Archinect - News 2014-08-21T12:07:16-04:00 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/104862448/architecture-billings-index-increased-in-june Architecture Billings Index increased in June Archinect 2014-07-23T13:19:00-04:00 >2014-07-23T13:19:18-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/3z/3zslr8g7e3jeep4u.jpg" width="514" height="357" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Architecture Billings Index (ABI) is signaling improving conditions for the overall design and construction industry. [...] The American Institute of Architects (AIA) reported the June ABI score was 53.5, up from a mark of 52.6 in May. This score reflects an increase in design activity (any score above 50 indicates an increase in billings). The new projects inquiry index was 66.4, up noticeably from the reading of 63.2 the previous month and its highest level in a calendar year.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/100170119/contraction-in-architecture-billings-index-continues Contraction in Architecture Billings Index Continues Archinect 2014-05-21T13:36:00-04:00 >2014-05-28T22:09:55-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/bx/bxaus8gcjg582xqr.jpg" width="514" height="357" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Architecture Billings Index (ABI) has reverted into negative territory for the last two months. [...] The American Institute of Architects (AIA) reported the [April] ABI score was 49.6, up slightly from a mark of 48.8 in March. This score reflects a decrease in design activity (any score above 50 indicates an increase in billings). The new projects inquiry index was 59.1, up from the reading of 57.9 the previous month.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/98919263/editor-s-picks-365 Editor's Picks #365 Nam Henderson 2014-04-30T15:24:00-04:00 >2014-05-09T15:20:17-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/vf/vfhvwp3ztnsdjokg.jpg" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><strong>News</strong></p><p><br>&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/98438242/inga-saffron-it-s-not-just-architecture-it-s-city-life-criticism" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Dave Heller spoke with Inga Saffron</a> about not just architecture but "<em>city life criticism</em>".&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/evanchakroff" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Evan Chakroff</a>&nbsp;asked for tips "<em>Has anyone compiled a good 'top ten' of her articles?</em>"</p><p><strong>&nbsp;Quondam</strong> replied "<em>Links to Saffron's articles appear almost weekly within ArchNewsNow's daily collection of worldwide architecture news. The articles themselves, however, may not have a broad audience appeal because they are, for the most part, very Philadelphia centric. What is significant though, is that a local newspaper still publishes the work of a critic that is so in tune</em>"...</p><p>Referring to the <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/98105950/out-of-shenzhen-catalog-1-of-the-los-angeles-biennale-of-architecture-urbanism" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Catalog #1</a> of the Los Angeles Biennale of Architecture/Urbanism <a href="http://archinect.com/orhan" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Orhan Ayy&uuml;ce</a>&nbsp;warned interested buyers "<em>for now, the aim is first limited and numbered edition of 100</em>".</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/9z/9zvm9u6vs1mbmpbr.jpg"><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/98609130/the-folly-of-saving-what-you-kill" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The NYT published an editorial by John Freeman Gill</a>, which points out similarities between the fate of the Laing Stores (sometimes called the Bogardus Building) and the current FolkMoMA discourse/proposals.&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/stevenward" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Steven Ward</a>&nbsp;proposed a future PS1 competi...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/98550529/architecture-billings-index-indicated-contraction-in-march Architecture Billings Index indicated contraction in March Archinect 2014-04-23T12:57:00-04:00 >2014-04-28T20:04:40-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ch/chvnoavvvlzpgrkg.jpg" width="514" height="357" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The American Institute of Architects (AIA) reported the March ABI score was 48.8, down sharply from a mark of 50.7 in February. This score reflects a decrease in design services (any score above 50 indicates an increase in billings). The new projects inquiry index was 57.9, up from the reading of 56.8 the previous month.