How architecture shapes our cities – and our lives

Communities which design their own buildings are more likely to be happy and healthy Lily Bernheimer “We shape our buildings, and afterwards our buildings shape us,” said Winston Churchill. He was right; our surroundings can make us healthier and less likely to drop litter,...
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John Cary Releases New Book, “Design for Good: A New Era of Architecture for Everyone”

Published this month, the book features 20 recently built projects, from healthcare to religious spaces. By Sara Johnson In response to client feedback that a single-family model “sounded downright luxurious,” architect Brent Brown, AIA, the founding director of...
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How One Designer Fights Racism With Architecture

By Katharine Schwab Around the United States, cities are removing statues that symbolize the nation’s racist history. But once they fall, what will replace them? How do you convey that history without reflecting it uncritically? That’s a question New Orleans-based designer and...
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Shaping space for civic life: Can better design help engage citizens? – Curbed

A new report looking at design and civic engagement shows the small things really do matter by Patrick Sisson Can better spaces create better citizens? It seems like a tenuous connection at first, but when Joanna Frank, executive director of the Center for Active Design, examines...
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The 606, an abandoned rail line turned public park in Chicago. Colin Hinkle for The Trust for Public Land

High Line Network will advise similar adaptive reuse projects around the country – Curbed

It’s about sharing knowledge to improve social equity by Barbara Eldredge Soon after the 2009 opening of the first phase of New York City’s High Line park, other cities around the globe began copying its model—repurposing aging infrastructure as public space. In just the last few...
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Architects of Social Responsibility: Views of Humanitarian Architecture in Practice | Archinect

By Hannah Wood Last month, Airbnb announced they had hired former Architecture for Humanity co-founder Cameron Sinclair to lead their project to supply temporary housing to 100,000 people in need, shortly after launching a program to secure refuge for members of Chicago’s...
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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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Quinta Monroy Housing, 2004, Iquique, Chile. Photos by Cristobal Palma — Left: “Half of a good house” financed with public money. Right: Middle-class standard achieved by the residents themselves. © Elemental. Courtesy of Elemental.

Five Global Challenges Designers and Architects Can Solve in 2017 – Artsy

BY HEATHER CORCORAN for Artsy If end-of-year memes are anything to go by, there’s a certain prevailing sense that 2016 was, to put it lightly, a difficult year. As we look ahead to 2017, what actions can the architecture and design communities take to build smart cities for a...
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Diversity In Architecture Benefits Us All

by Lisa Bate Last week, I was referred to a TED Talk delivered by Marwa Al-Sabouni, an architect from Homs, Syria, which reinforced the value of integrating diverse points of view in planning, architecture and design. Reflecting on the destruction of Homs’s built...
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