Archinect - News 2014-04-20T23:11:26-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/98147010/let-them-eat-mcmansions-the-1-percent-income-inequality-and-new-fashioned-american-excess Let them eat McMansions! The 1 percent, income inequality, and new-fashioned American excess Alexander Walter 2014-04-16T13:35:00-04:00 >2014-04-18T11:37:51-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/d0/d0e11dc845ec7411db17b433f76e000f.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Today we call those changes &ldquo;inequality,&rdquo; and inequality is, obviously, the point of the McMansion. The suburban ideal of the 1950s, according to &ldquo;The Organization Man,&rdquo; was supposed to be &ldquo;classlessness,&rdquo; but the opposite ideal is the brick-to-the-head message of the dominant suburban form of today.</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/97583068/3-d-printing-market-predicted-to-grow-to-16-2-billion-by-2018 3-D printing market predicted to grow to $16.2 billion by 2018 Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-04-08T19:05:00-04:00 >2014-04-10T16:21:34-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/eo/eo4sjnfpgeuuftkp.jpg" width="514" height="373" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The size of the [3-D printing] market ... is expected to grow to $3.8 billion this year and soar to $16.2 billion globally by 2018. [...] "This is a market with enormous growth potential now that the main barriers to up-take are being addressed," Shepherd said. "As it matures, there is clear and substantial potential across numerous sectors, such as engineering and architecture, aerospace and defense, and medical ... for 3-D printing to have a dramatic impact within five years."</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/97046863/housing-is-having-a-bad-month-thanks-to-the-letter-l Housing is having a bad month, thanks to the letter "L" Alexander Walter 2014-04-01T20:21:00-04:00 >2014-04-01T20:22:51-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/8b/8be04026c632d6b8145bff1a1e5d714b.jpg" width="514" height="286" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Some pretty lackluster news from the housing market today. Construction spending rose a measly .1% in February. Part of that was because of the wild weather we saw this winter, but economists say that only accounts for part of the lacklusterness. It seems we&rsquo;re not building or buying homes like we used to. Pending home sales fell in February to their lowest level in more than 2 years. The housing market made big gains last year, but so far 2014 isn&rsquo;t looking so hot.</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/96045569/greece-protests-over-government-plans-to-sell-off-historic-national-buildings Greece protests over government plans to sell off historic national buildings Alexander Walter 2014-03-19T20:55:00-04:00 >2014-03-25T19:29:59-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/05/05cfa60528d175db55986250851881f4.jpg" width="460" height="276" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Greece's cultural gems have become the focus of renewed protest on the streets of Athens following the cash-strapped government's announcement of plans to include prime properties around the Acropolis, and other landmark buildings, in its privatisation programme. Furious opponents marched through the city centre at the weekend to denounce the "illegal sale" of the country's heritage.</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/95482582/green-lane-project-brings-protected-bike-lanes-to-six-u-s-cities Green Lane Project brings protected bike lanes to six U.S. cities Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-03-12T15:07:00-04:00 >2014-03-17T20:30:15-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/mt/mtdg12d0egbk9fus.jpg" width="514" height="387" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Cycling advocacy group <a href="http://www.peopleforbikes.org/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">People for Bikes</a> has selected six U.S. cities to receive funding and consultation for new protected bike lanes, as part of its <a href="http://www.peopleforbikes.org/green-lane-project/pages/about-the-project" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Green Lane Project</a>. The annual Project collaborates with cities over two years to expedite the installation of protected bike lanes, one of the ways People for Bikes aims to establish bike-friendly, lower-stress streets. This past January, the group <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/91832887/protected-bike-lanes-strengthen-city-economy-report-finds" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">published a report</a> documenting how protected bike lanes help local businesses, drawn partially from cities selected by their Green Lane program.