Working with architects: How fabricators can forge productive partnerships

January 1st, 2018

Fabrics and architecture have been partners for millennia and have worked together to create some of the most iconic, useful and beautiful structures in the world—from traditional Mongolian yurts to arena domes at the 2016 Rio Olympics. Indeed, fabric is a critical element of our built environment. It’s still a process of education about fabric […]

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Building code adoption key for state and local governments to withstand disasters

April 1st, 2016

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) on March 22 filed comments in a Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) rule-making proceeding, supporting in concept the establishment of a disaster deductible for states and local governments in lieu of raising the threshold for disaster declarations. “The deductible concept has merit as long as it is leveraged to […]

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Architects predict 10 major residential design trends for next 10 years

February 1st, 2016

For the tenth anniversary of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Home Design Trends Survey, a panel of more than 500 residential architects were asked what they thought would be the most significant home design elements over the next ten years. “Historically, the dominant factors in home design have been economic and demographic shifts. Residential […]

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Architecture Billings Index on solid footing

December 1st, 2015

There have been increasing levels of demand for design services for nearly all construction project types for the majority of the year as revealed in the Architecture Billings Index (ABI). As a leading economic indicator of construction activity, the ABI reflects the approximate nine- to 12-month lead time between architecture billings and construction spending. The […]

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Architecture firms report progress on carbon reduction

November 1st, 2015

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) has produced a report assessing the work of firms that are part of the AIA 2030 Commitment, a voluntary initiative to commit their practice to advancing the AIA’s goal of carbon-neutral buildings by the year 2030. The key findings from the AIA 2030 2014 Progress Report include: 140 firms […]

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Architecture Billings Index improves in February

April 1st, 2015

After its first negative score in 10 months, the Architecture Billings Index (ABI) showed a nominal increase in design activity in February, and has been positive 10 out of the past 12 months. As a leading economic indicator of construction activity, the ABI reflects the approximate nine- to 12-month lead time between architecture billings and […]

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