Archinect - News 2017-06-25T06:37:35-04:00 Elon Musk unveils his plan to colonize Mars with a million humans Julia Ingalls 2017-06-22T12:37:00-04:00 >2017-06-22T15:13:57-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="390" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;It would be quite fun to be on Mars because you would have gravity that is about 37% of that of Earth, so you would be able to lift heavy things and bound around,&rdquo; [Elon Musk] adds, predicting that journey times could eventually be cut to 30 days.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Aside from the money, specific technology, and solid timeframe, Elon Musk has figured out a way to get to Mars. The colonization plan, which is designed to place about 1 million people on the planet in 40-100 years using a yet-to-be constructed ship that would carry 100 passengers per trip, needs more financial backers before Musk can definitively settle on a launch date. Many scientists have objected to the plan on various technological grounds, although one brought up the problem of potentially contaminating alien life forms:</p> <p><em>Prof Andrew Coates, who works on the ExoMars rover&nbsp;at University College London&rsquo;s Mullard Space&nbsp;Science Laboratory, said that the question of whether present or past life existed on Mars needed to be answered before a manned mission, which could contaminate the surface, could be considered. &ldquo;There&rsquo;s a moral imperative to keep Mars as it is for the moment. Until we&rsquo;ve conclusively answered that question we should keep our feet on the ground ... going there wou...</em></p> Architecture Billings Index in May shows gains in all sectors and "balanced growth" Alexander Walter 2017-06-21T13:53:00-04:00 >2017-06-21T13:54:22-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="412" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Design services at architecture firms continue to project a healthy disposition on the construction industry as the Architecture Billings Index (ABI) recorded the fourth consecutive month of growth. [...] (AIA) reported the May ABI score was 53.0, up from a score of 50.9 in the previous month. This score reflects an increase in design services (any score above 50 indicates an increase in billings).</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>&ldquo;The fact that the data surrounding both new project inquiries and design contracts have remained positive every month this year, while reaching their highest scores for the year, is a good indication that both the architecture and construction sectors will remain healthy for the foreseeable future,&rdquo; AIA Chief Economist, Kermit Baker, Hon. AIA, PhD. &ldquo;This growth hasn&rsquo;t been an overnight escalation, but rather a steady, stable increase.&rdquo;</em></p> <p>The AIA reports these key ABI stats for the month of May:</p> <ul><li>Regional averages: South (56.1), West (52.3), Midwest (50.4), Northeast (46.5)</li><li> Sector index breakdown: mixed practice (55.8), multi-family residential (51.3), commercial / industrial (51.2), institutional (51.2)</li><li>Project inquiries index: 62.4</li><li>Design contracts index: 54.8</li></ul><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=""></a></p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=""></a></p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=""></a></p><p><em>All graphs represent data from May 2016 - May 2017. Images provided by the American Institute of Architects.</em><br></p> 17 Architecture Schools now offer a faster track to becoming an architect Sponsor 2017-06-21T09:00:00-04:00 >2017-06-21T15:40:52-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href=";utm_medium=banner1500x500&amp;utm_campaign=aresponsorpost032917&amp;utm_term=direct&amp;utm_content=leaderboard" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=""></a></p> <p><strong><em>This post is brought to you by <a href=";utm_medium=banner1500x500&amp;utm_campaign=aresponsorpost032917&amp;utm_term=direct&amp;utm_content=leaderboard" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">PPI</a>.</em></strong></p> <p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Seventeen US architecture schools</a> now offer their students a faster track to becoming an architect; NCARB&rsquo;s <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Integrated Path to Architectural Licensure</a> (IPAL).&nbsp; Students in IPAL programs will document the same number of hours of work experience, pass the same exams, and earn the same architecture degree as their non-accelerated counterparts &ndash; but they will have the opportunity to accomplish all of this before they graduate from college. &nbsp;</p> <p>California leads the way, with three participating institutions (New School of Architecture and Design, University of Southern California and Woodbury University), but IPAL is making an impact in architecture schools from coast to coast, and NCARB has pledged to work with state licensing boards to increase the number of jurisdictions which will accept this alternative to the traditional sequence of school, then work, then testing.</p> <p>Typically, architectural training begins with graduation from a professional degree...