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May ABI Shows Return to Growth in US Market

00:00 - 19 June, 2014
May ABI Shows Return to Growth in US Market, May 2014 ABI. Image via CalculatedRiskBlog.com
May 2014 ABI. Image via CalculatedRiskBlog.com

The US Architecture Billings Index showed a significant improvement in May, jumping to a score of 52.6 and showing some growth after two consecutive months of contraction. As the American Institute of Architects (AIA) reports, its two new measures of growth also showed positive results: the Project Inquiries Index rose to 63.2; and the Design Contracts Index - despite dropping slightly from last month's 54.6 - still showed growth at 52.5 points.

"Volatility continues to be the watchword in the design and construction markets, with firms in some regions of the country, and serving some sectors of the industry, reporting strong growth, while others are indicating continued weakness," said AIA Chief Economist Kermit Baker, Hon. AIA, PhD. "However, overall, it appears that activity has recovered from the winter slump, and design professions should see more positive than negative numbers in the coming months."

A breakdown of regional and sector highlights, after the break

The EU Mies van der Rohe Architecture Award and The Future of European Architecture

01:00 - 19 June, 2014
The EU Mies van der Rohe Architecture Award and The Future of European Architecture, © Pepo Segura – Fundació Mies van der Rohe
© Pepo Segura – Fundació Mies van der Rohe

ArchDaily is pleased to announce our partnership with the European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture - Mies van der Rohe Award. The following is an essay from Constructing Europe by Pedro Gadanho, member of the 2013 Prize jury. 

When one wants to consider the future of any form of activity, one is tempted to extrapolate trends from current conditions. One translates signs from the present onto the shape of things to come. The conditions of a given moment, however, may be too circumstantial, and one should be particularly aware of their transient nature. This is the dilemma one obviously faces when considering ‘the future of European architecture’.

At the time the European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture - Mies van der Rohe Award commemorates its 25th anniversary, the European project from which this Prize emanates – and to which it owes its symbolic meaning and promoting purpose – is itself at a crossroads.

In between austerity measures, the South and North divide, growing unemployment, a feeling of impoverishment and insecurity, and the apparent unsustainability of the Welfare State model, which had given the region prosperity after World War II, Europe itself seems to be facing a pivotal, if transient moment.

Medialab-Prado / Langarita Navarro Arquitectos

01:00 - 19 June, 2014
Medialab-Prado / Langarita Navarro Arquitectos, © Miguel de Guzmán
© Miguel de Guzmán

© Miguel de Guzmán © Miguel de Guzmán © Miguel de Guzmán © Miguel de Guzmán +25

Barn / Project Meganom

01:00 - 19 June, 2014
Barn / Project Meganom, © Yury Grigoryan
© Yury Grigoryan

© Yury Grigoryan © Yury Grigoryan © Yury Grigoryan © Yury Grigoryan +12

  • Architects

  • Location

    Nikolo-Lenivets, Kaluga Oblast, Russia
  • Architects in Charge

    Yury Grigoryan, Pavel Ivanchikov, Iliya Kulesov, Alexandra Pavlova, Yury Kuznezov
  • Project Year

    2006
  • Photographs

Stedelijk Museum Schiedam Transformation / MVRDV

01:00 - 19 June, 2014
© Daria Scagliola & Stijn Brakkee
© Daria Scagliola & Stijn Brakkee

© Daria Scagliola & Stijn Brakkee © Daria Scagliola & Stijn Brakkee © Daria Scagliola & Stijn Brakkee © Daria Scagliola & Stijn Brakkee +14

KCEV / Petr Hajek Architekti

01:00 - 19 June, 2014
KCEV / Petr Hajek Architekti , © Benedikt Markel
© Benedikt Markel

© Benedikt Markel © Benedikt Markel © Benedikt Markel © Benedikt Markel +37

From "The Landscape Imagination" - James Corner's Essay on the High Line

01:00 - 19 June, 2014
From "The Landscape Imagination" - James Corner's Essay on the High Line, © Russel Fernandez/ Princeton Architectural Press
© Russel Fernandez/ Princeton Architectural Press

The following is an excerpt from The Landscape Imagination: The Collected Essays of James Corner 1990–2010 by James Corner. In this passage, Corner discusses the work of John Dixon Hunt, and the qualities of Hunt's work that he seeks to incorporate into his own (including his firm's - James Corner Field Operations - redesign of the New York High Line).

