Archinect - News 2017-01-22T01:05:01-05:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/149987146/architecture-billings-index-in-december-ends-year-with-sharp-uptick Architecture Billings Index in December ends year with sharp uptick Alexander Walter 2017-01-18T14:13:00-05:00 >2017-01-21T17:37:44-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/p7/p79mltb4xenwfpc5.jpg" width="650" height="400" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Architecture Billings Index (ABI) concluded the year in positive terrain, with the December reading capping off three straight months of growth in design billings. [...] (AIA) reported the December ABI score was 55.9, up sharply from 50.6 in the previous month. This score reflects the largest increase in design services in 2016 (any score above 50 indicates an increase in billings). The new projects inquiry index was 57.2, down from a reading of 59.5 the previous month.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>&ldquo;The sharp upturn in design activity as we wind down the year is certainly encouraging. This bodes well for the design and construction sector as we enter the new year&rdquo;,&rdquo; said AIA Chief Economist, Kermit Baker, Hon. AIA, PhD. &ldquo;However, December is an atypical month for interpreting trends, so the coming months will tell us a lot more about conditions that the industry is likely to see in 2017.&rdquo;</em></p><p>The AIA reports these key ABI highlights for the month of December:</p><ul><li>Regional averages: Midwest (54.4), Northeast (54.0), South (53.8), West (48.8) &nbsp;</li><li>Sector index breakdown: commercial / industrial (54.3), institutional (53.3), mixed practice (51.9), multi-family residential (50.6) &nbsp;</li><li>Project inquiries index: 57.2 &nbsp;</li><li>Design contracts index: 51.2</li></ul><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/xy/xyq1fsuqkgg5y58b.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/pn/pn37w3ur2b6oqdgp.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/sa/saz6qgpnkdjwvddl.jpg"></p><p><em>All graphs represent data from December 2015 - December 2016, images via aia.org.</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149987132/donald-trump-taps-two-of-the-richest-developers-to-oversee-infrastructure-plan Donald Trump taps two of the richest developers to oversee infrastructure plan Nicholas Korody 2017-01-18T12:43:00-05:00 >2017-01-21T17:37:33-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/9e/9ef1a3lmd21lj07j.jpg" width="650" height="440" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Donald Trump has chosen Richard LeFrak and Steve Roth, &ldquo;two of the wealthiest men in real estate&rdquo; according to <a href="http://www.forbes.com/sites/bisnow/2017/01/17/donald-trump-taps-richard-lefrak-steven-roth-to-lead-new-infrastructure-council/#3e0036e76f49" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Forbes</a>,&nbsp; to head a &ldquo;council of builders and engineers&rdquo;. This new council will be tasked with overseeing Trump&rsquo;s plan to invest $1 trillion in infrastructure. As Archinect previously <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/149975615/archinect-s-2016-us-presidential-election-guide-how-trump-and-clinton-stand-on-the-issues-architects-care-about-most" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">reported</a>, the Republican infrastructure plan relies heavily on private-public partnerships, so it&rsquo;s not really a surprise that developers will be involved. That being said, scant details have been provided on how Trump plans to shore up the nation&rsquo;s crumbling infrastructure.</p><p>Roth founded Vornado, one of the most prominent real estate trusts in New York and Washington. Tornado is merging with JBG Smith, which is one of the short-listed bidders for the development of a new FBI headquarters&mdash;a $2 billion contract. The LeFrak family has played a sizable role in developing New York, New Jersey, Los Angeles and Miami.</p><p>In the past, the president had little to do with real estate decisions. That will likel...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149987007/deborah-berke-designed-stylish-sustainable-tower-opens-in-indianapolis Deborah Berke-designed stylish, sustainable tower opens in Indianapolis Julia Ingalls 2017-01-17T17:13:00-05:00 >2017-01-20T11:09:05-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/jv/jv4o4euan7x7flud.jpg" width="650" height="727" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Nine glassed-in, metal-fin bearing stories make up the new Deborah Berke Partners-designed Cummins Indy Tower, which officially opens this month. With its "projections and inflections," the building simultaneously juts and struts through the metropolis, creating a slender and ecologically conscious corporate HQ.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/xg/xgqbe1tvenh6tg25.jpg"></p><p>Referring to Cummins' past collaborations with architects like Eero Saarinen and Kevin Roche, Deborah Berke notes that &ldquo;over the decades, Cummins has demonstrated a commitment to great design that benefits its employees, its customers, and the community. This building carries that legacy forward with an environmentally sustainable design that dignifies the work going on inside while enhancing the urban realm.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/93/9302jciuvy0oznl8.jpg"></p><p>The building&rsquo;s articulated facades and distinctive form serve a purpose&mdash;to create a comfortable, light-filled work environment for employees that adds to the vitality on Market Street. Adding some muscle to the great bones of downtown Indianapolis, the park is a public am...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149986796/karim-rashid-launches-design-development-firm-kurv-architecture Karim Rashid launches design-development firm, Kurv Architecture Alexander Walter 2017-01-16T17:44:00-05:00 >2017-01-17T14:36:33-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/eg/egb3irnsy62b7y9t.jpg" width="650" height="1005" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Never one to bore, Karim Rashid has announced that he&rsquo;s formed a new vertically-integrated firm that will incorporate architecture, investment, and development of new projects across New York City. Rashid has teamed up with his namesake firm&rsquo;s director of interior design, Alex Loyer Hughes, to form Kurv Architecture D.P.C. [...] Although there&rsquo;s overlap between Rashid&rsquo;s namesake firm and Kurv at the moment, Kurv will focus more on ground-up production rather than design alone.</p></em><br /><br /><p>"We are foremost,&nbsp;a design-development firm, specializing in the increased return of tangible added value&nbsp;through the implementation of unique award winning design," the mission statement on <a href="https://www.kurvarchitecture.com/about/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Kurv's website</a> reads.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/oy/oykes4rsvulrgbyv.jpg"></p><p>"The word design&nbsp;is used in the broadest sense to describe the full scope of the development process.&nbsp;Therefore, we work at all scales and stages of the process to ensure that increased value is returned as a result of our direct involvement."</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/xf/xf83mc93cfqnuspi.jpg"></p><p><em>Project images via&nbsp;kurvarchitecture.com.</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149986713/zaha-hadid-leaves-67-million-fortune-in-her-will Zaha Hadid leaves £67 million fortune in her will Justine Testado 2017-01-16T13:38:00-05:00 >2017-01-19T00:25:55-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/u1/u1wto18zo8aze178.jpg" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>[Hadid] bequeathed a lump sum of &pound;500,000 to her business partner Patrik Schumacher. Hadid also left a total of &pound;1.7m to four nieces and nephews, as well as her brother Haytham Hadid, whose share was &pound;500,000 [...] Her will, obtained by the Architects&rsquo; Journal, shows that the net value of her estate was &pound;67,249,458. The calculation was filed in the high court dated 14 December 2016 [...] The will shows Hadid is leaving her architecture practice, of which she was the sole owner, in trust.