Washington, D.C., October 22, 2008 — Following three consecutive months of signs of greater stability in design activity, the Architecture Billings Index (ABI) fell precipitously, dropping more than six points. As a leading economic indicator of construction activity, the ABI shows an approximate nine to twelve month lag time between architecture billings and construction spending. The American Institute of Architects (AIA) reported the September ABI rating was 41.4, down sharply from the 47.6 mark in August (any score above 50 indicates an increase in billings). The inquiries for new projects score was 51.0. This is also the first time in 2008 that the institutional sector has fallen below the 50 mark.
read more @ the SOURCE: AIA.org – Architecture Billings Index Falls More than Six Points.
Flying into Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport, you become powerfully aware of a suburban landscape dominated by housing subdivisions, by single-family houses with large yards and private pools. You will also see, interspersed throughout the vast expanse of residential tracts, a scattering of public parks and preserves. But what role do these public landscapes play in a city with so many private landscapes, with such abundant opportunities for personalized leisure?
read more @ the SOURCE: arizona state university: Lab report examines new ideas for parks, public landscapes | ASU News.
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) is helping India develop infrastructure projects that can attract private sector investment through the modality of Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs).
The Japan Special Fund, through ADB, will provide a $2 million technical assistance grant to help government agencies in India develop a number of pilot PPP projects which can eventually serve as models for future projects. All infrastructure sectors covered under this initiative include urban development, transport, water, health and education sectors.
read more @ the SOURCE: Asian Development Bank – ADB to Help India Attract Private Sector Participation in Infrastructure Projects.
Each of Metro light rail’s 28 starter line stations has a unique design, with special efforts taken to reflect the neighborhoods where stations are located.
read more @ the SOURCE: azcentral.com – Light-rail stations reflect neighborhoods.
“China’s Ministry of Culture on Tuesday set building standards of public libraries to ensure that they can meet the demands of the country’s booming urban population.
Population size would be the major reference for the size of new libraries from Nov. 1, the ministry said in a circular.”
read more @ the SOURCE: Xinhua – library standards for booming urban communities.
Cabe has given a cautious welcome to Foster & Partners’ design for a Crossrail station at Canary Wharf.
Read more @ the SOURCE: Building Design – Cabe lukewarm on Fosters’ Crossrail station –
Designforum, a landscape architecture firm specializing Urban Design and Town Planning has been selected to redefine the master plan for Brandermill, a 2,800 acre planned community in Chesterfield County, Virginia.
SOURCE: PR.com Press Release – Designforum Selected to Update and Modernize Master Plan for 2,800 Acre Brandermill Community – PR.com.