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Monthly Archives: June 2009

Dancing Living House, Yokohama, Kanagawa, Japan

Designed as a single-family residence combined with a dance studio, this three-story reinforced concrete building is private and open to the sky, and best of all it has plenty of parking, which comes at a premium in Japan. Dancing Living House, Yokohama, Kanagawa, Japan, by Junichi Sampei, for A.L.X. (Architect Label Xain) via: What we do

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The Bizarre World of Michael Graves

Read article on A Daily Dose of Architecture 

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Skyscraper of the day

The Federation Tower (Russian: Башня «Федерация») is a skyscraper currently under construction as part of the Moscow International Business Center in Moscow, Russia. When completed in 2009, it will become the tallest building in Europe. The complex will be two towers connected to one another via a high-rise bridge.  The East Tower is designed to

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Work-on-the-Boards: Business Conditions at Architecture Firms Largely Unchanged in May

Architects see stimulus program projects generally promoting emerging design trends by Kermit Baker, PhD, Hon. AIA AIA Chief Economist Summary: The path toward recovery in design activity has stalled recently. After a significant moderation in the downturn in design billings in March, the AIA’s Architecture Billings Index (ABI) has failed to show any further hopeful

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Dubai development may be down, but it’s not out

Many of the city-state’s bigger-than-life projects may be in a holding pattern, but don’t look for its mega-growth world influence to be contained any time soon. By Christopher Hawthorne, Architecture Critic June 21, 2009 Reporting from Dubai, United Arab Emirates — If a city can be spectacularly quiet, this waterfront city-state has certainly qualified in

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Architecture Billings Index flat in May, according to AIA

June 24, 2009 Building Design and Construction After a slight decline in April, the Architecture Billings Index was up a tenth of a point to 42.9 in May. As a leading economic indicator of construction activity, the ABI reflects the approximate nine to twelve month lag time between architecture billings and construction spending. Any score

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Atlantic Yards won’t be derailed

Despite foes, watered-down project likely to proceed. Forest City Ratner’s long-delayed, dramatically altered Atlantic Yards project faces two key votes this week on its latest changes. Critics say the modifications will dilute—or erase—the plan’s pledged public benefits.  On Tuesday, the Empire State Development Corp. board is expected to weigh in on a timetable that would

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How to find a job using Linkedin

By Laura Brown June 22, 2009 If you’re not familiar with Linkedin, go to the Linkedin Learning Center to get your basic questions answered. Then register (there’s no cost to start a basic account) and design a complete business profile that highlights your accomplishments. Think of this as your online resume. What would you want

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The Unbuilding of Frank Gehry

Has New York lost its great chance with an architectural legend? Gehry speaks. By Justin Davidson Published Jun 21, 2009 Frank Gehry’s New York looks so vivid in miniature, a parallel city of masterpieces in plastic, cardboard, and painted foam. Let’s start our fantasy tour at the vantage point of Brooklyn Heights. That’s the Guggenheim’s

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Kindergarten Sighartstein – Can You Hear the Grass Growing?

Gerrman architecture firm kadawittfeldarchitektur recently completed their competition-winning kindergarten building in Sighartstein, Austria. The kindergarten is integrated into the landscape like a chameleon (including a crèche) for 4 groups. Kadawittfeldarchitektur’s proposal for the building won the 1st prize in the public architecture competition in 2003. The project was realized between 2008 and 2009 with a

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