Archinect - News 2016-07-30T07:23:17-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/149957713/google-acquires-linkedin-s-hq-in-huge-unexpected-property-swap Google acquires LinkedIn's HQ in huge, unexpected property swap Justine Testado 2016-07-13T18:13:00-04:00 >2016-07-17T19:46:04-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/1o/1onxmola6x960ers.jpg" width="514" height="385" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>[Google and LinkedIn] announced a large, surprising property swap encompassing over three million square feet of existing and future real estate... From Google, LinkedIn is picking up seven buildings...In return, Google is getting LinkedIn&rsquo;s Mountain View headquarters office and...four different surrounding properties that enable Google to follow through on its ambitious plan for a new, green, crazy-futurist campus.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Following an unsuccessful bid <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/126833043/google-loses-to-linkedin-in-silicon-valley-hq-pitch" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">last year</a>, this is good news for Google as they continue to push toward making their dream campus a reality.&nbsp;Unleash the <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/126826379/new-googleplex-will-be-built-by-robots" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">&ldquo;crabots&rdquo;</a>.</p><p>Previously on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/122201296/archinect-sessions-episode-19-don-t-be-evil-don-t-throw-stones" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect Sessions Episode #19: Don't be Evil, Don't Throw Stones</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/126833043/google-loses-to-linkedin-in-silicon-valley-hq-pitch" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Google loses to LinkedIn in Silicon Valley HQ pitch</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/126826379/new-googleplex-will-be-built-by-robots" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">New Googleplex will be built by robots</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/121746764/google-unveils-big-heatherwick-studios-collaboration-for-new-campus-master-plan" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Google Unveils BIG + Heatherwick Studios Collaboration for New Campus Master Plan</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149956294/yulio-offers-architects-a-diy-virtual-reality-platform Yulio offers architects a DIY Virtual Reality platform Sponsor 2016-07-07T09:00:00-04:00 >2016-07-13T10:49:34-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/xy/xyv1xfvhoo5nhrfm.jpg" width="514" height="366" border="0" title="" alt="" /><a href="https://www.yulio.com/?utm_source=Archinect%20Editorial%201&amp;utm_medium=Editorial&amp;utm_campaign=Archinect%20Editorial%201" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/uploads/48/48mtx6nymobdtk3m.png"></a><em><strong>This post is brought to you by <a href="https://www.yulio.com/?utm_source=Archinect%20Editorial%201&amp;utm_medium=Editorial&amp;utm_campaign=Archinect%20Editorial%201" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Yulio</a>.</strong></em><br>&nbsp;<p><strong>AN INTRODUCTION TO VIRTUAL REALITY </strong></p><p>Though Virtual Reality (VR) is yet to truly break into the mainstream consumer market, it&rsquo;s an industry <strong>growing at breakneck speed.</strong></p><p>With Deloitte Global predicting a <a href="http://www2.deloitte.com/global/en/pages/technology-media-and-telecommunications/articles/tmt-pred16-media-virtual-reality-billion-dollar-niche.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">$1bn year</a> for the VR industry this year, and Digi Capital estimating it to <a href="http://www.digi-capital.com/news/2015/04/augmentedvirtual-reality-to-hit-150-billion-disrupting-mobile-by-2020/#.V3q8qbgrKUk" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">hit $30bn by 2020</a>, it won&rsquo;t be long before <strong>VR is in the hands of millions of consumers worldwide.</strong></p><p>Yet though initial traction for the industry has been centered around the gaming and entertainment communities, <strong>VR is making serious headway as a tool for health, education, and business.</strong></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>VIRTUAL REALITY FOR ARCHITECTURE AND INTERIOR DESIGN </strong></p><p>For an architect or designer, viewing an image of a 3D space is enough to fully visualize the space around them. Yet this is not the case for the clients, who typically lack this ability. Yulio aims to bridge this communication gap through VR technology.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/vd/vdiwim15x61q9cg7.jpg"></p><p>&ldquo;Virtual Reality technology transforms crucial aspects of the client-engagement experience b...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149955450/how-long-until-amazon-conquers-downtown-seattle How long until Amazon conquers downtown Seattle? Justine Testado 2016-07-01T15:35:00-04:00 >2016-07-03T18:06:39-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ov/ovoj9mgjor6ykkua.jpg" width="514" height="345" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>When its spheres and three surrounding towers are completed, [Amazon] will have 10 million square feet of office space in Seattle, more than 15 percent of the city's inventory, on a campus that occupies more than 10 square blocks. That will provide space for Amazon to more than double in size, to 50,000 Seattle workers in the next decade...The spheres, designed by architecture firm NBBJ, are Amazon's boldest statement yet in the first project it's building from the ground up.</p></em><br /><br /><p>More on Archinect:</p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/80087624/nbbj-s-biosphere-design-for-amazon-seattle-hq-becomes-even-more-organic" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">NBBJ's biosphere design for Amazon Seattle HQ becomes even more organic</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/73646965/nbbj-designs-biospheres-for-amazon-s-seattle-headquarters" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">NBBJ designs biospheres for Amazon's Seattle headquarters</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149944052/this-drone-video-takes-you-on-a-fascinating-flight-through-the-guts-of-seattle-s-bertha-tunneling-machine" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">This drone video takes you on a fascinating flight through the guts of Seattle's Bertha tunneling machine</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149955404/us-construction-spending-falls-for-second-month-in-a-row US construction spending falls for second month in a row Nicholas Korody 2016-07-01T13:01:00-04:00 >2016-07-01T14:29:55-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/wk/wkay4ksj2vnlr5ui.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>According to a <a href="http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-economy-construction-idUSKCN0ZH53Q?feedType=RSS&amp;feedName=topNews&amp;utm_source=twitter&amp;utm_medium=Social" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">report</a> from Reuters, construction spending fell in American for the second month in a row, following a steep 2% drop in April. April's drop was the largest since January 2011.&nbsp;</p><p>The US Commerce Department states that May construction spending dropped 0.8%.&nbsp;The drop indicates that "the growth outlook is still mixed as the effects of Britain's decision to leave the European Union become more apparent."