Weekly Poll (103)


A recent report revealed that material shortage unpredictability and rising costs are disrupting the industry’s “design, bid, build” process. Do you believe the industry should look to alternative construction method processes?


A Los Angeles building for sale is hoping to add $14 million to the structure’s actual worth because of a mural painted by famed graffiti artist Banksy. Do you think the cost increase is reasonable?


Several coatings companies have recently announced their 2023 Color of the Year picks. Which company’s color is your favorite?


An experienced chartered engineer in the United Kingdom recently shared concerns regarding several structural designs of buildings in the country. Do you believe enough action is being taken to address these concerns by the U.K. government?


Last month, the contractor working on the Harbor Bridge in Corpus Christi, Texas, submitted potential solutions to design concerns on the project. Do you believe the proposed design changes will be sufficient to address the structural concerns?


“The Row,” unveiled last month by Everyrealm, a metaverse real estate development firm, is a metaverse community made up of 30 3D landmarks, each of which can be sold as a non-fungible token (NFT). Do you believe this type of virtual architecture will become more popular?


After a two-year break, a fundraising campaign to paint a water tower in Hamburg, New York, as a hamburger has returned, with hopes to boost economic development and tourism in the area. Do you believe the campaign will reach its goal this time around?


The Scott Base research facility in Antarctica New Zealand was originally painted with linseed oil-based paint in freezing level temperatures. For its new coating, a powder coat-type paint will be factory-applied. Do you believe this method will be more effective in protecting the structure?


A recent study from the American Institute of Architects looks at the relationship between architect-contractor relationships, noting that close collaboration early in a project often results in better outcomes for the client and for themselves. What do you believe determines project success?


The White House recently scrapped a proposed paint job for Air Force One from former President Donald Trump due to overheating and cost concerns. Do you think the administration will revert to the classic blue and white color scheme?


New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and the Department of Design and Construction announced they had approved six teams to develop four modern, more humane jails. Do you believe other cities need to make updates and improvements to the living conditions of their jails?


U.S. Congress is reportedly considering using tax incentives as a way to push building projects toward energy efficiency. Do you believe this provides enough of an incentive toward sustainable construction?


Wisconsin government officials are offering the relocation, rehabilitation and preservation of three historic steel truss bridges entirely free of charge in preparation for a new bridge. Do you believe the government officials should have attempted to sell these bridges for a profit?


French organizations involved in the Notre Dame cathedral restoration are considering a design change for the cathedral’s spires. Do you believe the cathedral’s restoration should include new, modernized architecture?


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 December, former President Donald J. Trump signed the “Executive Order on Promoting Beautiful Federal Civic Architecture,” which orders all federal buildings in Washington, D.C., as well as new federal courthouses and certain other federal buildings be designed in “classical” or “traditional” styles of architecture. Do you think the EO will overly confine architectural style?


Lacking a sustainable business model and unable to reach an agreement with the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation to keep the school operating, the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture at Taliesin announced it will be closing in June. Do you think the school’s closing will negatively affect the future of architecture?


Last month, President Trump issued a draft order entitled “Make Federal Buildings Beautiful Again,” which would roll back a decades-long tradition that bars the government from taking a stance on an official architectural style. If put into effect, do you think making “classical architectural style” the preferred and default mandate will have a positive or negative effect on American architecture as a whole?


Researchers from Oregon State University’s College of Science have reported that they’re looking at new ways to design pigments to be more stable, durable and non-toxic with vivid hues. Do you think their research will be successful in determining key ingredients for vivid colors so that pigments can be discovered over shorter time periods?


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?


A recent study by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory found that in many climates in the United States, the use of “cool” exterior walls could lead to annual heating, ventilation and air conditioning energy cost savings up to 11% for stand-alone retail stores, 8.3% for single-family homes and 4.6% for medium-sized office buildings. Do you believe the cost savings is worth sacrificing a building's style?


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?


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?


Recently, an opening ceremony was held for the debut of New York City’s $25 billion Hudson Yards development, which includes a 150-foot-tall interactive centerpiece dubbed "the Vessel." Do you think other U.S. cities will be inspired to start building more innovative structures?


