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Monthly Archives: October 2010

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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