Archinect - News 2015-12-01T20:37:48-05:00 Kingdom Tower megaproject secures new funding to complete long-delayed construction Alexander Walter 2015-11-30T13:33:00-05:00 >2015-12-01T16:42:04-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The developer behind the Kingdom Tower, set to become the world&rsquo;s tallest building, has secured new funding to complete its construction. [...] The company said that 26 of the planned 252 floors of the tower had been completed by contractor Saudi Binladin Group (SBL). The tower would overtake the 828-metre Burj Khalifa in Dubai as the world&rsquo;s tallest building when it is expected to be completed in 2018.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related news on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Work to start next month on 1km Kingdom Tower in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">AS+GG Designs Kingdom Tower, to Be the World&rsquo;s Tallest Building</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Saudi Arabia's uneasy relationship with its cultural heritage of Mecca and Medina</a></li></ul> Norman Foster says he has "no power as an architect, none whatsoever" – only advocacy Alexander Walter 2015-11-23T12:19:00-05:00 >2015-11-26T01:18:31-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="321" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>"Do you believe in infrastructure?&rdquo; asks Norman Foster, with challenge in his voice. He does. Infrastructure, he says, is about &ldquo;investing not to solve the problems of today but to anticipate the issues of future generations&rdquo;. [...] &ldquo;I have no power as an architect, none whatsoever. I can&rsquo;t even go on to a building site and tell people what to do.&rdquo; Advocacy, he says, is the only power an architect ever has.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related news on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Prairie futurism: designs revealed for the new Chicago Apple store</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The In Crowd: review of "Conversations with Architects: In the Age of Celebrity"</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The selective amnesia of Foster + Partners' Maspero Triangle District Masterplan</a></li></ul> As the U.S. loses more Mexican immigrants than it gains, the construction industry must adapt Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-11-20T19:35:00-05:00 >2015-11-30T23:12:33-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="350" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The number of Mexican immigrants living in the U.S. illegally has declined. In 2014, 5.6 million unauthorized immigrants from Mexico lived in the U.S., down by about 1 million since 2007. [...] Mexican unauthorized immigrants are more likely than unauthorized immigrants overall to work in the construction industry ... Among Mexican unauthorized immigrants ages 16 and older who were employed in 2012, 19% worked in construction and 13% worked in a wide range of businesses</p></em><br /><br /><p>The <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>Wall Street Journal</em></a>&nbsp;previously reported on the trend of declining Mexican-born workers in the U.S. construction industry, leading to a total loss of half a million laborers since 2007.&nbsp;According to&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">a Pew Research Study</a> in "Hispanic Trends" from March of 2015, citing the most recent data through 2012, unauthorized immigrants account for 14% of the construction workforce overall:</p><p><em>Unauthorized immigrants made up 5.1% of the nation&rsquo;s labor force in 2012, numbering 8.1 million who were working or looking for work, according to previously published Pew Research estimates (Passel and Cohn, 2014). But as this new analysis shows, they account for a far higher share of the total workforce in specific jobs, notably farming (26%), cleaning and maintenance (17%), and construction (14%).</em></p><p>Read the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">full report</a> from the Pew Research Center for more information on the current state of the Mexican immigrant population in the U.S.</p> An analysis of donut-shaped buildings in modern work culture Justine Testado 2015-11-20T17:54:00-05:00 >2015-11-30T23:08:13-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="308" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>That&rsquo;s not to say that all circular buildings represent some emergent 21st-century order. It is interesting, though, that past precedents have usually been buildings designed for spectatorship: sports stadiums or, more resonantly, panopticon prisons, where inmates&rsquo; cells are arranged in a ring so they&rsquo;re visible to guards in a central observation tower. Take away that tower and you have the Apple campus.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Circles are an emerging form of office buildings (e.g. Apple HQ, Zappos, Government Communications HQ) and organizing people (<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Holacracy</a>), as they convey positive qualities like transparency and open collaboration. But, as one New Zealand artist warns in his work, what sinister undertones linger within these structural concepts?