Archinect - News 2015-01-25T09:29:32-05:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/118882877/aia-reports-architecture-billings-index-on-solid-footing AIA reports Architecture Billings Index "on Solid Footing" Alexander Walter 2015-01-21T12:13:00-05:00 >2015-01-23T18:22:18-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/rq/rql1x83mspc6lr3u.jpg" width="514" height="405" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>There were ten out of twelve months of increasing demand for design services in 2014, and the Architecture Billings Index (ABI) points to a healthy outlook for the nonresidential construction industry. [...] The American Institute of Architects (AIA) reported the December ABI score was 52.2, up from a mark of 50.9 in November. [...] The new projects inquiry index was 58.2, following a mark of 58.8 the previous month. Design contracts posted a mark of 49.9, after a 54.9 score in November.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/118812138/uncertain-future-for-sou-fujimoto-s-taiwan-tower Uncertain future for Sou Fujimoto's Taiwan Tower Alexander Walter 2015-01-20T14:11:00-05:00 >2015-01-23T21:44:47-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/14/14i71nulqmqnqwhf.jpg" width="514" height="574" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Greater Taichung Mayor Lin Chia-lung (&#26519;&#20339;&#40845;) has temporarily pulled the plug on the ambitious Taiwan Tower project, citing concerns over safety and its costs, which have ballooned from NT$8 billion (US$253.5 million) to NT$15 billion. [...] Designed by Japanese architect Sou Fujimoto, who won an international competition in 2011 to draw up plans for the building, Taiwan Tower&rsquo;s ornate steel structure was inspired by the trunk of a banyan tree.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/118430633/work-finally-resumes-at-brooklyn-s-modular-prefab-tower Work finally resumes at Brooklyn's modular prefab tower Alexander Walter 2015-01-15T15:02:00-05:00 >2015-01-22T23:49:35-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ab/abrp42xwo29tm563.jpg" width="514" height="328" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The world&rsquo;s tallest proposed modular tower may actually reach its full potential. Developer Bruce Ratner has finally resumed work on his 32-story residential building next to the Barclays Center after a five-month hiatus stemming from a dispute with construction giant Skanska over the pre-fabricated design. As a result of that legal fight, Ratner gained control of Skanska&rsquo;s factory in the Brooklyn Navy Yard, where modules for the proposed tallest modular tower were made.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously:</p><ul><li><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/98217703/lego-high-rise-world-s-tallest-modular-apartment-tower-getting-snapped-together-in-brooklyn" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Lego High-Rise: World's Tallest Modular Apartment Tower Getting Snapped Together In Brooklyn</a></p></li><li><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/62343787/atlantic-yards-will-be-getting-32-story-shop-designed-modular-tower-after-all" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Atlantic Yards Will Be Getting 32-Story, SHoP-designed Modular Tower After All</a></p></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/118272302/is-unpaid-work-ever-legal-brian-newman-archinect-sessions-legal-correspondent-answers-the-question Is unpaid work ever legal? Brian Newman, Archinect Sessions' Legal Correspondent, answers the question. Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-01-13T18:47:00-05:00 >2015-01-14T20:52:03-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ie/ie5glcf7hvi9vxxm.jpg" width="514" height="331" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Need legal advice? Sure you do, all architects could use some. <a href="http://archinect.com/sessions" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect Sessions</a> is proud to have&nbsp;<a href="http://www.dykema.com/professionals-brian_newman.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Brian Newman</a>&nbsp;of&nbsp;<a href="http://www.dykema.com/offices-los-angeles-california.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Dykema Gossett PLLC</a>&nbsp;as our official legal correspondent, offering insight into the legal quagmire of architectural practice. Brian is a regular guest on the podcast, dishing out info on internships, how to negotiate a contract, and when to take things to court. We've extracted his segments to better focus directly on his wisdom.</p><p>Brian made his podcasting debut on <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/115666803/powers-of-10-with-christopher-hawthorne-architecture-critic-at-the-la-times-on-archinect-sessions-10" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Episode #10</a>, Powers of 10 with Christopher Hawthorne, architecture critic at the <em>LA Times</em>. In that episode, Paul spoke with Brian about when unpaid work is legal (and when it certainly isn't). Listen to their conversation below:</p><p></p><p>Click <a href="https://soundcloud.com/archinect/archinect-sessions-lawyer-correspondent-brian-newman-on-unpaid-work" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a> to listen on SoundCloud if the track above isn't playable.</p><p>Want to ask Brian something specifically, or suggest a future topic for him to cover on the podcast? Send your legal questions to us via email at <a href="mailto:connect@archinect.