Archinect - News 2015-03-06T04:11:16-05:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/122203711/the-true-costs-of-sprawl The true costs of sprawl Alexander Walter 2015-03-05T14:04:00-05:00 >2015-03-05T14:05:50-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/vc/vc8wt8ung7gzvspo.jpg" width="514" height="423" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>How much more does it cost the public to build infrastructure and provide services for sprawling development compared to more compact neighborhoods? A lot more, according to this handy summary from the Canadian environmental think tank&nbsp;Sustainable Prosperity. To create this graphic, the organization synthesized a study by the Halifax Regional Municipality [PDF] in Nova Scotia, and the research is worth a closer look.</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/121585222/how-to-shop-for-an-nfl-stadium How to shop for an NFL stadium Alexander Walter 2015-02-25T13:38:00-05:00 >2015-02-25T13:48:58-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/37/37z7fymt4c5obdr6.jpg" width="514" height="224" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In the last 20 years, just one NFL stadium has been built solely through private funding. [...] Still, when it comes to getting the best deal out of an arena, leaving taxpayer money off the tab is only a good start. Studies have repeatedly shown that sports teams don&rsquo;t have the far-reaching economic impacts that one might assume, and experts have noted that stadiums aren&rsquo;t as catalytic as some franchise owners might tout.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously:</p><ul><li><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/117649876/is-la-finally-going-to-get-a-football-stadium" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Is LA Finally Going to Get a Football Stadium?</a></p></li><li><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/56308055/special-law-for-nfl-stadium-project-unconstitutional-lawsuit-claims" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Special law for NFL stadium project unconstitutional, lawsuit claims</a></p></li><li><p><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/37135555/farmers-field-bringing-football-back-on-a-need-to-know-basis" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Farmers Field: Bringing Football Back on a Need-to-Know Basis</a></p></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/121123627/what-financial-crisis-museums-across-the-u-s-benefit-from-the-greatest-intergenerational-wealth-transfer-in-history What financial crisis? Museums across the U.S. benefit from the "greatest intergenerational wealth transfer in history" Alexander Walter 2015-02-19T13:46:00-05:00 >2015-02-26T17:30:07-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ne/ne2gk1tvu04uka6a.jpg" width="514" height="309" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Cultural giving among America&rsquo;s top philanthropists fell slightly in 2014, according to an annual ranking of the 50 largest charitable donors released last week by the Chronicle of Philanthropy. This news might come as a surprise to US museum directors, who have been swiftly&mdash;and quietly&mdash;raising eight-, nine-, and ten-figure donations from eager patrons. Their ambitious capital campaigns make the austerity measures of the recent recession feel like a distant memory.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related:&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/117891787/who-pays-for-the-new-private-museums-after-the-death-of-their-aging-founders" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Who pays for the new private museums after the death of their aging founders?</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/121043277/architecture-billings-index-in-january-reportedly-softens Architecture Billings Index in January reportedly "softens" Alexander Walter 2015-02-18T12:50:00-05:00 >2015-02-18T12:53:44-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/vo/vojiniiu0umwyowy.jpg" width="514" height="354" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Following a nine-month stretch of positive billings, the Architecture Billings Index (ABI) showed no increase in design activity in January. [...] The American Institute of Architects (AIA) reported the January ABI score was 49.9, down from a mark of 52.7 in December. This score reflects a very modest decrease in design services (any score above 50 indicates an increase in billings). The new projects inquiry index was 58.7, down 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/120506064/china-s-manhattan-replica-continues-to-lie-abandoned-as-economy-slows China's Manhattan replica continues to lie abandoned as economy slows Alexander Walter 2015-02-11T13:39:00-05:00 >2015-02-18T23:27:41-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/1f/1f1928a32aa97f061ea2683c20493c5e.jpg" width="514" height="260" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Manhattan may be a bustling metropolis filled with busy people rushing off to work, the theatre, restaurants and the myriad attractions the city has to offer. A replica in China, complete with knock-offs of Rockefeller Center and the Hudson River, is missing that one key element that makes New York, New York: the people. [...] &ldquo;All of these tall buildings just appeared,&rdquo; one local man recently told CTV News.