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Yearly Archives: 2010

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RMJM Find Themselves Battling Layoffs, Staff Exits, Principals Leaving and Will Alsop Not Landing Jobs

Remember last summer when architect Will Alsop announced that he was getting out of the architecture business to concentrate on his painting? As quickly as that was announced, shortly thereafter it came out that, no, he was getting into becoming a professor. Finally, just a month or so later, he decided that he was going

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Architecture Billings Index Dips Back into Negative Territory in October

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) reported today that following on the heels of the first positive reading since January 2008, the Architecture Billings Index (ABI) dropped nearly two points in October. As a leading economic indicator of construction activity, the ABI reflects the approximate nine to twelve month lag time between architecture billings and

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The Impressive and Concerning Construction of a Hotel in Just Six Days

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ps0DSihggio] Currently making the rounds inside the design/architecture portions of the internet, as well as in email forwards from your grandparents and Twitter feeds the world over, is this time-lapse video of the construction of the Ark Hotel in Changsha, China. Reportedly, and time-stamped as such, it only took six days to build the 15-story

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Is New York Architecture Past Its Prime?

The Center for Architecture currently has, on exhibition, a piece called the “liquid wall,” the winner of a competition for “innovative” material for building exteriors, as part of a show called Innovate/Integrate, which will be on display until Jan. 15. Displayed in the back of the soaring concrete-floored gallery two floors below street level, the

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Architectural Billings Index up for U.S., lags in West

The Architectural Billings Index for the nation was positive in September for the first time in two years, but billings in the western region that includes Colorado weren’t, according to the index released Wednesday. The ABI, compiled by The American Institute of Architects, is a leading economic indicator of construction activity. It reflects the nine-

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Architecture profession (Down Under) leads surge in country’s employment

News brief – October 2010 Via Architecture & Design  A rebound in the architecture profession is helping drive the overall labor market recovery in Australia.  Commenting on the rise in the official labor force figures yesterday, Westpac chief economist Bill Evans attributed the growth to a rebound in professions in law and architecture.  “They’re quick to

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Ground Zero mosque likened to Superman’s HQ

Do you agree?  As a building design professional what is your critique of this design?  This author is not interested in your political views on whether you agree the mosque should or should not be built. Hat tip to UK Telegraph. Futuristic designs for an Islamic centre and mosque near the site of the September 11,

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Calvin Klein Shop Designer Pawson’s Stripped-Down Buildings Inspire Monks

The Calvin Klein store in Manhattan seems an unlikely inspiration for a monastery. Yet Trappist monks leafing through a book were so taken with the look of the Madison Avenue flagship that they hired its architect John Pawson to build their monastery in the Czech Republic — and won him critical acclaim. “Architecture is one

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Prospects for Architect Jobs, Future Employment

Optimistically speaking. demand for architects seems understandably uncertain through the year 2011. While filling positions within the architectural field will depend on geographic location of employment, and specialty in the field, among many influences. Since architect employment is affected more so by the overall trend of commercial building construction and re-development efforts than many construction-related

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