</p><p>"Private construction spending fell by 0.3 percent after a downwardly revised 1.9 percent fall in April," Reuters reports.</p><p>Public spending dropped 2.3%, primarily in state and local projects, which account for the largest segment of public sector construction spending. Meanwhile, federal construction spending rose 7.5%.</p><p>For more economic updates, check out some recent news stories:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149953807/riba-release-a-statement-following-eu-referendum-result" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">RIBA release a statement following EU referendum result</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 growth in April</a></li><li><a href="http://Why%20American%20infrastructure%20funding%20keeps%20facing%20such%20an%20uphill%20battle" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Why Ameri...</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149952348/russian-government-wants-to-build-its-own-hyperloop-with-china-s-help Russian government wants to build its own Hyperloop, with China's help Justine Testado 2016-06-17T18:00:00-04:00 >2016-06-18T11:48:26-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ew/ewqu3hj65xokmt62.jpg" width="514" height="268" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The government of Russia has announced a desire to build a 70km Hyperloop line on its Pacific Coast to link the port of Zarubino with China&rsquo;s Jilin province, but wants China to help fund it. The link would be part of Russia&rsquo;s plan to develop a series of transport corridors between its Primorye region and northeast China...The project&rsquo;s cost has been estimated at about $500m...the ministry would try to interest China in co-financing the link as part of its Silk Road grand strategy.</p></em><br /><br /><p>More on Archinect:</p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149947131/hyperloop-as-transportation-s-new-girlfriend-mysterious-unencumbered-exciting-expensive" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">'Hyperloop as transportation&rsquo;s new girlfriend: mysterious, unencumbered, exciting, expensive.'</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149944742/bjarke-ingels-group-aecom-join-forces-with-hyperloop" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bjarke Ingels Group + AECOM join forces with Hyperloop</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149944419/hyperloop-hopefuls-turn-to-passive-maglev-technology" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Hyperloop hopefuls turn to 'passive' maglev technology</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/147190059/mit-and-tu-delft-emerge-victorious-at-hyperloop-competition-elon-musk-drops-hint-about-electric-jets" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MIT and TU Delft emerge victorious at Hyperloop competition; Elon Musk drops hint about "electric jets"</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149943753/hudson-yards-could-generate-nearly-19b-for-new-york-city-study-claims Hudson Yards could generate nearly $19B for New York City, study claims Alexander Walter 2016-05-04T17:53:00-04:00 >2016-05-06T20:23:01-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/u9/u9l2wcu3joy42qkx.jpg" width="514" height="279" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A study commissioned by the developer indicated that total economic output of the companies projected to occupy Hudson Yards will contribute $18.9 billion to the city's gross domestic product. [...] Many projections in the report are also contingent on a host of economic indicators in the city, including demand for Class A office space. Out of the 10.4 million square feet Related will have to lease up, so far it has locked in commitments from tenants for 4 million square feet.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The Hudson Yards project previously in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149942421/welcome-to-the-hudson-yards-c-2019-the-world-s-most-ambitious-smart-city-experiment" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Welcome to the Hudson Yards, c. 2019: the world's most ambitious "smart city" experiment</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/147663869/big-s-concept-for-a-spiraling-landscape-tower-in-nyc-s-hudson-yards" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">BIG's concept for a spiraling-landscape tower in NYC's Hudson Yards</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/96639885/a-plan-to-build-skyscrapers-that-barely-touch-the-ground" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A Plan to Build Skyscrapers That Barely Touch the Ground</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149935256/china-and-us-compete-to-invest-in-a-newly-opened-cuba China and US compete to invest in a newly-opened Cuba Nicholas Korody 2016-03-17T15:39:00-04:00 >2016-03-18T01:17:02-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/3o/3o1ppzm3en7vlzqa.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The American government&rsquo;s relaxation of its 56-year embargo against Cuba and the inauguration of direct flights from China has triggered a race to invest in the island&rsquo;s tourist infrastructure [...] There are reports that China&rsquo;s Suntime International Economic Trading Company will go ahead with a luxury hotel in Havana, in a joint venture Cuba&rsquo;s state tourism agency, Cubanac&aacute;n. The size of the hotel is reported variously at 600 to 650 rooms, with Suntime investing up to $150m</p></em><br /><br /><p>While diplomatic relations between Cuba and the US have thawed during the Obama administration, the embargo still remains in place effectively. But companies like Marriott International (whose chief executive will accompany the President on his historic visit to the island later this month) are optimistic that Cuba will soon be a major investment opportunity.</p><p>China, meanwhile, also has it's eyes on the (Ra&uacute;l) Castro-ruled country as well. For the sake of Havana and other Cuban cities' remarkable architectural heritage, here's hoping Cuba doesn't become the site for an ersatz-hotel-arms-race.<br><br>For related news, take a look at some other Cuba-specific Archinect content:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/147117709/selling-cuba-gehry-s-already-there" target="_blank">Selling Cuba (Gehry's already there)</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/133977245/the-promises-and-problems-of-a-cuban-architecture-market" target="_blank">The promises and problems of a Cuban architecture market</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/126711733/take-a-virtual-tour-of-havana-s-modern-architecture" target="_blank">Take a virtual tour of Havana's modern architecture</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/123298247/a-glimpse-at-havana-s-rooftop-dwellers-as-urban-landscape-transforms" target="_blank">A glimpse at Havana's rooftop dwellers as urban landscape transforms</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/124359173/airbnb-now-open-for-business-in-cuba-despite-anemic-internet-access" target="_blank">Airbnb now open for business in Cuba, despite anemic internet access</a></li></ul><p><em>It's&nbsp;<strong>Money March</strong>&nbsp;here on Archinect! Have you ...</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149934607/6b-expansion-for-atlanta-international-airport-set-to-launch-this-year $6B expansion for Atlanta International Airport set to launch this year Justine Testado 2016-03-14T17:35:00-04:00 >2016-03-14T17:55:37-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/fx/fx3c4odro9qo9itz.