</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/149985681/hyperloop-one-announces-35-semifinalists-in-17-countries-for-its-global-challenge Hyperloop One announces 35 semifinalists in 17 countries for its global challenge Julia Ingalls 2017-01-10T12:58:00-05:00 >2017-01-15T15:28:33-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/nt/ntjlwuy428zfvfu9.jpg" width="650" height="357" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Whether you envisioned Hyperloop One as an overhyped pneumatic tube or an inventive way to transport cargo and/or passengers, 35 teams from 17 countries around the world have just been announced as semifinalists in the contest to create working transit corridors for the technology. The 35 proposed routes are sited in countries including Argentina, Poland, Australia, India, the U.K. and the U.S. (the full list is below). Finalists will be announced in May after three global showcase events where each team has the chance to demonstrate how their proposal will economically benefit their region. The showcases will be held in New Delhi on February 28th, Washington D.C. on April 6th, and London on April 27th. Twenty of the proposals currently have governmental or other funding sources already lined up.&nbsp;</p><p>Corridors in&nbsp;the semifinalist round include:<br>AR Buenos Aires-Cordoba<br>AU Sydney-Melbourne<br>CA Ontario (cargo)<br>CA Toronto-Montreal<br>CA Vancouver (cargo)<br>CH Shanghai-Hangzhou<br>DE Autobahn<br>EE Tallin-Helsi...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149985442/more-than-half-of-architects-work-more-than-40-hours-a-week More than half of architects work more than 40 hours a week Nicholas Korody 2017-01-09T13:03:00-05:00 >2017-01-11T21:35:43-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/qk/qkh6myzzut0uafye.jpg" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In the first survey about the state of the American design industry, more than half of the 9,514 respondents reported working more than 40 hours a week, with the average logging in four extra hours over what&rsquo;s legally required of full-time workers in the US. Of the design industries surveyed, those working in design education, public relations, environmental graphics, and architecture logged the most overtime hours.</p></em><br /><br /><p>This probably doesn't come as a surprise to any practicing architects&mdash;working overtime, often well into the night, is common practice in the field. Moreover, this counts logged hours. But, as everyone knows, architects often work extra hours without billing for it, whether motivated by love of a project or hope for earning brownie points with the boss.</p><p>The good news? 80% of those surveyed said they were happy at their job.</p><p>More on the state of the profession:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/149938311/the-internship-test-or-why-even-become-an-architect-at-all" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The internship test or: why even become an architect at all?</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149978830/architecture-billings-index-in-october-improves-modestly-after-two-month-contraction" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architecture Billings Index in October improves modestly after two-month contraction</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149977564/is-your-architectural-firm-a-practice-or-business" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Is Your Architectural Firm a Practice or Business?</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/149970956/if-only-i-had-known-advice-for-prospective-architecture-students-from-former-students" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">If Only I Had Known: Advice for Prospective Architecture Students, from Former Students</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149985156/damien-hirst-cancels-his-ilfracombe-eco-town-plans Damien Hirst cancels his Ilfracombe eco-town plans Alexander Walter 2017-01-06T13:44:00-05:00 >2017-01-06T15:36:12-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/s7/s75ug5p3w6lwmoyi.jpg" width="620" height="413" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Isn&rsquo;t Ilfracombe already a town? Yes, but Hirst was deeply involved in the application process for an eco-friendly, 750-home development known as the Southern Extension. That&rsquo;s a terrible name for a town. Which is probably why the scheme was known as Hirst-on-Sea until recently. Until recently? Hirst, who lives nearby, has now withdrawn from the project. His company, Resign, says it could not find a developer to build houses &ldquo;in keeping with our vision&rdquo;.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Looks like Damien Hirst's plan to build 750 eco-friendly homes in the English seaside town of Ilfracombe isn't going to happen after all.&nbsp;</p><p>When we <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/38548368/artist-damien-hirst-s-eco-homes-vision-to-regenerate-town-is-unveiled" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">first reported</a> about the artist's town-development ambitions back in 2012, the announcement was greeted with skepticism from Archinect readers. Two years later, everything still seemed jolly fine with the North Devon Council <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/105555322/plans-approved-for-damien-hirst-s-village-on-the-british-coast" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">approving the plans</a>.</p><p>The endeavor even inspired the studio project "<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/124972074/visionary-cities-project-applies-urbanist-archetypes-to-damien-hirst-s-blank-development-site" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Visionary Cities Project</a>" at the University of Illinois at Chicago with students applying urbanist archetypes to Ilfracombe's blank development site.</p><p><em>The Guardian</em> reader Patrick Ryan <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/shortcuts/2017/jan/06/damien-hirst-eco-friendly-town-ilfracombe-devon#comment-90660781" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">praises Hirst</a> as a sensible businessman in the comment section and blames "Brexit dark clouds" over the UK's property market as a legitimate reason to pull the plug.</p><p>What's your take? Chime in below.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149984719/the-luxury-apartment-boom-is-about-to-come-to-a-screeching-halt The luxury apartment boom is about to come to a screeching halt Nicholas Korody 2017-01-04T13:13:00-05:00 >2017-01-09T16:53:17-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/kf/kfe83hmk4e1lxm6n.jpg" width="650" height="650" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>&nbsp;The Wall Street Journal <a href="http://www.wsj.com/articles/luxury-apartment-boom-looks-set-to-fizzle-in-2017-1483358401#livefyre-comment" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">reports</a> that the seven-year long boom in luxury apartment development is about to fizzle out. Since early 2010, U.S. apartment rents have risen more than 26%&mdash;a pace much faster than either inflation or income growth. This pattern began to slow last year, when rents rose just 3.8%. Faced with a superabundance of new apartments that outstrips demand, landlords are prepping to cut rents and offer concessions. According to the report, landlords in Los Angeles are starting to offer free parking while developers in New York are offering up to three months free rent.