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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.
India’s cities face many challenges, and one looms larger than the rest: How much will it cost to build our urban infrastructure?
read more @ the SOURCE: livemint.com – Building urban India – Columnist –
Projects in Georgia highlight the use of compost in the engineered soil matrix for bioretention cells, which sustainably manage storm water runoff.
read more @ the SOURCE: Biocycle(jgpress.com) – Compost In The Mix For Storm Water Management :: BioCycle, Advancing Composting, Organics Recycling & Renewable Energy.
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.
Eyeing business opportunities and increased tourism, the Spanish capital of Madrid is seeking to deepen its engagement with Indian metros, particularly New Delhi, by showcasing its expertise in the area of efficient and sustainable development of cities.
SOURCE: The Economic Times.– Madrid seeks to deepen ties with Indian metros – Foreign Trade-Economy-News-
Many green groups have recently taken aim at lighting in the international city of Hong Kong. Friends of the Earth have called upon retailers to minimise the lighting and to turn off many of its lights during the (after 2am).
SOURCE: Reuters UK ‘Hong Kong night light pollution under the spotlight | Environment | Reuters’.