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AIA Says December ABI Closed 2014 on "Solid Footing"

01:00 - 21 January, 2015
AIA Says December ABI Closed 2014 on "Solid Footing", December 2014 ABI. Image via CalculatedRiskBlog.com
December 2014 ABI. Image via CalculatedRiskBlog.com

Rising from a score of 50.9 to 52.2 in December, the Architecture Billings Index (ABI) closed 2014 on "solid footing." As reported by the American Institute of Architects (AIA), design services continued to increase throughout the majority of last year and all regions, except the Northeast, experienced favorable conditions. 

“Business conditions continue to be the strongest at architecture firms in the South and the Western regions,” said AIA Chief Economist Kermit Baker, Hon. AIA, PhD. “Particularly encouraging is the continued solid upturn in design activity at institutional firms, since public sector facilities were the last nonresidential building project type to recover from the downturn.”

A breakdown of regional highlights, after the break.

Microsoft Reveals Holographic Features for Windows 10

00:00 - 21 January, 2015

At their Windows 10 Event today in Redmond, Washington, Microsoft unveiled features for its forthcoming operating system that it feels could revolutionize computing, particularly for people who want to design, make or fix something in the real world: holographics. The company revealed both the Windows Holographic features that will be built into Windows 10 and HoloLens, an in-house designed headset that will be capable of placing holographic elements into the world around you - think of it as a combination of the flat augmented reality overlay in Google Glass, and the immersive yet virtual-only presentation of Oculus Rift.

The video trailer above shows the far-reaching implications for a variety of designers, both professional and amateur (including a nod to the architecture profession at the 50-second mark), with TechCrunch explaining how the technology "offers a way for architects to survey and present their designs alongside clients even when separated by great distances."

A space: Lofts in Berlin Mitte / plajer & franz studio

01:00 - 21 January, 2015
A space: Lofts in Berlin Mitte / plajer & franz studio, © Christian Rudat
© Christian Rudat

© Christian Rudat © Christian Rudat © Christian Rudat © Christian Rudat +19

Treatise: Why Write Alone?

00:00 - 21 January, 2015
Treatise: Why Write Alone?, Alex Maymind, "100 Drawings," 2012-13. Archival inkjet print. 25 x 25 inches. Courtesy of the artist
Alex Maymind, "100 Drawings," 2012-13. Archival inkjet print. 25 x 25 inches. Courtesy of the artist

Drawing inspiration from Steven Holl and William Stout’s brainchild Pamphlet Architecture, a new collaborative project, Treatise: Why Write Alone?, unifies fourteen design firms to examine the architectural treatise as a method of exploring theoretical questions and sparking discussion. The project was developed by designer Jimenez Lai of Bureau Spectacular in response to receiving a grant from the Graham Foundation. His unconventional ideas on the architectural process made him wonder, "Why write? And, why write alone?" The resultant collection of publications delves into these questions, both collectively and individually, with a collaborative piece as well as submissions from each firm.

Andrew Kovacs, "Guggenheim Helsinki Model," 2014. Found objects. 48 x 96 x 12 inches. Courtesy of the artist Design With Company (Stewart Hicks & Allison Newmeyer), "Midwest Culture Sampler (Department of Quantity, Scale, Image)," 2014. Three archival inkjet prints. 26 x 11 1/4 inches each. Courtesy of the artists. is-office (Kyle Reynolds and Jeff Mikolajewski), “Javits, Javits,” 2012. Archival inkjet print. 56 x 40 inches. Courtesy of the artists. SOFTlab (Michael Szivos), "Shizuku," 2009. Plywood. 72 x 24 x 36 inches. Courtesy of Jessika Creedon. +5

RSHP Reveals Plans for the "Ladywell Pop-Up Village" in Lewisham

00:00 - 21 January, 2015
RSHP Reveals Plans for the "Ladywell Pop-Up Village" in Lewisham, Courtesy of Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners
Courtesy of Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners

Addressing increasing housing demands in the London Borough of Lewisham, Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners (RSHP) has unveiled their plans for the "Ladywell Pop-Up Village," which is to become one of the UK's first temporary housing villages.

