Equity and inclusion surge to the forefront of the AIA conference. The Javits Center's 36th St. entrance. (Javitscenter/Wikipedia)

Equity and inclusion surge to the forefront ahead of this year’s AIA conference

A flash mob, workshops on #MeToo, and a resolution requiring ethical and equitable workplaces are all in the cards for this year’s conference. By Jonathan Hilburg , Sukjong Hong With only a couple of days left until the AIA Conference on Architecture 2018 (A’18) brings thousands...
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Climate Mayors: The impact a year after the U.S. left the Paris agreement

Assessing the effectiveness of city leadership on the climate By Patrick Sisson Last June, during a press conference in the Rose Garden, President Trump announced the United States would be leaving the Paris climate accord, seeking a better deal for the country and more control...
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How Architects Can Fight Climate Change During the Midterms Elections

Architects Advocate, an activist network of architects focused on climate change, describes the new tools it’s releasing. by Tom Jacobs An unprecedented pattern of heat waves in the arctic. Devastating hurricanes and wildfires in the US. Sunny day flooding in the streets of...
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Trump’s Steel Tariff Will Make Construction More Expensive

Increases caused by the new tariffs threaten to make many projects unaffordable. This story was originally published in Concrete Construction Construction costs escalated in February, driven by price increases for a wide range of building materials including steel and aluminum,...
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Prices for Wood, Other Construction Materials far Outpace Other Commodities, BLS Says

Government’s latest PPI report shows annual price hikes of as much as 27% By Craig Webb Wholesale prices for construction products–particularly wood–have risen several times faster than for wholesale goods overall, today’s Producer Price Index report...
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Design can help to change the system, say speakers at politics talk

Designers can influence politicians by proposing “10,000 little steps” to improve the world, according to speakers at Dezeen’s politics talk. Marcus Fairs Designers can influence politicians by proposing “10,000 little steps” to improve the world, according to...
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The House Just Passed a Bill that Limits Arbitration Rights for Architectural Barriers Under the Americans With Disabilities Act

Proponents claim that H.R. 620, called the ADA Education and Reform Act, is intended to strengthen the ADA and give businesses the opportunity to react prior taking legal action. By Katharine Keane Today, the U.S. House of Representatives voted 225 to 192 to pass H.R. 620, a bill...
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Trump Administration Unveils Infrastructure Plan

The president hopes to spur $1.5 trillion in private-public partnership investments with $200 billion in federal grants over the next 10 years. By Katharine Keane Today, President Donald Trump unveiled his much-awaited proposal to fix the nation’s crumbling highways,...
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First look at a leaked draft of Trump administration’s infrastructure plan

The draft plan would make it much harder for older projects to win funding, and heavily favors user fees, tolls, and private investment to spur growth. By Jonathan Hilburg Axios has obtained a leaked draft copy of the Trump administration’s much-vaunted infrastructure plan. An...
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Trump solar tariffs will hurt solar industry, cost thousands of jobs

Experts: 30 percent levy on imported solar cells will cost thousands of installation jobs, slow solar adoption By Patrick Sisson President Trump announced a 30 percent tariff on imported solar panels yesterday, an “America First” move meant to curb price-dumping and illegal trade...
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