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Battelle Darby Creek Metro Park Nature Center / DesignGroup

  • Architects: DesignGroup
  • Location: 1415 Darby Creek Drive, Galloway, OH 43119, USA
  • Designer: Michael Bongiorno
  • Project Architect, Sustainability Manager: William Keoni Fleming
  • Project Associate: Joseph Mayer
  • Area: 14000.0 ft2
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Brad Feinknopf

© Brad Feinknopf © Brad Feinknopf © Brad Feinknopf © Brad Feinknopf

Lions Park Scouts / Auburn University Rural Studio

  • Architects: Auburn University Rural Studio
  • Location: Lions Park, Greensboro, AL 36744, USA
  • Student Design/Build Team: Tyler Allgood, Sarah Al-Rukkhayes, Benjamin Pendergraft, Elizabeth Whitlock
  • Architect Of Record: David Hinson, FAIA
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Timothy Hursley

© Timothy Hursley © Timothy Hursley © Timothy Hursley © Timothy Hursley

Sky Loft / KUBE architecture

© Greg Powers Photography © Greg Powers Photography © Greg Powers Photography © Greg Powers Photography

PortMiami Tunnel / ArquitectonicaGEO

  • Architects: ArquitectonicaGEO
  • Location: Miami, FL, USA
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Robin Hill

© Robin Hill © Robin Hill © Robin Hill © Robin Hill

VARA / Studio O+A

  • Architects: Studio O+A
  • Location: 1880 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA 94103, USA
  • Design Team: Primo Orpilla, Denise Cherry, Perry Stephney, Clem Soga, Jeorge Jordan, Will Chu, Alma Lopez, Caren Currie, Olivia Ward, Justin Ackerman, Al McKee
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Jasper Sanidad

© Jasper Sanidad © Jasper Sanidad © Jasper Sanidad © Jasper Sanidad

Montagnaro House / Mapos

  • Architects: Mapos
  • Location: Ghent, NY, USA
  • Area: 325.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: James Chororos

© James Chororos © James Chororos © James Chororos © James Chororos

Tigertail / Patrick Tighe Architecture

  • Architects: Patrick Tighe Architecture
  • Location: Brentwood, CA, USA
  • Collaborators: C.M. Peck Structural Engineer
  • Area: 3200.0 ft2
  • Project Year: 2009
  • Photographs: Art Gray Photography

© Art Gray Photography © Art Gray Photography © Art Gray Photography © Art Gray Photography

US ABI Hits Highest Level Since 2007

The US Architecture Billings Index (ABI) reached 55.8 in July  - its highest level since 2007. The score reflects what has been a steadily increasing demand for design services over the past three months, the American Institute of Architects (AIA) reports. The AIA’s new projects inquiry and design contracts indexes were also strong at 66 and 54.9, respectively.

“Business conditions for the design and construction marketplace, and those industries associated with it, appear to be well-positioned for continued growth in the coming months,” said AIA Chief Economist Kermit Baker, Hon. AIA, PhD. “The key to a more widespread boost in design activity continues to be the institutional sector which is starting to exhibit signs of life after languishing for the better part of the last five-plus years.”

A breakdown of regional highlights, after the break…

Regional Averages:

Trahan Ranch / Patrick Tighe Architecture

  • Architects: Patrick Tighe Architecture
  • Location: Texas, USA
  • Collaborators: Joseph Perazzelli Structural Engineer
  • Area: 3200.0 ft2
  • Project Year: 2008
  • Photographs: Art Gray Photography

© Art Gray Photography © Art Gray Photography © Art Gray Photography © Art Gray Photography

Florida Polytechnic Sciencie, Innovation and Technology Campus / Santiago Calatrava

  • Architects: Santiago Calatrava
  • Location: Lakeland, FL, USA
  • Architect Of Record: Alfonso Architects
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Alan Karchmer for Santiago Calatrava

© Alan Karchmer for Santiago Calatrava © Alan Karchmer for Santiago Calatrava © Alan Karchmer for Santiago Calatrava © Alan Karchmer for Santiago Calatrava

Museum of Tolerance, Anne Frank Exhibit / Yazdani Studio of Cannon Design

© Benny Chan
© Benny Chan

© Benny Chan © Benny Chan © Benny Chan © Benny Chan

Cities Need Big Changes to Become Bike Friendly

A new study has found that cities need to make big infrastructural changes, rather than small ones, in order to become more bike friendly. As this article from Fast Company explains, small increases in bicycle usage lead to more accidents, which in turn makes others afraid to make the switch from driving to riding. However, the study found that heavy investment in cycling infrastructure brings an economic benefit to cities in the long run, largely thanks to savings from reduced healthcare costs. To learn about the long-term benefits of big biking investments, click here.

Parking Structure Art Facade / Urbana

  • Architects: Urbana
  • Location: Sidney & Lois Eskenazi Hospital, 720 Eskenazi Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46202, USA
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Serge Hoeltschi

© Serge Hoeltschi © Serge Hoeltschi © Serge Hoeltschi © Serge Hoeltschi

Cedars-Sinai 360 Simulation Lab / Yazdani Studio of Cannon Design

© Benny Chan © Benny Chan © Benny Chan © Benny Chan

Westminster Academy / Allford Hall Monaghan Morris

© Matt Chisnall © Matt Chisnall © Timothy Soar © Timothy Soar

Giovannetti Community Shelter / ASK Studio

  • Architects: ASK Studio
  • Location: Walker-Johnston Park, 9000 Douglas Avenue, Urbandale, IA 50322, USA
  • Area: 5580.0 ft2
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Cameron Campbell

© Cameron Campbell © Cameron Campbell © Cameron Campbell © Cameron Campbell

Spatial Relations Take Centre Stage in MoMA's Newest Architectural Exhibition

What influence do art and space have on the contemporary architectural design process? MoMA's most recent exhibition on architecture and design Conceptions of Space strives to answer this question. Themed under the umbrella of spatial relations, Curator Pedro Gadanho ruminates on the subject in a broad and philosophical sense. The exhibition delves into the topic using an interdisciplinary approach, incorporating research from French philosopher Michel Foucault on the subject of the expanded field. The exhibition aims to explore the relationship between the development of space and its deep-seated roots in the creative arts.