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">connect@archinect.com</a>, through <a href="http://twitter.com/archinect" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Twitter</a> #archinectsessions, or leave a mess...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/118273909/hok-s-acquisition-of-360-architecture-now-complete HOK's acquisition of 360 Architecture now complete Alexander Walter 2015-01-13T14:22:00-05:00 >2015-01-14T20:47:38-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/sv/sv89q78768xs15pr.jpg" width="222" height="100" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>HOK celebrated its return to Kansas City Tuesday, revealing new signage at what has been the offices of 360 Architecture at 300 W. 22nd St. The event marked completion of 360 Architecture&rsquo;s acquisition by HOK, a global architecture, engineering and design company with 1,800 employees. The purchase, announced in August, made Kansas City HOK&rsquo;s 24th office globally. The practice is marketed as HOK Sports + Recreation + Entertainment.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously:&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/106945116/hok-will-acquire-360-restart-sports-architecture-practice" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">HOK will acquire 360, restart sports architecture practice</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/118197559/a-look-at-the-growing-influence-of-immigrants-on-the-american-housing-market A look at the growing influence of immigrants on the American housing market Alexander Walter 2015-01-12T14:37:00-05:00 >2015-01-14T20:41:35-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/e8/e8083c3c2f26a3db7c68d87528f8194e.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>While some remain cynical about homeownership, the U.S.'s foreign-born population still regards it as a symbol of attaining the American Dream. [...] Last year, immigrant households made up 11.2 percent of owner-occupied housing according to the JCHS&mdash;that&rsquo;s up from only 6.8 percent in 1994.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/118196753/about-detroit-s-too-often-skewed-media-coverage About Detroit's too often skewed media coverage Alexander Walter 2015-01-12T14:25:00-05:00 >2015-01-12T15:27:43-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/mi/mij4bkruszzajcxo.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In Detroit, the American Dream has become an American Paradox: Corporate-backed revitalization downtown belies the continued deterioration of sprawling neighborhoods of single-family homes; [...] white newcomers trickle in by choice, just as many black natives have no choice but to stay where they are. What&rsquo;s that? It doesn&rsquo;t sound like the up-from-the-ashes, post-industrial renaissance Detroit you&rsquo;ve been hearing about of late?</p></em><br /><br /><p>For more about Detroit, take a listen to episode 11 of Archinect Sessions, and our chat with Mitch McEwen:</p><p></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/117960873/boston-wins-u-s-olympic-committee-s-bid-for-2024-games Boston wins U.S. Olympic Committee's bid for 2024 Games Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-01-09T13:12:00-05:00 >2015-01-14T21:18:48-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/be/be62356b7801239d25e6e8674a0a26a0.jpg" width="514" height="329" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;Boston is a global hub for education, health care, research and technology,&rdquo; said Boston2024 chairman and Suffolk Construction CEO John Fish in a statement. &ldquo;We are passionate about sports because we believe in the power of sport to transform our city and inspire the world&rsquo;s youth. A Boston Games can be one of the most innovative, sustainable and exciting in history and will inspire the next generation of leaders here and around the world.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previous news on the 2024 Olympics:&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/116192545/u-s-in-the-race-for-2024-olympics-no-host-city-picked-yet" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">U.S. in the race for 2024 Olympics, no host city picked yet</a>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/117806632/which-u-s-city-will-win-the-2024-olympic-bid-boston-la-dc-and-sf-duke-it-out" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Which U.S. city will win the 2024 Olympic bid? Boston, LA, DC and SF duke it out</a></p><p>Not all Bostonians are happy with the decision. According to the same boston.com article:</p><p>"Boston&rsquo;s bid has generated debate in the city and the region. An opposition nonprofit, No Boston Olympics, is against the proposal. Its reasons: doubts that the Games can be held without using taxpayer money (Boston2024 says it can pull operational expenses off with private funding of $4.5 billion, and publicly-funded infrastructure improvements of $5 billion or so); the Olympics&rsquo; history of going overbudget; and the supposed &ldquo;opportunity costs&rdquo;&mdash;the idea that the city and state would be better served by focusing on other priorities than the Olympics."</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/117961678/major-ny-architecture-firm-swanke-hayden-connell-files-for-bankruptcy Major NY architecture firm, Swanke Hayden Connell, files for bankruptcy Alexander Walter 2015-01-09T13:06:00-05:00 >2015-01-14T21:21:38-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/n6/n6eqqszuhgmnu949.