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C.F. Møller Infuses New life in One of Denmark’s oldest school Print E-mail
Tuesday, 23 August 2011 07:02

The listed Sølvgade School built in 1847, close to King Christian IV's famous historic naval barracks, Nyboder, in Copenhagen, has for many years been lacking space and modern facilities. C. F. Moller has carefully renovated the school and done an extension which in its form and colors is true to the surroundings, but also adds a modernistic twist to the school.
Solvgade-school-02"The idea has been to create a building that speaks the language of the children - colorful and musical. At the same time the building should correspond to and integrate with the historic surroundings," says architect and partner Lone Wiggers.

Sølvgade School is surrounded by historic buildings and parks like Nyboder, the Castle of Rosenborg and its surrounding gardens, called Kongens Have. Nearby is the significant, modernistic residential complex, Dronningegården (1943-58) by architects C. F. Møller and Kay Fisker.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 23 August 2011 07:40
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In construction: Zaha Hadid-designed Broad Art Museum Print E-mail
Tuesday, 26 July 2011 08:22

Museum to open at Michigan State University in spring 2012
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The Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum, a new Zaha Hadid-designed contemporary art museum at Michigan State University, is on schedule to open to the public in late spring 2012. Dedicated to exploring global contemporary culture and ideas through art, MSU’s Broad Art Museum will serve as both an educational resource for the campus community and a cultural hub for the central Michigan region. The museum is named in honor of Eli and Edythe Broad, longtime supporters of the university who contributed $28 million for the museum.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 26 July 2011 08:42
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The downward spiral continues for the Architecture Billings Index Print E-mail
Thursday, 21 July 2011 12:27
Institutional sector struggling most because of government budget shortfalls

According the AIA, June marked the third consecutive decline in revenue at U.S. architecture firms as measured by the Architecture Billings Index (ABI).  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.  The American Institute of Architects (AIA) reported the June ABI score was 46.3, almost a full point from a reading of 47.2 the previous month.  This score reflects a continued decrease in demand for design services (any score above 50 indicates an increase in billings).  However, the new projects inquiry index was 58.1, up sharply from a mark of 52.6 in May.

“This seems to be a case of not thinking it can get any worse – and then it does,” said AIA Chief Economist, Kermit Baker, PhD, Hon. AIA. “While a modest turn around appeared to be on the way earlier in the year, the overall concern about both domestic and global economies is seeping into design and construction industry and adding yet another element that is preventing recovery.  Furthermore, the threat of the federal government failing to resolve the debt ceiling issue is leading to higher borrowing rates for real estate projects and should there actually be a default, we are likely looking at a catastrophic situation for a sector that accounts for more than ten percent of overall GDP.” 

Key June ABI highlights:

•    Regional averages: West (51.7), Northeast (47.5), South (47.3), Midwest (44.6)
•    Sector index breakdown: mixed practice (51.5),  commercial / industrial (50.0),  multi-family residential (49.6),  institutional (45.9) 
•    Project inquiries index: 58.1

About the AIA Architecture Billings Index
The Architecture Billings Index (ABI), produced by the AIA Economics & Market Research Group, is a leading economic indicator that provides an approximately nine to twelve month glimpse into the future of nonresidential construction spending activity. The diffusion indexes contained in the full report are derived from a monthly “Work-on-the-Boards” survey that is sent to a panel of AIA member-owned firms. Participants are asked whether their billings increased, decreased, or stayed the same in the month that just ended as compared to the prior month, and the results are then compiled into the ABI.  These monthly results are also seasonally adjusted to allow for comparison to prior months. The monthly ABI index scores are centered around 50, with scores above 50 indicating an aggregate increase in billings, and scores below 50 indicating a decline. The regional and sector data are formulated using a three-month moving average. More information on the ABI and the analysis of its relationship to construction activity can be found in the White Paper Architecture Billings as a Leading Indicator of Construction: Analysis of the Relationship Between a Billings Index and Construction Spending on the AIA web site.
 
Enlarging a Classic Fifties Modern House Print E-mail
Tuesday, 19 July 2011 06:43

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Kenneth E. Hobgood Architects in Raleigh recently completed the renovation phase of a mid-century modern house in Durham and is about to begin construction on phase two: a 1200-square-foot addition that will honor, without imitating, the original house.

When new owners hired the firm to renovate and enlarge the 2337-square-foot house that architect Kenneth Scott, AIA, designed in 1958, the design team immediately recognized the challenges they faced.

“We knew it was going to be difficult because of our respect for the original house,” said project architect Bob Thomas, AIA, a principal in the firm. “This was a renovation, not a restoration, so it needed to accommodate a family of five, including three young children, and lifestyle changes from the Fifties to today. So we had to strike a balance between opening up the space yet transforming the interior respectfully.”

Last Updated on Tuesday, 19 July 2011 07:52
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Fun Competition: AIA Barbie® Dream House™ Design Competition Print E-mail
Written by AIA Press Release   
Monday, 18 July 2011 08:25
Architect doll at the American Institute of Architects (AIA) national convention where she was well received by fellow female architects. With 125 careers and counting, Barbie® encourages girls to be anything they want to be  - Barbie® I Can Be™… Architect doll introduces girls to this rewarding career in a way only Barbie® can.

As a way to further engage the design community in I Can Be™ Architect,  the AIA launched  a competition for architects to design their own interpretation of a Barbie® DreamHouse™.  A jury was selected and five finalists have been chosen for the public to vote on and determine the overall winner. While the architects submissions will not be produced by Mattel, it’s still fun to play with Barbie® regardless of your age.

Click here to view the submissions and vote for your favorite.  The competition is open until August 1st, with the winner announced on August 2nd in conjunction with the retail launch of Barbie® I Can Be™... Architect doll.

This is a great opportunity for the public, and children in particular, to read about and see the approach an architect takes to a design project.
 
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