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When are museums in the U.S. reopening?

With infection and mortality rates of COVID-19 seemingly declining (or at least, this first wave of it), cultural institutions, many of them desperate for revenue and fearful of being forced to remain shuttered forever, are slowly gesturing towards reopening to the public. Of course, the museum-going experience will look very different once they do, with […]

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Dallas’s first climate action plan is ambitiously broad

On Wednesday night, the Dallas City Council unanimously approved the city’s Comprehensive Environmental and Climate Action Plan (CECAP), a roadmap to making the city carbon neutral by 2050 and safeguarding against the effects of climate change. The first version of CECAP was released on April 22, 2020, to coincide with the 50th Earth Day. The […]

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Keep architects- and designers-in-training busy with these online workshops and activities

The bad news: In many cities, classrooms are officially shuttered for the rest of the school year due to the novel coronavirus crisis—and the status of summer camps isn’t looking too hot either. The better news: While certainly no substitute for in-person experiences, many cultural institutions, museums, and even individual architecture firms are now offering […]

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Russia and America cross-pollinate at the Canadian Centre for Architecture

My in-laws are Russian. In fact, they are Muscovites. And they have a very convincing way of narrating their still-fresh memories of life in the Soviet Union. I have not been to Russia since their daughter and I traveled along the canals that connect Moscow to St. Petersburg fifteen years ago. We do not discuss […]

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David Adjaye’s first California project will be in L.A.’s Beverly Center

Clocking in at just under 900,000 square feet, the Beverly Center was by far the largest mall in Los Angeles, and one of the largest in the world, when it was first completed in 1982. The mall, which almost exclusively carries luxury retailers, received a $500 million makeover last year by Studio Fuksas that updated […]

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Why don’t architects have unions?

In late August 2019, the AIA’s New York chapter hosted a panel moderated by architecture activist group The Architecture Lobby at the Center for Architecture called Firm Handbook and Best Practices for Office Policies. After all the panelists finished listing their offices’ progressive policies, including flexible work hours and codes of conduct, an audience member […]

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One of the last Ricardo Legorreta-designed homes listed for $77.5 million

Joel Silver, the producer behind blockbusters including The Matrix, Lethal Weapon, and Die Hard, has been living large with his family in a 26,000-square-foot-home in Brentwood, a tony neighborhood on the Westside of Los Angeles. As the director is currently seeking a smaller home elsewhere in the L.A. area, he recently listed the home with […]

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David Adjaye’s Ruby City is an imposing monument to art in southern Texas

Ruby City is an oddity. Sited in a formerly industrial zone south of Downtown San Antonio dotted with islands of gas stations and fast food signs, and abutting a neighborhood known for its artist community, the 14,000-square-foot contemporary art center designed by Adjaye Associates is, by nature of its history, location, and design, a study […]

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TWA Hotel, Snøhetta projects, The Shed top TIME‘s World’s 100 Greatest Places

TIME Magazine’s second annual list of the World’s 100 Greatest Places is here and several major, recently-opened cultural marvels secured top spots—two of which were just completed by Norweigan-firm Snøhetta. Put together by the editors and correspondents at TIME, as well as a handful of industry experts, the following parks, hotels, restaurant, and museums were […]

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#modTEXAS is crowdsourcing midcentury design across the state

Inspired by Oklahoma City’s Okie Mod Squad, a new group of midcentury modern architecture lovers is documenting the leftover treasures from 50 years ago in Texas. modTEXAS, an Instagram crowdsourcing campaign started by Amy Walton and several statewide preservation organizations, is using the hashtag #modtexas to collect content centered on mid-20th-century nostalgia.  Launched in January, […]

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Weekend edition: Thinking about the future of O’Hare, timber, and the U.S.A.

Missed some of this week’s architecture news, or our tweets and Facebook posts from the last few days? Don’t sweat it—we’ve gathered the week’s must-read stories right here. Enjoy! Five finalists release their visions for O’Hare expansion As the deadline to select a team for the O’Hare International Airport’s Terminal 2 replacement looms, the five finalists have released their […]

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