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Multiple construction cranes lit up at dusk, signifying the slowdown in commercial construction activities since the onset of the pandemic.

WORLD NEWS   |   Carolyn Feinstein   |   September 30, 2020

August 2020 ABI Score

September 30, 2020

The AIA recently released the August ABI report, and the news could be better. Billings have stalled at 40.0 for the third consecutive month and design contracts have shown only a moderate increase in value.

Silhouette of two construction workers on scaffolding, signifying the current condition of the architectural and construction industries.

WORLD NEWS   |   Carolyn Feinstein   |   August 26, 2020

The July ABI Scores In A Nutshell

August 26, 2020

Amidst a soft market and the end of the PPP, the July ABI report reflects a slowly stabilizing decline in billings with a cautious, but hopeful, industry outlook.

Black and white image of construction of the foundation of a commercial building surrounded by scaffolding, signifying the slowly rising ABI scores.

WORLD NEWS   |   Carolyn Feinstein   |   July 31, 2020

June 2020 ABI Score Released

July 31, 2020

The AIA released the June 2020 ABI Score, reflecting a leveling off of business conditions after the slowdown in the economy as a response to the pandemic.

Noon Home modules setup in a 3 slot face plate, including one Room Director and two Extension dimmer switches

Noon Home - Smart Lighting System

Bring your lighting to life with Noon Home's smart lighting system, all while using your existing wiring. Create lighting scenes with the touch of a button using the smartphone app and see what you've been missing.

Render of the modern square pavilion installation from the Netherlands for the Expo 2020 Dubai with transparent front facade.

Dutch Biotope Pavilion - Solar Art

Marjan van Aubel's wants to change our relationship with solar energy. Her design for flexible, tinted solar panels for the Dutch Biotope Pavilion, have proven once again that innovation can be beautiful.

Evening photo of The Broad, contemporary art museum in Los Angeles, with a sculpted glass fiber reinforced concrete exterior

Cement Just Got A Makeover

Cement is vital to our way of life, but producing it causes millions of tons of CO2 emissions every year. A new standard from the ASTM has clarified how we can reduce those emissions and make a stronger concrete.

Tiny houses set atop red toy blocks with the letters HOA

HOA - Friend Or Foe?

Homeowners associations have the important job of protecting property values, but there are occasions when their desire for conformity has the potential to impact the creativity of the architect.

An array of solar panels at a Lincoln Electric facility in Lincoln, Nebraska under a blue sky with wispy white clouds

Indiana Embraces Mega Solar Park

Solar energy production is being embraced on a large scale by developers in Indiana, with their largest solar farm set to be operational in 2022

A modern passive house with slatted sun shades, black solar roof tiles, wood siding, and a metal overhang to shade the sliding glass door.

Passive House Design

Unlike other green building approaches, passive houses aim to reduce environmental impact using energy conservation. So forget that giant furnace and talk to your architect about a passive design.