</p> A chess set that forms the New York City skyline Julia Ingalls 2017-06-20T13:53:00-04:00 >2017-06-20T14:10:51-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="430" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>First-name-only architects Chris and Ian of Skyline Chess have already rendered landmark buildings of London into chess pieces, and now they're trying to create a similar set of New York City, provided they receive enough funding via <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">their Kickstarter</a>. &nbsp;</p> <p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=""></a></p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=""></a></p><p>Each building has been carefully chosen to represent a particular chess piece. As the architects explain:&nbsp;<br></p> <p>"We gave careful consideration to selecting each piece on the board, to ensure that it both visually reflected the appropriate chess piece and also reflected the architectural status and scale of that building in the city.</p> <ul><li><strong>King</strong>&nbsp;- One World Trade Tower&nbsp;</li><li><strong>Queen</strong>&nbsp;- Empire State Building&nbsp;</li><li><strong>Bishop</strong>&nbsp;- Chrysler Building&nbsp;</li><li><strong>Knight</strong>&nbsp;- Flatiron Building&nbsp;</li><li><strong>Rook</strong>&nbsp;- Guggenheim Museum&nbsp;</li><li><strong>Pawn</strong>&nbsp;- Brownstone House"</li></ul><p>Each piece has been weighted and given a felt bottom to make them enjoyable to hold and maneuver.&nbsp;</p> <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=""></a> Editor's Picks #470 Nam Henderson 2017-06-12T13:36:00-04:00 >2017-06-13T21:02:34-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="383" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>ICYMI <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Anthony Morey</a> launched Archinect&rsquo;s latest series <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Cross-Talk</a>.&nbsp;</p><p><em>Each session of Cross-Talk will be oriented around one topic.&nbsp;</em></p><p><em>Each topic will be addressed by four texts.&nbsp;</em></p><p><em>Each text will be produced by a different author. </em></p><p><em>Each writer will have their own stance. </em></p><p><em>Each stance will be meant to agitate others.</em></p><p><em>Each agitation will produce a possible crack in reason. </em></p><p><em>Each crack will reveal a possible new position.</em></p><p>The first installment explored&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">agonism</a>. Reacting to one of the pieces <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Donna Sink</a> wrote "<em>I've never, ever thought of myself as struggling against gravity as an architect...But reading this and thinking about the current project that is obsessing me - renovating a 100 year old abandoned brick building - I realize I constantly fight against decay, or entropy, or disuse.</em>"</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Plus, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Hannah Woods</a> published <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architects of Social Responsibility</a>, in which she "<em>engages with architects adopting a range of business models to pursue social responsibility and looks deeper into ways the profession is ...</em></p> Co-founders of London's Duggan Morris to amicably demerge Mackenzie Goldberg 2017-06-09T14:59:00-04:00 >2017-06-23T00:47:27-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="435" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The founders of Duggan Morris Architects have split the practice.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Co-founders of the London-based firm&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Duggan Morris Architects</a>&nbsp;have decided to split the business after a 13 year run. The duo, Mary Duggan and Joe Morris, had been a couple up until early 2016 and have finally released their plans to de-merge the practice following the end of their personal relationship. Joe Morris will continue on as Duggan Morris Architects, while Mary Duggan announced the launch of her eponymous new practice. She will take nine staff along with her as well as some clients.</p><p>The couple maintains that the professional parting is amicable and due to increasingly diverging interests. Since the firm was founded in 2004, they have grown into a practice of 50 and have received increasing attention and acclamation for their work. They have received nine RIBA Awards, the Manser Medal, the Stephen Lawrence Prize and two Mies van der Rohe European Prize nominations.&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Here is the statement from the practice, in full:</strong></p><p><em>Since its inception by Joe Morris and Mary Duggan in 2004, Dug...</em></p> AXP Portfolio: The NCARB update you can't miss! Sponsor 2017-06-07T09:00:00-04:00 >2017-06-05T13:53:10-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><a href=";utm_campaign=aresponsorpost032017&amp;utm_medium=banner1500x700&amp;utm_term=direct&amp;utm_content=firstpoint" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img title="" alt="" src=""></a><em><strong>This post is brought to you by <a href=";utm_campaign=aresponsorpost032017&amp;utm_medium=banner1500x700&amp;utm_term=direct&amp;utm_content=firstpoint" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">PPI</a>.</strong></em><br>&nbsp;<p>The recently introduced <a href=";amp;utm_medium=website&amp;amp;utm_campaign=axp-portfolio" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">AXP Portfolio</a> program from NCARB recognizes that not all careers follow the same trajectory. Now, individuals with non-linear career paths have the opportunity to complete the Architectural Experience Program (AXP) and become licensed architects.