Battelle Darby Creek Metro Park Nature Center / DesignGroup

© Brad Feinknopf

Architects: DesignGroup
Location: 1415 Darby Creek Drive, Galloway, OH 43119, USA
Designer: Michael Bongiorno
Project Architect, Sustainability Manager: William Keoni Fleming
Project Associate: Joseph Mayer
Area: 14000.0 ft2
Year: 2012
Photographs: Brad Feinknopf

Lions Park Scouts / Auburn University Rural Studio

© Timothy Hursley

Architects: Auburn University Rural Studio
Location: Lions Park, , AL 36744, USA
Student Design/Build Team: Tyler Allgood, Sarah Al-Rukkhayes, Benjamin Pendergraft, Elizabeth Whitlock
Architect Of Record: David Hinson, FAIA
Year: 2014
Photographs: Timothy Hursley

VARA / Studio O+A

© Jasper Sanidad

Architects: Studio O+A
Location: 1880 Mission Street, , CA 94103, USA
Design Team: Primo Orpilla, Denise Cherry, Perry Stephney, Clem Soga, Jeorge Jordan, Will Chu, Alma Lopez, Caren Currie, Olivia Ward, Justin Ackerman, Al McKee
Year: 2013
Photographs: Jasper Sanidad

PortMiami Tunnel / ArquitectonicaGEO

© Robin Hill

Architects:
Location: , FL, USA
Year: 2014
Photographs: Robin Hill

Health Sciences and Student Resources Building at North Seattle College / Schacht Aslani Architects

© Lara Swimmer

Architects: Schacht Aslani Architects
Location: 9600 College Way North, North Seattle College, Seattle, WA 98103, USA
Principal Architects: Walter Schacht, FAIA; Cima Malek-Aslani,
Area: 46500.0 ft2
Year: 2014
Photographs: Lara Swimmer

Montagnaro House / Mapos

© James Chororos

Architects: Mapos
Location: , NY, USA
Area: 325.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: James Chororos

Tigertail / Patrick Tighe Architecture

© Art Gray Photography

Architects: Patrick Tighe Architecture
Location: , CA, USA
Collaborators: C.M. Peck Structural Engineer
Area: 3200.0 ft2
Year: 2009
Photographs: Art Gray Photography

US ABI Hits Highest Level Since 2007

Courtesy of CalculatedRiskBlog.com

The US Architecture Billings Index (ABI) reached 55.8 in July  – its highest level since 2007. The score reflects what has been a steadily increasing demand for design services over the past three months, the American Institute of Architects (AIA) reports. The ’s new projects inquiry and design contracts indexes were also strong at 66 and 54.9, respectively.

“Business conditions for the design and construction marketplace, and those industries associated with it, appear to be well-positioned for continued growth in the coming months,” said AIA Chief Economist Kermit Baker, Hon. AIA, PhD. “The key to a more widespread boost in design activity continues to be the institutional sector which is starting to exhibit signs of life after languishing for the better part of the last five-plus years.”

A breakdown of regional highlights, after the break…

Regional Averages:

Trahan Ranch / Patrick Tighe Architecture

© Art Gray Photography

Architects: Patrick Tighe Architecture
Location: Texas, USA
Collaborators: Joseph Perazzelli Structural Engineer
Area: 3200.0 ft2
Year: 2008
Photographs: Art Gray Photography

Florida Polytechnic Sciencie, Innovation and Technology Campus / Santiago Calatrava

© Alan Karchmer for

Architects: Santiago Calatrava
Location: , FL, USA
Architect Of Record: Alfonso Architects
Year: 2014
Photographs: Alan Karchmer for Santiago Calatrava

Cities Need Big Changes to Become Bike Friendly

A bicyclist in Vancouver, Canada. Image © Flickr CC User Paul Krueger

A new study has found that cities need to make big infrastructural changes, rather than small ones, in order to become more bike friendly. As this article from Fast Company explains, small increases in bicycle usage lead to more accidents, which in turn makes others afraid to make the switch from driving to riding. However, the study found that heavy investment in cycling infrastructure brings an economic benefit to in the long run, largely thanks to savings from reduced healthcare costs. To learn about the long-term benefits of big biking investments, click here.

Museum of Tolerance, Anne Frank Exhibit / Yazdani Studio of Cannon Design

© Benny Chan

Architects: Yazdani Studio of Cannon Design
Location: , CA, USA
Area: 3995.0 ft2
Year: 2013
Photographs: Benny Chan

Parking Structure Art Facade / Urbana

© Serge Hoeltschi

Architects: Urbana
Location: Sidney & Lois Eskenazi Hospital, 720 Eskenazi Avenue, , IN 46202, USA
Year: 2014
Photographs: Serge Hoeltschi

Cedars-Sinai 360 Simulation Lab / Yazdani Studio of Cannon Design

© Benny Chan

Architects: Yazdani Studio of Cannon Design
Location: , CA, USA
Area: 23000.0 ft2
Year: 2013
Photographs: Benny Chan

Westminster Academy / Allford Hall Monaghan Morris

© Timothy Soar

Architects: Allford Hall Monaghan Morris
Location: Westminster Academy, 5601 North Federal Highway, , FL 33308, USA
Project Manager: Capita Symonds
Area: 141000.0 ft2
Year: 2007
Photographs: Timothy Soar, Matt Chisnall

Giovannetti Community Shelter / ASK Studio

© Cameron Campbell

Architects: ASK Studio
Location: Walker-Johnston Park, 9000 Douglas Avenue, , IA 50322, USA
Area: 5580.0 ft2
Year: 2013
Photographs: Cameron Campbell

Parking Garage Project / Studio di Architettura

Courtesy of

Architects: Studio di Architettura
Location: , NJ, USA
Architect In Charge: Vittorio Magnago Lampugnani, Francesco Porsia, with Georg Krüger
Area: 633000.0 ft2
Year: 2013
Photographs: Courtesy of Studio di Architettura

Harmon / Baran Studio Architecture

© Scott Hargis

Architects: Baran Studio Architecture
Location: , CA, USA
Development: Dogtown
Year: 2014
Photographs: Scott Hargis