</p><p>More on Archinect:</p><p><a title="Construction update: More (unofficial) drone footage of Apple's spaceship campus" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Construction update: More (unofficial) drone footage of Apple's spaceship campus</a></p><p><a title='"The Other Architect" explores alternative practices and radical research projects' href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"The Other Architect" explores alternative practices and radical research projects</a></p><p><a title='Is "individual expression" in architecture at risk?' href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Is "individual expression" in architecture at risk?</a></p><p><a title="Anti-Surveillance Camouflage for Your Face" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Anti-Surveillance Camouflage for Your Face</a></p> Fuller Challenge winner says his GreenWave 3D ocean farm concept "could feed the world" Alexander Walter 2015-11-20T13:15:00-05:00 >2015-11-30T23:13:27-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="726" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>So Smith invented the world&rsquo;s first 3D ocean farm. Not only does his model aim to reduce overfishing, but it also attempts to mitigate the effects of climate change. [...] With scalability in mind, Smith wanted his model to be simple and replicable. To that end, GreenWave supports other fish farmers to get create their own 3D ocean gardens. &ldquo;If you were to take a network of our farms totaling the size of Washington state, technically you could feed the world,&rdquo; Smith said.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Learn more about Bren Smith's award-winning GreenWave farming system when Archinect first announced him winning the 2015 Fuller Challenge last month:&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">GreenWave's 3D ocean farm initiative wins the 2015 Buckminster Fuller Challenge</a></p> Venice Biennale director Alejandro Aravena: "Our challenge must be to go beyond architecture." Alexander Walter 2015-11-20T12:04:00-05:00 >2015-11-30T23:14:02-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="338" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>As architects, we are living at a time of shifting paradigms. [...] It&rsquo;s why I&rsquo;m so interested in how architects and urban planners engage with other fields &ndash; economics, security, the environment and so on. Our challenge must be to go beyond architecture and speak the languages of these other disciplines, before translating our discussions into formal design proposals. [...] Our ultimate focus is still on form, but what informs this has expanded dramatically.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Just a few key takeaways from Alejandro Aravena's piece for <em>The Guardian</em>:</p><ul><li>"As curator of <em>Reporting From The Front</em>, I want to reverse the idea that the Biennale only deals with issues that are of interest to other architects. We have begun by identifying problems that every citizen can not only understand but actually has a say in: immigration, water, land capacity, waste and so on."</li><li>"Unlike military wars where nobody wins and there is a prevailing sense of defeat, however, on the frontlines of the built environment there is a sense of vitality, because architecture is about looking at reality in a proposal key. We should never forget that design can be a very powerful tool in mobilising people to act."</li><li>"There are new actors in this story &ndash; not least those property developers who use buildings to chase huge profits. But we are interested in how architecture can introduce a broader notion of gain: design as added value instead of an extra cost; architecture as a shortcut towards equality...</li></ul> How architect Mark Humphreys turned multifamily housing into a multimillion dollar empire Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-11-19T12:45:00-05:00 >2015-11-30T22:25:58-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="339" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In a typical year, [Humphreys &amp; Partners] designs between 12 and 15 percent of all apartments built in the United States. [...] Instead of starting from scratch on every project, he came up with the idea of &ldquo;commoditizing&rdquo; the process. He&rsquo;d have a base product, like The Big House, that could be tweaked to fit in various markets throughout the country. It simplified things and kept costs down, giving Humphreys &amp; Partners a competitive advantage.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Prairie futurism: designs revealed for the new Chicago Apple store Nicholas Korody 2015-11-18T14:16:00-05:00 >2015-11-30T22:30:01-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The long-rumored Apple store at the gateway to the North Michigan Avenue shopping district won't be a 2.0 version of the famous glass cube that forms an iconic entry into the retailer's Fifth Avenue flagship in Manhattan. It will be more like a high-tech version of Frank Lloyd Wright's quintessentially Midwestern Prairie Style homes, with river views to boot.