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US ABI Shows Continued Growth in June

00:00 - 23 July, 2014
US ABI Shows Continued Growth in June, June 2014. Image via CalculatedRiskBlog.com
June 2014. Image via CalculatedRiskBlog.com

The US Architecture Billings Index (ABI) continued showing significant improvement in June, jumping to 53.5 from 52.6 in May, and hitting new records in the Projects Inquiry and Design Contracts indexes.

As the American Institute of Architects (AIA) reports, the new Projects Inquiry Index surged to 66.4, its highest level in the year to date. In addition, the AIA’s new Design Contracts Index hit 55.7 - its highest mark since the indictor starting being measured in October 2010.

“The recent surge in both design contracts and general inquiries for new projects by prospective clients is indicative of a sustainable strengthening across the construction marketplace,” said AIA Chief Economist Kermit Baker, Hon. AIA, PhD. “With the first positive reading since last summer in billings at institutional firms, it appears that design activity for all major segments of the building industry is growing.  The challenge now for architecture firms seems to be finding the right balance for staffing needs to meet increasing demand.”

A breakdown of regional highlights, after the break…

Reviving Vacant Buildings: A Tale of Two Cities

00:00 - 23 July, 2014
Reviving Vacant Buildings: A Tale of Two Cities, The Louisville Gardens in the early 1900s when it was the Jefferson County Armory. Image © Diane Deaton Street via Flickr
The Louisville Gardens in the early 1900s when it was the Jefferson County Armory. Image © Diane Deaton Street via Flickr

A former treasure in Louisville is now nothing more than a storage facility, while a dilapidated office building in Paris has sat empty for months on end. Both of these cities are taking proactive, but wildly different, measures to help the valuable vacant buildings and lots in their jurisdictions find new life. To learn more about each city's potential solution to this global problem, keep reading after the break.

Hofgut / Format Elf Architekten

01:00 - 23 July, 2014
Hofgut / Format Elf Architekten, © Lothar Reichel
© Lothar Reichel

© Lothar Reichel © Lothar Reichel © Lothar Reichel © Lothar Reichel +10

Single-family house in Groharjevo / 3biro

01:00 - 23 July, 2014
Single-family house in Groharjevo / 3biro, © Miran Kambič
© Miran Kambič

© Miran Kambič © Miran Kambič © Miran Kambič © Miran Kambič +13

  • Architects

  • Location

    Groharjevo naselje, 4220 Škofja Loka, Slovenia
  • Area

    33.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2009
  • Photographs

Learning Centre Biberach / Lanz Schwager Architekten

01:00 - 23 July, 2014
Learning Centre Biberach / Lanz Schwager Architekten, © Barbara Schwager, Konstanz
© Barbara Schwager, Konstanz

© Barbara Schwager, Konstanz © Barbara Schwager, Konstanz © Barbara Schwager, Konstanz © Barbara Schwager, Konstanz +55

  • Architects

  • Location

    Wilhelm-Leger-Straße 2, 88400 Biberach, Germany
  • Team competition

    Sebastian Braun, Petra Martin, 
Johannes Oelschläger, Jan Voswinckel
  • Team

    Sara Hampe, Götz Förg, Sebastian Frerichs, 
 Andreas Kimling, Parthena Sachanidou, Helmuth Sperbe
  • Area

    15363.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

Urban Think Tank Responds to the Forced Eviction of Torre David Residents

00:00 - 23 July, 2014
Urban Think Tank Responds to the Forced Eviction of Torre David Residents, Torre David. Image © Iwan Baan
Torre David. Image © Iwan Baan

Following yesterday's news story about the forced eviction of the thousands of inhabitants living in Venezuela’s Torre de David (Tower of David), the world's tallest vertical slum, Urban-Think Tank has issued a statement. The group, which spent two years researching the remarkable urban space for their Golden Lion-winning Pavilion at the Venice Biennale 2012, has spoken with residents and hopes to provoke the architectural/design communities by adding their voice to the debate. Read the full statement, after the break. 

Sydney Plans Large-Scale Urban Renewal Program

00:00 - 23 July, 2014

The government of New South Wales have announced plans for Sydney's largest program of urban renewal since the 2000 Summer Olympics. The proposal seeks to utilise and regenerate a series of former docklands from the area of Blackwattle Bay, through the Sydney Fish Market, Rozelle Bay and Rozelle Rail Yards, to White Bay Power Station (a protected building).

