Nonresidential Construction Spending Expected to Increase in 2012

Via Chief Economist, Kermit Baker, PhD, Hon.

In 2011, a volatile Architecture Billings Index () reflected the unstable conditions U.S. practices were struggling to deal with. However, the year ended optimistically as the ABI remained at 52.0 for the month of December. So far, January has prolonged the hopeful outlook for the American design and construction industry, as many reports highlight a “modest recovery” in the nonresidential sector for 2012 and an even stronger upturn in 2013.

“Spending on hotels, industrial plants and commercial properties are going to set the pace for the construction industry over the next two years,” said AIA Chief Economist, Kermit Baker, PhD, Hon. AIA. “The institutional market won’t experience the same growth, but healthcare facilities and places of worship are poised for a positive economic outlook in that sector.”

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Auditorium in Cartagena / Selgas Cano

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Architects: Selgas Cano
Location: , Spain
Project Architect: Jose Selgas, Lucía Cano
Project Team: Lara Resco, José de Villar, José Jaraiz, Lorena del Río, Blas Antón, Miguel San Millán, Carlos Chacón, Julián Fernandez, Beatriz Quintana, Jaehoon Yook, Jeongwoo Choi, Laura Culiañez, Bárbara Bardín
Architectural Assistant: Antonio Mármol, Joaquín Cárceles, Rául Jiménez
Completion: 2011
Site Area: 5,628 sqm
Total Square Footage: 18,500 sqm
Budget: 34.5 Euro
Photographs: Iwan Baan

Maier Hall / Schacht Aslani Architects

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Architect: Schacht Aslani Architects
Location: Port Angeles, , USA
Project owner: Peninsula College (Port Angeles, WA)
Projects Area: 62,950 sf
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Doug Scott 

Talking to your Architect

Excuse me architect, but you’re being an ass.

Yes, kind of…sort of…maybe a little bit

Am I bothering you with my petty contract? Is this job just not your “ideal” project? Doesn’t it fit into your “body of work”? your “oeuvre”? Is this project not going to win you any awards?

I know you’re talented. I know you know more about building and design than I EVER will. In fact that’s why I hired you. I need your help. I need you to help me realize this project. I need your skill. I need your experience. And yes, I need your passion.

But, I don’t need any more of your bullshit.

I don’t want you to show me what to build. I want you to include me in the process. I’m not paying you for the privilege of your “vision”. I’m paying you to help me solve this. I assumed I would be a part of that process.

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AD Interviews: Brad Cloepfil / Allied Works Architecture

Recently we had the chance to visit Allied Works office in NY to interview the firm’s founder Brad Cloepfil. It was a great interview, and I really liked the atmosphere of the office: A young team, many abstract study models, beautiful drawings on the boards, and a subtle music playing in the background, it was like seeing the inside of a creative machine at work.

Established in 1994 by Brad Cloepfil, Allied Works Architecture is an awarding-winning practice known for their expressive design and pristine detailing. Portland, Oregon hosts the firm’s headquarters and maintains a close, interdependent relationship with the New York City office. Together the 50-person practice has completed a number of influential public, institutional, commercial, and residential projects worldwide.

Allied Works’ strong reputation started with the Maryhill Overlook in the Columbia River Gorge, followed by the Wieden + Kennedy Agency Headquarters. Currently Allied Works is involved in a variety of commissions, including the Clyfford Still Museum in , , the National Music Centre of Canada, and the Vancouver Community Connector in Washington.

Architectural historian and critic, Sandy Isenstadt, describes Cloepfil’s work as “aiming to create oases of legibility, spaces that can look out upon the simultaneous contrasts of the modern world to appreciate them from a place no less complex, but one that unfolds over time, with repeated visits, rather than at the speed of a camera shutter, thereby rewarding continued occupation rather than just dazzling the eye.”

Allied Works projects at ArchDaily:

Clyfford Still Museum / Allied Works Architecture

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Architects: Allied Works Architecture
Location: , Colorado, USA
Project Team: Brad Cloepfil, Design Principal Chris Bixby, Project Lead
Project Year: 2011
Project Area: 28,500 sqf
Photographs: Jeremy Bittermann

Harbour View / Stephenson&Turner

© Simon Devitt

Architect: Stephenson&Turner
Location: Auckland, New Zealand
Client: 152 Quay St Body Corporate
Project Year: 2009
Photographs: Simon Devitt

Video: How Much Does Your Building Weigh, Mr. Foster


Check out this beautiful documentary by First Run Features highlighting Norman Foster’s architectural inspiration, theories and products of his premier global practice.  As an architect who is constantly challenging the rules of the system, Foster’s career has produce magnificent structures from his iconic skyscrapers to the world’s longest bridge. The film “documents the way that great architecture is created, but does not flinch from the disappointments, and the set backs, and even the failures that come with it.” The film will be released on DVD and is having a limited theatrical release. Enjoy the trailer!

