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This Week in Architecture: Buildings as Identity, Lost and Found

by Katherine Allen It is in moments of disaster – natural, military, or otherwise – that the value of our built environment as a form of cultural identity comes most noticeably and tragically to light. The fire that ripped through Brazil’s Museo Nacional on Monday...
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California just voted to use 100% clean electricity by 2045

The landmark bill still needs to be signed by the governor, but would put the state on a path toward unprecedented use of renewables. By Adele Peters By 2045, California could get 100% of its electricity from zero-carbon sources. On Wednesday, the state senate voted to pass...
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MIT proposes series of ponds to combat urban floods caused by climate change

kieron marchese a team of engineers and urban planners at MIT has developed a solution to climate change-causing floods: multifunctional urban stormwater wetlands and ponds that seamlessly integrate the control and cleaning of stormwater with ecological and recreationa...
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An Oculus VR headset.

Will Virtual Reality Change the Design World? | Architectural Digest

The tech crowd’s current obsession could have a massive impact on the design industry—if it can evolve from novelty to innovation   Text by Michael Slenske While hundreds of tech firms are broadening their virtual (and augmented) reality footprints—think Google’s...
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The Van Alen Institute, in Partnership with The New Yorker, Explores Climate Change in Miami | Architectural Digest

In its new Sessions series, the Van Alen Institute shows the effects of climate change through a variety of lenses Text by Hadley Keller “The results are visible,” says landscape architect Jennifer Bolstad of the effects of climate change on Miami. “Even if...
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The New York office of Ike Kligerman Barkley, which launched a fellowship program last year. Photo: Darren Bradley

The Architecture Fellowships to Explore | Architectural Digest

Graduates get one-of-a-kind hands-on experience while firms benefit from new perspectives Text by Janelle Zara Thomas A. Kligerman, a founding partner at architecture and interior design firm Ike Kligerman Barkley, has had a growing concern over the state of architecture. “There...
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Union of Concerned Scientists Seeks to Quantify Economic Damage From Sea Level Rise

Report out Monday includes interactive maps that show what communities are most at risk. The Union of Concerned Scientists is out Monday with a report that attempts to quantify in economic terms the extent of possible damage and loss from rising sea levels. Here’s what the...
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10 ways drones are changing the world

This week Dezeen released Elevation, an 18-minute documentary that explores the impact drones will have on our lives. Here, we take a look at 10 innovative ways drones will change the world. by Karen Anderson Shopping Assistants by Walmart Customers of supermark...
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An illustration depicts the unique challenges Miami Beach faces with saltwater intrusion adding pressure to groundwater.

Living with Rising Sea Levels: Miami Beach’s Plans for Resilience – Urban Land Magazine

In April, a team of ULI members on an Advisory Services panel traveled to Miami Beach to advise the city on its preparations for sea-level rise and to brainstorm about what could be done better. The group concluded that the city has made an admirable start, including investment...
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disneyland star wars will open next summer

by kieron marchese it has been officially announced that the disney star wars: galaxy’s edge theme park will open next summer, with the disney world version of the park following suit in late fall. the theme park is currently under construction but fans should expect the...
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