The Statue of Liberty in New York was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1984

AIA urges Trump to continue UNESCO’s architecture and design initiatives

by Eleanor Gibson The American Institute of Architects has declared its support for UNESCO after the US announced it is pulling out of the organisation, and encouraged President Donald Trump‘s administration to preserve initiatives that “reinforce the value and...
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America's public land is under threat. What can architects do to protect our national resources? Pictured here: Citadel ruins at Bear Ears National Monument, one of the sites reviewed by the U.S. Department of the Interior this summer as the agency prepares a potential revision to the laws that guide public land conservation. (Flickr/IIP Photo Archive)

America’s public land is under threat. What can architects do to protect it? – Archpaper.com

By Antonio Pacheco Although debating the ideal size, role, and scope of the federal government is one of America’s great national pastimes, there has typically been surprisingly broad and consistent support for the Antiquities Act of 1906, a landmark conservation law passed by...
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An Unexpected Ally of Gender-Neutral Restrooms: Building Codes | Architect Magazine

The 2018 International Plumbing Code will update signage requirements for single-user restrooms while some local jurisdictions are taking their own initiative to promote inclusiveness. By Ian Spula Behind the rancorous debate over gender inclusivity in restrooms, an upheaval is...
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The AIA Is Wary of Trump’s Tax Reform Plan | Architect Magazine

The Institute lists support for small businesses, the promotion of sustainable buildings and cities, and fairness for all taxpayers as criteria for meaningful tax reform. By ARCHITECT Staff Today the AIA issued a press release on its take of the tax reform plan released yesterday...
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Verónica G. Cárdenas/Chabad Lubavich Damage in Rockport, Texas, after Hurricane Harvey

The AIA Urges Lawmakers to Support Strong Building Codes | Architect Magazine

AIA president Thomas Vonier implores legislators to keep an eye on the long game regarding design and construction regulations. By Wanda Lau With hurricanes Harvey and Irma behind us—and the long roads to recovery and rebuilding ahead of us—the AIA issued a statement today asking...
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Courtesy NASA Goddard Space Flight Center via Flickr Commercial Commons Aerial view of Hurricane Harvey on Aug. 24.

Days Before Hurricane Harvey Hit Texas, Trump Repealed Flood Planning Rules | Architect Magazine

Architects are baffled by the president’s decision to undo a key directive that modernized flood management policy in light of climate change. By Chris Bentley Last week with a major hurricane bearing down on Houston, President Donald Trump tweeted, “As #HurricaneHarvey...
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How Trump’s new infrastructure plan will hurt local climate action – Curbed

Cities are at risk for climate disasters today and Trump’s plan puts them in more danger by Alissa Walker In the first few minutes of a press conference that no one will remember for its talk about highways and bridges, President Donald Trump announced the first details of h...
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How One Designer Fights Racism With Architecture

By Katharine Schwab Around the United States, cities are removing statues that symbolize the nation’s racist history. But once they fall, what will replace them? How do you convey that history without reflecting it uncritically? That’s a question New Orleans-based designer and...
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One of the shotgun homes in the West Grove. The houses are among the remnants of Miami’s earliest days, and could be a contributing factor should the neighborhood be designated as a historic district. Patricia Borns

Miami to study whether West Grove should get historic designation | Miami Herald

By Samantha J. Gross and David Smiley Amid fears that gentrification and real estate speculation are poised to write over one of Miami’s earliest chapters, government officials will launch a study of whether to protect West Coconut Grove as a historic district. Miami...
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Architecture Is an Antidote | Architect Magazine

Move over, Le Corbusier. The next revolutionary moment in architecture has arrived. But to realize its potential, we have to sell it. By Ned Cramer Two out of three Americans are dissatisfied with “the way things are going in the United States,” according to a May 2017 Gallup...
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