Archinect - News 2016-02-06T08:48:06-05:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/147117709/selling-cuba-gehry-s-already-there Selling Cuba (Gehry's already there) Alexander Walter 2016-02-01T14:16:00-05:00 >2016-02-02T20:21:14-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/cm/cm7w9p815czoq872.jpg" width="514" height="770" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;I give it two years, max [...] It will be US business interests that finally push congress into lifting the embargo &ndash; they&rsquo;re all going crazy being shut out of this market.&rdquo; American architects and developers are already queuing up to be first in line, ready to pounce on investment opportunities when the embargo drops. Frank Gehry sailed into Havana in December, aboard a streamlined yacht he designed for himself, here to &ldquo;offer his expertise to Cuba&rdquo; according to a government statement.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>&ldquo;You know that Cuba is at the centre of attention of many people,&rdquo; Gehry told the gathered crowd. &ldquo;And in the immediate future it will attract many investors &ndash; particularly the tourism sector. But I am sure that you know to be careful with those projects.&rdquo;</em></p><p>Related stories in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/124359173/airbnb-now-open-for-business-in-cuba-despite-anemic-internet-access" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Airbnb now open for business in Cuba, despite anemic internet access</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/126711733/take-a-virtual-tour-of-havana-s-modern-architecture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Take a virtual tour of Havana's modern architecture</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/106016921/cuba-in-talks-for-cultural-exchange-with-us-museum" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Cuba in talks for cultural exchange with US museum</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/146190281/architecture-billings-index-ends-the-year-in-positive-terrain-at-50-9 Architecture Billings Index ends the year in positive terrain at 50.9 Alexander Walter 2016-01-20T12:34:00-05:00 >2016-01-20T12:47:21-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ux/uxqwt46az99l8mfj.jpg" width="514" height="353" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>There were a few occasions where demand for design services decreased from a month-to-month basis in 2015, but the Architecture Billings Index (ABI) concluded the year in positive terrain and was so in eight of the twelve months of the year. [...] (AIA) reported the December ABI score was 50.9, up from the mark of 49.3 in the previous month. This score reflects a slight increase in design services [...]. The new projects inquiry index was 60.2, up from a reading of 58.6 the previous month.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Key ABI highlights for the month of December were reported by the AIA as:</p><ul><li>Regional averages: West (53.7), South (53.3), Northeast (46.7), Midwest (46.1)</li><li>Sector index breakdown: multi-family residential (52.9), institutional (52.2), commercial / industrial (47.3), mixed practice (46.5)</li><li>Project inquiries index: 60.2</li><li>Design contracts index: 51.0</li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/143664937/britain-s-last-deep-pit-coal-mine-closes-the-end-of-the-industrial-revolution Britain's last deep-pit coal mine closes — the end of the industrial revolution? Alexander Walter 2015-12-18T12:25:00-05:00 >2015-12-21T12:18:59-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/iw/iwd8dl0squ4ax0g5.jpg" width="514" height="368" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The last deep-pit coal mine in the U.K. plans to shut its doors here next week, heralding the end of a centuries-old industry that helped fuel the industrial revolution and build the British Empire. The shutdown [...] represents a victory for advocates of reducing carbon emissions after world leaders gathered in Paris to discuss how to combat global warming, with coal in the cross hairs. It also reflects a glut of energy on world markets, from crude oil to natural gas and coal itself.</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/143509190/architecture-billings-index-in-november-dips-slightly Architecture Billings Index in November dips slightly Alexander Walter 2015-12-16T11:46:00-05:00 >2015-12-16T11:47:56-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/da/dat5l0nosbow1gyo.jpg" width="280" height="159" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>As has been the case a few times already this year, the Architecture Billings Index (ABI) dipped in November. [...] The American Institute of Architects (AIA) reported the November ABI score was 49.3, down from the mark of 53.1 in the previous month. This score reflects a decrease in design services (any score above 50 indicates an increase in billings). The new projects inquiry index was 58.6, up just a nudge from a reading of 58.5 the previous month.