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Gallup: Economic Confidence Index steady in July at +4, in positive territory for nine straight months

Americans' confidence in the economy was steady last month, with Gallup's U.S. Economic Confidence Index averaging +4 in July. This score is nearly identical to the 2017 low of +3 registered in May and June. Still, July marked the ninth...Show More Summary

Gallup: Job Creation Index rebounded to record high in July

Gallup's U.S. Job Creation Index returned to its all-time high of +37 in July, a sign that the job market remains strong relative to the past decade. This is one point higher than the index score in June and the third time it has been at +37 in 2017. READ MORE

ADP: Private sector jobs grew 178,000 in July

Private sector employment increased by 178,000 jobs from June to July according to the July ADP National Employment Report. This compares to 191,000 jobs the previous month and 229,000 jobs a year ago. READ MORE

June construction spending dipped slightly from May, but YTD is up 4.8 percent over 2016

Construction spending during June 2017 was estimated at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $1,205.8 billion, 1.3 percent below the revised May estimate of $1,221.6 billion. The June figure is 1.6 percent above the June 2016 estimate of $1,186.4 billion. Show More Summary

CoreLogic: June home prices up 6.7 percent year-on-year, some markets becoming over-valued

According to CoreLogic, June home prices nationally increased year over year by 6.7 percent and by 1.1 percent from May. Looking ahead, the CoreLogic HPI Forecast indicates that home prices will increase by 5.2 percent on a year-over-year basis from June 2017 to June 2018. Show More Summary

Personal income, spending and price index all remained fairly flat in June

Personal income fell less than -0.1 percent in June while personal consumption expenditures (PCE) increased by 0.1 percent. The PCE price index increased less than 0.1 percent. Excluding food and energy, the PCE price index increased 0.1 percent. READ MORE

Gearing Up for the 2020 Census: Lack of Funding and Leadership Vacancies Imperil Crucial Update

It’s hard to over-state the importance of the decennial census, which has been undertaken every decade since 1790.Indeed, this key accounting of the American population was deemed important enough to be listed in Article 1 of the U.S. Show More Summary

Competition / International Competition in Architecture - Jacques Rougerie Foundation / Jacques Rougerie Foundation

Call for action: International competition in architecture 2017 - Jacques Rougerie Foundation Architects, engineers, designers, all of them participate to the development and the construction of an upcoming world at their own level.Show More Summary

Competition / Vimania ARchitecture competition / AR/VR consortium

Augmented reality provides us with new research field of architecture. Now you do not need architectural models. We can see the building as it is with all the details. At the same time, it remains virtual model. These properties are augmented reality give us new opportunities. Show More Summary

Competition / Tiny House Design Competition / Volume Zero

Home is a domain that is intimate to all of us. Beyond its everyday function as a physical shelter for people and their activities, it connects with its user on a personal and emotional level. The modern day scenario of environmental...Show More Summary

Competition / LBC-LA Collaborative Student Competition 2017 / Living Futures

“Imagine a building designed and constructed to function as elegantly and efficiently as a flower: a building informed by its bioregion’s characteristics, and that generates all of its own energy with renewable resources, captures and...Show More Summary

Competition / COSTA DEL SPRAWL ideas competition / Estudio ESSE

For a second year the Costa del Sprawl ideas competition seeks creative solutions to improve the social, urban, and architectural situation in some of Costa del Sol’s sprawling neighbourhoods. This year’s competition is focused on the...Show More Summary

Competition / Architecture at Zero / PGE, AIACC, SFSU

The Architecture at Zero competition challenge is to create a zero net energy bayside community education and visitor’s center, in support of the mission of the Romberg Tiburon Center for Environmental Studies (RTC). This facility is...Show More Summary

Competition / 24h competition 19th edition - Ct?s / Ideas Forward

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 Cambridge to Oxford Connection: Ideas Competition / Malcolm Reading Consultants, on behalf of the National Infrastructure Commission

This free-to-enter, two-stage ideas competition is seeking forward-thinking, imaginative proposals to integrate sustainable placemaking with development and new infrastructure. The focus for the competition is the arc encompassing four of the UK’s fastest-growing and most productive centres: Cambridge, Milton Keynes, Northampton and Oxford. Show More Summary

Competition / Design Exchange Emerging Designer Competition / The RBC Foundation

THE THIRD EDITION OF THE EMERGING DESIGNER COMPETITION Design Exchange, in partnership with RBC Foundation, is now accepting applications for the 2017 Emerging Designer Competition. This exciting national competition seeks to provide...Show More Summary

Competition / OPEN CALL: FOR ARCHITECTS/ARTISTS_?SECOND NATURE? / The Organisation European Capital of Culture ? Pafos2017

The Open Call is open to professional architects, artists, designers and students of architecture schools of member states of the International Union of Architects (UIA). This Open Call is characterised, firstly, by a general interest...Show More Summary

Two New Books

Just a heads up on a couple books I wrote that are coming out this fall. I'll post more about these books in the coming weeks/months.First is 100 Years, 100 Landscape Designs (Prestel), a companion to last year's 100 Years, 100 Buildings. Show More Summary

Loan Officer Survey: Weaker demand for commercial loans, stronger demand for mortgages

On balance, demand for commercial and industrial loans weakened over the second quarter of 2017 while banks left their standards on C&I loans basically unchanged. Survey respondents also reported that standards on commercial real estate...Show More Summary

Chicago Business Barometer fell sharply in July but still well into positive territory

The MNI Chicago Business Barometer fell to 58.9 in July from 65.7 in June, the lowest level in three months. Each of the five Barometer components receded from last month but remained above their respective 12-month averages. READ MORE

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