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A New York architecture and interior-design firm with roots dating back more than a century has filed for Chapter 11 protection, citing its inability to collect more than $2 million from an assignment in Russia. [...] Over the years, Swanke Hayden has worked on a number of well-known projects in New York and elsewhere, including the Trump Tower, a 1980s facelift of the Statue of Liberty, and the recent rehabilitation of Central Park restaurant Tavern on the Green.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/117891787/who-pays-for-the-new-private-museums-after-the-death-of-their-aging-founders Who pays for the new private museums after the death of their aging founders? Alexander Walter 2015-01-08T15:16:00-05:00 >2015-01-14T21:19:49-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/be/bea31a88e6892d764a4acaa6c64c52dd.jpg" width="514" height="392" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>From the opening of the Fondation Louis Vuitton in Paris in October to the construction of The Broad in Los Angeles now set to open this autumn, the model of the single-donor museum is thriving. [...] what will happen to these new institutions on the death of the founder or the decline in their collecting activity. [...] To what extent have these museum founders made plans to ensure the vitality and flexibility of their prized institutions beyond their own lifetimes?</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/117808241/america-s-most-expensive-rental-markets-in-2014 America's most expensive rental markets in 2014 Alexander Walter 2015-01-07T13:21:00-05:00 >2015-01-08T14:34:54-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/5d/5d9e3b520b3f1c57e32d823ea26fcb24.jpg" width="514" height="257" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Rents continue to outpace incomes. In fact, Zillow just&nbsp;released data showing U.S. renters spent a combined $441 billion on housing&nbsp;in 2014. Perhaps surprisingly, the New York-Northern New Jersey metro didn&rsquo;t top the list. San Jose was the highest, with renters paying on average&nbsp;$1,807 per month. Meanwhile, the 20th most expensive metro&nbsp;for renters was&nbsp;Minneapolis-St. Paul, where the average monthly payment in 2014 was&nbsp;$927.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/117806632/which-u-s-city-will-win-the-2024-olympic-bid-boston-la-dc-and-sf-duke-it-out Which U.S. city will win the 2024 Olympic bid? Boston, LA, DC and SF duke it out Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-01-07T13:13:00-05:00 >2015-01-07T13:47:39-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/8s/8sprueup6ugineij.jpg" width="514" height="358" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The United States Olympic Committee seems ready to bid for the 2024 Summer Games. But the hard part is deciding which of the four finalists &mdash; Boston, Washington, Los Angeles and San Francisco &mdash; has the best chance of being chosen by the International Olympic Committee. The U.S.O.C. could make its selection as soon as this week, so we asked New York Times reporters in each city to describe the view from each place.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Some tastier nuggets from each city's reporter:</p><p><strong><em>Boston:</em></strong>&nbsp;</p><p>"Boston&rsquo;s modest $4.5 billion proposal envisions a new Olympic model: a walkable, bikeable, sustainable Games that uses mostly pre-existing structures. This compact city of 646,000 plans a downsized, compressed, antisprawl Olympics. No venue would be more than a 10-minute walk from a subway stop or a commuter rail line."</p><p><strong><em>Los Angeles:</em></strong></p><p>"Imagine the opening ceremony Los Angeles could put together: Meryl Streep riding sidesaddle on a dolphin. Magic Johnson and Mama Kardashian carrying the torch. Fireworks sponsored by &ldquo;Star Wars: Episode Ad Nauseam: Does It Really Matter What We Subtitle These Anymore, Part 1.&rdquo;"</p><p><strong><em>San Francisco:</em></strong></p><p>"Picture a hilly marathon tracing up the crooked block of Lombard Street. Or mountain biking in Marin County, the birthplace of the sport. Or the triathlon off Alcatraz, beach volleyball at City Hall, rowing in McCovey Cove. And if the Olympics still insist on golf, there is the Olympic Club or Pebble Beach."</p><p><strong><em>Washi...</em></strong></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/117655517/taxis-stop-whining-and-start-innovating-to-compete-with-ubers-of-the-world Taxis stop whining and start innovating to compete with Ubers of the world Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-01-05T14:33:00-05:00 >2015-01-14T22:20:23-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/w8/w8mjv8ei1ddeknzw.jpg" width="514" height="329" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A little over a year ago, Seattle sought to determine the quality of TNCs like Uber and Lyft relative to taxi services, and the result was a stinging indictment of traditional taxis' speed, convenience, and ease of payment. [...] In response to competition from the Ubers and Lyfts of the world, taxi operators across the country have done more than complain about the loss of their monopoly on for-hire transportation ... and actually worked to improve service to be competitive</p></em><br /><br /><p>It's important to remember that in the midst of Uber's corporate gaffes and other criticisms of alternative Transportation Network Companies, taxi companies are struggling, but operating. And as Shane Phillips, Masters of Planning student at USC, points out in his Planetizen blog, a silver lining of Uber et al's practices is that they've forced taxis to improve services that "traditionally sucked", in order to&nbsp;be more competitive in an app-driven market.