Archinect - News 2017-08-22T11:00:36-04:00 The AIA responds to the Trump Administration budget for the Fiscal Year 2018 Nicholas Korody 2017-03-22T12:20:00-04:00 >2017-03-23T17:36:17-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="434" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Last week, the Trump administration submitted its budget to Congress for the 2018 Fiscal Year. The budget included slashing several programs, many of which will affect community projects.</p><p>In response, the AIA has issued a statement:</p><p><em>"This budget includes many cuts that will have severe long-term ramifications for our communities and economy. It does away with programs that foster a cleaner environment and strong neighborhoods and it eliminates programs with a proven track record of job creation in the design and construction industry.</em></p><p><em>"We are concerned about a proposed 31 percent cut in the budget of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Within EPA alone, 50 programs and 3,200 positions would be eliminated. Future federal support for the National Endowment for the Arts, which provides grants to architecture programs and conferences sponsored by the AIA, is also being cut.</em></p><p><em>"The Federal government plays a vital role in promoting community development, performing research into sustain...</em></p> Elaine Chao wants speedier approvals for DOT's infrastructure projects Julia Ingalls 2016-12-22T16:22:00-05:00 >2016-12-23T08:28:58-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Nominee for Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao laid out her vision for DOT should the senate confirm her, and it's heavy on lifting regulations while breezing past funding issues. According to <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Politico</a>:</p><p><em>Chao said she wants to reduce "regulatory burdens when appropriate." And she hopes to speed up project approvals regardless of whether infrastructure programs get a funding boost. &ldquo;With or without a new infusion of funds, it is necessary to look at the existing processes for infrastructure development and find more efficient ways to address bottlenecks in planning and permitting,&rdquo; Chao said. That response indicates Chao isn&rsquo;t assuming Congress will pass a large infrastructure spending package.</em></p><p>For more on Trump's political cabinet of curiosities:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">5 housing experts offer opinions about Ben Carson's direction as HUD head</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Trump nominates Elaine Chao for Secretary of Transportation</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Former Texas Governor Rick Perry nominated as Secretary of U.S. Department of Energy</a></li></ul> Efficiency-enhancing drones could dramatically reduce construction costs Julia Ingalls 2016-09-27T13:32:00-04:00 >2016-10-07T01:07:11-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="366" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>According to this&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Fortune</a> article, it's estimated that the construction industry wastes billions of dollars annually in poorly organized and distributed materials, a practice that could be eliminated with omnipresent flying drones. The trick is to create software that can process what the drones see on each construction site into data that humans can quickly comprehend and efficiently implement. Autodesk is investing in developing software and hardware that can convey this information, which may dramatically cut construction costs (and perhaps make <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">architects rethink how they bill for projects</a>).</p><p>For more on drones:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Designing for drones: a condo tower with drone-friendly balconies</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">This drone video takes you on a fascinating flight through the guts of Seattle's Bertha tunneling machine</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Here comes the "dronescraper"</a></li></ul> California pledges to pick up (some of the) cost overruns of LA 2024 Olympic bid Alexander Walter 2016-04-14T18:19:00-04:00 >2016-04-14T18:21:28-04:00 <img src="" width="400" height="807" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Associated Press reports a California legislative panel advanced a bill Tuesday committing the state to cover up to $250 million in cost overruns as part of Los Angeles&rsquo; bid for the 2024 Summer Olympics. The Senate Governmental Organization Committee approved the bill in a 7-0 vote after proponents said they&rsquo;re confident they can provide the Games without the serious deficits that have challenged other recent host cities. They pointed to Los Angeles&rsquo; profitable hosting of the 1984 Olympics.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">LA 2024 plays up a sunny disposition in their logo for the Olympic bid</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">L.A. seeks to accelerate infrastructure projects in advance of potential Olympics</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">LA mayor Garcetti confident that 2024 Olympics in his city would pay for themselves</a></li></ul> Clickbait is making affordable housing even more of an uphill battle Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-03-08T13:50:00-05:00 >2016-03-17T02:00:01-04:00 <img src="" width="600" height="760" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>when media outlets report cost of materials as being some $13,000, I want to know what was donated in terms of materials, too. Were permit fees waived? There are many times when you need a licensed architect or engineer for certain permits, and that&rsquo;s not likely in these totals. It is completely fine to get around having to do that stuff, but it&rsquo;s not truthful to report the results without the real numbers as a part of the story. These kinds of things get shared around...