Guest House Rivendell / IDMM Architects

01:00 - 23 July, 2014
Guest House Rivendell / IDMM Architects, © Joon Hwan Yoon
© Joon Hwan Yoon

© Joon Hwan Yoon © Joon Hwan Yoon © Joon Hwan Yoon © Joon Hwan Yoon +27

Infoversum / ARCHIVIEW

01:00 - 23 July, 2014
Courtesy of ARCHIVIEW
Courtesy of ARCHIVIEW
  • Architects

  • Location

    Vrydemalaan, 9713 Groningen, The Netherlands
  • Architect in Charge

    Jack van der Palen
  • Project Year

    2014

Courtesy of ARCHIVIEW Courtesy of ARCHIVIEW Courtesy of ARCHIVIEW Courtesy of ARCHIVIEW +32

Alfred Street Residence / studiofour

01:00 - 23 July, 2014
Alfred Street Residence / studiofour, © Shannon McGrath
© Shannon McGrath

© Shannon McGrath © Shannon McGrath © Shannon McGrath © Shannon McGrath +15

  • Architects

  • Location

    Prahran VIC, Australia
  • Project Team

    Annabelle Berryman, Sarah Henry
  • Landscape Designer

    3/2 Jackson Street
 Toorak
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

Canary Wharf Development Including Herzog & de Meuron Tower Wins Planning Approval

00:00 - 22 July, 2014
Canary Wharf Development Including Herzog & de Meuron Tower Wins Planning Approval, Herzog & de Meuron's Residential Tower. Image Courtesy of Canary Wharf Group plc
Herzog & de Meuron's Residential Tower. Image Courtesy of Canary Wharf Group plc

A significant development at Canary Wharf has been approved by planners in London. The scheme, dubbed 'Wood Wharf' and consisting of 30 new buildings, was masterplanned by Allies and Morrison and includes a cylindrical residential tower by Herzog & de Meuron, and will provide 3,100 homes, 240,000 square metres of office space, a primary school, a medical centre, a community centre, a hotel, and around 100 retail outlets. Connecting the space will be a 3.6 hectare network of public spaces.

Read on for more on the development

Courtesy of Canary Wharf Group plc Courtesy of Canary Wharf Group plc © DBOX for Canary Wharf Group Herzog & de Meuron's Residential Tower. Image Courtesy of Canary Wharf Group plc +7

Pinup2014's Competition Winners Showcase the Creativity of Emerging Talent Today

01:00 - 22 July, 2014
Jury Winner_Emerging talents_AE Superlab_Infinicities. Image Courtesy of The Morpholio Project
Jury Winner_Emerging talents_AE Superlab_Infinicities. Image Courtesy of The Morpholio Project

The Morpholio Project has just announced the winners of the Pinup 2014 competition. Drawing from an impressive shortlist of finalists, the Jury  -- which included participants from Fast CompanyMetropolis Magazine, Columbia GSAPP, and even our very own Editor-in-Chief, David Basulto -- has chosen nine outstanding examples of studio, 3D-printed or unbuilt works that exemplify the best of today's emerging talent.

Amy Azzarito, jurymember and Managing Editor at Design*Sponge "was impressed by the number of entrants who chose to devote their time and creative energy toward addressing social problems on a global scale, demonstrating an empathetic understanding that as the world grows increasingly smaller, the problems of our neighbors are problems for which we all bear responsibility."

Duann Scott, jurymember and Designer Evangelist at Shapeways added: "The breadth and quality of the entrants was truly inspiring, making it very difficult to pick the winners, or to put it better, not pick more to be winners," said .

Beyond the jury's picks, a public competition and The Morpholio Project chose five additional winners. See them all, after the break.

Jury Winner_Future Voices_DiJon_Dunmore_FIBERwave Pavilion. Image Courtesy of The Morpholio Project Jury Winner_Shapes Future Award_Yuan_Jiang_Ephemeral beauty. Image Courtesy of The Morpholio Project EyeTime Winner_Emerging talents_Anna_Pietrzak_Vignettes I. Image Courtesy of The Morpholio Project Morpholio Special Recognition_Emerging talents_Javier_Galindo_Motorino. Image Courtesy of The Morpholio Project +14

Proyecto de Recuperación Ambiental y Puesta en Valor del Entorno de la Fortaleza y Playa Fluvial de Goián / Pablo Gallego Picard

01:00 - 22 July, 2014
Proyecto de Recuperación Ambiental y Puesta en Valor del Entorno de la Fortaleza y Playa Fluvial de Goián / Pablo Gallego Picard, Courtesy of Pablo Gallego Picard
Courtesy of Pablo Gallego Picard

Courtesy of Pablo Gallego Picard Courtesy of Pablo Gallego Picard Courtesy of Pablo Gallego Picard Courtesy of Pablo Gallego Picard +32