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Two giant, translucent canopies spanning several lanes of roadway and sidewalks outside the domestic terminal will be among the most visible aspects of a $6 billion expansion and renovation project at the world&rsquo;s busiest airport during the next 20 years, officials announced last week. Among other goals for the coming year: improving wait times for passenger security screenings...'Americans will not tolerate a one-hour wait as normal.'</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/w2/w2t63e892zd69ea5.jpg"><br><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/3j/3jc74gb1gmfwd8aj.jpg"></p><p>Previous airport-related news on Archinect:</p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/147194078/o-hare-airport-announces-1-3b-expansion-deal" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">O&rsquo;Hare airport announces $1.3B expansion deal</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/133045592/a-new-laguardia-is-the-airport-that-new-york-deserves-says-gov-cuomo" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A new LaGuardia is the "airport that New York deserves", says Gov. Cuomo</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/132415988/fancy-48m-animal-terminal-to-open-in-jfk-airport-next-year" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Fancy $48M animal terminal to open in JFK Airport next year</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/140878328/beacons-in-the-sky-photographer-carolyn-russo-celebrates-the-architecture-of-airport-towers" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Beacons in the sky: photographer Carolyn Russo celebrates the architecture of airport towers</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149934238/want-to-work-in-a-giant-basket-ohio-s-soon-vacated-landmark-faces-uncertain-future Want to work in a giant basket? Ohio's soon-vacated landmark faces uncertain future Justine Testado 2016-03-11T14:06:00-05:00 >2016-03-21T14:04:19-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/cw/cwt7jsv6mpiy2nuv.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>[JRJR Networks] is eager to shed itself of the big basket, but that may not be easy. What non-basket-related company will want a giant basket to be the face of their company? Are there enough well-off eccentrics in or visiting Newark to convert it into market-rate apartments or a boutique hotel?...A deal to donate the building to the city no longer appears to be in the works, and foreclosure is a possibility.</p></em><br /><br /><p>A few throwbacks related to weird architecture in Archinect news:</p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149370963/the-politics-behind-china-s-ban-on-weird-architecture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The politics behind China's ban on "weird" architecture</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/131964531/movie-themed-resort-in-macau-to-show-off-figure-8-ferris-wheel" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Movie-themed resort in Macau to show off "figure-8" ferris wheel</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/138420803/southwark-planners-nix-crude-and-literal-rocket-shaped-flats" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Southwark planners nix 'crude and literal' rocket-shaped flats</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/116670700/27-weird-and-compelling-architectural-evolutions-of-2014" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">27 weird and compelling architectural evolutions of 2014</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149934221/why-does-la-have-so-many-new-galleries Why does LA have so many new galleries? Nicholas Korody 2016-03-11T12:27:00-05:00 >2016-03-17T21:40:15-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/lv/lvtf2fnwy7wuhme0.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The grand openings of the Los Angeles branches of European galleries Spr&uuml;th Magers and Hauser &amp; Wirth (called Hauser Wirth &amp; Schimmel), on 23 February and 13 March respectively, are sure to generate even more buzz about the booming Los Angeles art scene [...] Some of the buzz is well earned, especially when it comes to cheaper downtown real estate and the great artists working and teaching here. But there is another strong incentive behind so many galleries making the move...</p></em><br /><br /><p>According to the Art Newspaper, LA's new gallery boom reflects market competition to represent the disproportionately sizable population of impressive, well-established artists who, for a variety of reasons, lack gallery representation in their hometown. The article also notes that while opening an LA satellite serves a defensive, even necessary move, the city has yet to develop a real, sustainable collector base.</p><p>For more on LA's ever-growing art scene, check out some past coverage:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/141826948/art-architecture-swipes-and-changeups-with-mike-nesbit" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Art + Architecture: Swipes and Changeups with Mike Nesbit</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/137204495/the-broad-museum-opens-its-doors-for-a-look-beyond-the-veil" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Broad Museum opens its doors for a look beyond the veil</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/122742069/art-architecture-the-los-angeles-nomadic-division-sets-up-camp" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Art + Architecture: The Los Angeles Nomadic Division Sets Up Camp</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/134506768/art-museums-are-more-popular-than-ever-but-what-about-the-art-inside" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Art museums are more popular than ever &ndash; but what about the art inside?</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/126728059/is-zumthor-s-inkblot-the-right-size-for-lacma-s-art" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Is Zumthor's inkblot the right size for LACMA's art?</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149934138/will-la-s-new-metro-extension-bring-growth-to-the-city-s-peripheries Will LA's new metro extension bring growth to the city's peripheries? Nicholas Korody 2016-03-10T20:33:00-05:00 >2016-03-17T21:28:27-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/30/30uny5pjv7lzpsl8.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>When City Manager Oliver Chi looks across Station Square next to the new Gold Line stop in Monrovia, he doesn't see a dilapidated train depot. He sees a bustling restaurant. Where an empty lot now sits, he sees a five-story apartment complex. That old lumber house? A bustling food hall. Los Angeles County's growing light-rail network plunges deeper than it ever has into suburbia this week with the opening of the Gold Line extension linking Pasadena to Azusa.