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Workplaces must include spaces for work and rest to foster innovation

by Ali Morris Studies of how the brain works show that offices can only facilitate creative thinking if they offer spaces for both focused work and restorative activities, says furniture brand Haworth. According to Haworth’s research, two very different types of workplace...
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ArchitectChats Ep. 18, Dissecting the Code, Part 4 – Mixing Historic Districts with Modern Communities

Nancy Merrill, director of planning and development of Claremont, N.H., discusses how the 13,000-person town adapted zoning and code standards to encourage redevelopment efforts. By ARCHITECT Staff This is the fourth episode of ArchitectChats’ “Dissecting the...
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Is mass timber really sustainable?. A pastoral forest (Flickr/Pfly)

Is mass timber really sustainable?

By Olivia Martin This is an article from our special November timber issue. We like to blame a lot of things for climate change—namely coal and cow farts—but if we were to search for a worthy scapegoat, architects might end up looking in the mirror. The building sector is...
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101 books about where and how we live

Recommended reading from urban experts and Curbed contributors by Alissa Walker, Patrick Sisson, and Sara Polsky Illustrations by Paige Vickers Perhaps more than at any other time in American history, where we live determines much about what we know. As people who write about...
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2017 Gift Guide: The Architect’s Wish List

Feast your eyes on recommendations from the likes of Bjarke Ingels, David Lake and Ted Flato, and Jennifer Bonner. By Selin Ashaboglu Shopping for an architect can be challenging when the bar is high for aesthetics, quality, and creativity (as it should be). So ARCHITECT put the...
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How Material Experimentation Can Go Well and Go Wrong | Architect Magazine

The recent exhibition “Designing Material Innovation” at the the California College of the Arts explores just that. By Blaine Brownell Visitors to the Back Lot—a parking lot turned multipurpose outdoor studio—at the California College of the Arts (CCA), in Oakland,...
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How mass timber could transform our cities (really). Recreation of Maison Dom-Ino in wood at the 2014 Venice Architecture Biennale (Courtesy Ventana blog)

How mass timber could transform our cities (really) – Archpaper.com

By Matt Shaw This is a preview of our special November timber issue. Mass timber is having its Maison Dom-Ino moment. At the 2014 Venice Architecture Biennale, a curious structure sat on the grass near the international pavilion in the Giardini. It was an engineered timber...
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Bacteria-Activated Wallpaper that Generates Electricity | Architect Magazine

U.K. researchers printed microorganisms onto paper to create a wall finish as well as a solar bio-battery. By Katharine Keane Researchers from Imperial College London (ICL), the University of Cambridge, and Central Saint Martins have successfully created a wallpaper-like covering...
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Jeff Elkins Bamboo’s high tensile strength makes the material a viable option for construction.

Material Strategies for Sustainable Construction | Architect Magazine

By Blaine Brownell Waste is a crime. Embrace your inner pragmatist and celebrate materials, methods, and technologies that do more with less. Though sustainability rating programs such as the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC)’s LEED have contributed fundamental knowledge...
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The ultimate guide to dressing like an architect for Halloween – Curbed

From Le Corbusier to Denise Scott Brown by Katherine Wisniewski and Jenny Xie In the last few years, architects have done quite the dance in the mainstream cultural consciousness—Pharrell designed some shoes with Zaha Hadid, Brad Pitt is pointing at things in close proximity to...
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