</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a title="Michael Kimmelman on the state of affordable housing in NYC" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Michael Kimmelman on the state of affordable housing in NYC</a></li><li><a title="Lessons learned: The complex realities when designing communal social housing" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Lessons learned: The complex realities when designing communal social housing</a></li><li><a title="The Guardian reveals how developers play the planning system to get around affordable housing" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Guardian reveals how developers play the planning system to get around affordable housing</a></li><li><a title="Developers in California can be required to include low-income housing, courts declare" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Developers in California can be required to include low-income housing, courts declare</a></li><li><a title="&quot;We've got enough millionaires&quot;: George Lucas wants to build affordable housing on his own land" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"We've got enough millionaires": George Lucas wants to build affordable housing on his own land</a></li></ul> Starchitect-Designed Public Projects Are Often Long Delayed and Way Over Budget Alyssa Alimurung 2016-03-01T17:15:00-05:00 >2016-03-02T01:45:50-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="383" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Last week Port Authority decided not to hold an opening ceremony for Santiago Calatrava&rsquo;s World Trade Center Transportation Hub (followed by their sudden flip flop), citing the fact that it was six years delayed and that final construction costs came in around $4 billion in taxpayer dollars, twice what was projected. But it&rsquo;s hardly the only public project to face delays and skyrocketing costs. In fact, it&rsquo;s not even close to being the worst of the lot that are draining tax payer dollars.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Leaky gutter at unfinished Vikings stadium adds $3M - $4M to cost overruns Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-02-22T13:18:00-05:00 >2016-02-23T08:43:37-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Mortenson Construction Vice President John Wood said stadium designers and builders will cover the cost, so it won&rsquo;t be added to the overall budget or cost taxpayers or the team any money. [...] the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority tentatively agreed to pay Mortenson $16 million for cost overruns even though the final figures are still being tallied. The authority is overseeing construction of the $1.1 billion stadium and approved the payment to resolve a mediation claim by Mortensen.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a title="How Cost of Train Station at World Trade Center Swelled to $4 Billion" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">How Cost of Train Station at World Trade Center Swelled to $4 Billion</a></li><li><a title="Budget Busters: ranking the world's most overbudget monuments" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Budget Busters: ranking the world's most overbudget monuments</a></li><li><a title="HKS is chosen to design new Vikings stadium" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">HKS is chosen to design new Vikings stadium</a></li><li><a title=" Stadium Sticker Shock: Costs Explode for Russia's 2018 World Cup" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Stadium Sticker Shock: Costs Explode for Russia's 2018 World Cup</a></li><li><a title="PATH/Fail: The Story of the World&rsquo;s Most Expensive Train Station" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">PATH/Fail: The Story of the World&rsquo;s Most Expensive Train Station</a></li></ul> The fascinating DIY architecture of these Hungarian summer houses brings back childhood memories Alexander Walter 2015-08-18T12:38:00-04:00 >2015-08-24T21:55:49-04:00 <img src="" width="636" height="424" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>One of the strangest places in Hungary lies beside the Tisza River in a village called Gergelyiugornya. Hugged by a bend in the river, it&rsquo;s a relatively narrow, woody flood basin area packed with small cottages that show an incredibly wide variety of architectural designs and creativity. [...] Most of these houses were built in the 80s, when the workers of socialist Hungary were allowed to build for themselves on small plots of land.</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>All photos by Attila Nagy. Head over to <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Gizmodo</a> to continue the architectural walking tour through Gergelyiugornya village and discover more goodies.</p> Santiago Calatrava: Career highlights still to come Alexander Walter 2015-06-09T15:00:00-04:00 >2015-06-15T21:17:31-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="434" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>This week Calatrava defended his projects. &ldquo;The reality is that throughout my career I&rsquo;ve tackled projects in Spain that I&rsquo;m proud of,&rdquo; he told Spanish daily El Mundo. [...] At 63 years old, Calatrava said he hoped the best of his career was still to come. &ldquo;Many of the architects I admire have given the best of themselves as they mature,&rdquo; he said. &ldquo;I&rsquo;m hoping to do the same.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Calatrava: "I have been treated like a dog."</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Legal Troubles Dog Famed Spanish Architect Santiago Calatrava</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Calatrava Wins Law Suit Against Spanish Political Party for Slander</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A half-hearted defense of Calatrava</a><br>&nbsp;</li></ul> NYMag talks to Santiago Calatrava about his WTC Station, budget, reputation Alexander Walter 2015-03-12T13:41:00-04:00 >2015-03-18T10:33:12-04:00 <img src="" width="428" height="233" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Calatrava told me that it wasn&rsquo;t his job to monitor the budget. &ldquo;It is very difficult,&rdquo; he said. &ldquo;I have never estimated anything in this project, because there was a whole team, maybe 25 people, working the whole time on cost estimation and cost control. But I kept looking at those fellows and telling them this is like geology: You only know what you have under your feet when you excavate.