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Obsessed with infrastructure? Take a look at some related coverage:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149933899/the-bike-wars-are-over-and-the-bikes-won" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Bike Wars Are Over, and the Bikes Won</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149908121/more-details-on-glendale-s-freeway-cap-park-emerge" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">More details on Glendale's "freeway cap park" emerge</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149815775/why-cranes-keep-collapsing-despite-sophisticated-equipment" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Why cranes keep collapsing, despite "sophisticated equipment"</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149512391/us-government-agency-develops-new-batteries-that-could-revolutionize-energy-infrastructure" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">US government agency develops new batteries that could revolutionize energy infrastructure</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149606391/how-this-new-gigafactory-may-popularize-residential-solar-power-technology How this new gigafactory may popularize residential solar power technology Justine Testado 2016-03-04T21:24:00-05:00 >2016-03-17T21:56:02-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ig/igykjwhfve1g09px.jpg" width="514" height="326" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>When production begins, SolarCity, already the leading installer of residential solar panels in the [U.S.] will become a vertically integrated manufacturer and provider...At a time when conventional silicon-based solar panels from China have never been cheaper, investing in a new type of solar technology is a risky undertaking. However, the potential benefits are huge. The new factory...could transform both SolarCity&rsquo;s business...and the economics of residential solar power.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The MIT Technology Review profiles the upcoming Buffalo-based SolarCity factory and their ambitious plans that could potentially make solar power technology more widely available to consumers.</p><p>More news about alternative energy:</p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/145746231/cloud-harvesting-skyscraper-renderings-of-proposed-new-sustainable-tokyo-development" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Cloud-harvesting skyscraper: renderings of proposed new sustainable Tokyo development</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/139550126/michigan-state-university-researchers-develop-completely-transparent-solar-panels" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Michigan State University researchers develop completely transparent solar panels</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/135189464/could-quantum-dots-be-the-key-to-turning-windows-into-photovoltaics" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Could 'quantum dots' be the key to turning windows into photovoltaics?</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/132487606/turning-japan-s-golfing-greens-into-solar-farms" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Turning Japan's golfing greens into solar farms</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/147117709/selling-cuba-gehry-s-already-there Selling Cuba (Gehry's already there) Alexander Walter 2016-02-01T14:16:00-05:00 >2016-02-02T20:21:14-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/cm/cm7w9p815czoq872.jpg" width="514" height="770" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;I give it two years, max [...] It will be US business interests that finally push congress into lifting the embargo &ndash; they&rsquo;re all going crazy being shut out of this market.&rdquo; American architects and developers are already queuing up to be first in line, ready to pounce on investment opportunities when the embargo drops. Frank Gehry sailed into Havana in December, aboard a streamlined yacht he designed for himself, here to &ldquo;offer his expertise to Cuba&rdquo; according to a government statement.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>&ldquo;You know that Cuba is at the centre of attention of many people,&rdquo; Gehry told the gathered crowd. &ldquo;And in the immediate future it will attract many investors &ndash; particularly the tourism sector. But I am sure that you know to be careful with those projects.&rdquo;</em></p><p>Related stories in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/124359173/airbnb-now-open-for-business-in-cuba-despite-anemic-internet-access" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Airbnb now open for business in Cuba, despite anemic internet access</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/126711733/take-a-virtual-tour-of-havana-s-modern-architecture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Take a virtual tour of Havana's modern architecture</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/106016921/cuba-in-talks-for-cultural-exchange-with-us-museum" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Cuba in talks for cultural exchange with US museum</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/146747015/how-record-low-oil-prices-shape-the-fate-of-america-s-boomtown-williston-north-dakota How record low oil prices shape the fate of America's boomtown, Williston, North Dakota Alexander Walter 2016-01-27T17:55:00-05:00 >2016-02-10T23:28:26-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/5n/5nak6frx1jb2ijmn.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Now, after more than five flush years, oil prices are in a prolonged slump, the flow of workers has reversed [...] But Williston believes it can build something more enduring. [...] The city used its newfound wealth to build a $70-million high school, a $68-million recreation center, and new water and sewer systems. It renovated Main Street and created a city position for someone to write parking tickets. Highways have been widened, and an airport is under development.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related stories in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/129097799/a-supermall-grows-in-fracking-country" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A supermall grows in fracking country</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/129115534/epa-study-finds-no-evidence-that-fracking-has-lead-to-polluted-drinking-water" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">EPA study finds no evidence that fracking has lead to polluted drinking water</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/24445443/north-dakota-is-desperate-to-find-workers" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">North Dakota is desperate to find workers</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/146199131/one-ceo-s-plan-to-supply-water-to-drought-stricken-ca-cities-and-obviously-profit-from-it One CEO's plan to supply water to drought-stricken CA cities, and obviously profit from it Justine Testado 2016-01-20T15:14:00-05:00 >2016-01-21T11:17:08-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/pu/pucutlu7xnsu36ia.jpg" width="514" height="308" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Scott Slater has a plan. It is not a popular plan, but he wants to pump 814bn gallons of water from under the Mojave desert to Los Angeles and other drought-stricken communities in southern California, and make more than $2bn doing so...In addition to environmental concerns, others object to a private company being able to make billions from water. Slater says they do not understand the law, which in California states no entity can own water but they can buy, sell and trade the right to use it.</p></em><br /><br /><p>America: The land where nothing is free, indeed.