Archinect - News 2018-02-25T10:18:12-05:00 This AI-powered & LiDAR-equipped robot could soon help detect construction errors early Alexander Walter 2018-02-23T15:39:00-05:00 >2018-02-23T15:40:11-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Using lidar-equipped robots, Doxel scans construction sites every day to monitor how things are progressing, tracking what gets installed and whether it&rsquo;s the right thing at the right time in the right place. You&rsquo;d think that construction sites would be doing this by themselves anyway, but it turns out that they really don&rsquo;t, and in a recent pilot study on a medical office building, Doxel says it managed to increase labor productivity on the project by a staggering 38 percent.</p></em><br /><br /><p>"You could send in some humans with lidar backpacks, but that would be more&nbsp;expensive,"<em> IEEE Spectrum</em> explains. "The company is also using drones in a limited capacity right now, since they require human supervision, but it&rsquo;s easy to imagine how much more efficient this process could get as robotic autonomy improves."</p> Infrastructure is not neutral; case studies of communities decimated by highways Hope Daley 2018-02-22T15:06:00-05:00 >2018-02-23T22:48:47-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Making the case that infrastructure itself can be exclusionary is hardly straightforward. Many of the worst decisions in US planning were made decades ago to intentionally disenfranchise, marginalise and separate communities; policies such as redlining and &ldquo;blight clearing&rdquo; are well-documented embarrassments. But many decisions that segregated communities were unintentional. The stop sign and one-way street might seem benign, but they shape our lives in ways we sometimes don&rsquo;t even realise.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Through focusing in on 5 case studies where communities have been obliterated by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">infrastructure</a> decisions, the direct impact of highways and walls take on greater levels of meaning and urgency. The power of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">city planning</a>&nbsp;also comes into greater consideration presently as the US takes on a massive infrastructure revitalization project.&nbsp;</p> <p>"Too big to replace, too expensive to tear down", Miller emphasizes the importance of digging into the history of our country's <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">development</a> in order to understand past injustices, prevent future abuse, and address current issues as they stand right now.&nbsp;</p> <p>An in depth look focuses on Detroit&rsquo;s 8 Mile and historical Black Bottom neighborhoods, West Oakland in California, West Baltimore, and&nbsp;Jackson Ward in Richmond, Virginia.&nbsp;Arresting images of overlapping interstates where communities used to be reveal a truth many of us drive on in our everyday lives.</p> <p>Please read&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Johnny Miller's full piece</a> on how infrastructure decisions impact communities and are dir...</p> Architecture Billings Index kicks new year off strong with highest January score since 2007 Alexander Walter 2018-02-21T12:41:00-05:00 >2018-02-22T05:57:27-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>2018 started on a strong note for architecture firms, as the Architecture Billings Index (ABI) saw its highest January score since 2007. The American Institute of Architects (AIA) reported the January ABI score was 54.7, up from a score of 52.8 in the previous month. [...] The new projects inquiry index was 61.1, down from a reading of 62.0 the previous month, while the new design contracts index increased slightly from 53.4 to 53.9.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>"Healthy conditions continue across all sectors and regions except the Northeast, where firm billings softened for the second consecutive month," said AIA Chief Economist, Kermit Baker, Hon. AIA, PhD. "With strong billings and healthy growth in new projects to start the year, firms remain generally optimistic about business conditions for the next several months."</em></p> <p>The American Institute of Architects reports these key <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ABI</a> stats for the month of January:&nbsp;<br></p> <ul><li>Regional averages: West (56.2), South (55.3), Midwest (54.8), Northeast (47.3)</li><li>Sector index breakdown: multi-family residential (56.0), commercial / industrial (53.3), institutional (52.5), mixed practice (50.1)</li><li>Project inquiries index: 61.1</li><li>Design contracts index: 53.9</li></ul> The Technology You Need to Boost Profits Without Headaches Sponsor 2018-02-21T09:00:00-05:00 >2018-02-20T12:39:08-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><figure><p><a href=";utm_medium=sponsoredblog_Feb2&amp;utm_content=Getting-data-you-need-run-successful-firm" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><p><em><strong>This post is brought to you by <a href=";utm_medium=sponsoredblog-022118&amp;utm_content=technology-profits" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">BQE Core</a>.</strong></em></p> <p>It bears repeating that project accounting&mdash;the practice of accounting on a project-by-project basis&mdash;will give you transformative information about your company. With it, you&rsquo;ll understand why and how your projects are succeeding (or floundering), and what you can do to ensure they stay on the right track.</p> <p>There are different types of data you need to collect and synthesize to uncover these insights. These include time and expense entries, billing records, accounting metrics, and project management data. </p> <p>While you technically can track and analyze all of your company&rsquo;s data without a real project accounting solution, it&rsquo;s not a wise choice. If you choose to just use spreadsheets, you&rsquo;ll spend hours upon hours entering, formatting, and analyzing data. Copying and pasting creates a large margin for error, and if one of your formulas isn&rsquo;t right, it&rsquo;ll derail everything. Plus, whoever said that they actually enjoy using spreadsheets? </p> <p>That&rsquo;s why...