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously:&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/103097785/china-s-replica-of-wall-street-is-full-of-half-built-deserted-skyscrapers-and-floods-regularly" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">China&rsquo;s replica of Wall Street is full of half-built, deserted skyscrapers and floods regularly</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/119274317/about-the-fertile-relationship-between-architects-and-second-tier-cities About the fertile relationship between architects and second-tier cities Alexander Walter 2015-01-26T14:07:00-05:00 >2015-02-02T21:04:02-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/xw/xwbw22eiol7xpxn2.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>New York, Boston, Chicago, and other major metros have a lot of construction activity, but also a lot of architects. It's a competitive field made more so by the sheer number of talented firms in the same handful of cities. That contributes to the culture of stress and overwork that many architects bemoan [...]. By contrast, an ambitious architecture practice can carve out a niche for itself in a second-tier city, where the scene is often dominated by "legacy" firms that play it safe.&nbsp;</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/118882877/aia-reports-architecture-billings-index-on-solid-footing AIA reports Architecture Billings Index "on Solid Footing" Alexander Walter 2015-01-21T12:13:00-05:00 >2015-01-23T18:22:18-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/rq/rql1x83mspc6lr3u.jpg" width="514" height="405" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>There were ten out of twelve months of increasing demand for design services in 2014, and the Architecture Billings Index (ABI) points to a healthy outlook for the nonresidential construction industry. [...] The American Institute of Architects (AIA) reported the December ABI score was 52.2, up from a mark of 50.9 in November. [...] The new projects inquiry index was 58.2, following a mark of 58.8 the previous month. Design contracts posted a mark of 49.9, after a 54.9 score in November.</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/118197559/a-look-at-the-growing-influence-of-immigrants-on-the-american-housing-market A look at the growing influence of immigrants on the American housing market Alexander Walter 2015-01-12T14:37:00-05:00 >2015-01-14T20:41:35-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/e8/e8083c3c2f26a3db7c68d87528f8194e.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>While some remain cynical about homeownership, the U.S.'s foreign-born population still regards it as a symbol of attaining the American Dream. [...] Last year, immigrant households made up 11.2 percent of owner-occupied housing according to the JCHS&mdash;that&rsquo;s up from only 6.8 percent in 1994.</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/116190131/aia-reports-outlook-for-architecture-billings-index-remains-positive AIA reports outlook for Architecture Billings Index "remains positive" Alexander Walter 2014-12-17T13:07:00-05:00 >2014-12-17T13:08:18-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/2a/2anu1ys9sfdoqai1.jpg" width="514" height="356" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Buoyed by sustained demand for apartments and condominiums, coupled with state and local governments moving ahead with delayed public projects, the Architecture Billings Index (ABI) has been positive for seven consecutive months. [...] (AIA) reported the November ABI score was 50.9, down from a mark of 53.7 in October. This score reflects a slight increase in design activity [...]. The new projects inquiry index was 58.8, following a mark of 62.7 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/114207237/latest-ncarb-survey-indicates-architecture-is-a-growing-profession-in-the-u-s Latest NCARB survey indicates architecture is a growing profession in the U.S. Justine Testado 2014-11-21T19:03:00-05:00 >2014-12-01T01:47:17-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/nk/nk9tq89jpbh97s80.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The architecture profession is back on the rise as the American economy recovers, according to NCARB's 2014 Survey of Architectural Registration Boards. For starters, the number of architects has grown by 3.1 percent since 2011.</p><p>Collecting data from all 54 U.S. territories (including District of Columbia, Guam, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands), the 2014 survey states that there are 107,581 architects in the U.S., which is a 1.6 percent increase from last year. California is listed with the highest total number of added architects at 20,595, followed by New York at 16,809. Data collected for the fall 2014 survey also reflect registration levels from July 2013 to June 2014.