</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><br>The Chicago Tribune obtained a draft report from Chicago's Department of Planning and Development that details plans for a new Apple store alongside the river and adjacent to the Michigan Avenue bridge. Moving away from the iconic minimalism of its flagship Manhattan store, the Foster + Partners-designed building incorporates Frank Lloyd Wrightian influences, in a nod to its particular regional importance.<br><br>Specifically, the 20,000 sq. ft. retail space will stand about 14 ft high &ndash; about half the height of the Fifth Avenue store &ndash; capped by a large, flat, carbon-fiber-reinforced roof with rounded corners. A significant overhang recalls the horizontal lines of the Prairie school, and is intended to provide relief during the sweltering Mid-Western summers. The walls will still be glazed, in typical Apple fashion, enabling sweeping river views.<br><br><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><br>Similar to the Manhattan Apple store, the most-visible architectural element is in fact an entry pavilion leading down to a subterranean &ndash; or, tec...</p> Architecture Billings Index in October still showing an increase in design services Alexander Walter 2015-11-18T13:21:00-05:00 >2015-11-30T22:19:18-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="353" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Architecture Billings Index (ABI) returned to positive territory after a slight dip in August, and has seen growth in six of the nine months of the year so far. [...] The American Institute of Architects (AIA) reported the September ABI score was 53.7, up from a mark of 49.1 in August. This score reflects an increase in design services (any score above 50 indicates an increase in billings). The new projects inquiry index was 61.0, down from a reading of 61.8 the previous month.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The AIA reports the following key ABI highlights for the month of October:</p><ul><li>Regional averages: South (56.2), West (54.4), Midwest (52.6), Northeast (49.2)</li><li>Sector index breakdown: commercial / industrial (55.1), mixed practice (54.9), multi-family residential (52.5), institutional (51.4)</li><li>Project inquiries index: 58.5</li><li>Design contracts index: 51.7</li></ul> Can Silicon Valley save the Bay Area? Nicholas Korody 2015-11-17T19:09:00-05:00 >2015-11-18T23:13:42-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="399" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The subject of a thousand think pieces and endless dinner table conversations, the considerable changes unleashed on the Bay Area by the tech industry over the past few decades are pretty undeniable. An influx of money &ndash; and its attendant culture &ndash; has remade San Francisco and the valley to its south largely in its own image, and has touched just about every other city in the Bay in some way.<br><br>But even bigger changes for the Bay Area are on the horizon, as is made clear in a new "interactive documentary" entitled&nbsp;<em>The Water at Bay. </em>Comprising a map, videos, and text, the website highlights&nbsp;the risks posed to region by rising sea levels, and waCs created in part by a coalition of Silicon Valley business leaders.<br><br>Can the same forces blamed for ruining the Bay Area now come to its rescue?<br><br><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><br>In order to educate local people about the dangers and challenges posed by rising sea levels, the Silicon Valley Leadership Group teamed up with the Bay Area Council and Save the Bay under the banner&nbsp;<em><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Our B...</a></em></p> New Renderings of SuperPier: Google’s New NYC Digs + Bourdain Food Market To Arrive in 2018 Alyssa Alimurung 2015-11-16T11:12:00-05:00 >2015-11-18T00:44:50-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="252" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Last month, Seth Pinsky, Executive Vice President at RXR Realty, shared a presentation regarding the development of the long-planned rehabilitation and conversion of Pier 57 aka &ldquo;SuperPier.&rdquo; According to him, the 450,000-square-foot development will invest $350 million of private capital to redevelop the structure, and in return create hundreds of jobs, generate millions of dollars of revenue for the Hudson River Park Trust, and create a new destination for New Yorkers and visitors alike.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Egypt's challenges to build its new capital city Alexander Walter 2015-11-09T17:38:00-05:00 >2015-11-17T22:13:54-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Cairo is an unruly urban sprawl that has spun out of control. Now, officials want to build a new capital in the desert -- a potent symbol of President Sisi's regime. But will it ever happen? [...] The old Cairo is an ugly city, an affront to the senses. [...] a city of contradictions, created from the bottom up, even though that had never been the intention. It has been growing wildly since the 1960s -- from 3.5 million back then to 18 million now -- against the will of the country's rulers.</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Previously in the Archinect News:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A New "Capital" for Cairo?