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February 2014

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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Pratt Student Designs Take Over Macy's Windows

02/12/14

Pratt Student Designs Take Over Macy's Windows

Macy's unveiled new knitwear styles by Pratt students in a very public way.

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Rethinking Education with Design Thinking

02/06/14

Rethinking Education with Design Thinking

How school curriculums are incorporating new concepts of "design thinking"—an architect's perspective.

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Brad Ascalon's New Furniture Collection Is Inspired by a Typeface

02/05/14

Brad Ascalon's New Furniture Collection Is Inspired by a Typeface

The designer's new sofa collection takes cues from the classic Caslon typeface.

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Q&A: Mikaël Charpin on Montreal’s Luminous Quartier des Spectacles

02/05/14

Q&A: Mikaël Charpin on Montreal’s Luminous Quartier des Spectacles

How art, light, and digital technology turned a run-down neighborhood into a tourist attraction.

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These Maps Show How Subway Maps Twist Urban Reality

02/04/14

These Maps Show How Subway Maps Twist Urban Reality

A new project reveals how wrong subway maps really are.

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