&nbsp;</p><p>The AXP Portfolio is NCARB&rsquo;s way of reaching out to those who left the profession before becoming licensed, so that they have an opportunity to explore licensure again. This program is designed for those who have previously worked in an architectural firm, but who decided to pursue other career or personal opportunities in lieu of becoming licensed within the traditional timeframe.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Individuals who have not logged every hour of their professional activities can now obtain their license through this new program. Candidates must have a minimum of two years of full-time architectural or building-related work experience, acquired at least five years ago.&nbsp; One of these two years must have...</p> NCARB opens new path to certification for architects from non-accredited schools Nicholas Korody 2017-06-05T12:06:00-04:00 >2017-06-06T13:33:27-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="301" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>If you don&rsquo;t have a degree from an accredited architecture program, getting certified by the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) is no easy task. It&rsquo;s now a bit easier, as NCARB has announced a new &ldquo;Certificate Portfolio&rdquo; path for architects with &ldquo;significant professional experience and degrees with non-accredited design programs.&rdquo;&nbsp;</p><p>If you&rsquo;re an architect licensed in any U.S. jurisdiction but hold a degree in something besides architecture&mdash;or even no college degree at all&mdash;you can complete an online portfolio and, if it meets certain requirements, you can get certified.</p><p>&ldquo;This revised path makes the goal of professional mobility achievable for a broader range of licensed individuals, while maintaining the quality standards expected by our boards and the public,&rdquo; says NCARB President Kristine A. Harding, NCARB, AIA.</p><p>Find out more <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> How Not to Run a Club; A conversation with Scott Frank, ex-Senior Director of Media Relations at the AIA Archinect 2017-05-27T15:00:00-04:00 >2017-05-30T15:37:41-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="421" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>We are joined this week by Scott Frank of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Argo Communications</a>. Scott was previously the Senior Director of Media Relations at AIA National, but resigned after the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Robert Ivy letter/ #NotMyAIA controversy</a>, as discussed in <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Episode 89</a> of Archinect Sessions. We invited Scott to the podcast to discuss his new architect-focused business and general communications strategies for architects, but couldn't resist the opportunity to delve into a behind-the-scenes viewpoint of the national fiasco. As we at Sessions continue to both criticize and actively engage with improving the National AIA's role, Scott offers the perspective of an aligned professional into how architects can direct the news media discussion to better represent ourselves to the public. Warning: This episode contains an even higher level of cuss words than a typical episode. Enjoy!</p><p>Listen to "How Not to Run a Club":</p><ul></ul><ul><li><strong>iTunes</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Click here to listen</a>, and click the "Subscribe" button below the logo to automatically download new episo...</li></ul> Architecture Billings Index in April posts third consecutive month of growth Alexander Walter 2017-05-24T13:58:00-04:00 >2017-05-24T14:00:00-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="427" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>After beginning the year with a marginal decline, the Architecture Billings Index has posted three consecutive months of growth in design revenue at architecture firms. [...] (AIA) reported the April ABI score was 50.9, down from a score of 54.3 in the previous month. This score still reflects an increase in design services [...]. The new projects inquiry index was 60.2, up from a reading of 59.8 the previous month, while the new design contracts index increased from 52.3 to 53.2.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>&ldquo;Probably even better news for the construction outlook is that new project work coming into architecture firms has seen exceptionally strong growth so far this year,&rdquo; said AIA Chief Economist, Kermit Baker, Hon. AIA, PhD. &ldquo;In fact, new project activity has pushed up project backlogs at architecture firms to their highest level since the design market began its recovery earlier this decade.