Archinect - News 2016-09-26T10:08:57-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/149969755/architecture-billings-index-in-august-dips-below-50-overall-outlook-reported-as-positive Architecture Billings Index in August dips below 50, overall outlook reported as positive Alexander Walter 2016-09-21T13:38:00-04:00 >2016-09-21T13:40:02-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/no/novldair2rz9ru4a.jpg" width="514" height="354" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>On the heels of six out of seven months of increasing levels of demand for design services, the Architecture Billings Index (ABI) fell just below the positive mark. [...] (AIA) reported the August ABI score was 49.7, down from the mark of 51.5 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 61.8, up sharply from a reading of 57.5 the previous month.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>&ldquo;This is only the second month this year where demand for architectural services has declined and it is only by a fraction of a point,&rdquo; said AIA Chief Economist, Kermit Baker, Hon. AIA, PhD. &nbsp;&ldquo;Given the solid numbers for new design contracts and project inquiries, it doesn&rsquo;t appear that this is the beginning of a broader downturn in the design and construction industry.&rdquo;</em></p><p>The AIA reports these key ABI highlights for the month of August:</p><ul><li>Regional averages: South (55.2), Midwest (52.8), West (49.0), Northeast (44.9)</li><li>Sector index breakdown: mixed practice (51.8), multi-family residential (50.9), commercial / industrial (50.8), institutional (50.7)</li><li>Project inquiries index: 61.8</li><li>Design contracts index: 52.7</li></ul><p>The&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/4496/abi" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ABI</a>&nbsp;in previous months on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149963790/architecture-billings-index-in-july-remains-in-positive-terrain-but-higher-volatility-expected-due-to-u-s-presidential-election" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architecture Billings Index in July remains in positive terrain but higher volatility expected due to U.S. presidential election</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149958838/architecture-billings-index-in-june-positive-for-fifth-consecutive-month" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architecture Billings Index in June positive for fifth consecutive month</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149953248/architecture-billings-index-reaches-highest-score-in-nearly-a-year" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architecture Billings Index reaches highest score in...</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149964731/editor-s-picks-452 Editor's Picks #452 Nam Henderson 2016-08-23T12:42:00-04:00 >2016-08-23T21:10:53-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/f0/f01bxbz9nlc3wef1.jpg" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="http://archinect.com/Julia_Ingalls" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Julia Ingalls</a>&nbsp;took readers on <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/149956316/touring-some-of-the-world-s-most-attractive-public-housing-projectsd" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">a tour of some of the world's most attractive public housing projects</a>, from the last decade.&nbsp;<strong>ChrisDx</strong> commented "<em>The projects certainly appear innovative in images taken most likely when they were first built. I wonder how &lsquo;successful&rsquo; they have been in meeting the resident's needs and what they look like now</em>."</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/fs/fsgvfa9x6gj9cq8k.jpg"></p><p>Plus, <a href="http://archinect.com/nicholaskorody" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Nicholas Korody</a> investigated how <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/149962603/ethical-dwellings-for-generation-y-explores-new-forms-of-living-and-owning-in-a-changing-london" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ED/GY, or Ethical Dwellings for Generation Y</a>, hopes to address "<em>new forms of living and owning in a changing London</em>".&nbsp;<strong>Olaf Design Ninja_</strong> &nbsp;was terrified "<em>holy shit is this dystopic!</em>" <a href="https://twitter.com/BirdsofVenice/status/765384048365547520" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Birds of Venice</a> noted the "<em>Marxist sideboob.</em><em><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/housing?src=hash" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"> #housing</a></em>".</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/0j/0jyykbdccjqaicjv.jpg"><br>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>News</strong><br>In <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149962108/museum-at-the-front-line-one-to-one-33-with-dora-epstein-jones-executive-director-of-the-a-d-museum" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect Sessions One-to-One #33</a>&nbsp;executive director of the A+D Museum Epstein Jones, imagines how A+D could become the L.A version of <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/1920121/storefront-for-art-and-architecture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Storefront</a>, while working to keep it accessible to the local community.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/dq/dqtmz2cihg28ii35.jpg"></p><p>Senior editor&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/orhan" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Orhan Ayy&uuml;ce</a>&nbsp;reminded readers that&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149961944/dan-graham-hates-conceptual-art" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Dan Graham hates conceptual art</a>.&nbsp;<strong>Thayer-D</strong>&nbsp;"<em>was enjoying him quite well until he drew an arbitrary line between ar...