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November ABI Continues to Drop

01:00 - 17 December, 2014
November ABI Continues to Drop, November ABI. Image via CalculatedRiskBlog.com
November ABI. Image via CalculatedRiskBlog.com

While the US Architecture Billing Index (ABI) has remained positive for seven consecutive months, the score continues to slowly drop and is now teetering on the edge of falling into the red. As the American Institute of Architects (AIA) says, any score above 50 reflects an increase in design services. However, November's ABI score was 50.9, down from the mark of 53.7 in October, revealing a drop in demand. The new projects inquiry index was 58.8, following a mark of 62.7 the previous month.

“Demand for design services has slowed somewhat from the torrid pace of the summer, but all project sectors are seeing at least modest growth,” said AIA Chief Economist Kermit Baker, Hon. AIA, PhD. “Architecture firms are expecting solid mid-single digit gains in revenue for 2014, but heading into 2015, they are concerned with finding quality contractors for projects, coping with volatile construction materials costs and with finding qualified architecture staff for their firms.”

A breakdown of regional highlights, after the break.

Steirereck / PPAG architects

00:00 - 17 December, 2014
Steirereck / PPAG architects, © pierer.net
© pierer.net

© pierer.net © pierer.net © pierer.net © pierer.net +35

  • Architects

  • Location

    Stadtpark, 1030 Vienna, Austria
  • Project Leader

    Manfred Karl Botz
  • Planning Team

    Roland Basista, Jakub Dvorak, Patrick Hammer, Annika Hillebrand, Philipp Müllner, Lucie Najvarova, Adrian Trifu, Felix Zankel
  • Area

    1950.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

Engineering School and Auditorium University Campus / Gerardo Caballero, Maite Fernández

01:00 - 17 December, 2014
Engineering School and Auditorium University Campus / Gerardo Caballero, Maite Fernández, © Gustavo Frittegotto
© Gustavo Frittegotto

© Gustavo Frittegotto © Gustavo Frittegotto © Gustavo Frittegotto © Gustavo Frittegotto +38

Restructuring and Safety Works of Saint-Jean’s Schools / Dominique Coulon & associés

01:00 - 17 December, 2014
Restructuring and Safety Works of Saint-Jean’s Schools / Dominique Coulon & associés, © David Romero-Uzeda
© David Romero-Uzeda

© David Romero-Uzeda © David Romero-Uzeda © David Romero-Uzeda © David Romero-Uzeda +38

  • Architects

  • Location

    13 Rue des Bonnes Gens, 67000 Strasbourg, France
  • Architects in Charge

    Dominique Coulon, Benjamin Rocchi, Architects Sarah Brebbia, Olivier Nicollas, Delphine George, Guillaume Wittmann, Architects assistants.
  • Area

    8731.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

Light of Life Church / shinslab architecture + IISAC

01:00 - 17 December, 2014
Light of Life Church / shinslab architecture + IISAC, © Jin Hyo-Sook
© Jin Hyo-Sook

© Jin Hyo-Sook © Jin Hyo-Sook © Lee Dong-Hwan © Jin Hyo-Sook +34

National Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra / Konior Studio

01:00 - 17 December, 2014
National Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra / Konior Studio, © Iñigo Bujedo Aguirre
© Iñigo Bujedo Aguirre

© Iñigo Bujedo Aguirre © Iñigo Bujedo Aguirre © Iñigo Bujedo Aguirre © Daniel Rumiancew +22

  • Architects

  • Location

    Katowice, Poland
  • Architect in Charge

    Tomasz Konior
  • Design Team

    Aleksander Nowacki, Łukasz Homan, Magdalena Tokarska, Adam Skrzypczyk, Dominik Koroś, Andrzej Witkowski, Zbigniew Gierczak, Anna Jabłońska-Lisińska, Marcin Sikora, Piotr Zowada, Marcin Jurkiewicz, Maciej Niewiadomski, Dominik Czajkowski, Łukasz Bonar, Szymon Jawor, Bartłomiej Pochopień, Michał Lipiec, Marcin Piotrowski, Paweł Barczyk, Katarzyna Leśniok, Paweł Gruszka, Przemysław Tabor, Ewa Nowacka, Jakub Świerzawski, Henryk Struski, Anna Jaszkaniec, Mariusz Wronowski
  • Area

