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The beats and rhymes of hip-hop are changing how we design our cities

August 2, 2017

GOOD Magazine

From Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five rapping in their 1982 classic “New York New York” about “Staring at a skyscraper reaching into heaven / When over in the ghetto I’m livin’ in hell,” to Jay Z rhyming on 2017’s “Marcy Me” that “I’m from Marcy Houses, where the boys die by the thousand,” hip-hop has always had an intimate relationship with the architecture of cities. But what if the low-income youth of color who live in the ghettos and housing projects of Gotham — or Los Angeles or Detroit — had the technical know-how to redesign their hometowns and create buildings that serve their communities?

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Architecture camp gives teens a chance to hone their skills — and dream up how to develop the city

July 19, 2017

Omaha World-Herald

A group of seasoned architects set out to imagine the future. And who better for input than a diverse team of budding designers — young teens still largely uninhibited by industry norms, rules and budgets.

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Why a New Canaan Glass House Matters to Tomas Maier Right Now

July 17, 2017


The glass house, famously pioneered by Philip Johnson, is synonymous with mid-century modern architecture. And while Johnson’s iconic structure in New Canaan, Connecticut, may be the most famous one out there, the bucolic town boasts a series of other such impressive structures.

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Architect She-roes

July 14, 2017

Huffington Post

Trailblazing architect Zaha Hadid, who died in 2016, was the first woman to receive the Pritzker Architecture Prize in 2004. She followed in the footsteps of other trailblazing women architects whose accomplishments go back to the late 1800s.

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The "Parkitecture" of Grand Canyon National Park

July 2, 2017

CBS Sunday Morning

Most of the 5.5 million visitors who pass through Grand Canyon National Park each year come for the views.  And when they inevitably need a break from the majestic scenery, they head inside -- to shop for souvenirs, admire Native American art, and check into the lodge.  For Ranger Kristen Luetkemeier, the buildings of the Grand Canyon are just as grand as the vistas -- a stunning example of "Parkitecture."

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Designing for social justice: 4 lessons from Chicago architects

June 21, 2017

Fast Company

Timothy Swanson, leader of CannonDesign’s Chicago practice, thinks architecture can help inequality in the city–but only if it’s part of a broader strategy.

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How New York's rising trend of 'supertall' towers looks from the 92nd floor

June 15, 2017

Los Angeles Times

Sometimes a view is just a view. And sometimes — when you’re standing on the 92nd floor of a controversial New York skyscraper with architect Rafael Viñoly — it’s a window onto the architectural arms race that is rapidly reshaping the Manhattan skyline.

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Why architects oppose Trump's withdrawal from The Paris Climate Treaty

June 1, 2017


President Donald Trump said he was withdrawing the U.S. from the Paris climate agreement, a worldwide effort to combat climate change.  The AIA opposes the Trump Administration's decision to do so.  Learn more about why the AIA opposes this move.

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Get ready for skyscrapers made of wood. (yes, wood)

May 30, 2017


Chicago has always been a city defined by metal and concrete, but now, an ambitious new proposal promises to introduce a new material to Chicago’s skyline, and to skyscrapers around the world: wood.

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The history of the Las Vegas Strip is the history of how we vacation

May 15, 2017


The buildings on the Last Vegas Strip have changed a lot over the years. But according to architect Stefan Al, if you look past the crap tables and slot machines to the architecture of the Strip, you can see the history of US recreation and social change.

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5 buildings designed to make you healthier

May 10, 2017


Architects increasingly embrace the idea that they play a role in fostering good health by designing buildings that make it easier for occupants to make positive lifestyle choices such as moving during the day, absorbing natural light and eating healthy food. POLITICO asked Matt Welker, who promotes healthy building design at the American Institute of Architects, to pick five of his favorite buildings and explain what makes them good at making you healthier.

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The Alamo is forgettable. A controversial new plan could change that.

May 8, 2017

Houston Chronicle

After the Battle of the Alamo, General Santa Anna ordered his troops to destroy as much of the mission as possible, this destruction is evident. A new master plan aims to restore, at least in gesture, conditions of the mission before it was destroyed, highlighting it as a place where indigenous families lived, worked and worshiped for centuries, as well as the site of the 13-day siege.

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