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Book Briefs #33: Imminent Commons + 3

"Book Briefs" are an ongoing series of posts with two- or three-sentence first-hand descriptions of some of the numerous books that make their way into my library. These briefs are not full-blown reviews, but they are a way to share more books worthy of attention than can find their way into reviews on this blog. Show More Summary

Book Review: MONU #27

MONU #27 - Small Urbanism Reviewed by Claudia ConsonniWhen reading MONU’s issue #27 on Small Urbanism, the exhibition Italy: The New Domestic Landscape, curated by Emilio Ambasz in 1972 at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York, immediately came to my mind. Show More Summary

Chicago Fed National Activity Index rose sharply in December

Led by improvements in production-related indicators, the Chicago Fed National Activity Index (CFNAI) moved up to +0.27 in December from +0.11 in November. The index's three-month moving average, CFNAI-MA3, ticked down to +0.42 in December from +0.43 in November.READ MORE

Closing Soon

A trio of exhibitions I visited last week: three of them are closing within the next week, while the third one closes next month. All are worth the effort.Closes Monday, January 22falkeis.architects: active energy buildingAustrian Cultural...Show More Summary

January Empire State Manufacturing Survey shows declines from December

Economic growth continued in January, according to the firms responding to this month’s Manufacturing Business Outlook Survey. The broadest measures of current conditions remained positive this month, although indexes for general activity, new orders, and employment declined from their readings in December. Show More Summary

Univ. of Michigan: Consumer sentiment dips in preliminary January survey

While the preliminary January reading for the Sentiment Index was largely unchanged from last month (-1.5%), consumers evaluated current economic conditions less favorably (-4.6%). This small decrease in current conditions produced a small overall decline. Show More Summary

Book Review: Green Heart Marina One Singapore

Green Heart Marina One Singapore—Architecture for Tropical Cities by ingenhoven architectsAedes Architecture Forum, 2017Paperback, 124 pagesWhile in Berlin last November, ingenhoven architects' "Green Heart" was on display at the Aedes Architecture Forum. Show More Summary

Initial unemployment claims fall 41,000 to lowest level since early 1973

In the week ending January 13, initial unemployment claims were 220,000, a decrease of 41,000 from the previous week's unrevised level of 261,000. This is the lowest level for initial claims since February 24, 1973 when it was 218,000. The 4-week moving average was 244,500, a decrease of 6,250 from the previous week's unrevised average of 250,750.READ MORE

Federal Reserve Beige Book: Texas rebounding sharply in latest summary

Reports from the 12 Federal Reserve Districts indicated that the economy continued to expand from late November through the end of the year, with 11 Districts reporting modest to moderate gains and Dallas recording a robust increase....Show More Summary

Bloomberg: Consumer Comfort Index rises to highest level since March 2001

Americans grew more upbeat last week about the economy's performance and the buying climate, with the weekly comfort index rising to 53.8, the highest since March 2001.READ MORE

December building permits flat from November, down 2.8 percent year-on-year

Privately-owned housing units authorized by building permits in December were at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1,302,000. This is 0.1 percent below the revised November rate of 1,303,000, but is 2.8 percent above the December 2016 rate of 1,266,000.READ MORE

December housing starts dip 8.2 percent from November and 6.0 percent year-on-year

Privately-owned housing starts in December were at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1,192,000. This is 8.2 percent below the revised November estimate of 1,299,000 and is 6.0 percent below the December 2016 rate of 1,268,000.READ MORE

Mortgage applications rise 4.1 percent, rates rise by 10 basis points

The Market Composite Index increased 4.1 percent on a seasonally adjusted basis from one week earlier, with purchase loans up 3.0 percent and refinance activity rising 4.0 percent. The average contract interest rate for 30-year fixed-rate mortgages increased to its highest level since March 2017, 4.33 percent.READ MORE

Industrial production up 0.9 percent in December and 8.2 percent in 4Q 2017

Industrial production rose 0.9 percent in December even though manufacturing output only edged up 0.1 percent. For the fourth quarter as a whole, total industrial production jumped 8.2 percent at an annual rate after being held down in the third quarter by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. Show More Summary

January builder confidence dips two points to 72 after previous month's 18-year high

Builder confidence in the market for newly-built single-family homes dropped two points to a level of 72 in January on the National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI) after reaching an 18-year high in December 2017.READ MORE

Solutions to the Construction Labor Crisis

In general, it’s a great time to be working in the building industry. Annualized single-family new home sales in November 2017 rose nearly 27 percent year-over-year to 733,000 units, while construction spending for the year rose to a record high of $1.26 trillion. Show More Summary

January Empire State Manufacturing Survey mostly unchanged from previous month

Business activity continued to grow at a solid clip in New York State, according to firms responding to the January 2018 Empire State Manufacturing Survey. The headline general business conditions index was little changed from last month's level.READ MORE

Heritage Trails NY, 20 Years Later

As an extension of its exhibition, MILLENNIUM: Lower Manhattan in the 1990s, the Skyscraper Museum has launched an update of Heritage Trails New York, a "digital reconstruction [of] a landmark public history project focused on lowerShow More Summary

Today's archidose #991

Here are a couple photos of the Agricultural Rehabilitation Center KRUS "Granit" (1981) in Szklarska Por?ba, Poland, by Stefan Janusz Müller. (Photos: M. M. Czarnecki) To contribute your Flickr images for consideration, just::: Join and add photos to the archidose poolTo contribute your Instagram images for consideration, just::: Tag your photos #archidose

November business inventories rose 0.4 percent vs. 1.2 percent increase in sales

Business inventories in the U.S. rose 0.4% in November after no change in the prior month, while sales jumped 1.2%. The ratio of inventories to sales, meanwhile, fell to 1.33 from 1.34. One year ago, the inventory-to-sales ratio was higher at 1.40, reflecting an excessive buildup in production not matched by sales. Show More Summary

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