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Frodo Mikkelsen Situates Landscapes on Silver Plated Skulls

Architect: Most Recent News - 4 hours 22 min ago
With the idea of reincarnation in mind, Copenhagen-based artist Frodo Mikkelsen creates intricate landscapes, built on the crowns of silver plated skull forms.

Who's Behind These Gruesome Murders of Street Furniture?

Architect: Most Recent News - 4 hours 22 min ago
This sofa would really tie an (autopsy) room together.

New Study Reveals Earth’s Oceans May Be Almost as Old as the Planet

Inhabitat - 4 hours 35 min ago

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A groundbreaking new study led by scientists at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) has revealed that the first evidence of water on Earth and in the inner solar system dates the arrival of water to a much earlier time than previously believed. Thanks to new data from NASA’s 4-Vesta project, the team demonstrates that the most primitive type of known meteorite could have brought water to Earth very early on in the planet’s formation. The implications for an earlier “wet Earth” include the possibility that life on our planet began much earlier than previously thought and could once have existed on the other inner planets.

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Categories: Building Green

Preliminary: 2015 Housing Forecasts

Calculated Risk - 4 hours 58 min ago
The NAHB released their 2015 housing forecast today. Towards the end of each year I collect some housing forecasts for the following year, and it looks like most analysts are optimistic for 2015.

Here is a summary of forecasts for 2014. In 2014, new home sales will be around 440 thousand, and total housing starts will be close to 1 million.  No one was close on New Home sales (all way too optimistic), and Michelle Meyer (Merrill Lynch) and Fannie Mae were the closest on housing starts (about 10% too high).

In 2014, many analysts underestimated the impact of higher mortgage rates and higher new home prices on new home sales and starts.

Note: Here is a summary of forecasts for 2013. In 2013, new home sales were 429 thousand, and total housing starts were 925 thousand.  Barclays were the closest on New Home sales followed by David Crowe (NAHB).  Fannie Mae and the NAHB were the closest on housing starts.

The table below shows a few forecasts for 2015 (I'll update these in December).

From Fannie Mae: Housing Forecast: October 2014

From NAHB: Single-Family Production Poised to Take Off in 2015

I don't have Moody's Analytics' forecast, but Mark Zandi, chief economist at Moody's Analytics said today "that single-family starts could be closing in on 1 million units by the end of 2015 and multifamily production could go as high as 500,000 units."  That seems too high.

I haven't worked up a forecast yet for 2015.

Housing Forecasts for 2015
New Home Sales (000s)Single Family Starts (000s)Total Starts (000s)House Prices1
NAHB
8021,158
Fannie Mae5237831,1704.9%2
Merrill Lynch5571,2003.6%
Wells Fargo5357601,1103.2%
Zillow  3.0%3
1Case-Shiller unless indicated otherwise
2FHFA Purchase-Only Index
3Zillow Home Value Index, Sept 2014 to Sept 2015

Morning News Roundup: Halloween Edition

Architect: Most Recent News - 5 hours 7 min ago
1031-MR-spooky-HERO A guide for dressing like your favorite architect for Halloween, haunted house ghost stories, and more scary news. Read on if you dare...

Happy Halloween!

I Dig Hardware - 5 hours 8 min ago
Last weekend our church had a Halloween party with a haunted house for the kids. Because (as Popeye always said) "I yam what I yam," I wondered about the egress plans if there was an emergency. Maybe a maze made of cardboard and sheets with no open flames in a church basement for 3 hours with lots of adult supervision isn't a huge concern, but haunted houses have become big business...
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Spooky Sites: 13 Great Places Online to Hunt for Abandonment Pics

Architect: Recent Features - 5 hours 8 min ago
RuinPorn_HERO How else to spend Halloween than browsing through creepy, amazing, staggering, beautiful, spooky collections of places left behind by history.

Spooky Sites: 13 Great Places Online to Hunt for Abandonment Pics

Architect: Architect Articles - 5 hours 8 min ago
RuinPorn_HERO How else to spend Halloween than browsing through creepy, amazing, staggering, beautiful, spooky collections of places left behind by history.

Spooky Sites: 13 Great Places Online to Hunt for Abandonment Pics

Architect: Recent Features - 5 hours 8 min ago
RuinPorn_HERO How else to spend Halloween than browsing through creepy, amazing, staggering, beautiful, spooky collections of places left behind by history.

Confirm Acquire Coordinates

RevitOpEd - 5 hours 37 min ago
I'd like Revit to display a confirmation when I successfully acquire coordinates. It would also be nice if it displayed the coordinate "shift" that occurred in the dialog too. If I failed to select a source then it would be nice if Revit let me know I failed, try try again.
Categories: Revit/BIM

Salt Destroys Manhattan-Sized Croplands Every Week, UN Study Shows

Inhabitat - 5 hours 40 min ago

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A new UN paper reveals that excess salt in the soil has destroyed 20 percent of all irrigated land worldwide — an area equal to the size of France. Every day for more than 20 years, an average of 2,000 hectares of irrigated cropland in arid and semi-arid areas across 75 countries have been degraded by salt. With the world population expected to hit nine to 10 billion people by 2050, obviously we can’t afford to be losing productive, arable land. Thankfully, the report also makes a number of recommendations for swift action to reverse the trend before it becomes too expensive to do so.

