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ABI Slows in April

15:15 - 20 May, 2015
ABI Slows in April , April ABI 2015. Image via CalculatedRiskBlog.com
April ABI 2015. Image via CalculatedRiskBlog.com

For the second month this year, the US Architecture Billings Index (ABI) has revealed a decrease in design serves. As the American Institute of Architects (AIA) report, the April ABI score was 48.8, down sharply from a mark of 51.7 in March. The new projects inquiry index was 60.1, up from a reading of 58.2 the previous month.

“The fundamentals in the design and construction industry remain very healthy,” said AIA Chief Economist Kermit Baker, Hon. AIA, PhD. “The fact that both inquires for new projects and new design contracts continued to accelerate at a healthy pace in April points to strong underlying demand for design activity. However, April would typically be a month where these projects would be in full swing, but a severe winter in many parts of the Northeast and Midwest has apparently delayed progress on projects.”

A breakdown of regional highlights, after the break.

House Sperone / Studio Metrocubo

15:00 - 20 May, 2015
House Sperone / Studio Metrocubo, © Jan Stojkovic
© Jan Stojkovic

© Jan Stojkovic © Jan Stojkovic © Jan Stojkovic © Jan Stojkovic + 28

Zig-Zag House / Dan Brunn Architecture

14:00 - 20 May, 2015
Zig-Zag House / Dan Brunn Architecture, © Brandon Shigeta
© Brandon Shigeta

© Brandon Shigeta © Brandon Shigeta © Brandon Shigeta © Brandon Shigeta + 24

  • Architects

  • Location

    Los Angeles, United States
  • Design Team

    Dan Brunn, AIA, Principal - Samantha Ballard, Designer- John Ferri, AIA, Project Architect
  • Area

    450.0 sqm
  • Photographs

Allies and Morrison and O’Donnell + Tuomey Chosen to Design London's Olympicopolis

13:14 - 20 May, 2015
Allies and Morrison and O’Donnell + Tuomey Chosen to Design London's Olympicopolis, © Allies and Morrison
© Allies and Morrison

Allies and Morrison, together with O’Donnell + Tuomey and Josep Camps/Olga Felip Arquitecturia, has been chosen ahead of David ChipperfieldFeilden Clegg Bradley Studios and three other teams to design London's Olympicopolis culture and education quarter. The major commission, which will be sited at the gateway to the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park along the Stratford waterfront, will include new buildings for the Victoria and Albert Museum, Sadler’s Wells, the London College of Fashion, and potentially the Smithsonian Institute's first permanent museum outside the US

El Pinós Cultural Center / LC Arquitectura

12:00 - 20 May, 2015
El Pinós Cultural Center / LC Arquitectura, Courtesy of LC Arquitectura
Courtesy of LC Arquitectura

Courtesy of LC Arquitectura Courtesy of LC Arquitectura Courtesy of LC Arquitectura Courtesy of LC Arquitectura + 21

  • Architects

  • Location

    El Pinós, Alicante, Spain
  • Architect in Charge

    Rafael Landete / Emilio Cortes (LC Arquitectura)
  • Project Year

    2015

Watch These Italian Artisans Create Bubble-Wrap Inspired Glass

11:00 - 20 May, 2015

For Maya Lapp and Denis Perera, owners of the company Glass MaDe in the Italian town of Belluno, bubble wrap is just about the most everyday material they know. It is the utilitarian material they use to protect their products from damage - yet despite this, it still holds a certain amount of fascination, resulting in their latest project, "Fragile." This video by Studio Meddle shows the making of the project, as the glassmaking duo create a mold of the bubble wrap, cast the glass and finally drape the resulting product over a wrinkled wire mesh to create an almost eery facsimile of the original, subverting our usual expectations of the familiar bubble pattern. Check out Studio Meddle's Video above (make sure the captions are turned on), and see more images of the completed work after the break.

Courtesy of Studio Meddle Courtesy of Studio Meddle Courtesy of Studio Meddle Courtesy of Studio Meddle + 9

AR Issues: On Destruction And New Beginnings

10:30 - 20 May, 2015
AR Issues: On Destruction And New Beginnings, Courtesy of The Architectural Review
Courtesy of The Architectural Review

ArchDaily is continuing our partnership with The Architectural Review, bringing you short introductions to the themes of the magazine’s monthly editions. In this introduction to the May 2015 issue, The AR's new editor Christine Murray discusses our various reactions to different forms of destruction and endings - a topic that is perhaps particularly poignant considering the new era that The AR is entering - and outlines her ambitions as editor of the magazine.

The experience of a space can be cathartic, like one night when I visited Peter Zumthor’s Therme Vals for a midnight opening, floating in the dark baths. It was just weeks after the birth of my first child, and also my birthday. In the water, I felt the person that I had always been and the mother I had now become reconciled. In that moment, I forgave my tired self (or the building forgave me) for being so unworthy, so wholly undeserving of the perfect baby entrusted to me. I left feeling alive and new, and I know Zumthor had something to do with it.