&rdquo; &nbsp;</em></p><p>The AIA reports these key ABI stats for the month of April:</p><ul><li>Regional averages: South (55.3), Midwest (53.3), West (50.9), Northeast (50.7)</li><li>Sector index breakdown: institutional (54.0), mixed practice (53.4), commercial / industrial (52.4), multi-family residential (49.9)</li><li>Project inquiries index: 60.2</li><li>Design contracts index: 53.2</li></ul><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><em>All graphs represent data from April 2016 - April 2017, images via</em></p> Pittsburgh disappointed with Uber's self-driving car experiment Alexander Walter 2017-05-23T11:58:00-04:00 >2017-05-23T11:58:31-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>When Uber picked this former Rust Belt town as the inaugural city for its driverless car experiment, Pittsburgh played the consummate host. [...] Nine months later, Pittsburgh residents and officials say Uber has not lived up to its end of the bargain. [...] The deteriorating relationship between Pittsburgh and Uber offers a cautionary tale, especially as other cities consider rolling out driverless car trials from Uber, Alphabet&rsquo;s Waymo and others.</p></em><br /><br /><p>"Starting later this month," <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">wrote <em>Bloomberg</em></a> less than one year ago, "Uber will allow customers in downtown Pittsburgh to summon self-driving cars from their phones, crossing an important milestone that no automotive or technology company has yet achieved." Since then, Pittsburgh appears to have fallen out of love with the ride-sharing giant's promises for the city.</p> If Chicago's John Hancock Center gets a new owner, it could get a new name Justine Testado 2017-05-22T18:55:00-04:00 >2017-05-22T21:09:02-04:00 <img src="" width="640" height="425" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>[Hearn's] venture also controls rights to the building's name, which has remained unchanged since John Hancock Mutual Life Insurance Co. developed it [...] Hearn has been in talks with companies interested in putting their name on the skyscraper since the structure's namesake no longer pays for that right. "We've had interest in it, but have not made a deal yet," Hearn said. That process could be resumed by a new owner.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Chicago-based developer Hearn Co. currently plans on selling the John Hancock Center's office space, parking garage and, perhaps most interestingly, its naming rights later this summer. According to the Chicago Tribune, Hearn would use the proceeds from the naming rights toward a $10 million redevelopment of the tower's plaza.</p> Marijuana Real Estate: This isn't just another greenhouse Nam Henderson 2017-05-21T23:57:00-04:00 >2017-05-22T10:16:04-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="364" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Innovative Industrial Properties, Kalyx and other similar groups are following the same strategy: buy buildings, retrofit them and lease them to commercial or medical marijuana growers. But it can often cost millions to turn a vacant warehouse into a facility suitable for cannabis cultivation.</p></em><br /><br /><p>David Gelles reports that the spread of legalization, means the weed business is booming and with it demand for&nbsp;commercial, industrial space. The latest post-industrial trend in states like California, Colorado, Massachusetts or even New York,&nbsp;is a retrofitted industrial-scale "cultivation center".</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Related readings include; a 2005 look at how&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Pot Clinics (were) Grow(ing) Like Weed in SF</a>&nbsp;and last year's <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">photo essay</a> of L.A.'s "Green Mile". Or back in February, <em>the Marketplace Morning Report</em>&nbsp;on&nbsp;how these new REITs could&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">help grow the medical-marijuana business</a>.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Finally, last year over at the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Weed</a> thread, gruen noted "<em>Big gold rush here to convert disused industrial facilities to indoor grow in advance of legislation.</em>"</p> Small Details Matter; Archinect Sessions #101 Discusses the 2017 AIA National Conference Paul Petrunia 2017-05-08T15:06:00-04:00 >2017-05-09T23:24:19-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="421" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>In this latest episode of Archinect Sessions, Ken and Donna&nbsp;share their experiences and thoughts on the 2017&nbsp;AIA National Conference. We discuss the conversation with <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Michelle Obama</a> and the keynotes by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Francis K&eacute;r&eacute;</a> (awesome), <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Michael Murphy</a> (political), and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Elizabeth Diller</a> (meh). &nbsp;We also address the positive changes displayed by the AIA this year, along with signs of complete lack of evolution by the Institute. Ken and Donna also share their excellent run-in and conversation with <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Phil Freelon</a> and his wife <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Nnenna</a>.&nbsp;</p><p>Listen to "Small Details Matter":</p><ul></ul><ul><li><strong>iTunes</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Click here to listen</a>, and click the "Subscribe" button below the logo to automatically download new episodes.