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Key highlights for the month of November were reported by the AIA as following:</p><ul><li>Regional averages: South (55.4), West (54.5), Midwest (47.8), Northeast (46.2)</li><li>Sector index breakdown: multi-family residential (53.8), institutional (52.0), commercial / industrial (51.0), mixed practice (47.6)</li><li>Project inquiries index: 58.6</li><li>Design contracts index: 53.5</li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/143132832/how-l-a-can-reboot-its-creative-economy-so-artists-can-actually-live-in-town How L.A. can reboot its "creative economy" so artists can actually live in town Justine Testado 2015-12-11T14:26:00-05:00 >2015-12-11T14:27:38-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/r3/r3rnc3ou1vhjvgdd.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>But if L.A. is going to remain a creative capital, its civic and cultural leaders are going to need to do more than offer really great talk about how great we are...This can start with the Otis Report on the Creative Economy...If this report is to be more than just a feel-good data dump, it could use some solid recommendations on how L.A. compares to other cities culturally and how we might improve the situation for artists and cultural organizations, both small and large.</p></em><br /><br /><p>More about arts districts on Archinect:</p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/134055238/venice-beach-s-ongoing-grapple-with-the-tech-titan-invasion" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Venice Beach's ongoing grapple with the tech titan invasion</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/125896734/downtown-la-s-vision-of-an-architecture-and-design-super-cluster" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Downtown LA's vision of an architecture and design super cluster</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/140828555/how-one-urban-planner-is-helping-revamp-a-miami-suburb-without-gentrification" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">How one urban planner is helping revamp a Miami suburb "without gentrification"</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/132661925/with-a-little-compromise-illegal-urban-squats-like-ljubljana-s-metelkova-mesto-can-do-a-city-good" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">With a little compromise, illegal urban squats like Ljubljana's Metelkova Mesto can do a city good</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/108641438/how-many-artists-does-it-take-to-make-an-arts-district" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">How Many Artists Does It Take to Make an Arts District?</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/141359175/architecture-billings-index-in-october-still-showing-an-increase-in-design-services Architecture Billings Index in October still showing an increase in design services Alexander Walter 2015-11-18T13:21:00-05:00 >2015-11-30T22:19:18-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ha/ha8h46cj4iy0n1tj.jpg" width="514" height="353" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Architecture Billings Index (ABI) returned to positive territory after a slight dip in August, and has seen growth in six of the nine months of the year so far. [...] The American Institute of Architects (AIA) reported the September ABI score was 53.7, up from a mark of 49.1 in August. This score reflects an increase in design services (any score above 50 indicates an increase in billings). The new projects inquiry index was 61.0, down from a reading of 61.8 the previous month.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The AIA reports the following key ABI highlights for the month of October:</p><ul><li>Regional averages: South (56.2), West (54.4), Midwest (52.6), Northeast (49.2)</li><li>Sector index breakdown: commercial / industrial (55.1), mixed practice (54.9), multi-family residential (52.5), institutional (51.4)</li><li>Project inquiries index: 58.5</li><li>Design contracts index: 51.7</li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/137334669/architecture-billings-index-retracts-slightly-in-august Architecture Billings Index retracts slightly in August Alexander Walter 2015-09-23T12:41:00-04:00 >2015-09-29T00:37:08-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/tp/tp15a591001ztn4q.jpg" width="362" height="206" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Architecture Billings Index (ABI) slipped in August after showing mostly healthy business conditions so far this year. [...] The American Institute of Architects (AIA) reported the August ABI score was 49.1, down from a mark of 54.7 in July. This score reflects a slight decrease in design services (any score above 50 indicates an increase in billings). The new projects inquiry index was 61.8, down from a reading of 63.7 the previous month.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The AIA states these key ABI highlights for the month of August:</p><ul><li>Regional averages: Midwest (56.1), South (53.8), West (50.2) Northeast (46.8)</li><li>Sector index breakdown: institutional (53.7), mixed practice (52.8), commercial / industrial (49.7) multi-family residential (49.5)</li><li>Project inquiries index: 61.8</li><li>Design contracts index: 55.3</li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/134653690/architecture-billings-index-in-july-reflects-healthy-and-sustained-demand-for-design-services Architecture Billings Index in July reflects "healthy and sustained demand for design services" Alexander Walter 2015-08-19T16:00:00-04:00 >2015-08-26T18:44:52-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/hj/hjbdq03znvejk6l3.jpg" width="278" height="158" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Architecture Billings Index (ABI) is reflecting healthy and sustained demand for design services in nearly all nonresidential project types. [...] (AIA) reported the July ABI score was 54.7, down a point from a mark of 55.7 in June. This score still reflects an increase in design services (any score above 50 indicates an increase in billings). The new projects inquiry index was 63.7, up slightly from a reading of 63.4 the previous month.