Archinect - News 2017-08-22T12:56:42-04:00 Open Call for Submissions: Architectural Survival Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-03-01T19:29:00-05:00 >2016-03-15T23:17:19-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="402" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Even more than the laws of physics and building codes, money rules everything in architecture. The architect is the canary in the recession's coal mine; skyscrapers and starchitectural gems stand as allegories for wealth; descriptors like "quality" and "affordable" at times seem mutually exclusive.&nbsp;But whatever the economic reality, there are always stories of architects that manage to make things work.</p><p>As Archinect turns to issues of Money in architecture this month, we want to hear your stories of how architects can survive, and thrive, when money is tight &ndash; how to make more, from less.</p><p><strong>&#12299;Editorial Submissions: <em>Stories from the Recession</em></strong><br>What sustained, or broke, you? What advice do you have for weathering the next recession? How did your practice change?&nbsp;Stories can be from the perspective of firms, individual architects, recent grads or nervous students during the latest recession.</p><p><strong>&#12299;Project Submissions: <em>Tightly-Budgeted Work</em></strong><br>Show off your small-budget built projects that didn&rsquo;t compro...</p> These are the most economically distressed cities in the United States Nicholas Korody 2016-03-01T17:52:00-05:00 >2016-03-02T23:11:36-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="488" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>While cities like Dallas and San Francisco have rebounded strongly since the recession, many other places are still struggling for economic growth and prosperity. As time goes on, we're seeing a divergence between successful parts of the country and the non-successful parts. More than 50 million Americans live in "distressed" ZIP codes, according to a new report from the Economic Innovation Group, a Washington D.C. think-tank.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>"These areas&mdash;largely concentrated in the South, Southwest, and the Rust Belt&mdash;are suffering a "recovery gap" driven by low home investment, shuttering businesses, and poor job opportunities."</em></p><p>According to the report, economic opportunities are intimately tethered to geography in the United States. In turn, the regions most susceptible to job loss remain those with a history of financial woes, in particular former manufacturing hubs.</p><p>The report ranked cities based on economic indications such as the percentage of the population with a high school degree; housing vacancy rates; unemployment rates among adults; poverty rates; median income rations; percent changes in the number of available jobs; and percent changes in the number of businesses.</p><p>Here are the 10 most "distressed" cities in the United States:</p><p><strong>1. Cleveland, Ohio</strong><br><img title="" alt="" src=""><br>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>2. Detroit, Michigan&nbsp;</strong><br><img title="" alt="" src=""><br>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>3. Newark, New Jersey&nbsp;</strong><img title="" alt="" src=""><br>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>4. Toledo, Ohio</strong>&nbsp;<img title="" alt="" src=""><br>&nbsp;</p><p>&#8203;5.&nbsp;<strong>San Bernardino, California&nbsp;</strong><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><strong>6. Stockton, California&nbsp;</strong><img title="" alt="" src=""><br>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>7. Milwaukee, Wisconsin&nbsp;</strong><img title="" alt="" src=""><br>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>8. Buffalo, New York&nbsp;</strong><img title="" alt="" src=""><br>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>9. ...</strong></p> Editor's Picks #429 Nam Henderson 2015-09-18T12:46:00-04:00 >2015-09-28T21:21:27-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Today's Editor's Picks is a special themed "place based" edition - highlighting content (old/newish) from the archives/site - about Denver and Colorado. Partly as an apology for the brief/unexpected lull in the Picks. Also, inspired by my own recent relocation to The Mile High City. Just one part of an ongoing attempt to learn about my new home.</p></em><br /><br /><p>While MArch students at the University of Colorado, Denver, Patrick Beseda and Lacy Williams realized a design/build project for a micro-dwelling. <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">FOUNDhouse</a> inspired by the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">WikiHouse project</a>, was an exploration of digital fabrication, the possibilities of DIY and the democratization of housing/shelter.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><br><strong>News</strong><br>Back in the 1990s the Denver area was site of an <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">extreme makeover </a>(aka environmental remediation) for the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">6,500 acre</a> Rocky Flats DOE nuclear industrial site.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Archinect ex-Editor in Chief | Staff Editor <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">John Jourden</a>&nbsp;coined <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bil(Denver)bao</a>&nbsp;in response to the news that <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">David Adjaye</a>, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Steven Holl</a>, and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Daniel Libeskind</a>, all had active projects in the same city - Denver. Similarly in a <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">post</a> on how cities across America are gambling on architecture to revitalize aging downtowns, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Orhan Ayy&uuml;ce</a>&nbsp;criticized "<em>i hate the new 'ready made culture' trend. new museums=starbucks</em>".</p><p>Richard Florida used occupational data from the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">labor market data and research firm EMSI</a> to map&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">America's Leading Design Cit...</a></p> Editor's Picks #383 Nam Henderson 2014-09-05T00:39:00-04:00 >2014-09-05T15:19:31-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Sean Smith</a>&nbsp;published the first in a series of articles in which "<em>three architects (two designers and one licensed architect) discuss their transition from student to professional, their changed perceptions of the career and the challenges and joys of their current work</em>".</p><p>&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The interview with Elizabeth Christoforetti</a>&nbsp;looks back at her time with <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">DEGW</a>, her time at Harvard's Graduate School of Design and her work at Utile, where she tackles everything from "<em>front-end design work</em>"&nbsp;to "<em>entrepreneurially-oriented master plannin</em>g".