</p> Inside Frank Gehry and Thomas Krens' hybrid Extreme Model Railroad and Contemporary Architecture Museum Hope Daley 2018-02-20T14:25:00-05:00 >2018-02-20T14:25:54-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Picture the World Trade Center near the Empire State Building near Fenway Park near London's Tate Modern. Now picture trains zipping past the architectural icons. That is the vision world-famous architect Frank Gehry and museum developer Thomas Krens are trying to bring to North Adams, in the form of the Extreme Model Railroad and Contemporary Architecture Museum.</p></em><br /><br /><p>With the aim of developing North Adams, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Massachusetts</a> as a cultural destination, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Frank Gehry</a> and Thomas Krens <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">released plans last summer</a> for their hybrid Extreme Model Railroad and Contemporary Architecture Museum. The initial concept has now developed into an entire model showcasing more of what the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">museum</a> will look like.&nbsp;</p><p>The model museum features 164 buildings showcasing contemporary architecture by 71 international architects. Interwoven amongst these building 12 rail lines will run 107 operating model trains.&nbsp;</p> <p>The proposed museum houses this entire set up in one 670-foot-long gallery stretching the length of 2.5 football fields. Buildings will be constructed at a 1:48 scale including iconic structures such as the Seagram Building in Manhattan or the Brooklyn Bridge. The tallest building, the One World Trade Center, will reach 40 feet tall.&nbsp;</p> <p>The trains and buildings will also be surrounded by video-projected landscaping blending the physical models into a seamless background. The...</p> Driverless technology is about to reshape the real estate industry Alexander Walter 2018-02-16T18:06:00-05:00 >2018-02-20T18:01:03-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>The link between property and transport has been perhaps the most durable in human history. Since the ancients, few things have delivered higher land values with more certainty than advances in transport, from roads to canals, railways to highways. [...] But now, the dawn of the driverless car&mdash;promising a utopia of stress-free commutes, urban playgrounds and the end of parking hassles&mdash;threatens to complicate the calculus for anyone buying property.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>Bloomberg Technology</em> explains how the real estate industry is already preparing for all that sweet, sweet valuable space to open up for development once the widespread arrival of driverless vehicles makes parked cars &mdash; and the blocked square footage they occupy &mdash; a thing of the past.&nbsp;</p> William Kaven unveil full proposal for Portland's Broadway Corridor Hope Daley 2018-02-15T13:42:00-05:00 >2018-02-20T22:51:33-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">William Kaven Architecture</a> have just released additional renderings of the firm's redevelopment proposal for <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Portland</a>'s Broadway Corridor,&nbsp;giving a more complete picture of their broader scheme.&nbsp;</p> <p>In addition to the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">initial release of Portland's tallest towers</a> last November, the firm has now fleshed out what the rest of the 5 million square foot development will entail.&nbsp;</p><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Portland Broadway Corridor conceptual plan by William Kaven Architecture. Image: William Kaven Architecture. </figcaption></figure><p>Their concept of reconnecting Union Station to the Pearl District involves removing the Broadway ramp and creating a pedestrian-centric district organized around an extension of the North Park Blocks.&nbsp;<br></p> <p>The firm also plans major shifts to public transportation, integrating a central hub for a high-speed rail and underground mass public transit next to Amtrack's Union Station.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Portland Broadway Corridor conceptual plan by William Kaven Architecture. Image: William Kaven Architecture. </figcaption></figure><p>This pedestrian friendly pla...</p> The World is coming back to life in Dubai Alexander Walter 2018-02-14T14:26:00-05:00 >2018-02-14T14:32:40-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Underwater bedrooms, &lsquo;Lohan Island&rsquo; and snow all year round &ndash; a decade after it was scuppered by the financial crash, the fantasy archipelago of 300 artificial &lsquo;countries&rsquo; is back in business. Has anybody learned anything?</p></em><br /><br /><p>Remember <em>The World</em>? Dubai's lofty vision a decade-and-a-half ago to recreate the globe's map with artificial, celebrity-owned islands dredged from the Gulf floor that was just as grandiose and monumental as its financial crash in 2008? Well, it appears to be back in business again<em>.<br></em></p> <p><em>The Guardian</em>'s Oliver Wainwright takes a trip to the long-abandoned and now-bustling-with-development-again artificial archipelago of 300 islands 2.5 miles off Dubai's coast and confirms: "After a decade in limbo, The World is back &ndash; with more ambitious plans than ever before."</p> <p>And yes, Lindsay Lohan <em>is</em> designing her own island, too.