</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149963790/architecture-billings-index-in-july-remains-in-positive-terrain-but-higher-volatility-expected-due-to-u-s-presidential-election Architecture Billings Index in July remains in positive terrain but higher volatility expected due to U.S. presidential election Alexander Walter 2016-08-17T13:16:00-04:00 >2016-08-17T13:17:34-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/rf/rf7icizmlzxgja0m.jpg" width="514" height="353" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Architecture Billings Index (ABI) was positive in July for the sixth consecutive month, and tenth out of the last twelve months as demand across all project types continued to increase. &nbsp;[...] (AIA) reported the July ABI score was 51.5, down from the mark of 52.6 in the previous month. This score still reflects an increase in design services (any score above 50 indicates an increase in billings). &nbsp;The new projects inquiry index was 57.5, down from a reading of 58.6 the previous month.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>&ldquo;The uncertainty surrounding the presidential election is causing some funding decisions regarding larger construction projects to be delayed or put on hold for the time being,&rdquo; said AIA Chief Economist, Kermit Baker, Hon. AIA, PhD. &nbsp;&ldquo;It&rsquo;s likely that these concerns will persist up until the election, and therefore we would expect higher levels of volatility in the design and construction sector in the months ahead.&rdquo;</em></p><p>Key ABI highlights for the month of July were reported by the AIA as:</p><ul><li>Regional averages: South (56.9), Midwest (50.1), Northeast (49.3), West (49.2)</li><li>Sector index breakdown: multi-family residential (55.2), institutional (50.7), mixed &nbsp; &nbsp; practice (50.5), commercial / industrial (50.3)</li><li>Project inquiries index: 57.5</li><li>Design contracts index: 51.8</li></ul><p>The&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/4496/abi" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ABI</a>&nbsp;in previous months on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149958838/architecture-billings-index-in-june-positive-for-fifth-consecutive-month" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architecture Billings Index in June positive for fifth consecutive month</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149953248/architecture-billings-index-reaches-highest-score-in-nearly-a-year" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architecture Billings Index reaches highest score in nearly a year</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149945983/architecture-billings-index-displays-continued-modest-growth-in-april" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architecture Billings Index displays continued modest growt...</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149962393/editor-s-picks-451 Editor's Picks #451 Nam Henderson 2016-08-10T01:54:00-04:00 >2016-08-11T01:16:23-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/xi/xirnl0bmw8rnz817.jpg" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="http://archinect.com/nicholaskorody" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Nicholas Korody</a>&nbsp;interviewed a class of <a href="http://archinect.com/sciarc" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">SCI-Arc</a> students who led by faculty member Darin Johnstone got to design and build their <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/149959347/sci-arc-students-step-out-of-the-studio-to-build-an-affordable-eco-friendly-home-with-habitat-for-humanity" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">IVRV House</a> in collaboration with <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/2909154/habitat-for-humanity" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Habitat for Humanity</a>. While&nbsp;acknowledging that "<em>it's always easier to build affordable housing when stuff is donated like money, time, land, and furniture</em>"&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/everydayintern" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Everyday Intern</a>&nbsp;overall, wishes "<em>more schools would partner to do projects like this just so students have a better idea of the profession before they go out and find their first jobs.</em>"</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/ck/ckno2oepri6sas6a.jpg"></p><p>In Brexit news, <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149960435/brexit-means-brexit-architects-rob-hyde-katy-marks-and-mark-middleton-on-how-brexit-could-change-uk-architecture-and-how-architects-could-change-brexit-on-archinect-sessions-74" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect Sessions #74</a> featured architects Rob Hyde, Katy Marks and Mark Middleton on why Brexit means Brexit.&nbsp;Plus, a pair of op-eds&nbsp;offered optimistic takes <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/149957963/brexit-exposed-a-britain-divided-and-architects-must-now-redouble-our-efforts-to-be-at-the-forefront-of-quality-and-innovation-op-ed-by-chris-williamson-of-weston-williamson-partners" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">post-Brexit</a>, aka "<a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/149960251/brexit-vote-was-due-to-a-loss-of-identity-more-than-anything-else-op-ed-by-alan-penn-dean-of-the-bartlett-faculty-of-the-built-environment" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">I guess that's one way to polish a turd.</a>"<br>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>News</strong><br><a href="http://archinect.com/AmeliaTH" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Amelia Taylor-Hochberg</a> drew attention to <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149958641/to-solve-a-housing-crisis-invest-more-in-modular-construction" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">research</a> by Associate Professor of engineering&nbsp;Kasun Hewage along with PhD candidate Mohammad Kamali at University of British Columbia, which suggests that one way to solve the housing crisis, may be to invest more ...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149958838/architecture-billings-index-in-june-positive-for-fifth-consecutive-month Architecture Billings Index in June positive for fifth consecutive month Alexander Walter 2016-07-20T13:08:00-04:00 >2016-08-08T14:16:08-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/th/thatzpar592r4qf5.jpg" width="514" height="358" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Buoyed by increasing levels of demand across all project types, the Architecture Billings Index (ABI) was positive in June for the fifth consecutive month. [...] The American Institute of Architects (AIA) reported the June ABI score was 52.6, down from the mark of 53.1 in the previous month. This score still 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 a reading of 60.1 the previous month.