</p><p>Findings from the <a href="http://www.bls.gov/news.release/empsit.t17.htm" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bureau of Labor Statistics</a> show similar upward trends. In just the last two months, architecture and engineering services added 5,000 new jobs in September and 2,900 new jobs in October.</p><p>Earlier this year, NCARB made major announcements regarding <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/108199808/ncarb-revises-intern-architect-title-for-architects-pursuing-licensure" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">licensure upon graduation</a> as well as <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/102578040/ncarb-reveals-major-reinventions-for-the-idp-and-are" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">major mo...</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/114037792/architecture-billings-index-shows-slower-expansion-in-october Architecture Billings Index shows slower expansion in October Archinect 2014-11-19T14:01:00-05:00 >2014-11-19T14:04:16-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/7k/7kkx9jku04jbr0ps.jpg" width="514" height="354" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Headed by the continued strength in the multi-family residential market and the emerging growth for institutional projects, demand for design services continues to be healthy [...] The American Institute of Architects (AIA) reported the October ABI score was 53.7, down from a mark of 55.2 in September. This score reflects an increase in design activity (any score above 50 indicates an increase in billings). The new projects inquiry index was 62.7, following a mark of 64.8 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/109713464/architecture-billings-index-exhibits-continued-strength-in-august Architecture Billings Index Exhibits Continued Strength in August Archinect 2014-09-24T12:36:00-04:00 >2014-09-24T21:22:25-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/k8/k84nk0h3x1c51lh8.jpg" width="514" height="354" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>On the heels of recording its strongest pace of growth since 2007, there continues to be an increasing level of demand for design services [...]. The American Institute of Architects (AIA) reported the August ABI score was 53.0, down from a mark of 55.8 in July. This score reflects an increase in design activity (any score above 50 indicates an increase in billings). The new projects inquiry index was 62.6, following a very strong mark of 66.0 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/108251982/the-soviet-city-is-dead-long-live-beijing The Soviet city is dead: long live Beijing Alexander Walter 2014-09-05T13:38:00-04:00 >2014-09-09T22:24:32-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/6a/6ac9c7658d14f0c9ad7975ff5d63838e.jpg" width="460" height="276" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Architecture theorist Jacob Dreyer explains how the Stalinist model of urbanism &ndash; a centrally planned component within a national economic unity &ndash; is thriving in modern China</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/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/106342044/ten-years-on-athens-2004-gives-greece-little-to-cheer Ten years on, Athens 2004 gives Greece little to cheer Alexander Walter 2014-08-11T18:50:00-04:00 >2014-08-11T18:54:29-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/6c/6ca0f22c12a41a539bb41b7838a9960a.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>It was billed as a chance to transform Greece's image abroad and boost growth but 10 years after the country hosted the world's greatest sporting extravaganza there is little to celebrate at the birthplace of the modern Olympic Games. [...] For Greeks who swelled with pride at the time, the Games are now a source of anger as the country struggles through a six-year depression, record unemployment, homelessness and poverty. Greece has struggled to generate revenue from the venues.</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/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/104337959/rome-home-of-the-tod-s-colosseum-fendi-fountain-and-the-spanish-bulgari-steps Rome, home of the Tod’s Colosseum, Fendi Fountain and the Spanish "Bulgari" Steps Archinect 2014-07-16T18:09:00-04:00 >2014-07-16T18:23:11-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/1c/1c4debe92c361445618a031dcd7884bd.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The practice of using corporate largess to finance restoration projects for public antiquities was once fairly rare here. But with the nation struggling with a stagnant economy and crushing public debt &mdash; Rome is flirting off and on with bankruptcy &mdash; politicians are now looking to private companies and international sources to help preserve Italy&rsquo;s cultural 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/103168525/a-tale-of-two-cities-mixing-the-urban-poor-into-a-rich-urban-life A Tale Of Two Cities: Mixing The Urban Poor Into A Rich Urban Life Alexander Walter 2014-07-01T13:19:00-04:00 >2014-07-01T13:20:08-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/39/39cfe081e14ccf680bf5b2d56bcc6b74.