</li><li><strong>Apple Podcast App (iOS)</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="pcast://" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">click here to subscribe</a></li><li><strong>SoundCloud</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">click here to follow Archinect</a></li><li><strong>RSS</strong>: subscribe with any of your favorite podcasting apps via our RSS feed:&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a></li><li><strong>Download</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">this episode</a></li></ul><p></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="">Ken and Donna waiting eagerly for Michelle Obama</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><br>The power couple, Phil &amp; Nnenna Freelon</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><br>Karen E. Hudson, gran...</p> Color-changing green-hued aluminum composite material reflects sustainable design of new mixed-use community Sponsor 2017-05-08T09:00:00-04:00 >2017-04-19T12:49:17-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="974" border="0" title="" alt="" /><a href=";utm_medium=Editorial&amp;utm_campaign=May2017" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img alt="" src=""></a><br><em><strong>This post is brought to you by <a href=";utm_medium=Editorial&amp;utm_campaign=May2017" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Alucobond&reg;</a></strong></em><p>The Marine Gateway mixed-use development officially opened this spring in south Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, as the first major transit-oriented development integrated into Vancouver&rsquo;s Canada Line rapid transit rail system. It&rsquo;s also served by the South Vancouver Bus Loop.</p><p>Designed to achieve the principles of smart growth &ndash; which places a priority on sustainable, mixed-use communities designed to enhance quality of life &ndash; Marine Gateway was developed by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">PCI Developments Corp.</a>, of Vancouver, British Columbia, on a one-block former industrial site that is now a new urban town center.</p><p>&ldquo;PCI&rsquo;s goal for Marine Gateway was to transform a vacant and underutilized four-plus acre industrial lot into a vibrant, transit-oriented mixed-use town center that combines retail, entertainment, office, residential and transit onsite,&rdquo; said Andrew Grant, president, PCI Developments Corp. &ldquo;PCI saw the opportunity to directly integrate with rapid and bus tra...</p> How are robots simultaneously reducing construction/design costs while adding new jobs? Julia Ingalls 2017-05-02T17:03:00-04:00 >2017-05-04T14:59:44-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="325" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The future of U.S. homebuilding depends on more people like Cyndicy Yarborough, a 26-year-old former Wal-Mart clerk with no background in construction.</p></em><br /><br /><p>In modular construction plants across the nation, robots are putting together lengths of wall, floor and roof elements in panel form that are then shipped to construction sites to help speed up the onsite erection process. In the factories where this assembly takes place, a new breed of worker is being trained to help oversee and package the output of these robots: think of them as the rapidly-trained yet far cheaper version of foremen to a crew of robot construction workers. This Bloomberg article is unabashedly excited about the new jobs this process is creating, and its potential to reduce construction costs (and potentially streamline the construction document phase for architects) by reducing the amount of labor required to assemble new structures. Unsurprisingly, the new factory positions pay far less than their equivalents in the field, as the article notes:&nbsp;</p><p><em>Labor costs are more favorable for factory construction, according to David Reed, vice president of Champion&rsquo;s modular ...</em></p> Five reasons why you should get your architecture license Sponsor 2017-05-01T09:00:00-04:00 >2017-04-24T13:15:14-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="488" border="0" title="" alt="" /><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img title="" alt="" src=""></a><br><em><strong>This post is brought to you by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Simply Architect</a>.</strong></em><p>Are you one of those intern architects putting off getting your architecture license? Here's why you should seriously consider forging ahead and getting that well deserved designation!</p><p><strong>1. Claim the title!</strong>&nbsp;</p><p>You have spent over 5 years pursuing your education coupled with lots of seminar and CE hours. Why wouldn't you crown it with this achievement? Being a licensed architect means you are a professional designer who is liable to the public with rendered architectural services. Hence the title can't be earned without a license.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><strong>2. Earn more money!</strong>&nbsp;</p><p>Yes, various sources ( AIA, Glassdoor, etc.) show that architectural graduates with their licenses are paid an average of 15-20% more per year when compared to interns with the same amount of experience.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><strong>3. Advance your career!</strong>&nbsp;</p><p>There are only a few positions that you can hold (i.e. designer) or buildings that you can design (i.e. buildings under 3 stories or 600 m2, etc.) when you are not licensed...