</p><p>This year's cities are Atlanta, GA, Boston, MA, Denver, CO, Indianapolis, IN, Pittsburgh, PA and Seattle, WA. During its first two programs (2012 and 2013), the Green Lane Project was responsible for nearly half of the entire nation's increase in protected bike lanes, growing from 80 to 142. Previous cities that benefited from the program include Austin, TX, San Francisco, CA, Portland, OR, and Washington, DC -- now serving as mentors for future cit...</p> 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/93741317/for-interns-all-work-and-no-payoff For Interns, All Work and No Payoff Miles Jaffe 2014-02-17T17:50:00-05:00 >2014-02-26T17:12:25-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/72/72pdffjy5xwm2mto.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Call them members of the permanent intern underclass: educated members of the millennial generation who are locked out of the traditional career ladder and are having to settle for two, three and sometimes more internships after graduating college, all with no end in sight.</p></em><br /><br /><p><br>&nbsp;</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/91852344/sam-lubell-examines-the-u-s-s-trouble-keeping-top-design-talent Sam Lubell examines the U.S.'s trouble keeping top design talent Archinect 2014-01-22T18:09:00-05:00 >2014-02-03T09:43:48-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/76/76c34c9d6e3d8a0801908436891d924c.jpg" width="514" height="330" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In my own office, for instance, two firms, Synthesis Design + Architecture and Freeland Buck, are carrying out their only major projects in places like China and Thailand. A former office mate, Platform for Architecture and Research (P-A-R), is pursuing most of its work in Europe and Asia. If you move up to LA&rsquo;s most established design firms, they&rsquo;re doing the exact same thing. Where are Frank Gehry, Thom Mayne, and Neil Denari doing most of their projects? The Middle East, China, and Europe.</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/91832887/protected-bike-lanes-strengthen-city-economy-report-finds Protected bike lanes strengthen city economy, report finds Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-01-22T13:07:00-05:00 >2014-01-27T21:46:07-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/2u/2u6j4iqlx5mp18aj.jpg" width="514" height="672" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> According to a recent <a href="http://b.3cdn.net/bikes/123e6305136c85cf56_0tm6vjeuo.pdf" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">report</a> from <a href="http://www.peopleforbikes.org/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">PeopleForBikes</a> and <a href="http://www.peoplepoweredmovement.org/site/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Alliance for Biking &amp; Walking</a>, protected city bike lanes can actually encourage local business success. As trends show workers moving into U.S. cities (rather than out into suburbs), and businesses catering to a younger workforce that relies less on cars, cycling infrastructure has becomes integral to strengthening local businesses and encouraging long-term economic growth for the entire city.</p> <p> A lot of what delays cycling infrastructure is the presumption that it only benefits cyclists. It can be hard to justify to citizens who don't cycle that bike lanes and bike-share programs will benefit the city at large, and not just the "cyclist" demographic. But cities have begun to take notice of the positive change that cycling infrastructure can help bring to their local businesses, in very concrete ways.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/o7/o7e3k4sw259uvss0.jpg" title=""></p> <p> The report focuses on statistics from cities with expanding networks of protected bike lanes: Austin, TX; San Francisco, CA;...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/88159568/architecture-lobby-survey-takes-a-hard-look-at-the-state-of-the-profession Architecture Lobby survey takes a hard look at the state of the profession Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2013-12-06T13:46:00-05:00 >2013-12-07T09:55:05-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/jd/jdqhrxspk5yuscvh.jpg" width="514" height="620" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Architecture Lobby is an organization of architectural workers advocating for the value of architecture in the general public and for architectural work within the discipline. [&hellip;] The Architecture Lobby survey that is being distributed here gathers information that provides evidence for ourselves and for the public about the nature of our work and where we do and do not place value; where we could and should demand respect.