House on a Dune / Oppenheim Architecture + Design

10:00 - 20 May, 2015
House on a Dune / Oppenheim Architecture + Design, © Karen Fuchs
© Karen Fuchs

© Karen Fuchs © Karen Fuchs © Karen Fuchs © Karen Fuchs + 28

Building Trust Goes to Italy for Latest Design + Build Workshop

09:00 - 20 May, 2015
Building Trust Goes to Italy for Latest Design + Build Workshop, Courtesy of Building Trust
Courtesy of Building Trust

This August, Building Trust will host a Design + Build Workshop in Umbria, Italy, in collaboration with local artisan collective Terraepaglia. Combining innovative building design with natural construction methods, the workshop will focus on the creation of functional spaces through sustainable means and materials. Over the course of 12 days, participants will work closely with Building Trust and Terraepaglia to learn hands-on construction methods including adobe brick making, straw bale and rammed earth construction, natural plastering, and wood flooring. Learn more about the project and how to get involved here. Our previous coverage of Building Trust's workshops can be found here.

LYCS to Break Ground on Zhejiang Printing Group Headquarters in China

07:00 - 20 May, 2015
LYCS to Break Ground on Zhejiang Printing Group Headquarters in China, Aerial view. Image Courtesy of LYCS Architecture
Aerial view. Image Courtesy of LYCS Architecture

LYCS Architecture has won a competition to design urban headquarters for the Zhejiang Printing Group. Dubbed "The Corner of Hangzhou," their proposal is informed by the surrounding cultural context, and the distinctive highrise creates both a habitable thoroughfare and a landmark for the city.

Night view. Image Courtesy of LYCS Architecture Landscape plaza view. Image Courtesy of LYCS Architecture Southeast view. Image Courtesy of LYCS Architecture Northwest view. Image Courtesy of LYCS Architecture + 10

Escher Terraces High-Rise Apartments / E2A

06:00 - 20 May, 2015
Escher Terraces High-Rise Apartments / E2A, Courtesy of E2A
Courtesy of E2A

© Jan Bitter © Georg Aerni © Georg Aerni © Jan Bitter + 9

Call For Entries: RIBA President's Awards For Research

05:30 - 20 May, 2015
Call For Entries: RIBA President's Awards For Research, Stephen Gage: Winner - 2014 RIBA President’s Award for the Outstanding Master’s Degree Thesis. Image Courtesy of RIBA
Stephen Gage: Winner - 2014 RIBA President’s Award for the Outstanding Master’s Degree Thesis. Image Courtesy of RIBA

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) have announced a call for entries for the 2015 President’s Awards for Research. For the first time this year will see the introduction of the President's Research Medal, which will be awarded to the best work judged from across all four categories of research. RIBA President, Stephen Hodder, has said that "this award will help to give recognition to the ever increasing importance of research to architecture and our industry."

Valletta City Gate / Renzo Piano Building Workshop

04:00 - 20 May, 2015
Valletta City Gate  / Renzo Piano Building Workshop, © Michel Denancé
© Michel Denancé

© Michel Denancé © Michel Denancé © Michel Denancé © Michel Denancé + 17

Housing and Shops Complex / Ameller, Dubois & Associés

03:00 - 20 May, 2015
Housing and Shops Complex / Ameller, Dubois & Associés, © Sergio Grazia
© Sergio Grazia

© Sergio Grazia © Sergio Grazia © Sergio Grazia © Sergio Grazia + 14

  • Architects

  • Location

    Annemasse, France
  • Architect in Charge

    Philippe Ameller, Jacques Dubois, Philippe de Fouchier, Jean-François Brecq, Catherine Laroche, Stéphane Martin
  • Area

    7400.0 sqm
  • Photographs

Hanazono Kindergarten and Nursery / HIBINOSEKKEI + Youji no Shiro

23:00 - 19 May, 2015
Hanazono Kindergarten and Nursery / HIBINOSEKKEI + Youji no Shiro, © Studio Bauhaus
© Studio Bauhaus

© Studio Bauhaus © Studio Bauhaus © Studio Bauhaus © Studio Bauhaus + 28

House in Kamisawa / Tato Architects

21:00 - 19 May, 2015
House in Kamisawa / Tato Architects, © Shinkenchiku Sha
© Shinkenchiku Sha

© Shinkenchiku Sha © Shinkenchiku Sha © Shinkenchiku Sha © Shinkenchiku Sha + 38

  • Architects

  • Location

    Japan
  • Architect in Charge

    Yo Shimada
  • Design Team

    Yo Shimada, Keita Kurokoshi
  • Area

    87.0 sqm

Space Packing Architecture: The Life and Work of Alfred Neumann

20:30 - 19 May, 2015
Space Packing Architecture: The Life and Work of Alfred Neumann, "Space Packing Architecture: The Life and Work of Alfred Neumann" at Gallery of Fine Art in Ostrava
"Space Packing Architecture: The Life and Work of Alfred Neumann" at Gallery of Fine Art in Ostrava

Space Packing Architecture: The Life and Work of Alfred Neumann, the first-ever exhibition on the Czech architect Alfred Neumann, is on display at Cabinet of Architecture (Kabinet architektury) in Ostrava, Czech Republic. Accompanied by architectural models and life-size spatial units constructed especially for the show, this exhibition focuses on Neumann’s major design projects in Israel from the 1960s, undertaken with his collaborators Zvi Hecker and Eldar Sharon, and explores his vision for a new kind of modern architecture.

Deolali House / SPASM Design Architects

20:00 - 19 May, 2015
Deolali House / SPASM Design Architects, © Sebastian Zachariah
© Sebastian Zachariah

© Sebastian Zachariah © Sebastian Zachariah © Sebastian Zachariah © Sebastian Zachariah + 24

  • Architects

  • Location

    Deolali, India
  • Design Team

    Sangeeta Merchant, Mansoor Kudalkar,Gauri Satam,Denver Periara,Divyesh Kargathra Sanjeev Panjabi
  • Area

    454.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs