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December ABI Dips Again

00:00 - 22 January, 2014
December ABI Dips Again, December 2013 ABI. Image via CalculatedRiskBlog.com
December 2013 ABI. Image via CalculatedRiskBlog.com

Following consistently increasing demand for design services throughout most of 2013, the Architecture Billings Index (ABI) has posted its first consecutive months of contraction since May and June of 2012. The American Institute of Architects (AIA) reported the December ABI score was 48.5, down from a mark of 49.8 in November.  This score reflects a decrease in design services (any score above 50 indicates an increase in billings).  The new projects inquiry index was 59.2, up from the reading of 57.8 the previous month.

More highlights from the December ABI, after the break…

House in Cacela Velha / Victor Neves

01:00 - 22 January, 2014
House in Cacela Velha / Victor Neves, © Fernando Guerra I FG+SG
© Fernando Guerra I FG+SG

© Fernando Guerra I FG+SG © Fernando Guerra I FG+SG © Fernando Guerra I FG+SG © Fernando Guerra I FG+SG +21

La Planta / Agraz Architects SC

01:00 - 22 January, 2014
La Planta / Agraz Architects SC, © Mito Covarrubias
© Mito Covarrubias

© Mito Covarrubias © Mito Covarrubias © Mito Covarrubias © Mito Covarrubias +26

  • Architects

  • Location

    Tlajomulco de Zuñiga, JAL, Mexico
  • Architect in Charge

    Ricardo Agraz
  • Collaborators

    Erick Martínez, Miguel Sánchez, Juan Antonio Jaime, Brenda Barron, Blanca Moreno, Gabriela Villarreal, Javier Gutiérrez, Gabriel Gómez, Humberto Dueñas, Marc Fernández, Fernanda Palma, Israel Picos, Javier H. Aguirre, Leticia Macias
  • Construction

    Hugo Luna Vázquez, David Miguel Zamora Bueno, Francisco Javier Peregrina Barajas
  • Art Direction

    Francisco Morales Dufour, Adrián Guerrero
  • Area

    1375.0 m2
  • Year

    2013
  • Photography

    Mito Covarrubias

Souldern Road / DOS Architects

01:00 - 22 January, 2014
Souldern Road / DOS Architects, Courtesy of DOS Architects
Courtesy of DOS Architects

Courtesy of DOS Architects Courtesy of DOS Architects Courtesy of DOS Architects Courtesy of DOS Architects +20

  • Architects

  • Location

    2 Souldern Road, London W14 0JE, United Kingdom
  • Contractor

    Pn Homes
  • Structural Engineer

    Whitby Bird
  • Lighting

    Ps Lab
  • Area

    425.0 sqm
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of DOS Architects

Fairview Townhouse / Bucchieri Architects

01:00 - 22 January, 2014
© Scott Pease
© Scott Pease
  • Architects

  • Location

    Cleveland, OH, United States
  • Designer

    Stephen Bucchieri
  • Area

    3000.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

© Scott Pease © Scott Pease © Scott Pease © Scott Pease +18

Architecture for Humanity NY Community Design Competition

01:00 - 22 January, 2014
Architecture for Humanity NY Community Design Competition

Architecture for Humanity New York (AfHny) is accepting submissions for construction, interior design, landscape, and other design-related projects for the AfHny Community Design Competition 2014. AfHny will select one winning project that will be judged based on its alignment with AfHny’s mission, its perceived impact on the New York community, the submitting organization’s ability to fund the project, and proof of the organization’s ability to impact New York City’s neighborhoods based on past results. The winning project will receive a design competition hosted by AfHny that will result in several schematic design solutions developed by our membership base, which represents some of the top talent in the New York City design community. At the end of the design competition process, the winning organization will select their favored schematic design. 

TEX-FAB Skin: Digital Assemblies

00:00 - 22 January, 2014
TEX-FAB Skin: Digital Assemblies

TEX-FAB extends its reach to Austin, this year adding the University of Texas School of Architecture as a member organization. In doing so, the UT SOA is supporting the largest and most complete event to date with Michel Rojkind as our Keynote lecture with 6 speakers and 4 moderators. Moderators will delve into techniques to highlight the differences between working methods, while within the workshops, session leaders will further develop those topics as functional methods for the production of design solutions. 

In Defense of Open Source Design

00:00 - 22 January, 2014
In Defense of Open Source Design, Tatiana Bilbao's open source design for Paperhouses. Image Courtesy of Paperhouses
Tatiana Bilbao's open source design for Paperhouses. Image Courtesy of Paperhouses

The unspoken truth about housing today? Most of it is ugly - more accurately described as "developed" than "designed."

What's the difference? A housing development is bottom line-oriented; a housing design is human-centered. A housing development is made for the masses; housing design is typically envisioned for an individual client. But, at the end of the day, every house was at one point designed. In other words, development and design are merely made to oppose by developers and designers. They can be one and the same.

So how can we negotiate the difference between "development" and "design" - and effectively create better housing for the many without loss of individualism? Allow me to suggest an unlikely solution: making architecture open source.