</p> What does Trump's 20% tariff hike on Canadian softwoods mean for architecture? Julia Ingalls 2017-04-29T13:51:00-04:00 >2017-05-01T15:23:21-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="516" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>What will <a href=";wpisrc=nl_most&amp;wpmm=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">higher timber prices as a result of Trump's new tarriff</a> mean for architecture? Dr. Warren Mabee, who is the Canada Research Chair in Renewable Energy Development and Implementation at Queen's University, told me over the phone that it will likely halt or significantly alter the design and construction of formerly ubiquitous wood-frame residences. "I think one of the big things you're going to see, particularly in the U.S., is that introducing this type of tariff or countervailing duty, is that it will drive up the price of lumber. What that will mean is that for architects who are specializing particularly in residential construction, where there is a lot of wood and wood frame that goes into it, they may find themselves limited in what they can do.&nbsp;So if you're building something that's on a budget or something that's going to use a lot of wood, you may find yourself in a position where the costs are now going to be substantively higher than prior to the tariff being intr...</p> Foster + Partners plan redundancies due to uncertainty in the construction market Ellen Hancock 2017-04-25T05:17:00-04:00 >2017-04-26T18:15:56-04:00 <img src="" width="620" height="372" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Britain&rsquo;s largest architectural firm, Foster + Partners, plans to lay off nearly 100 people, and blamed the uncertainty around construction projects caused by last summer&rsquo;s Brexit vote. The company, whose London projects have included the Millennium Bridge, the Great Hall redevelopment at the British Museum and the Gherkin tower, said the cuts would mainly affect staff at its headquarters in Battersea, south-west London.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> An exquisite drone tour over Apple's new campus reveals the pond, furniture, + a new theater Julia Ingalls 2017-04-20T12:35:00-04:00 >2017-04-21T18:28:32-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="365" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Like a miniature perfectionist city, the new Apple campus in Cupertino is made up of several different buildings: there's the familiar Norman Foster-designed "spaceship," as well as a massive parking garage that features gleaming solar panels atop the roof.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>This drone video reveals that very little of the landscaping has come in yet--a few trees, in their boxy planters, hang out outside the main building, and only a few plants have been installed in the equipment-strewn courtyard--but it offers an excellent tour of the Steve Jobs Theatre which is slated to open this summer:&nbsp;</p> Architecture Billings Index in March ends first quarter with sizable increase Alexander Walter 2017-04-19T15:22:00-04:00 >2017-04-20T13:33:25-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="423" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The first quarter of the year ended on a positive note for the Architecture Billings Index (ABI). [...] The American Institute of Architects (AIA) reported the March ABI score was 54.3, up from a score of 50.7 in the previous month. This score reflects a sizable increase in design services (any score above 50 indicates an increase in billings). The new projects inquiry index was 59.8, down from a reading of 61.5 the previous month, while the new design contracts index dipped from 54.7 to 52.3.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>&ldquo;The first quarter started out on uneasy footing, but fortunately ended on an upswing &nbsp;entering the traditionally busy spring season,&rdquo; said AIA Chief Economist, Kermit Baker, Hon. AIA, PhD. &nbsp;&ldquo;All sectors showed growth except for the commercial/industrial market, which, for the first time in over a year displayed a decrease in design services.&rdquo;</em></p><p>The AIA reports these key ABI stats for the month of March:</p><ul><li>Regional averages: Midwest (54.6), South (52.6), Northeast (52.4), West (50.2)</li><li>Sector index breakdown: multi-family residential (54.6), mixed practice (53.7), institutional (52.9), commercial / industrial (49.8)</li><li>Project inquiries index: 59.8</li><li>Design contracts index: 52.3</li></ul><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><em>All graphs represent data from March 2016 - March 2017, images via</em></p> Developing flexible parking garages for a rideshare-dependent LA Justine Testado 2017-04-18T13:37:00-04:00 >2017-04-24T01:29:10-04:00 <img src="" width="540" height="360" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The strategy reflects a consensus among some developers and planners that California&rsquo;s vaunted car culture is inevitably going to run out of gas...[Andy] Cohen, co-chief executive of Gensler, predicts car ownership will peak around 2020 and then start to decline, with more Americans relying on some form of ride-sharing than their own vehicles by 2025. That means cars gradually would disappear from home garages, curbs and parking structures, freeing up acre upon acre of real estate for new uses.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Some developers are already planning for a not-so-far-off future Los Angeles where more people primarily rely on ridesharing (including from autonomous vehicles) than driving their own car, particularly in the form of parking garages that can be redesigned for other uses like commercial spaces or live/work units.