Andrea Cochran: Landscapes for our times – SFGate.com

Zahid Sardar, Chronicle Staff Writer interviews Andrea Cochran about her body of work and her new book

“I felt liberated in this climate to experiment with things I could not have done back East,” says the landscape architect, who arrived in San Francisco in the 1980s from New England.

To read the full interview go to SFgate: Andrea Cochran: Landscapes for our times
Andrea Cochran: Landscapes is printed by Princeton Architectural Press and available at Amazon.

Heart of Doha project work all set to begin – The Peninsula On-line

The Peninsula On-line reports

DOHALAND has awarded contracts to leading industry experts as the company is all set to begin work on the first phase of its ambitious Heart of Doha project.

Turner, in a joint venture with DOHALAND, is providing project and construction management services. DTZ (financial feasibility), Rider Levett Bucknall (cost consultancy), ARUP/EDAW/Allies and Morrison (design regulation and site planning approval), ARUP (infrastructure), and Urbis (retail) are also involved in the project.

read the full article at the SOURCE: The Peninsula On-line – Heart of Doha project work all set to begin

IMAGE SOURCE: Heart of Doha – DOHALAND

Architecture Billings Index Takes Turn for the Worse – AIA

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) reports

Washington, D.C. – July 22, 2009 – 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.

“It appears as though we may have not yet reached the bottom of this construction downturn,” said AIA Chief Economist Kermit Baker, PhD, Hon. AIA. “Architecture firms are struggling and concerned that construction market conditions will not even improve as soon as next year. There has also been little movement in terms of stimulus funding allocated for design projects having the desired impact of leading to new work.”

Key June ABI highlights:

o Regional averages: Northeast (42.8), South (40.5), West (39.9), Midwest (36.2)
o Sector index breakdown: mixed practice (43.5), multi-family residential (42.7), commercial / industrial (39.5), institutional (37.0)
o Project inquiries index: 53.8

SOURCE: The American Institute of Architects – Architecture Billings Index Takes Turn for the Worse,

Slough £450 million masterplan wins planning – Building Design

Building Design report

The £450 million Heart of Slough masterplan, which includes a dramatic new library building by 3DReid, has won planning permission from Slough Borough Council.

The 11.75ha masterplan includes offices by Sheppard Robson along with a new bus station by Bblur Architects’ Matthew Bedward and the new central library and cultural hub.

read the full article at the SOURCE: Building Design – Slough £450 million masterplan wins planning

Ohio town is leading the way – Freep.com

Freep.com reports

In Youngstown, Ohio, mini master plans offer residents a peek of what they can expect their neighborhoods to look like in 2010, 2020, 2030 and beyond. The forecast informs some that their houses will not exist in the future.

Youngstown is one of America’s first cities to begin the downsizing process to become a smaller and stronger city. The former steel town has a population of 80,000, a drop from the 170,000 residents the city had four decades ago.

YOUNGTOWN’S PLAN: See the city’s vision for development at http://www.youngstown2010.com

SOURCE: Freep.com | Detroit Free Press | Ohio town is leading the way

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