house forms caucus to raise federal energy efficiency. there is nearly 3 billion square feet of building space that’s owned and operated by the federal government. via green biz [RK]
Opened on 16 February through 30 July, New York’s Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) will be running an exhibit featuring the proposals of five interdisciplinary studios that were asked to re-think and re-invent the future of housing in the midst of the foreclosure crisis that remains a threat to many Americans and their homes. Over the Summer of 2011, MOS Architects, Studio Gang Architects, Visible Weather, WORKac, and Zago Architecture selected five “megaregions” across the country on which to speculate the form that housing could take: physically, socially and economically. The Open Studios exercise was organized by Barry Bergdoll, MoMA’s Philip Johnson Chief Curator of Architecture and Design, with Reinhold Martin, Director of Columbia University’s Temple Hoyne Buell Center for the Study of American Architecture.
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With this exhibit, MoMA heightens an awareness of the U.S. foreclosure problem via architecture, design, and planning, albeit a niche perspective. This exhibit both inspires and provokes. Depending on who’s telling the foreclosure story: the promises of government and bankers, the opines of economists and media, the taut tales of the foreclosed, our planners are hardwired dreamers raising questions, presenting the what-ifs, creating visions and realities that can inspire. Ironically, the woeful boarded up homes that are seen everywhere as we drive through neighborhoods, dreaded by those who own housing near the monuments of foreclosure, are also needed reminders and initiators at this juncture that there is still much to do and more what-ifs are desireable. [ details ] [ arch daily ] [ metropolis ] [ new york times ]
The MoMA is located at 11 West 53 Street, New York, NY 10019. Hours are Wednesday through Monday: 10:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Friday: 10:30 a.m.-8:00 p.m. Closed Tuesday. Admission is free for all on Target Free Fridays 4 p.m. – 8 p.m.
the architecture billings index (abi) climbs in october but demand for services remains negative. via architect magazine [RK]
Even with gas prices hovering at $3.50 Americans pay less than other rich countries. via fastcompany [RK]
jim dyson promotes innovation to cure economic woes.
Jim Dyson, legendary design engineer, in a piece for The Daily Beast, that whatever deficit fixes Washington comes up with near term, only expanding exports will grow the economy and keep deficits manageable in the long-run. Dyson encourages Congress to adopt Obama’s deficit-reduction commission’s recommendation to permanently extend the current temporary R&D tax credit. Dyson notes that China already surpasses the US in high tech exports but concludes that US companies are well-positioned to develop – with incentives that match their risk – the innovative technologies and new products of the future. more via daily beast
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another perspective at ICFF this year. via design observer [RK]
economists encourage businesses to think design for post-recession recovery.
a heads up… the redesigning business summit on march 11th and 12th in london will bring together 250 senior business leaders with some of the most influential thinkers in innovative new business models and design-led innovation. via dexigner | designcouncil [RK]
Chicago’s AFL-CIO investment trusts take a pass.
When Chicago was in the running for the 2016 Olympics, the local AFL-CIO Investment trusts signaled interest in helping foot the bill for an Olympic Village in Chicago. The trusts represent 24 trades.
But two union funds identified by a local labor leader and a Spire spokeswoman as having expressed interest, the AFL-CIO Building Investment Trust and the union-backed life insurer ULLICO Inc., are taking a pass, according to top executives there. Representatives of two others, the AFL-CIO Housing Investment Trust and the Multi-Employer Property Trust, say the Spire isn’t a suitable investment for them.
“It’s not something we’re able to do,” says Edward Smith, president of ULLICO. “Unfortunately, these are just very difficult markets.”
The idea of putting union funds to work, to provide work not as popular in Chicago as one might think. The boo birds vocal on this one.
below: the 2,000-foot-high 150-story condominium tower has remained a large hole in the ground for over a year ever since financial woes stopped construction work.
below: the latest 3D renderings.
For $40,000,000 you can get the 10,000 square-foot penthouse condo, which by-the-way was bought by Ty Warner, creator of the Beanie Baby toys; for $750,000 a bottom-end 543-square-foot starter unit. The average per-square-foot cost of a bit under $2,000 marks a new top price point in Chicago.
The Spire was supposed to be finished by 2012 and the Irish developer staged a global marketing campaign. Buyers have snapped up a third of its 1,194 luxury condominiums to date.
Calatrava has placed a lien on the building, claiming that he was owed $11.34 million. But while in Chicago last month, he said it was his “personal wish” that the four-year-old project “was not dead,” noting that some of his projects have taken up to 13 years to complete.
design education is as important to the future of the economy as the sciences, technology, mathematics and engineering, and should be given equal support. via theguardian [RK]
Christie’s Modern Art Sale Falls Short via wjs [RK]