Archinect - News 2014-08-30T10:35:55-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/107040762/lawsuits-legos-and-landmarks-weekly-news-round-up-for-august-18-2014 Lawsuits, Legos and landmarks: Weekly News Round-Up for August 18, 2014 Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-08-25T13:13:00-04:00 >2014-08-25T13:15:12-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/l9/l9vl7n242h9ujwrt.jpg" width="514" height="323" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><strong>Friday, August 22:</strong></p><ul><li><strong><a title="Zaha Hadid sues architecture critic Martin Filler over book review" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/107169286/zaha-hadid-sues-architecture-critic-martin-filler-over-book-review" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Zaha Hadid sues architecture critic Martin Filler over book review</a></strong>: <a href="http://archinect.com/zaha-hadid" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Hadid</a> is responding to allegedly defamatory comments made by Filler regarding her <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/134029/2022-world-cup-in-qatar" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">2022 World Cup stadium in Qatar</a>.</li><li><strong><a title="The Demolition of 5 Pointz Has Begun" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/107170089/the-demolition-of-5-pointz-has-begun" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Demolition of 5 Pointz Has Begun</a></strong>: The "Graffiti Mecca" was <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/86311570/5-pointz-graffiti-mecca-in-long-island-city-faces-imminent-destruction" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">slated for demolition last November</a>, when the property owners' "broken window" theory justification beat out the artists' protests. <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/105478813/new-renderings-of-what-will-replace-grafitti-art-mecca-5pointz-emerge" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Two residential towers will be built in 5 Pointz's place</a>.</li><li><strong><a title="Study confirms LA is least affordable city for rentals in US" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/107185375/study-confirms-la-is-least-affordable-city-for-rentals-in-us" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Study confirms LA is least affordable city for rentals in US</a></strong>: Depressing <a href="http://archinect.com/ucla" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">UCLA</a> study confirms that in the city with the highest proportion of renters in the country, the average renter spends nearly 47% of their income on rent. The news is part of&nbsp;a nearly fifty year old trend in the renting market.</li></ul><p><strong>Thursday, August 21:</strong></p><ul><li><strong><a title="Lego House in Billund, Denmark, begins construction by laying giant Lego brick&ndash;shaped foundation stones" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/107096998/lego-house-in-billund-denmark-begins-construction-by-laying-giant-lego-brick-shaped-foundation-stones" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Lego House in Billund, Denmark, begins construction by laying giant Lego brick&ndash;shaped foundation stones</a></strong>: Even if <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/39902/big-bjarke-ingels-group" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">BIG</a> hadn't designed it, Bjarke would have laid the first brick.</li><li><strong><a title="Istanbul's 'illegal' towers to be demolished after landmark court ruling" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/107097802/istanbul-s-illegal-towers-to-be-demolished-after-landmark-court-ruling" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Istanbul's 'illegal' towers to be demolished after...</a></strong></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/107015813/architecture-billings-index-increased-in-july-highest-mark-since-2007 Architecture Billings Index increased in July, "Highest Mark Since 2007" Archinect 2014-08-20T12:46:00-04:00 >2014-08-20T13:38:32-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/2q/2q3y20hwtuf4qzuw.jpg" width="514" height="357" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The last three months have shown steadily increasing demand for design services and the Architecture Billings Index (ABI) is now at its highest level since 2007. [...] The American Institute of Architects (AIA) reported the July ABI score was 55.8, up noticeably from a mark of 53.5 in June. This score reflects an increase in design activity (any score above 50 indicates an increase in billings). The new projects inquiry index was 66.0, following a very strong mark of 66.4 the previous month.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/104964607/slums-siza-and-squatting-icymi-weekly-news-round-up-for-july-21-2014 Slums, Siza and squatting: ICYMI Weekly News Round-Up for July 21, 2014 Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-07-28T14:45:00-04:00 >2014-07-29T18:47:20-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/rz/rzfh9e19cqv22sx9.jpg" width="514" height="308" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>In Case You Missed It, a look back at the major happenings from last week's News.