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The AIA reports these key ABI highlights for the month of June:</p><ul><li>Regional averages: South (55.5), West (54.1), Northeast (51.8), Midwest (48.2)</li><li>Sector index breakdown: multi-family residential (57.9), institutional (52.7), mixed practice (51.0), commercial / industrial (50.3)</li><li>Project inquiries index: 58.6</li><li>Design contracts index: 49.7</li></ul><p>The&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/4496/abi" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ABI</a>&nbsp;in previous months on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149953248/architecture-billings-index-reaches-highest-score-in-nearly-a-year" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architecture Billings Index reaches highest score in nearly a year</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149945983/architecture-billings-index-displays-continued-modest-growth-in-april" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architecture Billings Index displays continued modest growth in April</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149941581/architecture-billings-index-concludes-first-quarter-on-continued-positive-note" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architecture Billings Index concludes first quarter on continued positive note</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149955908/editor-s-picks-449 Editor's Picks #449 Nam Henderson 2016-07-05T14:36:00-04:00 >2016-07-14T22:09:57-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ih/ih14dd2q98bcnsyo.jpg" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="http://archinect.com/people/cover/97640102/david-scheer" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">David Scheer</a>&nbsp;penned his first essay for Archinect, <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/149953951/the-blind-justice-of-salt-lake-city-s-courthouse" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">a review of a new federal courthouse in Salt Lake City</a>, designed by Thomas Phifer &amp; Partners.&nbsp;</p><p>His <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/149953951/the-blind-justice-of-salt-lake-city-s-courthouse" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">conclusion</a>? "<em>As a piece of construction, it is beautifully detailed and executed&mdash;a virtuosic performance of modern building technology. It functions beautifully as well, amply fulfilling the judges&rsquo; request for daylight and thoughtfully accommodating the judicial process, while meeting complex internal security requirements...</em>"</p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/people/cover/1906872/donna-sink" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Donna Sink</a> liked what she read "<em>excellent piece of architectural criticism. I like the building very much, but it's a good piece of criticism that allows one to consider both good and bad aspects of the design and how they represent society.</em>"</p><p>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;<img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/5m/5meqr2gl500cbpde.jpg"><br>&nbsp;</p><p>After reading <a href="http://archinect.com/Julia_Ingalls" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Julia Ingalls</a>&rsquo;&nbsp;piece on <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/727872/podshare" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">PodShare</a><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/149948880/strange-bedfellows-exploring-shades-of-privacy-in-co-living" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"> and other co-living ventures</a>.&nbsp;<strong>Olaf Design Ninja_</strong> did not like what he read "<em>curates members......future is access......i actually find this alarming.</em>"<br>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>News</strong><br><a href="http://archinect.com/people/cover/140053601/ellen-hancock" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ellen Hancock</a>,&nbsp;Archinect&rsquo;s UK Operations Manager, visited the Herz...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149953248/architecture-billings-index-reaches-highest-score-in-nearly-a-year Architecture Billings Index reaches highest score in nearly a year Alexander Walter 2016-06-22T14:21:00-04:00 >2016-06-30T21:00:35-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/o0/o0hik29wl1zyylep.jpg" width="514" height="359" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Led by a still active multi-family housing market and sustained by solid levels of demand for new commercial and retail properties, the Architecture Billings Index has accelerated to its highest score in nearly a year. [...] May ABI score was 53.1, up sharply from the mark of 50.6 in the previous month. This score reflects an increase 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 56.9 the previous month.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The AIA states these key ABI highlights for the month of May:</p><ul><li>Regional averages: West (53.8), South (53.7), Northeast (51.2), Midwest (49.9)</li><li>Sector index breakdown: multi-family residential (53.7), institutional (53.0), commercial / industrial (51.0), mixed practice (51.0),</li><li>Project inquiries index: 60.1</li><li>Design contracts index: 52.8</li></ul><p>The&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/4496/abi" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ABI</a>&nbsp;in previous months on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149945983/architecture-billings-index-displays-continued-modest-growth-in-april" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architecture Billings Index displays continued modest growth in April</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149941581/architecture-billings-index-concludes-first-quarter-on-continued-positive-note" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architecture Billings Index concludes first quarter on continued positive note</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149936152/architecture-billings-index-slightly-up-in-february-at-50-3" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architecture Billings Index slightly up in February at 50.3</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149946727/editor-s-picks-446 Editor's Picks #446 Nam Henderson 2016-05-23T09:19:00-04:00 >2016-05-29T23:35:23-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/2u/2uwj1i27bgdlzi2n.jpg" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="http://archinect.com/roberturquhart" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Robert Urquhart</a> spoke with curators <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/149943348/previewing-the-2016-venice-biennale-the-british-pavilion-s-home-economics" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Jack Self, Shumi Bose and Finn Williams, previewing their British Pavilion for the 2016 Venice Biennale</a>.