  • Architects

  • Location

    36750 Goián, Pontevedra, Spain
  • Area

    7610.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2012

Kyeong Dok Jai / IROJE KHM Architects

01:00 - 22 July, 2014
Kyeong Dok Jai  / IROJE KHM Architects , © Jong Oh Kim
© Jong Oh Kim

© Jong Oh Kim © Jong Oh Kim © Jong Oh Kim © Jong Oh Kim +38

  • Architects

  • Location

    4-1 Haengsin-dong, Deokyang-gu, Goyang-si, Gyeonggi-do, South Korea
  • Architect in Charge

    HyoMan Kim
  • Area

    115.0 sqm
  • Photographs

Hub Creatic / Tetrarc Architects

01:00 - 22 July, 2014
Hub Creatic  / Tetrarc Architects, © Stéphane Chalmeau
© Stéphane Chalmeau

© Stéphane Chalmeau © Stéphane Chalmeau © Stéphane Chalmeau © Stéphane Chalmeau +19

  • Architects

  • Location

    Nantes, France
  • Project Manager

    Alain Boëffard
  • Project Director

    Patrick Moreuil
  • Study Architects

    Patrick Moreuil, Marc-Antoine Bouyer, Hervé Martin
  • Area

    6520.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014

A+U 526: Retreat – Primal Concept and Experimental Design

00:00 - 22 July, 2014
A+U 526: Retreat – Primal Concept and Experimental Design

From the publisher. July issue of a+u is focused on retreats, in particular the places where people spend their free time. Retreats, where functional necessities are not the priority, portray the essential lifestyle that the residents desire. And, from there, an image of a house reflecting back the everyday emerges.

The sites abundant in nature present vast landscape to the residents. At the same time, they lack basic infrastructure, materials, or technology that would be readily available when designing a house in cities. Because of such shortages, architects are encouraged to put their experimental concepts into practice.

This issue explores how the ideal image of a house and architect's experimental concept are unified and conceived as a retreat when the situation is "missing" something.

AD Interviews: Keith Griffiths, Chairman of Aedas, on Appoaching Densification in London

01:00 - 22 July, 2014
AD Interviews: Keith Griffiths, Chairman of Aedas, on Appoaching Densification in London, Keith Griffiths. Image Courtesy of Aedas
Keith Griffiths. Image Courtesy of Aedas

Following the recent announcement of Aedas' demerger into two separate companies - one retaining the Aedas name and the other now known as AHR - we spoke to Keith Griffiths, Chairman of Aedas' global board and a practicing architect for close to three decades. The company, which was recently ranked by the Architects' Journal as the 5th largest and most influential practice in the world, have now moved their head office to London's Chandos Place and are championing a new approach to urban regeneration in the UK's capital. Alongside discussing how an international practice of Aedas' scale successfully operates, Griffiths offered his insight into how the future looks for European cities based on a tried and tested Asian model of densification.

To find out how Aedas approach sustainability in flourishing Asian markets, as well as the significance of the 'urban hub' typology for London's metropolitan future, read the interview in full after the break.

Nanfung Commercial, Hospitality and Exhibition Complex, Guangzhou, China. Image Courtesy of Aedas North Star Mixed-use Development, Beijing, China [Designed by Andrew Bromberg]. Image Courtesy of Aedas Hengqin International Financial Centre, Zhuhai, China. Image Courtesy of Aedas R&F Centre, Guangzhou, China {Project Design Director - Ken Wai, Aedas]. Image Courtesy of Aedas +7

OMA to Refurbish Paris Industrial Building for Galeries Lafayette

01:00 - 22 July, 2014
OMA to Refurbish Paris Industrial Building for Galeries Lafayette, Exhibition tower, Three configurations, Model 1-100e. Image © OMA / Frans Parthesius
Exhibition tower, Three configurations, Model 1-100e. Image © OMA / Frans Parthesius

OMA has unveiled its latest design project to blend the worlds of fashion and architecture: the refurbishment of a late 19th century industrial building for French high-end retail group Galeries Lafayette’s Fondation d’Entreprise, in Paris.

OMA is no stranger to the world of fashion, having collaborated on bold catwalk designs for Prada over the last decade as well as the renovation of a 16th century palazzo in Venice for Benetton. For Galeries Lafayette, a five-story, U-shaped, courtyard building built in 1891 will be transformed into a space for exhibitions and production. Located in Le Marais, one of Paris’ oldest neighborhoods, the architecture is protected under a heritage preservation plan. The building is to be fully preserved, cleaned and restored, and OMA’s design also includes the construction of a new exhibition tower for the courtyard. The tower will contain two sets of mobile platforms that can be split into four independent platforms, adding additional space and flexibility.

See photos and read a project description from OMA after the break.