</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>After reading this interview and others like it, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Chris Teeter</a>&nbsp;is convinced studio education "<em>of the architect should not be the dominant method for training an architect...somehow salary means working like studio and the only reason we work so long when we start is we learned very little on how to be an architect and know even less on how to offer additional non traditional input on projects that get sourced out to construction managers, lawyers, specialists, etc......</em></p> Better economy means more homes being razed Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-08-25T13:26:00-04:00 >2014-08-27T18:14:02-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="366" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>For some historic preservationists on the North Shore, the economic downturn in 2008 had a silver lining, bringing a lull in tear-downs and new-home construction that gave scores of vintage properties a reprieve from the wrecking ball. But six years later, officials in north suburban Winnetka tasked with preserving historic homes say that reprieve has clearly ended. They report that demolition permits have nearly doubled, with 36 issued in 2013, up from 19 in 2009.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Ten years on, Athens 2004 gives Greece little to cheer Alexander Walter 2014-08-11T18:50:00-04:00 >2014-08-11T18:54:29-04:00 <img src="" width="567" height="378" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>It was billed as a chance to transform Greece's image abroad and boost growth but 10 years after the country hosted the world's greatest sporting extravaganza there is little to celebrate at the birthplace of the modern Olympic Games. [...] For Greeks who swelled with pride at the time, the Games are now a source of anger as the country struggles through a six-year depression, record unemployment, homelessness and poverty. Greece has struggled to generate revenue from the venues.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Is America Really Experiencing a Building Comeback? Anna Johnson 2012-11-26T11:39:00-05:00 >2012-11-26T14:48:56-05:00 <img src="" width="550" height="325" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Current market conditions for architecture and the near-term outlook for the construction industry in the US is a two-sided story, with forward-looking indicators showing steady improvement but serious concerns arising out of an impending &lsquo;fiscal cliff&rsquo;.</p></em><br /><br /><p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> Economic Downturn Cut Architecture Firm Revenue by 40 Percent, Employment by Almost a Third Dror 2012-09-17T16:23:00-04:00 >2012-09-18T13:14:41-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="313" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Since the beginning of the recession in early 2008, architecture firms have collectively seen their revenue drop by 40 percent and have had to cut personnel by nearly a third. Despite a national recovery from the recession in 2009, construction activity continued to spiral downward, according to the recently release 2012 AIA Firm Survey</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> The Architecture Meltdown: End of An Era, or Start of a New One? Archinect 2012-02-09T20:22:00-05:00 >2012-02-11T14:39:06-05:00 <em><p>I first visited Los Angeles in 1987 and the joint was then jumping for architects, as it was in many cities caught up in the building boom of that time. Then I moved from London to LA in 1991 and found all my new architect friends out of work, in the economic slump of the early 90s. The New York Times was running articles[...] that sounded remarkably similar to the Salon piece in their &ldquo;it will never be the same again&rdquo; declarations about the profession.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> The Architecture Meltdown Donna Sink 2012-02-05T10:57:00-05:00 >2012-02-08T12:58:00-05:00 <img src="" width="460" height="307" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>One of the coolest creative-class careers has cratered with the economy. Where does architecture go from here?</p></em><br /><br /><p> The most honest - and painful - report of what's happening in our profession that I've yet read. Including lots of quotes from <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Guy Horton</a>, too!</p> Skyscraper boom? Then your country’s about to go bust Alexander Walter 2012-01-11T12:19:00-05:00 >2012-01-17T18:23:34-05:00 <img src="" width="306" height="423" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Skyscrapers have an 'unhealthy' link with impending financial collapse, according to banking experts. [...] Researchers pointed to the fact the world's first skyscraper, New York's Equitable Life building, was finished in 1873 during a five-year recession, while the Empire State Building coincided with the Great Depression.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Why Frank Gehry Is Looking to Asia Archinect 2011-11-04T13:14:51-04:00 >2011-11-04T13:14:52-04:00 <img src="" width="190" height="214" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Experts in the building industry don&rsquo;t expect the slump to end anytime soon&mdash;especially for the big marquee commissions for which Gehry is known. &ldquo;The U.S. domestic market is not in the position right now to fund [major] projects in the private or public sector,&rdquo; says Clark Manus, president at the American Institute of Architects and chief executive officer at San Francisco-based Heller Manus Architects. &ldquo;This is the new normal.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Architecture Employment on the Rise Paul Petrunia 2011-05-25T14:07:42-04:00 >2011-11-24T09:05:52-05:00 <img src="" width="600" height="419" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>As the third anniversary of the collapse of Lehman Brothers approaches &mdash; the event that delivered the knockout punch to an already reeling U.S. economy &mdash; a trend is emerging that may have once seemed unthinkable. Firms are hiring again.</p></em><br /><br /><p> We've been noticing a ongoing increase in job listings in <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect's job board</a>. If you're looking for work, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">take a look</a>. If you're a firm that's hiring, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">post a job!</a></p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> <strong>Note: if you're a job seeker, make sure to create email alerts to get notified when new jobs are posted meeting your search criteria. Be the first one to know. (see screenshot below)</strong></p> <p> <img alt="" src=""></p> <p> &nbsp;</p> London Skyscraper Boom Ends as City Goes ‘From Vanity to Sanity’ Paul Petrunia 2011-04-19T23:19:22-04:00 >2011-04-19T23:19:45-04:00 <img src="" width="199" height="133" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;The age of bling is over,&rdquo; said Shuttleworth, who led the team at Norman Foster&rsquo;s firm that designed the seven-year- old tower in the City of London financial district. He said it would never get off the ground today. &ldquo;Money now drives everything, so if you can build something for half the price, you will,&rdquo; he said.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html>