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August 2014

Q&A: Jack Goldstein on Preserving New York's Landmarks and Why the New Times Square Isn't Necessarily Better

09/04/14

Q&A: Jack Goldstein on Preserving New York's Landmarks and Why the New Times Square Isn't Necessarily Better

The community activist and preservationist talks about what's become of New York's Theater District.

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An Architecture Festival that Celebrates the Arctic

08/29/14

An Architecture Festival that Celebrates the Arctic

The traveling event and installation aim to promote the cultures of the Arctic Circle.

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The Green Building Wars

08/29/14

The Green Building Wars

Opinion: Is Green Globes a credible alternative to LEED?

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Is Design Making Us Sick?

08/28/14

Is Design Making Us Sick?

In some situations, design stands in the way of patient recovery.

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Exhibition to  Showcase the Early Drawings of Zaha Hadid, Rem Koolhaas, and More

08/22/14

Exhibition to Showcase the Early Drawings of Zaha Hadid, Rem Koolhaas, and More

An upcoming show at the Kemper Art Museum highlights the youthful, often handmade work of the world's most famous architects.

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"Russia's Eiffel Tower" Saved, for Now

08/19/14

"Russia's Eiffel Tower" Saved, for Now

Moscow drafts measures to keep the historic Shukhov Tower in its place.

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The Future of Architecture, According to a North Korean Architect

08/19/14

The Future of Architecture, According to a North Korean Architect

Nick Bonner, North Korea-phile and founder of Koryo Tours´╗┐, explains the retro-futuristic appeal of the DPRK's "socialist utopia."

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World Architects Pledge Zero Carbon by 2050

08/14/14

World Architects Pledge Zero Carbon by 2050

The UIA has adopted a measure to eliminate carbon emissions by the midcentury.

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Recap: The Metropolis Summer Reading List

08/13/14

Recap: The Metropolis Summer Reading List

Architects, designers, and curators tell us their favorite reads of the summer.

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New York's Oyster Bar: Serving up Reefs and Resiliency

08/12/14

New York's Oyster Bar: Serving up Reefs and Resiliency

Green Team #29 investigates the feasibility of bringing the city's erstwhile oyster population back to life.

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Q&A: A.J. Paron-Wildes on "Design Empathy" and the Workplace

08/06/14

Q&A: A.J. Paron-Wildes on "Design Empathy" and the Workplace

The Allsteel designer talks about workplace design and interaction, her work on autism, and office trends.

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Two Artists Predict the End of Architecture

08/06/14

Two Artists Predict the End of Architecture

The world's most iconic museums meet their #doom in this apocalyptic series of images.

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Building Diplomacy: 50 Years of the Swiss Embassy in New Delhi

08/05/14

Building Diplomacy: 50 Years of the Swiss Embassy in New Delhi

The story of how the Modernist landmark came to be

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New Report Takes Aim at Gehry's Eisenhower Memorial

08/05/14

New Report Takes Aim at Gehry's Eisenhower Memorial

The architect's plans for a memorial to the 34th President of the United States received yet another blow last week.

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SOFTlab Lets 20,000 Flowers Bloom in Soho

08/05/14

SOFTlab Lets 20,000 Flowers Bloom in Soho

The studio's latest installation is digital fabrication-meets-Jolly Rancher.

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New York's Twilight Zone: Inside Roosevelt Island's Concrete Townscape

08/04/14

New York's Twilight Zone: Inside Roosevelt Island's Concrete Townscape

The first of a two-part series, the authors behind "Icon or Eyesore?" explore the Brutalist architecture of the city's strange island town.

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