Over the past two decades, James Corner has reinvented the field of landscape architecture. His highly influential writings of the 1990s, included in our bestselling Recovering Landscape, together with a post-millennial series of built projects, such as New York's celebrated High Line, prove that the best way to address the problems facing our cities is to embrace their industrial past. Collecting Corner's written scholarship from the early 1990s through 2010, The Landscape Imagination addresses critical issues in landscape architecture and reflects on how his writings have informed the built work of his thriving New York based practice, Field Operations.

© Russel Fernandez/ Princeton Architectural Press © Russel Fernandez/ Princeton Architectural Press © Russel Fernandez/ Princeton Architectural Press © Russel Fernandez/ Princeton Architectural Press +13

House N°2 / Martin Hurtado

01:00 - 19 June, 2014
House N°2  / Martin Hurtado, Courtesy of Martin Hurtado
Courtesy of Martin Hurtado

Courtesy of Martin Hurtado Courtesy of Martin Hurtado Courtesy of Martin Hurtado Courtesy of Martin Hurtado +40

  • Architects

  • Location

    Araucanía Region, Chile
  • Project Area

    481.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photography

    Courtesy of Martin Hurtado

Fogo Natural Park Venue / OTO

01:00 - 18 June, 2014
Fogo Natural Park Venue / OTO, © Fernando Guerra | FG + SG
© Fernando Guerra | FG + SG

© Fernando Guerra | FG + SG © Fernando Guerra | FG + SG © Fernando Guerra | FG + SG © Fernando Guerra | FG + SG +56

  • Architects

  • Location

    Fogo, Cape Verde
  • Project Team

    André Castro Santos, Miguel Ribeiro de Carvalho, Nuno Teixeira Martins, Ricardo Barbosa Vicente
  • Area

    3200.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

Arthur Andersson on Timeless Materials & Building "Ruins"

01:00 - 18 June, 2014
Tower House . Image © Art Gray
Tower House . Image © Art Gray

Material Minds, presented by ArchDaily Materials, is our new series of short interviews with architects, designers, scientists, and others who use architectural  in innovative ways. Enjoy!

Arthur Andersson of Andersson-Wise Architects wants to build ruins. He wants things to be timeless - to look good now and 2000 years from now. He wants buildings to fit within a place and time. To do that he has a various set of philosophies, processes and some great influences. Read our full in-depth interview with Mr. Andersson, another revolutionary "Material Mind," after the break. 

Tower House . Image © Art Gray Tower House . Image © Art Gray Tower House . Image © Art Gray Stone Creek Camp. Image © Art Gray +15

Kwun Tong swimming pools and playgrounds / Ronald Lu & Partners

01:00 - 18 June, 2014
Kwun Tong swimming pools and playgrounds / Ronald Lu & Partners, Courtesy of Ronald Lu & Partners
Courtesy of Ronald Lu & Partners

Courtesy of Ronald Lu & Partners Courtesy of Ronald Lu & Partners Courtesy of Ronald Lu & Partners Courtesy of Ronald Lu & Partners +11

  • Architects

  • Location

    Hong Kong
  • Area

    39000.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of Ronald Lu & Partners

Lussy Sport Hall / Virdis Architecture

01:00 - 18 June, 2014
Lussy Sport Hall / Virdis Architecture, © Jantscher Thomas
© Jantscher Thomas

© Jantscher Thomas © Jantscher Thomas © Jantscher Thomas © Jantscher Thomas +26

  • Architects

  • Location

    Chemin de Crey Derrey, 1618 Châtel-Saint-Denis, Switzerland
  • Design Team

    Virdis Sebastien, Dafflon Alain, Delaloye François
  • Project Year

    2009
  • Photographs

Biennale Exhibit Examines the "Chinese Condition" - What Happens When 1% of the World's Architects Design 33% of its Buildings

01:00 - 18 June, 2014
© MCPH Marco Cappelletti
© MCPH Marco Cappelletti

"Chinese architects account for 1% of the world total, but the turnover from building work is 1/10 of the world total. In other words, one hundredth of the world’s architects must design 33% of all buildings and they must do this for just 1/10 of the profit. How does this condition effect architecture?"

