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24 delightful gift ideas to jumpstart your holiday shopping

Curbed rounds up two dozen design-savvy finds your loved ones won’t be able to resist. By Jenny Xie Vox Media has affiliate partnerships. These do not influence editorial content, though Vox Media may earn commissions for products purchased via affiliate links. For more...
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the idea of the ‘terra’ surface by yuriy ryntovt is an anthem to earth. all images © annegret boenemann

affair with earth showcases hemp fur, soil furniture and paper made from fallen leaves

presented during 2019’s edition of dutch design week, ‘affair with earth’ brought together ukrainian designers to explore new sustainable materials. the works were showcased on surfaces completely covered by a green living ecosystem and investigated different sources of...
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Glass Fiber Reinforced Concrete. Samuel McGuire

What is the Future of Concrete in Architecture?

Concrete is the second-most used material on earth, but is also the second-largest emitter of CO2. We examine the trends and innovations shaping its future. by Niall Patrick Walsh Concrete is the second-most used material on earth. It is also the second-largest emitter of CO2,...
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The Roofless Church in New Harmony, Indiana, is one of the many projects featured on The Society of Architect's Archipedia, an open-access encyclopedia of the built environment. (Benjamin L. Ross)

Society of Architectural Historians launches redesigned open-access Archipedia

The new version of SAH Archipedia features 20,000 buildings from across the U.S., complete with essays, narratives, and even K-12 lesson planning tools. By Leilah Stone The definitive online architectural encyclopedia, SAH Archipedia, was launched by the Society of Architectural...
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MIT researchers find new approach suggesting path to emissions-free cement

cement is the world’s leading construction material — but did you know producing it is one of the major sources of greenhouse gas emissions accounting for about 8 percent of all such releases? this means that if cement production were a country, it would be the world’s...
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Insects “offer hints for the future of humankind” says Taku Satoh

Insects “offer hints for the future of humankind” says Taku Satoh, who co-curated the exhibition Insects: Models for Design at 21 21 Design Sight in Tokyo. Amy Frearson Architects and designers should look to the insect world to find solutions for the survival of our...
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ecovative turns mushrooms into walls, packaging and now meat

ecovative is a business making compostable packaging from mycelium, the root structure of mushrooms, for companies like dell and IKEA. now with plant-based foods like impossible burger and beyond meat becoming popular, the company’s co-founder eben bayer, wants to use mycelium to...
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Lego's Shanghai Skyline kit Credit: Courtesy Lego

Lego architects and super-fans on creating the perfect miniature world

Many architects now shaping the world’s cities acknowledge a debt to Lego, the Danish toy company behind the plastic bricks that have littered bedroom floors for more than 50 years. Written by Matthew Ponsford, CNN Many architects now shaping the world’s cities...
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4 Films to understand postmodernism in architecture and urbanism

by Romullo Baratto – Translated by Tarsila Duduch “Films have been studied by architects and other professionals who are interested in the field of architecture and urbanism because they offer a more subtle and responsive perspective of our discipline,” Finnish...
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Morse and Stiles Colleges, Yale University, 1958-62, Eero Saarinen, architect. Saarinen is seen here with a large model of the two residential colleges, which he designed to have the rambling plan of an Italian hill town. Yale Manuscripts and Archives. (Excerpted from Living on Campus: An Architectural History of the American Dormitory.) Courtesy University of Minnesota Press

19 New Architecture and Design Books For This Summer

With warmer weather comes a fresh batch of exciting texts on architecture and design, past and present. See our full list here! Zachary Edelson, Samuel Medina, Laurel Rogers, Joseph P. Sgambati III Twice a year, the editors at Metropolis gather the most exciting books in one...
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