Archinect - News 2017-08-22T09:21:19-04:00 From the Historic Massachusetts Cotton Mill, yellow pine timber gets a second life at the Mackintosh Building in Glasgow Mackenzie Goldberg 2017-08-04T16:37:00-04:00 >2017-08-04T16:37:05-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>In May 2014, as students prepared their final-year degree show, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">the Mackintosh Building that houses The Glasgow School of Art was engulfed by flames and severely damaged</a>. The building, built between 1897-1909, is one of the Scottish city's most famous structures. It is considered the architect Charles Rennie Mackintosh's ultimate masterwork and in 2009, was awarded <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">RIBA</a>'s "Sterling of Sterlings prize" when chosen, through a nationwide poll, as the best British-designed building of the past 175 years. About 90% of the historic building was spared by the fire but <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">the library</a>, one of the finest examples of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">art nouveau</a> design, as well as the Japanese-inspired Studio 58 were almost entirely destroyed.</p> <figure><figure><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=""></a><figcaption>The Mackintosh Library (pre-fire). &copy; McAteer Photograph</figcaption></figure></figure><figure><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=""></a></p><figcaption>Studio 58 (after the fire) &copy; McAteer Photograph</figcaption></figure><figure><p>Soon after, a careful restoration plan began <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">headed by the Glasgow-based firm, Page\Park architects</a>. Work on the building has been in constant progress since the summer of 2014, beginning w...</p></figure> Rem Koolhaas and Kunlé Adeyemi sit down with Guardian Cities to discuss Lagos Alexander Walter 2016-02-29T14:53:00-05:00 >2016-03-01T11:55:33-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="325" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In 1997 two architects set out to rethink Lagos, an African megacity that had been largely abandoned by the state. Amid the apparent chaos and crime, they discovered remarkable patterns of organisation. Two decades later, Rem Koolhaas and Kunl&eacute; Adeyemi discuss the past, present and future of the city &ndash; and reveal why their own project never saw the light of day</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>" was the ultimate dysfunctional city &ndash; but actually, in terms of all the initiatives and ingenuity, it mobilised an incredibly beautiful, almost utopian landscape of independence and agency."</em> - Rem Koolhaas</p><p>Related stories in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Koolhaas guides viewers through bustling Lagos in this interactive documentary</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">What Makoko can teach about "organic" urban development</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">In Lagos the poorest are paying the price of progress</a></li></ul> The Hurricane Katrina Cottages: where are they now? Julia Ingalls 2015-08-13T14:49:00-04:00 >2015-08-15T16:49:16-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="535" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&lsquo;"It&rsquo;s hard to think about ways to drain the swamp when alligators are biting your ass.&rsquo;&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>Immediately after a natural disaster, most residents want to get things back to normal, even if that "normal" wasn't particularly ideal. The story of the Katrina Cottages, a series of 400 to 800 square foot residences that would provide temporary relief housing in Mississippi after Hurricane Katrina and also act as "seed" housing for safer, long-term neighborhoods, is a nuanced and occasionally frustrating look into the political dimensions of recovery.&nbsp;</p><p>For more on disaster and recovery efforts:&nbsp;</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">New Orleans public housing 10 years after Hurricane Katrina</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">How Architects Can Help Nepal&nbsp;(And Learn From Past Disastrous Mistakes/Successes)</a>&nbsp;</li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect Sessions #27 "The trauma of rebuilding"</a>&nbsp;</li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">High-rise proposal in Lower 9th Ward could bring much needed development, but at what social cost?</a></li></ul> Vegas is back...sorta Alexander Walter 2015-07-22T13:03:00-04:00 >2016-08-13T08:02:17-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Las Vegas&rsquo;s recovery, like America&rsquo;s, seems to have to come to the wealthiest first. [...] But Sin City&rsquo;s recovery shows the enduring ability of America to make improbable ideas work. Some 2m people live in a glittering, sprawling city deep in the desert and hardly think that this is strange. And with its mix of tech-obsessed yuppies, ageing baby-boomer gamblers and thrusting Hispanics, its demography resembles America&rsquo;s future.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">L</a><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">earning from Las Vegas: a look at the Strip through urban planning lenses</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Will Zappos turn downtown Las Vegas into the next Silicon Valley?</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">70's Vegas underground home on the market for $1.7M</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Something is happening in Vegas; but will it convince people to stay?</a></li></ul> Millennials, not forming enough households Nam Henderson 2014-07-02T23:03:00-04:00 >2016-02-24T13:33:09-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="434" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>One reason for weakness: many young people, saddled with student loan debt, elevated unemployment and less-than-perfect credit scores, are staying out of the market.