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Updated: 2018-03-21T09:54:28-04:00


Why You Should Care About Project Accounting




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You probably hear a lot about the importance of data. Gathering the numbers about your projects and firm, using business intelligence…it all sounds good, but what is it really for? Well, in the case of project accounting, a lot.

This is a topic we’ve covered in previous posts on Archinect. As a refresher, project accounting is the practice of tracking and analyzing the financials of your individual projects. We’ve shown you the data you need to collect to undertake project accounting and told you about the technology that makes it simple. This time, we’ll zero in on the benefits it offers, from improved profitability to better staffing decisions and beyond.

1. Truly Understand Project Profitability: Increased profitability is the most widely cited and straightforward consequence of project accounting, and with good reason. By closely monitoring the resources that go into a project and their resulting revenue, you can drill down and truly unde...

Recent Banksy addition in NYC removed with rumors that property owner will profit from auction



Last week, a piece by the anonymous graffiti artist was stenciled onto a building at the northwest corner of 14th street and sixth avenue in New York City. The structure—a former bank building—was tagged with one of Banksy's trademark rats running around a clock that is native to the property. Along with another piece that popped up in the city last week, it is believed to be his latest intervention in the city since his October 2013 "residency".

The work has been drawing crowds to the old HSBC, which is slated for demolition in order to build a 13-story mixed-use building. This morning, according to Hyperallergicthe clock was taken down by four workmen who dismantled the clock motor and mechanism from the interior. The removal was apparently ordered by the property owner and is rumored to be going to auction for the owner to conveniently profit off of. 

Training refugees to conserve their monumental heritage



The problems: how to conserve extraordinary monumental heritage in Iraq and Syria [...]. The issue is exacerbated by the depletion of skilled craftspeople; once the dust of conflict settles, there will be few able to carry out restoration. At the same time, thousands sit in refugee camps, lives on hold, seeking a future. The solution: train refugees to become the craftspeople and conservators of the future. Give them a skill to help restore their nation’s heritage.


Photo: World Monuments Fund.

Learn more about the World Monuments Fund’s new stone masonry training center for Syrian refugees in Mafraq, Jordan (backed by the UK government’s Cultural Protection Fund) here.

This Swiss firm is experimenting with prefab movable housing



Swiss architectural practice Rahbaran Hürzeler Architekten is developing an experimental residence to be realized anywhere. Called movable house, every aspect of this project is determined by motion from floor plans to structural elements to energy storage. 


Movable house rendering © Rahbaran Hürzeler Architekten

The movable house is not designed with a specific site in mind, but rather can be constructed almost anywhere. The main goals of movable house are that it can be put up quickly with easy and efficient transportation of all structural elements. 


Movable house rendering © Rahbaran Hürzeler Architekten

This prefab architecture can stand alone or be attached to an existing building. The four main areas of the structure are arranged around a central library which doubles as a transitional space to connect it all together. This creates a flexible and transparent living space for a family of four on the smallest possible footprint.


Movable house rendering © Rahbaran Hürzeler Archite...

Harvard GSD "Future of the American City" initiative begins in Miami with $1 million support from Knight Foundation



The "Future of the American City" initiative led by Harvard Graduate University School of Design will begin in Miami with $1 million in support from the Knight Foundation. The project will engage Miami residents in creating new approaches to address pressing urban issues including affordable housing, transportation, and sea level rise. 

With this funding Harvard GSD will send urban researchers to Miami and Miami Beach to understand the city's strengths and challenges as part of a 3-year study towards building solutions. The initiative aims to help cities tackle sustainability and resiliency challenges beginning this spring. 

Building on the school’s multi-disciplinary model, the effort will use architecture, landscape architecture, and urban planning and design to come up with efficient solutions that take into account community needs. This research can also be shared with cities across the nation facing similar challenges. 

Harvard GSD’s upcoming Miami research will be phase one in...