The short term housing will provide accommodation for 24 families, alongside community and commercial spaces at street level. Drawing its name from the site of the former Ladywell Leisure Centre upon which it is to be located, the Ladywell Pop-Up Village is fully demountable, thanks to its volumetric construction technology. It is envisioned that the housing units will remain at the Ladywell site for up to four years, after which point they can be relocated throughout the Borough as needed. 

Parliament for the German-Speaking Community / Atelier Kempe Thill

01:00 - 21 January, 2015
Parliament for the German-Speaking Community / Atelier Kempe Thill, © Ulrich Schwarz
© Ulrich Schwarz

© Ulrich Schwarz © Ulrich Schwarz © Ulrich Schwarz © Ulrich Schwarz +44

  • Architects

  • Location

    4700 Eupen, Belgium
  • Architect in Charge

    Oliver Thill, Luc Dutilleux, Fabienne Courtejoie
  • Area

    6318.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

Architect’s Office / Spaces Architects@ka

01:00 - 21 January, 2015
Architect’s Office / Spaces Architects@ka, © Bharat Aggarwal
© Bharat Aggarwal

© Bharat Aggarwal © Bharat Aggarwal © Bharat Aggarwal © Bharat Aggarwal +25

  • Architects

  • Location

    New Delhi, Delhi, India
  • Architect in Charge

    Kapil Aggarwal
  • Design Team

    Kapil Aggarwal, Pawan Sharma, Karan Arora, Chander Mohan Kaushik
  • Carpentry Contractor

    Manoj Carpenters
  • Area

    150.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

Beiersdorf Children’s Day Care Centre / Kadawittfeldarchitektur

01:00 - 21 January, 2015
Beiersdorf Children’s Day Care Centre / Kadawittfeldarchitektur, © Werner Huthmacher
© Werner Huthmacher

© Werner Huthmacher © Werner Huthmacher © Werner Huthmacher © Werner Huthmacher +16

House 1014 / H Arquitectes

01:00 - 21 January, 2015
House 1014 / H Arquitectes, © Adrià Goula
© Adrià Goula

© Adrià Goula © Adrià Goula © Adrià Goula © Adrià Goula +25

  • Architects

  • Location

    Granollers, Barcelona, Spain
  • Architect in Charge

    David Lorente, Josep Ricart, Xavier Ros, Roger Tudó
  • Area

    637.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

Mosfellsbær Preperatory High School / A2F arkitektar

01:00 - 21 January, 2015
Mosfellsbær Preperatory High School / A2F arkitektar, Courtesy of A2F arkitektar
Courtesy of A2F arkitektar

Courtesy of A2F arkitektar Courtesy of A2F arkitektar Courtesy of A2F arkitektar Courtesy of A2F arkitektar +26

  • Architects

  • Location

    Háholt, Mosfellsbær, Iceland
  • Design Team

    Aðalheiður Atladóttir, architect FAÍ and Falk Krüger, architect AKT
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of A2F arkitektar

Call for Papers: STUDIO Magazine Investigates "Urban Pause"

01:00 - 21 January, 2015
Call for Papers: STUDIO Magazine Investigates "Urban Pause", © Studio Magazine
© Studio Magazine

STUDIO Architecture and Urban Magazine is calling for submissions for its ISSUE#8 publication: Pause. As the title suggests, the issue will look at the modern city’s propensity for change and movement by focusing on “the crystallization of a moment, a temporary stop out of time and space, where you can listen to the sound of silence.” The magazine is looking for a variety of different submissions, from essays to infographics, relating to any field of design. Interested contributors must send a 200-word abstract (in English) explaining their proposal. The deadline for this is February 25th. Final pieces chosen for the issue are to be submitted by March 20th, with an expected publication date in April. For full submission requirements, click here!

