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Moral Responsibility, Zaha Hadid and the al-Wakrah Stadium

03/04/14

Moral Responsibility, Zaha Hadid and the al-Wakrah Stadium

Writer Sherin Wing offers an alternative take on whether or not the architect is as powerless as the latter claims.

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Partners in Design

03/04/14

Partners in Design

Students from Northern Michigan University collaborated with Lloyd Flanders furniture makers to prototype human centered design.

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Community-Based Architecture: A Third Model

03/03/14

Community-Based Architecture: A Third Model

The Allencrest Community Learning Center is a case study in how architects can collaborate with communities.

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Why Architects Shouldn't Fetishize Slums

02/28/14

Why Architects Shouldn't Fetishize Slums

Projects like Hong Kong's Kowloon Walled City have sparked fascination among architects and designers, who overlook the terrible living conditions these slums fostered.

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Governments, Not Architects, Should Shoulder Responsibility for Worker Deaths, Says Hadid

02/27/14

Governments, Not Architects, Should Shoulder Responsibility for Worker Deaths, Says Hadid

The architect's controversial comments have come under fire. But might Zaha be right?

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Signgeist 6: Public Images, Commonplace and Crafted

02/26/14

Signgeist 6: Public Images, Commonplace and Crafted

In a world of signs, first impressions matter.

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The New Urban Vandalism: Why Cities Are Destroying Graffiti

02/25/14

The New Urban Vandalism: Why Cities Are Destroying Graffiti

Contrary to developers' claims, graffiti isn't blight. Instead, it's a kind of public art form that benefits our cities.

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Urban Hopes, Urban Dreams

02/20/14

Urban Hopes, Urban Dreams

A monograph dedicated to Steven Holl's large-scale projects in China points to a new 21st-century urbanism.

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After Sandy, Manhattan Landlords Reach Out to Design Professionals for Flood Protection Solutions

02/19/14

After Sandy, Manhattan Landlords Reach Out to Design Professionals for Flood Protection Solutions

An architect discusses how his firm is protecting buildings from future floods.

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How Urban Planners Say 'I Love You'

02/14/14

How Urban Planners Say 'I Love You'

Mapping the crevices and cornices of love: Valentines Day cards for designers.

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