<br></p> AECOM and luis vidal + architects selected for Boston airport modernization Alexander Walter 2018-02-14T13:15:00-05:00 >2018-02-14T13:19:22-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Massachusetts Port Authority (Massport) has chosen global infrastructure firm AECOM and luis vidal + architects to handle the remodeling of Boston Logan International Airport&rsquo;s Terminal E. The team won the design competition due to their collaborative proposal, which also satisfied Massport&rsquo;s functional requirements.</p></em><br /><br /><p>This major remodeling of&nbsp;Boston Logan International Airport&rsquo;s Terminal E will be lead by&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">AECOM</a> as the prime consultant and architect/engineer of record, and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">airport</a> design specialist <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">luis vidal + architects</a> as the vision architect.</p> <p>A press statement summarizes the proposed improvements: "The modernization program will incorporate significant renovations to the existing international arrivals and customs hall, utilizing a combination of roof and window designs to maximize natural light and efficiency. Intuitive wayfinding, spatial clarity and first class hospitality will transform the arrival experience for those entering the country at Boston Logan Airport. The iconic roof, designed following the sun path, proposes two skylights facing north, in the form of eyelashes, protecting the interior from direct sun exposure. On the south, the roof gently strokes down the fa&ccedil;ade to reveal a number of openings that face downtown Boston, offering departing passengers a last and memorable view ...</p> Jeddah Tower construction reaches 63rd floor Alexander Walter 2018-02-08T15:05:00-05:00 >2018-02-09T15:24:29-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Construction of the world's tallest skyscraper in Jeddah is going ahead, the head of the consortium behind the $1.5 billion project said, despite the detention of some businessmen backing the plan in Saudi Arabia's crackdown on corruption. [...] Construction has reached the 63rd floor and the superstructure - the concrete shell and the cladding - is to be completed next year, Jomah said, adding that delays in some areas were inevitable because of technical challenges.</p></em><br /><br /><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><p>Progress on the soon-to-be tallest structure on earth has been troubled for a while, with the main contractor (and partial owner)&nbsp;Saudi Binladin Group going through a financial rough patch and, more recently, several project officials and royal family members being targeted by the country's anti-corruption crackdown.&nbsp;</p> <p>Despite the challenges, work is going ahead on the&nbsp;1,000 m/3,281 ft <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Jeddah Tower</a> (formerly Kingdom Tower) designed by Chicago-based&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture</a>, and construction recently reached the 63rd floor.&nbsp;</p> The pop culture-bending firm, Family New York, has decided to part ways Mackenzie Goldberg 2018-02-08T13:36:00-05:00 >2018-02-08T13:37:25-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Since establishing the practice in 2010, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Family New York</a> has accrued an impressive array of projects to their name, as well as fans of their work. Over the course of only eight years, founders Oana Stanescu and Dong-Ping Wong have had the opportunity to collaborate with everyone from the New Museum to Virgil Abloh and&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Kanye West</a> and Kim Kardashian. During this time, the duo has engaged in fanciful projects like <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">their proposal</a> for a water-filtering, floating pool&nbsp;off the shores of New York City and their <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">movable, 50-foot volcano</a>&nbsp;for West's dazzling, Yeezus tour.</p> <p>Despite this solid run, the two have decided to go their separate ways and disband the practice. According to their statement, Stanescu, who is a former top-notch&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect School Blogger</a>,&nbsp;is going on to pursue a multifaceted practice under her own name. She will also continue on with her teaching positions at <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Harvard GSD</a> and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Cooper Union</a>. Wong has also decided to start his own firm, FOOD, with projects already in the works i...</p> A Conversation with Snow Kreilich Architects, Recipient of the 2018 AIA Firm Award Archinect 2018-02-06T13:33:00-05:00 >2018-02-06T16:51:31-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>On this episode of Archinect Sessions Paul travels to Minneapolis to join Ken in a conversation with Julie Snow and Matt Kreilich of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Snow Kreilich Architects</a>, winner of the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">2018 AIA Architecture Firm Award</a>.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Julie Snow and Matt Kreilich</figcaption></figure><p>Julie Snow Architects was founded in Minneapolis in 1995. Matt Kreilich later joined Julie, his thesis advisor from college, to form Snow Kreilich Architects.</p> <p>Marlon Blackwell, FAIA, wrote in his letter of nomination for the AIA award, &ldquo;Their body of work is distinguished by a restrained formal elegance and a refined minimal tectonic sensibility while avoiding the nostalgic and technological excesses of our discipline. Indeed, they see architecture as a material practice and a cultural act born of a sensual pragmatism."<br></p> <figure><img src=""><figcaption>Snow Kreilich Architects. Photo courtesy of AIA</figcaption></figure>This award is great because it didn't come to Matt and I. It came to Snow Kreilich" - Julie Snow <p>Listen to&nbsp;episode 116 of&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect Sessions</a>, &ldquo;A Conversation with Snow Kreilich Architects&rdquo;...