&nbsp;</p><p>As they explained;&nbsp;</p><p>"<em>We&rsquo;re interested in the influence of bureaucratic apparatus like the Terms &amp; Conditions of Airbnb, the semantics of a mortgage, or the lifespan of product warranties, on the design of the home. But rather than seeing these as constraints, we want to show these as fields where architecture can expand its agency.</em>"</p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/149940804/sn-hetta-s-expanded-sfmoma-is-235-000-square-feet-of-egalitarianism" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Plus, </a><a href="http://archinect.com/Julia_Ingalls" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Julia Ingalls</a><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/149940804/sn-hetta-s-expanded-sfmoma-is-235-000-square-feet-of-egalitarianism" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"> h</a><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/149940804/sn-hetta-s-expanded-sfmoma-is-235-000-square-feet-of-egalitarianism" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ad a chance to visit</a>&nbsp;Sn&oslash;hetta's expanded SFMOMA.&nbsp;Her conclusion, that it "<em>elegantly achieves its stated goals of being accessible and welcoming to all, if not necessarily being a stunning piece of architecture in its own right.</em>"&nbsp;<strong>LiMX</strong> liked what he read "<em>Good review, not the boring contrarianism I've read elsewhere.</em>"</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/be/beiqs9pervq5nf04.jpg"></p><p><br><strong>News</strong><br>In late April the Vanna Venturi House, <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149944193/vanna-venturi-house-s-new-owner-plans-to-preserve-property" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">was sold after more than nine months on the open market</a>.&nbsp;In response <strong>quondam&hellip;</strong>, <a href="http://archinect.com/orhan" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Orhan Ayy&uuml;ce</a> and others, explored whether a building as "<em>volumi...</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149945983/architecture-billings-index-displays-continued-modest-growth-in-april Architecture Billings Index displays continued modest growth in April Alexander Walter 2016-05-18T12:22:00-04:00 >2016-05-20T23:48:11-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/qu/qu4ds71foqxgjdm6.jpg" width="514" height="359" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>After beginning the year with a decline, the Architecture Billings Index has posted three consecutive months of increasing demand for design activity at architecture firms. [...] (AIA) reported the April ABI score was 50.6, down from the mark of 51.9 in the previous month. This score still reflects an increase in design services (any score above 50 indicates an increase in billings). The new projects inquiry index was 56.9, down from a reading of 58.1 the previous month.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Key ABI highlights for the month of April were reported by the AIA as:</p><ul><li>Regional averages: South (52.2), Northeast (51.5), West (50.8), Midwest (50.8)</li><li>Sector index breakdown: multi-family residential (53.7), commercial / industrial (52.0), mixed practice (50.0), institutional (49.0)</li><li>Project inquiries index: 56.9</li><li>Design contracts index: 54.3</li></ul><p>The&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/4496/abi" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ABI</a>&nbsp;in previous months on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149941581/architecture-billings-index-concludes-first-quarter-on-continued-positive-note" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architecture Billings Index concludes first quarter on continued positive note</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149936152/architecture-billings-index-slightly-up-in-february-at-50-3" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architecture Billings Index slightly up in February at 50.3</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/148346407/architecture-billings-index-begins-year-with-modest-dip-into-negative-terrain" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architecture Billings Index begins year with modest dip into negative terrain</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149944145/editor-s-picks-445 Editor's Picks #445 Nam Henderson 2016-05-08T23:36:00-04:00 >2016-05-09T07:49:09-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/gd/gddzh0zrgxr45zmx.jpg" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>At the begining of Apri,&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/nicholaskorody" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Nicholas Korody</a>&nbsp;published '<a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/149938311/the-internship-test-or-why-even-become-an-architect-at-all" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The internship test or: why even become an architect at all?</a>'&nbsp;For&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/jmiller" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Jeremy Miller</a>&nbsp;the&nbsp;takeway was "<em>am clearly paying my intern too much, that must be why I am not a successful famous Architect...But Seriously, &nbsp;I can sort of see an unpaid internship as a summer intern while still in school. But even then, I think they should make the minimum wage. However, Once you are out of school, a professional wage is appropriate.