</p><p>A couple of years ago, several emerging demographic patterns led to a rush to build new luxury properties. Most notably, in the post-housing crash market, young, high-earning professionals were less likely to buy homes and instead headed back to the city. But the boom outpaced demand, and now major cities are chock-full of fancy digs with not enough wealthy folks to fill them.</p><p>More on the American housin...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149984532/aia-study-reveals-architects-want-material-manufacturers-to-step-up-their-digital-game AIA study reveals architects want material manufacturers to step up their digital game Julia Ingalls 2017-01-03T17:24:00-05:00 >2017-01-05T23:27:47-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/00/0071zbmpvl8da2ci.jpg" width="650" height="434" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>As any architect who has spent precious time trying to identify a chrome versus silver nickel plated kitchen faucet for a client can attest, outdated websites and their corresponding vague specifications from building products and materials manufacturers makes life unnecessarily tedious. This specifications fatigue has been backed up by a study conducted by the AIA, in which architects hope that in addition to digital upgrades, manufacturers will make it easier for them to earn continuing education credits while they toil away in search of specifics. Here are the five main conclusions from the AIA study, as quoted in a press release:</p><ul><li>Improved websites. Architects want product websites that are clear, concise, up-to-date, and easy to navigate. They also want easy access (no sign-up to view product information) and access to detailed information, including building information models and objects.</li><li>Focus on education. Architects are required to take continuing education courses in order t...</li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149984082/editor-s-picks-460 Editor's Picks #460 Nam Henderson 2016-12-29T13:46:00-05:00 >2016-12-30T13:48:58-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/8g/8gelghoacbc3q2hz.jpg" width="650" height="383" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>In response to Archinect&rsquo;s December theme, <a href="http://archinect.com/features/tag/848446/december-faith" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Faith</a>, Menis Arquitectos submitted a project of theirs from 2012, <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/149982857/menis-arquitectos-use-local-building-techniques-to-create-a-sharp-edged-sacred-space" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Holy Redeemer Church</a>. Sited in Tenerife, the Church has a heavy, <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/87928/brutalism" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Brutalist</a>-esque design and actually resulted in a new certified material (already in use for another project in Poland), "picado".&nbsp;</p><p>Meanwhile for the #48th edition of <strong>Screen/Print</strong>,&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/Julia_Ingalls" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Julia Ingalls</a> highlighted the fifth issue of <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/149982003/screen-print-48-lobby-investigates-faith-in-architecture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">LOBBY</a>, the Bartlett School of Architecture at University College London's publication. Which coincidentally, also was dedicated to the subject/topic of Faith.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/5m/5mglo3njxem5c8pm.jpg"></p><p><strong>News</strong></p><p><strong>gwharton</strong> editorialized "<em>Can we move all these events-listing articles out of News and into their own section on the site?</em>" <a href="http://archinect.com/everydayintern" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Everyday Intern</a> agrees "<em>the site already has a section for events, <a href="http://archinect.com/events" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">http://archinect.com/events</a> ... not sure why it needs to be posted as news.</em>" Yet, <strong>friend</strong> countered "<em>personally like them in the news. i often forget to visit the events section or don't have the time to sort through all the bustler events, so ge...</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149984030/how-a-mobile-home-community-created-a-co-op-and-bought-its-own-land How a mobile home community created a co-op and bought its own land Alexander Walter 2016-12-28T13:47:00-05:00 >2016-12-29T15:10:56-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/uk/ukskgi2d7h9i9d6n.jpg" width="650" height="216" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Park Plaza is a mobile home park, or what industry calls a manufactured housing community. Five years ago, the residents banded together, formed a nonprofit co-op and bought their entire neighborhood from the company that owned it. Today, these residents exert democratic control over almost 9 acres of prime suburbs, with 80 manufactured houses sited on them.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>"There are no precise figures, but the U.S. Census Bureau estimates there are more than 8 million manufactured houses across the country. Housing specialists say they're an important source of affordable housing."</em></p><p>Related stories in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149981644/5-housing-experts-offer-opinions-about-ben-carson-s-direction-as-hud-head" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">5 housing experts offer opinions about Ben Carson's direction as HUD head</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149983282/colorado-governor-proposes-building-affordable-housing-from-marijuana-tax-revenue-mainly-to-address-issues-from-marijuana-legalization" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Colorado governor proposes building affordable housing from marijuana tax revenue, mainly to address issues from marijuana legalization</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149974544/housing-must-be-considered-a-human-right-not-a-commodity" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Housing must be considered a human right, not a commodity</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149983967/with-trump-s-presidency-dawning-the-final-jane-jacobs-work-dark-age-ahead-wins-new-relevancy With Trump's Presidency dawning, the final Jane Jacobs work "Dark Age Ahead" wins new relevancy Alexander Walter 2016-12-27T18:12:00-05:00 >2017-01-02T16:51:36-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/19/196mk8k424d8bcv1.jpg" width="650" height="538" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>At a time when pundits and political scientists were celebrating the end of history, pointing to an emerging Democratic majority and extolling the virtues of a flat world of globalization, she ominously predicted a coming age of urban crisis, mass amnesia, and populist backlash in her final work, Dark Age Ahead. Eerily prescient as always, rereading the 2005 book today serves as a survivors&rsquo; guide to the Age of Trump.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>"Jacobs outlines an increasing distrust of politicians and politics, a burgeoning new urban crisis in cities, worsening environmental degradation, entrenched segregation, and an &ldquo;enlarging gulf between rich and poor along with attrition of the middle class&rdquo; as signals and symptoms of a coming Dark Age."