</p><p><strong>Friday, July 25</strong></p><ul><li><a title="Families Removed From 'Tower of David' Skyscraper Slum" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/105014387/families-removed-from-tower-of-david-skyscraper-slum" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Families Removed From 'Tower of David' Skyscraper Slum</a>: Venezuelans initially began living in the abandoned office towers in 2007, due to the country's burgeoning financial crisis. They are now being evicted by Caracas city officials, citing safety concerns in the 45-floor building.</li><li><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/105016010/row-over-olympic-cauldron-design-settled-out-of-court" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Row over Olympic cauldron design settled out of court</a>: Olympic officials settled with designers from <a href="http://atopiainnovation.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Atopia</a>, who claimed the cauldron design relied heavily on their ideas without citation. While Atopia's influence has been recognized, design of the cauldron is still credited to <a href="http://www.heatherwick.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Thomas Heatherwick</a>.</p></li></ul><p><strong>Thursday, July 24</strong></p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/104955739/lvaro-siza-donates-his-architectural-archives-to-institutions-in-portugal-and-canada" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">&Aacute;lvaro Siza donates his architectural archives to institutions in Portugal and Canada</a>:&nbsp;The archive will be divided up between the Canadian Centre for Architecture (Montreal), the <a href="http://www.gulbenkian.pt/Institucional/en/Homepage" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Funda&ccedil;&atilde;o Gulbenkian</a> in Lisbon and the <a href="http://www.serralves.pt/en/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Funda&ccedil;&atilde;o de Serralves</a> in Porto.</li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/104938794/can-a-frank-gehry-design-help-change-the-dynamic-of-watts" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Can a Frank Gehry design help change the dynamic of Wat...</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/104862448/architecture-billings-index-increased-in-june Architecture Billings Index increased in June Archinect 2014-07-23T13:19:00-04:00 >2014-07-23T13:19:18-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/3z/3zslr8g7e3jeep4u.jpg" width="514" height="357" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Architecture Billings Index (ABI) is signaling improving conditions for the overall design and construction industry. [...] The American Institute of Architects (AIA) reported the June ABI score was 53.5, up from a mark of 52.6 in May. This score reflects an increase in design activity (any score above 50 indicates an increase in billings). The new projects inquiry index was 66.4, up noticeably from the reading of 63.2 the previous month and its highest level in a calendar year.</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/100170119/contraction-in-architecture-billings-index-continues Contraction in Architecture Billings Index Continues Archinect 2014-05-21T13:36:00-04:00 >2014-05-28T22:09:55-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/bx/bxaus8gcjg582xqr.jpg" width="514" height="357" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Architecture Billings Index (ABI) has reverted into negative territory for the last two months. [...] The American Institute of Architects (AIA) reported the [April] ABI score was 49.6, up slightly from a mark of 48.8 in March. This score reflects a decrease in design activity (any score above 50 indicates an increase in billings). The new projects inquiry index was 59.1, up from the reading of 57.9 the previous month.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/98550529/architecture-billings-index-indicated-contraction-in-march Architecture Billings Index indicated contraction in March Archinect 2014-04-23T12:57:00-04:00 >2014-04-28T20:04:40-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ch/chvnoavvvlzpgrkg.jpg" width="514" height="357" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The American Institute of Architects (AIA) reported the March ABI score was 48.8, down sharply from a mark of 50.7 in February. This score reflects a decrease in design services (any score above 50 indicates an increase in billings). The new projects inquiry index was 57.9, up from the reading of 56.8 the previous month.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/96014903/architecture-billings-index-increased-slightly-in-february Architecture Billings Index increased slightly in February Archinect 2014-03-19T11:27:00-04:00 >2014-03-25T21:25:02-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/9m/9m6roe9k7e3cv8vz.jpg" width="514" height="357" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The American Institute of Architects (AIA) reported the February ABI score was 50.7, up slightly from a mark of 50.4 in January. This score reflects an increase in design services (any score above 50 indicates an increase in billings). The new projects inquiry index was 56.8, down from the reading of 58.5 the previous month.