News & Opinions
The latest news and insights from Hanley Wood’s outspoken experts and key thought-leaders throughout the residential and commercial design and construction industry.
Kriston Capps / ARCHITECT / September 24, 2013
At the Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meeting, the AIA was announced as a partner in a new effort to boost resiliency in cities.
To kick off the 2013 Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meeting, President Bill Clinton announced a global Commitment to Action to support at least 100 cities in hiring a chief resilience officer—in an effort to develop and finance new infrastructure. The effort, part of the 100 Resilient Cities Centennial Challenge, is being led by the Rockefeller Foundation with Swiss Re, Palantir, Architecture for Humanity, and the American Institute of Architects.
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Alec Friedhoff and Siddharth Kulkarni / Brookings Institution / September 25, 2013
Brookings Institution fellows Alec Friedhoff and Siddharth Kulkarni produce this updated version of the Metro Monitor, which tracks the performance of the 100 largest U.S. metropolitan areas, presenting data for four key indicators-jobs, unemployment, gross product, and home prices-over three time periods. It’s nearly fourth quarter 2013. Do you know where your rebound is?Read More
Andrew Knight / BUILDER / September 24, 2013
Building information modeling (BIM) is slowly changing the way building projects are approached, however it has yet to catch fire in the home building industry. Here are a few of the holdups.
There isn’t a ton of BIM expertise out there—especially in the home building sector. It is a relatively new technology and can be complicated to grasp, so there tends to be a natural reluctance to take BIM on.
2. Software Cost
The upfront costs for hardware, software, training, and implementation can be pretty hefty. Six digits hefty. This perceived cost and risk of spending money beforeRead More
Dennis Harrington / Hanley Wood / September 26, 2013
The U.S. housing recovery has put building product manufacturers (BPMs) to the test. Most BPMs have aggressively seized the warming economy to ramp up production, marketing and sales. A few have even taken steps to leapfrog their way to product category leadership.
Then there’s Ply Gem.
Today the Cary, NC-based exterior building products company stands out as a striking example of how to respond to changing market conditions. Their remarkable string of recent initiatives has transformed the 70 year-old company into a $1.5 billion media-smart, brand-centric BPM powerhouse.
Today theirRead More
Katie Weeks / ECOBUILDING pulse / September 24, 2013
Urbanization is increasing at an unprecedented rate, with more than half of the world’s population living in cities today and more than 70 percent expected to do so by 2050—and this should be good news when it comes to innovation, according to a new report released by the AIA. “Cities as a Lab: Designing the Innovation Economy,” the eighth report in an AIA series of reports on innovative, healthy, sustainable, and livable communities, examined how cities are responding to an uncertain future. The conclusion? Cities across the world are hotbeds of innovative solutions to changingRead More