</em></p><p>Related stories in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149943710/how-jane-jacobs-continues-to-be-an-influential-force-in-city-planning" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">How Jane Jacobs continues to be an influential force in city planning</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149982125/cities-should-be-very-wary-of-trump-s-plan-for-urban-renewal" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Cities should be very wary of Trump's 'Plan for Urban Renewal'</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149980007/president-elect-trump-offers-hud-post-to-ben-carson" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">President-elect Trump offers HUD post to Ben Carson</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149982611/opinion-city-life-is-out-of-sync-with-the-electoral-systems-that-led-to-trump-and-brexit" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Opinion: City life is 'out of sync' with the electoral systems that led to Trump and Brexit</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149983776/top-features-our-favorite-feature-articles-of-2016 Top Features: Our Favorite Feature Articles of 2016 Nicholas Korody 2016-12-26T10:00:00-05:00 >2016-12-27T16:44:38-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/4u/4uuomzuolctphz6b.jpg" width="650" height="383" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>These are the articles that made big waves in 2016 &ndash; not just in traffic, but in defining the discussions architects were having. From professional practice issues to academia to interviews and showcases, we present to you our favorite original editorial of the year:</p><p><img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1200x/ed/ed41n5842nlh7cy5.jpg"></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/149949024/one-student-s-solution-to-the-permanent-limbo-of-refugee-camps" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>One student's solution to the permanent limbo of refugee camps</em></a></p><p>There are more refugees in the world right now than since World War II&mdash;and the world is woefully unable to shelter them. This student imagines a refugee camp that would be both livable and high functioning.</p><p><img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1200x/yw/ywiaeuf3pp6efu35.jpg"></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/149970062/frank-gehry-liz-diller-rem-koolhaas-and-others-share-crucial-moments-in-their-education" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>Frank Gehry, Liz Diller, Rem Koolhaas and Others Share Crucial Moments in Their Education</em></a></p><p>Ever wonder how some of the biggest names in the industry&mdash;the 'starchitects'&mdash;got to where they are? Julia Ingalls gathers snippets of big name architects' memories of their halcyon (or not) years spent in the academy.</p><p><img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1200x/us/usai4p6sdtew1c7k.jpg"></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/149970956/if-only-i-had-known-advice-for-prospective-architecture-students-from-former-students" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>If Only I Had Known: Advice for Prospective Architecture Students, from Former Students</em></a></p><p>Architecture school is a costly enterprise. It's also really hard. So...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149983575/not-just-notmyaia-the-top-professional-practice-stories-of-2016 Not just #NotMyAIA: the top professional practice stories of 2016 Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-12-22T14:07:00-05:00 >2016-12-23T23:26:22-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/p4/p450dqbu9x2abd1i.jpg" width="650" height="383" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>From the nitty gritty of starting a business to the institutional upsets at the AIA, this year of professional practice issues took some big hits. The following stories showcase the work atmosphere for architects in the U.S. during 2016.</p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149980845/scott-frank-senior-director-of-media-relations-for-the-aia-resigns-following-the-aia-s-statement-of-support-for-president-elect-trump" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/g1/g1rx6d5na4sa55h5.jpg"></a></p><p><em><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149980845/scott-frank-senior-director-of-media-relations-for-the-aia-resigns-following-the-aia-s-statement-of-support-for-president-elect-trump" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Scott Frank, Senior Director of Media Relations for the AIA, resigns following the AIA's statement of support for President-elect Trump</a></em></p><p>Frank's resignation came after the AIA's controversial endorsement of president-elect Donald Trump caused an uproar within its membership, prompting the organization to issue multiple apologies. Allegedly Scott resigned due to&nbsp;the &ldquo;AIA&rsquo;s severe mishandling of the situation&rdquo; and &ldquo;total lack of accountability," when it made such a statement without member consultation and against his better judgment. The practical effects of the controversy and its fallout have yet to be fully understood, but it certainly fueled feelings of distrust and frustration for many members, prompting some to resign.</p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149975715/cheezburger-founder-ceo-joins-ycombinator-s-new-cities-project" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/iz/izyg1eod5epi4zjg.jpg"></a></p><p><em><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149975715/cheezburger-founder-ceo-joins-ycombinator-s-new-cities-project" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Cheezburger founder/CEO joins...</a></em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149983541/architecture-billings-index-in-november-reports-another-slight-increase Architecture Billings Index in November reports another slight increase Alexander Walter 2016-12-21T13:05:00-05:00 >2017-01-18T14:03:37-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/dc/dc2jt3scso4zzaok.jpg" width="650" height="394" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Coming off a modest increase after two consecutive months of contraction, the Architecture Billings Index (ABI) recorded another small increase in demand for design services. [...] AIA reported the November ABI score was 50.6, essentially unchanged from the mark of 50.8 in the previous month. This score reflects a slight increase in design services (any score above 50 indicates an increase in billings). The new projects inquiry index was 59.5, up from a reading of 55.4 the previous month.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>&ldquo;Without many details of the policies proposed, it&rsquo;s still too early to tell the likely impact of the programs of the new administration,&rdquo; said AIA Chief Economist, Kermit Baker, Hon. AIA, PhD. &ldquo;However, architects will be among the first to see what new construction projects materialize and what current ones get delayed or cancelled, so the coming months should tell us a lot about the future direction of the construction market.&rdquo;</em></p><p>The AIA reports these key ABI highlights for the month of November:</p><ul><li>Regional averages: South (51.3), Midwest (50.9), Northeast (50.8), West (48.6)</li><li>Sector index breakdown: &nbsp;multi-family residential (51.7), mixed practice (51.3), commercial / industrial (50.4), institutional (49.5)</li><li>Project inquiries index: 59.5</li><li>Design contracts index: 50.2</li></ul><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/91/91ysslu6z41bqhum.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/h5/h5fpfmjkqeo1nvk1.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/3q/3qiliq7lfg0zd7i6.jpg"></p><p><em>All graphs represent data from November 2015 - November 2016, images via aia.org.