Women are architecture's original rebels. Over 120 years ago, they insisted that architecture schools and professional organisations open their doors to women, arguing that the field would thrive (or wither) according to the diversity of its students and practitioners...And yet despite this long history of challenging architecture to be inclusive, women have been given little credit for their contributions.
Despina Stratigakos, historian and University of Buffalo architecture professor highlights in her Opinion article how women in architecture have challenged and continue to challenge the deep-rooted patriarchy in the field of architecture throughout the past century. Although there is a growing number of women who are studying architecture, holding leadership roles in schools and firms, and forming organizations, the same problems of gender inequality still exist to this day. Another question that remains: Is anyone even paying attention?
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• On a method to improve the seasonal factors, see Trulia chief economist Jed Kolko's article "Let’s Improve, Not Ignore, Seasonal Adjustment of Housing Data"
There has always been a clear seasonal pattern for house prices, but the seasonal differences have been more pronounced since the housing bust.
Even in normal times house prices tend to be stronger in the spring and early summer than in the fall and winter. Recently there has been a larger than normal seasonal pattern mostly because conventional sales are following the normal pattern (more sales in the spring and summer), but distressed sales (foreclosures and short sales) happen all year. So distressed sales have had a larger negative impact on prices in the fall and winter.
Note: I was one of several people to question the change in the seasonal factor (here is a post in 2009) - and this led to S&P Case-Shiller questioning the seasonal factor too (from April 2010).
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This graph shows the month-to-month change in the CoreLogic and NSA Case-Shiller National index since 1987 (both through Jnue). The seasonal pattern was smaller back in the '90s and early '00s, and increased since the bubble burst.
It appears we've already seen the strongest month this year (NSA) for both Case-Shiller NSA and CoreLogic. This suggests both indexes will turn negative seasonally (NSA) earlier this year than the previous two years - perhaps in the August reports.
The second graph shows the seasonal factors for the Case-Shiller National index since 1987. The factors started to change near the peak of the bubble, and really increased during the bust.
It appears the seasonal factor has started to decrease, and I expect that over the next several years - as the percent of distressed sales declines further and recent history is included in the factors - the seasonal factors will move back towards more normal levels (Kolko's article has more on this).
You may have also read that this release preview heralded the return of the Inside the Factory blog, following an over 2 year hiatus.
To this point, thinking that Revit Sundial was simply a preview of Revit 2016 (!), I've been quite content to sit back and watch my esteemed blogger colleagues' post about Revit Sundial. What's especially interesting to me though is that when one clicks the What's New link on Inside the Factory, Revit 2015 Help is opened! What is then described is a "Revit 2015 Subscription Advantage" release, with Revit Sundial being a preview of features that are being considering for a future subscription release.
While I have no inside information on the matter, it seems that Autodesk subscription customers may be in store for a mid-model year Revit release. Alternatively, some features may be rolled out as subscription enhancements, which puts this topic in the purview of Revit Add-ons. Again though, I have nothing to base this on, other than what I've already stated.
Mark this one as developing, and stay tuned. :)
What's New in Revit Sundial (AKA "What's New in Revit 2015 Subscription Advantage")
Inside the Factory (for Revit Sundial updates and information)
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