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London pushes its Design Biennale and design fairs to 2021

Cultural institutions around the world are slowly starting to reopen or staking out tentative dates after coronavirus pandemic-related closures, but design festivals, by their international and communal natures, are by-and-large pushing things back to 2021. That includes London, where infection rates for COVID-19 are still slowly creeping upward. As a result, yesterday the organizers of […]

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Vrbo eschewed predictability for the ‘science of work’ at its Austin headquarters

At first thought, a vacation rental platform isn’t the most likely of candidates to transition into new offices with an interior design scheme steered by science. One might expect oversized murals evoking far-flung destinations, workspaces enlivened by exotic colors, maybe a Parisian bistro-themed commissary. Vrbo’s nine-floor corporate home in Austin, Texas, however, eschews predictability in […]

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April’s Architecture Billings Index drops even further

The Architecture Billings Index (ABI), the measure the AIA uses to track design services demand, took a dour downturn in March 2020 as the coronavirus pandemic shook economic confidence and locked up job sites—but April’s numbers, released this morning, are much worse. The ABI is a composite number that factors in regional averages, design demand […]

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Robert Coles, trailblazing Buffalo architect, dies at 90

Following a long, fruitful, and often challenging career that was marked by rampant racial discrimination but helped open doors for fellow architects of color, Robert Traynham Coles, founding member and inaugural secretary of the National Organization for Minority Architects (NOMA), has passed away at the age of 90. Elected in 1994 as the first African […]

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AN catches up with Peterson Rich Office

Peterson Rich Office (PRO), is a small studio that can seemingly do it all. Hot off of their selection as one of the Architectural League of New York’s 2020 Emerging Voices, AN traveled to PRO’s office in Gowanus, Brooklyn, to chat with founders Miriam Peterson and Nathan Rich about the firm’s multidisciplinary work. Aside from […]

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MoMA brings its exhibitions online through the Virtual Views series

The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) might still be closed to the public, but thanks to its Virtual Views series of digital tours, “visitors” can check out what’s going on at the museum every Thursday night. By harnessing a combination of video, high-resolution images of every piece and didactics, a multitude of audio guides for […]

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Venice Architecture Biennale pushed to 2021

In an unsurprising turn of events, the organizers of the 17th Venice Architecture Biennale announced this morning that, due to the ongoing novel coronavirus pandemic, the festival will be postponed to May 2021. Most businesses in hard-hit Italy are slowly beginning to reopen as COVID-19 rates decline, but the global nature of the Biennale, from […]

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A new book argues Frederick Kiesler was the influencer at the center of American modernism

Instead of charting an artist or architect’s career as a sequence of projects, what if you mapped it according to the people with whom they conversed, commiserated, and collaborated? That is the productive experiment contained within the book Frederick Kiesler: Face to Face with the Avant-Garde, about the Austro-American architect. Its 21 essays “on network […]

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Headed to recovery?

For the duration of the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis, AN will use this column to keep our readers up to date on how the pandemic is affecting architecture and related industries. This weekly article is meant to digest the latest major developments in the crisis and synthesize broader patterns and what they could mean for architecture […]

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Detailing your finances: Managing cash flow, stimulus programs, unemployment and taxes

Every week brings new reports of rapidly rising unemployment and declining economic activity. The slowdown has, of course, impacted the AEC industry and has placed many small businesses in precarious financial balances. Last week, Ben Sargent, a CPA who specializes in small business and freelancers, led a 1-hour webinar focused on what you need to […]

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Op-ed: Lead with a mission-first design process to provide affordable housing

One of the words most often associated with affordable housing is “crisis.” Not only is there a crisis-level shortfall of affordable housing stock in America, but the typical path to affordable housing development is also hampered by rigid permitting processes, regulatory constraints, and rising costs for land, labor, and materials. Harvard University’s Joint Center for […]

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Copenhagen named 2023 World Capital of Architecture

The Danish capital of Copenhagen, host city for the 28th World Congress of Architects (which will be convened by the International Union of Architects (UIA) in 2023), has also been named as the second UNESCO World Capital of Architecture. Rio de Janeiro, host city of the 2021 World Congress, will begin its (delayed) reign as […]

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