Sean Davis Aerial of Memphis, Tenn.

Defining Desirable Cities and Neighborhoods Through Regulations | Architect Magazine

Local zoning laws and strategic plans that promote transit-oriented development and pedestrian-friendly downtowns are helping to shape great cities. By Ian Spula Great power to effect change in cities resides within local development codes. The era of the single-use factory, the...
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Source: Elisa Rolle (commons.wikimedia.org) Leslie (Albert Anis, 1937), Ocean Drive, Miami Beach Art Deco District

Miami shows how conservation can be combined with change | Opinion | Architects Journal

By Paul Finch The mantra ‘complementary but not a copy’ is a useful guide to interventions affecting architectural heritage, says Paul Finch The Miami Design Preservation League does excellent tours of the South Beach Art Deco district. Our guide on a recent visit was Joel...
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Sara Johnson From left: Nóra Demeter, Cheryl McAfee, Michael Ford, and Frances Anderton

AIA Conference: What’s Next | Architect Magazine

At the final keynote session on Saturday, DnA: Design and Architecture’s Frances Anderton hosted a panel and social psychologist Amy Cuddy spoke about her research in human behavior. By Sara Johnson On the final day of AIA Conference on Architecture 2017, the three-day...
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Erin Gehle Women in Green (Ecotone Publishing, 2007)

Women in Green: A Decade Later. Activism to combat climate change | Architect Magazine

What impact does gender equity have on activism to combat climate change? A lot, it turns out. By Kira Gould, Lance Hosey Next month marks the 10th anniversary of the publication of our book, Women in Green: Voices of Sustainable Design (Ecotone Publishing, 2007). It was the...
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Should Architects Step Into the Political Ring? | Architect Magazine

Concerns about the Trump administration’s agenda and proposed budget cuts to environmental programs and research have many designers wondering if they need to take a stand in politics. By Chris Bentley People in more than 600 communities around the world will gather...
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Chicago Architecture Biennial, in second act, will tackle architects’ roles in a frayed society – Curbed

Curators and architects Sharon Johnston and Mark Lee talk to Curbed by Amelia Taylor-Hochberg The Chicago Architecture Biennial returns to the city this fall, two years after attracting over half a million visitors to the Windy City. The biennial’s sophomore showing will again...
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Where Architects Stand on Climate Change | Architectural Record

Lance Hosey, FAIA In January, amid an outcry about the American Institute of Architects’ post-election declaration in support of the Trump administration, its Board of Directors issued “Where architects stand: A statement of our values.” Two of the statement’s seven planks...
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SKYSCRAPER MUSEUM Entries to the Chicago Tribune Tower competition (1922). L-R: John Howells and Raymond Hood (winner), Eliel Saarinen, Bertram Goodhue, Walter Gropius and Adolf Meyer, Max Taut.

Architecture and What Not: “What If” histories are fascinating but misleading | The Huffington Post

“What If” histories are fascinating but misleading. Lance Hosey, Contributor In 2014, the British historian Richard J. Evans railed against “what if” scenarios about historical events: “‘Counterfactuals,’ as such ‘what-if’ speculations are generally termed by the aficionados, are...
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Courtesy Cranbrook Archives Ben Baldwin, Harry Bertoia, and Eliel Saarinen scrutinize a never-built model c. 1939 for the Smithsonian Gallery of Art.

What If: The Unbuilt Legacy | Architect Magazine

How would the architects’ legacies have been altered if some of history’s most notable unbuilt projects had actually been constructed? By Witold Rybczynski Last November, the Museum of Modern Art in New York held a symposium to mark the 50th anniversary of t...
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Photography: Carl Bower; Thomas Vonier, FAIA, 2017 AIA President

Influence: Beyond ideas, only action leads to power | Architect Magazine

Beyond ideas, only action leads to power. By Thomas Vonier, FAIA, for AIA Architect Architects around the world seem to face the same issues. They certainly voice the same complaints: Fees aren’t adequate; clients expect too much, don’t value design, and don’t understand what we...
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