Two California fake civil engineers face up to 257 years in prison



Two men were hit with 487 counts on Wednesday in a complaint alleging they spent years running a scam that has potentially left hundreds of homeowners across Southern California with homes that may not be structurally sound. [...] Huntington Beach resident Ruben Gutierrez, 43, and 46-year-old Wilfrido Rodriguez of Downey each face numerous counts of forgery, identity theft and grand theft in a scheme involving falsified documents and fraudulent engineering services [...].

"Rodriguez was an engineering drafter and Gutierrez was an architectural designer at Palos Verdes Engineering. Neither Rodriguez nor Gutierrez were licensed architects or civil engineers," a news release published by the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office said. 

"Investigators estimate that there were more than 700 residential and commercial properties where fraud allegedly occurred in more than 50 cities in Southern California. If convicted as charged, Rodriguez faces up to 152 years in state prison, while Gutierrez faces a possible maximum sentence of 105 years in prison."

The prison sentences Rodriguez and Gutierrez may face are far more drastic than the 2 1/3-7 years NY State's Paul J. Newman—another highly prominent case of a fake architect—received in the fall of last year.

The winning results of the Sydney Affordable Housing Challenge



The Sydney Affordable Housing Challenge global ideas competition sought pilot-phase design concepts for affordable housing in Sydney, where the economy is strong yet residential space is among the least affordable according to surveys of major metropolitan markets. 

The jury looked for concepts that were flexible and could be applied to different locations in the city. In evaluating the entries, the jury asked questions like “What is specific to Sydney about the design? Does the idea have potential to offer real affordable housing solutions? Does it also strengthen the city fabric in some other way? Even if abstract and conceptual, can it push the city to reconsider housing in new ways?”

The competition concluded with three prize winners, a Bee Breeders Green Award recipient, and six honorable mentions. Check out the top prize-winning entries below.

1ST PRIZE: Bridging Affordable Housing by Tae Jung, Pauline Sipin, Hazel Ventura, Diana Lopez | United States

Zaha Hadid's Riyadh research campus reviewed: "Architectural beauty and sustainability not mutually exclusive"



Working closely with DaeWha Kang, then the office’s design director, Hadid turned to nature for lessons. “When you look deeply at nature, you find out why things look the way they look,” Mr. Kang said. “You find systems that respond to environmental conditions that result in the forms you see.”


Photo © Hufton+Crow.

The NYT's Joseph Giovannini reviews the Zaha Hadid-designed King Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research Center in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia: "Her victory in the competition dovetailed with the agenda of a king who, in 2009, founded the coed King Abdullah University of Science and Technology in Jeddah, where men and women mixed freely on an environmentally green campus, attending classes together."


Photo © Hufton+Crow.

Find more project photos and details on Archinect here.

RIBA commissions Sam Jacob studio for an installation on perspective drawing at the Architecture Gallery



A new exhibition at the Architecture Gallery at the Royal Institute of British Architects will explore how perspective drawing has been applied to the art of building for centuries and used as a tool to evoke illusory architectural spaces. Opening early May, the exhibit will center around an installation by Sam Jacob studio titled "Disappear Here", that draws on the institute's historic collections for inspiration. 

This week's picks for London architecture and design events



We might have started this week with a cold, snowy outlook, but nothing more acts as a marker of spring in London than The Boat Race. As Oxford and Cambridge gear themselves to row down the Thames, why not look into what the other universities are doing by visiting the Bartlett or the RCA when they open their doors this week.

Check back regularly to keep up to date with London's latest happenings and our weekly recommendations

New LA River renderings reveal potential designs for the massive revitalization project



A wide array of projects big and small are now moving forward alongside all 51 miles of the Los Angeles River, and some of the most comprehensive planning is taking place along the river’s southern portion, from Vernon to Long Beach.

As part of the ongoing Los Angeles River Revitalization Plan, Perkins + Will have recently released renderings of what their contribution could look like. The overall Los Angeles River plan includes proposals varying in size and location. The largest proposals include revitalizing expansive sections along the river to create public spaces with trails, bridges, bike and walking paths, landscaping, and seating areas.  


