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The Month in Review Print E-mail
Monday, 04 July 2011 00:00
A selection of projects and articles that we featured in the last month. A wide variety of interesting projects that we hopr you will enjoy.

Last Updated on Monday, 04 July 2011 10:32
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Best business conditions since 2007 for residential market Print E-mail
Thursday, 30 June 2011 07:36
The AIA's Home Design Trends Survey has noticed that the decrease in home sizes and lots is nearing bottom. While we rejoice at the residential market picking up, we hope the tendency that prevailed back in 2007 to supersize those 'Macmansions' will keep decreasing.

According to the survey, the collapse of the housing market resulted in greater interest in smaller homes and lot sizes, but that appears to be leveling off. There continues to be interest from homeowners in investing in their properties, particularly with regards to outdoor living space.  Accessibility within the home remains a concern, especially for an aging population, along with ongoing demand for more flexible and open design within homes.  Business conditions for residential architects are showing improving conditions with the highest billings score since mid-2007.  These findings are from the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Home Design Trends Survey that focused specifically on overall home layout and use in the first quarter of 2011.
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International Design Firms Invited to Enter Competition for New St. Petersburg Pier Print E-mail
Friday, 24 June 2011 00:00
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Since its earliest days as a growing fishing village on Florida’s west coast in the late 1800s, a pier has been the centerpiece of St. Petersburg, Florida’s downtown waterfront. The current landmark Pier – the seventh in a succession of waterfront piers – opened in 1973 and is nearing the end of its life span, slated for future replacement. St. Petersburg is sponsoring an international design competition for a new, iconic Pier structure.
Interested parties must register for the competition by July 8, 2011. 

Submission of the Statement of Qualifications will be due on July 19, 2011.  A juried panel will select three design teams to be invited to the second phase of the process.  During stage two, the three teams will submit a design concept, and each will receive a $50,000 honorarium for participating in the process.  It is anticipated that a final plan will be approved and contract negotiations will begin with the accepted team early next year.
Last Updated on Friday, 24 June 2011 05:27
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Introducing archiproducts.com, a new search engine for interior design and architecture Print E-mail
Thursday, 23 June 2011 12:17

www.archiproducts.com is a new international search engine for interior design and architecture.

It consists of a work-tool for professionals and those with interest in design all over the world, archiproducts is today the greatest multilingual archive to click. It’s the feather in the cap for the network also including archiportale, web portal of reference in Italy for architects ad designers. More than 400.000 network subscribers, 1,7 million of unique visitors per month, more than 20.000 catalogues in 11 languages to find forward-looking materials with innovative technologies and striking creativity.

What to find on archiproducts? Many and many home furnishing ideas, with the latest trend developments unveiled by suppliers from all over the world, without forgetting historical design production for the most enthusiasts!


Sofas, chairs, beds and dining room furniture, kitchens and bath ideas, outdoor living solutions, but also lighting, textiles and accessories, playing an increasingly important role in today’s new interior worlds.
The pleasure of “leafing through” catalogues as if they were paper will satisfy the most scepticals. The usual gesture of page turning is enriched on archiproducts by new possibilities thanks to a graphic style studied for those who love things “in a big way”: very large pictures unveiling the main product details, pdf files with all information, text enlargement and easy access to products catalogues.


 
Can't seem to catch a break. Architecture Billings Index Remains in Reverse Print E-mail
Wednesday, 22 June 2011 06:42
News from the AIA's Architecture Billings Index were not so rejoicing as inquiries for new projects took a dip to the slowest pace of growth since February 2010
On the heels of a sizeable decrease in April, the Architecture Billings Index (ABI) slowed even further 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. The American Institute of Architects (AIA) reported the May ABI score was 47.2, a slight decrease from a reading of 47.6 the previous month. This score reflects a continued decrease in demand for design services (any score above 50 indicates an increase in billings). The new projects inquiry index was 52.6, down from a mark of 55.0 in April, its lowest level in almost a year and a half.

“Whatever positive momentum that there had been seen in late 2010 and earlier this year has disappeared,” said AIA Chief Economist, Kermit Baker, PhD, Hon. AIA. “The broader economy looks to be entering another soft spot, and certainly state budget constraints are adversely affecting the profession’s ability to work on institutional projects. But there is no denying that the prolonged credit freeze from lenders for financing commercial projects is the number one challenge to a recovery for the design and construction industry.”

Key May ABI highlights:

Regional averages: West (49.3), Northeast (47.6), South (47.5), Midwest (45.9)
Sector index breakdown: multi-family residential (53.6), mixed practice (49.1) commercial / industrial (46.5), institutional (44.9)
Project inquiries index: 52.6

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.
Last Updated on Thursday, 23 June 2011 12:13
 
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