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> How Cost of Train Station at World Trade Center Swelled to $4 Billion Archinect 2014-12-03T14:20:00-05:00 >2014-12-04T14:42:49-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The current, temporary trade center station serves... only 10,000 more than use the unassuming 33rd Street PATH terminal in Midtown Manhattan. In fact, the hub, or at least its winged &ldquo;Oculus&rdquo; pavilion, could turn out to be more of a high-priced mall than a transportation nexus, attracting more shoppers than commuters. The company operating the mall, Westfield Corporation, promises in a promotional video that it will be &ldquo;the most alluring retail landmark in the world.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Budget Busters: ranking the world's most overbudget monuments Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-10-17T18:22:00-04:00 >2014-10-17T18:34:52-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="359" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Damningly described as &lsquo;hell on wheels&rsquo;, &lsquo;malice in blunderland&rsquo;, and &lsquo;a field of dreams&rsquo;; welcome to a run-down of some of the world&rsquo;s most eye-wateringly over-budget projects.</p></em><br /><br /><p>After adjusting costs for inflation and converting into US Dollars, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Podio</a>&nbsp;put together a simple, nifty visualization of the world's most over-budget monuments. Unsurprisingly, Olympic and large infrastructure projects rank high, with projects like and the International Space Station thrown in the mix for comparison.</p><p>Check out the projects below in the interactive infographic:</p><p></p><p>(via <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Podio</a>).</p> How much are curators really paid? Alexander Walter 2014-07-18T14:30:00-04:00 >2014-07-22T18:03:12-04:00 <img src="" width="640" height="432" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Many in the art world were staggered by recent reports that the Italian curator Germano Celant is being paid &euro;750,000 to organise a pavilion for the Milan Expo 2015. Celant&rsquo;s fee, and the incredulity it provoked, raises questions about how much curators are typically paid for organising biennials and large-scale international exhibitions. The Art Newspaper surveyed around 40 international curators and biennial organisers [...].</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Stadium Sticker Shock: Costs Explode for Russia's 2018 World Cup Alexander Walter 2014-07-17T14:19:00-04:00 >2014-07-22T18:36:57-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="242" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Moscow wants to make Russia the "center of the sporting world," but the price tag will be steep. Four years before the 2018 World Cup, costs are exploding in the next host country, with the two most important stadiums each costing more than a billion euros.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Construction of New NATO Headquarters in Brussel Overbudget Alexander Walter 2014-01-20T14:35:00-05:00 >2014-01-20T15:41:30-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="242" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>NATO is building a new headquarters for one billion euros. But the construction consortium is in financial difficulties and the project is at risk of being halted.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Watch a 2008 video interview below with lead architect Jo Palma of Skidmore, Owings and Merrill discussing the ideas behind the design of the building.</p> <p> More European key projects in dire financial troubles:</p> <ul><li> <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ECB Headquarters: Skyrocketing Costs for Skyscraper Project</a></li> <li> <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Starchitect Trio: The Men Behind Germany's Building Debacles</a></li> </ul> The Artist is present in the Bronx Quilian Riano 2013-09-17T14:30:00-04:00 >2013-09-22T02:50:25-04:00 <img src="" width="550" height="310" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Art Critique Of Gramsci Monument: A Work in Public Space by Thomas Hirschhorn at Forest Houses, the Bronx, New York.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Thomas Hirschhorn&rsquo;s Gramsci Monument, a temporary public art work sponsored by the Dia Foundation now on view at Forest Houses in the Bronx, reportedly cost $500,000 to construct.1 If you try accounting for its material costs in plywood, nails, tarps, and packing tape, and still come up $490,000 short, you are not alone. The Swiss-born Hirschhorn is the type of Continental sophisticate who traffics in the naive. A regular on the Kunsthalle circuit, he knows how to work the levers of funding while enjoying the representation of a high-rolling Chelsea gallery, all in advancement of his phony patois. As a general contractor, he also deserves to be stripped of his license. Hirschhorn makes things that are worth less than the tape they are wrapped in. As it happens, obsessively wrapping junk in packing tape, thus furthering its decrepitude until it devolves into Hirschhorn junk, is his stock in trade. His shoddy constructions are poststructural manifestations representing the inverse o...