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September ABI Indicates Robust Conditions for US

00:00 - 22 October, 2014
September ABI Indicates Robust Conditions for US, September 2014. Image via CalculatedRiskBlog.com
September 2014. Image via CalculatedRiskBlog.com

The American Institute of Architecture (AIA) has indicated a “heightened level of demand for design services” throughout the US. As the latest Architecture Billings Index (ABI) reports, all regions and project sectors have shown positive conditions and the September score was 55.2, up from a mark of 53.0 in August. The new projects inquiry index was 64.8, following a mark of 62.6 the previous month.

“Strong demand for apartment buildings and condominiums has been one of the main drivers in helping to keep the design and construction market afloat in recent years,” said AIA Chief Economist Kermit Baker, Hon. AIA, PhD. “There continues to be a healthy market for those types of design projects, but the recently resurgent Institutional sector is leading to broader growth for the entire construction industry.” 

A breakdown of regional highlights, after the break.

Renovation of Apartments in 1720s House / Studiomama

01:00 - 22 October, 2014
Renovation of  Apartments in 1720s  House / Studiomama, © Gustav Kaiser
© Gustav Kaiser

© Gustav Kaiser © Gustav Kaiser © Gustav Kaiser © Gustav Kaiser + 31

  • Architects

  • Location

    Stockholm, Sweden
  • Architect in Charge

    Robert Sandell
  • Collaboration

    Robert Sandell Arkitektkontor
  • Area

    200.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

Visitors Center of the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center / Agis Mourelatos + Spiros Yiotakis

01:00 - 22 October, 2014
Visitors Center of the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center / Agis Mourelatos + Spiros Yiotakis, © Yorgis Yerolymbos – SNFCC SA
© Yorgis Yerolymbos – SNFCC SA

© Yorgis Yerolymbos – SNFCC SA © Yorgis Yerolymbos – SNFCC SA © Yorgis Yerolymbos – SNFCC SA © Yorgis Yerolymbos – SNFCC SA + 18

K-house / Arbejazz Architecture Studio

01:00 - 22 October, 2014
K-house / Arbejazz Architecture Studio, © Aviad Bar Ness
© Aviad Bar Ness

© Adi Wainberg © Adi Wainberg © Adi Wainberg © Adi Wainberg + 19

El Blok / FUSTER + Architects

01:00 - 22 October, 2014
El Blok / FUSTER +  Architects, © Dianne Puliza
© Dianne Puliza

© Jaime Navarro © Jaime Navarro © Jaime Navarro © Jaime Navarro + 20

Interview: Brian MacKay-Lyons on the State of Architectural Education and the Architect's Role

00:00 - 22 October, 2014
Interview: Brian MacKay-Lyons on the State of Architectural Education and the Architect's Role, Ghost 7 / MacKay-Lyons Sweetapple Architects. Image © James Steeves
Ghost 7 / MacKay-Lyons Sweetapple Architects. Image © James Steeves

Brian MacKay-Lyons is the founding partner of MacKay-Lyons Sweetapple Architects, a professor at Dalhousie University and the founder of Ghost Lab - the now legendary 2-week summer design/build program that took place on his family farm in Nova Scotia from 1994 to 2011. While relentlessly local, Brian's work has been recognized internationally with more than 100 awards, 300 publications and 100 exhibitions. In 2012, the American Institute of Architects recognized the collective work and influence of Ghost with an Institute Honor Award for Architecture.

On August 22nd, 2014 Brian hopped off his tractor and wiped the diesel fuel off his hands to discuss architectural education with Keith and Marie Zawistowski, co-founders of the design/buildLAB at Virginia Tech and partners of OnSite Architecture. Here is an excerpt from their conversation, which was originally published on Inform:

Keith Zawistowski: Your contributions to the discipline of architecture have been both in practice and in education. In 1994, you founded Ghost, an international laboratory that influenced all generations of architects with its simplicity and this affirmation of timeless architectural values of place and craft. It was a pretty bold move and it seems for us like it was a direct reaction to your discontentment with academia and the way architects were being educated. Do you still feel that strongly about the state of architecture education and the profession?