</em>"&nbsp;As he also noted "<em>t</em><em>his is likely a large factor in why we have so little minority representation in Architecture</em>". <strong>Midlander</strong> added "<em>Can you think of any other profession where working for the most-admired offices pays no more and maybe less? You certainly don't hear of top-5 law grads doing unpaid internships to get into big law, or accountants under reporting hours so they can get that charmed consultancy job&hellip;</em>"</p><p>Plus, <a href="http://archinect.com/alexis" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Alexis Petrunia</a>&nbsp;featured the "<em>Double Stick</em>" residence, <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/149938601/architectural-panel-tape-proves-its-strength-with-spf-architects-double-stick-project" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">by </a><a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/78556/spf-a-studio-pali-fekete-architects" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Studio Pali Fekete architects</a>, which makes i...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149941581/architecture-billings-index-concludes-first-quarter-on-continued-positive-note Architecture Billings Index concludes first quarter on continued positive note Alexander Walter 2016-04-20T12:41:00-04:00 >2016-05-04T23:07:44-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/km/kmt6qcl1nfikl4xd.jpg" width="280" height="159" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Architecture Billings Index reflects consecutive months of increasing demand for design activity at architecture firms. [...] The American Institute of Architects (AIA) reported the March ABI score was 51.9, up from the mark of 50.3 in the previous month. This score reflects an increase in design services (any score above 50 indicates an increase in billings). The new projects inquiry index was 58.1, down from a reading of 59.5 the previous month.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The AIA states these key ABI highlights for the month of March:</p><ul><li>Regional averages: South (52.4), Northeast (51.0), West (50.4), Midwest (49.8)</li><li>Sector index breakdown: multi-family residential (55.7), commercial / industrial (51.8), mixed practice (50.0), institutional (48.0)</li><li>Project inquiries index: 58.1</li><li>Design contracts index: 51.8</li></ul><p>The <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/4496/abi" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ABI</a> in previous months on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149936152/architecture-billings-index-slightly-up-in-february-at-50-3" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architecture Billings Index slightly up in February at 50.3</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/148346407/architecture-billings-index-begins-year-with-modest-dip-into-negative-terrain" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architecture Billings Index begins year with modest dip into negative terrain</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/146190281/architecture-billings-index-ends-the-year-in-positive-terrain-at-50-9" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architecture Billings Index ends the year in positive terrain at 50.9</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149936152/architecture-billings-index-slightly-up-in-february-at-50-3 Architecture Billings Index slightly up in February at 50.3 Alexander Walter 2016-03-23T12:30:00-04:00 >2016-04-08T00:53:22-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/1a/1acrh9vo8h2o54du.jpg" width="514" height="355" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Architecture Billings Index saw a dip into negative terrain for the first time in five months in January, but inched back up in February with a small increase in demand for design services... [AIA] reported the February ABI score was 50.3, up slightly from the mark of 49.6 in the previous month. This score reflects a minor increase in design services (any score above 50 indicates an increase in billings). The new projects inquiry index was 59.5, up from a reading of 55.3 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 (51.1), West (49.9), Northeast (49.5), Midwest (49.3)</li><li>Sector index breakdown: multi-family residential (53.0), commercial / industrial (52.3), institutional (48.1), mixed practice (47.7)</li><li>Project inquiries index: 59.5</li><li>Design contracts index: 51.7</li></ul><p>The <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/4496/abi" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ABI</a> in previous months on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/148346407/architecture-billings-index-begins-year-with-modest-dip-into-negative-terrain" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architecture Billings Index begins year with modest dip into negative terrain</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/146190281/architecture-billings-index-ends-the-year-in-positive-terrain-at-50-9" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architecture Billings Index ends the year in positive terrain at 50.9</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/143509190/architecture-billings-index-in-november-dips-slightly" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architecture Billings Index in November dips slightly</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/148346407/architecture-billings-index-begins-year-with-modest-dip-into-negative-terrain Architecture Billings Index begins year with modest dip into negative terrain Alexander Walter 2016-02-17T12:44:00-05:00 >2016-02-27T23:29:22-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/uo/uogu3afz15e7ep77.jpg" width="514" height="355" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Following a generally positive performance in 2015, the Architecture Billings Index has begun this year modestly dipping back into negative terrain. [...] The American Institute of Architects (AIA) reported the January ABI score was 49.6, down slightly from the mark of 51.3 in the previous month. This score reflects a minor decrease in design services (any score above 50 indicates an increase in billings). The new projects inquiry index was 55.3, down from a reading of 60.5 the previous month.