With China’s Crystal skybridge (also known as a "horizontal skyscraper," which connects several high rises) set to open later this year, do you think we will see other dense cities making use of connecting their existing structures in the sky for more commercial and residential space?


2019 color trends for commercial projects have recently been released. Do you think commercial spaces need special considerations for their interior coating aesthetics?


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?


Last month, AkzoNobel color experts completed a digital color recreation that reconstructed the original color scheme world-renowned artist Vincent Van Gogh used in his painting “Field with Irises near Arles.” Do you think art conservation such as this is important for coatings companies to be a part of?


Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel recently announced that the city is inviting architects from all over the world to participate in a design competition for the O’Hare Airport expansion plan. Do you think this is an effective way to approach big projects?


A recent blog on the role of architects states, "As a professional providing a service, an architect's first duty is to his or her client, with a supplementary duty to the public for safety and welfare." Do you agree?


A report recently surfaced that details Apple employees accidentally running into the brand-new headquarters’ interior glass panels and hurting themselves. What kind of remedy do you think would best fix this problem?


A short documentary, “Starship Chicago,” by filmmaker Nathan Eddy, was recently released with the hope of saving the city’s polarizing James R. Thompson Center from being sold and, presumably, demolished. What do you think should happen to the iconic building?


A recent survey found that workers in the Generation X age group are unhappy, overworked, and ready to change jobs, and 81 percent of all workers would consider leaving their current roles for the right offer. Does this statistic surprise you?


In mid-September, Farrow & Ball reformulated its paint by adding pigment after years of customer complaints of the paint’s opacity. Some designers even began refusing to use the product. Have you ever refused a client’s preference because you didn’t like the product?


As part of an ongoing color war, artist Anish Kapoor has been banned from using artist Stuart Semple's color-changing paints, Phaze and Shift, after previously being banned from several of Semple's product lines. This is in response to Kapoor getting exclusive artistic rights to using Surrey Nanosystems' Vantablack. Do you think this color war is still justified or has it gone on long enough?


To preserve Canada’s Grand Théâtre de Québec yet not disrupt the building itself, the plan is to construct a glass casing about 6 feet from the concrete lining around the entire perimeter of the building. Do you think this is a good solution?


PPG released its 2018 Color Forecast that included focal shades for its various paint lines as well as the color of the year. All were shades of black. Do you love or hate this forecast?


A Florida state transportation panel recently chose a contractor for an $800 million reconstruction of Interstate 395 in Miami, including the design for its “signature bridge” with no public input. Was that wise?


Vienna-based LightGlass Technology debuted a line of self-illuminating glass for use in windows, doors, elevators and other construction efforts. Is this technology worthwhile?


The mayor of Philadelphia has created a task force to tackle saving the city’s historic buildings and updating preservation guidelines. Do you think having this committee will be effective?


A New York architecture firm announced plans to tether a structure from an asteroid, with residences at an elevation of 105,000 feet. Do you think this project is possible?


Many project teams are honored through various awards programs. How often do you enter your projects in awards programs?


D+D blogger and specification expert Bob Bailey writes that the increased use of delegated design in construction projects has sparked questions over responsibility. Have your projects incorporated delegated design?


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?


Some recent high profile projects have architectural designs that utilize ethylene tetrafluoroethylene (ETFE) technology. Do you consider this material to be a viable option for years to come?


How often should building codes be revised to stay abreast of any significant building or energy efficient practices?


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?


Do color forecasts and trends affect how you choose paint colors for design or renovation projects?


Architect Rem Koolhaas recently told attendees at the American Institute of Architects’ 2016 conference that the architectural community needs an overhaul in terms of communication. “Architecture has a serious problem today in that people who are not alike don’t communicate,” he said, noting that differing opinions help deliver stronger design. Do you agree or disagree?


A Virginia architect was recently sentenced to 33 months in prison for bribing officials to obtain inside information about contracts at a Veterans Affairs’ hospital. Does the punishment fit the crime?


