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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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Will the Advent of Artificial Intelligence Affect Small Firms?

It’s not a matter of if the architecture profession will feel the impacts of artificial intelligence—it’s a matter of when. By Mimi Kirk for AIA Architect “Self-driving cars can identify objects as they drive,” a video from the company Smartvid.io proclaims. “What if...
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A Warning Against Boundless Timber Construction

Contributor Blaine Brownell weighs the costs of unlimited tree harvesting for construction. By Blaine Brownell In The Overstory: A Novel (W. W. Norton & Co., 2018), author Richard Powers explores the problematic relationship between people and trees. Although humans generally...
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The architects and design pioneers we lost in 2018

Will Alsop, Robert Venturi, MJ Long and more – in 2018 we lost some hugely influential architects, designers and thinkers who transformed the places in which we live, work and play If there were a paradise, or a purgatory, or wherever else architects might go after they die, the...
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Curbed’s 2019 forecast: architecture, design, and local news in the current climate

Editor-in-chief Kelsey Keith reflects on covering architecture, design, and local news in the current climate. By Kelsey Keith The past couple of months have been a period of great introspection at Curbed. We’ve debated how to best express our mission, talked with our writers,...
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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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