known as "<a href="http://weburbanist.com/2015/08/15/mcbike-meal-tote-helps-cyclists-carry-burger-fries-drink/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">McBike</a>," which allows a bicyclist to visit the drive-through lane and comfortably transport a beverage and hot food home. The program was launched in <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/128648270/copenhagen-tops-list-of-the-20-most-bike-friendly-cities" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Copenhagen</a>, and may soon make its way to a Mickey Dee's near you.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/dx/dxl6x6tqgyg2752x.jpg"></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/134591199/drought-climate-change-misuse-spiegel-takes-an-in-depth-look-at-the-global-water-shortage Drought, climate change, misuse: SPIEGEL takes an in-depth look at the global water shortage Alexander Walter 2015-08-19T11:00:00-04:00 >2015-08-24T22:30:15-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/xo/xo94g26cy7fb9cwu.jpg" width="514" height="336" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>It is a region where America, the global superpower, looks more like a developing nation [...]. Indeed, the water crisis is becoming a humanitarian one -- because the absurd agricultural policy of many arid regions in California is being carried to extremes. More recklessly than elsewhere, wetlands in the state are being dried out to make irrigated agriculture possible. Agriculture makes up 2 percent of California's GDP, and yet it consumes 80 percent of the state's water.</p></em><br /><br /><p>More on California's drought:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/134567004/selling-residents-on-a-water-park-during-a-drought" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Selling residents on a water park during a drought</a></li><li><a title="Will California's drought turn the state into something like the Australian outback?" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/134268384/will-california-s-drought-turn-the-state-into-something-like-the-australian-outback" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Will California's drought turn the state into something like the Australian outback?</a></li><li><a title='Coating the LA reservoir in "shade balls" will save 300M gallons of water' href="http://archinect.com/news/article/134052824/coating-the-la-reservoir-in-shade-balls-will-save-300m-gallons-of-water" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Coating the LA reservoir in "shade balls" will save 300M gallons of water</a></li><li><a title="California drought sucks San Jose's Guadalupe river dry" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/133953060/california-drought-sucks-san-jose-s-guadalupe-river-dry" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">California drought sucks San Jose's Guadalupe river dry</a></li><li><a title="Archinect's &quot;Dry Futures&quot; competition featured by MSNBC; juror and NASA hydrologist Jay Famiglietti interviewed" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/133181511/archinect-s-dry-futures-competition-featured-by-msnbc-juror-and-nasa-hydrologist-jay-famiglietti-interviewed" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect's "Dry Futures" competition featured by MSNBC; juror and NASA hydrologist Jay Famiglietti interviewed</a></li></ul><p><a href="http://dryfutures.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/uploads/f8/f8xfni2nf4bnpbd6.jpg"></a></p><p><em>Have an idea for how to address the drought with design? Submit your ideas to the&nbsp;<a href="http://dryfutures.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Dry Futures competition</a>!</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/134283671/a-little-reminder-that-u-s-rent-affordability-is-at-its-worst-according-to-zillow A little reminder that U.S. rent affordability is at its worst, according to Zillow Justine Testado 2015-08-14T20:40:00-04:00 >2015-08-16T12:20:03-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/z6/z630gew6dexgdkug.jpg" width="514" height="288" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Americans living in rentals spent almost a third of their incomes on housing in the second quarter, the highest share in recent history. Rental affordability has steadily worsened, according to a new report from Zillow, which tracked data going back to 1979...While mortgages remain relatively affordable, landlords have been able to increase rents because demand for apartments remains strong. The U.S. homeownership rate fell to the lowest level in almost five decades in the second quarter.</p></em><br /><br /><p>More on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a title="Shipping container village crops up in Oakland, offering alternative to sky-high SF rents" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/133421471/shipping-container-village-crops-up-in-oakland-offering-alternative-to-sky-high-sf-rents" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Shipping container village crops up in Oakland, offering alternative to sky-high SF rents</a></li><li><a title="500 Square Feet and Falling" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/132504519/500-square-feet-and-falling" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">500 Square Feet and Falling</a></li><li><a title='Play "Inside the rent", and become a virtual developer in NYC' href="http://archinect.com/news/article/129171835/play-inside-the-rent-and-become-a-virtual-developer-in-nyc" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Play "Inside the rent", and become a virtual developer in NYC</a></li><li><a title="Monterey Park City Council adopts tougher penalties for landlords of illegal boarding homes" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/127179161/monterey-park-city-council-adopts-tougher-penalties-for-landlords-of-illegal-boarding-homes" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Monterey