</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Egypt's urban growth threatens Nile farmland</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Photographer documents Egypt's monumental housing developments in the desert</a></li></ul> Korea's tallest tower poised to rival Dubai’s Burj Khalifa as iconic tourist attraction Alexander Walter 2015-11-09T13:49:00-05:00 >2015-11-10T19:57:11-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="384" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>LDF aims to grow the Lotte Duty Free Shop World Tower into the world&rsquo;s No.1 duty-free shopping destination. [...] Lotte is poised to turn the Lotte World Tower into a tourist attraction that can compare well with Dubai&rsquo;s Burj Khalifa and Singapore&rsquo;s Marina Bay Sands On top of that, the company plans to make the Lotte World Tower the largest tourism hub in Gangnam by equipping it with the world's highest observatory (located on the 123rd floor (555 meters high) [...].</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related in the Archinect News:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Seoul's Lotte World Tower complex passes safety inspections, allowed to reopen</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Construction in Seoul&rsquo;s supertall Lotte World Tower surpasses 100th story &ndash; amid safety concerns</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Mysterious Sinkholes Appear Near Construction Site of Supertall Skyscraper in Seoul</a></li></ul> 1-star Amazon reviews of famous architecture texts Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-11-06T18:33:00-05:00 >2015-11-17T21:42:39-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="341" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>You might have already heard that Amazon <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">opened its first physical bookstore</a> earlier this week, called (in very non-SEO fashion) Amazon Books. Located in Amazon&rsquo;s hometown of Seattle &ndash; ironically within a mall that used to house a Barnes &amp; Noble &ndash; most everything in the brick-and-mortar store is linked to the experience of the e-commerce space.</p><p>Recommendations, instead of being heralded by professional critics or Review lists, are tagged by average ratings or online sales. Inventory is metered out by online popularity. Prices <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">fluctuate</a> with Amazon&rsquo;s online rates. And individual books are accompanied by user review placards.</p><p>While Amazon Books tries to combine the best of online and offline book-browsing and buying, you just can't emulate some online abilities offline.&nbsp;Like the purely joyful act of reading disgruntled shoppers&rsquo; negative reviews of well-known books.&nbsp;</p><p>To this end, please enjoy this selection of one-star Amazon reviews from famous architecture texts. Some reviews have been...</p> This town's free, public wi-fi is faster than yours Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-11-06T13:25:00-05:00 >2015-11-17T21:37:12-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="353" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Virgin Media has joined forces with Chiltern District Council in the U.K. to blanket Chesham&rsquo;s high street with super-fast Wi-Fi. The unlimited service is available to all 21,000 residents and businesses in the town as well as visitors [...] The Smart Pavement enables those in the area to &lsquo;streetsurf&rsquo; with speeds of up to 166Mbps, which is seven times the average U.K. broadband speed.</p></em><br /><br /><p>More on the internet and civic infrastrucutre:</p><ul><li><a title="China's New Weapon to Censor the Internet" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">China's New Weapon to Censor the Internet</a></li><li><a title="'Internet Slowdown' Campaign Aims to Raise Awareness of Threats to Net Neutrality" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">'Internet Slowdown' Campaign Aims to Raise Awareness of Threats to Net Neutrality</a></li><li><a title="Map Plots the World's Internet Devices" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Map Plots the World's Internet Devices</a></li><li><a title="Infrastructural Tourism" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Infrastructural Tourism</a></li></ul> London Garden Bridge wins new supporters with revised funding deal Justine Testado 2015-11-02T19:34:00-05:00 >2015-11-05T21:21:28-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="340" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The controversial and seemingly doomed plan for a garden bridge over the Thames in London could be resurrected after the group behind the project reached an agreement with council officials over the level of public funding. On Monday...a joint announcement by Lambeth...and the Garden Bridge Trust said negotiations would resume after a deal to limit the money Transport for London (TfL) would have to pay towards construction to &pound;10m, from an original &pound;30m.