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/96014903/architecture-billings-index-increased-slightly-in-february Architecture Billings Index increased slightly in February Archinect 2014-03-19T11:27:00-04:00 >2014-03-25T21:25:02-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/9m/9m6roe9k7e3cv8vz.jpg" width="514" height="357" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The American Institute of Architects (AIA) reported the February ABI score was 50.7, up slightly from a mark of 50.4 in January. This score reflects an increase in design services (any score above 50 indicates an increase in billings). The new projects inquiry index was 56.8, down from the reading of 58.5 the previous month.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/94299377/editor-s-picks-356 Editor's Picks #356 Nam Henderson 2014-02-25T05:28:00-05:00 >2014-02-26T05:31:07-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/x6/x6qcl335zgp8sgyg.jpg" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="http://archinect.com/AmeliaTH" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Amelia</a>&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/93316965/jason-pomeroy-the-city-time-traveller" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">interviewed Jason Pomeroy</a> an architect, academic and urban planner based in Singapore, about his new travel show City Time Traveller.</p><p>His travels through Asia have convinced him "<em>What transcends culture though is an indigenous civilisation&rsquo;s understanding of basic environmental and social needs, embodied in many of these historical buildings. Shelter from the elements, natural light, natural ventilation, locally sourced materials and a spatial &lsquo;encoding&rsquo; as to who can come in and occupy a particular space, and who must stay outside, can be found in al</em>l".</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/3b/3bs7nhm8scdyms1y.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/cq/cqyv31j9ppnws8vn.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/hx/hxtp4e1at0cyz0c6.jpg"></p><p>Plus, <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/93011262/screen-print-7-horizonte" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">the seventh edition of Screen/Print featured Bauhaus-University Weimar, </a><a href="http://m18.uni-weimar.de/horizonte/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Horizonte</a><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/93011262/screen-print-7-horizonte" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">'s Ausgabe 08</a>.&nbsp;Specifically an essay authored by Tyler Survant&rsquo;s titled 'Biological Borderlands: Ant Farm&rsquo;s Zoopolitics'.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>News</strong></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/j1/j1esi0gsv7mv1e8i.jpg"></p><p>The NYT published a trend-piece of sorts,&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/93741317/for-interns-all-work-and-no-payoff" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">about the new permanent, intern underclass</a>.&nbsp;</p><p>In response&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/people/cover/14295810/miles-jaffe" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Miles Jaffe</a>&nbsp;argued the "<em>Sad thing about this article is they're pushing the idea that this an acceptable lifestyle choic...</em></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/92256782/editor-s-picks-352 Editor's Picks #352 Nam Henderson 2014-01-28T00:14:00-05:00 >2014-01-28T15:09:49-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/fh/fhqk7qum88b2hz5s.jpg" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>vado retro is moved to wonder "with the rash of notable building demolition that has and continues to occur, is there a checklist of what makes a building valuable enough not to demolish?...is it because buildings are more about image and visuals than spatial experience that we are willing to rid ourselves of award winning pieces of architecture/art?...maybe buildings don't really matter that much"</p></em><br /><br /><p>The latest edition of <strong>ShowCase</strong>: features <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/91683042/showcase-pocinho-rowing-high-performance-center-by-alvaro-andrade" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Pocinho Rowing High Performance Center by Alvaro Andrade</a>.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/wq/wqc7zyyal31u0mbc.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/v0/v00m27hm9g9bkk35.jpg"></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/pencil" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Mohammad Hadi Ataei</a>&nbsp;really liked it commenting "<em>Great minimalist work</em>".</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Additionally,&nbsp;- Mike "The Poet" Sonksen, @<a href="https://twitter.com/MikethePoeTLA" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">mikethepoetLA</a>&nbsp;published&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/90301614/take-a-walk-mike-the-poet-on-l-a-s-grand-avenue" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Take a Walk: on L.A.'s Grand Avenue</a>.