Park City Council adopts tougher penalties for landlords of illegal boarding homes</a></li><li><a title="L.A.'s &quot;bootlegged&quot; apartments might receive amnesty from city under new proposal" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/129640690/l-a-s-bootlegged-apartments-might-receive-amnesty-from-city-under-new-proposal" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">L.A.'s "bootlegged" apartments might receive amnesty from city under new proposal</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/134193637/visual-pollution-inside-the-global-movement-to-ban-urban-billboards Visual pollution: inside the global movement to ban urban billboards Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-08-13T16:21:00-04:00 >2015-08-16T12:17:15-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/wg/wgsej8z0bq4u1wyx.jpg" width="514" height="308" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In 2007, [S&atilde;o Paulo] Mayor Gilberto Kassab implemented the Clean City Law, labelling outdoor adverts a form of &ldquo;visual pollution&rdquo;. In a single year, the city removed 15,000 billboards and 300,000 oversized storefront signs. [...] The ubiquity of outdoor advertising means that we have come to take it for granted; accepting both its presence and its purpose as natural features of the urban environment.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously on Archinect: <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/103938659/rethinking-billboards" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Rethinking Billboards</a>&nbsp;as homeless shelters, and as land art projects in&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/122742069/art-architecture-the-los-angeles-nomadic-division-sets-up-camp" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Art + Architecture: The Los Angeles Nomadic Division Sets Up Camp</a>.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/134182334/tokyo-begins-farming-produce-beneath-its-subway-lines Tokyo begins farming produce beneath its subway lines Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-08-13T13:04:00-04:00 >2015-08-20T22:02:14-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/eb/eb79a0b3b8e293cc2df20f30be90693d.jpg" width="514" height="290" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Kakutani is the main farmer behind "Tokyo Salad,"&nbsp;the Metro&rsquo;s new farming enterprise, farming that takes place underneath the Tozai Line. [...] Tokyo Metro started hydroponic farming this past January. They&rsquo;re currently selling the lettuce varieties to a local Italian restaurant and The Sheraton Grande Tokyo Bay Hotel. Over the next couple years, they&rsquo;re hoping to expand. Maybe they&rsquo;ll start selling to grocery stores, and maybe Kakutani says, "we&rsquo;ll make salads or smoothies.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>More innovations from Japan:</p><ul><li><a title="Japan's largest treehouse is also a high-tech engineering feat" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/132648258/japan-s-largest-treehouse-is-also-a-high-tech-engineering-feat" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Japan's largest treehouse is also a high-tech engineering feat</a></li><li><a title="Turning Japan's golfing greens into solar farms" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/132487606/turning-japan-s-golfing-greens-into-solar-farms" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Turning Japan's golfing greens into solar farms</a></li><li><a title="Japan's simple logic for putting toilets in elevators" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/128864326/japan-s-simple-logic-for-putting-toilets-in-elevators" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Japan's simple logic for putting toilets in elevators</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/134050412/la-mayor-garcetti-confident-that-2024-olympics-in-his-city-would-pay-for-themselves LA mayor Garcetti confident that 2024 Olympics in his city would pay for themselves Alexander Walter 2015-08-11T19:51:00-04:00 >2015-08-11T20:44:18-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/lg/lgnqh8wwtrfpyhtf.jpg" width="514" height="341" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>As Los Angeles moves closer to bidding for the 2024 Summer Olympics, officials said they can host the massive 17-day sporting event for $4.1 billion and offered to guarantee that the city will cover any cost overruns. [...] Garcetti and his team have proposed to spend $500 million less than what Boston had planned and expect to finish with a $150-million surplus by generating billions in broadcast and sponsorship revenue.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related Olympic news on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/133587773/will-rio-s-olympic-venues-be-ready-in-time-for-the-2016-games" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Will Rio's Olympic venues be ready in time for the 2016 Games?