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously on Archinect:</p><p><a title="London's Garden Bridge endangered by public funding shortfall" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">London's Garden Bridge endangered by public funding shortfall</a></p><p><a title="As Garden Bridge procurement process is headed for review, London group claims that 30 new parks could be funded instead" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">As Garden Bridge procurement process is headed for review, London group claims that 30 new parks could be funded instead</a></p><p><a title="Satirical &ldquo;Folly for London&rdquo; competition mocks Garden Bridge project" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Satirical &ldquo;Folly for London&rdquo; competition mocks Garden Bridge project</a></p><p><a title="Zaha Hadid, Piers Gough, other leading cultural figures criticize Heatherwick's London Garden Bridge" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Zaha Hadid, Piers Gough, other leading cultural figures criticize Heatherwick's London Garden Bridge</a></p><p>You can find more previous news on the Garden Bridge <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> Apple's secret "Indoor Survey" app enables a crowdsourced GPS for interiors Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-11-02T13:15:00-05:00 >2015-11-05T20:04:23-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="301" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Apple&nbsp;has a secret app in the App Store which allows some iPhone users to map the interior of a building using their handset. First discovered yesterday by developer Steve Troughton-Smith, an app called Indoor Survey has been available on the App Store since last week. The software is currently hidden in the App Store and is not operational, suggesting that the official launch is around the corner.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The indoor positioning app "Indoor Survey", which allows users to pin their location on a map within a given structure, seems to also function as a mode of "crowdsourced Ground Truth" to improve Apple Maps' accuracy. As the app is still "hidden" and not searchable, the only way to download is through a <a href=";jsonp=vglnk_144648615142010&amp;key=e97682afa628bbf9014f553a2786f73d&amp;libId=igi8gfwp0100z8gu000DA1j9kqrbud7ydh&amp;;v=1&amp;;title=Secret%20Apple%20app%20lets%20you%20map%20out%20building%20interiors%20using%20your%20iPhone&amp;txt=Download%20Indoor%20Survey%20at%20no%20charge%20in%20the%20App%20Store&amp;loAsUuid=igi8gg76-455a9d7c-d4c0-4990-843d-7e6da1a777ae" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">direct link to the App Store</a>.</p><p>Before the app is made publicly available, there are a few caveats:</p><p>"Some Twitter users claim that you have to be an approved public venue representative to participate in this project, meaning the app may not work with your Apple ID.</p><p>Also keep in mind that Indoor Survey is currently available in select markets, is hidden in the App Store search and appears non-functional".</p> Google, Flux, Healthy Building Network and thinkstep launch Quartz database: a resource for comparing building material sustainability Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-10-27T14:32:00-04:00 >2015-11-04T23:20:05-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="240" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Choosing building materials is a delicate balance of factors &ndash; looks, quality, price, environmental impact and sustainability all contribute to the success and overall value of the product. When data about building materials are illegible or biased, the construction process can become convoluted and compromise the final structure, straining the architect&rsquo;s role in the process.</p><p>Hoping to streamline and vet a resource for the overall health and utility of building materials, Google, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Healthy Building Network</a> (HBN), <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Flux</a>, and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">thinkstep</a> have formed <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Quartz database</a>: a place where AEC professionals as well as the general public can review a &ldquo;common dataset&rdquo; of building materials&rsquo; effects on both human and environmental health, ultimately to support a more sustainable built environment.</p><p><img alt="" src=""></p><p>Born out of the year-old Quartz Project, which was (according to a Quartz press release)&nbsp;formed to &ldquo;promote the transparency of building product information&rdquo;, the Quartz database aims to create a new AEC i...</p> Airbnb draws ire with passive-aggressive ads Nicholas Korody 2015-10-26T17:39:00-04:00 >2015-11-04T22:13:34-05:00 <img src="" width="495" height="663" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>When Airbnb put up ads suggesting various ways San Francisco could use the company&rsquo;s tax payments, it was undoubtedly aiming to drum up good will. &ldquo;Dear Parking Enforcement,&rdquo; one of the ads read, &ldquo;Please use the $12 million in hotel taxes to feed all expired parking meters. Love, Airbnb.&rdquo; [...] But instead of good will, the flippant tone of the ads, which went up on billboards and bus stops around the city on Wednesday, unleashed a torrent of sarcasm and anger on social media.