</em></p><p>The&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/4496/abi" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ABI</a>&nbsp;in previous months on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149978830/architecture-billings-index-in-october-improves-modestly-after-two-month-contraction" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architecture Billings Index in October improves modestly after two-month contraction</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149974373/architecture-billings-index-declines-further-reflecting-uncertainty-over-u-s-presidential-election" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architecture Billings I...</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149983421/mark-zuckerberg-unveils-a-home-operating-ai-app-called-jarvis Mark Zuckerberg unveils a home operating AI app called "Jarvis" Julia Ingalls 2016-12-20T14:05:00-05:00 >2016-12-22T23:15:33-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/8d/8d0xbxnyjrp91bou.jpg" width="650" height="499" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>At last, somebody understands Mark Zuckerberg, and it's an artificial intelligence app that speaks with the wisdom and patience of Morgan Freeman. Partially an internet of things melded with a changeable, celebrity-cameo Siri (Arnold Schwarzenegger makes a brief aural appearance), <a href="https://www.facebook.com/zuck/posts/10102577175875681" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Zuckerberg's home-running app Jarvis</a> is demonstrated by the inventor himself in the video below.</p><p></p><p>Facebook in the news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149960015/facebook-enters-the-housing-market-and-it-s-probably-not-a-good-thing" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Facebook enters the housing market &ndash; and it's probably not a good thing</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149953233/without-uber-or-lyft-austin-turns-to-facebook-for-rides" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Without Uber or Lyft, Austin turns to Facebook for rides</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149943493/silicon-valley-campuses-at-risk-as-sea-levels-rise" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Silicon Valley campuses at risk as sea levels rise</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149983413/china-will-build-modular-housing-factories-in-the-uk-aiming-to-produce-25-000-homes-per-year China will build modular housing factories in the UK, aiming to produce 25,000 homes per year Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-12-20T13:00:00-05:00 >2016-12-21T15:03:17-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/uz/uzxooguffkhmdi7b.jpg" width="650" height="406" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The six planned factories will use British light gauge steel framing to produce panelised components for residential developments that are &ldquo;at least 75% off-grid&rdquo; thanks to solar power and energy efficient design, renewables developer Welink said in announcing the joint venture today (19 December). [...] The UK government greeted the news enthusiastically, as it tries to lure innovative entrants to the UK housing market to help it deliver its objective of 1 million new homes by 2020.</p></em><br /><br /><p>More pre-fab on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a title="SHoP-designed Brooklyn tower &ndash; now world's tallest modular building &ndash; opens its doors" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149979856/shop-designed-brooklyn-tower-now-world-s-tallest-modular-building-opens-its-doors" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">SHoP-designed Brooklyn tower &ndash; now world's tallest modular building &ndash; opens its doors</a></li><li><a title="Jean Nouvel's prefab 'Simple' home can be reconfigured from the inside out" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149974727/jean-nouvel-s-prefab-simple-home-can-be-reconfigured-from-the-inside-out" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Jean Nouvel's prefab 'Simple' home can be reconfigured from the inside out</a></li><li><a title="To solve a housing crisis, invest more in modular construction" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149958641/to-solve-a-housing-crisis-invest-more-in-modular-construction" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">To solve a housing crisis, invest more in modular construction</a></li><li><a title="A Parisian architect's plan to solve housing shortages by adding pre-fab houses to existing structures" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/147884890/a-parisian-architect-s-plan-to-solve-housing-shortages-by-adding-pre-fab-houses-to-existing-structures" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A Parisian architect's plan to solve housing shortages by adding pre-fab houses to existing structures</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149983058/examining-the-politics-of-starchitect-megaprojects-in-abu-dhabi Examining the politics of starchitect megaprojects in Abu Dhabi Justine Testado 2016-12-16T15:18:00-05:00 >2016-12-21T23:19:12-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/kg/kg5edzi57rzrib7s.jpg" width="650" height="396" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Even if Abu Dhabi has almost unique economic and institutional conditions and rests for now as a borderline case of development profiles, it still highlights several common problems in contemporary large-scale development projects and in the use of star architecture in other parts of the world: little care for the context of branded projects, de-politicization of urban development, weak and inconsistent public planning...[and] spectacular architecture [for] global competition and media exposure</p></em><br /><br /><p>An excerpt from the upcoming book&nbsp;<a href="http://www.monacellipress.com/book/?isbn=9781580934688" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">&ldquo;Starchitecture. Scenes, Actors, and Spectacles in Contemporary Cities&rdquo;</a> by Davide Ponzini and Michele Nastasi examines Abu Dhabi's Saadiyat Island megaproject, and argues how such projects show the&nbsp;little influence that famous architects can have on city-building initiatives today.</p><p>More on Archinect:</p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/148814474/masdar-abandons-its-dream-of-becoming-the-first-zero-carbon-city" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Masdar abandons its dream of becoming the first zero-carbon city</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149966419/architecture-has-sacrificed-its-aspiration-to-deepen-public-life" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architecture has sacrificed its aspiration to deepen public life</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/133432736/gulf-labor-initiative-renews-criticism-of-abu-dhabi-museums-over-migrant-workers-rights" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Gulf Labor initiative renews criticism of Abu Dhabi museums over migrant workers' rights</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149982893/airbnb-reveals-its-top-17-trending-city-neighborhoods-for-travel Airbnb reveals its top 17 trending city neighborhoods for travel Alexander Walter 2016-12-15T18:09:00-05:00 >2016-12-21T23:07:08-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/oh/ohe4ktjz7zj7iol3.jpg" width="650" height="394" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The hottest Airbnb deals are&mdash;surprise!&mdash;a little bit out of the way. The home-and-room rental platform has revealed the top 17 neighborhoods whose bookings grew the most this year, based on 140 million arrivals at 3 million homes. Peppered throughout are terms like &ldquo;off the usual tourist path&rdquo; or &ldquo;a tranquil outpost&rdquo; and &ldquo;though detached from city proper.&rdquo; [...] While smaller than many of Airbnb&rsquo;s major markets, these neighborhoods could be in for even more growth in 2017.