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Congress’ Spending Bill Gives the Environment a Break for Now | Architect Magazine

Architects looking to voice support for energy efficiency and research programs should speak up before Sept. 30, when the fiscal year ends. By Chris Bentley Architects worried about deep cuts to environmental programs under the Trump administration got a temporary reprieve last...
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“If we’re going to have cities, then we have to invest” says Michelle Obama

by Dan Howarth Former US first lady Michelle Obama has urged architects to consider working on more community projects in poorer city neighbourhoods, during her keynote at the 2017 AIA conference this week. In her first public appearance since leaving the White House, Obama...
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U.S. mayors launch new sustainable power push for cities – Curbed

Mayors for 100% Clean Energy asks leaders to commit their cities to 100 percent clean energy by Patrick Sisson A groups of U.S. mayors announced a new drive to encourage sustainable energy yesterday, imploring colleagues across the country to make pledges and push their cities to...
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Should Architects Step Into the Political Ring? | Architect Magazine

Concerns about the Trump administration’s agenda and proposed budget cuts to environmental programs and research have many designers wondering if they need to take a stand in politics. By Chris Bentley People in more than 600 communities around the world will gather...
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How you can help your city fight climate change – Curbed

Daily actions, political engagement, and community activity you can do right now by Patrick Sisson After President Donald Trump proposed sweeping changes to the way the country regulates energy production and emissions by signing an executive order last week, it may have seemed...
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Trump Order Takes Aim at Resilient Design Efforts | Architect Magazine

The March 28 executive order rescinds several initiatives installed by the Obama’s administration, including the Climate Action Plan, threatening the Department of Energy’s Better Buildings Challenge. By Chris Bentley On March 28, President Donald Trump signed an...
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Influence: Beyond ideas, only action leads to power | Architect Magazine

Beyond ideas, only action leads to power. By Thomas Vonier, FAIA, for AIA Architect Architects around the world seem to face the same issues. They certainly voice the same complaints: Fees aren’t adequate; clients expect too much, don’t value design, and don’t understand what we...
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The AIA and Nearly 800 Firms Rebuke the Trump Administration’s Budget Cuts | Architect Magazine

The American Institute of Architects has released a statement rebuking the White House’s proposed budget for cutting valuable programs to protect the environment and build stronger neighborhoods. And yesterday, the AIA coordinated a letter from nearly 800 firms to protest...
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2017 ASCE Infrastructure Report Card Gives America a D+ | Architect Magazine

The American Society of Civil Engineers has released this report every four years since 2001, with no improvement. By Selin Ashaboglu Yesterday, the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) released its quadrennial Infrastructure Report Card, giving the United States an...
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These 5 architectural designs influence every legislature in the world — and tell you how each governs – The Washington Post

By Max Cohen de Lara and David Mulder van der Vegt Every one of the United Nations’ 193 member states has a legislature — and each has a plenary hall for its meetings. How does the architecture of these assembly spaces structure the way that legislature makes decisions? To answer...
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