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Last week, a deluge of anger and annoyance rained down on Airbnb after their new ad campaign popped up around San Francisco. Billboards plastered with phrases suggesting ways various government agencies could better use the roughly $1 million in taxes per month generated by the company were received as "<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">snarky</a>," "<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">passive-aggressive</a>," and plain-old "<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">not cool</a>."&nbsp;</p><p>Bright, pastel-colored billboards were plastered with statements like "Dear Public Library System, We hope you use some of the $12 million in hotel taxes to keep the library open later. Love, Airbnb."<br><br><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><br>"Dear SF Tax Collector, You know the $12 million in hotel taxes?" reads another. "Don't spend it all in one place." An adjacent advertisement states, "But... if you do spend all $12 million in one place, we suggest burritos."</p><p>Incidentally, this is a particularly bad time for a PR-mess like this to happen, considering Proposition F, a measure intended to restrict Airbnb-type rentals, will be on ballots this November. Airbnb has spent...</p> 3 Critical Focus Areas for Start-Up Architectural Firms Sponsor 2015-10-22T09:00:00-04:00 >2015-10-24T17:18:40-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="350" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><strong>This post is brought to you by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">BQE ArchiOffice</a>.</strong></em><br>&nbsp;<p>Are you an architect who always had that special entrepreneurial drive? Were you mentored by another successful architect or by a friend or family member who was successful in their own business endeavor and aspired to be like them? Perhaps you were forced to open your own firm by necessity after getting downsized by a previous employer during the recent recession?</p><p>No matter what your background is, you as an entrepreneur and owner of a small firm comprise a strong portion of the architecture industry. According to Kermit Baker, chief economist at The American Institute of Architects, 63 percent of all AIA member-owned architecture firms have five or fewer employees.</p><p>Good news, smaller firms have reported a growing share of professional billing. Baker reported that for firms with five or fewer employees, the overall share of professional billing increased from 8 percent in 2005 to 9 percent in 2013. On the other end of the spectrum, firm...</p> Vishaan Chakrabarti leaves SHOP, launches new firm PAU Julia Ingalls 2015-10-21T16:14:00-04:00 >2015-10-24T18:29:14-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Vishaan Chakrabarti has amicably departed from SHoP Architects, where he was principal from 2012 to 2015, and has now launched a new firm, the Partnership for Architecture and Urbanism (PAU).</p></em><br /><br /><p>According to a press release, "PAU will offer two main business services &ndash; architecture and strategic planning. The latter will include tactical advice and advocacy, helping clients master plan and obtain entitlements for density and infrastructure at a macro-level, while also helping to define, intensify and enhance the experience of the urban environment. Initial clients include Sidewalk Labs, a new project with Two Trees Management, and a new cultural building in Manhattan."</p><p>For more of Archinect's coverage of SHoP Architects and Vishaan Chakrabarti, please see:</p><p>&bull; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">SHoP&rsquo;s Essex Crossing Mega-Market Will Be One of Largest in the Nation</a></p><p>&bull; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bracket [takes action]: submissions selected and new website launches!</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p> Callison and RTKL merge in hopes to "bring swagger back" to Seattle office, CEO says Justine Testado 2015-10-20T20:06:00-04:00 >2015-10-24T18:31:57-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="190" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>On Tuesday, Callison and architecture/engineering firm RTKL announced they have officially joined forces as CallisonRTKL...[CEO Lance] Josal said the merger is good news for both firms and 'especially for the Seattle office.' In talking to the firm's senior leaders, Josal said there has been 'a little bit of frustration on their part' because they felt the firm 'may have lost a bit of swagger locally' and wanted an owner that would invest in the firm...</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously on Archinect:</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ARCADIS to buy Callison</a></p> Get your tickets to the 2015 Core77 Conference before they're gone! Sponsor 2015-10-12T19:15:00-04:00 >2015-10-12T19:49:35-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="363" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Time is running out to get your ticket to the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">2015 Core77 Conference, DESIGNING HERE/NOW</a>, taking place this October 22nd - 24th in Downtown Los Angeles. It's a full day of exploring the&nbsp;spaces between design disciplines where today's most impactful work is taking place. You don't want to miss this group of luminaries share thought provoking ideas that are years ahead of schedule.