&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/people/cover/22610164/eric-chavkin" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Eric Chavkin</a>&nbsp;posted a critique "<em>As much as I like poetry I m dont read any poetry in this.Maybe because there are no poetic devices like metaphors or simile. Maybe because there isn't any 'poetic' mood or&nbsp; poetic structure in the form of presentation...I dont see much difference between&nbsp; this and straight descriptive reportage</em>".</p><p><strong>News</strong></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/yl/ylt9q2oa7ho7bjih.jpg"></p><p>Mark Lamster, architecture critic for The Dallas Morning News,&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/91750680/modern-landmark-to-be-demolished-in-okc" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">decried</a>&nbsp;the 3-2 vote, by Oklahoma City&rsquo;s Downtown Design Review Committee, green lighting destruction of the Stage Center aka Mummers Theater designed by the late John M. Johansen.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/40/4053mzv9zfc1ohp6.jpg"></p><p>He writes the building which "<em>will be replaced by a glassy office tower of no particular distinction... is the second major blow to a regional lan...</em></p> 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/85281226/editor-s-picks-339 Editor's Picks #339 Nam Henderson 2013-10-29T19:07:00-04:00 >2013-10-30T07:49:56-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/kc/kc0u8w1qahplgqzg.jpg" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In the latest edition of the Working out of the Box series Archinect interviewed Steven Fleming an architectural-theorist of cycling... Slightly was inspired "For me, this type of work is more inspirational than the glossy renderings I see that is all too common in architecture work these days! Seriously, bike friendly movement needs to be in the forefront of cities around the world!"...</p></em><br /><br /><p> In the latest edition of the <strong>Working out of the Box</strong> series Archinect interviewed <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/84683423/working-out-of-the-box-steven-fleming" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Steven Fleming an architectural-theorist of cycling</a>.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/tv/tvt8a3e96n7ap7gb.jpg" title=""></p> <p> For those wondering what does that mean, he explains his latest project is an exhibition "<em>inspired by General Motors' Futurama exhibition at the 1939 World's Fair, only instead of whetting everyone&rsquo;s appetite for owning a car and a house in the suburbs, I want my Utopian vision to open people's eyes to the potential of bikes, if cities were actually built for bikes and other modes weren't allowed to impeded bicycle motion</em>".</p> <p> <strong>Slightly</strong> was inspired "<em>For me, this type of work is more inspirational than the glossy renderings I see that is all too common in architecture work these days! Seriously, bike friendly movement needs to be in the forefront of cities around the world!</em>"...</p> <p> Meanwhile for the latest release of the <strong>In Focus</strong> feature Archinect talked to <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/84984077/in-focus-jade-doskow" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Brooklyn-based photographer Jade Doskow</a>.&nbsp;Her "<em>largest and most current body of work involves...</em></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/77927215/architecture-billings-index-stays-in-growth-mode-in-june Architecture Billings Index Stays in Growth Mode in June Archinect 2013-07-25T20:36:00-04:00 >2013-07-29T19:22:54-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/po/po1j5r2927dnio6e.jpg" width="514" height="357" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The ABI remained positive again in June after the first decline in ten months in April. The American Institute of Architects (AIA) reported the June ABI score was 51.6, down from a mark of 52.9 in May. This score reflects an increase in demand for design services (any score above 50 indicates an increase in billings). The new projects inquiry index was 62.6, up sharply from the reading of 59.1 the previous month.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/75578732/architecture-billings-back-up-for-may Architecture Billings back up for May Archinect 2013-06-19T12:35:00-04:00 >2013-06-20T17:02:54-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/wy/wyoain420c832nnj.jpg" width="514" height="357" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The American Institute of Architects (AIA) reported the May ABI score was 52.9, up dramatically from a mark of 48.6 in April. This score reflects an increase in demand for design services (any score above 50 indicates an increase in billings). The new projects inquiry index was 59.1, up slightly from the reading of 58.5 the previous month.