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The AIA states these key ABI highlights for the month of January:</p><ul><li>Regional averages: West (50.8), Northeast (50.4), South (50.3), Midwest (48.9)</li><li>Sector index breakdown: multi-family residential (51.9), commercial / industrial (50.5), institutional (49.9), mixed practice (49.0)</li><li>Project inquiries index: 55.3</li><li>Design contracts index: 50.9</li></ul><p>The <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/4496/abi" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ABI</a> in previous months on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/146190281/architecture-billings-index-ends-the-year-in-positive-terrain-at-50-9" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architecture Billings Index ends the year in positive terrain at 50.9</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/143509190/architecture-billings-index-in-november-dips-slightly" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architecture Billings Index in November dips slightly</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/141359175/architecture-billings-index-in-october-still-showing-an-increase-in-design-services" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architecture Billings Index in October still showing an increase in design services</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 >2016-02-09T23:15:34-05:00 <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/145464248/2015-year-in-review-editor-s-picks-439 2015 year in review - Editor's Picks #439 Nam Henderson 2016-01-12T17:22:00-05:00 >2016-01-13T23:00:07-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/zw/zw1buc3z7iff7lvz.jpg" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>As my own contribution to <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/683966/2015-year-in-review" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect&rsquo;s 2015 year in review</a>,&nbsp;I have gathered a sampling of the News, Blog posts, Discussions and Features from last year (or even further) that touch on key themes of 2015, look to projects/awards/openings coming in 2016 or in some-way reference either 2015 or 2016.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/wu/wun5nruqvz56dzw2.jpg"></p><p>To start, <a href="http://archinect.com/patrik_schumacher" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Patrik Schumacher</a>&nbsp;penned an Op-Ed: <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/128885228/op-ed-beyond-stars-icons-and-much-more-by-patrik-schumacher" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Beyond Stars, Icons and Much More</a>&nbsp;in which he insists "<em>parametricism has matured and can now take on serious, relevant work. The days of adolescent muscle-flexing are over &ndash; the real work has to begin</em>".</p><p><strong>Daniela Ghertovici</strong> found it refreshing "<em>not because Schumacher is advocating apathetic callousness in the face of political problems, but precisely because so many (academic) architects waste precious time and resources attempting to solve macro political problems within a discourse that is entirely impotent to solve such problems.</em>"&nbsp;<br>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>News</strong></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/zs/zsvsaizy33237mxb.jpg"></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/137359601/zaha-hadid-announced-as-winner-of-2016-royal-gold-medal" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">This February, The Royal Institute of British Architects will present the 2016 Royal Gold Medal, to Dame Zaha Hadi...</a></p> 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/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/139700191/editor-s-picks-432 Editor's Picks #432 Nam Henderson 2015-10-25T18:43:00-04:00 >2015-10-27T11:19:44-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/sj/sjpxdoyqo3734oq0.jpg" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="http://archinect.com/AmeliaTH" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Amelia Taylor-Hochberg</a>&nbsp;penned an essay on <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/138573406/the-humanity-of-the-chicago-architecture-biennial" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The humanity of the Chicago Architecture Biennial</a>,&nbsp;wherein she argues "<em>the Biennial is more about architects than it is about architecture.</em>"&nbsp;</p><p>Meanwhile <a href="http://archinect.com/Julia_Ingalls" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Julia Ingalls</a>&nbsp;reviewed the book <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/138591091/the-in-crowd-review-of-conversations-with-architects-in-the-age-of-celebrity" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Conversations with Architects: In the Age of Celebrity</a>, by former corporate interior designer turned international architectural curator Vladimir Belogolovsky.&nbsp;<strong>DTElmore </strong>was convinced "<em>this article has helped me to see that now, more than ever, buildings and criticism of buildings are inextricably linked to the characters that design them, possibly to the detriment of architecture.</em>"</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>News</strong><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/y4/y471wfmt9gzridb4.jpg"></p><p>Moscow is on a roll, of post-industrial rehab; <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/139031170/renzo-piano-building-workshop-redesigns-moscow-power-station-into-art-site" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">with Renzo Piano Building Workshop releasing a redesign - for turning a Moscow power station into an art site for the V-A-C Foundation</a>&nbsp;and <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/139028758/neutelings-riedijk-architects-propose-these-flamboyant-golden-glass-and-steel-towers-for-defunct-moscow-auto-plant" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Neutelings Riedijk Architects proposing golden glass and steel towers for a defunct Moscow auto plant</a>.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/vf/vf4uh0x8vl4llvyf.jpg"></p><p>The SANAA designed arts and community center, <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/138428052/sanaa-s-meandering-river-community-center-opens-to-the-public" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">the River</a>, finally opened its doors to the public...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/139458472/architecture-billings-index-swings-back-robustly-in-september Architecture Billings Index swings back robustly in September Julia Ingalls 2015-10-21T13:04:00-04:00 >2015-10-24T20:42:47-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/sl/sltc7xwlrzy3p7yu.jpg" width="514" height="353" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>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).