</p><p>h/t <a href="https://newrepublic.com/article/127870/one-mans-plan-capitalize-californias-drought" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">New Republic</a></p><p>More on Archinect:</p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/146139696/have-these-heavy-rains-alleviated-the-california-drought" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Have these heavy rains alleviated the California drought?</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/142904746/thirst-quenching-as-los-angeles-heats-up-next-wave-ucla" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Thirst-quenching as Los Angeles heats up: Next Wave @ UCLA</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/136648960/in-face-of-drought-san-diego-s-desalination-efforts-won-t-stop-there" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">In face of drought, San Diego's desalination efforts won't stop there</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/139615184/meet-the-architects-behind-the-winning-dry-futures-proposals" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Meet the architects behind the winning Dry Futures proposals</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/144969856/use-the-aia-s-visualized-home-design-survey-results-to-keep-track-of-emerging-trends Use the AIA's visualized home design survey results to keep track of emerging trends Justine Testado 2016-01-04T15:28:00-05:00 >2016-01-04T20:41:05-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/di/diu560pp5auszu48.jpg" width="514" height="248" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/49568164/the-american-institute-of-architects" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">AIA</a>&nbsp;recently revamped their AIA Home Design Trends Survey into a visual-friendly format for the 2015 findings, so this could be a handy reference tool for any home designers who want to stay on top of emerging trends that may come to the forefront in 2016. The new visual lets users quickly access charts and figures for each quarter in 2015, which focuses on a different area of home trends including "Neighborhood and Community Design", "Home and Property Design", "Home Features", and "Kitchen and Bath". The survey results also include the&nbsp;same business conditions questions for tracking purposes.</p><p>Check out the survey, archives, and more <a href="http://info.aia.org/AIArchitect/2015/1216/aia-interactive/index.html#!" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.</p><p>More on Archinect:</p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/107273/architecture-billings-index" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Monthly architecture billings index</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/143599085/aia-creates-new-commission-to-further-investigate-equity-in-architecture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">AIA creates new Commission to further investigate equity in architecture</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/126539522/aias-launches-survey-to-reassess-studio-culture-s-broken-status-quo" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">AIAS launches survey to reassess studio culture's broken status quo</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/125978727/architects-tell-all-in-a-global-survey-about-the-future-of-design-competitions" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architects tell all in a global survey about the future of design competitions</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/142529093/stepping-out-the-personal-preface-to-starting-your-own-practice-on-archinect-sessions-44 "Stepping Out" – the personal preface to starting your own practice, on Archinect Sessions #44 Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-12-03T19:07:00-05:00 >2015-12-10T20:55:12-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/50/50bt6jr1djulnriy.jpg" width="514" height="658" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>At least once in their professional life, every architect is likely to ask themselves, "Should I start my own practice?" From there, there are countless aspects to weigh against one another, but it begins as a very personal question &ndash; what do I want to create, and where?</p><p>Longtime Archinector (and tiki-drink enthusiast) <a href="http://archinect.com/dscole312" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">David Cole</a> began a discussion in the <a href="http://archinect.com/forum/thread/140767453/you-can-t-go-home-again-or-can-you" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">forum</a> to mull over such questions for himself, as he considers whether to start a firm in his hometown of Cincinnati, or brave new territory in Seattle. We invited him onto the podcast to talk about the process behind such a momentous decision, and swap personal stories from Donna and Ken's experiences working in new cities and running their own practices.</p><p>Listen to episode 44 of&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/sessions" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Archinect Sessions</strong></a>, "Stepping Out":</p><ul><li><strong>iTunes</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/archinect-sessions/id928222819" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Click here to listen</a>, and click the "Subscribe" button below the logo to automatically download new episodes.</li><li><strong>Apple Podcast App (iOS)</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="pcast://archinect.libsyn.com/rss" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">click here to subscribe</a></li><li><strong>Stitcher</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stitcher.com/s?fid=55711&amp;refid=stpr" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">click here to listen</a></li><li><strong>SoundCloud</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="http://soundcloud.com/archinect" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">click here to fo...</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/141527698/an-analysis-of-donut-shaped-buildings-in-modern-work-culture An analysis of donut-shaped buildings in modern work culture Justine Testado 2015-11-20T17:54:00-05:00 >2015-11-30T23:08:13-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/t7/t7ax0mgq2deb38ht.jpg" width="514" height="308" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>That&rsquo;s not to say that all circular buildings represent some emergent 21st-century order. It is interesting, though, that past precedents have usually been buildings designed for spectatorship: sports stadiums or, more resonantly, panopticon prisons, where inmates&rsquo; cells are arranged in a ring so they&rsquo;re visible to guards in a central observation tower. Take away that tower and you have the Apple campus.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Circles are an emerging form of office buildings (e.g. Apple HQ, Zappos, Government Communications HQ) and organizing people (<a href="http://www.holacracy.org/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Holacracy</a>), as they convey positive qualities like transparency and open collaboration. But, as one New Zealand artist warns in his work, what sinister undertones linger within these structural concepts?