</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/132949093/boston-backs-out-of-2024-olympics-bid" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Boston backs out of 2024 Olympics bid</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/132880075/toronto-ventures-into-sixth-bid-to-host-olympic-games" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Toronto ventures into sixth bid to host Olympic Games</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/132101061/zaha-s-tokyo-olympic-stadium-cancelled-abe-calls-for-a-redesign-from-scratch" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Zaha's Tokyo Olympic Stadium cancelled &ndash; Abe calls for a redesign from scratch</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/134029472/in-weaker-market-architecture-firms-in-china-are-cutting-back In weaker market, architecture firms in China are cutting back Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-08-11T13:31:00-04:00 >2015-08-12T22:42:08-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ku/kuwkgpg7hbahdlab.jpg" width="514" height="383" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>After a boom in construction and investment in real estate projects in recent years, work is drying up amid a slowdown in the world&rsquo;s second largest economy. Property developers are cutting back on new projects, and with construction starts down 16% in the first half this year from a year ago, many firms are cutting salaries or letting staff go. [...] &ldquo;We are adjusting to a slower pace of urbanization in China with a recovery of the American and Middle East markets&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>More from the architecture market in China:</p><ul><li><a title='How the "Chinese Steve Jobs" is trying to build the ideal city' href="http://archinect.com/news/article/129712218/how-the-chinese-steve-jobs-is-trying-to-build-the-ideal-city" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">How the "Chinese Steve Jobs" is trying to build the ideal city</a></li><li><a title="Construction stalled on 'world's tallest building', so locals made its foundation into a fish farm" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/131871411/construction-stalled-on-world-s-tallest-building-so-locals-made-its-foundation-into-a-fish-farm" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Construction stalled on 'world's tallest building', so locals made its foundation into a fish farm</a></li><li><a title="A landscape architect just joined China's roster of billionaires" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/129268297/a-landscape-architect-just-joined-china-s-roster-of-billionaires" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A landscape architect just joined China's roster of billionaires</a></li><li><a title="Chinese prefab company builds a 57-story skyscraper in just 19 days" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/126482891/chinese-prefab-company-builds-a-57-story-skyscraper-in-just-19-days" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Chinese prefab company builds a 57-story skyscraper in just 19 days</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/133977245/the-promises-and-problems-of-a-cuban-architecture-market The promises and problems of a Cuban architecture market Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-08-10T21:09:00-04:00 >2015-08-12T23:11:25-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/qp/qpn9vqjaa6kv0yag.jpg" width="514" height="297" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Would-be investors would face other obstacles even if the embargo were lifted... Cuba is still tightly controlled by its Communist government. [...] In any case, most architectural work in Cuba today focuses on the restoration of Havana&rsquo;s immense historic building stock&mdash;two-thirds of which is in disrepair&mdash;and on bringing Havana into the 21st century without imperiling its heritage.</p></em><br /><br /><p>More on Cuba:</p><ul><li><a title="Take a virtual tour of Havana's modern architecture" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/126711733/take-a-virtual-tour-of-havana-s-modern-architecture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Take a virtual tour of Havana's modern architecture</a></li><li><a title="&quot;American Disruption, at Home and Abroad&quot;: Gehry's Facebook HQ opens and Airbnb comes to Cuba on Archinect Sessions Episode #24" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/124840314/american-disruption-at-home-and-abroad-gehry-s-facebook-hq-opens-and-airbnb-comes-to-cuba-on-archinect-sessions-episode-24" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"American Disruption, at Home and Abroad": Gehry's Facebook HQ opens and Airbnb comes to Cuba on Archinect Sessions Episode #24</a></li><li><a title="Airbnb now open for business in Cuba, despite anemic internet access" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/124359173/airbnb-now-open-for-business-in-cuba-despite-anemic-internet-access" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Airbnb now open for business in Cuba, despite anemic internet access</a></li><li><a title="A glimpse at Havana's rooftop dwellers as urban landscape transforms" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/123298247/a-glimpse-at-havana-s-rooftop-dwellers-as-urban-landscape-transforms" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A glimpse at Havana's rooftop dwellers as urban landscape transforms</a></li><li><a title="Plan For Cuban Landmark's Rebirth Sparks Debate" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/60706929/plan-for-cuban-landmark-s-rebirth-sparks-debate" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Plan For Cuban Landmark's Rebirth Sparks Debate</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/133907266/editor-s-picks-426 Editor's Picks #426 Nam Henderson 2015-08-10T09:55:00-04:00 >2015-08-11T17:12:12-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/1w/1wv8f29tphdkkk8y.jpg" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="http://archinect.com/Julia_Ingalls" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Julia Ingalls</a>&nbsp;reviewed "<a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/133034307/work-on-work-exhibition-turns-public-space-into-office-space" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Work on Work</a>" the current exhibition at Los Angeles&rsquo; Architecture + Design Museum, co-organized by Gensler and UCLA&rsquo;s cityLAB.&nbsp;</p><p>Therein she writes "<em>This feeling of being at an un-airconditioned business conference is not helped by the next section of the exhibit, in which the banners stop talking about history and start getting real about Gensler and cityLAB's speculation on the future of the work environment...the privileged and oversimplified overtones of the exhibit, paired with its refusal to envision a more distinguished balance between productivity and (unstructured, unmonitored, human) downtime make it a bit chilling.