Archinect - News 2015-11-28T08:13:05-05:00 An analysis of donut-shaped buildings in modern work culture Justine Testado 2015-11-20T17:54:00-05:00 >2015-11-24T09:20:10-05:00 <img src="" 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="" 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="" 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="" 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="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Is "individual expression" in architecture at risk?</a></p><p><a title="Anti-Surveillance Camouflage for Your Face" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Anti-Surveillance Camouflage for Your Face</a></p> 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="" 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="" 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="" 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="" 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="" 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="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> 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="" width="514" height="350" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><strong>This post is brought to you by <a href="" 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> 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="" 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="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ARCADIS to buy Callison</a></p> 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="" 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="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect's curated Kickstarter page</a>.</p><p>On a different note, the former Kickstarter Inc. <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">announced</a> its reincorporation as a <a href="" 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="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Frank Lloyd Wright's Call Building Model</a></strong></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></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> 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="" 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="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Gensler</a>, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">SOM</a>, and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Perkins + Will</a> snagged places in the top five, while <a href="" 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="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">NADAAA</a> scored the highest; in sustainability, it was&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">EYP Architecture &amp; Engineering.&nbsp;</a>Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill were recently <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">commissioned to design the Burj 2020</a>, while NADAAA's founding principal Nader Tehrani was <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">selected to be the new Dean of the Cooper Union</a>'s&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture</a>.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p> 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="" 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="" 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="" 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="" 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="" 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="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Plan For Cuban Landmark's Rebirth Sparks Debate</a></li></ul> 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="" width="514" height="350" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><strong>This post is brought to you by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">BQE ArchiOffice</a>.</strong></em>&nbsp;<p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Steven Burns, FAIA</a>, the Chief Creative Officer (and self-professed recovering architect) at <a href="" 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="" 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> 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="" 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="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">How to shop for an NFL stadium</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Los Angeles NFL stadium and Convention Center project would boost tax revenue, studies find</a></li></ul> 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="" 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="" 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="" 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="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">As Californians let their lawns turn golden, water conservation targets were exceeded in May</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Enlisting the Internet of Things against California's historic drought</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">California Governor Mandates Water Restrictions</a></li></ul><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img title="" alt="" src=""></a></p><p><em>Have an idea for how to address the drought with design? Submit your ideas to the&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Dry Futures competition</a>!</em></p> 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="" 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" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> 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="" 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" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> 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="" 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" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Master the Business Side of Your Architecture Firm Sponsor 2015-05-27T11:44:00-04:00 >2015-06-09T10:47:47-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="359" border="0" title="" alt="" /><br><em><strong>This post is brought to you by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">BQE ArchiOffice</a>.</strong></em><br>&nbsp;<p>Architecture firm principals are the Chief Financial Officers of their firm, whether they want to be or not. Sure, they may delegate that authority to someone who knows more than they do about balance sheets, income statements and financing, but a firm&rsquo;s principals are ultimately responsible for the decisions made and actions taken in their organization.</p><p>For many small architecture firms, principals don&rsquo;t have anyone to guide them for financial and other business matters. In some instances, firm owners use other employees to assist with day-to-day operations.</p><p>Jennifer Pullinger writes in the &ldquo;<em>Architect Magazine</em>&rdquo; that Belmont Freeman, FAIA, of Belmont Freeman Architects in New York City, &ldquo;delegates some of the firm&rsquo;s financial management to individual project architects.