</p><p>More on Archinect:</p><p><a title="Construction update: More (unofficial) drone footage of Apple's spaceship campus" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/135672288/construction-update-more-unofficial-drone-footage-of-apple-s-spaceship-campus" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Construction update: More (unofficial) drone footage of Apple's spaceship campus</a></p><p><a title='"The Other Architect" explores alternative practices and radical research projects' href="http://archinect.com/news/article/139882440/the-other-architect-explores-alternative-practices-and-radical-research-projects" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"The Other Architect" explores alternative practices and radical research projects</a></p><p><a title='Is "individual expression" in architecture at risk?' href="http://archinect.com/news/article/135577259/is-individual-expression-in-architecture-at-risk" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Is "individual expression" in architecture at risk?</a></p><p><a title="Anti-Surveillance Camouflage for Your Face" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/104941214/anti-surveillance-camouflage-for-your-face" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Anti-Surveillance Camouflage for Your Face</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/140292849/london-garden-bridge-wins-new-supporters-with-revised-funding-deal London Garden Bridge wins new supporters with revised funding deal Justine Testado 2015-11-02T19:34:00-05:00 >2015-11-05T21:21:28-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/zr/zr6oyy78o4l898rk.jpg" width="514" height="340" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The controversial and seemingly doomed plan for a garden bridge over the Thames in London could be resurrected after the group behind the project reached an agreement with council officials over the level of public funding. On Monday...a joint announcement by Lambeth...and the Garden Bridge Trust said negotiations would resume after a deal to limit the money Transport for London (TfL) would have to pay towards construction to &pound;10m, from an original &pound;30m.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously on Archinect:</p><p><a title="London's Garden Bridge endangered by public funding shortfall" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/137426307/london-s-garden-bridge-endangered-by-public-funding-shortfall" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">London's Garden Bridge endangered by public funding shortfall</a></p><p><a title="As Garden Bridge procurement process is headed for review, London group claims that 30 new parks could be funded instead" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/130175688/as-garden-bridge-procurement-process-is-headed-for-review-london-group-claims-that-30-new-parks-could-be-funded-instead" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">As Garden Bridge procurement process is headed for review, London group claims that 30 new parks could be funded instead</a></p><p><a title="Satirical &ldquo;Folly for London&rdquo; competition mocks Garden Bridge project" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/129420910/satirical-folly-for-london-competition-mocks-garden-bridge-project" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Satirical &ldquo;Folly for London&rdquo; competition mocks Garden Bridge project</a></p><p><a title="Zaha Hadid, Piers Gough, other leading cultural figures criticize Heatherwick's London Garden Bridge" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/128643441/zaha-hadid-piers-gough-other-leading-cultural-figures-criticize-heatherwick-s-london-garden-bridge" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Zaha Hadid, Piers Gough, other leading cultural figures criticize Heatherwick's London Garden Bridge</a></p><p>You can find more previous news on the Garden Bridge <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/529656/garden-bridge" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/138587874/3-critical-focus-areas-for-start-up-architectural-firms 3 Critical Focus Areas for Start-Up Architectural Firms Sponsor 2015-10-22T09:00:00-04:00 >2015-10-24T17:18:40-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/0o/0oez4eky56bwbsa9.jpg" width="514" height="350" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><strong>This post is brought to you by <a href="http://www.bqe.com/archioffice-project-management/?src=ArchinectEdOct15" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">BQE ArchiOffice</a>.</strong></em><br>&nbsp;<p>Are you an architect who always had that special entrepreneurial drive? Were you mentored by another successful architect or by a friend or family member who was successful in their own business endeavor and aspired to be like them? Perhaps you were forced to open your own firm by necessity after getting downsized by a previous employer during the recent recession?</p><p>No matter what your background is, you as an entrepreneur and owner of a small firm comprise a strong portion of the architecture industry. According to Kermit Baker, chief economist at The American Institute of Architects, 63 percent of all AIA member-owned architecture firms have five or fewer employees.</p><p>Good news, smaller firms have reported a growing share of professional billing. Baker reported that for firms with five or fewer employees, the overall share of professional billing increased from 8 percent in 2005 to 9 percent in 2013. On the other end of the spectrum, firm...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/139407068/callison-and-rtkl-merge-in-hopes-to-bring-swagger-back-to-seattle-office-ceo-says Callison and RTKL merge in hopes to "bring swagger back" to Seattle office, CEO says Justine Testado 2015-10-20T20:06:00-04:00 >2015-10-24T18:31:57-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/v9/v9qnxu0zp9hltj4h.jpg" width="514" height="190" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>On Tuesday, Callison and architecture/engineering firm RTKL announced they have officially joined forces as CallisonRTKL...[CEO Lance] Josal said the merger is good news for both firms and 'especially for the Seattle office.' In talking to the firm's senior leaders, Josal said there has been 'a little bit of frustration on their part' because they felt the firm 'may have lost a bit of swagger locally' and wanted an owner that would invest in the firm...</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously on Archinect:</p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/107101020/arcadis-to-buy-callison" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ARCADIS to buy Callison</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/137496940/kickstart-this-archinect-s-kickstarter-picks-for-september-2015 Kickstart this! Archinect's Kickstarter picks for September 2015 Justine Testado 2015-09-28T10:34:00-04:00 >2015-09-27T17:34:25-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/45/45pp692jqpchdnlf.jpg" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>It's already time for the next Kickstart This list! Check below to see what sorts of crowdfunding projects made it onto the September round-up for <a href="http://www.kickstarter.com/pages/archinect" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect's curated Kickstarter page</a>.</p><p>On a different note, the former Kickstarter Inc. <a href="https://www.kickstarter.com/blog/kickstarter-is-now-a-benefit-corporation" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">announced</a> its reincorporation as a <a href="http://benefitcorp.net" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Public Benefit Corporation (PBC)</a>&nbsp;&mdash; which may sound a bit contradictory. According to Kickstarter, PBCs are "for-profit companies that are obligated to consider the impact of their decisions on society, not only shareholders", and more companies are expected to make the switch in the coming years. Will that include architecture firms? Considering that many architects and designers use Kickstarter, how much will the PBC ideology influence the industry?