</em>"</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/gh/ghiedlko02xoj99a.jpg"></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/AmeliaTH" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Amelia Taylor-Hochberg</a>&nbsp;Editorial Manager for Archinect <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/133512302/looking-to-frank-gehry-after-paris-but-before-los-angeles" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">dissects</a> the upcoming monographic LACMA (by way of the Pompidou) <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/111797408/an-architect-s-big-parisian-moment" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">&ldquo;Frank Gehry&rdquo;</a> exhibition, opening September 13.&nbsp;Responding to her question about critical distance given Gehry&rsquo;s involvement,&nbsp;<strong>midlander</strong> writes&nbsp;"<em>It's inherently difficult to create a critical exhibit on a living architect....</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/133744446/victory-for-affordable-housing-as-uk-court-throws-out-insane-government-policy Victory for affordable housing as UK court throws out 'insane' government policy Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-08-08T01:36:00-04:00 >2015-08-11T18:40:31-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/e1/e18a1xeyhd7dehpn.jpg" width="514" height="308" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>the government&rsquo;s recent planning policy &ndash; which could have resulted in property developers dodging up to &pound;1bn in affordable housing payments &ndash; has been definitively quashed following a High Court ruling. [...] the &ldquo;vacant building credit&rdquo; let developers convert empty buildings into housing without making the usual Section 106 contributions for affordable homes.[...] The ruling was described as a &ldquo;victory for common sense [that] will help generate more affordable homes in London&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>More on housing policy in the UK:</p><ul><li><a title="The Guardian reveals how developers play the planning system to get around affordable housing" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/130502087/the-guardian-reveals-how-developers-play-the-planning-system-to-get-around-affordable-housing" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Guardian reveals how developers play the planning system to get around affordable housing</a></li><li><a title="London is eating itself" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/130714691/london-is-eating-itself" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">London is eating itself</a></li><li><a title="Cornered: London Building Innovatively Addresses Homelessness" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/124814565/cornered-london-building-innovatively-addresses-homelessness" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Cornered: London Building Innovatively Addresses Homelessness</a></li><li><a title="Activism targeting London's housing crisis bubbles to the surface" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/123892522/activism-targeting-london-s-housing-crisis-bubbles-to-the-surface" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Activism targeting London's housing crisis bubbles to the surface</a></li><li><a title="London's traditionalist architects come back swinging in their fight against skyscrapers" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/117654709/london-s-traditionalist-architects-come-back-swinging-in-their-fight-against-skyscrapers" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">London's traditionalist architects come back swinging in their fight against skyscrapers</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/133642467/2-world-trade-center-could-be-the-most-expensive-office-tower-in-the-world 2 World Trade Center Could Be the Most Expensive Office Tower in the World Dana Schulz 2015-08-06T13:25:00-04:00 >2015-08-06T14:48:57-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/uv/uvzjfvrx44u27usg.jpg" width="514" height="370" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Construction of the Bjarke Ingels-designed 2 World Trade Center will come with a $4 billion price tag. The 2.8 million-square-foot downtown tower will top out at 1,340 feet, just 28 feet shy of One World Trade Center, which currently holds the title of the world&rsquo;s most expensive office building with construction costs coming in at $3.8 billion.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Larry Silverstein, developer of 2 World Trade Center, is looking for&nbsp;$500 million in financing to fund the $4 billion tower&rsquo;s completion. If all goes according to plan, a lease could be signed by the end of the year and construction could start next year with a 2020 completion date.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/133571704/expert-interview-does-your-project-management-software-cause-data-overwhelm Expert Interview: Does Your Project Management Software Cause Data Overwhelm? Sponsor 2015-08-06T09:39:00-04:00 >2015-08-05T18:27:55-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/aj/ajxi4qtckrke4h1j.jpg" width="514" height="350" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><strong>This post is brought to you by <a href="http://www.bqe.com/archioffice-project-management/?src=ArchinectEd4915" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">BQE ArchiOffice</a>.