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Frustrated by a lack of professional agency and fair compensation, an organization of architectural workers known as the Architecture Lobby are vying for a renewed critical appreciation of the architecture profession, from both the architectural community and the general public. To make their appeal, the Lobby is gathering data from architectural workers (architects, designers, administrators) and their firms through a 70 question survey.</p> <p> Take the&nbsp;<a href="http://survey.zohopublic.com/zs/0qBVx6" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Architecture Lobby survey</strong>.</a></p> <p> In a similar effort to increase transparency and accountability within the profession, Archinect launched the Architecture Salary Poll in April of 2013. You can anonymously submit your employment information in an ongoing effort to generate real data on the profession over time.</p> <p> Contribute to the&nbsp;<a href="http://salaries.archinect.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Architecture Salary Poll</strong></a>.</p> 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/78905803/detroit-s-venal-art-sale-no-fix-for-urban-nightmare Detroit’s Venal Art Sale No Fix for Urban Nightmare Archinect 2013-08-07T12:46:00-04:00 >2013-08-07T12:46:34-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/db/db66878485e644f2ab5d487a341d98ad.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>When companies go bankrupt, the medicine can be harsh for staff members and the local tax base, yet the effects are temporary. A bankrupt city can&rsquo;t fire citizens who pay taxes but already receive worse than subsistence services like one-hour police response times. Large cities don&rsquo;t disappear or die, they just waste into chronic basket cases, like Camden, New Jersey; Gary, Indiana; and East St. Louis, Illinois.</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/78259351/a-city-invokes-seizure-laws-to-save-homes A City Invokes Seizure Laws to Save Homes Orhan Ayyüce 2013-07-30T10:44:00-04:00 >2013-07-30T13:08:20-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/n1/n1bbyl3az26mwloq.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;We&rsquo;re not willing to back down on this.They can put forward as much pressure as they would like but I&rsquo;m very committed to this program and I&rsquo;m very committed to the well-being of our neighborhoods.&rdquo; - Gayle McLaughlin, Richmond&rsquo;s mayor</p></em><br /><br /><p> <img alt="" src="http://graphics8.nytimes.com/images/2013/07/30/business/30domain-span/30domain-span-articleLarge.jpg"><em>Peter DaSilva for The New York Times&#8203;</em></p> <p> The power of eminent domain has traditionally worked against homeowners, who can be forced to sell their property to make way for a new highway or shopping mall. But now the working-class city of Richmond, Calif., hopes to use the same legal tool to help people stay right where they are.&nbsp;</p> <p> Scarcely touched by the nation&rsquo;s housing recovery and tired of waiting for federal help, Richmond is about to become the first city in the nation to try eminent domain as a way to stop foreclosures.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/78231112/npr-interviews-bruce-katz-author-of-the-metropolitan-revolution NPR interviews Bruce Katz, author of 'The Metropolitan Revolution' Archinect 2013-07-30T09:07:00-04:00 >2013-08-05T19:47:14-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/0f/0fb0556ab6be6d68fc0cf51a6a1de189.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Bruce Katz, vice president of the Brookings Institution, says that many American cities show promising signs of renewal. He's written a book with Brookings Fellow Jennifer Bradley called The Metropolitan Revolution: How Cities and Metros Are Fixing Our Broken Politics and Fragile Economy. The book argues that metro areas &mdash; or, cities and suburbs together &mdash; are powerful economic engines with considerable political influence...</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/78227867/can-detroit-s-architectural-past-inspire-it-to-claw-back-to-greatness Can Detroit's Architectural Past Inspire It to Claw Back to Greatness? Archinect 2013-07-29T18:14:00-04:00 >2013-08-05T19:47:48-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/92/927610e685c72919b1047394157439cb.jpg" width="514" height="385" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>It often happens that news events create a new context for existing photo projects, and such is the case with Philip Jarmain&rsquo;s photos of Detroit in light of the city&rsquo;s recent filing for bankruptcy. Jarmain&rsquo;s series American Beauty documents architecture from a pre-Depression era Detroit &mdash; a time when the city was on the rise. They now stand in contrast to its current rock-bottom economic straits.