</p><p><strong><a href="https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1045776771/frank-lloyd-wrights-call-building-model" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Frank Lloyd Wright's Call Building Model</a></strong></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/9k/9kw4p94mjnzexp7c.jpg"></p><p>Driven by Frank Lloyd Wright's Organic principles, non-profit group Organic Architecture and Design Archives, Inc. is raising funds to construct an exact full-size replica of FLW's iconic San Francisco Call Building model. The group is...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/136264973/architect-s-top-50-firms-include-nadaaa-gensler-adrian-smith-gordon-gill Architect's Top 50 firms include NADAAA, Gensler, Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Julia Ingalls 2015-09-09T14:12:00-04:00 >2015-09-10T15:52:08-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/5b/5bqbislliqfawbaq.jpg" width="514" height="254" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>We updated our methodology to include new metrics: percentage of women and minority designers; range and value of employee benefits; rate of employee turnover.</p></em><br /><br /><p>What defines a successful architectural firm? For Architect Magazine, it's a blend of diversity in staffing, sustainability, and overall design savvy/business acumen. Accordingly, big names <a href="http://archinect.com/gensler" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Gensler</a>, <a href="http://archinect.com/som" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">SOM</a>, and <a href="http://archinect.com/perkinswill" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Perkins + Will</a> snagged places in the top five, while <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/51099/adrian-smith-gordon-gill-architecture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture</a>&nbsp;received the highest score overall, also taking the top spot in the category of business. In the category of design, <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/14669697/nadaaa" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">NADAAA</a> scored the highest; in sustainability, it was&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/3090592/eyp-architecture-engineering" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">EYP Architecture &amp; Engineering.&nbsp;</a>Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill were recently <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/129882706/adrian-smith-gordon-gill-selected-to-design-burj-2020-the-world-s-tallest-commerical-tower" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">commissioned to design the Burj 2020</a>, while NADAAA's founding principal Nader Tehrani was <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/130893085/back-to-business-nader-tehrani-appointed-dean-of-cooper-union-s-school-of-architecture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">selected to be the new Dean of the Cooper Union</a>'s&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/schools/cover/697/the-cooper-union" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture</a>.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/oj/ojr0h4mooi7unszh.jpg"></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/133977245/the-promises-and-problems-of-a-cuban-architecture-market The promises and problems of a Cuban architecture market Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-08-10T21:09:00-04:00 >2015-08-12T23:11:25-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/qp/qpn9vqjaa6kv0yag.jpg" width="514" height="297" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Would-be investors would face other obstacles even if the embargo were lifted... Cuba is still tightly controlled by its Communist government. [...] In any case, most architectural work in Cuba today focuses on the restoration of Havana&rsquo;s immense historic building stock&mdash;two-thirds of which is in disrepair&mdash;and on bringing Havana into the 21st century without imperiling its heritage.</p></em><br /><br /><p>More on Cuba:</p><ul><li><a title="Take a virtual tour of Havana's modern architecture" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/126711733/take-a-virtual-tour-of-havana-s-modern-architecture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Take a virtual tour of Havana's modern architecture</a></li><li><a title="&quot;American Disruption, at Home and Abroad&quot;: Gehry's Facebook HQ opens and Airbnb comes to Cuba on Archinect Sessions Episode #24" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/124840314/american-disruption-at-home-and-abroad-gehry-s-facebook-hq-opens-and-airbnb-comes-to-cuba-on-archinect-sessions-episode-24" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"American Disruption, at Home and Abroad": Gehry's Facebook HQ opens and Airbnb comes to Cuba on Archinect Sessions Episode #24</a></li><li><a title="Airbnb now open for business in Cuba, despite anemic internet access" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/124359173/airbnb-now-open-for-business-in-cuba-despite-anemic-internet-access" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Airbnb now open for business in Cuba, despite anemic internet access</a></li><li><a title="A glimpse at Havana's rooftop dwellers as urban landscape transforms" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/123298247/a-glimpse-at-havana-s-rooftop-dwellers-as-urban-landscape-transforms" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A glimpse at Havana's rooftop dwellers as urban landscape transforms</a></li><li><a title="Plan For Cuban Landmark's Rebirth Sparks Debate" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/60706929/plan-for-cuban-landmark-s-rebirth-sparks-debate" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Plan For Cuban Landmark's Rebirth Sparks Debate</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/133571704/expert-interview-does-your-project-management-software-cause-data-overwhelm Expert Interview: Does Your Project Management Software Cause Data Overwhelm? Sponsor 2015-08-06T09:39:00-04:00 >2015-08-05T18:27:55-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/aj/ajxi4qtckrke4h1j.jpg" width="514" height="350" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><strong>This post is brought to you by <a href="http://www.bqe.com/archioffice-project-management/?src=ArchinectEd4915" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">BQE ArchiOffice</a>.</strong></em>&nbsp;<p><a href="https://www.linkedin.com/in/stevendburns" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Steven Burns, FAIA</a>, the Chief Creative Officer (and self-professed recovering architect) at <a href="http://www.bqe.com/default_ao.asp?src=ArchinectNewsAug15" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">BQE Software</a>, was a recent guest on the Technology Advice Expert Interview Series to share his insight on project management. The series explores a variety of business and technology landscapes through conversations with industry leaders.</p><p>Steve discusses the modern challenges and demands on project management software of those in the professional services industries.</p><p>Click <a href="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/193478812%3Fsecret_token%3Ds-RYisy" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a> to listen to the full interview.