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Book Review: Krueck + Sexton: From There to Here

Krueck + Sexton: From There to Here by Krueck + Sexton Architects; introduction by John Morris DixonImages Publishing, 2017Hardcover, 272 pagesI'm not exactly sure when I first became aware of the work of Chicago's Krueck + Sexton (my...Show More Summary

November Case-Shiller Index up 0.7 percent during the month and 6.1 percent year-on-year

The S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller U.S. National Home Price NSA Index, covering all nine U.S. census divisions, reported a 6.2% annual gain in November, up from 6.1% in the previous month. After seasonal adjustment, the National Index recorded a 0.7% month-over-month increase in November. READ MORE

November PCE price index up 0.2 percent from October and 1.8 percent year-on-year

The PCE price index increased 0.2 percent from October and 1.8 percent year-on-year. Excluding food and energy, the PCE price index increased 0.1 percent from October and 1.5 percent year-on-year.READ MORE

January Global Investor Confidence Index up 6.4 points from December

The Global Investor Confidence Index increased to 102.1, up 6.4 points from December’s revised reading of 95.7. Investors across all regions showed an improved appetite for risk, with the European ICI rising by 16.0 points to 113.4, the Asian ICI increasing by 6.1 to 100.8, and the North American ICI increasing by 1.7 points to 97.2.READ MORE

Consumer confidence rebounds in January to 125.4

Consumer confidence improved in January after declining in December. Consumers’ assessment of current conditions decreased slightly, but remains at historically strong levels. Expectations improved, though consumers were somewhat ambivalent...Show More Summary

November consumer spending increases more than income, leading to decline in savings rate

In November, personal income increased 0.3 percent, disposable personal income (DPI) rose 0.4 percent and personal consumption expenditures (PCE) increased 0.6 percent, leading to a decline in the personal savings rate to 2.9 percent from 3.2 percent. A year ago, the personal savings rate was 3.7 percent.READ MORE

December durable goods orders rose at fastest pace in six months

Orders for long-lasting manufactured goods rose 2.9 percent in December, the fastest pace since June and another sign of strength for American industry. READ MORE

4Q 2017 GDP grew 2.6 percent in initial estimate

Real gross domestic product (GDP) increased at an annual rate of 2.6 percent in the fourth quarter of 2017, according to the "advance" estimate released by the Bureau of Economic Analysis. In the third quarter, real GDP increased 3.2 percent. READ MORE

Initial unemployment claims rise 17,000 in latest report

In the week ending January 20, initial claims unemployment claims were 233,000, an increase of 17,000 from the previous week's revised level. The 4-week moving average was 240,000, a decrease of 3,500 from the previous week's revised average.READ MORE

Mortgage applications rise 4.5 percent even as rates rebound

The Market Composite Index increased 4.5 percent on a seasonally adjusted basis from one week earlier, with purchase loans up 6.0 percent and refinances up 1.0 percent. The average contract interest rate for 30-year fixed-rate mortgages with increased to its highest level since March 2017, 4.36 percent.READ MORE

December Leading Economic Index rose another 0.6 percent

The U.S. LEI continued rising rapidly in December, pointing to a continuation of strong economic growth in the first half of 2018. The gains among the leading indicators have been widespread, with most of the strength concentrated in new orders in manufacturing, consumers’ outlook on the economy, improving stock markets and financial conditions.READ MORE

December new home sales dip 9.3 percent from November but still up 14.1 percent year-on-year

Sales of new single-family houses in December 2017 were at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 625,000. This is 9.3 percent below the revised November rate of 689,000, but is 14.1 percent above the December 2016 estimate of 548,000.READ MORE

Richard Ingersoll at urbanNext

Although I've spent very little time at urbanNext – a project by Actar aimed at "expanding architecture to rethink cities" – recently I found myself engrossed with Ricardo Devesa's four-part interview with Richard Ingersoll, which I discovered via Actar's three-part Imminent Commons books. Show More Summary

Today's archidose #993

Here are some photos of Broward County Library (1984) in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, by Robert Gatje. (Photos: Maciek Lulko) 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

Exhibition Review: Never Built New York

As posted previously, earlier this year I visited Queens Museum to see Never Built New York, curated by Sam Lubell and Greg Goldin. This week I finally reviewed it.Head on over to World-Architects to read my review.

CEO confidence rebounded in 4Q 2017 after two quarterly declines

CEO confidence rebounded in the final quarter of 2017, following back-to-back quarterly declines. CEOs’ short-term expectations for growth in both mature and emerging markets also improved, and they expressed the greatest optimism about short-term prospects in the U.S. Show More Summary

January Markit Flash US Composite Index shows fastest rise in five months

January data indicated another solid expansion of U.S. private sector business activity, underpinned by the fastest rise in new work for five months. Manufacturing production continued to increase at a much faster pace than service sector activity.READ MORE

November FHFA House Price Index up 0.4 percent from October and 6.5 percent year-on-year

The FHFA House Price Index (HPI) reported a 0.4 percent increase in U.S. house prices in November from the previous month. From November 2016 to November 2017, house prices were up 6.5 percent.READ MORE

December existing home sales down 3.5 percent from November, but 2017 best in 11 years

Existing-home sales subsided in most of the country in December, but 2017 as a whole edged up 1.1 percent and ended up being the best year for sales in 11 years. In December, existing-home sales slipped 3.6 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.57 million from a downwardly revised 5.78 million in November. Show More Summary

Today's archidose #992

Here are some photos of the Hayward and De Breyne Building at Keble College (1977) at the University of Oxford by Ahrends, Burton and Koralek. (Photos: Neil MacWilliams) 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

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