The Grace Farms Foundation Architecture + Construction Working Group aims to expose modern slavery within architecture, construction, and manufacturing. (Courtesy Petros N. Zouzoulas/Creative Commons)

A new group of experts wants to eradicate modern slavery in the built environment

Led by Sharon Prince and Bill Menking, a working group of industry professionals is raising awareness on forced labor and aiming to build a LEED-like score sheet to evaluate its role in buildings and products. By Sydney Franklin This article appears in the September print edition...
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The Bartlett School of Architecture at UCL ran an architecture and design workshop for people with visual impairments this summer. Photograph: James Green

Can blind people make great architects?

Bartlett School of Architecture at UCL has been running an architecture workshop for people with visual impairments Rachel Hall Visualise yourself entering a new building. What do you notice first? The answer for most people will probably be the internal structure, the colour of...
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Architecture Critic Michael Kimmelman on His Socially Conscious Work as a Writer-Activist

by Time Sensitive On the latest episode of Time Sensitive podcast, produced by the New York-based “conscious entertainment” media company The Slowdown, co-host Spencer Bailey speaks with New York Times architecture critic Michael Kimmelman. The two discuss Kimmelman’s...
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No Architectural Media Communicates Atmosphere and Ambiance as Compellingly as Film

Master of Architecture students at the Melbourne School of Design try to master the techniques of filmmaking and employ them in their architectural films. Today, the overlap of the tools and software products utilized by filmmakers and architects reinforces the historical bond...
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Going Big in Our National Parks

Aaron Betsky on how our Western treasures can inspire us to be better architects. By Aaron Betsky It is the season to see things bigger than buildings. Summertime is when Americans, despite their ability to go anywhere at any time virtually, hit the road to get some real...
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“Architects are learning lessons from the start-up culture of the tech industry”

Architects are not natural disruptors, says Amanda Baillieu, but they are slowly learning how to invest their time and money on innovating their businesses. Amanda Baillieu Architects are not natural disruptors, says Amanda Baillieu, but they are slowly learning how to invest...
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In 1925, the Bauhaus moved from Weimar to Dessau and into a reinforced-concrete complex formed of three buildings, connected by a bridge and a one-story wing. Photo © Yvonne Tenschert/Bauhaus Dessau Foundation

Architects Reflect on the Bauhaus at 100

RECORD speaks with leading practitioners about the impact of the Bauhaus on their lives and work. Claire Weisz Principal in Charge, WXY Architecture and Urban Design, NYC In my first year of architecture school at the University of Toronto in the 1980s, I discovered Paul Klee’s...
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Felipe Tofani The Bauhaus technique worked best in the field of graphic design, says Aaron Betsky.

What We Did Not Learn from the Bauhaus

Inside and beyond those white boxes, there are ideas for building a better world. By Aaron Betsky We are in a Bauhaus moment. The centenary of its opening has produced a raft of exhibitions, books, articles (add this one to the pile), and even a new building—a museum...
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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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New York's Brooklyn Navy Yard has incorporated a new mix of advanced manufacturing tenants and art studios, and will add 5.1 million square feet of floor space as part of its plan to become one of the city's major tech hubs. (Courtesy BNYDC and WXY) via ArchPaper

The origins and perils of development in the urban tech landscape

Author and professor Sharon Zukin looks at the history and the origins of the urban tech landscape, and how it has manifested in New York and elsewhere. By Sharon Zukin In most major cities of the world, an urban tech landscape has emerged. One day, we were working on our laptops...
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