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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Speaking in Archemoji: Architecture and design motifs, in tiny pictures

by Alexandra Lange and Michelle Goldchain …Architecture people are also a visual crew, adopting, adapting, and commenting on the follies that scroll across our screens. We’ve long been using words, pictures, and the occasional GIF to communicate our collective enthusiasm...
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How NASA Accidentally Found a Way to Make Buildings Safer During Earthquakes – CityLab

A new device can counteract the frequency at which a building vibrates. Margo Pierce NASA technologists are typically focused on making it safe for humans to explore outer space. Now the space agency says it’s found a way to make earthquakes safer for people on the ground. NASA...
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Moshe Safdie, FAIA: photo attribution: Taxiarchos228 at the German language Wikipedia

Looking Back at Moshe Safdie’s Philosophy and Influential Works | Architect Magazine

The Boston Society of Architects’ multifaceted exhibition chronicles the 2015 AIA Gold Medal winner’s half-century career with models, drawings, films, and more. By Chelsea Blahut Moshe Safdie, FAIA’s design career had an early start. According to ARCHITECT...
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