</p></em><br /><br /><p>In a data analysis <a href="https://press.atairbnb.com/17-neighborhoods-to-watch-in-2017-airbnb-data-reveals-trending-neighborhoods-for-travel/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">report</a> unveiled yesterday, Airbnb summarizes what travelers are allegedly looking for this year:</p><p><em>"In cities like Miami and Seoul, travelers to this year&rsquo;s trending neighborhoods can connect with Experience hosts for local access you won&rsquo;t find in typical tourist guides: In Miami&rsquo;s Midtown neighborhood, guests can experience the fun, mindful side of Miami with yoga by the beach, paddleboarding and fresh dining; near Daehangno in Seoul, visitors can book a journey through the underground food scene, getting front and center in the kitchens of some of the best restaurateurs in the country. Coming soon are Experiences in New Orleans, Seattle, Toronto, Buenos Aires, Mexico City, Prague, Madrid, Dublin, Provence, Sydney, Bangkok and Osaka [...]."</em></p><p>Looking at the travel patterns of more than 140 million total guest arrivals at 3 million homes on Airbnb&nbsp;from 2015 to 2016, these city neighborhoods are reported as the 17 most trending for travelers in 2017:</p><ol><li>Milneburg in New Orl...</li></ol> http://archinect.com/news/article/149982571/manila-s-new-wavy-mixed-use-tower-opens-in-the-city-s-booming-financial-district Manila's new "wavy" mixed-use tower opens in the city's booming financial district Justine Testado 2016-12-13T17:12:00-05:00 >2016-12-17T22:04:22-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/z8/z8gdlbyiegxyx3vl.jpg" width="650" height="974" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Despite recent geopolitical&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149976141/despite-recent-territorial-disputes-over-the-south-china-sea-a-chinese-company-has-been-awarded-a-major-contract-to-build-artificial-islands-off-the-coast-of-the-philippines" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">tensions</a>, The Philippines is projected to have one of the <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149941912/connectivity-matters-most-in-global-urban-economic-growth" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">fastest-growing economies</a>&nbsp;in the world, and one seeming indicator of that is the increasing number of tall corporate towers &mdash; some with, uh, <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/100729279/daniel-libeskind-s-60-story-century-spire-breaks-ground-in-metro-manila-philippines" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">distinctive</a> designs &mdash; that are sprouting up throughout Metro Manila. Another one of those developments is the newly opened City Center Tower, a mixed-use building that will house the Philippine headquarters for major tenants like Google, Filipino telecommunications giant Globe Telecom, and&nbsp;American healthcare companies.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/cx/cxra3ln2tn0c0cws.jpg"></p><p>Designed by Brooklyn-based&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/www.cazarch.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Carlos Arnaiz Architects</a> (CAZA), who also has an office in Manila, the 30-story tower was completed this month in the booming Bonifacio Financial District. The building also features three floors of commercial retail and a rooftop restaurant. The building distinguishes itself by the "organic wave pattern" on its exterior facade, formed by a series of concentric circles that extend across the horizontal axes of each flo...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149982144/ten-top-images-on-archinect-s-working-spaces-pinterest-board Ten Top Images on Archinect's "Working Spaces" Pinterest Board Archinect 2016-12-09T18:19:00-05:00 >2016-12-10T04:18:52-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/cb/cbt12noslghv9hgk.jpg" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>In case you haven't checked out <a href="http://pinterest.com/archinect/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect's Pinterest</a> boards in a while, we have compiled ten recently pinned images from outstanding projects on various Archinect <a href="http://archinect.com/firms" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Firm</a> and <a href="http://archinect.com/people" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">People</a> profiles.</p><p>(<strong>Tip: </strong>use the handy <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/69075090/7-reasons-why-you-need-to-be-using-archinect-s-follow-feature" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">FOLLOW feature</a> to easily keep up-to-date with all your favorite Archinect profiles!)</p><p>Today's top images (in no particular order) are from the board <a href="https://www.pinterest.com/archinect/working-spaces/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>Working Spaces</em></a>.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/0d/0dwowhljy7uwanaq.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/leckiestudio/project/slack-vancouver-hq" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Slack Vancouver HQ</a> in Vancouver, Canada by <a href="http://archinect.com/leckiestudio" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Leckie Studio Architecture + Design</a>; Photo: Michael Leckie, Ema Peter</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/r5/r5rbf9rq1g4lbtsl.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/ideal/project/silicon-valley-comes-to-beijing-cheetah-mobile" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Cheetah Mobile global office headquarters</a> in Beijing, China by <a href="http://archinect.com/ideal" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">IDEAL Design &amp; Construction</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/0w/0wbpcqb8x1b075xe.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/domaen/project/vil" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">VIL</a> in Pasadena, CA by <a href="http://archinect.com/domaen" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Domaen LTD</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/69/693ga1iy4flicepn.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/desaichia/project/photographer-s-loft" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Photographer's Loft</a> in New York, NY by <a href="http://archinect.com/desaichia" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Desai Chia Architecture</a>; Photo: Paul Warchol</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/px/pxg5eskmyfmtm8i4.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/maggieosial/project/centerbridge-partners" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Centerbridge Partners</a> in New York, NY by <a href="http://archinect.com/_LSM" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Lehman Smith McLeish (LSM)</a>; Team Member: <a href="http://archinect.com/maggieosial" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Margaret Osial</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/2r/2rxmasapl56wpfc0.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/narbutas/project/hostinger-global-office" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Hostinger Global office</a> in Kaunas,&nbsp;Lithuania by&nbsp;Vaiva Andriu&scaron;yt&#279;; Furniture:&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/narbutas" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Narbutas Furniture Company</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/4n/4n9f9g77gtwvcogf.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/MADGI/project/rocket-fuel" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Rocket Fuel</a> in New York, NY by <a href="http://archinect.com/MADGI" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Montroy Andersen DeMarco Group Inc. (MADGI)</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/se/se558my7gu7z4c48.