Architecture Billings Index ends year on positive note

February 1st, 2016

There were a few occasions where demand for design services decreased from a month-to-month basis in 2015, but the Architecture Billings Index (ABI) concluded the year in positive terrain and was so in eight of the 12 months of the year. As a leading economic indicator of construction activity, the ABI reflects the approximate nine-to-12-month […]

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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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Remembering Frei Otto

April 1st, 2015

A giant of the tensile structure industry and influential master architect leaves a legacy. By Bruce N. Wright, AIA Upon learning that he had been awarded the Pritzker Prize, Frei Otto recently said: “I am now so happy to receive this Pritzker Prize and I thank the jury and the Pritzker family very much. I […]

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Building with textiles

April 1st, 2015

A report from the TextielMuseum exhibition: the current and future potential of textiles in architecture. By Marie O’Mahony The use of textiles in buildings is by no means new, with early examples of dwellings made using branches and animal furs that can be dated back more than 35,000 years. The TextielMuseum in Tilburg, Holland, is […]

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