Weekly Poll (24)


Recently, President Joe Biden reversed Executive Order 13967 of Dec. 18, 2020, Promoting Beautiful Federal Civic Architecture. Do you believe all federal buildings in Washington, D.C., as well as new federal courthouses and certain other federal buildings should be designed in architectural styles other than “classical” or “traditional?”


In November, San Francisco’s Board of Supervisors unanimously passed a new city ordinance, banning the use of natural gas or other fossil fuels in all new residential and commercial building construction projects. Do you think other cities will follow suit?


At the beginning of September, it was reported that a panel of independent experts approved a $100 million fix for the sinking and tilting 58-story Millennium Tower in San Francisco. Do you think the installation of 52 new piles, extending twice the distance into the bedrock of the north and west sides will prove to reduce future sinking and improve the structure’s seismic performance?


Over the summer, Danish architecture firm COBE was tapped for a new science center, planned to be built in the Swedish university city of Lund. With plans to be fully carbon-neutral, do you think the potential icon of sustainability and durability will inspire a future generation of architectural projects?


At the beginning of August, a “waste-to-energy skyscraper,” ideally to be housed in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, was proposed by United States-based designer Honglin Li. Given an honorable mention in the 2019 eVolo Skyscraper Competition, do you think the design has the potential to become an actualized project?


In May, the French Senate passed a bill requiring Notre Dame to be rebuilt to its “last known state.” Do you think this is the rightful decision for the historic landmark, or would a proposed innovative design have been more appropriate?


Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, along with the city’s Department of Buildings, announced just last month that there would be major updates taking effect in the city’s building code, including reducing barriers to cost-effective construction and developing a wider range of materials and technologies. The changes represent the first major revisions to the standard in 70 years. Do you think other cities are in need of these kinds of upgrades?


Tragedy struck Paris last month when the Notre Dame Cathedral caught fire, which destroyed the spire and two-thirds of the wooden roof. Since the incident, an international competition has been launched in efforts to recreate the spire and damaged areas, slated to be built by 2024. Do you think it’s possible that a design can be chosen and completed in this short five-year time frame?


Border wall prototypes (worth $3 million) were recently demolished, after serving their purpose for the Trump administration. With an additional $20 million used to pay for prototypes and smaller mock-ups by the Dept. of Homeland Security in 2017, which have also since been dismantled, do you think the extensive testing period will pay for itself in the years after the final structure is complete?


Mercedes-Benz Stadium officials say that the one-of-a-kind retractable roof on Atlanta’s $1.5 billion sports venue is finished, about 11 months after the building opened to the public. Do you think the intricate design of the roof was worth the multiple construction delays it caused?


A survey recently published by the American Institute of Architects indicates that the architecture industry has almost fully recovered from the recession and is seeing healthy profits. Do you feel that trend reflected in your business?


The recently completed U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis features transparent glass on its facade that could injure or kill birds in collisions, according to critics. The National Football League’s Vikings and stadium officials have decided to fund a $300,000 scientific bird study to determine the extent of the problem, if any, before installing any sort of bird deterrent. Good or bad decision?


San Francisco's Millennium Tower has been found to have sunk 16 inches since it opened eight years ago—more than the 6 inches it was predicted to settle in its lifetime. What should be done now?


China has recently outlawed “odd-shaped” buildings as part of an effort to regulate city growth. Do you think this will work?


The U.S. Green Building Council recently held its annual conference, Greenbuild. Do you think sustainability and green design is politically or financially motivated, or does it make good business sense?


A Chinese company has just built a 57-story skyscraper in 19 days from prefab components. Would you live in it?


The UK, which has the world's smallest houses, has for the first time adopted minimum space requirements in homes. Good idea or bad idea?


A Dutch architect is suing a former museum client, saying its expansion plans "mutilate" his design. Should architects retain legal rights over their design after the project is completed?


How do you rank your priorities in building design today?


Los Angeles officials are weighing an ordinance that would require property owners to quakeproof thousands of vulnerable buildings within the next 30 years. Good plan?


Critics say that today’s “starchitects” are pushing design extremes that are structurally risky. What do you think?


What should a builder do if he or she encounters design or specification issues that may affect a building’s integrity or performance?


One World Trade Center’s spire has earned it the honor of tallest U.S. building. What should “tallest building” mean?


What should be uppermost in the mind of an architect when designing a building?


 
 
   

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