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/drexlerarchitekten/project/radiologist-s-practice" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Radiologist's Pract...</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149982133/jean-nouvel-s-court-battle-over-the-philharmonie-continues Jean Nouvel's court battle over the Philharmonie continues Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-12-09T14:33:00-05:00 >2016-12-19T12:10:29-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/kz/kzwpzo3c7nxvrazu.jpg" width="650" height="430" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Taking the view that the owner of the Philharmonie had modified and thus defiled his architectural work, Jean Nouvel had sued ... asking the court to order the owner to perform all works necessary for the restoration of his work so as to comply with the architectural plans he had initially drawn. [...] The case at hand renews the debate on the difficulties of granting remedies which constitute an acceptable way to balance the proprietor's rights and the moral rights of architects.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Get caught up on Nouvel's dispute with the Philharmonie:</p><ul><li><a title="Jean Nouvel loses court case over 'sabotaged' Philharmonie de Paris" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/125524081/jean-nouvel-loses-court-case-over-sabotaged-philharmonie-de-paris" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Jean Nouvel loses court case over 'sabotaged' Philharmonie de Paris</a></li><li><a title="Jean Nouvel files for court order against Philharmonie de Paris dispute" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/122138612/jean-nouvel-files-for-court-order-against-philharmonie-de-paris-dispute" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Jean Nouvel files for court order against Philharmonie de Paris dispute</a></li><li><a title="Jean Nouvel boycotts opening of his Philharmonie de Paris" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/118368797/jean-nouvel-boycotts-opening-of-his-philharmonie-de-paris" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Jean Nouvel boycotts opening of his Philharmonie de Paris</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149982125/cities-should-be-very-wary-of-trump-s-plan-for-urban-renewal Cities should be very wary of Trump's 'Plan for Urban Renewal' Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-12-09T13:35:00-05:00 >2016-12-21T12:38:16-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/42/42e94ef884f785b72ae063b9b16f007e.jpg" width="650" height="517" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Among scholars and many city dwellers, urban renewal is remembered for its vast destruction of minority communities, when entire neighborhoods were razed for housing, highways and civic projects. [...] Is Mr. Trump knowingly or accidentally embracing historical conflict? The answer depends, in part, on how much we think Mr. Trump, a real estate developer and son of a real estate developer, knows about the history of the conflict over the shape of the American city.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a title="5 housing experts offer opinions about Ben Carson's direction as HUD head" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149981644/5-housing-experts-offer-opinions-about-ben-carson-s-direction-as-hud-head" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">5 housing experts offer opinions about Ben Carson's direction as HUD head</a></li><li><a title="Frank Gehry on Trump: &quot;I'm very worried about him&quot;" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149981475/frank-gehry-on-trump-i-m-very-worried-about-him" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Frank Gehry on Trump: "I'm very worried about him"</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149974022/america-s-inner-city-dichotomy" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">America's 'inner city' dichotomy</a></li><li><a title="President-elect Trump offers HUD post to Ben Carson" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149980007/president-elect-trump-offers-hud-post-to-ben-carson" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">President-elect Trump offers HUD post to Ben Carson</a></li><li><a title="Trump pilfers Clinton's plan for an 'infrastructure bank'" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149979660/trump-pilfers-clinton-s-plan-for-an-infrastructure-bank" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Trump pilfers Clinton's plan for an 'infrastructure bank'</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149981513/craig-dykers-on-sn-hetta-s-innovation-lessons Craig Dykers on Snøhetta's innovation lessons Alexander Walter 2016-12-05T17:31:00-05:00 >2016-12-11T23:03:19-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/l9/l95d8edy6zvwy8k0.jpg" width="650" height="434" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>I&rsquo;ve been privileged to interview Craig Dykers, founding partner in the extraordinary global architecture firm Sn&oslash;hetta, on several occasions and walked away each time incredibly inspired by the breadth and depth of their creativity and innovation approaches. [...] Analyzing their innovation process can yield important lessons for companies. Here are some highlights.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The <em>Forbes</em> <a href="http://www.forbes.com/sites/michellegreenwald/2016/12/02/17-important-innovation-lessons-from-one-of-the-worlds-great-architecture-firms/#7152c30138af" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">list</a> of&nbsp;Sn&oslash;hetta innovation lessons and glimpses into the firm's intercontinental problem-solving process includes flat hierarchies, embrace of contrasts across a variety of sectors, an internal podcast, and celebration of good news, among many others.</p><p>Other Sn&oslash;hetta&nbsp;stories on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/149940804/sn-hetta-s-expanded-sfmoma-is-235-000-square-feet-of-egalitarianism" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Sn&oslash;hetta's expanded SFMOMA is 235,000 square feet of egalitarianism</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149943339/archinect-s-critical-round-up-of-sn-hetta-s-sfmoma-addition" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect's critical round-up of Sn&oslash;hetta's SFMOMA addition</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149951182/the-mountaineers-craig-dykers-and-elaine-molinar-of-sn-hetta-on-one-to-one-27" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Mountaineers: Craig Dykers and Elaine Molinar of Sn&oslash;hetta on One-to-One #27</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149981307/moreau-kusunoki-winners-of-guggenheim-helsinki-competition-respond-to-rejected-plans-an-extraordinary-adventure-despite-the-disappointing-result Moreau Kusunoki, winners of Guggenheim Helsinki competition, respond to rejected plans: "an extraordinary adventure despite the disappointing result" Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-12-02T18:26:00-05:00 >2016-12-07T20:51:58-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/xs/xspdut66fpx93wzh.jpg" width="514" height="514" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Now that <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149981006/guggenheim-helsinki-plans-nixed-by-city-citing-the-project-s-excessive-cost-for-the-finnish-taxpayer" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Helsinki's city council has rejected</a> the latest round of financing plans for the Guggenheim outpost, it appears that the <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/130277836/who-are-helsinki-guggenheim-winners-nicolas-moreau-and-hiroko-kusunoki" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">winning design by Moreau Kusunoki</a> most certainly won't be built. We reached out to the architects for comment, and they provided the following statement:</p><p><em>Guggenheim Helsinki was an extraordinary adventure despite the disappointing result of the vote from the City Council of Helsinki.