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The AIA summarizes these key ABI highlights for the month of July:</p><ul><li>Regional averages: Midwest (58.2), South (55.7), West (53.8) Northeast (53.5)</li><li>Sector index breakdown: institutional (57.3), mixed practice (56.8), commercial / industrial (53.4) multi-family residential (49.8)</li><li>Project inquiries index: 63.7</li><li>Design contracts index: 54.5</li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/134050412/la-mayor-garcetti-confident-that-2024-olympics-in-his-city-would-pay-for-themselves LA mayor Garcetti confident that 2024 Olympics in his city would pay for themselves Alexander Walter 2015-08-11T19:51:00-04:00 >2015-08-11T20:44:18-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/lg/lgnqh8wwtrfpyhtf.jpg" width="514" height="341" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>As Los Angeles moves closer to bidding for the 2024 Summer Olympics, officials said they can host the massive 17-day sporting event for $4.1 billion and offered to guarantee that the city will cover any cost overruns. [...] Garcetti and his team have proposed to spend $500 million less than what Boston had planned and expect to finish with a $150-million surplus by generating billions in broadcast and sponsorship revenue.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related Olympic news on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/133587773/will-rio-s-olympic-venues-be-ready-in-time-for-the-2016-games" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Will Rio's Olympic venues be ready in time for the 2016 Games?</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/132949093/boston-backs-out-of-2024-olympics-bid" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Boston backs out of 2024 Olympics bid</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/132880075/toronto-ventures-into-sixth-bid-to-host-olympic-games" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Toronto ventures into sixth bid to host Olympic Games</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/132101061/zaha-s-tokyo-olympic-stadium-cancelled-abe-calls-for-a-redesign-from-scratch" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Zaha's Tokyo Olympic Stadium cancelled &ndash; Abe calls for a redesign from scratch</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/132487604/vegas-is-back-sorta Vegas is back...sorta Alexander Walter 2015-07-22T13:03:00-04:00 >2015-07-25T16:42:06-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/9j/9j8nk3gnvmwalnc4.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Las Vegas&rsquo;s recovery, like America&rsquo;s, seems to have to come to the wealthiest first. [...] But Sin City&rsquo;s recovery shows the enduring ability of America to make improbable ideas work. Some 2m people live in a glittering, sprawling city deep in the desert and hardly think that this is strange. And with its mix of tech-obsessed yuppies, ageing baby-boomer gamblers and thrusting Hispanics, its demography resembles America&rsquo;s future.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/120430561/learning-from-las-vegas-a-look-at-the-strip-through-urban-planning-lenses" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">L</a><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/120430561/learning-from-las-vegas-a-look-at-the-strip-through-urban-planning-lenses" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">earning from Las Vegas: a look at the Strip through urban planning lenses</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/91759585/will-zappos-turn-downtown-las-vegas-into-the-next-silicon-valley" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Will Zappos turn downtown Las Vegas into the next Silicon Valley?</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/81696242/70-s-vegas-underground-home-on-the-market-for-1-7m" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">70's Vegas underground home on the market for $1.7M</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/76416883/something-is-happening-in-vegas-but-will-it-convince-people-to-stay" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Something is happening in Vegas; but will it convince people to stay?</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/131487832/greek-museums-can-t-afford-to-keep-the-doors-open Greek museums can't afford to keep the doors open Alexander Walter 2015-07-09T13:51:00-04:00 >2015-07-09T14:33:16-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/db/db55ei9ck0ij9nvw.jpg" width="426" height="250" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Major public cultural institutions in Greece are on the point of collapse, say leading Greek art professionals, as concerns mount that the country faces insolvency after 61% of the population rejected bailout proposals earlier this week made by international creditors.