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AIA says EPA should impose a ‘blanket ban’ on asbestos

The national association of architects condemns the deregulation of the toxic building material By Alissa Walker In the latest deregulation effort by the Trump administration, the Environmental Protection Agency hopes to allow new products to be manufactured with asbestos, a...
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A+ Session: A Conversation with Critic Justin Davidson

A+ Session: A Conversation with Critic Justin Davidson Imagine if today’s architects and planners began each new urban design by drawing in a set of steps and risers, a low-tech amenity for people to gather for free and linger as long as they like. It would signal that this is a...
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Here’s How Architectural Licensing Boards Can Uphold Ethical Practice

The newly updated “Model Rules of Conduct” intentionally calls out “workplace harassment as an issue of focus for disciplinary consideration,” writes the organization’s CEO. By Michael J. Armstrong Workplace demeanor, professionalism in business...
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Instagram design guide shows architects how to create “a visual sense of amazement”

Architects should make Instagram-friendly elements a central part of their designs for hotels, bars and restaurants to boost their chances of success, according to a new report. Marcus Fairs Architects should make Instagram-friendly elements a central part of their designs for...
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How architecture can rebuild itself post #MeToo

In order for the architectural field to progress, it needs to embrace an era of democratic practice By Diana Budd In late October, I read a story titled: “Does Architecture Have A Harvey Weinstein Hiding Within Its Ranks?” My first reaction was, well, of course—it’s an industry...
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Photo by Glenn Halvorson for Walker Art Center, Minneapolis. Frank Gehry with his lead-scaled fish sculpture at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis.

Lead: Why do architects and designers still specify dangerous substances?

And what can be done when public health safety requires their removal? Blaine Brownell explores. By Blaine Brownell When I was an undergraduate student in architecture, one of my classmates built a model out of lead. He obsessed over the material, which was heavy yet soft and...
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Phineas Harper: “Architecture schools are punching bags of the industry”

It’s time to stop blaming architecture schools for systemic problems like poor diversity and the mental health crisis, says Phineas Harper Phineas Harper It’s time to stop blaming architecture schools for systemic problems like poor diversity and the mental health...
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Making It Real: How Architects Must Work to Make Our World Safer

While the primary reason for America’s mass shootings is insufficient gun control, Aaron Betsky also lays some blame at the triumph of the virtual over the real, and tasks architects with helping to change that. By Aaron Betsky Are we safe anywhere? The latest school shooting in...
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The 9 Architecture Topics You Need To Know About in 2018

What surprises will 2018 bring us? Women in architecture, bamboo, millennials, social architecture, rural architecture and the arrival of the post-digital era.   by Equipo Editorial – Translated by Keshia Badalge 1. Understanding how millennials occupy and use spac...
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Shut Up! Why we need to do something about noise in public space.

By Aaron Betsky As I tried to understand what my husband was saying in a crowded restaurant last week, failing to distinguish his intelligence and wit over the boom of the post-disco music from the sound system and the din of the ebullient patrons, it occurred to me how much...
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