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/93885287/architecture-billings-index-increases-slightly-in-january Architecture Billings Index increases slightly in January Archinect 2014-02-19T14:42:00-05:00 >2014-02-23T22:04:38-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/dl/dl2lthrnjshzykj7.jpg" width="514" height="357" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The American Institute of Architects (AIA) reported the January ABI score was 50.4, up from a mark of 48.5 in December. This score reflects an increase in design services (any score above 50 indicates an increase in billings). The new projects inquiry index was 58.5, down a bit from the reading of 59.2 the previous month.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/91837733/architecture-billings-index-declines-in-december Architecture Billings Index declines in December Archinect 2014-01-22T13:32:00-05:00 >2014-01-22T13:36:05-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/92/927o4iwn2nygkxwg.jpg" width="514" height="357" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The American Institute of Architects (AIA) reported the December ABI score was 48.5, down from a mark of 49.8 in November. This score reflects a decrease in design services (any score above 50 indicates an increase in billings). The new projects inquiry index was 59.2, up from the reading of 57.8 the previous month.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/84828966/architecture-billings-index-surges-in-september-to-2nd-highest-level-of-the-year Architecture Billings Index surges in September to 2nd highest level of the year Archinect 2013-10-23T12:08:00-04:00 >2013-10-28T22:51:34-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/5k/5kvcmnizusgrzjgo.jpg" width="514" height="357" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The American Institute of Architects (AIA) reported the September ABI score was 54.3, up from a mark of 53.8 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 58.6, down from the reading of 63.0 the previous month.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/82129776/architecture-billings-index-increases-in-august Architecture Billings Index increases in August Archinect 2013-09-18T11:41:00-04:00 >2013-09-23T22:02:29-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/wv/wv9msyh0tnzqdzir.jpg" width="514" height="357" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The American Institute of Architects (AIA) reported the August ABI score was 53.8, up from a mark of 52.7 in July. This score reflects an increase in demand for design services (any score above 50 indicates an increase in billings). The new projects inquiry index was 63.0, down from the reading of 66.4 the previous month.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/80000733/architecture-billings-continue-to-increase-in-july Architecture Billings Continue to Increase in July Archinect 2013-08-21T17:08:00-04:00 >2013-08-26T21:02:56-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/a1/a1f124868e3a1fca95767f858d8f94f6.jpg" width="514" height="385" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Architecture Billings Index for July, released today by the American Institute of Architects, shows that the market for design and construction services continues its steady and sustained recovery. With a national billings score of 52.7, more than a full point higher than June&rsquo;s 51.6, demand for architectural services picked up even more steam last month.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/77927215/architecture-billings-index-stays-in-growth-mode-in-june Architecture Billings Index Stays in Growth Mode in June Archinect 2013-07-25T20:36:00-04:00 >2013-07-29T19:22:54-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/po/po1j5r2927dnio6e.jpg" width="514" height="357" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The ABI remained positive again in June after the first decline in ten months in April. The American Institute of Architects (AIA) reported the June ABI score was 51.6, down from a mark of 52.9 in May. This score reflects an increase in demand for design services (any score above 50 indicates an increase in billings). The new projects inquiry index was 62.6, up sharply from the reading of 59.1 the previous month.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/75578732/architecture-billings-back-up-for-may Architecture Billings back up for May Archinect 2013-06-19T12:35:00-04:00 >2013-06-20T17:02:54-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/wy/wyoain420c832nnj.jpg" width="514" height="357" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The American Institute of Architects (AIA) reported the May ABI score was 52.9, up dramatically from a mark of 48.6 in April. This score reflects an increase in demand for design services (any score above 50 indicates an increase in billings). The new projects inquiry index was 59.1, up slightly from the reading of 58.5 the previous month.