</strong></em>&nbsp;<p><a href="https://www.linkedin.com/in/stevendburns" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Steven Burns, FAIA</a>, the Chief Creative Officer (and self-professed recovering architect) at <a href="http://www.bqe.com/default_ao.asp?src=ArchinectNewsAug15" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">BQE Software</a>, was a recent guest on the Technology Advice Expert Interview Series to share his insight on project management. The series explores a variety of business and technology landscapes through conversations with industry leaders.</p><p>Steve discusses the modern challenges and demands on project management software of those in the professional services industries.</p><p>Click <a href="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/193478812%3Fsecret_token%3Ds-RYisy" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a> to listen to the full interview.</p><p>Here are a few of the highlights from the conversation:</p><p><strong>TA: What are the main pain points that today&rsquo;s professional services industry is facing?</strong></p><p><strong>Steven:</strong> Well, I would think the basic foundational issue with firms is that don&rsquo;t really change over time. Their services haven&rsquo;t really changed. What&rsquo;s really wonderful and terrible at the same time is that there are so many incredible different options and choices [to view and track data]. People now...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/133581340/london-architect-duped-into-designing-jack-the-ripper-museum London architect 'duped' into designing Jack the Ripper museum Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-08-05T17:57:00-04:00 >2015-08-06T20:59:43-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/4q/4qyf9uedaxhk0f0t.jpg" width="514" height="308" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The architect behind the new Jack the Ripper museum in east London has said he was duped over the purpose of the project, after what was billed as a museum of women&rsquo;s history became an attraction about Britain&rsquo;s most notorious murderer of women. [...] "We really ran with it. We did it at a bargain-basement fee, at cost price because we thought it was a great thing to do." "You do rely on the moral fibre of your client but you should also be able to rely on the planning system"</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/133566870/the-design-never-stops-wework-acquires-case The design never stops: WeWork acquires Case Julia Ingalls 2015-08-05T13:32:00-04:00 >2015-08-15T20:11:31-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/nk/nkn079xx3hoxuvsj.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In the design process, you design buildings and then you leave them. You don't check on them. Every building we open, since space is our product, we can talk to our members. We can close the loop and continue to make our spaces better and put that feedback into new spaces. -David Fano</p></em><br /><br /><p>Traditionally, an architect's involvement stops once the building is constructed and the red ribbon has been cut. Clients and tenants often go on to populate pristine spaces with their own furniture and paint schemes, often to the chagrin of the original designer. But what if the architect's role could be extended into a kind of perennial interactive process, whereby clients and designers would continue to refine not only the physical work space, but the work processes that go on within them? Such is the potential for the acquisition of <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/85203/working-out-of-the-box-case" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Case</a>, an architectural consultancy firm specializing in building information and technology by <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/92243101/working-out-of-the-box-miguel-mckelvey" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">WeWork</a>, a global provider of co-sharing workspaces.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ca/cavwcpzowm3o2c37.jpg"></p><p>In an interview with <a href="http://www.architectmagazine.com/practice/wework-acquires-case-inc_o" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architect Magazine</a>, new WeWork&nbsp;chief&nbsp;technology officer and chief development officer&nbsp;David Fano describes the pioneering potential for this new relationship, in which Case is able to transform recommendations into directives and then witness the real-world results.&nbsp;This enhances the c...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/133565264/with-1-5m-to-go-frank-lloyd-wright-school-of-architecture-approaches-first-fundraising-milestone-towards-independence With $1.5M to go, Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture approaches first fundraising milestone towards independence Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-08-05T12:59:00-04:00 >2015-08-08T23:04:58-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/d7/d7nrrww66st5vkcz.jpg" width="514" height="234" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>In December of last year, the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation announced that it would try to <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/116035941/wright-architecture-school-sets-fund-raising-goal-for-independence" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">fundraise $2M by the end of 2015</a>, in order to establish The Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture as an independent organization. The Foundation set a $1M goal to be reached by the end of August 2015, and is now half way there &ndash; but must raise the remaining funds by August 25 in order to continue fundraising as planned.</p><p>From a press release issued by the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation yesterday, the Chair of the School's Board of Governors, Jacalyn Lynn, asked those who wish to see the school continue operating to donate to the <a href="http://bit.ly/1Dqodqg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"Campaign for Independence"</a> cause:</p><p>&ldquo;Without significant and immediate support, there will no longer be a stand-alone accredited Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture. This campaign is the only opportunity to save the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture as we know it &ndash; and to ensure its success and impact for decades to come."