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/73778479/abi-reverts-into-negative-territory-for-first-time-in-nine-months ABI Reverts into Negative Territory for First Time in Nine Months Archinect 2013-05-23T17:26:00-04:00 >2013-05-23T17:26:29-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/kt/kter5gybbrgrf5it.jpg" width="514" height="357" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;Project approval delays are having an adverse effect on the design and construction industry, but again and again we are hearing that it is extremely difficult to obtain financing to move forward on real estate projects,&rdquo; said AIA Chief Economist, Kermit Baker, PhD, Hon. AIA. &ldquo;There are other challenges that have prevented a broader recovery that we will examine in the coming months if this negative trajectory continues... we&rsquo;re hopeful that this is just a short-term dip.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/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/68349505/editor-s-picks-304 Editor's Picks #304 Nam Henderson 2013-02-26T13:39:00-05:00 >2013-02-26T16:31:20-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/mu/mukv418f4irv3cuu.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> For the latest edition of the ShowCase feature, Archinect published the first fire station designed by Pritzker Prize winner <a href="http://alvarosizavieira.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">&Aacute;lvaro Siza Veira</a>. The project, <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/67851052/showcase-santo-tirso-fire-station-by-lvaro-siza-vieira" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Santo Tirso Fire Station</a> is located in Quinta de Ge&atilde;o, Portugal "<em>comprises a total gross area of 1173 m2 and lodges the support functions to the fire brigade...it is organized in 3 floors</em>&rdquo;.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/y6/y6lredc7oqjd26uy.jpg" title=""></p> <p> <a href="http://archinect.com/people/cover/45438032/chris-moody" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Chris Moody</a>'s initial reaction was that "<em>At first glance, it would be hard to picture this building as a fire station. But then again, that's probably the point. Nicely done! Alvaro.</em>" <strong>toasteroven</strong> added "<em>that brick is yummy, the exterior is really nice - but -&nbsp; the interiors seem a little cold and off-putting.&nbsp; all shades of grey and white - like a bunker in Antarctica in the dead of winter</em>&rdquo;.</p> <p> <br><strong>News</strong></p> <p> <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/68021876/strong-surge-for-architecture-billings-index" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">According to released figures the Architecture Billings Index (ABI) showed its strongest growth since November 2007. The American Institute of Architects (AIA) reported the January ABI score was 54.2, up sharply from a mark of 51.2* in Dec...</a></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> http://archinect.com/news/article/66519457/editor-s-picks-300 Editor's Picks #300 Nam Henderson 2013-01-30T11:35:00-05:00 >2013-01-31T15:02:00-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/di/dicnsovye7sp8qg5.jpg" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Orhan Ayy&uuml;ce published parts 1 + 2 of a multi-part interview with George Brugmans (Executive Director of the IABR)...Thayer-D chimed in "This is an excellent example of how well intentioned architects continue to talk past each other...One of the speakers spoke of the need to create relationships with politicians, developers and the public in general to forge a new way forward...What's amazing is that this has been happening for the last 20 years in the Congress for New Urbanism</p></em><br /><br /><p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/1q/1q78geqkrucr0mi3.jpg" title=""></p> <p> In the first edition of our In Focus&nbsp; in 2013&nbsp; Archinect spoke with <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/66165882/in-focus-yohan-zerdoun" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Yohan Zerdoun an architectural photographer based in Germany/Switzerland</a>.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/mk/mk6av1qgzjjnz28g.jpg"></p> <p> Plus, <a href="http://archinect.com/orhan" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Orhan Ayy&uuml;ce</a> published parts <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/66092556/archinect-interviews-george-brugmans-iabr-part-1-making-city" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">1&nbsp;</a>+ <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/66096130/archinect-interviews-george-brugmans-iabr-part-2-arnavutk-y-istanbul" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">2</a>&nbsp;of a multi-part interview with George Brugmans (Executive Director of the IABR) in which they continued <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/95113/interview-with-george-brugmans-director-international-architecture-biennale-rotterdam" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">their discussion from where they left it two years ago</a>. Topics include; the theme of the 5th Biennale itself: Making City, the model used for the 5th IABR of Test&nbsp; Sites and Counter Sites, and also&nbsp; Istanbul as either "<em>the next metropolitan nightmare, or...an inspiring example?