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Categories: Building Green

Monkey Magic Eco Art Raises Awareness of Environmental Issues in the Peruvian Amazon

Inhabitat - 6 hours 40 sec ago

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Peru’s region of Madre de Dios is one of the most biodiverse places on Earth–but the lush Amazonian area is under serious threat by deforestation and illegal gold mining. Although Peru is home to the second-largest amount of rainforest in the world, the rise of gold mining has devastated nearly 370,000 acres of the country’s Amazon. To raise awareness of these environmental issues and spark dialogue on how best to balance resource conservation with the economic needs of the community, the nonprofit Eco Art Installations created inspiring eco art from locally sourced leaves, flowers, seeds, and trash. The artists involved include Sue, an orphaned howler monkey; Gypsy Voyager’s Char Evans, Christine Ashley Guckert, and Anthony Zaccone; and KamranJon’s Kamran Pakseresht. Prints and photos of the artwork can be purchased at Saatchi Art.

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Categories: Building Green

Polished and Shiny: How the Giza Pyramids Looked When They Were First Built (VIDEO)

Inhabitat - 6 hours 23 min ago

The crumbling stones of the Giza pyramids may be a sight familiar to most people, but the original look of these ancient structures was considerably different. In a recent short documentary made by the Smithsonian Channel Harvard University, Egyptologist Jacquelyn Williamson explains the way each of the stones was manually polished to create glistening outer shells of the famous pyramids.

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Final October Consumer Sentiment at 86.9, Chicago PMI increases to 66.2

Calculated Risk - 6 hours 33 min ago
Consumer Sentiment
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The final Reuters / University of Michigan consumer sentiment index for October was at 86.9, up from the preliminary reading of 86.4, and up from 84.6 in September.

This was slightly above the consensus forecast of 86.4. Sentiment has generally been improving following the recession - with plenty of ups and downs - and a big spike down when Congress threatened to "not pay the bills" in 2011.

This was the highest level since 2007.

Chicago PMI October 2014: Chicago Business Barometer Up 5.7 Points to 66.2 in October, New Orders Rise Sharply to the Highest Since October 2013
The Chicago Business Barometer rose 5.7 points to a one year high of 66.2 in October, fuelled by a double digit gain in New Orders. ...

New Orders was the strongest component of the Barometer and increased sharply to 73.6, the highest level since October 2013. ... Employment increased to the highest level since November 2013, a potential sign that the recovery is becoming more entrenched.
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This was well above the consensus forecast of 60.0.

BEA: Personal Income increased 0.2% in September, Core PCE prices up 1.5% year-over-year

Calculated Risk - 7 hours 54 min ago
The BEA released the Personal Income and Outlays report for September:
Personal income increased $22.7 billion, or 0.2 percent ... in September, according to the Bureau of Economic Analysis. Personal consumption expenditures (PCE) decreased $19.0 billion, or 0.2 percent.
...
Real PCE -- PCE adjusted to remove price changes -- decreased 0.2 percent in September, in contrast to an increase of 0.5 percent in August. ... The price index for PCE increased 0.1 percent in September, in contrast to a decrease of 0.1 percent in August. The PCE price index, excluding food and energy, increased 0.1 percent in September, the same increase as in August.
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Personal saving -- DPI less personal outlays -- was $732.2 billion in September, compared with $702.0 billion in August. The personal saving rate -- personal saving as a percentage of disposable personal income -- was 5.6 percent in September, compared with 5.4 percent in August.
A key point is that the PCE price index was only up 1.4% year-over-year (1.5% for core PCE). This is still below the Fed's target.

Pope Francis Officially Endorses Evolution and The Big Bang Theory

Inhabitat - 8 hours 31 min ago

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Pope Francis has continued to turn heads as the most liberal pope in decades by declaring that “the Catholic Church sees no conflict between science and religion” and stating that he accepts the universe was created in a Big Bang rather than what is detailed in the Book of Genesis. While he is not the first pope to side with science over certain issues, he is certainly the first to state outright that humans may be descended from other species, marking a significant change to the stance of the Catholic Church.

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Categories: Building Green

Himalayan Viagra Causes Fungal Gold-Rush in the Tibetan Plateaus

Inhabitat - 10 hours 30 min ago

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High in the Himalayas grows a highly sought after medicinal fungus known as Himalayan Viagra. And while many global leaders fail to enact policies to protect their own resources, two remote Tibetan communities who harvest the fungus have managed to implement a system to secure a sustainable harvest year after year. Using an innovative resource management system that would likely give most capitalists a regulatory headache, the harvesters work hard to ensure that their livelihood is protected from over use.

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Ethereal Illustrations of Iconic London Brutalist Buildings

Architect: Most Recent News - 12 hours 7 min ago
1031-Brutalist-hero Illustrator Thomas Danthony pays tribute to three of the city's greatest examples of Brutalism.

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