</p><p>Phillips cites cases in Los Angeles and Seattle, WA, where quantitative comparison of taxis to Uber/Lyft etc. clearly show taxis' disadvantages and weaknesses. In Seattle, comparing metrics like speed, service quality, and ease of payment, traditional taxi drivers clearly needed to, in Phillips words, "get [their] shit together". Both cities' taxi commissions are working on enforcing the use of e-hailing apps, which reduce wait times, ease payments, and hold drivers responsible through customer reviews.</p><p>In the end, Phillips encourages...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/117422832/icon-rationing-equal-entrances-dumb-cities-the-guardian-s-new-year-s-resolutions-for-architects-in-2015 Icon-rationing, equal entrances, dumb cities – The Guardian's new year's resolutions for architects in 2015 Alexander Walter 2015-01-02T13:19:00-05:00 >2015-01-05T19:03:40-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/78/78d6a77e8ed03091ab5a01d4ab425c89.jpg" width="514" height="308" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Build better towers, ditch the Lego, outlaw the &lsquo;facadectomy&rsquo; &ndash; and how about more transparency in Boris&rsquo;s London?</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related topics on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/65348/smart-cities" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">'Smart cities'</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/37624/public-space" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The new private 'public spaces'</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/482412/poor-doors" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">'Poor doors'</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/470819/tokyo-olympic-stadium" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Controversy over Zaha Hadid's Olympic Stadium design in Tokyo</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/329243/london-skyscrapers" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">London's struggle with its skyscrapers</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/117113216/port-authority-reveals-plan-to-sell-world-trade-center-site Port Authority reveals plan to sell World Trade Center site Alexander Walter 2014-12-29T12:50:00-05:00 >2015-01-05T18:28:58-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/wl/wl3jibe14u4hpge2.jpg" width="514" height="774" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Govs. Andrew Cuomo and Chris Christie have turned to a familiar idea in their pledge to reform the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey: selling its real estate. A report released over the weekend highlights a plan to sell off many of the agency&rsquo;s sprawling property holdings, by far the most notable of which is the World Trade Center site in lower Manhattan. That concept has long been pushed within the agency, and it has been implemented gradually over the past decade and a half.</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/116669096/the-year-2014-in-architectural-activism The Year 2014 in Architectural Activism Alexander Walter 2014-12-29T10:00:00-05:00 >2015-01-02T15:28:52-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/cf/cfhkrk9lss8c2bp1.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Let's admit it, we architects much too often get lost in narcissistic own-horn-tooting, passionate ego-inflating, disillusioned navel-gazing, vile shit-flinging or simply in the mundane day-to-day operations for the paying clientele.&nbsp;</p><p>But all is not completely lost thanks to the tireless work and burning passion of individuals and groups around the world seeking the greater good, putting humanity first, improving this planet one initiative at a time.&nbsp;</p><p>Topics we had the honor of reporting about on Archinect &amp; Bustler this year ranged from the Israel-Gaza conflict, Syrian refugee crisis, Ukrainian revolution, climate change, historic preservation, #folkmoma, abortion clinics and affordable housing all the way to still very recent issues like the Ebola epidemic and Ferguson protests.</p><p>Following is my personal (and hopelessly incomplete) list of noteworthy and much-discussed examples of architectural activism on Archinect &amp; Bustler in 2014:</p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/106870325/exhibition-explores-the-design-of-protest-movements" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Exhibition Explores the Design of Protest Movements...