</em>".</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/fx/fxe7qo363vj6whfq.jpg"></p> <p> <strong>Thayer-D</strong> chimed in "<em>This is an excellent example of how well&nbsp;intentioned&nbsp;architects continue to talk past each other while so many of their interests intersect...One of the speakers spoke of the need to create relationships with politicians, developers and the public in general to forge a new way forward.&nbsp; Again, I'd be in full agreement.&nbsp; What's amazing is that this has been happening for the last 20 years in ...</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/62219808/editor-s-picks-291 Editor's Picks #291 Nam Henderson 2012-11-27T01:06:00-05:00 >2012-11-27T08:27:09-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/0z/0zdqpzj38e1o74fu.jpg" width="514" height="633" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In the latest edition of the Showcase series, Archinect highlighted House in Moreira, by Phyd Arquitectura. The house has "Patios that enable continuity between different spaces of the house and interior/exterior which behave like a sun clock, alternating solid and diffuse light". Thayer-D questioned "What's with conceptual purity at the expense of function and maybe joy?" but Vile Child chimed in "seems SupraJoyful to me"</p></em><br /><br /><p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/mr/mr9njb63m2iz4v0a.jpg" title=""></p> <p> With the latest edition of the <strong>Showcase</strong> series, Archinect highlighted <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/61800615/showcase-house-in-moreira-by-phyd-arquitectura" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">House in Moreira</a>, by <a href="http://www.phydarquitectura.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Phyd Arquitectura</a>. The house has "<em>Patios that enable continuity between different spaces of the house and interior/exterior which behave like a sun clock, alternating solid and diffuse light</em>".</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/yu/yubt1vzjny2sjxyu.jpg" title=""></p> <p> <strong>Thayer-D</strong> questioned "<em>What's with conceptual purity at the expense of function and maybe joy?</em>" but <strong>Vile Child</strong> chimed in "<em>seems SupraJoyful to me. But I like form and space and mass and light and how the colors outside reflect on the white walls. Shit like that</em>".</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/4x/4xtkyic5qj5vr3is.jpg" title=""></p> <p> Plus, <a href="http://archinect.com/jvantspijker" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Jaakko van &lsquo;t Spijker</a> reported in from the first findings of a studio in the Harvard GSD program, dealing with &lsquo;<a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/61783663/harvard-in-rotterdam-harvard-gsd-amo-presentation-in-the-rotterdam-dependence" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">the Elements of Architecture&rsquo;. Which were publicly presented in a packed Dependance at the Schieblock in Rotterdam on Friday night, November 16th</a>. The feature led <strong>glass</strong> to comment "<em>I find OMA creates some of today's most compelling architecture using standard off-the-shelf parts in unique and exhilarating ways.... Do...</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/57899951/editor-s-picks-283 Editor's Picks #283 Nam Henderson 2012-09-23T23:08:00-04:00 >2012-09-24T19:15:37-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/0d/0dsmqxju9f5wmkpi.jpg" width="514" height="685" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>in the latest edition of ShowCase: New Keelung Harbor Service Building, Archinect presents the first prize winning project by Neil M. Denari Architects, Inc. (NMDA). The details include; 120,780 square meters, Ground breaking: 2013, Completion: terminal (2015), office building (2017). double o zero immediately noted that "Something like this would have countless comments just a few years ago. Now it is just another thing".</p></em><br /><br /><p> The recent feature&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/57481963/instigating-change-with-common-ground" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Instigating Change with Common Ground</a>, written by&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/drowninginculture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">John Southern</a> is&nbsp;a critical but largely positive review of the Venice Architecture Biennale. &nbsp;Therein, he put forward the argument that this year&rsquo;s "<em>Biennale doesn&rsquo;t have much to be cynical, negative, or nasty about</em>" and wrote "<em>But the 2012 Architecture Biennale isn&rsquo;t just about solving problems.&nbsp; For those in the mood for a wink, there is a healthy balance of fun amongst the furrowed brows.