</p><p><em>&ldquo;...despite what some believe is the inevitability of a transportation revolution, many builders are reluctant to pay for flexibility until changes in driving habits are more pronounced, said Los Angeles real estate attorney Justin Thompson of Nixon Peabody. A lot of developers may think, &lsquo;Well, that&rsquo;s going to be on the back burner for a while,&rsquo; Thompson said, &lsquo;but the progressive developers are going to factor this in.&rsquo;&rdquo;</em></p> Indian bar legally evades closure by adding 250-meter long maze entrance Julia Ingalls 2017-04-18T12:38:00-04:00 >2017-04-18T13:11:34-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="390" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Since April 1 a large number of the bars, pubs and liquor shops across India has gone out of business, thanks to a Supreme Court order that the outlets should be at least 500m away from state and national highways...The Aishwarya Bar in North Paravoor, a Kochi suburb has built a 250m-long maze-like walkway to the entrance, theoretically making it more than 500m away from the highway.</p></em><br /><br /><p>In a move that has even delighted the bureaucrats who initially drafted the rule that no bar could be within 500 meters of a highway, an Indian bar has managed to stay in business by virtue of building a 250 meter long maze that, like the snaking lines at an amusement park, greatly expands the literal number of feet one must traverse to get to the bar's actual entrance. While this clever invention may necessitate a designated walker to help steer patrons back out, it ranks among the best architectural interpretations of law we've seen in some time. Cheers!</p><p>h/t <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">bldgblog</a></p> Swimming with Skyscrapers: Watch video from a glass-bottomed sky pool Julia Ingalls 2017-04-11T13:29:00-04:00 >2017-04-11T13:45:40-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="365" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>What's more relaxing than a glass-bottomed sky pool 42 stories above Houston? Well, pretty much every other thing in the known universe, which makes the existence of this Jackson + Ryan Architects-designed pool not only an eye-catching publicity stunt for the residential tower's developer, but a viral, stomach-clenching video that is now titilating news anchors over at <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">CNN</a>. Here's the video, in full, as posted on the developer's Facebook page:</p><p></p> Creating Brand Recognition with 3A Composites USA's Corporate ID Programs Sponsor 2017-04-10T09:00:00-04:00 >2017-03-21T16:51:34-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="488" border="0" title="" alt="" /><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img alt="" src=""></a><em><strong>This post is brought to you by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">3A Composites USA</a></strong></em><br>&nbsp;<p>Every company wants to establish a brand on a local, regional, national or even international level. A company strives for an image that is recognizable by potential customers no matter where they are in the world. In fact, the first face-to-face interaction with a customer might be at a company&rsquo;s own location. This initial impression can make or break the customer&rsquo;s willingness to spend their money. Maintaining a well-loved and respected brand appearance is imperative to a company&rsquo;s success. This is where&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">3A Composites USA</a>&rsquo;s Corporate Identity programs&nbsp;fit in.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>When starting the design phase, a company must choose which colors and materials will fit their desired image. This can be a daunting process due to all of the available materials and the look these materials can potentially convey. To simplify this process, 3A Composites USA has focused on working closely with architects and designers to aid companies in their selections both i...</p> In China, 70% of millenials own property Nicholas Korody 2017-04-06T17:44:00-04:00 >2017-04-12T17:25:25-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="434" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Unless you live under a rock, you&rsquo;ve probably read some think piece about how millenials aren&rsquo;t buying homes. Sometimes this is construed as a cultural thing, but it probably has more to due with coming of age during and after the Great Recession.</p><p>In any case, according to a <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">BBC article</a>, that&rsquo;s not universally the case. In China, 70% of millennials own their own home and 91% plan to buy one in the next five years. Meanwhile, in Mexico, 46% of millennials own property and, in France, 41% do. The US edges out the UK and the UAE for the fourth spot, with 35% owning property.</p> Getting it Done: Tips to Shorten Your Time to Licensure Sponsor 2017-04-05T09:00:00-04:00 >2017-04-05T11:31:50-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="217" border="0" title="" alt="" /><a href=";amp;utm_medium=banner1500x500&amp;amp;utm_campaign=aresponsorpost032917&amp;amp;utm_term=direct&amp;amp;utm_content=leaderboard" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img title="" alt="" src=""></a><br><em><strong>This post is brought to you by <a href=";amp;utm_medium=banner1500x500&amp;amp;utm_campaign=aresponsorpost032917&amp;amp;utm_term=direct&amp;amp;utm_content=leaderboard" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">PPI</a>.