“Designers can contribute to a better world, but not if we dictate how”

by Louise Schouwenberg Ahead of the launch of our Good Design for a Bad World, Dezeen editor-in-chief Marcus Fairs asked: “Can design save the world?” In this response, Louise Schouwenberg argues that global issues can’t be placed on the shoulders of...
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Sea level rise… Planning for the Inevitable | Architect Magazine

Why architects need to both slow global warming and prepare for sea level rise. By Steve Cimino for AIA Architect John Englander is an oceanographer and expert on sea level rise who takes pride in his ability to explain the watery issues plaguing our planet without jargon or...
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NASA Climate change exacerbates [PDF] the frequency and intensity of natural disasters, disease outbreaks, and human crises such as poverty, famine, mass migration, and war. To model future outcomes, scientists use four standard “pathways” for different possible levels of CO2 in the atmosphere over time. The most extreme-sounding projections, the ones that make headlines, actually follow an entirely plausible pathway, in which humanity simply carries on burning fossil fuels as usual and temperatures continue to rise. According to a recent study, if humanity does not sharply reduce CO2 emissions, by the end of the century the chances of an extinction-level event could be 1 in 20. Pictured: Hurricanes Katia, Irma, and Jose on Sept. 8, moving west across the Atlantic Ocean to North America.

The Climate Is Changing. So Must Architecture. | Architect Magazine

Carbon dioxide causes global warming. Buildings emit almost half of the carbon dioxide in the U.S. That has to stop. By Ned Cramer Climate change is the fundamental design problem of our time. Not style, not fees, not education, not community, not health, not justice. All other...
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Opinion: “Architecture as intellectual inquiry needs to take more risks”

Mimi Zeiger The second Chicago Architecture Biennial tackles the broad and tempestuous topic of history, but plays it too safe, says Mimi Zeiger in this Opinion column. I’m not going to define history. No matter how heavily that word weighs on the Chicago Architecture...
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What's up with the Chicago Biennial? (Courtesy Chicago Architecture Biennial)

What’s up with the 2017 Chicago Architecture Biennial? – Archpaper.com

By Matthew Messner The 2017 Chicago Architecture Biennial (CAB) will open its second iteration this September under the theme “Make New History.” This raises some serious questions. Why are we still talking about “history” in architecture? Didn’t the cheeky use of architectural...
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Mark Foster Gage Architects Mark Foster Gage's design for a skyscraper on West 57th Street in New York

Why Architecture Needs to be Stylish | Architect Magazine

Aaron Betsky writes that style is critical to how architects make the world better. By Aaron Betsky The article I wrote recently broached a delicate subject in architecture: that of style. To call someone stylish might be OK, but to call their work such is just not done in our...
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“We have much to learn from the timber constructivists”

Aaron Betsky Architects designing for America‘s future suburbs should look back to the country’s unsung modernists, who created site-appropriate and liveable timber homes across the USA, says Aaron Betsky in this Opinion column. Drive around the suburbs that arose...
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The Neue Staatsgalerie in Stuttgart, Germany, by James Stirling

Make No Bad Plans: sexy plans still matter | Architect Magazine

In an age where the screen has replaced the pen and paper, Aaron Betsky explains why sexy plans still matter. By Aaron Betsky Is the plan still the generator? For generations, architects have used Le Corbusier’s phrase to base their designs on an apportionment of spaces that...
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Architecture Is an Antidote | Architect Magazine

Move over, Le Corbusier. The next revolutionary moment in architecture has arrived. But to realize its potential, we have to sell it. By Ned Cramer Two out of three Americans are dissatisfied with “the way things are going in the United States,” according to a May 2017 Gallup...
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Angela Brady (left) says we need to recognize women but Dorte Mandrup says female titles are patronizing.

The great debate: Should you call these women ‘female architects’? – CNN.com

By Jenni Marsh, CNN In a controversial opinion editorial published by design magazine Dezeen last month, Dorte Mandrup made a bold declaration. “I am not a female architect. I am an architect.” The award-winning Danish architect, and founder of the Copenhagen-based...
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