</p></em><br /><br /><p>New research from Harvard's Joint Center for Housing Studies, focuses in on the role of&nbsp;millennial&nbsp;generation in driving demand and shaping recovery.</p><p>&nbsp;As&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Gregory Walker</a>&nbsp;noted recently, in broad terms, looking at US economy,&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">it is clear</a>&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">we're not really 'there' yet</a>. Remember,&nbsp;the last reported <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ABI&nbsp;reverted into negative territory</a>.&nbsp;This despite the fact that "<em>A</em><em>rchitecture firms with a residential specialization continued to report extremely strong billings in May</em>".</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Back in April, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Neil Irwin of the NYT, dug </a><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">into the numbers, for what is holding housing back</a>. Though there was an initial post-recession glut,&nbsp;demand is now the issue. If only, because much of the demand that is there now, is for rental multifamily properties. This shift to non-single family homes,&nbsp;by millennials is he argues&nbsp;generating "<em>less spillover benefits for the broader economy</em>".</p> Designing Recovery competition winners Justine Testado 2013-10-11T17:46:00-04:00 >2013-10-16T12:23:14-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="484" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The winners of the "Designing Recovery" competition were announced earlier this month. Hosted by the AIA in partnership with Make It Right, St. Bernard Project, Architecture for Humanity and Dow Building Solutions, participants designed disaster-relief houses to aid survivors of recent natural disasters in New York City, New Orleans, and Joplin, MO. Although there were only three competition winners, all entries that can be easily constructed will be built in these three communities.</p></em><br /><br /><p> The winning proposals are:</p> <ul><li> Resilient House by Sustainable.TO Architecture + Building for New York</li> <li> Shotgun [remix] by GOATstudio LLP for New Orleans</li> <li> CORE House by Q4 Architects for Joplin</li> </ul> Boston architecture firms recovering from 2008 Alexander Walter 2012-08-15T17:00:00-04:00 >2012-08-15T17:00:30-04:00 <em><p>Architecture firms in the Boston area are continuing their recovery from the sharp declines in 2008 and 2009, according to the 2012 Architectural Survey from accounting firm CBIZ Tofias. In 2011, these firms saw a slight improvement from the slowdown, which for most firms began in 2008. There were slight increases in the direct labor utilization rate (the percentage of time worked on billable projects) and the profit per direct hour compared to 2010.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Architects (and others too of course) : No recovery until (maybe) 2012 Nam Henderson 2011-07-29T15:26:16-04:00 >2011-07-31T14:40:44-04:00 <img src="" width="540" height="358" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Overall nonresidential construction is expected to decline by 5.6 percent</p></em><br /><br /><p> <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Reuters reports that the U.S. economy stumbled badly in the first half of this year and came dangerously close to contracting in the January-March period.</a>&nbsp;Also,&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Market Watch suggests</a> Friday&rsquo;s report on the pace of economic growth may be so weak as to spur talk of stagflation. While <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Derek Thompson writes</a> about how a recent GDP report shatters the illusion of our current jobless, "productivity-packed" recovery.</p> <p> Meanwhile the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">AIA reports</a> that due to the slowed recovery and possible stagflation <strong>overall nonresidential construction is expected to decline by 5.6 percent this year, with no recovery until next year, according to the semi-annual Consensus Construction Forecast.</strong></p> <p> The good news? Health care construction is the only construction segment expected to grow in 2012, according to the American Institute of Architects.</p> <p> <img alt="" src=""></p> Work Increasing for Landscape Architecture Firms, Survey Shows Alexander Walter 2011-07-28T18:56:04-04:00 >2011-07-29T09:55:12-04:00 <em><p>Three in four landscape architecture firm leaders reported steady or improving billable hours and inquiries in the Q2 2011 American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) Business Quarterly survey. The national survey findings reflect continuing optimism for recovery in a key sector of the design and construction industry.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> My, what a big firm you have: New York's largest architecture firms see a growing girth J. James R. 2011-04-18T18:10:00-04:00 >2012-10-09T12:18:54-04:00 <img src="" width="200" height="200" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Out of the city's 20 largest firms, 12 added architects during 2010, while only four cut their staff of architects. Hiring has been across the board, from entry-level posts all the way up to the most experienced.</p></em><br /><br /><p> </p> <p> Paul Katz, of Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates, said his firm hired 9 new architects at its New York office raising the number at the start of 2009 of 154 to 163 in 2010-- primary factors have included the West Side's Hudson Yards and the redevelopment of Goldman Sachs' Embassy Suites. Perkins Eastman added an astounding 31 architects raising their 2009 figures of 127 to 158 in 2010-- crediting a resurgence of institutional projects spurring new growth despite lagging residential work. The Top 5 ranked firms in the Crain's list all are reported to have at least 100 licensed architects.<br><br> Mr. Perkins, of Perkins and Eastman,<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"> said to Crain's</a> that his practice by necessity is becoming global with at least 30% of the firm's business coming from overseas.</p>