</strong></em><p>The road towards licensure is exciting, humbling, and full of unexpected surprises. However, as daunting as the task may seem, there are ways to&nbsp;<a href=";utm_medium=link&amp;utm_campaign=aresponsorpost032917&amp;utm_term=direct&amp;utm_content=ncarbduration" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">shorten the duration</a>&nbsp;and ease stress as you go from wide-eyed architecture student to stamp-carrying architect. Follow these tips to get ahead of the pack and shorten your time to licensure.</p><p><a href=";utm_medium=banner1500x500&amp;utm_campaign=aresponsorpost032917&amp;utm_term=direct&amp;utm_content=firstpont" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img title="" alt="" src=""></a></p><p><strong>1. Know the Basics</strong></p><p>Learn what lies ahead. The maze of educational and experiential requirements you must navigate before becoming a licensed architect is long and complex. Know these requirements like you know your shoe size. Then plan accordingly.&nbsp;</p><p>Education requirements vary depending on where you acquire your degree. If you&rsquo;re at all confused about whether or not your degree path sets you up for early licensure, refer to&nbsp;<a href=";utm_medium=link&amp;utm_campaign=aresponsorpost032917&amp;utm_term=direct&amp;utm_content=ncarbrequirement" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">this resource from NCARB</a>. Consider how long it will take to receive an accredited degree before settling on an institution to complete your architecture education.</p><p>Also, there are ways to start earning ...</p> Architect David Lake pens compelling letter to Congressman decrying proposed cuts to EPA's "Energy Star" Julia Ingalls 2017-04-04T20:29:00-04:00 >2017-04-12T10:31:03-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="480" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>As we discussed at the Witte, the EPA&rsquo;s &ldquo;Energy Star,&rdquo; indoor air quality, and materials safety programs directly support the design and construction industry each and every day. The proposed EPA budget eliminates funding for these programs and will severely impact the ability of engineers and architects to meet client demands, fulfill our contractual obligations, and carry out the duties of our licensure to protect the public.</p></em><br /><br /><p>In response to a letter in which Texan Republican Congressman Lamar Smith told David Lake that he gets all of his news from a "biased liberal media," Lake not only kindly (and eloquently) rebutted this inaccuracy, but also encouraged the Congressman not to defund the EPA if he still wants to live in a world with excellent design and construction. Specifically, cutting the EPA's "Energy Star" program will negatively impact the public realm (<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">and generally lead to less excellence in the architecture profession itself</a>).&nbsp;</p> Leaders in architecture tend to be LEED-accredited, AIA study reveals Julia Ingalls 2017-04-04T19:17:00-04:00 >2017-04-04T19:20:59-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="363" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>What sets apart high-performing architecture firms from their award-lacking brethren? Not surprisingly, a commitment to excellence, which according to the AIA is measured by several factors, including an emphasis on sustainability and diversity. While the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">full report details</a> the findings from a study of the past twenty years of COTE Top Ten Award-winners, the top eight habits of these firms are:</p><ul><li>Unanimous signing of the AIA 2030 Commitment</li><li>Significantly high project performance for energy, water, and other metrics</li><li>Energy modeling, daylighting modeling, and post-occupancy evaluations as standard practice</li><li>Geographic concentration (47% on the West Coast)</li><li>Medium size (average staff number of 75)</li><li>A high percentage of women in staff (46%) and leadership positions (34%)</li><li>Low staff turnover (under 10%)</li><li>A high percentage of staff with LEED accreditation (48%)</li></ul> Trump family's NYC properties are embarrassing energy hogs Julia Ingalls 2017-04-04T12:43:00-04:00 >2017-04-12T17:46:03-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="434" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Wasteful, inefficient, and pointlessly expensive to operate: most of Donald Trump's namesake properties, as well as his son-in-law Jared Kushner's <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">new "666" edifice</a>, are oozing energy by virtue of their poor design and indifference toward conservation. A report by the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">IBTimes</a> noted that:</p><p><em>As of 2015, Trump Tower in midtown&nbsp;used more energy than 93 percent of large residential buildings in Manhattan, according to the report. Trump International Hotel and Tower used more energy than 70 percent of large hotels in the city, while Trump SoHo used more energy than 79 percent of large hotels in the city. The report also detailed Kushner&rsquo;s office at 666 Fifth Avenue, which used more energy than 85 percent of large office buildings in Manhattan.</em></p>