    7874.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

How Cutting Edge Technology Helped Recreate the Stella Tower's Concrete Crown

00:00 - 17 December, 2014
How Cutting Edge Technology Helped Recreate the Stella Tower's Concrete Crown, Screenshot from video by JDS Development Group
Screenshot from video by JDS Development Group

In some projects, preservation isn't just about retaining what's there, but also about putting back an element that has been forgotten to history (not always, though). This was the case at the Stella Tower in Manhattan, where as part of the building's recently completed condo conversion, JDS Development Group and Property Markets Group, along with architects CetraRuddy have reinstated the dramatic Art Deco crown of Ralph Walker's 1927 design.

M-House / TOFU

01:00 - 17 December, 2014
M-House / TOFU, © Stirling Elmendorf
© Stirling Elmendorf

© Stirling Elmendorf © Stirling Elmendorf © Stirling Elmendorf © Stirling Elmendorf +22

  • Architects

  • Location

    Ashiya, Hyogo Prefecture, Japan
  • Site Area

    95.98sqm
  • Area

    158.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

ArchDaily's 2014 Holiday Card Contest Winners Announced

01:00 - 17 December, 2014
Submitted by Patrick Grime
Submitted by Patrick Grime

After receiving close to 150 holiday card submissions – including a "Bjarke, the Herald Ingels" singing, and several angry Gehry-Clauses – we’ve selected three winners! Take a look at the winning submissions as well as some of our favorite cards after the break, and get ready to celebrate the holidays the architect’s way.

ArchDaily's 2014 Holiday Card Contest has been generously sponsored by Mosa.

Tsubomi House / FLAT HOUSE

01:00 - 17 December, 2014
Tsubomi House / FLAT HOUSE, © Takumi Ota
© Takumi Ota

© Takumi Ota © Takumi Ota © Takumi Ota © Takumi Ota +24

  • Architects

  • Location

    Tokyo, Japan
  • Architect in Charge

    Yoshinori Sakano
  • Area

    77.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2010
  • Photographs

Humorous Short Stories About Austin's Madcap Growth

00:00 - 17 December, 2014
Humorous Short Stories About Austin's Madcap Growth, Courtesy of davidheymannauthor.com
Courtesy of davidheymannauthor.com

Award-winning architect, writer, and professor David Heymann has just released his first work of fiction: My Beautiful City Austin. Composed of seven humorous tales, the stories document the misadventures of a young architect in Austin and his accidental involvement in the slow decimation of his city’s charms. Unable to deter his clients from their poor choices, the well-intentioned designer finds himself complicit. Using fiction, Heymann paints a sharply dynamic picture of the architectural consequences of Austin’s rapid growth and “rediscovered allure.” Check out the book, here.

AR Vinhos / Paulo Martins Arq&Design

01:00 - 17 December, 2014
AR Vinhos / Paulo Martins Arq&Design, © Ana Tavares
© Ana Tavares

© Ana Tavares © Ana Tavares © Ana Tavares © Ana Tavares +16

Burke Gilman House / Stettler Design

01:00 - 17 December, 2014
Burke Gilman House / Stettler Design, © Dale Lang
© Dale Lang

© Dale Lang © Dale Lang © Dale Lang © Dale Lang +21

  • Architects

  • Location

    Seattle, WA, United States
  • Design Team

    Daniel Stettler, Will Payne
  • Collaborators

    Paul Michael Davis Design
  • Area

    2300.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

Centre of Advanced Imaging at University of Queensland / John Wardle Architects + Wilson Architects

