June 15, 2007

Energy • The Economy • Housing

Energy: New technology will make coal hot again—and clean.
The Economy: U.S. manufacturing is picking up and ahead of China.
Housing: Will people trade in houses as they do cars?

Letters to the Editor

This week, several photographers responded to June 1’s Copyright in the Digital Photo Era and two architects don’t think publishing fantasy architecture is such a great idea.

Canadian Construction Market Looks to Outpace Growth in U.S. Sectors
Nonresidential construction growth to continue through 2010
Although the U.S. economy outperformed the Canadian economy in the last few years, recently there has been a reversal, with the Canadian economy gaining strength as the U.S. economy weakens. CanaData, a division of Reed Construction Data, predicts that nonresidential construction will continue to gain strength through 2007, before beginning to slow. Growth in commercial construction will slow after this year, but institutional construction is expected to remain strong and will continue to grow at near current growth rates through 2010. And although residential construction in Canada is weakening, as it is in the U.S., it is doing so at a slower pace.

Applications to Be a Speaker at the AIA 2008 National Convention in Boston Are Due July 1
Share your unique knowledge as a continuing-education speaker at the AIA 2008 National Convention and Design Exposition, themed “We the People,” May 15–17 in Boston. We the People: Just as these words spoke to the potential of a nation, these words also define the potential of our profession as we begin the next 150 years.

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Welcome to the Business Zone
This is the place for our monthly Work-on-the-Boards survey report, quarterly Housing Trends survey report, and biannual Consensus Forecast, all by AIA Chief Economist Kermit Baker, PhD, Hon. AIA. You’ll also find tips for managing the business side of your practice, as well as the weekly Kiplinger Connection.