This is the question that motivates THECONDITIONOFCHINESEARCHITECTURE, the exposition TCA ThinkTank displayed within the Chinese Pavilion at this year's Venice Biennale 2014. Read the curators' description of their exposition's look into the perceptions and reality of Chinese architecture, after the break.

Courtesy of TCA Think Tank Courtesy of TCA Think Tank Courtesy of TCA Think Tank Courtesy of TCA Think Tank +22

Manuelle Gautrand to Revamp Paris' Alésia Cinema with Hundreds of LED "Pixels"

01:00 - 18 June, 2014
Facade Closeup. Image © KDSL
Facade Closeup. Image © KDSL

Renovated numerous times during its history, Gaumont-Alésia, a Parisian cinema housed in a structure that is over 80 years old, will now be revamped by firm Manuelle Gautrand Architecture. With a design that emphasizes filmography’s presence in modern culture, the Gaumont-Alésia is set to become an inviting cultural hub for the surrounding city, showcasing cinema’s influence on both the interior and exterior.

Both street facades will be composed of glass curtain walls shaded by pleated metal panels. These panels will be perforated by hundreds of LED “pixels” which will create an image across the pleats. Both entrances to the building become animated walls, broadcasting film stills, movie trailers, and advertisements, all meant to entice passersby.  The LEDS are spaced fewer and farther apart toward the edges of the building, creating a stippling effect around the border of the images. At the entrances these animated panels will peel upwards, creating a canopy under which patrons can walk.

The Facade at Night. Image © KDSL Exterior Facade. Image © KDSL Seating Outside the Movie Theater Proper. Image © KDSL Upper Floors of the Atrium. Image © KDSL +25

UK Architecture Unemployment Falls to Pre-Crash Levels

00:00 - 18 June, 2014
UK Architecture Unemployment Falls to Pre-Crash Levels, © Rene de Wit
© Rene de Wit

The number of unemployed architects in the UK has fallen to its lowest level since before the financial crisis, according to the Office of National Statistics. This is based on the number of architects claiming Jobseekers' Allowance, which fell to just 310 in May, a figure that has almost halved since May 2013 when 615 architects were claiming.

These statistics are backed up by observations revealed by the RIBA Future Trends Survey for May, released later this month, which reportedly shows a 10% increase in workload among UK practices. 

More on the recovery of UK architecture after the break

Pålsbu Hydro Power Station / Manthey Kula Architects

01:00 - 18 June, 2014
Pålsbu Hydro Power Station / Manthey Kula Architects, Courtesy of Manthey Kula Architects
Courtesy of Manthey Kula Architects

Courtesy of Manthey Kula Architects Courtesy of Manthey Kula Architects Courtesy of Manthey Kula Architects Courtesy of Manthey Kula Architects +13

  • Architects

  • Location

    Buskerud, Norway
  • Design Team

    Per Tamsen, Beate Hølmebakk
  • Area

    330.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2007
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of Manthey Kula Architects

Exhibition / Conceptions of Space: Recent Acquisitions in Contemporary Architecture

00:00 - 18 June, 2014
Exhibition / Conceptions of Space: Recent Acquisitions in Contemporary Architecture, Herzog & de Meuron’s National Stadium, Beijing. 2008. Digital C-print, 36 x 54″ (91.4 x 137.2 cm). The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Gift of the artist. Photograph © Iwan Baan
Herzog & de Meuron’s National Stadium, Beijing. 2008. Digital C-print, 36 x 54″ (91.4 x 137.2 cm). The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Gift of the artist. Photograph © Iwan Baan

Focusing on recent acquisitions in MoMA’s Department of Architecture and Design, Conceptions of Space addresses how contemporary architects continue to embrace spatial creation as a fundamental focus of their work. The exhibition reveals how, beyond formal traits and functional needs, the conception and articulation of architectural space still defines architecture as an artistic endeavor, and a response to wider cultural issues.

Kotor Architecture Prison Summer School 2014

00:00 - 18 June, 2014
Kotor Architecture Prison Summer School 2014

Hotel Fjord is the most visible big structure that was conceived and built during the Yugoslav period in Kotor and which is now waiting for more intense use again. Next to it there is at least four major sites and structures in a wide range of different material conditions, but all in a state of minimal use, which can be described as a programmatic void in the center of Kotor.