Architecture Billings Index Drops to All Time Low for Second Straight Month

American Institute of Architects(AIA) reported today that “Business conditions at architecture firms continue to deteriorate, with the Architecture Billings Index (ABI) posting its lowest level since the survey began in 1995 for the second month in a row. 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 November ABI rating was 34.7, down from the 36.2 mark in October (any score above 50 indicates an increase in billings). The inquiries for new projects score was 38.3, also a historic low point.

“With mounting job losses, declines in retail sales, and travel cut-backs the need for new commercial facilities has dropped considerably recently,” said AIA Chief Economist Kermit Baker, PhD, Hon. AIA. “What’s just as troubling is that the institutional sector –schools, hospitals and public buildings — is also beginning to react to tighter credit conditions and a weakening economy.”

Key November ABI highlights:

• Regional averages: Northeast (39.5), South (36.8), West (33.5), Midwest (31.4),
• Sector index breakdown: mixed practice (44.5), institutional (40.8), multi-family residential (30.0), commercial / industrial (26.7)
• Project inquiries index: 38.3”

[SOURCE: AIA – Architecture Billings Index Drops to All Time Low for Second Straight Month].

Vancouver Olympic Architecture review

Adele Weder of thetyee.ca writes a op-ed piece about Vancouver 2010’s architecture and landscape architecture in Uncool: Vancouver’s Olympic Architecture

read the full article @ the [SOURCE: thetyee.ca Uncool: Vancouver's Olympic Architecture]

Nakheel Tower design firm cuts jobs – ArabianBusiness.com

Arabian Business.com reports 

“International architecture firm Woods Bagot, the company designing Nakheel’s one kilometre tower, has made a number of staff redundant in the last few weeks as business slows in the face of the global real estate slump.”

Read the full article @ the [SOURCE: Arabian Business – Nakheel Tower design firm cuts jobs ]

Youth panel start work on designing the Olympic site’s legacy: London Development Agency

London Development Agency reports

“A panel of 25 young people met for the first time after being given the unique chance to work alongside the masterplanners tasked with developing legacy plans for the Olympic Park site.

As part of ongoing community engagement and consultation, the London Development Agemcy (LDA) has given budding planners and designers from the five host boroughs, aged between 14 and 19-years-old, the chance to gain valuable industry experience and contribute to the legacy plans.

The LDA is leading a partnership overseeing the Legacy Masterplan Framework (LMF) – spatial plan for homes, parkland, schools, workspace, health and sporting facilities to be developed on the Olympic site Park after the 2012 Games.

Last week, the newly appointed panel met with the masterplanners – EDAW, KCAP and Allies and Morrison at their London offices and were given the chance to review latest design work, ask questions and present their views, ideas and priorities for creating the best legacy for the Olympic Park site and surrounding neighbourhoods.

Please contact the LDA media team for the chance to interview a panel member from your area.

Tom Russell, Group Director of the Olympic Legacy, said:

“The Legacy Now Youth Panel is a great opportunity for these young people to help shape their future. We want to harness that enthusiasm and offer practical experience where they can develop specialist skills for higher education and future careers.

“There has been so much enthusiasm from young people in the planning process during the summer consultation events. They will be the ones that will be able to look back in forty years time and judge the true legacy of the 2012 Games.”

The Legacy Now Youth Panel will:

* Meet planners, architects and decision makers
* Visit the Olympic Park site and other regeneration developments
* Take part in Olympic site model making with masterplanners
* Review designs and plans
* Undertake work experience placements
* Present and consult with wider groups of young people
* Communicate developments via website, blogs and e-bulletins
* Make creative projects including a ‘sound track’ of a walk through the Park
* Plan for a large scale youth event in Summer 2009.

The LDA has teamed up with Fundamental, an architecture centre based in east London, to form and oversee the Panel. They worked with the 2012 units from each borough to select teenagers with an interest in planning and the area around them.

The young people have been recruited from a range of existing groups from within their boroughs including Greenwich’s Young Peoples Council, Hackney’s Olympic Ambassador Scheme, Newham’s Architecture Crew, the Waltham Forest Youth Ambassador’s and the Tower Hamlets Sports Ambassadors.

Fundamental Chief Executive Nick Edwards, said:

“The evening was a huge success with a genuine dialogue taking place between the team of masterplanners at EDAW and young people from the five host boroughs. They presented their eight priorities for the Olympic Park Legacy and the team detailed how they were taking these into consideration in the development of their design. The ensuing debate was excellent and opened up a series of other discussions which will be carried over to a follow up meeting in the New Year.”

The Panel is just one of a number of upcoming youth events the LDA is holding as part of the Legacy Masterplan Framework consultation. They include half term workshops, a series of university lectures and school visits.

Bill Hanway, Chief Operating Officer of EDAW, said:

“The ability to deliver a significant and sustainable Olympic Legacy is built on understanding the goals and aspirations of the young people in the surrounding community. Their ambitions and skills will profoundly shape and inform the developing plans and the design team looks forward to working closely with them.”

The LMF outline planning application, due to be submitted next year, will be part of a wider economic, social and physical regeneration strategy for the Olympic Park and the Lower Lea Valley. The LDA is leading this work alongside London 2012 partners.”

SOURCE: Home-Youth panel start work on designing the Olympic site’s legacy: London Development Agency.

Club reveals first images of proposed new stadium

The Club today revealed the first images of the Club’s proposed new stadium design, part of the Northumberland Development Project.

Designs for the new home of the Club have been developed by KSS, leaders in stadia design.

read the full article including images @ the [SOURCE: Tottenhamhotspur.com - News Articles - Club reveals first images of proposed new stadium].

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