01:00 - 17 December, 2014
Centre of Advanced Imaging at University of Queensland / John Wardle Architects + Wilson Architects, © Christopher Frederick-Jones
© Christopher Frederick-Jones

© Christopher Frederick-Jones © Christopher Frederick-Jones © Christopher Frederick-Jones © Christopher Frederick-Jones +23

Biomes and Biodiversity Feature in Azerbaijan's Pavilion for Milan 2015

01:00 - 17 December, 2014
Biomes and Biodiversity Feature in Azerbaijan's Pavilion for Milan 2015, Courtesy of Simmetrico Network
Courtesy of Simmetrico Network

Azerbaijan has recently unveiled the design of “Treasure of Biodiversity,” its dedicated pavilion for Expo Milano 2015, marking the first time the country has participated at a Universal Exposition. Designed by Italian firm Simmetrico Network, the pavilion aims to reflect the unique cultures and landscapes of Azerbaijan while acting as a model of sustainable design. Complete with biospheres and undulating walls, the pavilion’s unique form takes cues from the central Expo theme of “Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life,” and hopes to engage visitors with the values of protected biodiversity. 

Courtesy of Simmetrico Network Courtesy of Simmetrico Network Courtesy of Simmetrico Network Courtesy of Simmetrico Network +18

Reconfiguring Urban Spaces To Compensate For "Poisonous" Air

00:00 - 17 December, 2014
Reconfiguring Urban Spaces To Compensate For "Poisonous" Air, The CCTV Building, Beijing, cloaked by air pollution. Image © Kevin Frayer / Getty Images
The CCTV Building, Beijing, cloaked by air pollution. Image © Kevin Frayer / Getty Images

In an article for The Guardian, Oliver Wainwright steps "inside Beijing's apocalypse": the poisonous, polluted atmosphere that often clings to the Chinese capital. He explores ways in which those who live in this metropolis have started to redefine the spaces they frequent and the ways in which they live. Schools, he notes, are now building inflatable domes over play areas in order to "simulate a normal environment." The dangers were made clear when "this year’s Beijing marathon [...] saw many drop out when their face-mask filters turned a shade of grey after just a few kilometres." Now, in an attempt to improve the living conditions in the city, ecologists and environmental scientists are proposing new methods to filter the air en masse. Read about some of the methods here.

Valode & Pistre Set to Break Ground on Africa's Tallest Tower

00:00 - 17 December, 2014
Valode & Pistre Set to Break Ground on Africa's Tallest Tower, © Valode & Pistre / iceberg.fr
© Valode & Pistre / iceberg.fr

Valode & Pistre is set to break ground on Africa’s tallest tower next June. More than doubling the height of Johannesburg’s 223-meter Carlton Center, which has been the continent’s tallest building since 1973, the Al Noor Tower (Tower of Light) will most likely rise 540-meters on a 25-hectare site in the Moroccan city of Casablanca. 

It’s program will center around business, providing accommodations with a 200-suite luxury hotel, a trading platform, conference hall and large art gallery, as well as an astonishing 100-meter-tall atrium that hollows the tower’s base.  

© Valode & Pistre / iceberg.fr © Valode & Pistre / iceberg.fr © Valode & Pistre / iceberg.fr © Valode & Pistre / iceberg.fr +12

Foundation for Polish Science Headquarters / FAAB Architektura

01:00 - 16 December, 2014
Foundation for Polish Science Headquarters / FAAB Architektura, © Bartłomiej Senkowski
© Bartłomiej Senkowski

© Bartłomiej Senkowski © Bartłomiej Senkowski © Bartłomiej Senkowski © Bartłomiej Senkowski +31

  • Architects

  • Location

    Warsaw, Poland
  • Architect in Charge

    Adam Białobrzeski, Adam Figurski, Maria Messina
  • Area

    260.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs