Trendspotting at Neocon

Midwest, National
Thursday, June 14, 2012
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Steelcase's media:scape software on a stand from Coalesse.

As North America’s largest interior design conference, Neocon is a great place to scout interiors trends. Here are a couple themes AN spotted during this year’s opening days. Video conference calls are an integral part of day-to-day office work for a growing share of businesses. Elegant office design and high-tech compatibility seemed to dovetail in many of the new products on display at Neocon. Read More

Thin Corning Willow Glass Bends Like A Tree in the Wind

National
Thursday, June 7, 2012
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On Monday at the Society for Information Display’s Display Week trade show in Boston, Corning Inc. launched their new high-performance, paper thin, cost effective, and fully flexible Willow Glass. Capable of being manufactured with efficient roll-to-roll processing, like that used for newsprint, and processed at up to 500° C, Willow glass is sure to usher in a new wave of development in displays, lighting, and flexible solar cells. Read More

GSA Seeks Patrons for Candles on the Water

National
Thursday, May 24, 2012
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Maine's Halfway Rock Light (Flickr/Random Factor)

Maine's Halfway Rock Light (Flickr/Random Factor)

As part of ongoing subtle austerity measures, the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) announced Monday that as part of the National Historic Lighthouse Preservation Act of 2000, they will transfer ownership of 12 lighthouses to willing non-federal-government organizations.  Eligible state or local governments, non-profit corporations, historic preservation groups, or community development organizations have 60 days to file a letter expressing interest in the properties. If no suitable taker is found, then a public auction will take place. The measure is part of President Obama’s initiative to save $1.5 billion in federal money by reducing overhead costs of maintaining federal real estate, and the GSA claims that they are on track to save $3.5 billion by the end of the year. Read More

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Times Columnist Slatalla Takes a Walk in the Garden.  Times Columnist Slatalla Takes a Walk in the Garden Remodelista has just launched a new site dedicated to the outdoor life Gardenista.com. The editor is Michelle Slatalla, a former New York Times columnist and current writer for Real Simple. With Gardenista, “we aim to make gardening accessible, the way Remodelista demystified—while celebrating—interior design,” Slatalla said.

 

YKK AP Enlists Students to Rap About Green Facades

National
Friday, May 18, 2012
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“The Energy Tour” is a music video and performance tour premiering at the AIA 2012 convention, happening now in Washington D.C. Produced by YKK AP America, the video introduces the new YUW 750 XT unitized wall system, part of the company’s enerGfacade product line.

Part advertisement, part SNL Digital Short, part amateur YouTube upload, the video features two Ohio State students in suits rapping about new YKK AP products, “Listen up the saving starts now,/ Come and roll with us and we’ll show you how./ To minimize costs and reduce heat gain,/ What they say is we’ll make it rain.”

YKK AP America has used YouTube before, including a “Building a Better Tomorrow, Today” video competition and another enerGfacade product release video, both in 2010. With a simple beat and scenes of dancing architects excited about energy efficiency, this new video is a novel, youth-oriented addition to advertising for the design community.

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Billings Bucks Upward Trend

National
Wednesday, May 16, 2012
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BILLINGS (BLUE) AND INQUIRIES (RED) FOR THE PAST 12 MONTHS. (THE ARCHITECT'S NEWSPAPER)

BILLINGS (BLUE) AND INQUIRIES (RED) FOR THE PAST 12 MONTHS. (THE ARCHITECT'S NEWSPAPER)

For the past five months things were looking up for the Architecture Billings Index. Until now. Granted, the index was merely teetering on the positive side of the spectrum at 50.4 for March (any score above 50 reflects an increase), so it didn’t have far to drop into the negative territory of 48.4 for April. Despite the five-month positive stint, throughout the period AIA Chief Economist, Kermit Baker urged cautious optimism in what has clearly been a tepid recovery. In a statement released today, he said that the decline in demand for design services is not surprising considering continued volatility in the overall economy. “Favorable conditions during the winter months may have accelerated design billings, producing a pause in projects that have moved ahead faster than expected,” he said.

Continue reading after the jump.

Architectural League Announces Young Architects Awards

National
Friday, April 20, 2012
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"CHROMAtex.me," bridgegallery, NYC, Photo: Alan R. Tansey, Michael Szivos, SOFTlab

"CHROMAtex.me," bridgegallery, NYC, Photo: Alan R. Tansey, Michael Szivos, SOFTlab

The results are in and the winners of the 31st annual Architectural League Prize for Young Architects + Designers were announced on Friday. The recipients of the 2012 awards are: Jorge ArvizuIgnacio del RioEmmanuel Ramirez, and Diego Ricalde, MMX Studio, Mexico City; Jimenez Lai, Bureau Spectacular, Chicago; Sean Lally, WEATHERS / Sean Lally, Chicago; Seung Teak Lee and Mi Jung Lim, STPMJ, Brooklyn; Michael Szivos, SOFTlab, New York; and Koji Tsutsui, Koji Tsutsui & Associates, San Francisco and Tokyo. Formerly the Young Architects Forum, the League Prize is considered one of North America’s most prestigious awards for young architects.

View examples of the winners’ work after the jump.

Live Chat: So What Is Green, Anyway?

National
Wednesday, April 18, 2012
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Welcome to AN‘s live Facebook Live Stream chat on sustainability which took place on Wednesday, April 18 from 3:00 until 4:00 p.m. EST. “What is Green, Anyway” covered what exactly makes a project green, how effective green standards are, how sustainability is driving design (and whether it should), and where green design is heading. AN’s West Coast Editor Sam Lubell was joined by Angela Brooks, partner at Brooks + Scarpa, John Stein, president of Kirei, a green materials company, and Eric Corey Freed, principal at organicARCHITECTURE to discuss the issues and take your questions.

Thanks to everyone who stopped by and joined the discussion! (And don’t forget to like AN’s Facebook page to stay up-to-date with the latest architecture and design news.) Special thanks as well to our panel of experts.

Chat record & info about the experts after the jump.

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Billings Stays Positive for Fifth Consecutive Month

National
Wednesday, April 18, 2012
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BILLINGS (BLUE) AND INQUIRIES (RED) FOR THE PAST 12 MONTHS. (The Architect's Newspaper)

BILLINGS (BLUE) AND INQUIRIES (RED) FOR THE PAST 12 MONTHS. (The Architect's Newspaper)

The Architecture Billings Index (ABI) has registered promising gains since late last fall, and, according to the AIA’s latest report on March billings, the ABI continues to find its footing in positive territory—but just barely. The overall March score was 50.4, indicating slight growth in demand for services (any score above 50 reflects increase in billings) but less growth than the previous month (the ABI was 51.0 in February).

Read the full breakdown after the jump.

LA the Latest to Join the Nationwide Bike Share Game

National, Newsletter
Tuesday, April 17, 2012
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A rendering of a bike share station in LA. (Courtesy Bike Nation)

A rendering of a bike share station in LA. (Courtesy Bike Nation)

Over the weekend, over 100,000 pedestrians and cyclists packed the streets of Los Angeles for the city’s CicLAvia open streets initiative, a play off of the the Ciclovia in Bogotá, Columbia which popularized the movement to shut down city streets to cars and turn them over to the community for a day.

But masses of people taking to the streets wasn’t the big news out of LA. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa made a surprise announcement that the city is the latest to join the bike share craze that’s been pedaling across the nation. When it opens later this year, LA’s bike share system will be among the largest in the country, so AN decided to take stock of where some of the biggest initiatives stand today.

Continue reading after the jump.

What is Green, Anyway? Join Us for an Online Conversation on Sustainability

National
Tuesday, April 17, 2012
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John Stein (left) and Angela Brooks (right) in front of the Raleigh Museum of Art by Brooks+Scarpa. (Montage by AN)

John Stein (left) and Angela Brooks (right) in front of the Raleigh Museum of Art by Brooks+Scarpa. (Montage by AN)

Join us for a live Facebook discussion, “What Is Green, Anyway?”
Wednesday, April 18
12:00 p.m. PST, 3:00 p.m. EST

You’re invited to talk about sustainability with AN‘s West Coast Editor Sam Lubell, Angela Brooks, partner at Brooks + Scarpa, and John Stein, president of Kirei, a green materials company. The open discussion will cover what exactly makes a project green, how effective green standards are, how sustainability is driving design (and whether it should), and where green design is heading.

The best part is that the questions will be all yours, answered live by our participants. To participate in “What Is Green, Anyway?,” simply visit the AN Blog tomorrow at 3:00 p.m. eastern. We’ll publish a post to the AN Blog before the event and you can join the discussion and ask questions of the experts live over Facebook Live Stream. You can even share your comments with your Facebook friends directly. See you Wednesday!

Read about the experts after the jump.

Breaking> Goldberger Departing New Yorker, Bound for Vanity Fair

National
Saturday, March 31, 2012
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Rumors have been circulating that Paul Goldberger was leaving his prized perch as architecture critic at the New Yorker.  It appears he’s been given a golden parachute from Condé Nast in the form of a contributing editor title at Vanity Fair, where he will cover architecture and design. AN has obtained an undated press release from that magazine confirming the move. “This is an appointment that thrills me profoundly,” Graydon Carter, editor in chief of Vanity Fair, said in a statement. “Paul is about as gifted a commentator on architecture, urban planning, and design as anyone you’re going to find these days—in other words, he’s just a brilliant writer.”

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