</p><p>Past news from Taliesin's rocky hi...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/133432736/gulf-labor-initiative-renews-criticism-of-abu-dhabi-museums-over-migrant-workers-rights Gulf Labor initiative renews criticism of Abu Dhabi museums over migrant workers' rights Alexander Walter 2015-08-03T19:39:00-04:00 >2015-08-08T22:24:40-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/8c/8c58ea12557e13c020905b54baa58b30.jpg" width="514" height="344" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Migrant workers building branches of the Guggenheim Museum, the Louvre and the Zayed National Museum on Saadiyat Island in Abu Dhabi continue to face crushing debt, substandard wages and harsh working conditions despite recent efforts to improve treatment, according to a report published this week by Gulf Labor, a coalition of artists and activists. [...] the researchers found that &ldquo;underpayment is far and away the primary concern&rdquo; for the workers themselves.</p></em><br /><br /><p>This issue of labor rights in the greater gulf region previously on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/122127345/an-updated-look-at-the-conditions-for-abu-dhabi-s-migrant-workers" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">An updated look at the conditions for Abu Dhabi's migrant workers</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/127580581/bbc-journalists-arrested-for-reporting-on-qatar-s-world-cup-laborers" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">BBC journalists arrested for reporting on Qatar's World Cup laborers</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/125842117/labor-violations-affirmed-in-latest-report-of-nyu-abu-dhabi-construction" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Labor violations affirmed in latest report of NYU Abu Dhabi construction</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/108467854/world-cup-slaves-scandal-qatar-holds-2-uk-rights-researchers-over-emigration-violations" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">World Cup &lsquo;slaves&rsquo; scandal: Qatar holds 2 UK rights researchers over &lsquo;emigration violations&rsquo;</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/96950936/high-culture-and-hard-labor" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">High Culture and Hard Labor</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/133421471/shipping-container-village-crops-up-in-oakland-offering-alternative-to-sky-high-sf-rents Shipping container village crops up in Oakland, offering alternative to sky-high SF rents Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-08-03T16:07:00-04:00 >2015-08-03T17:42:55-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/06/06qg8ibrtkdwyxjz.jpg" width="514" height="270" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Luke Iseman, 31, leases a 17,000-square-foot warehouse in Oakland in which he has built 11 micro residences out of cargo containers, Bloomberg reports. He charges $1,000 per months for each of the makeshift homes, which aren&rsquo;t legal, strictly speaking. [...] &ldquo;We have an opportunity here to create a new model for urban development that&rsquo;s more sustainable, more affordable and more enjoyable.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>More news on shipping containers and the Bay Area's residential market:</p><ul><li><a title="The Emergence of Container Urbanism" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/67510419/the-emergence-of-container-urbanism" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Emergence of Container Urbanism</a></li><li><a title="Forget Big-Box Stores. How About A Big-Box House?" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/49664422/forget-big-box-stores-how-about-a-big-box-house" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Forget Big-Box Stores. How About A Big-Box House?</a></li><li><a title="Airbnb rentals cut deep into San Francisco housing stock, report says" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/128107747/airbnb-rentals-cut-deep-into-san-francisco-housing-stock-report-says" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Airbnb rentals cut deep into San Francisco housing stock, report says</a></li><li><a title="No room for affordable housing in SF? Build it in Oakland" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/124122059/no-room-for-affordable-housing-in-sf-build-it-in-oakland" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">No room for affordable housing in SF? Build it in Oakland</a></li><li><a title="Looking to buy a home in SF? Good luck" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/123600021/looking-to-buy-a-home-in-sf-good-luck" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Looking to buy a home in SF? Good luck</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/133408596/the-rise-of-communal-living-in-new-york The rise of communal living in New York Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-08-03T12:46:00-04:00 >2015-08-03T20:36:37-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/vo/voqxzuymqge8q45y.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Pure House is among a handful of businesses that are renting rooms at a premium in exchange for access to amenities, a dormlike atmosphere and an instant community. For a certain set of New Yorkers, often new arrivals to the city with an income but no rental history, Pure House offers something of a reprieve. [...] The arrangement is a commercial outgrowth of co-living, taking life with roommates to a different level.