Layers of White / Pitsou Kedem Architects

01:00 - 21 January, 2015
Layers of White / Pitsou Kedem Architects, © Amit Geron
© Amit Geron

© Amit Geron © Amit Geron © Amit Geron © Amit Geron +27

  • Architects

  • Location

    Tel Aviv-Yafo, Israel
  • Design Team

    Pitsou Kedem, Irene Goldberg, Hila Sella, Mano Amsalem
  • Styling for photographs

    Eti Buskila
  • Area

    500.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

El Patio House / Lucas Mc Lean

01:00 - 21 January, 2015
El Patio House / Lucas Mc Lean, © Tomás Thibaud
© Tomás Thibaud

© Tomás Thibaud © Tomás Thibaud © Tomás Thibaud © Tomás Thibaud +18

  • Architects

  • Location

    La Esmeralda, Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • Project and Direction

    Lucas Mc Lean
  • Structures

    Pedro Gea
  • Project Area

    160.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

Blueprints Printing: The Architect’s Time Machine

00:00 - 20 January, 2015
Blueprints Printing: The Architect’s Time Machine

Wouldn’t it be nice to have a time machine - to skip ahead into a future when technology has solved all of our problems, or perhaps to go back to a simpler time when we didn’t have to deal with the complications that modern technology brings? However, in the wise words of Archibald, the animated architect: “Architecture is not a final destination in time; it is a journey through life.”  As architects and builders, we are constantly imagining and designing for the future, while attempting to deal with reality as it exists in the present. 

Mayor Rejects Sou Fujimoto's Taiwan Tower Over Fears of Soaring Cost

00:00 - 20 January, 2015
Mayor Rejects Sou Fujimoto's Taiwan Tower Over Fears of Soaring Cost, © Sou Fujimoto Architects
© Sou Fujimoto Architects

Taichung Mayor Lin Chia-lung has temporarily “pulled the plug” on Sou Fujimoto’s ambitious Taiwan Tower, saying he would rather pay a penalty for breaking the contract than spend an estimated NT$15 billion to realize the “problematic” project. 

The Banyan tree-inspired tower was hoped to become the “Taiwanese version of the Eiffel Tower,” as well as a model for sustainable architecture by achieving LEED Gold with its energy producing features. Its steel superstructure, which proposed to hoist a triangular section of the Taichung Gateway Park’s greenbelt 300-meters into the air, intentionally had “no obvious form” and was to be perceived as a natural phenomenon. 

Prada Launches FW2015 Menswear in OMA/AMO's "Infinite Palace"

00:00 - 20 January, 2015
Prada Launches FW2015 Menswear in OMA/AMO's "Infinite Palace" , © Agostino Osio; OMA and Prada
© Agostino Osio; OMA and Prada

On Sunday, Prada ditched the classic runway to kickoff their 2015 Fall/Winter menswear line in a “disorienting landscape” designed by OMA’s research counterpart AMO. The partitioned catwalk transformed an exiting room inside the Fondazione Prada at Via Fogazzaro 36 in Milan into an intimate series of interconnected spaces affectionately referred to as “The Infinite Palace.”

“The existing room is disguised into a classic enfilade of rooms, gradually changing proportions as in an abstract mannerist perspective. As opposed to a single stage, the new sequence of spaces multiplies and fragments the show into a series of intimate moments,” described AMO.

Lucky Penny / Biasol: Design Studio

01:00 - 20 January, 2015
Lucky Penny / Biasol: Design Studio, © Martina Gemmola
© Martina Gemmola

© Martina Gemmola © Martina Gemmola © Martina Gemmola © Martina Gemmola +19

Phoenix House / Anderson Anderson Architecture

01:00 - 20 January, 2015
Phoenix House / Anderson Anderson Architecture, © Anthony Vizzari
© Anthony Vizzari

© Anthony Vizzari © Anthony Vizzari © Anthony Vizzari © Anthony Vizzari +20

  • Architects

  • Location

    Berkeley, CA, United States
  • Architect in Charge

    Mark Anderson, Peter Anderson
  • Design Team

    Anderson, Peter Anderson, Johnson Tang, Yevgeniy Ossipov, Gennifer Muñoz, Yingying Xue, Jia Wu, Chris Campbell
  • Project Manager

    Yevgeniy Ossipov
  • Area

    3700.0 ft2
  • Photographs