</p></em><br /><br /><p>Although the multi-family residential sector continues its eighth-month weak streak, the majority of sectors of the <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/137334669/architecture-billings-index-retracts-slightly-in-august" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architecture Billings Index</a> showed signs of growth after a backpedaling August. According to&nbsp;AIA Chief Economist Kermit Baker, Hon. AIA, PhD, "a lack of a deep enough talent pool to keep up with demand" is an issue for the industry, meaning <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/126437029/there-are-tons-of-architecture-job-openings-these-days-why-aren-t-you-hired-yet" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">the news is good for job-seekers</a>.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/ci/ciqt3labbaprudce.jpg"></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/137762484/editor-s-picks-430 Editor's Picks #430 Nam Henderson 2015-09-29T13:21:00-04:00 >2015-10-03T17:20:12-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/sw/sw8gkqsithibvdy1.jpg" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="http://archinect.com/AmeliaTH" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Amelia Taylor-Hochberg</a>,&nbsp;Editorial Manager for Archinect, reviewed "<a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/135460042/finding-shelter-in-los-angeles-housing-chaos" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Shelter</a>" the debut exhibition at the <a href="http://archinect.com/features/tag/315476/a-d-museum" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architecture and Design Museum</a>&rsquo;s new location in Los Angeles' Arts District.&nbsp;Despite what you might assume&nbsp;</p><p>"<em>Shelter isn&rsquo;t about designing for the 21st century family, or the millenial, or the homeless, in Los Angeles &ndash; it&rsquo;s about forming new expectations of how housing and the city should interact...housing imagined in Shelter is about merging L.A.&rsquo;s residential spaces with its civic topography, forming a less privatized residential existence in the city</em>".</p><p>The winners of Archinect's Dry Futures competition were selected. In the "Speculative" category "Grassroots Cactivism" by Ali Chen took <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/136742264/and-the-winners-of-archinect-s-dry-futures-competition-speculative-category-are" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">first place</a>. While "Liquifying Aquifers by Lujac Desautel <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/136743068/and-the-winners-of-archinect-s-dry-futures-competition-pragmatic-category-are" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">won first place</a> in the "Pragmatic" category.&nbsp;</p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/people/cover/15884683/deane-madsen" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Deane Madsen</a>&nbsp;was impressed "<em>A timely and relevant competition with thoughtful responses. Well done, all around!</em>"<br>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>News</strong><br><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/137359601/zaha-hadid-announced-as-winner-of-2016-royal-gold-medal" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Dame Zaha Hadid was announced as winner of 2016 Royal Gold Medal</a>. Sir&nbsp;Peter C...</p> 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/132822247/editor-s-picks-425 Editor's Picks #425 Nam Henderson 2015-07-27T15:07:00-04:00 >2015-09-10T03:02:23-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/dz/dz7l8k4prll4a3ch.jpg" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>For the latest edition of <strong>Upstarts</strong>&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/Julia_Ingalls" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Julia Ingalls</a>&nbsp;interviewed <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/130410487/upstarts-design-bitches" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Catherine Johnson and Rebecca Rudolph of </a><a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/55962127/design-bitches" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Design, Bitches</a>, the Los Angeles-based firm.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/0c/0cussfppr162j0vc.jpg"></p><p>Plus, <a href="http://archinect.com/AmeliaTH" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Amelia Taylor-Hochberg</a>&nbsp;highlighted <a href="http://laplusjournal.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">LA+</a>, the new publication produced by the Landscape Architecture Department at the <a href="http://archinect.com/schools/cover/400/university-of-pennsylvania" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">University of Pennsylvania&rsquo;s School of Design</a> in the <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/132432116/screen-print-35-penndesign-s-la" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">latest edition</a> of <strong>Screen/Print</strong>.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/tl/tlftly450f5cnmd0.jpg"><br>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>News</strong><br><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/132326552/liam-young-an-architect-s-skills-are-completely-wasted-on-making-buildings" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">TANK Magazine published a chat with Liam Young</a>, wherein he argued "<em>an architect&rsquo;s skills are completely wasted on making buildings...Finding ways to operate in other disciplines just gives us much more agency</em>".&nbsp;<strong>davvid</strong> can get behind the idea "<em>that 'architect' is a strategy</em>", however <strong>Good_Knight</strong> is concerned "<em>Great....So in an era when only refining one's professional specialty is profitable...non licensed 'architects' (in reality an oxymoron) or shall I say wanna-be-poser architects are pushing to broaden and generalize the title even more.</em>"&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Mr Banks</strong> argued "<em>If architecture is a strategy rather than a profession, then surely anyon...