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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Illustration: Lauren Nassef | Art Direction: Jelena Schulz

Sea level rise… Planning for the Inevitable | Architect Magazine

Why architects need to both slow global warming and prepare for sea level rise. By Steve Cimino for AIA Architect John Englander is an oceanographer and expert on sea level rise who takes pride in his ability to explain the watery issues plaguing our planet without jargon or...
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Why Harvard GSD’s Black in Design Conference Is Needed Now, According to Its Student Organizers

This weekend’s event will address the role architecture plays in identity, race, agency, and equality. By Katharine Keane Diversity continues to be lacking in architecture, though the demographics of the profession are slowly changing. Despite politicians largely ignoring...
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SKYSCRAPER MUSEUM Entries to the Chicago Tribune Tower competition (1922). L-R: John Howells and Raymond Hood (winner), Eliel Saarinen, Bertram Goodhue, Walter Gropius and Adolf Meyer, Max Taut.

Architecture and What Not: “What If” histories are fascinating but misleading | The Huffington Post

“What If” histories are fascinating but misleading. Lance Hosey, Contributor In 2014, the British historian Richard J. Evans railed against “what if” scenarios about historical events: “‘Counterfactuals,’ as such ‘what-if’ speculations are generally termed by the aficionados, are...
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Courtesy Cranbrook Archives Ben Baldwin, Harry Bertoia, and Eliel Saarinen scrutinize a never-built model c. 1939 for the Smithsonian Gallery of Art.

What If: The Unbuilt Legacy | Architect Magazine

How would the architects’ legacies have been altered if some of history’s most notable unbuilt projects had actually been constructed? By Witold Rybczynski Last November, the Museum of Modern Art in New York held a symposium to mark the 50th anniversary of t...
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The five typologies of legislative buildings. (Diagram: XML)

These 5 architectural designs influence every legislature in the world — and tell you how each governs – The Washington Post

By Max Cohen de Lara and David Mulder van der Vegt Every one of the United Nations’ 193 member states has a legislature — and each has a plenary hall for its meetings. How does the architecture of these assembly spaces structure the way that legislature makes decisions? To answer...
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Photography: Carl BowerThomas Vonier, FAIA, 2017 AIA President

Anticipation … Five challenges for design thinking | Architect Magazine

By THOMAS VONIER, FAIA, FOR AIA ARCHITECT Envisioning what could happen, and then designing for it—that’s the essence of what architects do: We anticipate needs, changes, and challenges—and we plan for them. Today, is there any pressing need, any change or challenge facing the...
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Evil vs. Impressive: How do Scale and Lighting Affect Perception of Architecture? | ArchDaily

  by Patrick Lynch When it comes to viral architecture, readers love a sense of the theatrical. This trend has led to a new internet obsession: ‘evil’ buildings that look like they could be the home of a supervillain or nefarious corporation. Compiled on sites such as...
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Riverside Museum: CC photo credit: Eoin

Zaha Hadid’s successor: scrap art schools, privatise cities and bin social housing | The Guardian

The extreme views of Patrik Schumacher, who has taken over at the global firm, are causing outrage. His vision? Let the market rule – and don’t put equality before profit by Oliver Wainwright Abolish social housing, scrap prescriptive planning regulations and usher in the...
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Can your city change your mind? – Curbed

The design of our spaces can heal us, hurt us, and alter the way we think by Nate Berg There’s a significant chance that the room you’re in right now is controlling your mind. The room—if you’re like most North Americans, who’ve been found to spend roughly 90 percent of their...
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