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


Do you use boutique paints on projects?


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?


How much do you (or your company) depend on or use coating manufacturers’ color forecasts in your business?


Municipalities and home owners associations have often ordered that homes in various communities need to be repainted because they didn’t conform to community rules or guidelines. What do you think of conformity rules when it comes to paint color selection?


Do you agree with the Japanese government’s decision to scrap Zaha Hadid’s design for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games after construction cost estimates nearly doubled for the venue?


Would you live in a 3-D printed house?


A recent poll of women architects in the UK found increased reports of sex discrimination just since last year. What do you see?


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


The owner of a nationally protected mansion in the UK is facing a prison term for modernizing the home in violation of the law. Does the punishment fit the crime?


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?


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


The major paint and color experts have all unveiled their 2015 Colors of the Year. How much do you think these selections influence design and color trends?


"98 percent of everything that is built and designed today is pure s**t," renowned architect Frank Gehry recently declared with a middle-finger salute. What's your take?


Should the American Institute of Architects amend its Ethics Code to "prohibit the design of spaces for torture or killing?"


Renowned architect Zaha Hadid has said that architects “have nothing to do with the workers.” Should architects concern themselves with worker conditions on their projects?


Fewer young U.S. architects are seeking licensing. How important do you think it is for architects to become licensed?


The California Supreme Court has ruled that principal architects are legally liable for the consequences of their designs, even if the architect did not have the final say on construction. Fair or unfair?


New York City will allow a developer to build a separate entrance ("poor door") and elevator for tenants in lower-income units of a new rental property. What do you think?


Should Benjamin Moore change the name of its “Confederate Red” paint color, which some people have found offensive?


Who, in your experience, tends most often to be the weakest link in the project team?


Neighbors in a historic district are protesting a nearly completed modernist home that the historic commission approved, then a city board rejected. A judge may order the home torn down. What do you think?


The new color of the Jimmie Davis Bridge in Louisiana is being chosen by a public vote. (Note: Voting ends May 2.) Good idea or bad idea?


What aspect of building performance and aesthetics most interests you?


What industry economic indicators do you follow most closely?


A California architect who improperly built a home with outdoor fireplaces installed inside has been sentenced to a year in prison for involuntary manslaughter after a house fire killed a firefighter. Does the penalty fit?


Will the new South Coast Air Quality Management District VOC restrictions on colorants affect your business?


Some men’s prison cells and boys’ locker rooms have been painted pink in order to soothe or humiliate occupants. What do you think of this idea?


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


What type of information/articles in Durability + Design Magazine would be of most value to you?


In the UK, a tax-funded artistic group called the Blight Society is teaching graffiti classes. Critics call this a misuse of public funds that will encourage vandalism. What do you think?


Several homeowners have been forced to remove murals painted on their property. Who should have the final say over an exterior mural on a private home?


Architects in the UK, where the average one-bedroom home is 495 square feet, are fighting for larger mandated minimum home sizes. Do you agree with this effort?


Do you have a preferred “green” building system for design and construction?


Who should have final say over whether a mural is appropriate for public display?


A French court has awarded damages to an architect whose museum design was altered by an addition decades later. What do you think of this?


North Miami Beach has passed an ordinance that restricts the use of certain exterior paint colors by businesses. What’s your take on this?


Some cities are considering regulating exterior paint colors for commercial buildings. Is this a good idea?


How much do you keep tabs on color trends?


What is your opinion on the future of wallcoverings?


What were the biggest news developments for the design, construction and contracting industries this past year?


Where should architects and specifiers acquire their knowledge about product selection and technology?


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


What resources do you use in making color choices?


Do you ever deal with polished concrete?


What do you think about using wallcoverings for interior design?


Le Corbusier, one of the master architects of the Bauhaus movement, which is considered minimalistic in use of color, said that “color is the immediate spontaneous expression of life.” Which of the following expressions about the architectural use of color most closely reflects your view?


How do you see the future of decorative concrete flooring, including acid staining and concrete polishing?


In addition to paint, which of the following decorative finishes would you be most likely to use or specify?


 
 
   

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