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April 24, 2017

Architect picks for the 14 best homes of the year

CBS News

What makes a house award-worthy? Each year, the AIA recognizes some of the best housing designs from across the country. Katherine Williams, AIA, served as this year's jury chair and shares her thoughts behind the selections.  

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April 19, 2017

A Portrait of I. M. Pei at (Nearly) 100

New York Magazine

Over the course of his career, the aristocrat of American architects, who turns 100 on April 26, has drawn on a dazzling range of influences, from Chinese gardens to ancient Colorado cliff dwellings to the fountain in a Cairo mosque.

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April 7, 2017

The 8 most beautiful new libraries in the world

Business Insider

The AIA and the American Library Association (ALA) recently announced this year's picks for the best new libraries in the world. The facilities were honored for their multi-use and environmentally-friendly designs — not to mention their stunning appearance.

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March 29, 2017

How the architect of the first Apple stores got started

Fortune

Arthur Gensler started his architecture firm 52 years ago with no business plan—and no money. Counting the cash every Friday night, he initially paid himself $14,400 a year. Today the operation now known simply as Gensler is the largest architecture firm in the world, and it’s best known for designing interiors—everything from the original Apple Stores to headquarters for Facebook and Airbnb.

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March 28, 2017

Architect wants to turn old subway cars into housing for homeless

Huffington Post

When a famed Washington, D.C., architect learned of the city’s plan to scrap several fleets of old subway cars, he thought up a better use for the retired models. If Arthur Cotton Moore has his way, some of the outdated Metro cars could be turned into houses for homeless people.

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March 17, 2017

VR Is changing the game for Portland architecture

Oregon Public Broadcasting

If you ever started on a household project and finished with something looking completely different, you’ll surely appreciate how gaming technology is changing the built environment. Architects are making use of virtual reality to walk around buildings — before they even break ground.

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March 15, 2017

Kansas City architecture firm builds baseball fields across the country

NBC Kansas City

Architecture firm Populous has designed nearly two dozen major league ballparks across the country, and it's done renovations to others including Kauffman Stadium. The architectural firm is currently working on making upgrades to historic Wrigley Field in Chicago. Populous also designed the Atlanta Braves stadium, which is set to open at the end of March.

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March 1, 2017

Pritzker Architecture Prize goes to 3 people — a Spanish team that blends old and new

Chicago Tribune

For the first time, three architects have jointly won the Pritzker Architecture Prize, the field's highest honor. Making their selection doubly unusual, the architects — Rafael Aranda, Carme Pigem and Ramon Vilalta — practice not in a glittering metropolitan center but in the small Catalonian city of Olot, some 70 miles northeast of Barcelona.

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February 27, 2017

Bulletproof Eiffel Tower wall proves architecture is the newest anti-terror weapon

Forbes

Paris is erecting a $20 million glass wall around the Eiffel Tower. The magnificent iron lattice tower with the unique four-arched girder base will be hedged by a transparent, bulletproof protective perimeter. Of all structures, how could Paris’ iconic landmark get the border treatment?

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February 22, 2017

11 pioneering architects of color who made their mark

Curbed

The National Museum of African American History and Culture was a long time coming, but for architect Phil Freelon it was right on time. Freelon, 63, was principal architect for the museum, which opened to intense acclaim and popularity Sept. 24 in Washington. He's now world-renowned for his designs, but his success didn't come quickly or easily.

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February 14, 2017

Architect shapes nation's view of African American history

Associated Press

The National Museum of African American History and Culture was a long time coming, but for architect Phil Freelon it was right on time. Freelon, 63, was principal architect for the museum, which opened to intense acclaim and popularity Sept. 24 in Washington. He's now world-renowned for his designs, but his success didn't come quickly or easily.

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February 6, 2017

Google's plan to make our buildings less poisonous

Fast Company

Our buildings can make us sick. In Google, the movement for healthy architecture may have gotten its most powerful ally yet.

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January 24, 2017

New map highlights African-American architects’ work in Los Angeles

Next City

A new map produced by the Los Angeles chapter of the AIA marks over 50 buildings in the city with significant input by African-American architects. Until now, this history, which reveals an impressive breadth of projects, from colleges to hospitals, housing to civic centers, churches, temples, restaurants, and the iconic LAX Theme Building, was never collected into one visual.

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January 17, 2017

25 must-see buildings in Iowa

USA Today

USA Today travel editor Ben Abramson takes a tour of Iowa’s noteworthy architecture.

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