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Cards Against Humanity Creators Purchase U.S. Land to Hinder Borderwall Construction | Architect Magazine

The company behind the irreverent game promises to “to make it as time-consuming and expensive as possible for the wall to get built.” By Katharine Keane On Tuesday, the creators of the risqué card game Cards Against Humanity launched a holiday promotional campaign to “save...
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AIA Says the Senate Tax Reform Draft “Shows Marginal Improvements” | Architect Magazine

Though the revision retains historic tax credits, it “still penalizes professional services companies, including architecture firms,” according to the American Institute of Architects. By ARCHITECT Staff Today, the AIA issued the following statement on the Senate...
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Popular Historic Tax Credit on the House’s chopping block. Rendering of the Tomorrow Building, Chattanooga, TN. Built in 1888, the building was recently converted into micro-housing using the HTC. (Credit Lamp Post Properties)

Popular historic tax credit is on the Congressional chopping block – Archpaper.com

ByJonathan Hilburg A tax reform bill introduced in the House of Representatives on Thursday would eliminate a widely used measure for combatting urban decay, even as developers and preservationists argue that the program more than pays for itself. The Historic Tax Credit (HTC),...
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“Designers can contribute to a better world, but not if we dictate how”

by Louise Schouwenberg Ahead of the launch of our Good Design for a Bad World, Dezeen editor-in-chief Marcus Fairs asked: “Can design save the world?” In this response, Louise Schouwenberg argues that global issues can’t be placed on the shoulders of...
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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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