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.
Alex Hoyt / ECOBUILDINGpulse / August 7, 2013
From his work in architecture and solar design to his work founding Architecture 2030 and the 2030 Challenge, Edward Mazria, FAIA, has long been recognized as a leading voice in mobilizing the architecture and design community in repsonse to climate change. In recognition of his dedication to sustainability, in 2009, Mazria was named the inaugural winner of the Hanley Award for Vision and Leadership in Sustainable Housing. The award, which carries a $50,000 cash prize, recognizes extraordinary, lasting, and far-reaching contributions to the advancement of sustainable housing in theRead More
Blaine Brownell, AIA / ARCHITECT / June 28, 2013
The philosopher Eric Hoffer once said, “Creativity is the ability to introduce order into the randomness of nature.” This outlook parallels historic attitudes toward the relationship of the made versus the born. The contrasting view—that nature is the source of creativity—is now gaining strength. Biomimicry, which advocates nature as a design mentor rather than a source for raw materials, has influenced many fields and taken form in strategies ranging from metaphorical to manipulative.
One tactic in which nonbiological materials and operations emulate biomimetic behaviorsRead More
Greig O'Brien / ARCHITECT / June 7, 2013
The United States economy added 175,000 jobs in May. Architecture and engineering services added 4,900 jobs, while construction added 7,000.
The U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics released its May employment report this morning, which showed that the economy added 175,000 jobs in May, which was slightly larger than the 165,000 that economists were expecting. The unemployment rate ticked up to 7.6 percent, largely because the labor force rose by 420,000 workers.
The monthly revisions of past data also proved to be a mixed bag this month. March’s 138,000Read More
Elizabeth Evitts Dickinson / ARCHITECT / May 6, 2013
Crowdfunding has arrived in architecture—and it extends well beyond Kickstarter. Architects are using innovative platforms and legislation to usher in a new era of creative financing.
The video opens with a question: “Where do you build new green space in a crowded city like New York?” After the camera zooms down from a digital image of the Manhattan skyline to the congested street level, an answer appears on the screen: “Why not underground?”
Cue a sales pitch for the Lowline, a proposal by architect James Ramsey to turn the decommissioned Williamsburg Trolley Terminal into NewRead More
Katie Weeks / ARCHITECT / May 1, 2013
In a letter to Congress, more than 350 associations and companies voiced opposition to special interest efforts to gut energy conservation requirements for federal buildings.
Anticipating the scheduled mark-up of the Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act by the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee on May 8, more than 350 associations and companies have signed a letter voicing opposition to special interests that are lobbying to reduce or cut energy conservation requirements for federal buildings. The legislation up for discussion was introduced by SenatorsRead More