Opinion: “Humans are clever. They can solve problems. There is hope”

We are entering a new geological era: the anthropocene, in which human activity is a dominant influence on earth’s geology and environment. At Dutch Design Week, a special edition of our Good Design for a Bad World talks series will ask if design can harness this phenomenon...
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This Week in Architecture: What Makes a Place?

by Katherine Allen It’s well understood that a sense of place is an essential value for people, architecture, and cities. Everyone from designers to planners to city governments speak breathlessly of the power of places to transform cities for the better – but it’s not...
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Toshiko Mori’s Fass school in Senegal: Toshiko Mori Architect

Architecture Is No Longer Just a ‘Gentleman’s Profession’

From New Haven to Senegal and Shanghai, female architects — many running their own firms — are invigorating the design of buildings and cities. By Reed Kroloff Architecture was long called a “gentleman’s profession,” which may have been true if by that you meant one that...
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Opinion: “Landscape architects can’t rely on architecture-centric media”

Landscape architects need to fly the flag for their profession if they are to receive the recognition they demand and deserve, says Charles A Birnbaum. Charles A Birnbaum The biggest problem facing landscape architects, according to a recent survey in World Landscape Architecture...
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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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