Vista House / Alexander Brenner Architects

01:00 - 22 January, 2014
Vista House / Alexander Brenner Architects, © Zooey Braun
© Zooey Braun

© Zooey Braun © Zooey Braun © Zooey Braun © Zooey Braun +21

Snowblower Shatters Panel of Apple Cube

00:00 - 22 January, 2014
Snowblower Shatters Panel of Apple Cube, Apple's 5th Avenue Store. Image via Buzzfeed. Image
Apple's 5th Avenue Store. Image via Buzzfeed. Image

The Apple Store's iconic 5th Avenue Store, designed by Bohlin Cywinski Jackson, came into unfortunate contact with a snowblower yesterday, reports Buzzfeed. The incident has left one panel of glass shattered; it's estimated that fixing it will cost about $445,000. More images, after the break...

Instituut Verbeeten / Wiegerinck

01:00 - 22 January, 2014
© Kim Zwarts
© Kim Zwarts
  • Architects

  • Location

    Breda, The Netherlands
  • Design Team

    Jarno Nillesen, Alfons van den Berg, Frans Frederiks, Carl Peter Goossen, Marieke van ‘t Hoff, Gerard Kasteel, Miriam Poch, Paul Numan, Roy Pype
  • Consultants

    Aronsohn, Deerns raadgevend ingenieurs, Gebroeders Brouwer, FabriekNL
  • Contractors

    Heerkens van Bavel, Gebroeders Brouwer, FabriekNL
  • Area

    1794.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2010
  • Photographs

© Kim Zwarts © Kim Zwarts © Kim Zwarts © Kim Zwarts +14

Villa 191 / ISV architects

01:00 - 22 January, 2014
© Anargyros Mougiakos
© Anargyros Mougiakos

© Anargyros Mougiakos © Giannis Kontos © Anargyros Mougiakos © Giannis Kontos +17

Buenos Aires Contemporary Art Museum / Monoblock

01:00 - 22 January, 2014
Buenos Aires Contemporary Art Museum / Monoblock, © Albano Garcia
© Albano Garcia

© Javier Agustin Rojas © Javier Agustin Rojas © Javier Agustin Rojas © Albano Garcia +39

  • Architects

  • Location

    Mar del Plata, Buenos Aires Province, Argentina
  • Project Architects

    Marcos Amedeo, Fernando Cynowiec, Juan Granara, Adrián Russo, Alexis Schächter
  • Project Area

    7050.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photography

    Albano Garcia , Javier Agustin Rojas, Horacio Volpato, Cortesia de Monoblock

The Contentious Legacy of the IAUS

00:00 - 22 January, 2014
The Contentious Legacy of the IAUS, Peter Eisenman, the founder of IAUS. Image Courtesy of an-onymous.com
Peter Eisenman, the founder of IAUS. Image Courtesy of an-onymous.com

In this in-depth article on Design ObserverBelmont Freeman examines the resurgence of interest in the Institute for Architecture and Urban Studies, Peter Eisenman's radical, theory-based school that existed from 1967-1985, and questions: what has been the Institute's legacy in the 30 years since its demise? Read Freeman's thoughts in the full article here.

Winter Cabin In Malalcahuello / MC2 Arquitectos

01:00 - 22 January, 2014
Winter Cabin In Malalcahuello / MC2 Arquitectos, Courtesy of MC2 arquitectos
Courtesy of MC2 arquitectos

Courtesy of MC2 arquitectos Courtesy of MC2 arquitectos Courtesy of MC2 arquitectos Courtesy of MC2 arquitectos +26

  • Architects

  • Location

    Araucanía Region, Chile
  • Architect in Charge

    Francisca Cifuentes, Alejandro Morales
  • Area

    48.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of MC2 arquitectos

Tagungshotel Kloster Haydau / Störmer Murphy and Partners

01:00 - 22 January, 2014
Tagungshotel Kloster Haydau / Störmer Murphy and Partners, © Ali Moshiri
© Ali Moshiri

© Ali Moshiri © Ali Moshiri © Ali Moshiri © Ali Moshiri +20

King Fahad National Library / Gerber Architekten

01:00 - 22 January, 2014
King Fahad National Library / Gerber Architekten, © Christian Richters
© Christian Richters

© Christian Richters © Christian Richters © Christian Richters © Christian Richters +21

  • Architects

  • Location

    Riyadh Saudi Arabia
  • Project Architect

    Thomas Lücking
  • Structural

    Bollinger & Grohmann Ingenieure
  • Contractor

    Saudi Bin Laden
  • Photographs

Architectural Photographers: Roland Halbe

00:00 - 21 January, 2014
Architectural Photographers: Roland Halbe, © Roland Halbe
© Roland Halbe

Working independently since 1988, Roland Halbe started out shooting commercial architecture, but quickly became one of the most recognized professionals in architecture photography, earning international commissions from architects, agencies and all kinds of media outlets.

In 1996 he co-founded Artur Images, an online archive of architecture and interior images, representing over 200 photographers from all over the world including, of course, himself.

© Roland Halbe © Roland Halbe © Roland Halbe © Roland Halbe +11