A new rendering features terraced seating and access to the river bed itself. Image: Perkins + Will.


Rendering of a shared street concept by the river in Cudahy.


Rendering of a trail near the Rio Hondo confluence.


Rendering of a boardwalk near Willow Street in Long Beach.

Catch up on all the news around the Los Angeles River Revitalization Projects here

And the most popular Spring '18 architecture school lecture poster is...



Voting has ended for your favorite Spring 2018 architecture school lecture posters, which Archinect previously featured in our ongoing Get Lectured series. The results are finally in! Which top four poster designs appealed to Archinectors the most?

Out of 413 responses, Pratt Institute won big in first place with 136 votes. PennDesign's poster by WeShouldDoItAll took second with 68 votes. The third and fourth place posters were close: Cal Poly SLO's LA Metro poster came in third place with 37 votes, while Syracuse Architecture in Florence placed in fourth with 35 votes.

1. Pratt Institute


Poster design: Richard Sarrach. Courtesy of Pratt School of Architecture.

2. PennDesign


Poster design by WSDIA | WeShouldDoItAll. Courtesy of WSDIA.

3. Cal Poly LA Metro


Poster by Grant Mattingly + Nathanael Ramos. Courtesy of Cal Poly LA Metro.

4. Syracuse Architecture in Florence


Poster courtesy of Syracuse Architecture.

In sharing their feedback, voters either described the poster designs overall as...

Collapsed Miami bridge was built using Accelerated Bridge Construction



The pedestrian bridge that collapsed at Florida International University in Miami on Thursday was built using Accelerated Bridge Construction (ABC) technology, according to a statement from the university. Unlike traditional methods of construction, ABC streamlines the building process so that bridge projects can be completed quicker and more cost effectively.

The FIU bridge which collapsed last week was engineered using Accelerated Bridge Construction (ABC), a method used by many companies for its time and cost efficiency. Weighing 950 tons, the bridge was meant to connect FIU's campus to an adjoining neighborhood where many students live. 

Of the many types of ABC technology, Prefabricated Bridge Elements and Systems (PBES) appears to be the method used in construction of the FIU bridge. This method allows prefabrication of elements off-site which are then transported and quickly assembled on site. 

A fact sheet on FIU's website relates the bridge cost $14.2 million to build and was funded by a $19.4 million grant from the US Department of Transportation. It was also apparently supposed to withstand a Category 5 hurricane and last more than 100 years. The bridge was designed by FIGG Bridge Engineers in Tallahassee and built by MCM in Miami.

Work to begin on Dubai's second tallest (and world's fifth tallest) skyscraper



Azizi Developments will begin work on what will become the world’s fifth tallest skyscraper in the third quarter of the year. Being developed at a cost of $816m (AED3bn) on Dubai's Sheikh Zayed Road, the 570-metre tall, 122-storey residential and commercial tower will house residential apartments on the first 100 floors, and a luxury hotel on the remaining 22. In an update, the Dubai-based developer said that it is currently consulting with Atkins to finalise the design based on its feedback.

It looks like there's new life in a flagship development on Dubai's Sheikh Zayed Road: after a previous proposal for the supertall Entisar Tower by AE7 with Meydan was sold to Azizi Developers, the company announced plans to work with global architectural firm Atkins on the designs and make the 570-meter plus project a reality within the next 39 to 44 months.

COOK8 winners reinvent the social dining experience



At a time when the experience of dining at a restaurant is as important as the food they serve, the COOK8 International Competition by the Domés International Review of Architecture challenged entrants around the globe to design a unique 4-30 m² dining and social space. Out of 280 entries from 24 countries, three prize winners were awarded, along with seven commendations to nine other entries (two ties were awarded). The top three prize-winning entries will be realized at a 1:1 scale for the COOK8 Exhibition at the Benaki Art Museum this June. 