</p> Editor's Picks #482 Nam Henderson 2018-02-06T11:53:00-05:00 >2018-02-06T21:38:51-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">L.E.FT</a>, started in 2005 by Makram El Kadi and Ziad Jamaleddine, was profiled as part of the&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Small Studio Snapshot</a> series.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><p>For some reason <strong>BulgarBlogger</strong> and <strong>Positive Pete</strong> got into it over issues of state licensure, international practice and other "<em>types of technicalities</em>".<br></p> <p>Plus, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Anthony Morey</a> started up a new series <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Fellow Fellows</a>, which focuses on the trend of fellowships in academia which "<em>has exploded over the past decade</em>". The first three featured; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Zachary Tate Porter</a>, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">WAI Architecture Think Tank</a> and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Outpost Office</a>.</p> News <p>Toon Dreessen (president of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Dreessen Cardinal Architects Inc</a>) <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">penned</a> an editorial arguing why Canadian architecture needs the support of a national policy. <strong>Non Sequitur</strong> was surprised "<em>we're doing rather well. &nbsp;Not sure what this is for.</em>"</p> <p>BIG&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">revised plans</a> for a $2 billion Smithsonian redevelopment plan, which was&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">under fire</a>. <strong>citizen</strong> added to the criticism, "<em>Yet more work proposed in a major Olmsted-planned urban landscape-- see also the Obama Library project fo...</em></p> Austin in favor of boycotting companies involved in Trump's border wall Alexander Walter 2018-02-05T12:35:00-05:00 >2018-02-05T12:40:47-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>In a 10-1 vote, the Austin City Council took the first step toward a boycott of any company that designs, builds or finances President Donald Trump&rsquo;s $25 billion proposed border wall between Texas and Mexico. [...] Four companies already have been tapped to design and build wall prototypes, including Texas-based Sterling Construction Company, Inc.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The Texas state capital is <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">just the latest</a> of several local and state governments having either passed or proposed legislation that would ban <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">companies</a> involved in designing, building, or financing <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Donald Trump</a>'s proposed <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">border wall</a> with Mexico from being considered for other public contracts.&nbsp;</p> Getting the Data You Need to Run a Successful Firm Sponsor 2018-02-02T09:00:00-05:00 >2018-02-01T20:04:03-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><figure><p><a href=";utm_medium=sponsoredblog_Feb2&amp;utm_content=Getting-data-you-need-run-successful-firm" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><p><em><strong>This post is brought to you by <a href=";utm_medium=sponsoredblog_Feb2&amp;utm_content=Getting-data-you-need-run-successful-firm" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">BQE Core</a>.</strong></em></p> <p>When your firm adopts project accounting&mdash;the practice of accounting on a project-by-project basis&mdash;you&rsquo;ll get insights that&rsquo;ll change the way you do business. You&rsquo;ll understand your projects, employees, clients, and firm on a deeper level, and you&rsquo;ll be able to make changes that will dramatically increase efficiency and profits. </p> <p>Before this happens, though, you need to lay the groundwork. With the right tools, logging and making sense of the data you need is convenient and easy. You just have to be consistent.</p> Develop the Habit of Tracking Your Time and Expenses <p>Time and expense tracking is foundational for analyzing any type of business that works on a project basis, especially architecture firms. </p> <p>Even if you charge fixed fees for your projects, you could be missing out on hard-earned cash by not tracking your time. You need to make sure you charge enough to cover all the effort that goes into your projects. </p> <p>After all, it&rsquo;s difficult to kn...</p> AIA Consensus Construction Forecast predicts accelerated growth through 2019 Alexander Walter 2018-01-29T14:28:00-05:00 >2018-01-29T14:29:08-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Construction spending for nonresidential buildings is projected to increase 4 percent this year and continue at that pace of growth through 2019. While the commercial construction sectors will generate much of the expected gains this year, by 2019 the industrial and institutional sectors will dominate the projected construction growth. [...] However, in the face of a supportive economy, construction spending on nonresidential buildings disappointed last year.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The American Institute of Architects has published its latest <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Consensus Construction Forecast</a>, and it's looking quite rosy. Despite labor shortages and rising material costs that continue to have an impact on the construction industry, the report &mdash; supported by the last few editions of the Institute's monthly <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architecture Billings Index</a> &mdash;&nbsp;projects a 4% increase for nonresidential buildings this year and a continuation of this pace through 2019.