</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/77823962/when-it-comes-to-economic-mobility-place-matters-who-knew When it comes to economic mobility, place matters [Who knew!] Alexander Walter 2013-07-24T12:44:00-04:00 >2013-07-24T13:03:02-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/fb/fbad2e47dd624c8465044f8ad8557a42.jpg" width="514" height="286" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Why does the layout of cities matter so much in mobility? Harvard's Raj Chetty says he and the other authors of the study were struck by the amount of variation in mobility across areas.</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/77381938/detroit-files-for-bankruptcy Detroit files for bankruptcy Nam Henderson 2013-07-18T19:09:00-04:00 >2013-07-22T17:50:20-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/k0/k0xd3vbkjmpty4tt.jpg" width="514" height="321" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In a letter accompanying Thursday's filing, Michigan's Governor Rick Snyder...said...residents needed a clear exit from the "cycle of ever decreasing services". "The only way to do those things is to radically restructure the city"</p></em><br /><br /><p> Jonny Dymond analyzes the news that Detroit has become the largest American city ever to file for bankruptcy, with debts of at least $15bn.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/75578734/housing-market-index-goes-above-50-for-the-first-time-in-seven-years Housing Market Index goes above 50 for the first time in seven years Archinect 2013-06-19T12:43:00-04:00 >2013-06-20T17:02:51-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/g7/g7wd2zsrqe6f8dg6.jpg" width="514" height="291" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Builder confidence in the market for newly-built single-family homes hit a significant milestone in June, surging eight points to a reading of 52 on the National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI) released today. Any reading over 50 indicates that more builders view sales conditions as good than poor.</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/71432255/what-s-hot-in-housing-trends-these-days What's hot in housing trends these days? Alexander Walter 2013-04-17T19:30:00-04:00 >2013-04-22T18:25:46-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/e1/e1a8dfc45ad345f7d593ec0f9c3f4db4.jpg" width="514" height="286" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Housing starts in March rose to the highest level in five years. If developers keep building at that rate, there&rsquo;d be one million new houses by the end of the year. So, what are builders building and what kind of homes do consumers want? The granite countertop of the new kitchen is like the leather interior of a new car -- a standard, special order must-have.</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/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/68932095/ohio-tax-proposal-would-extend-sales-tax-to-architectural-services Ohio Tax Proposal Would Extend Sales Tax to Architectural Services Archinect 2013-03-06T15:00:00-05:00 >2013-03-11T18:34:09-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/r1/r1xb7362woc9cw6i.jpg" width="385" height="265" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>While architects and small firms would undoubtedly benefit from the income tax cuts and deduction, the sales tax on services is problematic for the architectural profession. If the tax plan is approved, architects may find themselves at a distinct disadvantage to out of state firms.</p></em><br /><br /><p> via David Cole in <a href="http://archinect.com/forum/thread/68930668/sales-tax-on-architectural-services" target="_blank">the Forum</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/68875747/gsapp-2012-6-months-after-graduation-employment-status-report "GSAPP 2012 - 6 Months After Graduation" Employment Status Report Archinect 2013-03-05T18:53:00-05:00 >2013-03-23T02:27:58-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ie/ieaij8njo6e9heeg.jpg" width="514" height="325" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> An independently-led survey of graduates from Columbia's Graduate School of Architecture Planning and Preservation was recently conducted, to assess the overall status of employment. The infographic-rich document can be seen below.</p> <p> <em>&ldquo;GSAPP 2012 - 6 Months After Graduation&rdquo; is an attempt to capture the state of our class in our first year of post-gradschool life. Did we finally find a job? Did we move to another city? Another country? How many hours a week are we working? How much are we making? What software are we finally using? These are some of the questions this survey tries to answer, and in doing so, it may also serve as a snapshot of the architectural profession itself, how it treats its newest members and how it is doing in this fragile economy.</em></p> <p> <em>The survey was made up of 17 questions and was voluntarily responded by 63 graduates from the Masters of Architecture program at the Graduate School of Architecture Planning and Preservation at Columbia University.</em></p> 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>