Podcast: Why Architecture Is Political

Like many designers, Siboney Díaz-Sánchez believes architecture can improve and engage the greater community. But does everyone else stand by their word? By Wanda Lau Listen to more podcast episodes from ARCHITECT here. In this episode, Díaz-Sánchez expands on her op-ed “Every...
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Eight Steps to Effectively Adopt New Technology

Piloting new tools with a small test group can help design and construction firms spot potential issues—before they grind a project to a halt. by Gregory Fast New software upgrades for a large design or construction company can be risky. The larger your firm, the bigger the risk...
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Opinion | Is Instagram Ruining Architecture?

The app can help expand our love of the designed world and incite our curiosity. Or it can turn us into sheep. By Alexandra Lange Ms. Lange is an architecture and design critic On my phone, Instagram is a series of squares and rectangles with pictures of babies, clogs, books,...
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“Architects should design provocatively ugly architecture that does not conform to Instagram’s aesthetic conventions”

Instagram has had a huge impact on the architecture of our cities and perhaps it is time that this changed, says Will Jennings. Will Jennings In just nine years, Instagram has risen from a fun photo-sharing app to a central element of contemporary culture. Instagrammable is now a...
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A Perspective on Perspective

Aaron Betsky argues that we should preserve the art of drawing by hand, but not fetishize it. By Aaron Betsky A good architecture drawing is a joy to behold. Since I was a child, I have lost myself in the intricacies of perspectives, sections, and, later on, axonometrics,...
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Gen Z Is Coming. Is Your Firm Prepared?

This tech-savvy and entrepreneurial cohort has the power to change the workplace. By Michele Russo for AIA Architect As we eye the opportunities and upheaval posed by rapidly evolving technology and societal shifts, it may be today’s young people (known by demographers as...
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101 ways to thrive in a city with kids

Make urban environments even more magical for little ones with these big—and small—ideas. By Alissa Walker and Megan Barber Cities are magical places to raise children. Zooming trains turn everyday journeys into wide-eyed adventures. Urban plazas echo with shrieks from delighted...
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Are design professionals liable for failing to anticipate the effects of climate change?

Two experts give advice to architects about their legal liability in designing for climate change in their projects—just following code may not be enough. By Larry Dany and Nick Boyd We do not need more vivid reminders that extreme weather events have the potential to cause...
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“We have lost sight of what design thinking actually is”

Design thinking courses give the whole concept a bad name, say Charlotte and Peter Fiell, but when rigorously applied, real design thinking can help solve problems. Charlotte and Peter Fiell Design thinking courses give the whole concept a bad name. But when rigorously applied,...
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“It’s time for architects to choose ethics over aesthetics” says Christine Murray

Architects can limit the environmental impact building has on our climate using their power as specifiers, they just need do it, says Christine Murray. Christine Murray Architects are quick to bemoan their loss of status, sensing the growing lack of respect for the profession....
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