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/73778479/abi-reverts-into-negative-territory-for-first-time-in-nine-months ABI Reverts into Negative Territory for First Time in Nine Months Archinect 2013-05-23T17:26:00-04:00 >2013-05-23T17:26:29-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/kt/kter5gybbrgrf5it.jpg" width="514" height="357" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;Project approval delays are having an adverse effect on the design and construction industry, but again and again we are hearing that it is extremely difficult to obtain financing to move forward on real estate projects,&rdquo; said AIA Chief Economist, Kermit Baker, PhD, Hon. AIA. &ldquo;There are other challenges that have prevented a broader recovery that we will examine in the coming months if this negative trajectory continues... we&rsquo;re hopeful that this is just a short-term dip.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/71966333/architecture-billings-up-for-8th-consecutive-month Architecture billings up for 8th consecutive month Archinect 2013-04-25T17:22:00-04:00 >2013-04-29T19:29:35-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ko/koywwy054u5rgc5a.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In March, the American Institute of Architects&rsquo; Architecture Billings Index marked its eighth consecutive month of growth in the demand for architectural design services. While the national score of 51.9 is down three full points from February&rsquo;s score of 54.9, the architecture industry is still seeing continued strength nationwide, and across all regions and industry sectors.</p></em><br /><br /><p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/7h/7h07vmgqdgse2unr.jpg" title=""></p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/70/705u7anc50b3f6d4.jpg" title=""></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/69771578/architecture-billings-up-for-seventh-consecutive-month Architecture Billings Up for Seventh Consecutive Month Archinect 2013-03-20T13:57:00-04:00 >2013-03-21T17:22:55-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/2t/2t7nrs1wrvolid5r.jpg" width="514" height="369" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In February, the American Institute of Architects&rsquo; Architecture Billings Index marked its seventh consecutive month of growth in the demand for architectural design services. With a national score of 54.9, up from January&rsquo;s score of 54.2, the architecture industry is seeing continued strength and a higher rate of growth of billings than it has seen since the bubble burst five years ago. (A score above 50.0 in the index means that demand is increasing.)</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/68021876/strong-surge-for-architecture-billings-index Strong Surge for Architecture Billings Index Archinect 2013-02-21T03:11:00-05:00 >2013-02-24T18:56:28-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/uh/uhr8pphz7b0s0zfn.jpg" width="514" height="248" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The American Institute of Architects (AIA) reported the January ABI score was 54.2, up sharply from a mark of 51.2* in December. This score reflects a strong increase in demand for design services (any score above 50 indicates an increase in billings). The new projects inquiry index was 63.2, much higher than the reading of 57.9 the previous month.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/66089033/fifth-consecutive-month-of-gains-in-abi Fifth Consecutive Month of Gains in ABI Archinect 2013-01-23T11:40:00-05:00 >2013-01-29T09:58:09-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/rw/rw036kop8j57tqu6.jpg" width="514" height="204" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;While it&rsquo;s not an across the board recovery, we are hearing a much more positive outlook in terms of demand for design services,&rdquo; said AIA Chief Economist, Kermit Baker, PhD, Hon. AIA. &ldquo;Moving into 2013 we are expecting this trend to continue and conditions improve at a slow and steady rate. That said, we remain concerned that continued uncertainty over the outcomes of budget sequestration and the debt ceiling could impact further economic growth.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/63708948/demand-for-architects-builds-momentum Demand for Architects Builds Momentum Archinect 2012-12-19T02:17:00-05:00 >2012-12-25T17:02:45-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/pf/pfgo0s6ayiovl3fa.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>There are few professionals more hopeful for a bright future this holiday season than architects, who are finally starting to see business conditions improve. Billings at architecture firms have been depressed for the past four years, another victim of the real-estate and housing downturn. But in recent months, that has started to change.</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/61858217/architecture-billings-rise-for-fifth-straight-month Architecture billings rise for fifth straight month Archinect 2012-11-21T14:19:00-05:00 >2012-11-21T14:40:35-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/hs/hsclx9zeqbz741hd.jpg" width="514" height="514" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>After declining earlier in 2012, the billings index began to turn higher in June, then accelerated, and has now marked its third straight month above the 50 level, which indicates expanding demand for architects' services. "It's beginning to look like demand for design services has turned the corner," said AIA Chief Economist Kermit Baker.