Rabbit's Tale / tidtangstudio

00:00 - 22 October, 2014
Rabbit's Tale / tidtangstudio, © Ketsiree Wongwan
© Ketsiree Wongwan

© Ketsiree Wongwan © Ketsiree Wongwan © Ketsiree Wongwan © Ketsiree Wongwan + 22

  • Architects

  • Location

    20th floor, Piya Place, Phloen Chit, Bangkok, Thailand, 10330
  • Design Team

    Pattakorn Thanasanaksorn, Pornplom Krasaeyarn
  • Main Contractor

    Saran Navaraj
  • Area

    260.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

Gehry's Fondation Louis Vuitton in Paris: The Critics Respond

00:00 - 22 October, 2014
Gehry's Fondation Louis Vuitton in Paris: The Critics Respond, Fondation Louis Vuitton, Paris. Image © Iwan Baan
Fondation Louis Vuitton, Paris. Image © Iwan Baan

The people behind Frank Gehry's Fondation Louis Vuitton (FLV) in Paris, which is set to officially open on the 27th October 2014, recently invited a band of architecture critics to take a look around and pen their thoughts. Gehry's bold approach to architectural form, most evident in buildings like the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao and the Walt Disney Concert Hall in LA, matches the foundation's aim to "promote and support contemporary and artistic creation" in France. According to their website, they in particular embody "a passion for artistic freedom." How, then, has the enormous sailed structure, challenged by local opposition from the outset, settled into its Parisian parkland surroundings?

See what The Guardian's Oliver Wainwright, The Observer's Rowan Moore, Vanity Fair's Paul Goldberger, The LA Times' Christopher Hawthorne, as well as the Architectural Digests' Mayer Rus, had to say about Gehry's latest completed building after the break.

© Todd Eberle © Todd Eberle © Todd Eberle © Todd Eberle + 6

David Chipperfield, Kengo Kuma and Renzo Piano Among 12 Shortlisted for Sydney Art Gallery Expansion

00:00 - 22 October, 2014
David Chipperfield, Kengo Kuma and Renzo Piano Among 12 Shortlisted for Sydney Art Gallery Expansion, Art Gallery of NSW. Image Courtesy of Flickr CC User Jason Starr
Art Gallery of NSW. Image Courtesy of Flickr CC User Jason Starr

Twelve local and international practices have been invited to participate in a two-stage competition for the “Sydney Modern Project,” a $450 million expansion of the Art Gallery of New South Wales (NSW). Five practices from the shortlist, which also includes SANAA, Tod Williams and Billie Tsien, and Herzog & de Meuron, will move on to produce conceptual designs in the competition’s final round.

“The Sydney Modern vision for expansion and transformation is much more than just a building project,” stated gallery director Dr. Michael Brand. “Through this invited competition the Gallery is seeking ideas that will create an architecturally ambitious, intelligent, sensitive, sustainable and highly functional design. Our site overlooking Sydney Harbor will inspire each of the invited architectural practices, all of whom have extraordinary design skills.”

The invited architectural practices are…

Svencelė Kiteboarding and Windsurfing Centre / DO architects + Aketuri Architektai

01:00 - 22 October, 2014
Svencelė Kiteboarding and Windsurfing Centre / DO architects + Aketuri Architektai, Courtesy of Architects: DO architects + Aketuri Architektai
Courtesy of Architects: DO architects + Aketuri Architektai

Courtesy of Architects: DO architects + Aketuri Architektai Courtesy of Architects: DO architects + Aketuri Architektai Courtesy of Architects: DO architects + Aketuri Architektai Courtesy of Architects: DO architects + Aketuri Architektai + 18

  • Architects

  • Location

    Svencelė 96241, Lithuania
  • Design Team

    Andrė Baldišiūtė, Lukas Rekevičius, Milda Rekevičienė, Ignas Uogintas, Algimantas Neniškis
  • Project Year

    2010

Studio Gang Breaks Ground on Chicago Writers’ Theatre

00:00 - 22 October, 2014
Studio Gang Breaks Ground on Chicago Writers’ Theatre, Main Entrance . Image © Studio Gang Architects
Main Entrance . Image © Studio Gang Architects

Studio Gang has broke ground on the new home for Chicago’s beloved Writers’ Theatre. Situated on the sloped Tudor Court site of the Glencoe Woman’s Library Club, the glass encased timber structure will be a theatrical spectacle, as the main performance space's second story catwalk is designed to peer through the transparent facade.

