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India's smart city craze: big, green and doomed from the start?

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3 days ago 3 days ago
Imagine yourself in an Indian city where every home is connected to internet, gas, water and electricity via a smart grid. All citizens are linked to each other and to civic facilities in real time. The city uses renewable energy and its transport systems are controlled via central ...

Detroit Launches Website to Auction Homes to Residents, Not Developers

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5 days ago 5 days ago
There is no lack of housing stock in Detroit. Want to rehab an old house? There are plenty to choose from, assuming you’re willing to take on the risk of a rickety mansion that probably needs more work than you ever imagined. Yet the fact remains that preservation ...

Infographic: On and Off the Street Grid

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1 week ago 1 week ago
How gridded are your streets? Relative distributions of road orientations.

Roundtable discussion on demolition of Folk Art Museum

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1 week ago 1 week ago
Architects and Archinect contributors Ken Koense and Donna Sink proposed that Archinect host a discussion to tease out the precedents this decision sets. Joining Ken and Donna are Quilian Riano, co-founder of the #folkMoMA movement, and Lee Rosenbaum, who writes about art museums for the Wall Street Journal.

Setting a Standard in Building Information Modeling

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1 week ago 1 week ago
Drones that track construction through RFID-tagged hard hats and materials. Emergency responders with real-time knowledge of which building areas are structurally sound. Architects who can project revenue accurately. This is the nirvana of an architecture, engineering, construction, and operations (AECO) industry that is empowered by building information modeling ...

Disturbing Language

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1 week ago 1 week ago
Framing floods as disturbances to be mitigated, managed, and overcome can confuse relationships in ecological systems: “What if floods are not disturbances, but rather are stabilizers?”

Mapping All 43 Awesome San Francisco Public Parklets

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4 days ago 4 days ago
Parklets began appearing in former San Francisco parking spaces back in 2011. Curbed has a comprehensive map.

Parklets headed to Grand Rapids, Michigan

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7 days ago 7 days ago
The “Grand Rapids Parklet Manual” includes lots of color photographs to demonstrate how the spaces have been used to create “passive recreation areas” in other cities such as Chicago, San Francisco and Philadelphia.

This MIT Research Group Wants to Design 10,000 City Maps

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4 days ago 4 days ago
"You Are Here" is a new project from MIT Media Lab’s Social Computing Group that sets itself apart from today’s bevy of online mapping projects by sheer scale. The project’s ambition is massive: 100 maps revealing details of 100 different cities. In case you, like me, didn’t go ...

Rome Prize Winners Announced

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1 week ago 1 week ago
Winners include architecture faculty at Pennylvania State University and the University of Texas at Austin (both academic partners of Places).

The Car and Shell Skyscraper: A Futurist Parody

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4 weeks ago 4 weeks ago
Franticly driven by decades of fear, themselves perpetuated by an avalanche of numbers and an onslaught of “better world” fantasies born of an endless stream of technological innovation, our mission is clear: rescue Detroit from being rescued.

Critics Roundtable: Shigeru Wins the 2014 Pritzker Prize

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3 weeks ago 3 weeks ago
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The jury for the Pritzker Architecture Prize has named Shigeru Ban, Hon. FAIA, its 36th laureate, recognizing his material resourcefulness as well as his humanitarian mission as an architect. What the Pritzker Prize means to the industry changes each year with every successive selection (not to mention the ...

Tracking Global Deforestation (and Reforestation)

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4 weeks ago 4 weeks ago
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Global Forest Watch, a new $25 million dollar, web-based tool aims to provide a “near-real time” view of deforestation (and reforestation) around the world.

Cool Spaces! Premieres on PBS in April

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3 weeks ago 3 weeks ago
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Alexandra Lange, Christopher Hawthorne, Mark Lamster, and Carolina A. Miranda discuss Shigeru Ban's win of the 2014 Pritzker Prize.