</strong></a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/116347455/can-the-new-college-ratings-system-help-improve-architectural-education Can the new College Ratings System help improve architectural education? Archinect 2014-12-19T14:13:00-05:00 >2014-12-27T22:27:06-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/t3/t36nzd31mg1gikuk.jpg" width="514" height="685" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Today the Education Department released long-awaited details on a plan to hold colleges accountable for their performance on several key indicators, and officials said they'll be seeking public comment on the proposals through February. [...] Two other possibilities on the list for outcomes are grad-school attendance rates, and loan-repayment rates. That last metric has already been put into place as the "gainful employment rule" for for-profit colleges, which are suing to stop it.</p></em><br /><br /><p>We'd like to hear from you: What predicted implications may the <a href="http://www.ed.gov/news/press-releases/public-feedback-college-ratings-framework" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">newly announced</a> College Ratings System have on business, culture and education at Schools of Architecture in the U.S.?</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/116269641/beyond-the-grid-s-vision-to-make-a-lower-manhattan-neighborhood-more-resilient Beyond the Grid's vision to make a Lower Manhattan neighborhood more resilient Alexander Walter 2014-12-18T13:58:00-05:00 >2014-12-27T21:51:35-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/c2/c291e146935a81e97511da5241ecb06b.jpg" width="514" height="420" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>While independent communications infrastructure, renewable energy, and resilient heating and power systems may all be major priorities in contemporary urban development, the three aren&rsquo;t typically incorporated into the same project. Beyond The Grid &mdash; an ambitious plan underway in the Two Bridges neighborhood of Lower Manhattan &mdash; does just that. And the fact that the&nbsp;proposal has been created in this&nbsp;neighborhood is no accident.</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/116192545/u-s-in-the-race-for-2024-olympics-no-host-city-picked-yet U.S. in the race for 2024 Olympics, no host city picked yet Alexander Walter 2014-12-17T13:52:00-05:00 >2014-12-19T18:26:03-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/d9/d91cd8e9a3ac7dad00793df53d26feda.jpg" width="514" height="241" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The United States Olympic Committee board of directors unanimously approved a U.S. bid to host the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games, the USOC announced today. Boston, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Washington, D.C., remain under consideration, with the selection of a U.S. bid city to be made in early 2015.&nbsp;[...] &ldquo;All four cities have presented plans that are part of the long-term visions for their communities,&rdquo; said USOC CEO Scott Blackmun.</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/116190131/aia-reports-outlook-for-architecture-billings-index-remains-positive AIA reports outlook for Architecture Billings Index "remains positive" Alexander Walter 2014-12-17T13:07:00-05:00 >2014-12-17T13:08:18-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/2a/2anu1ys9sfdoqai1.jpg" width="514" height="356" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Buoyed by sustained demand for apartments and condominiums, coupled with state and local governments moving ahead with delayed public projects, the Architecture Billings Index (ABI) has been positive for seven consecutive months. [...] (AIA) reported the November ABI score was 50.9, down from a mark of 53.7 in October. This score reflects a slight increase in design activity [...]. The new projects inquiry index was 58.8, following a mark of 62.7 the previous month.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/116035941/wright-architecture-school-sets-fund-raising-goal-for-independence Wright Architecture School Sets Fund-raising Goal for Independence Alexander Walter 2014-12-15T13:12:00-05:00 >2014-12-15T13:13:00-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/4t/4t57y1oce1qn3097.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The architecture school run by the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation will try to raise $2 million before the end of 2015 to ensure its future as an independent organization, the foundation announced on Monday, having approved a possible path toward the school&rsquo;s incorporation. [...] The foundation&rsquo;s board had initially decided not to incorporate the school separately, for fear of losing control over its operations. But objections from school supporters prompted the board to reconsider.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously:&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/112573293/new-plan-for-architecture-school-at-wright-foundation" target="_blank">New Plan for Architecture School at Wright Foundation</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/115763163/editor-s-picks-397 Editor's Picks #397 Nam Henderson 2014-12-12T12:09:00-05:00 >2014-12-12T13:59:28-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/9c/9c47kq6tdmi8kqms.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;almost had a hat-trick, publishing the finale to her <strong>Material Witness:</strong> exploration, this time on <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/115115397/material-witness-finale-what-apocalypse-is-made-of" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">apocalypse &amp; columns</a>&nbsp;and&nbsp;reviving Archinect's&nbsp;<strong>UpStarts: </strong>(seen last in 2012) with a look at <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/115273546/upstarts-paul-michael-davis-design" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Paul Michael Davis Design out of Seattle, WA</a>.