&nbsp;</p> <p>Analyzing this economic optimism, the AIA points out five key factors:</p> <ol><li>Rebuilding and repairs from natural disasters</li><li>Tax reform implications for construction</li><li>Possibility of an infrastructure package</li><li>Strong consumer and business confidence levels</li><li>Leading economic indicators for the construction sector</li></ol><p>For the full report and an interactive version of the infographic above, head over to <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a>.<br></p> <p>Can these positive projections be felt in your firm or region as well? Let us know in the comment section below.</p> Danish firm Schmidt Hammer Lassen merges with Perkins+Will Mackenzie Goldberg 2018-01-24T13:29:00-05:00 >2018-01-30T06:16:04-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Perkins+Will</a> has announced that it will be merging with the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Copenhagen</a>-based firm <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects</a>; the two have been in negotiation since summer of 2017. The former aims to diversify its global talent, expand its cultural and civic practice, and reinforce the caliber of its design portfolio, while the latter aims to expand into new geographic markets, grow its client base, and apply groundbreaking design research to practice.</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>International Criminal Court Building. Schmidt Hammer Lassen. Photo by Adam M&oslash;rk.</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Katuaq Cultural Center. Schmidt Hammer Lassen. Photo by Adam M&oslash;rk.</figcaption></figure><p>Since its founding in 1986, Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects has become one of Denmark's largest architectural firms and is best known for their highly sustainable cultural and civic architecture, particularly libraries. Some of their best known works include the&nbsp;1999 extension of the&nbsp;Copenhagen Royal Library, the&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">International Criminal Court building</a> in The Hague, and the 2013 RIBA award&ndash;winning&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Uni...</a></p> Architecture Billings Index in December concludes year on strong note; "healthy growth" outlook for 2018 Alexander Walter 2018-01-24T13:07:00-05:00 >2018-02-21T12:57:20-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>The Architecture Billings Index (ABI) concluded the year in positive terrain, with the December reading capping off three straight months of growth in design billings. The American Institute of Architects (AIA) reported the December ABI score was 52.9, down from a score of 55.0 in the previous month. [...] The new projects inquiry index was 61.9, up from a reading of 61.1 the previous month, while the new design contracts index decreased slightly from 53.2 to 52.7.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>&ldquo;Overall, 2017 turned out to be a strong year for architecture firms. &nbsp;All but two months saw ABI scores in positive territory,&rdquo; said AIA Chief Economist, Kermit Baker, Hon. AIA, PhD. &ldquo;Additionally, the overall strength of the fourth quarter lays a good foundation for healthy growth in construction activity in 2018.&rdquo;</em></p> <p>The American Institute of Architects reports these key <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ABI</a> stats for the month of December:&nbsp;<br></p> <ul><li>Regional averages: South (56.3), West (53.0), Midwest (52.9), Northeast (49.4)</li><li>Sector index breakdown: multi-family residential (55.4), commercial / industrial (54.8), institutional (51.2), mixed practice (50.4)</li><li>Project inquiries index: 61.9</li><li>Design contracts index: 53.2</li></ul><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><p><em>All graphs represent data from December 2016 - December 2017. Images provided by the American Institute of Architects.</em></p> Zaha Hadid Architects proposal for London's Vauxhall Cross Island Hope Daley 2018-01-22T13:27:00-05:00 >2018-01-24T10:16:03-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Zaha Hadid Architects</a> designed a <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">proposal</a> for the Vauxhall Cross Island site in <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">London</a>. Located adjacent to&nbsp;Vauxhall Station, the proposal focuses on creating a Vauxhall district center by providing a mixed-use space to generate employment opportunities and a new public square to accommodate Transport for London's (TfL) emerging bus station plans.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Vauxhall Cross Island proposal by Zaha Hadid Architects. Render by Slashcube. </figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Vauxhall Cross Island proposal by Zaha Hadid Architects. Render by Slashcube. </figcaption></figure><p>The London borough is undergoing a transformation with several other significant developments under construction or planned in the area. ZHA's design works with the height of the other proposed buildings in the area through its rectilinear form, grid-based fa&ccedil;ade, and materials.&nbsp;<br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Vauxhall Cross Island proposal by Zaha Hadid Architects. Render by Slashcube. </figcaption></figure><p>The new proposal includes two tall buildings with a low-level podium building to create a defined public square.&nbsp;The arrangement p...</p> FXFOWLE announces new firm name FXCollaborative with logo by Pentagram Hope Daley 2018-01-19T17:48:00-05:00 >2018-01-19T17:48:57-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>The world-renowned architecture, interiors and planning firm <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">FXFOWLE&nbsp;Architects</a> will now go by the name FXCollaborative. Originally founded 40 years ago as&nbsp;Fox &amp; Fowle, the firm is rebranding with a new logo and a new location. In less than four years the firm will move from their long standing Manhattan location into a Brooklyn building of their own design.