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Read also:&nbsp;<strong><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/131266197/architecture-in-crisis-reports-from-greece" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architecture in crisis: reports from Greece</a></strong></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/130326849/architecture-billings-index-back-in-positive-terrain-in-may Architecture Billings Index back in positive terrain in May Alexander Walter 2015-06-24T12:26:00-04:00 >2015-07-04T22:27:55-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/s1/s1a4mx0g688cav3l.jpg" width="514" height="358" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Led by growing demand for new schools, hospitals, cultural facilities and municipal buildings, the Architecture Billings Index (ABI) increased in May following its second monthly drop this year. [...] (AIA) reported the May ABI score was 51.9, up from a mark of 48.8 in April. This score reflects an increase in design services (any score above 50 indicates an increase in billings). The new projects inquiry index was 61.5, up from a reading of 60.1 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/129268297/a-landscape-architect-just-joined-china-s-roster-of-billionaires A landscape architect just joined China's roster of billionaires Alexander Walter 2015-06-10T19:00:00-04:00 >2015-06-15T21:24:57-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/xr/xrde45xcbxbryriq.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The boom in China stock prices that has created more than 100 new billionaires and billionaire families in the past month is continuing this week. [...] Tu Shanzhong, chairman of Pubang Landscape Architecture, became China&rsquo;s newest landscape architecture billionaire after shares in his 31%-owned Pubang Landscape Artchitecture closed at a record high of 38.53 yuan [...]. Our estimate of his fortune, at $1 billion on Wednesday, includes discounts for collateralized shares and includes dividends.</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/127711878/new-york-london-ranked-highest-in-2015-global-cities-index New York & London ranked highest in 2015 Global Cities Index Alexander Walter 2015-05-21T14:45:00-04:00 >2015-05-21T14:23:48-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/m5/m5yxcyxv5xetp1q4.jpg" width="514" height="335" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>New York and London remain the world&rsquo;s most global cities, as they are the only cities to rank in the top 10 of both the Global Cities Index and the Global Cities Outlook according to the A.T. Kearney Global Cities 2015 [...]. San Francisco leads the Global Cities Outlook due to its strength in innovation. Other cities ranking at the top of the Global Cities Outlook include London (#2), Boston (#3), New York (#4), and Zurich (#5).</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/pm/pmthe53mzemffmja.jpg"></p><p>For lovers of city rankings:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/106959605/melbourne-named-world-s-most-liveable-city-for-fourth-consecutive-year" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Melbourne named world&rsquo;s most liveable city for fourth consecutive year</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/105942974/forbes-releases-baffling-coolest-cities-list" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Forbes Releases Baffling "Coolest Cities" List</a></li></ul><p>For skeptics:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.citylab.com/work/2015/05/the-top-6-reasons-to-be-wary-of-city-rankings/393686/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Top 6 Reasons to Be Wary of City Rankings, Ranked</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/127637921/architecture-billings-index-in-april-stuck-in-winter-slowdown Architecture Billings Index in April "stuck in winter slowdown" Alexander Walter 2015-05-20T13:07:00-04:00 >2015-05-26T22:10:10-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/hj/hjrr7cxjfybkceqn.jpg" width="514" height="354" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Riding a stretch of increasing levels of demand for thirteen out of the last fifteen months, the Architecture Billings Index (ABI) dropped in April for the second month this year. [...] (AIA) reported the April ABI score was 48.8, down sharply from a mark of 51.7 in March. This score reflects a decrease in design services (any score above 50 indicates an increase in billings). The new projects inquiry index was 60.1, up from a reading of 58.2 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/126485922/rachel-slade-dares-to-ask-why-is-boston-so-ugly Rachel Slade dares to ask: "Why is Boston so ugly?" Alexander Walter 2015-04-30T16:00:00-04:00 >2015-05-04T22:20:47-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/a3/a3dbff250720c1cbe336ab24e47575f3.jpg" width="514" height="347" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The forest of elevator cores sprouting up around town tells us that we&rsquo;re living in a once-a-century moment&mdash;a sugar rush of development unseen here since our parents&rsquo; parents&rsquo; time. But the dirty little secret behind Boston&rsquo;s building boom is that it&rsquo;s profoundly banal&mdash;designed without any imagination, straight out of the box, built to please banks rather than people.