AIA Calls for U.S. to Reverse Paris Climate Agreement Withdrawal

In its statement, the organization decried the Trump administration’s “shortsighted decision.” By ARCHITECT Staff The following is a press release from AIA in response to President Trump’s decision to withdraw the United States from the Paris Climate...
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Miami Beach loosens regulations for real estate developers and small businesses

Miami Beach relaxes rules on development, pools, restaurants

New legislation eliminates the need for a variety of variances and makes it easier to develop in North Beach Town Center By Erik Bojnansky It just got a little easier to develop real estate, including hotels and pools at single-family homes, as well as run a restaurant serving...
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New bill aims to counter alarming rise in pedestrian deaths with funding for safer streets

The bipartisan Vision Zero Act would steer highway funds towards programs for safer transit. By Patrick Sisson A plan to reprioritize federal transportation spending was introduced by members of Congress today after recent reports that show an alarming rise in pedestrian and...
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Congressional leaders are looking for multimodal transportation solutions—not just highways. Courtesy Toole Design

New transportation caucus to address equity, sustainability in federal funding

Congressional leaders want investments to prioritize climate, safety, and access to jobs. By Alissa Walker As a major transportation bill winds its way through Congress, a group of House Democrats have formed a new caucus focused on improving the country’s transportation equity,...
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Green New Deal goes global as nearly 100 cities commit to climate action

A coalition of 94 global mayors commits to “turning away from fossil fuels” and meeting Paris Agreement targets. By Patrick Sisson The Green New Deal is going global. At the C40 Climate Summit in Copenhagen, Denmark, this morning—a gathering convened by the coalition...
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We Need DIY Activist Architecture to Fight Climate Change

In the era of climate change, architects must reach beyond official practice, and engage in protests using their skills of spatial understanding. Architecture is inherently linked to policy, politics, and power. With responsibility for the design and perception of the built...
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Podcast: Why Architecture Is Political

Like many designers, Siboney Díaz-Sánchez believes architecture can improve and engage the greater community. But does everyone else stand by their word? By Wanda Lau Listen to more podcast episodes from ARCHITECT here. In this episode, Díaz-Sánchez expands on her op-ed “Every...
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Bracing for Economic Impact

Downturns are inevitable. Suffering as a result of them isn’t. By Ned Cramer If you’re remotely like me, which is to say a worrier, you’ve been wondering when the next recession is going to hit. And if you’re a lot like me, which is to say the kind of worrier who makes Woody...
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Bernie Sanders has a $16 trillion plan to avert climate disasters

“The cost of doing nothing is far more expensive” Sanders has revealed the most ambitious climate proposal of any presidential candidate—a $16.3 trillion plan that will create 20 million jobs while decarbonizing the country’s energy and transportation sectors by 2030. By Alissa...
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Inside the AIA’s efforts to address #MeToo

Architecture’s largest professional organization is using an ethics code to fight sexual harassment. Will it work? By Diana Budds Last spring, Frances Halsband—one of New York City’s most respected and accomplished architects—was having the same conversation over and over again:...
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