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Architecture Billings Index Bounces Back After Substantial Dip Print E-mail
Wednesday, 19 August 2009 09:33
Improvement in business conditions tempered by a leveling off in project inquiries

Exhibiting a welcome rebound following a 5-point dip the month prior, the Architecture Billings Index (ABI) was up almost 6 points in July. 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 July ABI rating was 43.1, up noticeably from 37.7 the previous month.  This score, however, still indicates a decline in demand for design services (any score above 50 indicates an increase in billings). The new projects inquiry score fell to 50.3 from 53.8, but it was the fifth straight month with a score in above 50.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 19 August 2009 09:37
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AIA Report Estimates up To 270,000 Construction Industry Jobs Could be Created if American Clean Energy Security Act is Passed Print E-mail
Tuesday, 11 August 2009 07:36

Building-related provisions in act have environmental and economic benefits.
With the encouragement of Senate majority leader Harry Reid (D-NV), the American Institute of Architects (AIA) conducted a study to determine how many jobs in the design and construction industry could be created if the American Clean Energy Security Act (H.R. 2454; also known as the Waxman-Markey Bill) is enacted. The study analyzes two provisions included in the House-passed Act, the State Energy and Environment Development (SEED) program and the Green Resources for Energy Efficient Neighborhoods (GREEN) program. Using studies that measure the extent of job creation in the building industry, the findings estimate that as many as 270,000 jobs could be created or saved if the building-related provisions in H.R. 2454 become law.

“We have been actively calling for investments in infrastructure that create greener buildings, vibrant communities, and a 21st century transportation network that is good for both the environment and economy,” said AIA Executive Vice President / CEO, Christine McEntee. “Investing in such projects will both create jobs and reduce energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions from the built environment, and we call on the Senate to pass the building-related provisions in the American Clean Energy Security Act.”

Last Updated on Tuesday, 11 August 2009 12:46
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Architecture Billings Index Takes Turn for the Worse Print E-mail
Wednesday, 22 July 2009 07:47
All regions and construction sectors suffering economic malaise

After showing signs of stabilization over the last three months, the Architecture Billings Index (ABI) plunged nearly five points in June. 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 rating was 37.7, far lower than the 42.9 the previous month.  This score indicates a sharp decline in demand for design services (any score above 50 indicates an increase in billings). The new projects inquiry score was 53.8, the fourth straight month with a score in the mid-50’s.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 22 July 2009 07:52
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Towards an interdisciplinary creative process for a better sustainable living in the cities Print E-mail
Monday, 20 July 2009 09:12

Human Cities is a concept which has been created and launched by Pro Materia in 2006. Acting now as a European Network of Creative Cities, this cutting-edge concept is funded by the EU Culture 2007-2013 Program. It opens the door to extensive collaborations between Brussels, Glasgow, Milan and Ljubljana.

5 institutions and active partners are part of the European Human Cities Network:
- ISAC F - La Cambre Architecture, Brussels, Belgium.
- Pro Materia Creative Design Consultancy Agency, Brussels, Belgium.
- The Lighthouse, Glasgow, UK.
- Politechnico di Milano, Milan, Italy.
- Slovenian Urban Planning Institute, Ljubljana, Slovenia.

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Study Centre of the Canadian Centre for Architecture awards twelve research fellowships Print E-mail
Monday, 20 July 2009 09:02
The Study Centre of the Canadian Centre for Architecture (CCA) has awarded twelve research fellowships as part of its 2009 Visiting Scholars Program.


The program – created for scholars and architects from around the world who are conducting research at a post-doctoral level – particularly welcomes historical and critical research proposals that are prompted by, or refer to, the theory and practice of contemporary design culture and related social issues. The aim of the program is to foster intellectual exchange.

During residencies of one to eight months, scholars pursue individual research projects and participate in Study Centre seminars. In addition, visiting scholars can benefit from the diverse and stimulating intellectual environment that is provided by both the CCA and the academic institutions located in the Montréal area.
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National Governor’s Association Adopts AIA Policy of Reaching Carbon Neutrality in Buildings by 2030 in their 2010 Energy Policy Print E-mail
Monday, 20 July 2009 09:00

As part of their comprehensive national Energy Conservation and Improved Energy Efficiency policy, the National Association of Governors (NGA) has adopted the promotion of carbon neutral new and renovated buildings by 2030 as outlined by the American Institute of Architects (AIA).

Governor Chris Gregoire (D) from Washington proposed the change to NGA’s policy as she recently signed carbon neutral legislation in Washington that was proposed by AIA Washington (based on AIA National’s model legislation). AIA WA was able to get a version of it adopted in their state. That state’s governor then took that concept and convinced her colleagues in all 50 states to encourage each other to do the same.

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AIA to Congress: Highway Bill Must Meets Needs of Small Businesses Print E-mail
Thursday, 16 July 2009 12:44

Architect testifies about importance of comprehensive transportation legislation being passed this year

Amid a rapidly growing U.S. population, escalating oil and gas prices, and a crumbling national infrastructure, the American Institute of Architects (AIA) called on Congress to pass the Surface Transportation Authorization Act of 2009. The bill, currently before the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, recognizes what the AIA reported to Congress in its 2008 study, Moving Communities Forward, that well planned and designed transportation projects create more prosperous, sustainable and livable communities.

Last Updated on Thursday, 16 July 2009 12:50
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