RIBA proposes to ban Israeli architecture association from international forum

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1 month ago 1 month ago
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Britain's leading architectural association has called for its Israeli counterpart to be excluded from the International Union of Architects in protest at Israel's occupation of Palestine, in a further indication of the growing momentum of the boycott movement.

Architects Rally to Save Moscow’s Historic Shukhov Tower

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1 month ago 1 month ago
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Tadao Ando, Elizabeth Diller, Rem Koolhaas and Thom Mayne are among the many signing a petition to urge Russian president Vladimir V. Putin to reconsider the fate of the neglected Shabolovka Radio Tower, "a structure of dazzling brilliance and great historical importance."

The poetic architecture of Luis Barragán and Lina Bo Bardi

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1 month ago 1 month ago
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Global Forest Watch, a new $25 million dollar, web-based tool aims to provide a “near-real time” view of deforestation (and reforestation) around the world.

Greece protests over government plans to sell off historic national buildings

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1 month ago 1 month ago
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It’s easy to forget that Irvine, the minutely planned southern California city awash in tract housing and shopping complexes, was regarded as a pretty radical place at the time of its 1971 incorporation.

Stoss + SHoP Win Downtown Dallas Re-Design

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1 month ago 1 month ago
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Global Forest Watch, a new $25 million dollar, web-based tool aims to provide a “near-real time” view of deforestation (and reforestation) around the world.

UK housing regulations slashed

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1 month ago 1 month ago
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It’s easy to forget that Irvine, the minutely planned southern California city awash in tract housing and shopping complexes, was regarded as a pretty radical place at the time of its 1971 incorporation.

Sam Jacob opinion column on air fresheners, nature and urbanism

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1 month ago 1 month ago
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They come in four flavours: Yorkshire Dales (white roses and pink sweat pea); Peak District (the smell of radical socialism... I mean spring breeze and golden lilly); Exmoor (sea spray and ocean minerals); Brecon Beacons (wild blossom and fresh mountain dew).

Behind the Scenes: Restoring Union Station

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1 month ago 1 month ago
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Inside Union Station, the gateway to the nation's capital, scaffolding rises nine stories into the air. There, on the fourth and final staging level inside the train station, workers restore the ceiling of the Beaux-Arts masterpiece, designed by architect Daniel Burnham for Washington, D.C., in 1907.

Hippies, craftsmen, and sociologists: "Learning by Doing at the Farm" examines radical education in 1960s southern California

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1 month ago 1 month ago
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It’s easy to forget that Irvine, the minutely planned southern California city awash in tract housing and shopping complexes, was regarded as a pretty radical place at the time of its 1971 incorporation.

These Mad Scientists Want to Replace Solar Panels With Potted Plants

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1 month ago 1 month ago
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Designer Fabienne Felder and scientists from the University of Cambridge are researching the potential of photo microbial fuel cells, or photo-MFCs, which are essentially potted plants that act like miniature power plants and transform sunlight into electricity that can power iPads. Photos by Fabienne Felder Early prototypes only ...

Exhibition: Archaeology of the Digital

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1 month ago 1 month ago
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Archaeology of the Digital is an exhibition that delves into the genesis and establishment of digital tools for design conceptualization, visualization and production at the end of the 1980s and the beginning of the 1990s.Originally conceived by the Canadian Centre for Architecture and curated by architect Greg Lynn,

How Design Can Help Build a 'Transit Culture'

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2 weeks ago 2 weeks ago
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Earlier this month the transit agency serving metropolitan Rochester, New York, announced a million-dollar "rebranding" effort. That means everything from a new logo to new uniforms — all aimed at changing the public perception "that buses are only for people who have no other option," the Democrat and ...

New Waterfront of Thessaloniki

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1 month ago 1 month ago
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Architects: Nikiforidis-Cuomo Architects. Location: Aggelaki, Thessaloniki, Greece. Year: 2014.
 

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