Scroll down for a look at the top-winning designs.

'Glorious Holistic' by Costas Alivizatos & Ioannis Kitanis

Twelve tasty projects selected as finalists of the AIA|LA's 2018 Restaurant Design Awards



Done well, restaurant design can be transformative and transportive, and can even make the food actually taste better. It is one of the most important factors of the dining experience, playing a key role in customer satisfaction and ultimately, the success of a restaurant.

Every year, the AIA|LA honors the vital role good interior design plays in the world of dining, distinguishing designers who take the restaurant typology up a notch with their Restaurant Design Awards. Now in its 14th year, the jury has narrowed the competition pool down to 12 finalists in three categories—'Restaurant', 'Cafe/Bars', and 'Lounge/Nightclub'.

From a modern, upscale Mexican restaurant dressed in light wood surfaces to a Cuban-inspired cafe whose design incorporates antique coffee artifacts, the 2018 finalists represent some of the year's most striking designs. Get a glimpse right below. A public vote for the 2018 RDA People's Choice Award Winners is also now open here: (To share ...

This week's picks for LA architecture and design events



Planning ahead for another busy week in Los Angeles? Bustler put together a snappy list of architecture and design events happening around town. Tonight, the USC School of Architecture will host their Generation nEXT exhibition and event. On Wednesday, Petra Blaisse of Inside Outside will deliver a lecture at SCI-Arc and the Hammer Museum will host a discussion about the evolving relationship between L.A.'s built environment and natural habitat. Read on for our latest weekly event recommendations.

Boris Johnson faces continuing pressure over canceled London garden bridge



Gwynne demanded Johnson provide evidence for his allegation against Will Hurst, the managing editor of Architects’ Journal who has won several awards for his coverage of the garden bridge, or withdraw them and apologise. The letter adds to the pressure on Johnson over his role in the troubled story of the planned pedestrian link across the river Thames, which he commissioned and championed as mayor of London, a job he held until May 2016.

During his term in the London mayoral chair, British foreign secretary Boris Johnson advocated passionately for the £46m Heatherwick-designed London garden bridge proposal, which ultimately lost public support and was scrapped by incoming mayor Sadiq Khan—while the financial burden for the controversial project remains on the public.

A new Labour initiative pressures Johnson to shed light on his allegations that Architects’ Journal managing editor Will Hurst essentially killed the project because of a "dislike that the Architects’ Journal journalist concerned had for Thomas Heatherwick". Hurst and the AJ categorically deny this claim.

This week's picks for NYC architecture and design events



Wondering what architecture and design events are happening around New York City? Bustler rounded up a snappy list of event recommendations worth checking out. This week, Lorcan O'Herlihy, Brian Philips, and Lawrence Scarpa will take part in a discussion about the pressing topic of affordable housing in North America; SOM will celebrate the launch of The Future of Public Space; and MoMA's “Thinking Machines: Art and Design in the Computer Age” exhibition is still open now through April. Read on for our latest weekly event recommendations.

It has to do with electromagnetic fields and transmissions from the stones of these buildings



Each piece of the structure tells that grander story. The poorly constructed stone walls in the original room hint at the area’s isolation and the need to use nearby materials. A sundial over the northern door installed by the fort’s early inhabitants is a celebration of the return of two men who were kidnapped during a Native American raid. In one room, a prayer is inscribed on a ceiling beam.

Serena Solomon traveled to the small town of San Ygnacio, Texas, where the River Pierce Foundation is working to identify, conserve and make known the built vernacular and cultural heritage of the rural village. With a special focus on the early 19th century sandstone complex of the Treviño-Uribe Rancho.