&nbsp;Their presentations will demonstrate new ways of thinking that changed what we make, the way we collaborate, how we conduct business and what the future will bring.</p><p>The DESIGNING HERE/NOW experience is rounded out with two parties, three field trips&nbsp;(including one that explores the architecture of downtown L.A.) and a Farewell Picnic, all exclusively for conference attendees.&nbsp;Tickets are running out so don't delay. Register now!&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a></p> Ikea and Airbnb: a match made in globalized heaven? Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-10-12T13:30:00-04:00 >2015-10-12T14:17:08-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="321" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Ikea is to Airbnb what oxpeckers are to rhinos and Donald Trump is to Fox News: a symbiotic partner. [...] It may seem perverse to stump for standardization when Airbnb is known for its diversity, with lodgings in not just chateaus and cute bungalows, but also tree houses and shoe houses. [...] But dig a little deeper and you&rsquo;ll find the cool lingua franca of Ikea permeating Airbnb&rsquo;s 1.5 million listings like fat marbling rib-eye steak.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Airbnb and Ikea have&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">previously collaborated</a>&nbsp;on a contest in Tempe, Australia, for shoppers (guests?) to spend the night in showrooms for $10. But the partnership that this piece's author is proposing seems to directly align Airbnb's practices with exactly what its opponents criticize most &ndash; that by aiming to make the tourist's accommodations as neutral as possible, hosts are becoming more like a franchised hotelier, without paying the accompanying taxes.</p><p>More on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a title="Airbnb to collect taxes in Paris" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Airbnb to collect taxes in Paris</a></li><li><a title="Why is Ikea a Non-profit?" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Why is Ikea a Non-profit?</a></li><li><a title="Airbnb rentals cut deep into San Francisco housing stock, report says" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Airbnb rentals cut deep into San Francisco housing stock, report says</a></li><li><a title="Airbnb celebrates London's Deregulation Act with floating house on River Thames" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Airbnb celebrates London's Deregulation Act with floating house on River Thames</a></li><li><a title="IKEA designs a better home for refugees" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">IKEA designs a better home for refugees</a></li></ul> As hammers clang and views vanish Nam Henderson 2015-10-03T11:03:00-04:00 >2015-10-05T10:30:38-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>residents are taking aim at the disruption caused by construction, the uprooting of cherished institutions, the buildings&rsquo; designs and the ever-higher prices attached to the housing that they fear will alter neighborhoods fundamentally.</p></em><br /><br /><p>C. J. Hughes examines how some NYC residents are reacting to an ongoing boom in construction, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">enabled/exemplified by&nbsp;the rezoning of 37 percent of the city under the Bloomberg administration</a>.&nbsp;From filing noise complaints, pushing for height&nbsp;moratoriums, to fighting against the loss of public space and/or services.</p> Editor's Picks #430 Nam Henderson 2015-09-29T13:21:00-04:00 >2015-10-03T17:20:12-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Amelia Taylor-Hochberg</a>,&nbsp;Editorial Manager for Archinect, reviewed "<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Shelter</a>" the debut exhibition at the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architecture and Design Museum</a>&rsquo;s new location in Los Angeles' Arts District.&nbsp;Despite what you might assume&nbsp;</p><p>"<em>Shelter isn&rsquo;t about designing for the 21st century family, or the millenial, or the homeless, in Los Angeles &ndash; it&rsquo;s about forming new expectations of how housing and the city should interact...housing imagined in Shelter is about merging L.A.&rsquo;s residential spaces with its civic topography, forming a less privatized residential existence in the city</em>".</p><p>The winners of Archinect's Dry Futures competition were selected. In the "Speculative" category "Grassroots Cactivism" by Ali Chen took <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">first place</a>. While "Liquifying Aquifers by Lujac Desautel <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">won first place</a> in the "Pragmatic" category.&nbsp;</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Deane Madsen</a>&nbsp;was impressed "<em>A timely and relevant competition with thoughtful responses. Well done, all around!