 


        

UTS Great Hall and Balcony Room / DRAW

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Architects: Draw [de Manincor Russell Architecture Workshop]
Location: Broadway, Ultimo, ,
Client: University of Technology, Sydney [UTS]
Project Team: Adam Russell, John de Manincor, Fransisco Layson, Raffaello Rosselli, Nick Sargent, Chris Steinbach, Leisa Tough, Lorraine Yip, Zana Wright
Collaborators: Kann Finch Group (Collaborating Architects)
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Brett Boardman

Courtesy of Quentin Perchet & Gabriel Scerri

Bike The Floating Stadium / Quentin Perchet & Gabriel Scerri

The aim of Bike The Floating Stadium by architects Quentin Perchet & Gabriel Scerri… is to design a gift to the city, a symbol of sustainability, and a 24/7 open public space gathering in an exemplary way for leisure, entertainment,

Kindergarten of Jiading New Town / Atelier Deshaus

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Architect: Atelier Deshaus (Liu Yichun / Chen Yifeng)
Location: Hongde Rd, Jiading, ,
Project Team: Chen Yifeng, Liu Yichun, Wang Shuyi, Liu Qian, Gao Lin
Building Area: 660 sqm
Site Area: 12100 sqm
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Shu He

‘Unfinished Modernisations / Between Utopia and Pragmatism’ Exhibition

Cultural Centre Kolasin: Cultural Center by architect: Marko Music (photo by Wolfgang Thaler)

As part of the European Capital of Culture 2012, the architectural exhibition, ‘Unfinished Modernisations / Between Utopia and Pragmatism’ will be taking place at the Maribor Art Gallery from February 10 – April 22. The presentation of architectural projects and large-scale urbanistic plannings which denote the period of (socialist) Yugoslavia is a long-expected project that will focus on the milestones and visions of the (unfinished) modernisation of cities during socialism as well as answer the questions about their role and legacy in the successor countries. More information on the exhibition after the break

Flashback: AZL Pension Fund Headquarters / Wiel Arets Architects

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Architect: Wiel Arets Architects
Location: , the Netherlands
Project Year: 1995
Photographs: , Jan Bitter

Video: Redbull New Headquarters / Sid Lee Architecture

Above is a video of the Redbull New Headquarters in designed by Sid Lee Architecture. Their main goal was to combine the almost brutal simplicity of an industrial built work with Red Bull’s mystical invitation to perform. In the architecture, they offer, nothing is clearly set; all is a matter of perception.

 

 

AD Classics: Esherick House / Louis Kahn

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An architect celebrated for his breathtaking studies of light and materiality in the creation of memorable architecture,  did not fail to maintain his rigor in the Esherick House of , Pennsylvania.

Admired for it’s spatial and luminous qualities, this is the first residence of its kind to convey the grand ideas of Kahn-style architecture. The two story dwelling, which is one of only nine private houses designed by Kahn to come into realization, rests on a lively six acre garden.

More information on the Esherick House after the break.

Potts Point Apartment / Anthony Gill Architects

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Architects: Anthony Gill Architects
Location: Sydney,
Project Team: Anthony Gill and Sarah Mcspadden
Project Year: 2010
Project Area: 38 sqm
Photographs: Peter Bennetts

Shang XIA / Kengo Kuma & Associates

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Architects: Kengo Kuma & Associates
Location: No. SL1-01, F1, South tower, Hongkong Plaza, 283 Huaihai Middle Road, , PRC
Project name: SHANG XIA
Client: Shang xia
Design Period: 2009.08-2009.12
Construction Period: 2010.03-2010.06
Principal use: Retail
Total floor area: 126 sqm
Stories: 1 story
Photographs: Courtesy of Kengo Kuma & Associates

Update: Navy Pier design teams present to the public

Existing Image of the Navy Pier © Stephen Hanafin via flickr - http://www.flickr.com/photos/shanafin/

Starting tomorrow, the five design teams selected to redesign the outdoor spaces of ’s Navy Pier will begin to reveal their schemes to the public. Lead by AECOM, Aedas Architects, James Corner Field Operations, !melk and the Xavier Vendrell Studio, each team will be given thirty minutes to present their ideas, followed by a ten minute question and answer session. The presentations will take place on January 31st and February 1st at the Museum of Contemporary Art. Continue reading for the presentation schedules and more information on the competition.