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.
Aaron Betsky / ARCHITECT / February 6, 2015
Let me get two things straight: I believe that whatever we build has to be sustainable. I do not believe that architecture should be the province of the elite, either of taste or of money.
There has been a great deal of willful misreading and selective quoting of the arguments I have tried to set forward recently in response to editorials and articles produced by New Urbanists, neo-traditionalists, and those who think that environmental concerns should dominate not just how buildings work, but how they appear.
I believe that we have to create buildings that use minimal natural resources. I do notRead More
Ned Cramer / ARCHITECT / November 15, 2014
Are you looking for innovative ways to spread the cheer this holiday season? Look no further, o bearded one.
Wintertime is a good time in our house. The seasonal preparations begin in excited fits, far ahead of convention or necessity. My partner, for instance, usually starts playing Vince Guaraldi’s A Charlie Brown Christmas soundtrack sometime in August.
In the office, we embark upon planning for the coming year with greater exactitude: making budget requests, drafting editorial calendars, and so forth. For 2015, we’ve also been cooking up something special for you. BeRead More
Caroline Massie / Architect / June 18, 2014
The design industry snapped out of a two-month decline with a three-point jump in the AIA’s Architecture Billings Index (ABI) last month. The AIA reported the May ABI score was 52.6, up considerably from April’s score of 49.6. (An index score above 50 indicates growth, whereas a score below 50 indicates contraction.)
The score for the new projects inquiries has been steadily increasing for the past four months. May’s value was 63.2, up from 59.1 in April. The numbers in this category have been in positive territory (over the 50-point line) since February 2009.
The score for designRead More
Holly Cave / The Guardian / April 10, 2014
Since the advent of computer modelling in the early 1990s, architects have been able to conceptually manipulate not just the very large, but also the very small. Already, nanotechnology is found in the buildings springing up around us: in products such as self-cleaning glass, self-healing paint, and tougher steel bolts and cables. Chemicals company BASF, for example, produces Master X-Seed – a concrete additive containing nanoparticles of calcium silicate hydrate that cause the substance to harden twice as quickly.
Surprised? You’re not alone. Even the people who really oughtRead More