</p></em><br /><br /><p>More news from the New York City residential market:</p><ul><li><a title="NYC's public-housing woes" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/127597504/nyc-s-public-housing-woes" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">NYC's public-housing woes</a></li><li><a title="Married Couples Take on Roomies to Adapt to Sky-High NY Rents" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/124972879/married-couples-take-on-roomies-to-adapt-to-sky-high-ny-rents" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Married Couples Take on Roomies to Adapt to Sky-High NY Rents</a></li><li><a title="111 West 57th Street: The World&rsquo;s Skinniest Tower Will Also Be the Hemisphere&rsquo;s Tallest Residential Building" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/118428219/111-west-57th-street-the-world-s-skinniest-tower-will-also-be-the-hemisphere-s-tallest-residential-building" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">111 West 57th Street: The World&rsquo;s Skinniest Tower Will Also Be the Hemisphere&rsquo;s Tallest Residential Building</a></li><li><a title='This New "Steampunk" Luxury Apartment Building for New York Should Fill You With Unbearable Shame' href="http://archinect.com/news/article/115279170/this-new-steampunk-luxury-apartment-building-for-new-york-should-fill-you-with-unbearable-shame" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">This New "Steampunk" Luxury Apartment Building for New York Should Fill You With Unbearable Shame</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/133197580/apple-reportedly-grabbing-a-little-piece-of-san-francisco-real-estate Apple reportedly grabbing a little piece of San Francisco real estate Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-07-31T18:35:00-04:00 >2015-07-31T18:35:41-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/h7/h7nko4yx8ifwlwo7.jpg" width="514" height="337" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>[Apple Inc.] reached an agreement to rent about 76,000 square feet of office space in the South of Market neighborhood&rsquo;s 235 Second St. [...] the area has some of the highest monthly asking rents in the city at about $66 a square foot. [...] Apple and Facebook have been notable holdouts as Silicon Valley giants like Google and Linkedin gradually expanded their footprints in San Francisco.</p></em><br /><br /><p>&#8203;More news from Apple and San Francisco:</p><ul><li><a title="Apple invites visitors to gaze at its 'spaceship' from new observation deck" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/133107408/apple-invites-visitors-to-gaze-at-its-spaceship-from-new-observation-deck" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Apple invites visitors to gaze at its 'spaceship' from new observation deck</a></li><li><a title="Drone footage shows the latest construction status of the Foster-designed Apple campus" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/117649070/drone-footage-shows-the-latest-construction-status-of-the-foster-designed-apple-campus" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Drone footage shows the latest construction status of the Foster-designed Apple campus</a></li><li><a title="Can't find office space in San Francisco? Try the mall." href="http://archinect.com/news/article/128651497/can-t-find-office-space-in-san-francisco-try-the-mall" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Can't find office space in San Francisco? Try the mall.</a></li><li><a title="Uber HQ headed to San Francisco's Mission Bay" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/128246762/uber-hq-headed-to-san-francisco-s-mission-bay" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Uber HQ headed to San Francisco's Mission Bay</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/133183115/cities-don-t-see-much-economic-gain-from-sports-stadiums-says-stanford-economist Cities don't see much economic gain from sports stadiums, says Stanford economist Alexander Walter 2015-07-31T13:47:00-04:00 >2015-08-03T23:59:28-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/nm/nmm3sm8fkalfj455.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>When an NFL team wants to build a new stadium, it often argues that the facility would boost the local economy. But that is not true, says Roger Noll, a Stanford professor emeritus in economics. [...] "NFL stadiums do not generate significant local economic growth, and the incremental tax revenue is not sufficient to cover any significant financial contribution by the city," said Noll, a senior fellow at the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/121585222/how-to-shop-for-an-nfl-stadium" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">How to shop for an NFL stadium</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/14152735/los-angeles-nfl-stadium-and-convention-center-project-would-boost-tax-revenue-studies-find" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Los Angeles NFL stadium and Convention Center project would boost tax revenue, studies find</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/133104994/wasa-studio-files-for-bankruptcy WASA Studio files for bankruptcy Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-07-30T13:32:00-04:00 >2015-07-31T00:04:33-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/zg/zgcfvhwbjxl2r51n.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Manhattan&rsquo;s WASA Studio, one of the country&rsquo;s oldest architecture and engineering firms ... filed for bankruptcy on Monday while fighting several legal battles with ex-clients. [...] The firm, known for decades as Wank Adams Slavin Associates, is fighting several lawsuits against ex-clients who are pushing for damages of more than $11 million [...] The expensive legal battles came after work slowed.