Sir Christopher Wren, “A Plan for Rebuilding the City of London after the Great Fire of 1666” (© RIBA Collections)

Rethinking Architecture After Catastrophe

by Claire Voon Last April, a 7.8-magnitude earthquake ripped through Nepal, leading to a death toll of nearly 9,000 people in the country and displacing over 450,000. In an effort to provide emergency housing for victims, architect Shigeru Ban designed a series of low-cost...
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Walker, with her decibel meter in the field. (Courtesy Emily Dubreuil)

Pinpointing the Health Impacts of Urban Noise

Researcher Erica Walker wants to change the way cities think about their aural landscapes. by Steve Holt A taxi honks its horn. A delivery driver guides his noisy two-wheeled cart, stacked high with boxes, across the street. And underground, the subway rumbles. Erica Walker wants...
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Florida/Caribbean Magazine Highlights Progress at NBWW Designed MET Square

MET SQUARE, miami, florida NICHOLS BROSCH WURST WOLFE & ASSOCIATES (NBWW), miami, florida The final phase of the $1 billion Metropolitan Miami development, Met Square, is underway with project completion slated for mid- 2017. The building sits at the confluence of downtown...
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Metro New Orleans at night. Bends of Mississippi River clearly visible; black space towards top right is Lake Pontchartrain. Source: NASA photo

Your Computer Can Build a Sweet City From Scratch: Wired

Procedural cities are a computational method used by videogame designers, architects, and computer hobbyists to create on the fly urban landscapes. by Nick Stockton Your city might drive you crazy. But all that chaos exists only at the street level. From on high, cities follow...
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Women in Architecture’s 2016 Survey Finds Widened Gender Disparities

by Sabrina Santos The Architectural Review has released the results of the fifth annual Women in Architecture survey, providing insights into the experiences of over 1,000 women worldwide. One out of five women responding to the survey said that they would not encourage a woman...
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The Space Coast Transportation Planning Organization is working to bring a future Brightline Station to Brevard County

Meeting set to discuss possible fifth stop for All Aboard Florida train

Anjali Fluker The $3.1 billion Brightline intercity passenger train is planned to have just four stations between South Florida and Orlando when it launches full service by 2018 — but an effort is underway to bring on one more in the future. The Space Coast Transportation...
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Creative Commons courtesy Boston Public Library A postcard, issued from 1930 to 1945, depicting the man-made Rainbow Bridge at Yellowstone National Park

Where the Wild Things Are: The Challenge of Preserving Natural Resources

The Anthropocene upsetting of the natural world has led to a call for the creation of wildlife-only areas. How would that affect the way we design and build? By Blaine Brownell In his polemical 1968 treatise “The Tragedy of the Commons,” biologist Garrett Hardin...
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CCTV’s headquarters in Beijing is also known as the ‘Big Trousers’. Photo: SCMP Pictures

‘No more weird architecture’: Chinese directive draws line in the sand on ‘strange’ buildings

Nectar Gan and Zhen Liu No more “weird” architecture, gated communities or illegal structures will be built on the mainland, according to an urban blueprint released by the central government on Sunday. The directive from the State Council came two months after leaders met for...
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urbanfeel/Flickr via Creative Commons license: Suburbs of Chicago

Skyscrapers and Subdivisions: The Battle Between Cities and Suburbs

Aaron Betsky calls on architects to focus attention on what gets built outside of urban cores. Architects have twin obsessions: downtown and heroic architects. Though I will readily admit to being all too fascinated by those who make form with bravura, at least I do not share the...
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The ELEVATE Project, built by students from the DBR design-build school in Vancouver. All images by Ema Peter.

Student-Made Shelters Warm Up TED Conference in Vancouver – Curbed

A model for sustainable, community-minded, and hands-on design education. by Patrick Sisson Attendees at the TED Conference in Vancouver earlier this month were greeted by a pair of structures that had a backstory worthy of their own quick talk. The two ELEVATE warming...
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