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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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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The 2018 Equity in Architecture Survey Encourages Soul-Searching

Responses from 14,360 architecture graduates signaled modest equity gains, though major gender- and race-based professional gaps remain. What is the life of an architect actually like and how can the architecture profession encourage diversity in its ranks? In the latest survey...
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#MeToo, Gender Bias, and the Leadership Gap in Architecture | Architectural Digest

Is the industry a hotbed of sexism—and if so, can it be changed? Text by Meaghan O’Neill As Brett Kavanaugh was sworn in as Supreme Court justice earlier this month, millions of exasperated women across America took to social media and the streets to demonstrate their...
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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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