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February existing home sales rebound 3.0 percent from January, up 1.1 percent year-on-year

Despite consistently low inventory levels and faster price growth, existing-home sales bounced back in February after two straight months of declines, rising 3.0 percent from January. Sales were also up 1.1 percent year-on-year.READ MORE

Data, Data Every Where/Nor any Drop to Drink: Making Sense of the Economic Data Deluge

In his lengthy 1798 poem “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner,” Samuel Taylor Coleridge tells the story of a group of sailors stranded at sea, surrounded by salt water they cannot drink and writing, “Water, water everywhere, nor any drop...Show More Summary

Gallup: 70 percent of U.S. adults have positive views on foreign trade, up from 58 percent prior to 2017

Americans' increasingly positive views of foreign trade have stabilized after spiking last year. A strong majority of U.S. adults (70%) see foreign trade as an opportunity for U.S. economic growth through increased exports rather than a threat to the economy from foreign imports (25%). Show More Summary

CoreLogic: Most U.S. housing markets have returned to peak levels not seen since before Great Recession

The team at CoreLogic recently came out with a report covering the housing market from the Great Recession:"Residential home prices began to peak in some parts of the country as early as 2005. Home prices collapsed in 2007, when Wall Street began to back out of residential mortgage-backed securities. Show More Summary

Initial unemployment claims rise 21,000 in weekly report

In the week ending March 3, initial unemployment claims were 231,000, an increase of 21,000 from the previous week's unrevised level of 210,000. The 4-week moving average was 222,500, an increase of 2,000 from the previous week's unrevised average of 220,500.READ MORE

Nice Adaptive Reuse

Yesterday, a nice pool struck my fancy. Today it's this adaptive reuse project: a creamery in Buenos Aires.According to Hitzig Militello Arquitectos, who were inspired by precious stones and the below-zero, granite-slab preparation of...Show More Summary

Nice Pool

Earlier today I was posting a project to World-Architects – L'Accostée House by Bourgeois / Lechasseur architectes – and was particularly taken with one aspect of it: the lap pool. Located on the first floor of the three-story split-level, the pool is tucked into the hillside, away from exterior windows. Show More Summary

Today's archidose #999

Here are some photos of Art Museum & Library, Ota (2017) in Gunma, Japan by akihisa hirata architecture office. (Photographs: Ken Lee) 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

Archidose[dot]org Update

Just some URL news: Yesterday was the last day for my URL. I'd had some issues with my webhost in recent years, and it got to the point where most of my blog stuff had moved to Blogger. So without much need for my own server and URL, I decided to ditch Show More Summary

Book of the Moment: Castelvecchio

One of the highlights of a semester spent in Italy nearly 25 years ago was a visit to Carlo Scarpa's Castelvecchio in Verona, Italy. With that, I'm super-excited to learn about Richard Murphy's new book, Carlo Scarpa and Castelvecchio Revisited, put out by his own (I'm guessing) Breakfast Mission Publishing. Show More Summary

Book Review: Michael Graves: Design for Life

Michael Graves: Design for Life by Ian VolnerPrinceton Architectural Press, 2017Hardcover, 240 pagesIan Volner's biography on Graves did not start out as such. As he explains at the beginning of Design for Life, and recounted at a book...Show More Summary

Today's archidose #998

Here are some photos of Città de Sole (2016) in Rome, Italy, by Labics. (Photographs: Trevor Patt) 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

Book Review: Empire, State & Building

Empire, State & Building by Kiel MoeActar, 2017Hardcover, 264 pagesExactly four weeks ago, news broke that JPMorgan Chase would be tearing down its 52-story headquarters at 270 Park Avenue in order to accommodate its 15,000 employees in a new 70-story tower on the same site providing an additional 1 million square feet of floor area. Show More Summary

Today's archidose #997

Yesterday, Balkrishna Doshi was named the 2018 laureate of the Pritzker Architecture Prize. So today I'm posting photos of a few of his projects, all located in Ahmedabad, India, and all photographed by Nicholas Iyadurai.Amdavad Ni Gufa:...Show More Summary

Proposal: Creating musical world between real and virtual

Aim of the week: Clear the idea and content Using software to animate human perspective by using projection technology History: As for enjoyment of music, on the one hand, publicly, people tend to go to concert, big music... Read Mo...

JOLTS: January job openings spike up 11.4 percent while hires rose by just 1.1 percent

The number of job openings rose 11.4 percent to 6.3 million on the last business day of January. Over the month, however, hires rose by just 1.1 percent to 5.6 million, while separations rose by 1.8 percent to 5.4 million. READ MORE

February industrial production rebounded 1.1 percent from January

Industrial production rose 1.1 percent in February following a decline of 0.3 percent in January. Manufacturing production increased 1.2 percent in February, its largest gain since October. Capacity utilization for the industrial sector...Show More Summary

Consumer sentiment rises to highest level since 2004 in early read, but upper-income households more wary

Consumer sentiment rose in early March to its highest level since 2004 due to a new all-time record favorable assessment of current economic conditions. All of the gain in the Sentiment Index was among households with incomes in theShow More Summary

February housing starts down 7.0 percent from January and 4.0 percent year-on-year

Privately-owned housing starts in February were at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1,236,000. This is 7.0 percent below the revised January estimate of 1,329,000 and is 4.0 percent below the February 2017 rate of 1,288,000. READ MORE

February building permits tumbled 5.7 percent from January but still up 6.5 percent year-on-year

Privately-owned housing units authorized by building permits in February were at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1,298,000. This is 5.7 percent below the revised January rate of 1,377,000, but is 6.5 percent above the February 2017 rate of 1,219,000. READ MORE

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