&rdquo; Freeman also explains in the article that he creates &ldquo;processes that allow them to continually examine key metrics for their firm. It&rsquo;s good to have an associate in the ...</p> Architecture Critic Mark Lamster: "We systemically encourage bad building." Alexander Walter 2015-05-07T18:15:00-04:00 >2015-05-13T07:29:10-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="294" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Here is a constant refrain: Why is so much new building junk? [...] The truth is that architects don&rsquo;t have that much power. Architects don&rsquo;t design most buildings; they are designed by developers or contractors working from&nbsp;cookie-cutter plans. Perhaps an architect signs off. [...] In any number of ways&mdash;our building codes, our housing policies, our preservation statutes&mdash;we systemically encourage bad building.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Rachel Slade dares to ask: "Why is Boston so ugly?"</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The new 5 over 1 Seattle, where "everything looks the same"</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Blair Kamin not impressed by Chicago's latest housing developments</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Jeff Sheppard calls downtown Denver's new housing developments "meaningless, uninspiring"</a></li></ul> Did Tesla almost go bankrupt without anyone noticing? Nicholas Korody 2015-05-05T19:39:00-04:00 >2015-05-12T08:53:41-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="459" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Can a high-profile company led by a celebrity CEO come within two weeks of bankruptcy without anyone noticing? In early 2013, ...Tesla Motors came so close to running out of cash that its brash leader, Elon Musk, approached Google about buying the company, according to a new Musk biography. A surge in sales of the company&rsquo;s pricey Model S sedan staved off disaster. Musk broke off the Google talks, no longer needing a white knight. And no one outside the two companies knew about it.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Quest for LA football stadium enters the next round: Carson City Council approves its NFL stadium proposal Alexander Walter 2015-04-23T14:26:00-04:00 >2015-04-23T14:36:26-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Carson City Council unanimously approved a privately financed stadium for the San Diego Chargers and Oakland Raiders on Tuesday night, barely two months after the public announcement of the $1.7-billion project. "There are two things we need in California: rain &hellip; and football," Carson Mayor Albert Robles said after the 3-0 vote. "And football is coming to Carson!"</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">AEG scraps plans to bring an NFL football stadium to downtown LA</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Is LA Finally Going to Get a Football Stadium?</a></li></ul> JetBlue tapped as prospective developer for JFK TWA terminal Justine Testado 2015-04-16T17:34:00-04:00 >2015-09-18T20:10:02-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="294" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>[JetBlue Airways] reportedly wants to get into the hotel business by partnering with New York-based hotel developer MCR Development to turn the landmarked terminal into a 500-room hotel. The deal isn't final&mdash;the parties are in 'advanced negotiations'&mdash;so things could still fall apart...The Port Authority previously chose hotelier Andre Balazs as the developer, but Balazs backed out after realizing how long the project would take. He told the [WSJ] his company had 'more interesting opportunities.'</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously: <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Hotelier Andre Balazs to convert JFK&rsquo;s historic TWA terminal into a hotel and conference center</a></p> Stanford now offers free tuition for families making less than $125,000 per year Alexander Walter 2015-04-02T15:29:00-04:00 >2015-04-05T14:29:47-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="411" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>If a student's parents make less than $125,000 per year, and if they have assets of less than $300,000, excluding retirement accounts, the parents won't be expected to pay anything toward their children's Stanford tuition. Families with incomes lower than $65,000 won't have to contribute to room and board, either. [...] there's something that every college could emulate about Stanford's policy: it's incredibly simple and straightforward.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related (among a gazillion other references here on Archinect):&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The State of Debt and the Price of Architecture, Part 1</a> &amp; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">2</a>.</p> AEG scraps plans to bring an NFL football stadium to downtown LA Alexander Walter 2015-03-10T13:25:00-04:00 >2015-03-15T17:57:10-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>After investing five years and $50 million in an attempt to bring an NFL team back to Los Angeles, AEG is abandoning plans for its Farmers Field football stadium downtown. The sports and entertainment conglomerate is no longer in discussions with the NFL or any teams about the project, company officials said Monday. [...] In recent weeks, competing stadium proposals in Inglewood and Carson, backed by NFL team owners, have overshadowed the AEG plan.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">How to shop for an NFL stadium</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Is LA Finally Going to Get a Football Stadium?</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Farmers Field: Bringing Football Back on a Need-to-Know Basis</a></li></ul> How to shop for an NFL stadium Alexander Walter 2015-02-25T13:38:00-05:00 >2015-02-25T13:48:58-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="224" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In the last 20 years, just one NFL stadium has been built solely through private funding. [...] Still, when it comes to getting the best deal out of an arena, leaving taxpayer money off the tab is only a good start. Studies have repeatedly shown that sports teams don&rsquo;t have the far-reaching economic impacts that one might assume, and experts have noted that stadiums aren&rsquo;t as catalytic as some franchise owners might tout.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously:</p><ul><li><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Is LA Finally Going to Get a Football Stadium?