The Oneida Community Mansion House was specifically designed for the alternative living habits of a 19th century “free love” utopia.Courtesy Oneida Community Mansion House

What five failed utopias can teach us today

Catch up on the best moments so far from Curbed’s podcast Nice Try! Nice Try!, the Curbed podcast on the perpetual search for utopian living, has now explored five failed attempts at utopias, from the bloody beginnings of Jamestown to Oneida, an upstate New York commune turned...
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Aspen Ideas Festival 2019: Inclusive Architecture: Design to Embrace Human Diversity

By Zoë Rom Design’s intrinsic motivation is to improve a user’s experience. There has been a surge of design with and by people with a wide range of physical, cognitive, and sensory abilities aiming to make the lives of those with special needs easier. Fueled by advances in...
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Listen to the latest episode of Nice Try!

The first season of “Nice Try!” tells the stories of the world’s most fascinating communities. What’s a perfect place? And how do we get there? Utopia is a tantalizing pursuit that’s remained achingly elusive ever since the word “utopia” was coined by author Thomas...
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Introducing Curbed’s new podcast: ‘Nice Try! Utopian’

The first season of “Nice Try!” tells the stories of the world’s most fascinating communities. What’s a perfect place? And how do we get there? Utopia is a tantalizing pursuit that’s remained achingly elusive ever since the word “utopia” was coined by author Thomas...
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Why Architects Should Be ‘ALL In’ for Diversity

The profession would benefit from a workforce with a representative range of backgrounds and experiences, says National Organization of Minority Architects president Kimberly Dowdell. By Wanda Lau Listen to more podcast episodes from ARCHITECT here. It’s no secret that the...
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Podcast: What is Progressive Architecture?

Listen to the jury of the 66th Annual P/A Awards—Paul Andersen, J. Frano Violich, and Claire Weisz—discuss what progressive architecture means to them, and how that definition is changing design. By Katie Gerfen Listen to more of ARCHITECT’s podcast episodes here. For the...
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What Is a Smart City? Listen to Three Experts Debate

Architect Paul Doherty, policy and sustainability expert Debra Lam, and author Anthony Townsend exchange opinions and insights on why companies across all sectors want a stake. By Wanda Lau Welcome to season four of ARCHITECT’s podcast. Listen to more episodes here. These...
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ArchitectChats Ep. 27: Dissecting the Code, Part 8 – Tall Buildings Get a Safety Check for Seismic Risk

San Francisco recently commissioned a landmark study to ascertain strategies to mitigate earthquake damage to buildings. Principal resilience analyst Danielle Mieler explains why architects and engineers in every city should read it. By Wanda Lau In season three of...
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ArchitectChats Ep. 26: Timber on the Rise, Part 9 – Behind the Scenes at Hampshire College’s Kern Center

Bruner/Cott Architects’ Jason Jewhurst and Hampshire College past president Jonathan Lash discuss the Living Building’s conception and impact on themselves and the greater community. By Wanda Lau ArchitectChats‘ Timber on the Rise series highlights innovations...

ArchitectChats Ep. 23: Dissecting the Code, Part 6 – Initiatives to Expedite the Review Process

Chief building officials from Washington, D.C., and Arlington, Va., discuss e-permitting and single-day permitting evaluations to streamline code review for architects and builders. By ARCHITECT Staff Now in season three of ArchitectChats, we are continuing our Dissecting the...
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