</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/132488419/increasing-demand-for-education-healthcare-and-government-buildings-bolsters-architectural-billings-index Increasing demand for education, healthcare, and government buildings bolsters Architectural Billings Index Julia Ingalls 2015-07-22T13:33:00-04:00 >2015-07-25T18:39:45-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/oc/ocs2qp7hjah8ibt8.jpg" width="514" height="355" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>According to the <a href="http://www.aia.org/press/releases/AIAB106918" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">AIA</a>, while the demand for multi-family housing has slowed, many other design sectors, especially those related to institutional facilities, have prompted a significant increase in the <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/107273/architecture-billings-index" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">architectural billings index</a>, from 51.9 in May to 55.7 in June. To provide perspective, the meaning of these figures is based on a median of 50.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/b2/b2zf8jvgwtf4uhg2.jpg"></p><p>A figure below 50 indicates a decline in average billings, while a figure above is a sign of expansion. The rapid uptick is echoed in the new projects inquiry index, which has currently rocketed to 63.4, up from 61.1 in May. Regionally, the Midwest is currently the hottest place for growth, with an average of 57.2, while the Northeast is trending gently upward with an ABI of 50.4.&nbsp;</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/128203380/editor-s-picks-417 Editor's Picks #417 Nam Henderson 2015-05-28T13:45:00-04:00 >2015-05-29T13:12:04-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/id/id9t45oo1ogntep0.jpg" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="http://archinect.com/Julia_Ingalls" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Julia Ingalls</a>&nbsp;spoke on the phone with <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/127534748/stop-the-presses-paul-goldberger-s-take-on-critical-relevance-in-the-social-media-age" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Paul Goldberger about the relevance of criticism in the social media age</a>.&nbsp;<strong>davvid</strong> was at least somewhat pleased "<em>Its about time we start talking about this stuff. I'm not convinced that Goldberger has a good handle on it, but at least he's trying</em>". Later <strong>DWLindeman</strong> added "<em>I've always admired Paul Goldberger's support of Robert Venturi and Denise Scott Brown...What I still don't understand, was his support of the Foster plan for the main research branch of the New York Public Library</em>".</p><p>Plus, <a href="http://archinect.com/nicholaskorody" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Nicholas Korody</a>&nbsp;reviewed the much hyped <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/127733607/one-night-stand-la-titillates-but-leaves-you-wanting-more" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A One-Night Stand for Art and Architecture</a>.&nbsp;<strong>b3tadine[sutures]</strong> wondered "<em>why does it come off to me as if this was my mom explaining sex to me?...Where are the closed circuit televisions, the oft rumored illicit video cameras, where is the risk?</em>".</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/2v/2v0d7ww2hxfwyryt.jpg"></p><p><br><strong>News</strong><br><a href="http://archinect.com/justine.testado" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Justine Testado</a>&nbsp;posted the <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/127537159/designs-of-the-year-2015-narrows-down-to-six-category-winners" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">news</a> that The Design Museum in London had selected the Category Winners for their <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/233930/designs-of-the-year" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Designs of the Year</a> 2015.&nbsp;<strong>BulgarBlogger</strong>&nbsp;couldn&rsquo;t help complaining ...</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/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/123620138/editor-s-picks-409 Editor's Picks #409 Nam Henderson 2015-03-24T13:30:00-04:00 >2015-05-17T20:44:16-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/gb/gbdp27z827bv41ea.jpg" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="http://archinect.com/AmeliaTH" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Amelia Taylor-Hochberg</a>&nbsp;featured '<a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/122759763/screen-print-29-trans-lust" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">trans</a>&rsquo; the most recent issue of 'Lust' - for <strong>Screen/Print #29</strong>.&nbsp;</p><p><br>The <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/123062835/archinect-s-lexicon-neuromorphic-architecture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">latest entry</a> in Archinect's Lexicon is "<em>Neuromorphic Architecture</em>" first coined by Dr. Michael Arbib in a 2012 paper for Intelligent Buildings International.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/f8/f8ogdu5rslvkftfg.jpg">&nbsp;</p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/123200242/mackintosh-library-restore-or-create-anew" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">BBC Arts asked experts&nbsp;whether the decision announced</a>, to restore the burned out Mackintosh Library, is a missed opportunity?&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/stevenward" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Steven Ward</a>&nbsp;commented "<em>Restore. People still need to be able to see / learn from / walk through what Mackintosh did. New approaches can occur in new spaces - elsewhere</em>"&nbsp;<strong>EKE</strong> agreed "<em>Restore, of course...They have the drawings. &nbsp;So the rebuilt room will be a room created by the original architect, in the same sense, and in the same way as it was done originally</em>".</p><p>In employment related news, the Architecture Billings Index (ABI) <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/123197011/architecture-billings-index-in-february-shows-nominal-increase" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">showed a nominal increase in design activity in February</a>.&nbsp;Of <a href="http://www.calculatedriskblog.com/2015/03/aia-architecture-billings-index.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">particular note</a> "<em>The multi-family residential was negative for the first time in over three years - and might be indicating...</em></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>