&nbsp;</p> <p>The firm's new logo was designed by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Pentagram</a>.&nbsp;Michael Bierut, partner at Pentagram said, &ldquo;The new identity is not so much a logo but a statement of purpose and a commitment to a way of working.<br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>FXCollaborative office team. Image: FXCollaborative.</figcaption></figure><p>Claiming the scarce middle ground between small boutiques and large global firms,&nbsp;FXCollaborative's new name reflects their core values of&nbsp;information&nbsp;and knowledge exchange expressed by few boundaries between disciplines and typologies. </p> Apple's investment plan promises 20,000 jobs and a new campus Hope Daley 2018-01-18T19:32:00-05:00 >2018-01-30T06:16:04-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Apple expects to invest over $30 billion in capital expenditures in the US over the next five years and create over 20,000 new jobs through hiring at existing campuses and opening a new one. Apple already employs 84,000 people in all 50 states. The company plans to establish an Apple campus in a new location, which will initially house technical support for customers. The location of this new facility will be announced later in the year.</p></em><br /><br /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Apple</a> recently released plans to invest $350 billion in the US economy and create 20,000 <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">jobs</a> over the next 5 years. The company is also planning on building a new campus at a currently unknown location.&nbsp;Adding to the suspense of Amazon's new headquarters, US cities will now have a chance at scoring either of these powerhouses.&nbsp;</p> <figure><figure><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></figure></figure><p>Supporting American manufacturing innovation, Apple is also&nbsp;increasing the size of their Advanced Manufacturing Fund from $1 billion to $5 billion.&nbsp;<br></p> <figure><figure><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a><figcaption>Apple will spend an estimated $55 billion with US suppliers and manufacturers in 2018. Image: Apple. </figcaption></figure></figure><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Renewable energy</a> is also on the company's agenda. In keeping with all US Apple facilities,&nbsp;the recently announced new campus will also be powered entirely by green energy.</p> AIAS selects students to participate in CRIT Scholar fellowship program Hope Daley 2018-01-17T15:21:00-05:00 >2018-01-17T15:22:34-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>The American Institute of Architecture Students (<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">AIAS</a>) announced the students selected to participate in this year's <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">CRIT Scholar</a> fellowship program. The <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">fellowship</a> program is supported by the&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">AIA</a> and in partnership with several prominent architecture firms. Recipients receive a $1,000 grant for their research project and are matched with a mentor involved in conducting research at an architectural firm.&nbsp;</p> <p>The students selected to participate are as follows:<br></p> <p>Megha Dubey, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">University of Cincinnati</a><br>Sinan Goral, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Carnegie Mellon University</a><br>Kristen Hoover, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Morgan State University</a><br>Chelsey Luiz, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">University of Oregon</a><br>Kevin Park, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">University of Texas at Arlington</a><br>Samantha Pires, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">New Jersey Institute of Technology</a><br>Evan Wermers, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">University of Nebraska-Lincoln</a></p> <p>The program aims to support student research and provide a practical perspective through mentor guidance.&nbsp;Each student's final project will be presented at next year's CRIT Live Research Symposia.&nbsp;<br></p> Collapse of UK's second largest construction firm, Carillion Hope Daley 2018-01-16T15:22:00-05:00 >2018-01-16T15:22:24-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>A major British construction company is going into liquidation after failing to secure a financial lifeline. Carillion (CIOIF), which employs 43,000 people around the world, said in a statement Monday that rescue talks with stakeholders including the British government had collapsed. "We have been unable to secure the funding to support our business plan, and it is therefore with the deepest regret that we have arrived at this decision," Carillion Chairman Philip Green said in the statement.</p></em><br /><br /><p>With thousands of workers in the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">UK</a> and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Canada</a>, the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">construction</a> company also builds high speed rail <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">infrastructure</a>, is involved in power distribution projects, and performs road maintenance, hospital management and other government services.&nbsp;</p> <p>Carillion has hundreds of contracts with the UK government. It was reported to BBC that the government was working on a contingency plan since last year in preparation of Carillion's <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">failure</a>.