</a></p></li><li><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Special law for NFL stadium project unconstitutional, lawsuit claims</a></p></li><li><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Farmers Field: Bringing Football Back on a Need-to-Know Basis</a></p></li></ul> Let's talk about money in architecture Alexander Walter 2015-02-25T13:00:00-05:00 >2015-02-26T22:31:21-05:00 <img src="" width="480" height="640" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Although money is often seen as a taboo topic in art schools, a group of Yale alumni is urging professional architects to place more value on the relationship between money and architecture. The Yale Architectural Journal&rsquo;s latest edition, titled &ldquo;Money,&rdquo; discusses the controversial role of money in the field of architecture. [...] ranging from Frank Gehry to Yale School of Architecture Professor Keller Easterling, the issue urges architects to reconsider the financial side of their work.</p></em><br /><br /><p>More about&nbsp;<em>Perspecta 47: Money</em> <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> HOK's acquisition of 360 Architecture now complete Alexander Walter 2015-01-13T14:22:00-05:00 >2015-01-14T20:47:38-05:00 <img src="" width="222" height="100" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>HOK celebrated its return to Kansas City Tuesday, revealing new signage at what has been the offices of 360 Architecture at 300 W. 22nd St. The event marked completion of 360 Architecture&rsquo;s acquisition by HOK, a global architecture, engineering and design company with 1,800 employees. The purchase, announced in August, made Kansas City HOK&rsquo;s 24th office globally. The practice is marketed as HOK Sports + Recreation + Entertainment.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously:&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">HOK will acquire 360, restart sports architecture practice</a></p> Major NY architecture firm, Swanke Hayden Connell, files for bankruptcy Alexander Walter 2015-01-09T13:06:00-05:00 >2015-01-14T21:21:38-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A New York architecture and interior-design firm with roots dating back more than a century has filed for Chapter 11 protection, citing its inability to collect more than $2 million from an assignment in Russia. [...] Over the years, Swanke Hayden has worked on a number of well-known projects in New York and elsewhere, including the Trump Tower, a 1980s facelift of the Statue of Liberty, and the recent rehabilitation of Central Park restaurant Tavern on the Green.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Port Authority reveals plan to sell World Trade Center site Alexander Walter 2014-12-29T12:50:00-05:00 >2015-01-05T18:28:58-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="774" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Govs. Andrew Cuomo and Chris Christie have turned to a familiar idea in their pledge to reform the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey: selling its real estate. A report released over the weekend highlights a plan to sell off many of the agency&rsquo;s sprawling property holdings, by far the most notable of which is the World Trade Center site in lower Manhattan. That concept has long been pushed within the agency, and it has been implemented gradually over the past decade and a half.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Mustn’t Keep the Client Waiting Alexander Walter 2014-11-04T14:13:00-05:00 >2014-11-05T18:03:01-05:00 <img src="" width="315" height="211" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>One of my more bizarre travel experiences involved a client in China, who was very excited about our work. [...] By the time we landed, I&rsquo;d completed the first pass at a design for a three-story villa to be built atop his high-rise. Good thing I did. When I landed, I was whisked directly to a dinner, where I had to present the ideas I&rsquo;d developed on the plane. By that time I&rsquo;d been up for nearly two days. [...] I wanted to die, but we did get the business.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Scott Lee, principal and president of global architectural firm SB Architects, shares some of his Frequent Flier stories.</p> A classic American look, feng shui notwithstanding Nam Henderson 2014-10-13T00:22:00-04:00 >2014-10-15T20:01:09-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="365" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;Seattle was a better opportunity for me than China right now,&rdquo; Mr. Wang said. &ldquo;A lot of Chinese families are planning to move here.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>Robert Frank reports in from Seattle, where wealthy Chinese seeking to relocate and/or invest are driving up the&nbsp;real estate market in eastern suburbs.</p> The Real Corporate Landlords of Atlanta Alexander Walter 2014-09-09T14:19:00-04:00 >2014-09-18T16:33:23-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;It&rsquo;s not rare for us to go and try to make sure that no one buys the house of someone who&rsquo;s facing foreclosure,&rdquo; says Rob Call, an organizer for Occupy Our Homes Atlanta (OOHA). In Georgia, houses are publicly auctioned every first Tuesday of the month on each county courthouse&rsquo;s steps. "[...] these auctions were mostly vacant. No one was really trying to go after these homes, but then they were [suddenly] swamped with people bidding up houses with quick access to sizable cashier&rsquo;s checks.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related: <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">By 2011, Atlanta Had Demolished All of Its Public Housing Projects. Where Did All Those People Go?</a></p> Making Space for More Tech Firms in New York City Alexander Walter 2014-08-28T13:47:00-04:00 >2014-09-03T19:47:57-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="350" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>As New York City&rsquo;s burgeoning tech economy continues to grow, startups face the same challenges for office space they would anywhere else&mdash;but have the added challenge of Manhattan-level price tags, vying for space with law firms, banks, and other well-financed tenants. An absolute lack of space is not the issue, however. New York&rsquo;s low 10 percent office vacancy rate may be second only to Washington, D.C.&rsquo;s 9.6 percent, but an enormous amount of inventory is going up [...].</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related: Working out of the Box interview with <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Miguel McKelvey</a>, Co-Founder &amp; Chief Creative Officer at WeWork.</p> Can urban agriculture work on a commercial scale? Alexander Walter 2014-08-22T18:23:00-04:00 >2014-08-28T09:59:02-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="286" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Eating food that&rsquo;s grown locally and sustainably is a fantastic and increasingly popular idea, but it&rsquo;s also expensive. Producers tend to drown under marketing and distribution costs, and struggle to find retail channels for their products. To assume that urban farms can escape that trap because of their extreme proximity to consumers would be a mistake; getting food to consumers has proven a logistical nightmare for them as well.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html>