</em>"<br>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>News</strong><br><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Dame Zaha Hadid was announced as winner of 2016 Royal Gold Medal</a>. Sir&nbsp;Peter C...</p> Dismaland, Banksy's anti-capitalist art show, gave host town a £20M boost in tourism Alexander Walter 2015-09-28T14:25:00-04:00 >2015-09-30T09:54:28-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="514" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Over the past five weeks, more than 150,000 people have visited the subversive theme park in a derelict seafront lido, which had been shut since 2000 and reopened in a blaze of publicity on 20 August. [...] But, it is the town's tourist businesses that have reaped the benefit - to the tune of &pound;20m, says Visit Somerset, more than three times what the trade body initially suggested. [...] Everyone has noted the irony of the anti-capitalist art show boosting business.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously:&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Banksy about to open "Dismaland" pop-up exhibition in British seaside resort</a></p> Kickstart this! Archinect's Kickstarter picks for September 2015 Justine Testado 2015-09-28T10:34:00-04:00 >2015-09-27T17:34:25-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>It's already time for the next Kickstart This list! Check below to see what sorts of crowdfunding projects made it onto the September round-up for <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect's curated Kickstarter page</a>.</p><p>On a different note, the former Kickstarter Inc. <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">announced</a> its reincorporation as a <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Public Benefit Corporation (PBC)</a>&nbsp;&mdash; which may sound a bit contradictory. According to Kickstarter, PBCs are "for-profit companies that are obligated to consider the impact of their decisions on society, not only shareholders", and more companies are expected to make the switch in the coming years. Will that include architecture firms? Considering that many architects and designers use Kickstarter, how much will the PBC ideology influence the industry?</p><p><strong><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Frank Lloyd Wright's Call Building Model</a></strong></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Driven by Frank Lloyd Wright's Organic principles, non-profit group Organic Architecture and Design Archives, Inc. is raising funds to construct an exact full-size replica of FLW's iconic San Francisco Call Building model. The group is...</p> Becoming an Architect Sponsor 2015-09-28T10:00:00-04:00 >2015-09-25T12:19:33-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><br><em><strong>This post is brought to you by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">PPI</a>.</strong></em><br>&nbsp;<p>A 2014 Survey of Architectural Registration Boards reported the highest number of aspiring architects to date. More than 37,000 aspiring architects were testing and/or reporting hours. The 3,543 candidates who completed the Intern Development Program (IDP) are ready to start taking the Architect Registration Examination&reg; (ARE&reg;). Last year, 3,719 exam candidates completed the ARE, which was the highest number of completions for all sections since 2008.</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img title="" alt="" src=""></a></p><p><strong>Worried About the ARE?</strong></p><p>PPI publishes a comprehensive exam review series for the ARE, authored by David Kent Ballast, FAIA. <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Click here</a> to learn more about this best-selling author and how his books can help you prepare to pass your exam. PPI is committed to helping architects and engineers pass their licensing exams. Visit <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a> to learn how you can get started today.</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img title="" alt="" src=""></a></p><p>In 2016, the ARE exam format is changing to align the ARE with current practice management, project management, and project design ...</p> Architecture Billings Index retracts slightly in August Alexander Walter 2015-09-23T12:41:00-04:00 >2015-09-29T00:37:08-04:00 <img src="" width="362" height="206" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Architecture Billings Index (ABI) slipped in August after showing mostly healthy business conditions so far this year. [...] The American Institute of Architects (AIA) reported the August ABI score was 49.1, down from a mark of 54.7 in July. This score reflects a slight decrease in design services (any score above 50 indicates an increase in billings). The new projects inquiry index was 61.8, down from a reading of 63.7 the previous month.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The AIA states these key ABI highlights for the month of August:</p><ul><li>Regional averages: Midwest (56.1), South (53.8), West (50.2) Northeast (46.8)</li><li>Sector index breakdown: institutional (53.7), mixed practice (52.8), commercial / industrial (49.7) multi-family residential (49.5)</li><li>Project inquiries index: 61.8</li><li>Design contracts index: 55.3</li></ul>