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Skyscrapers and shanties, gleaming malls and rundown markets, palatial houses and the piss-poor guys who build them: Those are the divides in cities like Mumbai, Nairobi and Manila. Rich and poor do not much mingle. But a movement is afoot to change that. It aims to integrate the poor into the urban bloodstream, instead of shunting them from sight. For this "inclusive cities" movement, urban renewal doesn't require razing slums and markets.</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/103098594/norman-foster-buys-back-architecture-firm-stake-from-private-equity-group-3i Norman Foster buys back architecture firm stake from private equity group 3i Archinect 2014-06-30T15:29:00-04:00 >2014-07-08T17:36:30-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/10/10131766c9a52f800620be2e7fd8d190.jpg" width="514" height="322" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Founder Norman Foster... sold a 40pc stake in the firm for &pound;84m in 2007 when commercial property valuations were soaring. The private equity group is selling its stake back to Foster &amp; Partners for &pound;108m, plus a further &pound;40m interest payment. Foster &amp; Partners faced a challenging environment during the recession and while estimates valued the business at &pound;300m in 2007, it had amassed a debt burden of &pound;340m by the year ending April 2009.</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/103097785/china-s-replica-of-wall-street-is-full-of-half-built-deserted-skyscrapers-and-floods-regularly China’s replica of Wall Street is full of half-built, deserted skyscrapers and floods regularly Archinect 2014-06-30T15:10:00-04:00 >2014-06-30T15:10:58-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ed/ed80df3ac52bf772fa72335b727809e3.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The skyline of Yujiapu in the Chinese city of Tianjin looks more like an expensive, abandoned movie set than it does &ldquo;China&rsquo;s new Manhattan,&rdquo; as the financial district was once billed. A patina of dust covers the glass doors of the 47 office buildings and hotels that still sit empty, and in come cases unfinished.</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/102796714/relocation-or-adaptation-building-a-diy-civilization Relocation or Adaptation: Building a DIY Civilization Nicholas Korody 2014-06-26T17:47:00-04:00 >2014-06-30T16:01:09-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/w7/w7exx6k0gajj7fey.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>How do you build a civilization from scratch? According to <a href="http://opensourceecology.org/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Open Source Ecology </a>(OSE), the first step is building the right machines.</p><p>Started by Marcin Jakubowski in 2003, OSE is a network of farmers, architects, and engineers based in rural Missouri with branches in Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York, and California. According to their<a href="http://opensourceecology.org/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"> website</a>, their mission is &ldquo;to create a collaborative economic platform that optimizes development, production, and distribution &ndash; via open source collaboration &ndash; to accelerate innovation to unprecedented levels.&rdquo;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/i2/i29dnywreflinzdw.jpg"></p><p>Basically, the idea is that a self-sufficient community requires proper tools and equipment, which within our current economy are prohibitively expensive both to purchase and maintain. By developing open source industrial machines, OSE hopes to reduce such expenses to a fraction of their current cost while simultaneously eliminating reliance on global corporations.</p><p>The eventual goal of OSE is to manufacture the Global Village Construction Set (GVSE), ...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/101038568/construction-spending-reaches-its-highest-level-since-2009 Construction Spending Reaches Its Highest Level Since 2009 Alexander Walter 2014-06-03T21:11:00-04:00 >2014-06-10T19:22:27-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/45/45l2r6ukn719inlv.jpg" width="200" height="250" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Construction spending posted modest gains in April, driven by an uptick in home building and government construction that lifted total activity to the highest level since March 2009. Spending rose 0.2 percent in April to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $953.5 billion [...].