Archinect's Employer of the Day: Weekly Round-Up #171


On the lookout for a new job? Archinect's Employer of the Day Weekly Round-Up can help start off your hunt amid the hundreds of active listings on our job board. If you've been following the feature on our Facebook, Employer of the Day is where we highlight active employers and showcase a gallery of their work. In case you missed them, here are the latest EOTD-featured firms: 1. Framestudio (Facebook feature)Currently hiring: Design-focused Project Architect Photo: Framestudio.2. KUBE Architecture (Facebook feature)Currently hiring: Intern Architect (0-2 years experience) Photo: KUBE Architecture.3. Jaklitsch/Gardner Architects (Facebook feature)Currently hiring: Senior Project Manager Photo: Jaklitsch/Gardner Architects.4. Eventscape (Facebook feature)Currently hiring: Conceptual Designer Photo: Tom Arban.5. Martin Hopp Architect (Facebook feature)Currently hiring: Multiple listings Photo: Martin Hopp Architect.Keep track of Employer of the Day by following Archinect's Facebook, Tw... [...]

Luxury apartment towers aren't just for NYC



The Manhattan skyline is one of the world’s most iconic, but it wouldn’t be complete without the city’s famed residential supertalls. Luxury buildings like 432 Park Ave and One57 have set a high bar in the era of tower living, but the past decade has seen the vertical lifestyle catching on across the globe—from Boston to Monaco to New Orleans.

Check out these luxury residential skyscrapers outside of NYC:

Boston, MA

Designed by Kohn Pedersen Fox, Echelon Seaport is Boston's latest project located in the Seaport District. This new luxury condo and apartment development is currently under construction with a completion date of 2020. 


Echelon Seaport by Image: Warren Residential.

San Francisco, CA

181 Fremont Street was designed by Heller Manus Architects with interiors by Orlando Diaz-Azcuy. Reaching 70-stories high it is the tallest residential building in San Francisco. Prices range from $3.24 million to $42 million for an enormous penthouse.


181 Fremont Street by Heller Manus Architects, located in San Francisco. Image: 181 Fremont.


Designed by architect Alexandre Giraldi with interior designer Alberto Pinto, Tour Odéon is the tallest building in the city-state. It is also home to the world’s most expensive apartment, a $335 million penthouse that takes up the top five floors of the tower.


Tour Odéon by architect...

Steven Holl to design new Angers Collectors Museum + tapestry-like hotel in France



Steven Holl Architects, along with French real estate investor Compagnie de Phalsbourg, will be in charge of designing the new Angers Collectors Museum and an adjacent glass hotel in the heart of historic Angers, France. 

Located east of the Maine river, the museum will be near Le Quai theater and across the 13th-century Chateau d'Angers built by King Louis IX, therefore creating a new cultural triangle in the heart of the city that connects medieval and contemporary architecture.

Ike Kligerman Barkley announces the first two recipients of their new Traveling Fellowship



Last fall, Ike Kligerman Barkley, the New York and San Francisco-based firm known for their thoughtful design of classic American residences, established a new traveling fellowship that would grant $12,000 to two graduate students for travel and research. 

Concerned by the general lack of knowledge about the canon of architectural history, the firm—comprised of three history buffs whose office boasts a 4,000 book library on the world of design—wanted to create a fund that allows students to consider the intersection between traditional and contemporary architecture. It is open to students, in their penultimate year of study, who attend a select group of top-tier architecture schools including RISD, Pratt, Cornell, and Yale.

The 2018 winners—and the first two ever IKB Traveling Fellows—have been announced as Rebecca Kennedy, from the University of Texas at Austin School of Architecture, and Evan Sale, from the Yale University School of Architecture. Kennedy will be using their grant ...

Cooper Union Board approves return to full-tuition scholarships for all undergraduates



The Cooper Union Board and President released yesterday a plan to return to full-tuition scholarships for all undergraduate students. This decision is the result of an ongoing strategic planning effort of re-examining the schools structure and values after the 150-year tradition of free scholarships was broken in 2014 causing protests and public outcry

The plan is a modified version of the recommendation published on January 15, 2018 by the Board’s Free Education Committee (FEC). 