&nbsp;</p> <p>Fiona Cincotta, senior market analyst at City Index, commented, "It has been more than surprising, possibly even negligent, that the U.K. government continued to dish out contracts to Carillion even though their future has looked uncertain for some time."&nbsp;<br></p> Virtual reality's emergence in real estate. Finally, Penthouse shopping made easy! Anthony Morey 2018-01-15T15:07:00-05:00 >2018-01-15T15:18:43-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Virtual reality, a technology that most associate with gaming, entertainment and dystopic warnings from sci-fi writers including Ray Bradbury and Neal Stephenson, has moved into the real estate world in a big way.</p></em><br /><br /><p>With increasing <em>frustration</em> of penthouse shoppers reaching an immeasurable high, a novel application of new technology has been making a splash in the real estate market. <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Virtual reality</a> has become the go-to tool for allowing <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">real estate</a> investors the opportunity to see precisely what they are paying for, before paying for it.&nbsp;</p> <p>Developers and Architects had already begun to use <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">virtual reality</a> as a means to understand ongoing projects, specification questions or operational processes but now this medium of spatial exploration has reached the ultimate audience, the potential inhabitant/client.</p> Editor's Picks #481 Nam Henderson 2018-01-11T18:46:00-05:00 >2018-01-30T06:16:04-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Anthony kicked off <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Cross-Talk #3: Biennales, Triennials and Exhibitions</a>. For which Jonathan Rieke <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">critiqued</a> the Chicago Architecture Biennale noting "<em>The biennial staged a pseudo-F&eacute;libienian sorting</em>".&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>via Jonathan Rieke</figcaption></figure><p>In response to the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">entry</a> from <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Viola Ago</a> and Hans Tursack,&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Galo Canizares</a>&nbsp;agrees with the focus on alternative practices and exhibits of interstitial space but differentiates between the training of an MFA and BFA "<em>This is particularly why architectural installations are (sometimes) seen as the beginning of something, and art installations are (sometimes) seen as the culmination of something.</em>"<br></p> <p>Plus, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Chris Alker</a> sings in praise of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Scaffolding</a>&nbsp;aka "<em>architecture that is highly versatile, requires no drawings due to it&rsquo;s self evident assembly, can assume many different forms, and is erected and dismantled hundreds of times during it&rsquo;s lifetime? Is this not worthy of being considered architecture?</em>"</p> News <p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Donna Sink</a> is a fan of Oyler Wu Collaborative&rsquo;s latest tower, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MONARCH</a>,...</p> MUJI enters the hospitality market with two new hotels in China Alexander Walter 2018-01-10T14:18:00-05:00 >2018-01-10T14:25:00-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>The first images of MUJI Hotel Shenzhen have been released, and they show that it has been built to reflect the ethos of the brand that is best-known for its minimalist homeware products. [...] The company says the hotels have been designed to reflect &ldquo;an anti-gorgeous, anti-cheap&rdquo; concept. Its goal is to offer great sleep at the right price, provide a space supporting both body and mind while away from home, and connect travellers to local people and places.</p></em><br /><br /><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Bedroom inside the MUJI HOTEL in Shenzhen.</figcaption></figure><p>After experimenting with houses for (strictly)&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">dogs</a> and (mostly)&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">humans</a>, Japanese lifestyle design retailer <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MUJI</a> is now also entering the hospitality sector with two new branded hotels to open in Shenzhen on January 18 and in Beijing on March 20.</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Bathroom inside the MUJI HOTEL in Shenzhen.</figcaption></figure><p>To separate itself from the incumbent competition in a crowded market, MUJI describes its hotel concept having neither "exorbitantly priced and superfluent services nor dreary guest rooms resulting from the extreme reduction of quality"; a reflection of the company's design philosophy of "not too much, not too little."</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Inside the MUJI HOTEL in Shenzhen.</figcaption></figure><p>To round off the experience, guests will find a MUJI Diner in the same building as well as a MUJI store to purchase all the fine products they just surrounded themselves with.</p> <p>The first hotel outside of China is scheduled to open in&nbsp;spring of 2019 in Tokyo's Ginza district.</p> <p><em>Images via&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a>.</em></p>... From Search Engines to Sidewalks? Anthony Morey 2018-01-10T12:22:00-05:00 >2018-01-30T06:16:04-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Yet what has drawn the most concern and curiosity with regards to Quayside is a uniquely 21st-century feature: a data-harvesting, wifi-beaming &ldquo;digital layer&rdquo; that would underpin each proposed facet of Quayside life. According to Sidewalk Labs, this would provide &ldquo;a single unified source of information about what is going on&rdquo;&mdash;to an astonishing level of detail&mdash;as well as a centralized platform for efficiently managing it all.