</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/100584169/the-bidding-for-the-2022-olympics-is-a-disaster-because-everyone-figured-out-that-hosting-is-a-total-waste The Bidding For The 2022 Olympics Is A Disaster Because Everyone Figured Out That Hosting Is A Total Waste Alexander Walter 2014-05-28T17:23:00-04:00 >2014-06-03T23:02:54-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/wt/wtpe1kctjg6gqb6t.jpg" width="514" height="341" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Researchers have known for years that hosting large sporting events like the Olympics always costs more than expected and always yields less revenue and useful long-term infrastructure than estimated. Now voters and politicians in democratically elected countries are starting to realize the same thing. Potential host cities are dropping out of the bidding process for the 2022 Winter Olympics like crazy.</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/100121237/chilean-artist-steals-and-destroys-500-million-worth-of-student-debt-papers Chilean artist steals and destroys $500 million worth of student debt papers Archinect 2014-05-20T17:29:00-04:00 >2014-05-21T18:36:56-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/6u/6uhon0labtirnamh.jpg" width="514" height="318" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Late last week, Chilean police arrived at Santiago&rsquo;s Centro Cultural Gabriela Mistral and removed a white bin of gray ash &mdash; allegedly all that remained of $500 million worth of student debt notes. In the video, which went viral last week in Chile, Papas Fritas confessed he had recently stolen the documents from the for-profit Universidad del Mar. Then he set them ablaze in a defiant, brazen act of art.</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/99648465/the-limits-of-anti-gentrification-politics-brooklyn-is-getting-poorer The limits of anti-gentrification politics: Brooklyn is getting poorer Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-05-12T13:26:00-04:00 >2014-05-19T21:56:44-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/b2/b21nvf296n0rve9d.jpg" width="514" height="313" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>One&nbsp;problem with our obsession with gentrification as the end-all of urban equity issues is that it&nbsp;discourages us from talking about other important things happening in our cities. In some instances, gentrification has become such a dominating narrative that it has completely erased broader trends that we really ought to be concerned about. Case in point: Brooklyn is getting poorer.</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/99476127/all-cash-deals-account-for-nearly-half-of-all-home-sales All-cash deals account for nearly half of all home sales Alexander Walter 2014-05-09T13:10:00-04:00 >2014-05-16T21:18:34-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/69/694cf6e1474ccaef0bdc6ef18d165010.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>All-cash deals hit a record 43% of home sales during the first three months of 2014, according to RealtyTrac. That's up from 19% a year earlier and the highest level reported since RealtyTrac began tracking the deals in early 2011. The jump is due to two main factors: strict lending standards that make it difficult to get a mortgage and intense buyer competition.</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/99303438/the-growing-middle-class-of-brazil-s-slums The Growing Middle Class of Brazil’s Slums Alexander Walter 2014-05-06T13:26:00-04:00 >2014-05-14T07:33:49-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/6c/6c26feb65733e94d75f0d39554ae90ff.jpg" width="514" height="134" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Brazil&rsquo;s burgeoning middle class have an important place in the country&rsquo;s slums. This finding is part of a survey released by the newly created Instituto Data Favela which established that, in 2013, 65% of the country&rsquo;s slum-dwellers belonged to the middle class. In 2003, this proportion was 33%. [...] &ldquo;But we are not only interested in the middle class,&rdquo; he argues, &ldquo;We want to benefit all community residents through sustainable and comprehensive development, achieved through economic avenues.&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/99247324/japan-s-disposable-home-culture-is-an-environmental-and-financial-headache Japan's disposable home culture is an environmental and financial headache Alexander Walter 2014-05-05T13:48:00-04:00 >2014-05-13T23:05:47-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/0c/0c2a7f831b58e898e2aab88fb7c852fd.jpg" width="460" height="276" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>That's because, as the economists Richard Koo and Masaya Sasaki show in a report, 15 years after being built the average house is worth nothing. [...] "It's not environmentally sustainable but also not financially sustainable. People work very hard to pay off a mortgage that's ultimately worth zero." [...] It has also produced a huge number of architects, who are kept busy by buyers wanting a new house that reflects their lifestyle.</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/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 >2014-04-21T13:08:24-04:00 <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>