&nbsp; FAT Architecture partnered with San Rocco and Ines Weizman to supply smart laughs with a Museum of Copying</em>"</p> <p> Plus, in the latest edition of <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/57552344/showcase-new-keelung-harbor-service-building" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ShowCase: New Keelung Harbor Service Building</a>,&nbsp;Archinect presents the first prize winning project by Neil M. Denari Architects, Inc. (NMDA).&nbsp;The details include; 120,780 square meters, Ground breaking: 2013, Completion: terminal (2015), office building (2017).&nbsp;<strong>double o zero</strong> immediately noted that "<em>Something like this would have countless comments just a few years ago. Now it is just ano...</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/57629715/abi-inches-back-into-positive-territory ABI Inches Back into Positive Territory Archinect 2012-09-19T22:56:00-04:00 >2012-09-24T19:18:19-04:00 <em><p>On the heels of a nearly three-point increase, the Architecture Billings Index (ABI) climbed into positive terrain for the first time in five months... The American Institute of Architects (AIA) reported the August ABI score was 50.2, up from the mark of 48.7 in July. This score reflects an increase in demand for design services. The new projects inquiry index was 57.2, up from mark of 56.3 the previous month.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/56118689/editor-s-picks-279 Editor's Picks #279 Nam Henderson 2012-08-28T12:02:00-04:00 >2012-10-16T16:56:23-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/00/00fxyff33xggv3tm.jpg" width="514" height="772" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The American Institute of Architects (AIA) reported the July ABI score was 48.7, up considerably from the mark of 45.9 in June. Noticeably, the South was the only region reporting increase in design activity. el jeffe noted dejectedly "hard to get excited.i don't think that a slightly lessened decline in billing would be a rebound; the direction hasn't changed, just the rate of decline."</p></em><br /><br /><p> In <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/55629733/student-works-performa_12" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Student Works: PERFORMA_12</a> Archinect features&nbsp; an installation first installed at the entrance to the annual BEAUX ARTS BALL in Lexington, KY, and later reinstalled at The Land of Tomorrow (LOT) gallery, also in Lexington. The piece was completed during PERFORMA Studio ( an intensive research and fabrication studio run by professor Mike McKay) at the University of Kentucky College of Design. Archinect also interviewed Professor McKay.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/00/00fxyff33xggv3tm.jpg" title=""><br> &nbsp;</p> <p> <strong>News</strong><br><a href="http://archinect.com/paul" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Paul Petrunia</a>,&nbsp;highlighted the recent court decision that there is no requirement that architectural drawings contain sufficient detail to support actual construction in order to warrant copyright protection under Section 102(a)(5) of the Copyright Act. <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/55753518/lack-of-detail-no-reason-to-deny-copyright-protection-to-architectural-works" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">This decision was reached by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit regarding&nbsp; (Scholz Design v. Sard Custom Homes LLC, 2d Cir., No. 11-3298, 8/15/12)</a>. More specifically, over-turning the prior district-court decision the Court of Appeals found given the relevant case law, the...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/52075667/architecture-billings-nosedive-in-may Architecture Billings Nosedive in May Archinect 2012-06-20T14:44:00-04:00 >2012-06-27T14:02:05-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/75/755f16126058ed7c9087fc962975722f.jpg" width="514" height="318" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The American Institute of Architects&rsquo; (AIA) monthly Architecture Billings Index (ABI) dropped significantly last month. Nationwide architecture work had begun to contract in April, but sunk by a considerable amount more in May. The May ABI score was 45.8, down from an already contracting 48.4 in April. Inquiries for new projects also dropped, from 54.4 to 54.0, the lowest score in a year.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/43157895/using-the-abi-as-an-economic-indicator Using the ABI as an economic indicator Archinect 2012-03-29T19:40:00-04:00 >2012-03-29T23:22:10-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/xh/xh9k5pvt4yv5621e.jpg" width="514" height="316" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>... the ABI is a pretty good leading indicator of non-residential construction levels a year or so down the track. It&rsquo;s often not a bad indicator of broader economic conditions either. For example, the index&rsquo;s low of late 2008 came a little before U.S. stocks&rsquo; post-crisis nadir in March 2009. It&rsquo;s been on a general uptrend ever since. As have stocks. There&rsquo;s a crumb of good news, here, then, because the ABI has now been rising for four straight months.