</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/58142626/aia-billings-index-in-positive-territory aia billings index in positive territory... Gregory Walker 2012-09-27T16:25:00-04:00 >2012-09-28T11:35:03-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/tc/tch2vlz0mv7b4mkz.jpg" width="500" height="375" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>"After a four-month skid, billings at U.S. architecture firms edged up very modestly in August with an ABI score of 50.2, indicating minor growth in design billings. Inquiries for new project activity also improved, showing its strongest gain since the first quarter of the year."</p></em><br /><br /><p> as a contributor to the aia's monthly Architectural Billings Index, it's always interesting to see how this indicator pans out. for August, apparently, it was pretty well - it's the first time in a while since we've crossed the Mendoza line (a number above 50).&nbsp;</p> <p> if you're looking to this to help gauge where to look for work, this month's survey offers the following:</p> <p> <em>"With a score of 51.2, firms in the West reported their first monthly increase in billings in five years, offering the possibility that firms in this region may finally be working their way out of the downturn. Conversely, firms in the Northeast and Midwest reported weak conditions in August, after reporting generally positive conditions over the past year. Also, firms specializing in the institutional sector reported only their third monthly increase in the past 18 months. Residential firms saw healthy gains, providing further evidence that the residential construction sector is in recovery while commercial/indust...</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/57629715/abi-inches-back-into-positive-territory ABI Inches Back into Positive Territory Archinect 2012-09-19T22:56:00-04:00 >2012-09-24T19:18:19-04:00 <em><p>On the heels of a nearly three-point increase, the Architecture Billings Index (ABI) climbed into positive terrain for the first time in five months... The American Institute of Architects (AIA) reported the August ABI score was 50.2, up from the mark of 48.7 in July. This score reflects an increase in demand for design services. The new projects inquiry index was 57.2, up from mark of 56.3 the previous month.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/55823135/u-s-architecture-billings-index-rebounds-in-july U.S. architecture billings index rebounds in July Archinect 2012-08-23T15:36:00-04:00 >2012-08-24T14:02:40-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/xq/xq7r6x75hpx9rsaw.jpg" width="514" height="387" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The architecture billings index rose 2.8 points to 48.7 last month, the highest since March, the American Institute of Architects said on Wednesday. The billings index, which measures demand for architects' services, helps predict construction activity nine to 12 months ahead. Any measure below 50 indicates a decline in billings.</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/52075667/architecture-billings-nosedive-in-may Architecture Billings Nosedive in May Archinect 2012-06-20T14:44:00-04:00 >2012-06-27T14:02:05-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/75/755f16126058ed7c9087fc962975722f.jpg" width="514" height="318" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The American Institute of Architects&rsquo; (AIA) monthly Architecture Billings Index (ABI) dropped significantly last month. Nationwide architecture work had begun to contract in April, but sunk by a considerable amount more in May. The May ABI score was 45.8, down from an already contracting 48.4 in April. Inquiries for new projects also dropped, from 54.4 to 54.0, the lowest score in a year.</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/48702422/architecture-billings-slip-back-in-april Architecture Billings Slip Back in April Archinect 2012-05-16T20:16:40-04:00 >2012-05-17T02:33:39-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/e9/e95e17871bf5b3607330036867cea2f3.jpg" width="225" height="431" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>After five months of positive readings, the Architecture Billings Index slipped back into negative territory during April, an indication that demand for design services declined. The score for April was 48.4, compared with 50.4 in March.</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/43157895/using-the-abi-as-an-economic-indicator Using the ABI as an economic indicator Archinect 2012-03-29T19:40:00-04:00 >2012-03-29T23:22:10-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/xh/xh9k5pvt4yv5621e.jpg" width="514" height="316" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>... the ABI is a pretty good leading indicator of non-residential construction levels a year or so down the track. It&rsquo;s often not a bad indicator of broader economic conditions either. For example, the index&rsquo;s low of late 2008 came a little before U.S. stocks&rsquo; post-crisis nadir in March 2009. It&rsquo;s been on a general uptrend ever since. As have stocks. There&rsquo;s a crumb of good news, here, then, because the ABI has now been rising for four straight months.</p></em><br /><br /><p> The WSJ's "The Source" discusses how the Architecture Billing Index can be used as a fairly accurate economic indicator, comparable to the oft-used Baltic Dry Index.</p>