Update: ABI October

ABI October via Calculated Risk

It seems that the has bounced back a bit from its sharp drop in September.  A month ago, the ABI measured 46.9 – a score nearly 5 points lower than August – yet, this month, the AIA has reported the October ABI at 49.4   While the score shows a positive leap forward since September, any billings index below 50 still reflects a negative showing.   However, the new projects inquiry index seems to be this month’s silver lining as it jumped to 57.3 for October.

Check out the regional breakdown after the break.

Courtesy of Ferley Sergey

Revitalization of the Industrial Areas in the Kyiv City Center / Ferley Sergey

Ferley Sergey…, who currently works with Zotov & Co, shared with us his design for the revitalization of the industrial areas in the Kyiv city center, a former factory “Radar” and the surrounding areas. Currently, these areas are in terrible

Flashback: Torreblanca Park / Carme Pinos

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Architects: Carme Pinos
Location: , Spain
Project Year: 2002
Photographs: Courtesy of

view from plaza

Shenzhen Archive Towers / Jaeger and Partner Architects

Jaeger and Partners Architects…’ design for the Shenzhen Archive Towers recently received a Design Excellence Award in the AIA Chicago 2011 Design Awards program. This competition scheme was acknowledged in the Unbuilt Design Award category. Shenzhen’s Meiling District resides

Supreme Court Building in Jerusalem / Ada Karmi-Melamede Architects & Ram Karmi

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Architects: Ada Karmi-Melamede Architects & Ram Karmi
Location: Jerusalem,
Client: Yad Hanadiv
Photographs: Courtesy of Ada Karmi-Melamede Architects

Video: Rem Koolhaas Lecture, Opening Milstein Hall

Just recently, the author of architectural videos blog shared with us a video on OMA’s founding partner Rem Koolhaas‘ lecture which he gave at on October 20th. His lecture was given on the occasion of opening Milstein Hall, the new extension to the faculty of Architecture, Art and Planning designed by OMA.

House S / Roger Christ

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Architects: Roger Christ
Location: , Germany
Assistants: Ronni Neuber, Julia Url
Structural Engineering: Schmitt + Thielmann und Partner
Project Year: 2011
Project Area: 452 sqm
Photographs: Thomas Herrmann

Video: Foreclosed: Rehousing the American Dream / Visible Weather

Michael Bell presents Visible Weather’s vision for the future of Temple Terrace, , rethinking how the cities edge connects to the larger, adjacent city of Tampa. is one of five interdisciplinary teams participating in MoMA’s Foreclosed: Rehousing the American Dream.” Each team is challenged to re-imagine struggling American cities and suburbs, seeing the current economic crisis as an opportunity to evolve.

The video is provided by The Museum of Modern Art and was filmed by J6 Media Works.

McMicken Elementary School / TCF Architecture

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Architects: TCF Architecture
Location: , Washington, USA
Client: Highline Public Schools
Project Year: 2011
Project Area: 65,000 sqf; 6,039 sqm
Photographs: Pete Eckert

Adept and Luplau & Poulsen Chosen as Winners for Residential Project at Aarhus Harbour

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Deputy Mayor Laura Hay announced last Wednesday that Adept and Luplau & Poulsen was the winning team for the residential complex to be developed at Aarhus Harbour.  The Brabrand Housing Association’s new residential complex calls for a deisgn in Aarhus Habour that will break the massive scale of the harbour is as it currently exists. Adept and Luplau & Poulsen’s design - The City in the Building – Housing for All at Harbour North – will provide 238 public dwellings of which 83 are apartments for families and seniors, and 155 student-housing units.

More details on the design after the break.

Domaine de la Rive / Nadau Lavergne Architects

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Architects: Nadau Lavergne Architects
Location: Biscarosse, , France
Structural Engineer: Simonin
Landscape: Lefebvre paysage
Mechanical and Electrical Engineer: BRUEY
Project Area: 2000 sqm
Renderings: Pawel Podwojewski, studio MOTYW
Photographs: Philippe Caumes

China-Taiwan Master Plan for CBD / 10 Design

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10 Design architects has recently been awarded a 93 ha Masterplan for a CBD in , a New Cross-Strait District for China and It’s Trading Partner, . is planned as a new commercial hub to drive communication and commercial trade between China and Taiwan. Part of the competition included the design of a new Cross Straits Forum including theatre, convention, exhibition and auxiliary commercial and cultural facilities. More images and project description after the break.

Hillside Habitat / Edwards Moore

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Architects: Edwards Moore
Location: Kinglake, Victoria,
Project Team: Juliet Moore, Ben Edwards
Project Area: 135 sqm
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Peter Bennetts

Indore School / STL Architects


The new School design by STL Architects aims to radically rethink both the traditional classroom learning environment as well as the physical arrangement of those spaces. With a prototype designed for mid, mass and premium markets, the Indore School educational experience will never differ, only the materials used to build each school. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Baixa Bar / José Carlos Cruz

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Architects: José Carlos Cruz
Location: ,
Project Year: 2010
Project Area: 120 sqm
Photographs: FG+SG – Fernando Guerra, Sergio Guerra

Nanjing Jianning Highrise Complex Proposal / W2Y2L

view from the gateway

Located in the Xiaguan District in Nanjing, , was required to design a high rise complex which included entertaining, sport, commercial and official parts. Hence the major concern of the design was how to merge this “huge complex” into the existing circumstances and get a brilliantly transitional connection with the landscape there. The distribution of architectural volumes in this design follows the idea of traditional Chinese Gardens, which transforms the elements of water, stones, hills, bridges and flowers into significant urban shapes animating and vitalizing the daily life of the entire district. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Infinite Free Iraqi Constitution Proposal / Manhal Al Habbobi


How can you condense more than ten thousand years of civilization into a single project that faithfully tells the story of a great nation? The answer is in the winning design of a prestigious architectural competition, to design the new compound for the General Secretariat for the Council of Ministers in Baghdad. Zaha Hadid and more than 30 other international architects participated in this competition, won by the Iraqi Architect Manhal Al Habbobi (Master in Philosophy of Architecture) with his ‘CAP Emirates’ design. More images and project description after the break.

Sneek Bridge / Achterbosch Architectuur with Onix

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Architects: Achterbosch Architectuur and Onix
Location: , The Netherlands
Project Year: (First bridge) 2008; (Second bridge) 2010
Photographs: Courtesy of Achterbosch Architectuur and Onix