Fiery Urban Critic Jane Usher Resigns – LA Weekly

LA Weekly reports

“Commission President Jane Usher, who, in a controversial letter slamming the policies of her political ally Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa once advised L.A. residents to sue City Hall over its move to increase housing density in neighborhoods citywide, publicly resigned with a similar missive, on December 11.”

read the full article @ the [SOURCE: Fiery Urban Critic Jane Usher Resigns - News - LA Weeklypage 1 - LA Weekly].

Czechs will show Urbanized Landscape at Expo 2010 – Czechnews – Aktuáln

aktualne.centrum.cz reports

The Czech pavilion at World Expo 2010 in Shanghai will be built by Film Dekor. The company’s winning project, entitled Urbanized Landscape, features young but established authors selected by curator Lenka Lindaurová.

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Best Careers 2009: Landscape Architect – US News and World Report

“Since last year’s Best Careers package was published, America has elected a president and Congress with a new agenda; we’ve begun what experts believe to be a long-term downturn in the economy; and there’s been an accelerated worldwide focus on the green economy. We made sure to incorporate these major changes into the process for selecting the Best Careers 2009.”

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MVVA Designs Hudson Park and Boulevard << Inhabitat

Earlier this year Related Companies sealed the deal on New York’s Hudson Yards development, and we’re excited to announce that the competition to design Hudson Park and Boulevard is now coming to a close. Although the Hudson Yards Development Corporation has yet to formally announce a winner, Related has let slip that Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates will likely be the designers of the approximately 4-acre site!

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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].

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