</p></em><br /><br /><p>While tech companies struggle to discover the new way to get a glimpse into our daily habits&mdash;attempting to discover how and where we spend our time and money&mdash;Alphabet might have just brought the &lsquo;<em>Truman Show</em>&rsquo; approach to marketing.&nbsp;</p> <p>With <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Sidewalk Labs</a>, a subsidiary of Alphabet, announcing its first ever Urban Development in Toronto earlier this year, it is no surprise that tech companies have switched gears and begun to see the city itself as a device, rather than just the thing in your hand. Tech giants are beginning to turn architecture into a tool for data collection and that data is then becoming the perspective in which the Architecture is critiqued. What does that spell for the discipline at large?&nbsp;</p> <p>Beyond our discipline, if every decision is based on its ability to produce more data, how does that impact privacy and freedom of choice? What would the pop-up ad equivalent become if it is capable of leaving the digital screen and becoming an urban phenomenon and where would the ...</p> The future of Canadian architecture relies on a national policy Hope Daley 2018-01-08T16:37:00-05:00 >2018-01-30T06:16:04-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>An architecture policy sets an aspirational goal for what we value about the built environment, and helps create a framework for that contribution to culture. The Ordre des architectes du Qu&eacute;bec (OAQ) is actively consulting with the government on the establishment of a provincial architecture policy. This is a positive move and shows leadership in the preservation of Canadian culture. It is an example that our federal government should follow.</p></em><br /><br /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Canadian architecture</a> needs the support of a national&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">policy</a> in order to survive the global competition. Canada's architecture must be seen under the umbrella of cultural policies that support local arts, culture, and businesses. As it stands, the country has no architectural policy to speak of. This leaves its firms vulnerable to larger international competition and its building susceptible to accreditation by non-Canadian architects.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>An&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">architectural policy&nbsp;can be found in&nbsp;most European countries</a> and helps to support its local firms. Currently, Canada's local partners&nbsp;have limited involvement, especially in larger projects, due to stigmas of international firms having more design talent.&nbsp;When interviewed <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Frank Gehry</a> said, "Canada had not offered the well supported educational institutions, the critical mass of creative people to produce radical new ideas, or the consumer markets for architecture to support more inventive practices."</p> Google's Sunnyvale plans include two building by Bjarke Ingels Group Hope Daley 2018-01-08T15:16:00-05:00 >2018-01-30T06:16:04-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Google on Wednesday unveiled its plans&nbsp;for a striking new&nbsp;development in Sunnyvale&rsquo;s Moffett Park, where thousands of the company&rsquo;s employees could work in more than 1 million square feet of offices. The search giant filed a proposal with Sunnyvale city officials late Wednesday for a two-building, 1.04 million square foot project, called Caribbean, that would be large enough to accommodate 4,500 Google workers.</p></em><br /><br /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Google</a>'s massive&nbsp;expansion plan in&nbsp;Sunnyvale include two buildings designed by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bjarke Ingels Group&nbsp;(BIG)</a>. Renderings of the new project show a complex named the Caribbean featuring long inclines allowing employees to walk, bike, or skate to any level of the building.&nbsp;Located on Caribbean Drive, these two buildings would make up just a piece of the company's total $1 billion purchase of about 50 properties in Sunnyvale.</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><figure><figure><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></figure></figure><p>Mark Golan,&nbsp;chief operating officer&nbsp;of Google&rsquo;s global real estate investments &amp; development unit, stated during an interview, "Google has made a significant investment in Sunnyvale... Our intent would be to develop that out over time." While Google has big plans for it's new complex, the site is not projected to be up and running with employees until at least 2021.&nbsp;</p> <figure></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><p>With enough sites purchased by google, there is a good chance <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">housing</a> could be developed as well as offices.&nbsp;Golan revealed, &ldquo;A new mixed-use community where you have live-work capabilities, makes a lot o...</p> Longaberger "The Big Basket" building sold to developer; reconstruction announced Alexander Walter 2018-01-04T20:00:00-05:00 >2018-01-30T06:16:04-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>The Longaberger basket building has been sold. The iconic seven-story office building at 1500 E. Main St. in Newark has been sold to Coon Restoration of Louisville, which is near Canton. The developer has an eye toward converting the building and its 21-acre site to a new use, the company said in a release.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Developer Steve Coon, the landmark building's new owner, hasn't revealed specific details about his redevelopment plans for the property but announced Cleveland-based Sandvick Architects as the designers for the job.&nbsp;</p>