ABI Bounces Back in May

00:00 - 19 June, 2013
via CalculatedRiskBlog.com
via CalculatedRiskBlog.com

Following the first negative downturn in ten months (what AIA Chief Economist, Kermit Baker, Phd, is hoping was just a "blip"), May's Architecture Billing Index (ABI) has bounced back from a score of 48.6 to 52.9. Any score above 50 indicates an increase in billings (aka an expansion in demand for architects' services). 

Baker notes that "there is [still] a resounding sense of uncertainty in the marketplace from clients to investors and an overall lack of confidence in the general economy – that is continuing to act as a governor on the business development engine for architecture firms.” However, the scores, which revealed the most growth in the Northeast as well as in the multi-family residential and institutional sectors, are good signs for the design and construction industries. 

More results of this month's ABI, after the break...

Health Center in Canet de Mar / Conxita Balcells Associats S.L.P

01:00 - 19 June, 2013
© Lourdes Jansana
© Lourdes Jansana

© Lourdes Jansana © Lourdes Jansana © Lourdes Jansana © Lourdes Jansana +23

Jacobo Building / DURAN&HERMIDA arquitectos asociados

01:00 - 19 June, 2013
© Sebastián Crespo
© Sebastián Crespo
  • Architects

    DURAN&HERMIDA arquitectos asociados / Javier Durán y María Augusta Hermida
  • Location

    Cuenca, Ecuador
  • Area

    913.0 m2
  • Photography

    Sebastián Crespo

© Sebastián Crespo © Sebastián Crespo © Sebastián Crespo © Sebastián Crespo +13

Canterbury Cathedral Landscape Design Competition

01:00 - 19 June, 2013
Site Plan
Site Plan

Canterbury Cathedral is delighted to announce a design competition to find an outstanding team to revitalise the landscape immediately in front of the main Cathedral entrance. The competition is an opportunity for designers to reconsider the way visitors first encounter England’s leading Cathedral and Mother Church.

New Montjuic cable car stations / FORGAS Arquitectos

01:00 - 19 June, 2013
© Filippo Poli
© Filippo Poli
  • Architects

    FORGAS Arquitectos - Joan Forgas y Dolors Ylla-Catalá
  • Location

    Carretera de Montjuïc, 43, 08038 Barcelona, Spain
  • Area

    4500.0 m2
  • Year

    2007
  • Photography

    Filippo Poli, Jordi Tost, Courtesy of Forgas Arquitectos

© Jordi Tost © Filippo Poli © Jordi Tost © Jordi Tost +28

Pit House / UID Architects

01:00 - 19 June, 2013
© Koji Fujii / Nacasa & Partners
© Koji Fujii / Nacasa & Partners
  • Architects

  • Location

    Okayama, Japan
  • Architect in Charge

    Keisuke Maeda
  • Area

    115.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2011
  • Photographs

    Koji Fujii / Nacasa & Partners

© Koji Fujii / Nacasa & Partners © Koji Fujii / Nacasa & Partners © Koji Fujii / Nacasa & Partners © Koji Fujii / Nacasa & Partners +20

Fagerstrom House / Claesson Koivisto Rune

01:00 - 19 June, 2013
© Åke E:son Lindman
© Åke E:son Lindman

© Åke E:son Lindman © Åke E:son Lindman © Åke E:son Lindman © Åke E:son Lindman +20

'Redesigning Detroit: A New Vision for an Iconic Site' Winning Proposal / Davide Marchetti Architetto

01:00 - 19 June, 2013
Courtesy of Davide Marchetti Architetto
Courtesy of Davide Marchetti Architetto

Davide Marchetti Architetto shared with us his first prize winning proposal, titled ‘Minicity Detroit,’ for the Redesigning Detroit: A New Vision for an Iconic Site competition. Utilizing the surrounding urban fabric as the generator for a new vision of the city, their concept directly responds to the site and its place in the city by bringing the existing physical form and history into the site. More image and architect’s description after the break.

ITESM’S Center For Innovation and Strategic Development of Products (CIDEP)

01:00 - 19 June, 2013
© Francisco Lubbert
© Francisco Lubbert
  • Architects

  • Location

    Apodaca, Nuevo León, Mexico
  • Project Leaders

    Aurora Delgado, Manuel Arroyo
  • Area

    9200 m2
  • Proyect Year

    2010
  • Photography

© Francisco Lubbert © Francisco Lubbert © Francisco Lubbert © Francisco Lubbert +24

Reiser + Umemoto's Taipei Pop Music Center Breaks Ground in Taiwan

00:00 - 19 June, 2013
Courtesy of Reiser + Umemoto, RUR Architecture PC
Courtesy of Reiser + Umemoto, RUR Architecture PC

Reiser + Umemoto, RUR Architecture PC's Taipei Pop Music Center breaks ground today at the center’s site on the edge of Taipei, Taiwan. Challenging the limitations of traditional performances spaces, the center consists of several mixed-use spaces woven together into a dynamic, multi-purpose venue that reflects and supports the evolving culture of pop music. Three monumental elements—the Main Hall, Hall of Fame, and Industry Shell—symbolize the principal uses and attractions of the complex, making it a powerful representation of Taiwan’s pop music industry worldwide.

