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the underline will transform miami’s metropath into a 10-mile-long park

following in the footsteps of new york’s high line and seoul’s skygarden, miami is set to build a linear park of its own that will transform the land beneath part of the city’s metrorail. named ‘the underline’, the scheme is the brainchild of meg daly who, after breaking both her...
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Shaping space for civic life: Can better design help engage citizens? – Curbed

A new report looking at design and civic engagement shows the small things really do matter by Patrick Sisson Can better spaces create better citizens? It seems like a tenuous connection at first, but when Joanna Frank, executive director of the Center for Active Design, examines...
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The 606, an abandoned rail line turned public park in Chicago. Colin Hinkle for The Trust for Public Land

High Line Network will advise similar adaptive reuse projects around the country – Curbed

It’s about sharing knowledge to improve social equity by Barbara Eldredge Soon after the 2009 opening of the first phase of New York City’s High Line park, other cities around the globe began copying its model—repurposing aging infrastructure as public space. In just the last few...
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Can good hospital design improve your health? – CNN.com

(CNN) While the healthcare system in America is in a state of crisis, the hospitals, care centers and research facilities that make up the industry — in the States and abroad — have never looked better. Gone are the days of sterile spaces, shared rooms and buildings...
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Architects of Social Responsibility: Views of Humanitarian Architecture in Practice | Archinect

By Hannah Wood Last month, Airbnb announced they had hired former Architecture for Humanity co-founder Cameron Sinclair to lead their project to supply temporary housing to 100,000 people in need, shortly after launching a program to secure refuge for members of Chicago’s...
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“If we’re going to have cities, then we have to invest” says Michelle Obama

by Dan Howarth Former US first lady Michelle Obama has urged architects to consider working on more community projects in poorer city neighbourhoods, during her keynote at the 2017 AIA conference this week. In her first public appearance since leaving the White House, Obama...
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Miami joins Southeast Florida Regional Climate Change Compact – Miami Today

Written by John Charles Robbins The City of Miami has formally joined the Southeast Florida Regional Climate Change Compact as a municipal partner, and has endorsed a climate action pledge. The move marks the city commission’s support for the compact, and its promise to consider...
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HUD’s Next Chapter Proves Elusive | Architect Magazine

Incoming HUD secretary Ben Carson says he will bring a holistic approach to housing. But his beliefs on housing policy spell an uncertain future for the agency. By Deane Madsen, Assoc. AIA, for AIA Architect To understand what lies ahead for the U.S. Department of Housing and...
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Mural for Philadelphia activist Tim Spencer, a key supporter of local mural programs Tony Fisher: Clickr/Creative Commons

101 small ways you can improve your city – Curbed

The least you can do to make a big difference where you live BY PATRICK SISSON AND ALISSA WALKER Sometimes the smallest things we can do for our neighborhoods can have the biggest impact. At Curbed, we know the power of a vegetable garden planted in a vacant lot or a library...
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Quinta Monroy Housing, 2004, Iquique, Chile. Photos by Cristobal Palma — Left: “Half of a good house” financed with public money. Right: Middle-class standard achieved by the residents themselves. © Elemental. Courtesy of Elemental.

Five Global Challenges Designers and Architects Can Solve in 2017 – Artsy

BY HEATHER CORCORAN for Artsy If end-of-year memes are anything to go by, there’s a certain prevailing sense that 2016 was, to put it lightly, a difficult year. As we look ahead to 2017, what actions can the architecture and design communities take to build smart cities for a...
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