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Chinese School puts running track on its roof

Archinect - Mon, 09/01/2014 - 21:49

In use since September 1, 2014, an elementary school in Tiantai, Zhejiang province, built a 200-meter running track on the roof of its school building. In "School puts running track on its roof" Chinese architect Ruan Hao [LYCS Architecture], chief architect of the teaching building, said "that breaking the tradition of a running track on the ground might provide a solution for other schools with limited land."

The "No 2 Elementary School of Tiantai Chicheng district" - located near Hangzhou - is one of the 11 case-studies that is part of the "ADAPTATION - architecture and change in China"-exhibition - one of the 21 Collateral Events of the 14th International Architecture Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia - curated by prof. Marino Folin & MovingCites, and hosted by the EMGdotART Foundation at Palazzo Zen in Venice.

As part of the exhibition, and in co-production with China Daily Video, EMGdotART Foundation created a short documentary on the construction of this project called "Ruan...

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Zoom to Awesome download link

What Revit Wants - Mon, 09/01/2014 - 21:48
Phil recently posted a link for Zoom To Awesome at:
http://t.co/h645Tg2AEM

If you haven't heard of it before, Zoom To Awesome instantly zooms the active window in Revit to the selected objects. Combined with Select by ID and COINS Auto-Section Box, you can find and correct almost any error or warning in your model...

Tested and working on Revit 2013, 2014 and 2015. The Screencast below also shows how to add a keyboard shortcut to the Zoom To Awesome command.



via this tweet:
Categories: Revit/BIM

Black Knight releases Mortgage Monitor for July

Calculated Risk - Mon, 09/01/2014 - 21:40
Black Knight Financial Services (BKFS) released their Mortgage Monitor report for July today. According to BKFS, 5.64% of mortgages were delinquent in July, down from 5.70% in June. BKFS reports that 1.85% of mortgages were in the foreclosure process, down from 2.82% in July 2013.

This gives a total of 7.49% delinquent or in foreclosure. It breaks down as:

• 1,713,000 properties that are 30 or more days, and less than 90 days past due, but not in foreclosure.
• 1,136,000 properties that are 90 or more days delinquent, but not in foreclosure.
• 935,000 loans in foreclosure process.

For a total of ​​3,785,000 loans delinquent or in foreclosure in June. This is down from 4,599,000 in July 2013.

Delinquency Rate Click on graph for larger image.

This graph from BKFS shows percent of loans delinquent and in the foreclosure process over time.

Delinquencies and foreclosures are moving down - and might be back to normal levels in a couple of years. 

Delinquency RateThe second graph from BKFS shows the percent of new problem loans.

From Black Knight:
July’s data also showed continued improvement in new problem loans, which, at 0.6% of active loans, are now firmly back to 2005-2006 levels. Likewise, “roll rates” (the number of loans that shift from current into progressively more delinquent statuses) have been improving over the long term across all categories. Black Knight has observed roll rates increasing on loans shifting from 60 to 90 days delinquent and from 90 days to foreclosure over the last four months. It should be noted, however, that nearly 75 percent of 90-day defaults and almost 80 percent of foreclosure starts are from loans originated in 2008 and earlier.
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There is much more in the mortgage monitor.

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