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/4k/4klr31xsm1jycehi.jpg"></p><p>Was I the only one who didn&rsquo;t get the reference "<em>a kind of heroic Calgon</em>"&nbsp;without a little Wikipedia?</p><p><br><strong>News</strong></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/4s/4s439ed8yt0bfv2j.jpg"></p><p>R.I.P. <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/115267109/william-b-callaway-noted-bay-area-landscape-architect-at-swa-group-dies" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">William Byrd Callaway</a>, one of Bay Area&rsquo;s most influential landscape architects. He was 71.</p><p>Initially drafted as part of the 1994 <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/North_American_Free_Trade_Agreement" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">NAFTA</a> agreement, NCARB has officially established the <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/115137911/ncarb-announces-reciprocity-program-across-the-us-canada-and-mexico" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>T</em><em>ri-National Mutual Recognition Agreement for International Practice of Architecture</em></a>, which allows for architects to be "<em>mutually recognized</em>" across Mexico, Canada and United States.&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/evanchakroff" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Evan Chakroff</a>&nbsp;read the fine print</p><p>"<em>Fees for completing the Tri-National MRA process will be assessed by the national regulatory authority of the host country and are subject to change</em>"&nbsp;For&nbsp;<strong>jla-x</strong>&nbsp;the new was simply "<em>lol</em>".</p><p>Over at Forbes, <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/115192481/frank-gehry-is-right-98-of-architecture-today-has-no-respect-for-humanity" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Justin Shubow&nbsp;</a><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/115192481/frank-gehry-is-right-98-of-architecture-today-has-no-respect-for-humanity" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">argued Frank Gehry Is R...</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/115731033/can-nyc-create-a-new-neighborhood-without-displacing-an-old-one Can NYC Create a New Neighborhood Without Displacing an Old One? Alexander Walter 2014-12-11T14:03:00-05:00 >2014-12-12T03:44:52-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/4d/4d4b7358ed080fe35bf42449cab5419c.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>With a nod to Mayor Bill de Blasio&rsquo;s affordable housing plans, New York City&rsquo;s Department of City Planning is inventing a &ldquo;new neighborhood&rdquo; to take what it thinks is a promising section of the Bronx from parking lots to high-rises. While the city has promised to make community outreach a cornerstone of its plans, the idea of a &ldquo;new neighborhood&rdquo; has left many who live there seeing Brooklyn-infused foreshadowing.</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/115492471/wilkinson-eyre-architects-accuse-italians-of-plagiarism-over-tree-design Wilkinson Eyre Architects accuse Italians of plagiarism over tree design Archinect 2014-12-08T11:50:00-05:00 >2014-12-08T22:26:46-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/u7/u7t6f9l68fb8yia8.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;I think it&rsquo;s definitely derivative of the Gardens by the Bay concept,&rdquo; Chris Wilkinson, one of the British architects responsible for the &ldquo;super-trees&rdquo; in Singapore&rsquo;s Marina Bay, told The Daily Telegraph. &ldquo;You&rsquo;d have expected them to have come up with something a bit more original.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/b3/b35a8e8024321c04fe726dea2bfe1cef.jpg"><br>"Super Trees", Singapore, designed by Wilkinson Eyre Architects</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/115206156/how-architecture-is-helping-make-arcadia-a-magnet-for-chinese-money How architecture is helping make Arcadia a magnet for Chinese money Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-12-04T18:43:00-05:00 >2014-12-05T14:45:18-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/u2/u2cod6udfjqbubtj.jpg" width="514" height="309" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Blocks that were once sleepy, with single-story ranch houses from the 1940s set comfortably back from the street, are now lined with bloated villas pushed near the front of their lots [...] What's happening in Arcadia is less about big new houses and startling sales figures than how new patterns of immigration are transforming the architecture of Southern California. [...] The architectural landscape is being remade not to displace [Chinese immigrants] but as a magnet for their money.</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/115115396/how-cost-of-train-station-at-world-trade-center-swelled-to-4-billion How Cost of Train Station at World Trade Center Swelled to $4 Billion Archinect 2014-12-03T14:20:00-05:00 >2014-12-04T14:42:49-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/nx/nxch7xr46r2sjm2m.