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October retail sales up 0.1 percent from September and 4.3 percent year-on-year

Retail sales in October increased 0.1 percent over September on a seasonally adjusted basis and were up 4.3 percent year-over-year. The numbers exclude automobiles, gasoline stations and restaurants.READ MORE

CoreLogic: August foreclosure inventory rate dips to lowest rate since August 2006

Nationally, 4.6 percent of mortgages were in some stage of delinquency (30 days or more past due including those in foreclosure) in August 2017. This represents a 0.6 percentage point year-over-year decline in the overall delinquency rate compared with August 2016 when it was 5.2 percent. Show More Summary

October Small Business Optimism Index maintains high level set last November

More small business owners last month said they expect higher sales and think that now is a good time to expand, according to the October NFIB Index of Small Business Optimism. The October Index rose to 103.8, up from 103 the previous month. Show More Summary

Producer Price Index up 0.4 percent in October, 12-month rise of 2.8 percent highest since February 2012

The Producer Price Index for final demand increased 0.4 percent in October, after rising 0.4 percent in September and 0.2 percent in August. On an unadjusted basis, the final demand index increased 2.8 percent for the 12 months ended in October, the largest rise since an advance of 2.8 percent for the 12 months ended February 2012. READ MORE

Book and Exhibition Review: Harry Seidler

Harry Seidler: The Exhibition: Organizing, Curating, Designing, and Producing a World Tour by Vladimir BelogolovskyOscar Riera Ojeda Publishers, 2017Hardcover w/slipcase, 272 pagesHarry Seidler: Painting Toward Architecture curated by...Show More Summary

2017 in Review: A Gradually Strengthening Economy Meets Higher Construction Costs

At this same time a year ago, I wrote about an economy that was improving enough that the Federal Reserve was about to raise interest rates for the second time since 2006, followed by up to three more hikes in 2017. However, there has...Show More Summary

Initial unemployment claims rise 10,000 in latest report, but 4-week average down 1,250

In the week ending November 4, initial unemployment claims were 239,000, an increase of 10,000 from the previous week's unrevised level of 229,000. The 4-week moving average was 231,250, a decrease of 1,250 from the previous week's unrevised average of 232,500. This is the lowest level for this average since March 31, 1973 when it was 227,750.READ MORE

Consumer sentiment dips slightly in early November survey

Consumer sentiment declined slightly in early November due to widespread losses across current and expected economic conditions. The losses were quite small as the Sentiment Index remained at its second highest level since January. While...Show More Summary

Competition / Beam Camp Seeks Proposals for Spectacular Projects / Beam Camp

Beam Camp is a collaborative building and design summer camp in Strafford, NH that works with kids aged 10-17 to make the seemingly impossible possible. Our award-winning program has been featured in the New York Times, Wired, NPR, and...Show More Summary

Competition / Livability in New American City / Urban Design Committee of AIA|DC and City Age Conference

Introduction Cities around the world are growing at an unprecedented rate, and for the first time in recent history represent the preferred place for people to live. Urbanization has historically aided millions to escape hardship through...Show More Summary

Competition / Adelaide Contemporary International Design Competition / Malcolm Reading Consultants

The Adelaide Contemporary International Design Competition is a global search for an outstanding design team to create a new cultural destination for Australia. Adelaide Contemporary will showcase an exceptional collection of international and Australian, including Aboriginal, art. Show More Summary

Competition / PEA Window Competetion 2017 / AIA Philadelphia

For this year’s competition we’ve teamed up with the Center for Architecture and Design (CFA) to give you, the creative thinkers reading this, a chance to really express your design chops. In this design competition we are asking you...Show More Summary

Competition / 24h competition 20th edition - biomimetic / ideasforward

Ideasforward wants to give young creative people from around the world the opportunity to express their views on the future of societies through their innovative and visionary proposals. We are an experimental platform seeking progressive ideas that reflect on emerging themes. Show More Summary

Competition / The Dubai International Award For Best Practice / UN - Habitat / Dubai Municipality

The Dubai International Award For Best Practice 21 years of recognizing excellence in urban best practice The Dubai Municipality and UN-Habitat present the Dubai International Award for Best Practices to Improve the Living Environment. Show More Summary

Competition / Indigenous Housing Canada Ideas Competition 2017 / The Manitoba Association of Architects; NDL Construction Ltd.; penn-co; Sigfusson Northern; Neegan Burnside; LDA Structural Engineers; PM Associates Ltd.

Indigenous Housing Competition Canada invites everyone, students and professionals, to submit ideas for remote access Indigenous Community housing in Canada. PURPOSE The purpose of this competition is to raise awareness of Indigenous...Show More Summary

Competition / Barcelona Social Housing / ARCHmedium

INTRODUCTION Barcelona is going through a moment of housing emergency where 40% of the purchases of flats are made only to invest and the increase of tourist apartments exponentially increases the price of rents. There are large numbers...Show More Summary

Competition / Project of the Year 2017 / Architecture of Israel + the European Union

Architects, interior designers, landscape architects, researchers and students are invited to submit works planned or written since 2011. PowerPoint or PDF presentations, not exceeding 5mb, should include a short explanatory text describing the project, location, purpose, its uniqueness and date of completion. Show More Summary

Competition / U.S. Department of Energy Race to Zero Student Design Competition (Race to Zero) / U.S. Department of Energy

Collegiate institutions can start planning for the U.S. Department of Energy Race to Zero Student Design Competition (Race to Zero), which is at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in Golden, Colorado, April 21–22, 2018. The Race to Zero is an annual competition, open to students and faculty from any interested collegiate institution. Show More Summary

Art in the Open

On Friday Art in the Open: Fifty Years of Public Art in New York opens at the Museum of the City of New York (MCNY). On display until May 13, 2018, the small but visually dense exhibition (designed by Tsao & McKown) covers notable displays of public art in New York's public spaces from 1967 to the present. Show More Summary

Mortgage applications mostly unchanged in latest report, rates dip slightly

The Market Composite Index remained unchanged on a seasonally adjusted basis from one week earlier, with purchase loans up 1.0 percent and refinancing down 1.0 percent. The average contract interest rate for 30-year fixed-rate mortgages decreased to 4.18 percent from 4.22 percent.READ MORE

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