“Our process has been built around the creative team dialogue with Writers Theatre, its audiences, and the community, and we could not be more excited to celebrate this milestone today while looking forward to the ideas that will soon become a built reality in 2016,” said Jeanne Gang. “The design of Writers Theatre’s first purpose-built theatre reinforces their important mission and vision to maximize the feeling of intimacy between actors and audience within the park-like setting of downtown Glencoe.”

New renderings and more information from the architect, after the break.

Video: Emre Arolat's Sancaklar Mosque From Start to Finish

00:00 - 22 October, 2014

Earlier this year, Emre Arolat Architects completed their Sancaklar Mosque, "a simple cave like space" in Istanbul which through its humble exterior forms and emphasis on connection to nature, offers a "dramatic and awe inspiring place to pray and be alone with God." Over a period of 24 months, SGMStudio (Sarraf | Galeyan | Mekanik) documented this work, as the elements of the mosque gradually emerged from its steel rebar framework. "While recording the progress of the construction throughout passing seasons, the film aims to portray the building's existence within nature and its percept of space with the sensibility of the structure it purposes to narrate," say SGMStudio. Set to dramatic backing music, "the film dwells on the tension between the technical and engineering-centric implementation and humble and tranquil art of building with its pacing."

House Liechtenstein / k_m architektur

01:00 - 22 October, 2014
Courtesy of k_m architektur
Courtesy of k_m architektur
  • Architects

  • Location

    Schaan, Liechtenstein
  • Project Year

    2013

Courtesy of k_m architektur Courtesy of k_m architektur Courtesy of k_m architektur Courtesy of k_m architektur + 28

Maggie’s Oxford / Wilkinson Eyre Architects

01:00 - 22 October, 2014
Maggie’s Oxford / Wilkinson Eyre Architects, © Julian Abrams
© Julian Abrams

Courtesy of Wilkinson Eyre Architects Courtesy of Wilkinson Eyre Architects Courtesy of Wilkinson Eyre Architects Courtesy of Wilkinson Eyre Architects + 19

Wright & Wright Unveils Scheme to Replace Chipperfield's Plans for Geffrye Museum

00:00 - 22 October, 2014
Wright & Wright Unveils Scheme to Replace Chipperfield's Plans for Geffrye Museum, View from Hoxton Station, Geffrye Street. Image © Wright & Wright Architects
View from Hoxton Station, Geffrye Street. Image © Wright & Wright Architects

Wright & Wright Architects has revealed their designs for the Geffrye Museum in East London, a £15 million redesign that will increase the museum's total space by almost 40% through "unlocking" previously unused areas of the museum's 18th century almshouses. The design replaces a scheme by David Chipperfield Architects, which last year failed to secure planning permission in part because of the hugely controversial proposal to demolish the former Marquis of Lansdown Pub that occupies the corner of the site.

E:MG Advertising Agency / VOX Architects

01:00 - 21 October, 2014
E:MG Advertising Agency / VOX Architects, © Alexey Knyazev
© Alexey Knyazev

© Alexey Knyazev © Alexey Knyazev © Alexey Knyazev © Alexey Knyazev + 19

  • Architects

  • Location

    Moscow, Russia
  • Architect in Charge

    Boris Voskoboynikov
  • Area

    12000.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

Salle Polyvalente de Plumergat / Studio 02

01:00 - 21 October, 2014
Salle Polyvalente de Plumergat / Studio 02, © Luc Boegly
© Luc Boegly

© Luc Boegly © Luc Boegly © Luc Boegly © Luc Boegly + 21

NOAA Southwest Fisheries Science Center / Gould Evans

01:00 - 21 October, 2014
NOAA Southwest Fisheries Science Center / Gould Evans, © Assassi Productions
© Assassi Productions

© Assassi Productions © Assassi Productions © Assassi Productions © Assassi Productions + 29