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The current, temporary trade center station serves... only 10,000 more than use the unassuming 33rd Street PATH terminal in Midtown Manhattan. In fact, the hub, or at least its winged &ldquo;Oculus&rdquo; pavilion, could turn out to be more of a high-priced mall than a transportation nexus, attracting more shoppers than commuters. The company operating the mall, Westfield Corporation, promises in a promotional video that it will be &ldquo;the most alluring retail landmark in the world.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/115104940/1-wtc-tops-the-list-of-most-expensive-skyscrapers 1 WTC tops the list of most expensive skyscrapers Archinect 2014-12-03T11:05:00-05:00 >2014-12-11T17:59:35-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/xa/xa9z8bdegneg8sol.jpg" width="514" height="373" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>One World Trade Center is by far the world's most expensive building, coming in at $3.9B, nearly double the second-most expensive buildings, Vegas' Palazzo casino and London's The Shard, which both cost $1.9B to build. Perhaps even more surprising, Dubai's dizzying Burj Khalifa, currently the world's tallest building, comes in at number five</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/114726266/editor-s-picks-395 Editor's Picks #395 Nam Henderson 2014-11-28T13:12:00-05:00 >2014-12-03T11:56:29-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/9d/9dhysfoj7cero1ze.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;reviews, <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/113594682/jimenez-lai-storyteller-by-design" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">the built work and paper architecture of </a><a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/90423/bureau-spectacular-jimenez-lai" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Jimenez Lai</a>.&nbsp;To wit "<em>regardless of the medium...Understanding the role of storytelling within design is fundamental to all of Lai's work</em>".</p><p><strong>&nbsp;jla-x </strong>commented "<em>The most interesting drawing that he did was a series of plans of a space ship city...really cool how he treated all surfaces as plan (the drawing was in zero gravity...)...A guy like him would be really great at film...I would love to see his drawings animated into short films</em>". <strong>tanya</strong> enjoyed reading the article and summed up why "<em>Understanding space from a different viewpoint , experiencing a variety of emotions while inhabiting a space , having the luxury to change the vibe of a specifically designed space, a sense of play within architecture, playing around with the art/part of architecture !</em>"</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/hx/hx9hs0pfmh3bdic7.jpg"></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/paulkeskeys" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Paul Keskeys</a>,&nbsp;penned <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/113965543/invasion-a-first-hand-view-of-gentrification-in-san-francisco" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A First-Hand View of Gentrification in San Francisco</a>.&nbsp;<strong>Arch2133</strong> wasn&rsquo;t happy "<em>I really don't understand neutral positions like this and it leaves a bad t...</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/114500828/looks-like-calatrava-won-t-get-paid-for-his-chicago-spire-work Looks Like Calatrava Won't Get Paid for His Chicago Spire Work Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-11-25T14:26:00-05:00 >2014-12-03T22:08:16-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/bg/bgjbi5wk9h2qvtv9.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Back in 2008, architect Santiago Calatrava placed an $11.34M lien on the Chicago Spire in the hope of being paid for his work on the project, which officially died in November, having never amounted to anything more than a hole in the ground. Now, Crain's Chicago reports that Calatrava may have missed the two-year window he had to file a lawsuit to enforce his claim.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously:&nbsp;<a title="Legal Troubles Dog Famed Spanish Architect Santiago Calatrava" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/108190179/legal-troubles-dog-famed-spanish-architect-santiago-calatrava" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Legal Troubles Dog Famed Spanish Architect Santiago Calatrava</a>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<a title="Chicago Spire developer wants to resume project" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/93084470/chicago-spire-developer-wants-to-resume-project" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Chicago Spire developer wants to resume project</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/114436635/emperor-s-new-clothes-money-lacking-for-facade-of-berlin-s-new-palace Emperor's New Clothes: Money Lacking for Facade of Berlin's New Palace Alexander Walter 2014-11-24T18:24:00-05:00 >2014-11-27T14:27:46-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/jr/jr4thbg2mvid3x93.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The plans call for nothing less than the rebirth of the Prussian-era heart of Berlin. A new palace is currently under construction on the German capital's famous Museum Island to replace the Berlin City Palace, or Stadtschloss, the erstwhile residence of Prussian kings and German emperors that was demolished by the communists soon after the end of World War II. [...] But completion of the exterior may be in doubt.</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>