</p></em><br /><br /><p> The WSJ's "The Source" discusses how the Architecture Billing Index can be used as a fairly accurate economic indicator, comparable to the oft-used Baltic Dry Index.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/24933967/editor-s-picks-234 Editor's Picks #234 Nam Henderson 2011-10-23T19:45:44-04:00 >2011-10-24T14:24:49-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/3r/3rcoitet911hnua2.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Orhan noted that in the language of "architectural poetics, the living room bathes you in a beautiful California light, washes your soul and takes your thoughts into the Pacific Ocean through the large window which sets the elevation on that side. Outside is wide and open, nurturing the peaceful inner space, this is something only great architecture can bless you with and masterfully achieved as in Schindler made experience."</p></em><br /><br /><p> <a href="http://archinect.com/people/cover/1812010/orhan-ayy-ce" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Orhan Ayy&uuml;ce</a>,&nbsp;reported on his visit to Schindler's 1926 Lovell Beach House which the MAK Center and its brilliant curatorial team were able to gain access to as a <a href="http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6160/6255006760_e129f7cb3e_b.jpg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">2011 fund raising event</a>.&nbsp;Orhan noted that in the language&nbsp;of "<strong>architectural poetics, the living room bathes you in a beautiful California light, washes your soul and takes your thoughts into the Pacific Ocean through the large window which sets the elevation on that side. Outside is wide and open, nurturing the peaceful inner space, this is something only great architecture can bless you with and masterfully achieved as in Schindler made experience.</strong>"&nbsp;SDR then posted some older B+ W documents "<em>As a contrast to (or context for) Orhan's new photos</em>".</p> <p> In <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/24220512/the-ideal-firm-s-profile" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Ideal Firm's Profile</a>,&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/people/cover/20580749/sherin-wing" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Sherin Wing</a>,&nbsp;laid out a number of working conditions&nbsp; by which firms large and small can try to whether the effects of poor economic policies and deregulation throughout the 2000&rsquo;s will be felt for years to come.&nbsp;<strong>Lian Chikako Chang</strong> commented "'<em>But ...</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/24447250/another-drop-for-architecture-billings-index Another Drop for Architecture Billings Index Alexander Walter 2011-10-19T14:22:25-04:00 >2011-11-24T09:05:52-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/bb/bbx6p0umd490tjdx.jpg" width="514" height="375" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Following the first positive score in four months, the Architecture Billings Index (ABI) reversed direction again in September. As a leading economic indicator of construction activity, the ABI reflects the approximate nine to twelve month lag time between architecture billings and construction spending. The American Institute of Architects (AIA) reported the September ABI score was 46.9, following a score of 51.4 in August.</p></em><br /><br /><p> This score reflects a sharp decrease in demand for design services (any score above 50 indicates an increase in billings). The new projects inquiry index was 54.3, down from a reading of 56.9 the <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/21462300/abi-turns-positive-after-four-straight-monthly-declines" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">previous month</a>.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/21462300/abi-turns-positive-after-four-straight-monthly-declines ABI Turns Positive after Four Straight Monthly Declines Alexander Walter 2011-09-23T14:00:10-04:00 >2011-09-25T15:32:02-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/d4/d42pczipsqd3tafi.jpg" width="514" height="333" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>On the heels of a period of weakness in design activity, the Architecture Billings Index (ABI) took a sudden upturn in August. As a leading economic indicator of construction activity, the ABI reflects the approximate nine to twelve month lag time between architecture billings and construction spending. The American Institute of Architects (AIA) reported the August ABI score was 51.4, following a very weak score of 45.1 in July.</p></em><br /><br /><p> 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 56.9, up sharply from a reading of 53.7 the <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/17203195/architecture-billings-index-drops-for-fifth-straight-month" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">previous month</a>.</p>