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Latest NCARB survey indicates architecture is a growing profession in the U.S.

Archinect - Fri, 11/21/2014 - 16:03

The architecture profession is back on the rise as the American economy recovers, according to NCARB's 2014 Survey of Architectural Registration Boards. For starters, the number of architects has grown by 3.1 percent since 2011.

Collecting data from all 54 U.S. territories (including District of Columbia, Guam, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands), the 2014 survey states that there are 107,581 architects in the U.S., which is a 1.6 percent increase from last year. California is listed with the highest total number of added architects at 20,595, followed by New York at 16,809. Data collected for the fall 2014 survey also reflect registration levels from July 2013 to June 2014.

Findings from the Bureau of Labor Statistics show similar upward trends. In just the last two months, architecture and engineering services added 5,000 new jobs in September and 2,900 new jobs in October.

Earlier this year, NCARB made major announcements regarding licensure upon graduation as well as major mo...

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Art + Architecture: Refik Anadol at Walt Disney Concert Hall

Archinect - Fri, 11/21/2014 - 15:16

The billowing wood panels of the concert hall imploded before my eyes, as if physically ripped apart by the thundering crescendos of Edgard Varèse’s Amériques. One moment the massive organ was radically disfigured to the point of unrecognizability; the next, its forms re-emerged beneath the luminous, moving mesh mapped onto the structure by the artist Refik Anadol. For less than a half hour, the Walt Disney Concert Hall was transformed in an exhilarating synthesis of architecture, music and digital art: the first iteration of in/SIGHT, a series of ongoing collaborations between video artists and the Los Angeles Philharmonic.

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Vehicle Sales Forecast: "Could Reach 17 Million" SAAR in November

Calculated Risk - Fri, 11/21/2014 - 14:13
The automakers will report November vehicle sales on Tuesday, December 2nd. Sales in October were at 16.35 million on a seasonally adjusted annual rate basis (SAAR), and it appears sales in November might be at or above 17 million SAAR.

Note:  There were 25 selling days in November this year compared to 26 last year.

Here is an early forecast (I'll post more next week).

From WardsAuto: Forecast: SAAR Could Reach 17 Million for Second Time in Four Months
A WardsAuto forecast calls for U.S. light-vehicle sales to reach a 17 million-unit seasonally adjusted annual rate for just the second time since 2006, after crossing that threshold most recently in August, when deliveries equated to a 17.4 million SAAR. The WardsAuto report is calling for 1.29 million light vehicles to be delivered over 25 selling days. The resulting daily sales rate of 51,461 units represents an 8.1% improvement over same-month year-ago (over 26 days) and a 9.1% month-to-month gain on October (27 days), slightly ahead of an average 6% October-November gain over the past three years. The 17 million-unit SAAR would be significantly higher than the 16.3 million recorded year-to-date through October, and would help bring 2014 sales in line with WardsAuto’s full year forecast of 16.4 million units.
It appears there will be a strong finish to 2014 for both auto sales and the economy!

How Can Nature Inspire Smarter Companies? Help Kickstart This Book!

Inhabitat - Fri, 11/21/2014 - 14:03
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Regular Inhabitat readers will know and love our own Dr. Tamsin Woolley-Barker, who writes our Biomimicry Manual series. Dr. Woolley-Barker has been writing a bio-inspired book all about how nature would run a company, called Super Organizations: Nature’s Game-Changing Guide To Faster, Smarter, More Valuable Companies. The book talks about how nature’s collaborators like ant colonies and bee hives work together to create organizations and how we can learn from them to better our own. But in order to get the book off the ground, Dr. Woolley-Barker is looking for a little help. Her Kickstarter campaign ends in just four days and is just a few hundred dollars short of its final goal. Help make this brilliant book a reality – and maybe even change the way we think about running our companies – by making a donation at Kickstarter .

DONATE HERE >

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Reading Room: A Catalog of New York City’s Branch Libraries

Archinect - Fri, 11/21/2014 - 12:07

Between 2008 and 2013, I photographed the branch libraries of New York City’s three public library systems: 212 branches in all[1], spread across the five boroughs. Through arrangements with each of the library systems, I worked mornings before the branches opened to the public. I traveled by subway and bus and made six to twelve pictures of each branch, interiors and exteriors, using a 4×5 inch view camera. My archive, to date, holds over 2,000 negatives.



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INFOGRAPHIC: 6 Ways to Create a Spectacular DIY Holiday Tree

Inhabitat - Fri, 11/21/2014 - 12:00

6 Ways to Make a DIY Tree

You don’t need to hack down a pine or fir tree to decorate your home or office this holiday season: this infographic offers 6 different ideas for fabulous DIY holiday trees that you can create to spruce up your space. From a veggie-licious tree made of crudites (great for the annual holiday office party—just add dip) to chalkboard drawings and hanging globes, these festive installations are perfect for inspiring some holiday cheer. Ditch the dead trees and get creative this season… and if you do create your own tree-like display, let us know!

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Street view: a virtual tour across Russia by remote camera

Archinect - Fri, 11/21/2014 - 11:53

The idea for Yandex. Street Photographer came to Daniill Maksyokov on a Friday night, while he was surfing the internet [...] “In Yandex.Maps there’s an analogue of Google Street View called Panoramas but it only has views of Russian cities and some former-Soviet countries [...]” say Maksyokov. “What’s more, faces, labels, registration numbers of vehicles and other personal data are not blurred … As a result you have a complete sense of presence and can see everything from a fresh perspective.”



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