</p> Flinders Street redesign may never come to life Archinect 2013-08-09T20:22:00-04:00 >2013-08-13T17:44:39-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="410" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Premier Dennis Napthine announced HASSEL + Herzog &amp; de Meuron as the winners of the state government's competition for the redesign of the iconic station, but the plan for the redevelopment itself has been met with a degree of skepticism from some. On top of the $1.6m spent on the competition, Napthine estimates that the realisation of the plans would cost $1 to $1.5b and would take over a decade to be built. The state government has not yet committed to its completion.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Previously:</p> <p> <a href="" target="_blank">HASSELL + Herzog &amp; de Meuron Win Flinders Street Station Competition</a><br><a href="" target="_blank">Big Names on Flinders Street Station Shortlist - Public Voting Now</a></p> PATH/Fail: The Story of the World’s Most Expensive Train Station Archinect 2013-05-24T18:56:00-04:00 >2013-06-18T04:27:36-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="488" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>At $3.74 billion, plus another $200 million in contingencies, the &ldquo;Transportation Hub&rdquo; at the World Trade Center&mdash;not even the busiest station in the Financial District&mdash;will be far and away the most expensive train station built in modern history. The Hub, as it&rsquo;s known in Port Authority speak, will be the crowning artistic statement of the World Trade Center complex, perhaps the last grand gesture at a site that was supposed to be full of them.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Hirshhorn ‘Bubble’ risks operating at a loss, internal Smithsonian report says Archinect 2013-05-16T13:13:00-04:00 >2013-05-20T11:40:04-04:00 <img src="" width="596" height="370" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Hirshhorn Museum&rsquo;s proposed Seasonal Inflatable Structure, also known as &ldquo;the Bubble,&rdquo; a project announced in 2009 and intended as an architecturally and culturally transformative space on the Mall, would operate at a loss in each of three scenarios examined in an assessment done by the Smithsonian.</p></em><br /><br /><p> &ldquo;We&rsquo;ve said from the beginning, and the secretary [G. Wayne Clough] has said it, this is a bold project,&rdquo; said Richard Kurin, the Smithsonian&rsquo;s undersecretary for history, art and culture. &ldquo;We&rsquo;ve encouraged this, but it has to be raised by private money. In terms of doing that, we&rsquo;re still trying to raise money for construction of the Inflatable Structure. We&rsquo;ve been at this for some years. We hope its time has come now, but if not, we look forward to a better time.&rdquo;</p> Apple Submits Revised Campus 2 Plans, Delays Tantau Development to Cut Costs Archinect 2013-04-25T18:59:00-04:00 >2013-04-29T00:43:59-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="485" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In order to trim 300,000 square feet of construction costs from its budget, Apple has pushed the entire Tantau Development to Phase 2, which means it will be completed after the main campus is built. Apple's revised campus plan includes the addition of an expanded section detailing bicycle access improvements, which comes with an included visualization of what bike pathways and sidewalks might look like on the campus.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Download all the <a href=";recordid=888&amp;returnURL=%2findex.aspx" target="_blank">revised plans from</a></p> Apple HQ building balloons to an estimated $5 billion Archinect 2013-04-08T18:55:00-04:00 >2013-04-10T13:20:37-04:00 <img src="" width="630" height="420" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Since 2011, the budget for Apple&rsquo;s Campus 2 has ballooned from less than $3 billion to nearly $5 billion, according to five people close to the project who were not authorized to speak on the record. If their consensus estimate is accurate, Apple&rsquo;s expansion would eclipse the $3.9 billion being spent on the new World Trade Center complex in New York, and the new office space would run more than $1,500 per square foot&mdash;three times the cost of many top-of-the-line downtown corporate towers.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> A Prefab, Short on the Fab Archinect 2012-04-19T15:52:00-04:00 >2012-04-25T10:07:29-04:00 <img src="" width="600" height="360" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Affordability, along with a minimalist aesthetic, were the reasons she decided on a prefab house &mdash; points on which Mr. Buryk, who had years before remodeled a 100-year-old house in Portland, Ore., wholeheartedly agreed. &ldquo;I, similar to Zoe, was coming from a place of not wanting to do that again,&rdquo; he said. But it wasn&rsquo;t quite as affordable as they had hoped. The house cost $260,000 to build, from start to finish (the kit itself was $47,000) &mdash; nearly $100,000 more than they&rsquo;d expected.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Hamburg sues over Herzog & de Meuron's pricey, late concert hall Archinect 2012-02-22T12:49:00-05:00 >2012-02-25T23:44:25-05:00 <img src="" width="600" height="370" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The city was initially prepared to contribute &euro;77 million to the project &ndash; but this figure has since gone up by nearly five times to more than &euro;323 million &ndash; more than half the expected &euro;600 million total cost. And the original completion date of 2010 has been pushed back to 2014. The building&rsquo;s designers had underestimated certain costs &ndash; such as an acoustic panelling for the main concert hall which cost five times as much as expected, adding more than &euro;10 million to the bill.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> 9/11 Museum Is Delayed Archinect 2011-11-22T16:28:18-05:00 >2011-11-25T12:26:10-05:00 <img src="" width="553" height="369" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The planned 2012 opening of the Sept. 11 museum at the World Trade Center is in jeopardy amid a dispute over hundreds of millions of dollars in unexpected costs related to redeveloping the site, people familiar with the matter said.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html>