Consistent with the FEC's recommendation are: 

  • Increases scholarships beginning in two years, provided we meet critical fundraising, operating expense, and operating cash surplus goals.
  • Returns The Cooper Union to full-tuition scholarships for all undergraduate students in 10 years.
  • Seeks to generate $250 million over the 10-year timeline to bolster the institution's financial resilience and invest in its world-renowned academic programs.

Some of the Board's modifications include:

  • Cooper Union will not rais...

ZHA's Port House in Antwerp named 'Best Refurbished Building' at 2018 MIPIM Awards



The 2018 MIPIM Awards were just handed out to accomplished projects from around the world, and the title of 'Best Refurbished Building' went to the Zaha Hadid Architects-designed Port House in Antwerp, Belgium.

Completed in 2016, the not entirely unflamboyant juxtaposition of old and new provoked a lively discussion when we first published it on Archinect.

Our weekly wrap-up of new design competitions worth checking out



We get it. It can get a little overwhelming keeping up with the dozens of new architecture competitions launching worldwide on any given week — let alone having to stay on top of the multiple deadlines for each and every one. That's why Bustler is here to help! At the end of every week, we'll share a quick selection of our newest design competition submissions that we think are worth a look, as well as some ongoing ones you might have missed the first time. Check out our latest competition recommendations below.

10 fancy facades for your Friday inspiration


In case you haven't checked out Archinect's Pinterest boards in a while, we have compiled ten recently pinned images from outstanding projects on various Archinect Firm and People profiles. (Tip: use the handy FOLLOW feature to easily keep up-to-date with all your favorite Archinect profiles!) Today's top images (in no particular order) are from the board Fancy Facades. ↑ Sportcampus Zuiderpark in The Hague, Netherlands by FaulknerBrowns Architects with ABT; Photo: Arjen Schmitz ↑ Sunac Chongqing One Central Mansion Sales Pavilion in Chongqing, China by aoe; Photo: Ligang Huang ↑ Palace of Justice in Córdoba, Spain by Mecanoo and Ayesa; Photo: Fernando Alda ↑ SIB Grønneviksøren in Bergen, Norway by 3RW arkitekter with Smedsvig Landskapsarkitekter AS, Multiconsult AS; Photo: Cecilie Bannow ↑ Meeting Centre in Grândola, Portugal by Aires Mateus; Photo: Nelson Garrido ↑ Residential building as an urban filter in Barcelona, Spain by Mateo Arquitectura; Photo: Adrià Goula ↑ Dom-Ino Pavil... [...]

Steven Holl-designed Rubenstein Commons at the Institute for Advanced Study breaks ground



Back in March 2016, Steven Holl Architects was named the winner in the international competition to design the new Rubenstein Commons at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey. Now, exactly two years later, the groundbreaking ceremony was held for the $20-million commons building—located near its original 1939 Fuld Hall building where Albert Einstein spent his last working years.

Finalists named for Portland's Broadway Corridor site



Portland's urban renewal agency has named three finalists to shape the redevelopment of the soon-to-be-vacated downtown post office blocks. Not among them: a headline-grabbing but unlikely proposal for two massive skyscrapers, the taller of which would be nearly twice the height of any existing building in Portland.

Prosper Portland has selected 3 finalists for the 14 acre post office site located in the heart of the city: McWhinney, Related Cos., and Continuum Partners. It comes as no surprise that William Kaven's two tower proposal was not selected. 


Broadway Corridor total development site of 32 acres in Portland. Image: Prosper Portland.

The redevelopment effort will include approximately 500 units of public housing developed by the Portland Housing Bureau and about 2,000 units of privately developed housing—of which 10 percent will include rent restrictions for low-income households.

The Colorado developer McWhinney has proposed a partnership with the James Beard Public Market, a food culture concept which would include 100 to 120 vendor stalls as well as full service restaurants. The New York developer Related Cos. has partnered with local real estate firm Melvin Mark Cos. and the homelessness nonprofit Central City Concern.