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Deem, a new journal, wants design to focus back on people

This year, Nu Goteh, Alice Grandoit, and Marquise Stillwell launched Deem, a biannual journal that approaches design as a social practice. In a conversation posted on the journal’s website, researcher Larenz Brown said, “I think Deem is for people who don’t always see themselves represented in media in a way that’s satisfactory. It’s for people […]

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CoMotion MIAMI LIVE

The world around us is changing like never before; in the face of a crisis, our cities – and how we move about them – cry out for rapid rethinking. We need A Bold New Blueprint for Mobility, and that’s why CoMotion is convening the world’s foremost thinkers to answer the call. Join them – […]

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The pandemic put a strain on our digital infrastructures, especially in under-served communities

Much has been made about the physical separation necessitated by the novel coronavirus. But the pandemic has also laid bare the digital divide separating communities across the country. Over the past few months, millions of Americans have had to shift their daily activities online with the help of web-based applications, productivity tools, and videoconferencing platforms. […]

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Matter Design looks to the past to design a more animated architecture

The Cambridge, Massachusetts–based practice Matter Design, directed by Brandon Clifford and partners Jo Lobdell and Wes McGee, is rethinking what performance and sustainability mean in architecture. “In the past few years the conversations we were having were falling outside of the conventional discipline of architecture,” Clifford said. “If you start to talk about sustainable building […]

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Research and changes to urban life are driving design innovation forward amid a pandemic

This article will run in AN’s June/July issue, which will be published online later this week. The term “turbulent zone” entered architect Paul Lewis’s vocabulary during the early days of the COVID-19 lockdown. It had nothing to do with meteorology or protests, but came to mind as Lewis, a principal at New York City-based LTL Architects, […]

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Some see red as Buffalo’s tallest tower undergoes facade makeover

After a pause in construction due to the coronavirus pandemic, redevelopment work at Seneca One—Buffalo’s tallest skyscraper at 40 stories and the tallest privately owned office building in New York outside of NYC—has resumed in a most conspicuous manner: A full exterior paint job, the first in the building’s history, that’s left some admirers of […]

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Alan Jones returns as RIBA president, looks to put scandal behind him

Two-and-a-half months after stepping away from his role as president of the Royal Institute of Royal Architects (RIBA) for “four to six weeks” under circumstances so murky that they that seemed—and proved—ripe for salacious, U.K.-style tabloid fodder, Alan Jones has officially returned to the job. He has also issued an apology for his conduct, which, […]

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Trump administration moves to weaken environmental safeguards for federal construction projects

As thousands of Americans collectively grieve Black lives lost to police violence and take to the streets as part of the largest civil rights movement in generations during a still raging pandemic, the Trump administration, via executive order, has put forth designs to roll back a host of keystone environmental laws and regulations. The nixing […]

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Letters to the editor: Thoughts from the ground

I have been asked, even as early as Tuesday [May 26], to write a statement/reaction regarding the brutal and inhumane murder of George Floyd on May 25. I was, and still am, at a loss—disbelief, numb, angry, overwhelmed, and grieving. I could not watch the video; it was all around me (again). I look at […]

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COLONY founder Jean Lin champions the independent design festival

Last year, media conglomerate SANDOW announced that it would be taking over the organization and operation of NYCxDesign in place of The New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC), beginning in 2020. Jean Lin—founder of the designer co-op COLONY and Tribeca Design District—opted to leave the steering committee after the change in management from a […]

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Design writer Ralph Caplan dies at 95

Ralph Caplan, one of the United States’ most prominent design writers, died last week. He was 95 years old. The 2011 winner of one of the field’s highest honors, the medal from AIGA, the professional association for design, Caplan had a long and influential career writing and teaching in the design criticism program at New […]

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Architecture schools send messages of solidarity to those protesting against police violence, racial injustice

Along with professional architecture associations and nonprofits, major academic institutions with schools and departments devoted to creating and better understanding the built environment have also joined the choir of voices in support of protests and demonstrations taking place across the country—and, now, the world—calling for an immediate end to racial injustice and the need for […]

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