More on the new Taipei Pop Music Center after the break…

Architecture's Power Couples Get Candid

00:00 - 19 June, 2013
AD Interviews Weiss and Manfredi.
AD Interviews Weiss and Manfredi.

Featuring fantastic quotes from SHoP Architects, Diller Scofidio + Renfro, Tod Williams Billie Tsien, & WORKac, Justin Davidson's latest in New York Magazine gets behind the scenes of the working architectural relationship, in all its "beauty & complexity." According to Davidson, these husband-wife teams are serving to upset ”two enduring fallacies: that men build as women help, and that the noblest kind of architect is a Napoleon of the blueprint, dispatching orders for others to carry out.”

Jektvik Ferry Quay Area / Carl-Viggo Hølmebakk

01:00 - 19 June, 2013
Courtesy of Carl-Viggo Hølmebakk
Courtesy of Carl-Viggo Hølmebakk

Courtesy of Carl-Viggo Hølmebakk Courtesy of Carl-Viggo Hølmebakk Courtesy of Carl-Viggo Hølmebakk Courtesy of Carl-Viggo Hølmebakk +14

“El Molino” Cultural Center / Alday Jover Arquitectura y Paisaje

01:00 - 19 June, 2013
© Jordi Bernardo
© Jordi Bernardo
  • Architects

    Alday Jover Arquitectura y Paisaje
  • Location

    Utebo, Zaragoza, Spain
  • Technical Architect

    Luis M. Gutiérrez, Eva Brugal
  • Area

    2850.0 m2
  • Year

    2004
  • Photography

© Jordi Bernardo © Jordi Bernardo © Jordi Bernardo © Jordi Bernardo +24

AD Classics: Heilig Geist Kirche / Alvar Aalto

01:00 - 19 June, 2013
© Samuel Ludwig
© Samuel Ludwig

Aalvar Aalto is arguably one of the most important architects of the 20th century. He is known for his all-around care for the design of buildings, and often not only designs the exterior but individual interior features as well. He designed a total of six buildings in Germany, one of them being Heilig Geist Kirche, an Evangelistic Luthern church in Wolfsburg, Germany.  Aalto was asked to design this church on November 5, 1958, and it was completed four years later in 1962.

Villa de los Niños Library / Solis Colomer Arquitectos

01:00 - 19 June, 2013
Courtesy of Solis Colomer arquitectos
Courtesy of Solis Colomer arquitectos
  • Architects

  • Location

    Villa de los Niños, Guatemala, Zona 6., 16 Avenida Final, Guatemala, Guatemala
  • Area

    2400.0 m2
  • Year

    2007
  • Photography

    Courtesy of Solis Colomer arquitectos

Courtesy of Solis Colomer arquitectos Courtesy of Solis Colomer arquitectos Courtesy of Solis Colomer arquitectos Courtesy of Solis Colomer arquitectos +22

Floating Barn Proposal / NRJA

01:00 - 19 June, 2013
Courtesy of NRJA
Courtesy of NRJA

Floating Barn is a lakeside residence designed for long Latvian summers. The two-story house features living spaces, a bathroom and a small deck on the first floor, and a sleeping area is located on the second floor. By using one material for both walls and roofs, a homogenous look is achieved. The pontoon base of the house features storage tanks for clean water, filtered graywater and fuel.

Courtesy of NRJA Courtesy of NRJA Sustainable Diagram Model +10

Multipurpose Room for Pius XII Private School / Laboratorio Urbano de Lima + Carmen Rivas Lombardi

01:00 - 19 June, 2013
Courtesy of Laboratorio Urbano de Lima + Carmen Rivas Lombardi
Courtesy of Laboratorio Urbano de Lima + Carmen Rivas Lombardi
  • Architects

    Laboratorio Urbano de Lima – Pablo Díaz Mora + Carmen Rivas Lombardi
  • Location

    Lima, Perú
  • Year

    2010
  • Photography

    Courtesy of Laboratorio Urbano de Lima + Carmen Rivas Lombardi

Courtesy of Laboratorio Urbano de Lima + Carmen Rivas Lombardi Courtesy of Laboratorio Urbano de Lima + Carmen Rivas Lombardi Courtesy of Laboratorio Urbano de Lima + Carmen Rivas Lombardi Courtesy of Laboratorio Urbano de Lima + Carmen Rivas Lombardi +18

The Wall House / FARM

01:00 - 19 June, 2013
© Bryan van der Beek & Edward Hendricks
© Bryan van der Beek & Edward Hendricks
  • Architects

  • Location

    Singapore, Singapore
  • Team

    Tiah Nan Chyuan, Lee Hui Lian(FARM), Kurjanto Slamet (KD Architects)
  • Collaborators

    KD Architects, Locus Associates with Base6 and Terre Pte Ltd
  • Area

    1116.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

    Bryan van der Beek & Edward Hendricks

© Bryan van der Beek & Edward Hendricks © Bryan van der Beek & Edward Hendricks © Bryan van der Beek & Edward Hendricks © Bryan van der Beek & Edward Hendricks +25