Close to the Edge: The Birth of Hip-Hop Architecture, curated by Sekou Cooke, was on view at the Center for Architecture in New York City in late 2018, featuring a mix of built and conceptual projects and highlighting the influence of attendant themes and movements, like B-boying, deconstructivism, B-sides, neo-Postmodernism, graffiti, and Afrofuturism. Courtesy Erik Bardin

The Hip Hop Designers Challenging the Architecture Establishment

Born in the ’90s from hip-hop culture, this critical architecture movement has been coalescing for decades though may be poised for a second wave. by Dante A. Ciampaglia For more than 40 years since emerging from South Bronx house parties, hip-hop has been a direct, powerful...
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Lauren Nassef

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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“As environmental catastrophe unfolds, we need architecture that is more than just green”

We’ve woken up to the reality of the anthropocene era and realised the catastrophic damage we’ve inflicted on the planet. Now we must develop a new form of architecture that can adapt to major environmental changes, says Darran Anderson. Darran Anderson We’ve...
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Bauhaus is 100 years old in 2019—but which one are we celebrating?

The German school, one of the crucibles of Modernism, was a complex entity Charles Darwent On 1 April 1919, a new school of applied arts opened in Weimar, the de facto capital of the Weimar Republic. State and school would last as long as each other, and die young of the same...
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On the panel was Dezeen editor-in-chief Marcus Fairs, geologist Sjoerd Kluiving, designer and researcher Pirjo Haikola, designer Jalila Essaïdi and journalist Rab Messina

“More science fiction” needed to save planet earth, say designers

Designers need to think of bigger, more ambitious solutions to the world’s problems, according to speakers at Dezeen’s talk about design in the anthropocene era. Marcus Fairs Designers need to think of bigger, more ambitious solutions to the world’s problems,...
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Cities in 2019 will be defined by these 10 issues

From homelessness and housing to big tech and budgets, the forces shaping urbanism in the coming year. By Patrick Sisson Beginning with a partial federal government shutdown, 2019 has started with a potent reminder of dysfunction at the national level. The current budget...
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Cities are using public spaces like the Porch, a pocket park near Philadelphia’s 30th street station, to advance equity and improve quality of life. Courtesy of GGLO Design; Courtesy of ArtPlace

How cities became more equitable in 2018

Architects, politicians, and community leaders tried to design a fairer, more equitable place to live. By Diana Budds Is it possible to design a fairer, more equitable country? Here’s how architects, politicians, and community leaders tried to do just that in 2018. Architects are...
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Illustration by Alyssa Nassner

2018 in architecture: The good, the bad, and the urbanism

Two architecture critics weigh in on a year in design. By Mark Lamster and Alexandra Lange  he world may be careening toward environmental calamity and our democracy may be in jeopardy, but fear not, your brave correspondents Mark Lamster and Alexandra Lange are here again,...
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Illustrations by Alyssa Nassner

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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Larson O'Brien Millennial architects are playing a far greater role in their firms today, and their influence is having a real impact on how products and brands get chosen for a building project.

Eight Ways Millennial Architects are Changing the Game

Architecture is being redefined by technology and new mentality. By Nick Murosky If you are a building products manufacturer (BPM) and architects have an influence on the purchase decision of your products, you have some understanding of the architect market and what makes them...
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