</em></p><p><br><em>The reflections we had in conceiving the 21th-century museum in Helsinki were thought-provoking and revelatory, such as the participatory and social dimensions of the museum, the studies on in-between spaces and flexible use, and the use of charred-wood cladding.</em></p><p><em>&nbsp;<br>This journey was also an opportunity to meet exceptional professionals, whose commitment to promoting art and architecture we deeply admire.</em></p><p><br><em>We are confident that this project represents a stepping stone and the possibility of an exciting future for our firm and for the field of architecture. It encourages new thoughts ...</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149981092/s-o-paulo-named-grand-prize-winner-in-2016-mayors-challenge São Paulo named Grand Prize Winner in 2016 Mayors Challenge Alexander Walter 2016-12-01T18:45:00-05:00 >2016-12-07T20:23:34-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/n7/n71qw61xcji0tpur.jpg" width="650" height="305" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>As part of this year&rsquo;s Bloomberg Philanthropies Mayors Challenge, the Brazilian megacity drafted a proposal for a digital interchange platform designed to connect vendors with restaurants, markets, and other retailers in an effort to make it easier for them to sell their wares. On Wednesday, S&atilde;o Paulo&rsquo;s proposal was named the winner of the third ever Mayors Challenge, which gives it a $5 million cash prize to implement the idea.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>"Four other cities will also receive $1 million each to implement their respective proposals. The winners include two Colombian cities, Medell&iacute;n and Bogot&aacute;, as well as Santiago, Chile, and Guadalajara, Mexico."</em></p><p>Click <a href="http://mayorschallenge.bloomberg.org/ideas/sao-paulo/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a> to learn more about&nbsp;the winning proposal "S&atilde;o Paulo: Growing Farmers&rsquo; Income, Shrinking Urban Sprawl."</p><p>Related stories in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/109659675/barcelona-wins-grand-prize-in-bloomberg-philanthropies-mayors-challenge-for-europe" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Barcelona wins Grand Prize in Bloomberg Philanthropies&rsquo; Mayors Challenge for Europe</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/147654209/s-o-paulo-s-big-bet-on-housing-policy" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">S&atilde;o Paulo's big bet on housing policy</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/145287035/odd-beauty-downtown-s-o-paulo-through-the-lens-of-felipe-russo" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Odd beauty: downtown S&atilde;o Paulo through the lens of Felipe Russo</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149980853/trump-nominates-elaine-chao-for-secretary-of-transportation Trump nominates Elaine Chao for Secretary of Transportation Justine Testado 2016-11-30T14:40:00-05:00 >2016-11-30T14:46:42-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/ul/ulghg53f1ujuc7sg.jpg" width="614" height="768" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Mr. Trump...has said that infrastructure redevelopment will be a priority of his first 100 days in office. And Ms. Chao has experience &mdash; politically and personally &mdash; in navigating the competing centers of power in the capital...But now that she is in line for a prominent position in Mr. Trump&rsquo;s cabinet, it is her own ties to business that are likely to come under scrutiny. As labor secretary, she faced criticism that her department favored business and was lax on enforcement and worker safety.</p></em><br /><br /><p>More on Archinect:</p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149980007/president-elect-trump-offers-hud-post-to-ben-carson" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">President-elect Trump offers HUD post to Ben Carson</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149979660/trump-pilfers-clinton-s-plan-for-an-infrastructure-bank" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Trump pilfers Clinton's plan for an 'infrastructure bank'</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149980845/scott-frank-senior-director-of-media-relations-for-the-aia-resigns-following-the-aia-s-statement-of-support-for-president-elect-trump" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Scott Frank, Senior Director of Media Relations for the AIA, resigns following the AIA's statement of support for President-elect Trump</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149980845/scott-frank-senior-director-of-media-relations-for-the-aia-resigns-following-the-aia-s-statement-of-support-for-president-elect-trump Scott Frank, Senior Director of Media Relations for the AIA, resigns following the AIA's statement of support for President-elect Trump Nicholas Korody 2016-11-30T13:40:00-05:00 >2016-12-07T20:21:22-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/g1/g1rx6d5na4sa55h5.jpg" width="650" height="434" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>It&rsquo;s been a rocky few weeks for the American Institute of Architects. Shortly following the election of Donald Trump, AIA CEO Robert Ivy released a statement on behalf of the 89,000 members of the organization, stating, &ldquo;The AIA and its 89,000 members are committed to working with President-elect Trump to address the issues our country faces, particularly strengthening the nation&rsquo;s aging infrastructure.&rdquo; However, not all 89,000 members of the AIA do, in fact, commit to working with the controversial President-elect. As a result, many took to Twitter and other social media platforms to voice their discontent with the hashtag #NotMyAIA, which we&rsquo;ve collected&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/149978362/architects-respond-to-the-aia-s-statement-in-support-of-president-elect-donald-trump" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.</p><p>Now, Scott Frank, the AIA&rsquo;s Senior Director of Media Relations, has resigned from his post in response to the controversy. Architect&rsquo;s Newspaper <a href="https://archpaper.com/2016/11/aia-media-relations-director-resigns-trump/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">reports</a> that Scott resigned due to the &ldquo;AIA&rsquo;s severe mishandling of the situation&rdquo; and &ldquo;total lack of accountability&rdquo;. We reached out via email to the AIA&rsquo;s Senior Manager of Media R...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149980614/waterfront-towers-reel-in-unusual-loan-deal Waterfront Towers Reel In Unusual Loan Deal Richard Meier & Partners 2016-11-29T12:10:00-05:00 >2016-12-07T00:44:52-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/6q/6q8qnjs63x24un8g.jpg" width="650" height="845" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Most of the foundations are completed for the three buildings, which will have rental apartments on the lower floors and condominiums on the upper ones. The partnership tapped Uruguayan architect Rafael Vi&ntilde;oly, who designed the slender ultraluxury condo skyscraper at 432 Park Ave., Richard Meier &amp; Partners Architects LLP and Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates PC to design the glass, stone and metal towers, which range from 34 to 38 stories tall.</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>