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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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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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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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