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related news:</p><ul><li><a title="Get a peek inside Pratt's new Film/Video Department building by WASA/Studio A" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/131581016/get-a-peek-inside-pratt-s-new-film-video-department-building-by-wasa-studio-a" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Get a peek inside Pratt's new Film/Video Department building by WASA/Studio A</a></li><li><a title="Major NY architecture firm, Swanke Hayden Connell, files for bankruptcy" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/117961678/major-ny-architecture-firm-swanke-hayden-connell-files-for-bankruptcy" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Major NY architecture firm, Swanke Hayden Connell, files for bankruptcy</a></li><li><a title="Architect firm eyes insolvency over unpaid Abu Dhabi bills" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/30798655/architect-firm-eyes-insolvency-over-unpaid-abu-dhabi-bills" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architect firm eyes insolvency over unpaid Abu Dhabi bills</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/133027870/are-uncompetitive-japanese-contractors-to-blame-for-zaha-s-new-national-stadium-budget-blowout Are uncompetitive Japanese contractors to blame for Zaha's New National Stadium budget blowout? Julia Ingalls 2015-07-29T13:43:00-04:00 >2015-08-08T21:06:37-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ny/ny6h15ws7ax239j5.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="http://archinect.com/zaha-hadid" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Zaha Hadid Architects</a> is not going away quietly, but cogently. In a statement forwarded by the Japan Olympic Committee, ZHA details the origins of what would eventually become the budget fracas over the cancelled New <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/131889896/japanese-slam-highly-unpopular-tokyo-olympic-stadium-design-with-hilarious-memes" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">National Stadium</a>, noting that early in the design process&nbsp;"we advised&nbsp;the JSC [<a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/470819/tokyo-olympic-stadium" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Japan Sport Council</a>] that working to an immovable completion deadline, against a backdrop of&nbsp;rocketing annual increases in the cost of building in Tokyo, and in the absence&nbsp;of any international competition, the early selection of a limited number of&nbsp;construction contractors&nbsp;would not lead to a commercially competitive&nbsp;process."</p><p>Here's the full statement:&nbsp;</p><p>Our teams in Japan and the&nbsp;UK feel it is necessary to set the record straight on the Zaha Hadid Architects&nbsp;(ZHA) design for the new National Stadium for Japan, which has been developed&nbsp;to the client&rsquo;s brief and budget. It is also only right that the Japanese&nbsp;people are fully aware of the reasons for the reported budget increase and,&nbsp;with exact...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/132966837/how-university-presses-influence-our-understanding-of-urbanism-then-now-and-for-the-future How university presses influence our understanding of urbanism — then, now, and for the future Justine Testado 2015-07-28T18:52:00-04:00 >2015-08-08T20:58:10-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/36/36i2iw8hy5fjfka9.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Many [university presses] have a storied history of amplifying voices that were long ignored...The litany is endless, underscoring the audacity of university presses in believing that every city deserves the best ideas possible. We need that. As we make choices about our modern cities, as policymakers, advocates or citizens, we need these books to ground our vision, to help us imagine what is possible. And that&rsquo;s why the tenuous future of university presses is so alarming.</p></em><br /><br /><p>More on Archinect:</p><p><a title="Pump Out the Volumes: 50,000 free books form 1 art installation" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/131426011/pump-out-the-volumes-50-000-free-books-form-1-art-installation" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Pump Out the Volumes: 50,000 free books form 1 art installation</a></p><p><a title="Bradley Garrett on the importance of gonzo journalism for understanding cities" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/128177632/bradley-garrett-on-the-importance-of-gonzo-journalism-for-understanding-cities" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bradley Garrett on the importance of gonzo journalism for understanding cities</a></p><p><a title="Wilkinson Eyre-renovated Weston Library at Oxford now reopened" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/123814576/wilkinson-eyre-renovated-weston-library-at-oxford-now-reopened" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Wilkinson Eyre-renovated Weston Library at Oxford now reopened</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/features/tag/354209/screen-print" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect's Screen/Print series</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/132957160/berlin-s-6-billion-airport-drama Berlin's $6 billion airport drama Alexander Walter 2015-07-28T15:22:00-04:00 >2015-08-08T21:05:05-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/5f/5faj96woz9b32vew.jpg" width="514" height="353" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The architecture and engineering teams fought to keep up. As the terminal ballooned from 200,000 to 340,000 square meters (dwarfing Frankfurt&rsquo;s 240,000 and just shy of Heathrow Terminal 5&rsquo;s 353,000), they parceled out the work to seven contractors. That soon grew to 35, and they brought in hundreds of subcontractors, says Delius. [...] At the very moment Merkel and her allies are hectoring the Greeks about their profligacy, the airport&rsquo;s cost, borne by taxpayers, has tripled to &euro;5.4 billion.</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>