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Economic boom isn't always congruent with good architecture in other cities either:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/126360178/the-new-5-over-1-seattle-where-everything-looks-the-same" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The new 5 over 1 Seattle, where "everything looks the same"</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/125363205/blair-kamin-not-impressed-by-chicago-s-latest-housing-developments" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Blair Kamin not impressed by Chicago's latest housing developments</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/125204801/jeff-sheppard-calls-downtown-denver-s-new-housing-developments-meaningless-uninspiring" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Jeff Sheppard calls downtown Denver's new housing developments "meaningless, uninspiring"</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/125893513/architecture-billings-index-in-march-reportedly-accelerates Architecture Billings Index in March reportedly "accelerates" Alexander Walter 2015-04-22T12:16:00-04:00 >2015-04-23T01:18:56-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/91/912q420dhq86bsc2.jpg" width="514" height="357" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>For the second consecutive month, the Architecture Billings Index (ABI) indicated a modest increase in design activity in March. [...] The American Institute of Architects (AIA) reported the March ABI score was 51.7, up from a mark of 50.4 in February. This score reflects an increase in design services (any score above 50 indicates an increase in billings). The new projects inquiry index was 58.2, up from a reading of 56.6 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/123662711/urban-sprawl-costs-the-american-economy-more-than-us-1-trillion-per-year Urban sprawl costs the American economy more than US$1 trillion per year Alexander Walter 2015-03-24T14:05:00-04:00 >2015-04-04T22:36:40-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/yy/yywt5dvbr7yctaue.jpg" width="514" height="489" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A new analysis authored by Todd Litman at the Victoria Transport Policy Institute concludes that sprawl costs the U.S. economy more than $1 trillion every year. [...] The optimal density Litman uses in the report is only about 23 people per hectare. Add those 2.2 billion people to global cities at a density of about Atlanta, and we'd need the equivalent of all the land in India to accommodate them.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously:&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/122203711/the-true-costs-of-sprawl" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The true costs of sprawl</a></p><p>Here's a direct link&nbsp;to Todd Litman's study <em><a href="http://static.newclimateeconomy.report/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/public-policies-encourage-sprawl-nce-report.pdf" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Analysis of Public Policies that Unintentionally Encourage and Subsidize Sprawl</a></em>.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/123273327/new-york-s-megatowers-nothing-but-vertical-money New York's Megatowers: Nothing but 'Vertical Money'? Alexander Walter 2015-03-19T12:45:00-04:00 >2015-03-23T23:00:13-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/7f/7fd00b0abd6637e38e4403607df79e0c.jpg" width="250" height="486" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Among this new breed of towers, design elements not directly tied to profit are often downgraded or eliminated as overall costs climb. [...] With today&rsquo;s mathematically generated super-spires, it&rsquo;s best to paraphrase Mae West: &ldquo;Architecture has nothing to do with it.&rdquo; [...] much as the new super-tall New York condos may serve that same general purpose, these are no works of art. If, as Goethe posited, architecture is frozen music, then these buildings are vertical money.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related: <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/98453364/too-rich-too-thin-too-tall" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Too Rich, Too Thin, Too Tall?</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/123197011/architecture-billings-index-in-february-shows-nominal-increase Architecture Billings Index in February shows "nominal increase" Alexander Walter 2015-03-18T12:46:00-04:00 >2015-03-24T00:07:26-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/f6/f6tu7ildirh4yz5e.jpg" width="374" height="213" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>After its first negative score in ten months, the Architecture Billings Index (ABI) showed a nominal increase in design activity in February, and has been positive ten out of the past twelve months. [...] The American Institute of Architects (AIA) reported the February ABI score was 50.4, up slightly from a mark of 49.9 in January. This score reflects a minor increase in design services [...]. The new projects inquiry index was 56.6, down from a reading of 58.7 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/122203711/the-true-costs-of-sprawl The true costs of sprawl Alexander Walter 2015-03-05T14:04:00-05:00 >2015-03-09T10:53:58-04:00 <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>