</p><p>Here are a few of the highlights from the conversation:</p><p><strong>TA: What are the main pain points that today&rsquo;s professional services industry is facing?</strong></p><p><strong>Steven:</strong> Well, I would think the basic foundational issue with firms is that don&rsquo;t really change over time. Their services haven&rsquo;t really changed. What&rsquo;s really wonderful and terrible at the same time is that there are so many incredible different options and choices [to view and track data]. People now...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/133183115/cities-don-t-see-much-economic-gain-from-sports-stadiums-says-stanford-economist Cities don't see much economic gain from sports stadiums, says Stanford economist Alexander Walter 2015-07-31T13:47:00-04:00 >2015-08-03T23:59:28-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/nm/nmm3sm8fkalfj455.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>When an NFL team wants to build a new stadium, it often argues that the facility would boost the local economy. But that is not true, says Roger Noll, a Stanford professor emeritus in economics. [...] "NFL stadiums do not generate significant local economic growth, and the incremental tax revenue is not sufficient to cover any significant financial contribution by the city," said Noll, a senior fellow at the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/121585222/how-to-shop-for-an-nfl-stadium" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">How to shop for an NFL stadium</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/14152735/los-angeles-nfl-stadium-and-convention-center-project-would-boost-tax-revenue-studies-find" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Los Angeles NFL stadium and Convention Center project would boost tax revenue, studies find</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/131952486/the-sudden-drought-gold-rush-for-california-landscapers-may-be-over The sudden drought gold rush for California landscapers may be over Alexander Walter 2015-07-15T14:38:00-04:00 >2015-08-03T17:13:34-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/kp/kp2d3b3wlz7cs72c.jpg" width="514" height="661" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>These have been boom times for companies that rip out lawns and replace them with drought-tolerant landscaping, but now their business might be drying up. The Metropolitan Water District said Thursday it&nbsp;would no longer offer rebates to entice homeowners to get rid of their lawns because the agency ran out of money much sooner than it expected. That is bad news for [...] landscape contractor in Los Angeles. Grass removal has become about 40 percent of his business, driven by the rebates.</p></em><br /><br /><p>As a result of the sudden end of the government incentives, some Los Angeles landscape contractors, that had made turf removal their main business in the past months, began laying off staff. The <em>LA Times</em> <a href="http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-turf-terminators-20150710-story.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">reports</a>: "Turf Terminators, which ballooned from a staff of three to more than 450 over the last several months, laid off 30% of its employees and furloughed an additional 40%, the company said Friday in a statement to The Times."</p><p>Previously on the topic of California's severe drought:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/131884271/the-best-lawn-for-california-s-drought-may-still-be-green" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The best lawn for California's drought may still be green</a></li><li><a title="As Californians let their lawns turn golden, water conservation targets were exceeded in May" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/131348933/as-californians-let-their-lawns-turn-golden-water-conservation-targets-were-exceeded-in-may" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">As Californians let their lawns turn golden, water conservation targets were exceeded in May</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/130971783/enlisting-the-internet-of-things-against-california-s-historic-drought" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Enlisting the Internet of Things against California's historic drought</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/124294140/california-governor-mandates-water-restrictions" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">California Governor Mandates Water Restrictions</a></li></ul><p><a href="http://dryfutures.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/uploads/f8/f8xfni2nf4bnpbd6.jpg"></a></p><p><em>Have an idea for how to address the drought with design? Submit your ideas to the&nbsp;<a href="http://dryfutures.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Dry Futures competition</a>!</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/131340066/should-napping-in-the-workplace-be-de-stigmatized Should napping in the workplace be de-stigmatized? Nicholas Korody 2015-07-07T16:53:00-04:00 >2015-07-12T15:47:28-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/q2/q2tta6n3ai512pw7.jpg" width="514" height="367" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>...Napping, and the need to nap, are universal. Abundant research &ndash; at the universities of Loughborough, Pennsylvania, California and many others &ndash; shows the immediate and pronounced benefits of even just 10 or 20 minutes sleep on a tired mind... In short it is rather odd that almost the whole world, and especially the cities where so many people spend their days, have not yet found a way to incorporate napping into the culture.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/129268297/a-landscape-architect-just-joined-china-s-roster-of-billionaires A landscape architect just joined China's roster of billionaires Alexander Walter 2015-06-10T19:00:00-04:00 >2015-06-15T21:24:57-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/xr/xrde45xcbxbryriq.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The boom in China stock prices that has created more than 100 new billionaires and billionaire families in the past month is continuing this week. [...] Tu Shanzhong, chairman of Pubang Landscape Architecture, became China&rsquo;s newest landscape architecture billionaire after shares in his 31%-owned Pubang Landscape Artchitecture closed at a record high of 38.53 yuan [...]. Our estimate of his fortune, at $1 billion on Wednesday, includes discounts for collateralized shares and includes dividends.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/128651497/can-t-find-office-space-in-san-francisco-try-the-mall Can't find office space in San Francisco? Try the mall. Alexander Walter 2015-06-02T18:21:00-04:00 >2015-06-04T20:11:45-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/89/89d61b27c80cc6213d5bf1887ec3868c.jpg" width="514" height="338" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>For a fledgling startup, finding an office in San Francisco can be a real nightmare. Rents are&nbsp;now climbing past $60 a square foot, second only to Manhattan in the US [...]. This means young startups have to get creative if they insist on staying within the city. And Westfield, one of the world&rsquo;s largest mall operators, has a&nbsp;solution for them: Bespoke, a 37,000-square-foot coworking and event space within its shopping center&nbsp;in downtown San Francisco.</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>