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November 2013

Are Skyscrapers and Wealth Inequality Intimately Linked? Maybe

11/27/13

Are Skyscrapers and Wealth Inequality Intimately Linked? Maybe

New research seems to point towards a correlative between skyscraper-building and wealth inequality.

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A New VR Headset Lets Architects Step into Their Designs

11/27/13

A New VR Headset Lets Architects Step into Their Designs

Kickstart the Spacemaker VR, a new virtual reality system that gives architects the chance to fully experience their designs.

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The World's Winds in One Map

11/27/13

The World's Winds in One Map

A new NASA visualization plots all of the world's winds on one map.

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The Economics Behind Japan's Obsession with Housing

11/26/13

The Economics Behind Japan's Obsession with Housing

Architects in Japan get away with a lot. Here's why home owners don't mind living in houses without windows.

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Hadid Defends Questionable Design

11/26/13

Hadid Defends Questionable Design

Zaha Hadid's design for the Al Wakrah stadium in Qatar has been turning heads for its resemblance to a vagina.

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Mr. Glass: The Met Presents the Glassworks of Carlo Scarpa

11/25/13

Mr. Glass: The Met Presents the Glassworks of Carlo Scarpa

Thought Carlo Scarpa was all about marble and concrete? A new review of the architect-designer's glassware begs to differ.

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Peter B. Lewis, Philanthropist and Patron of Architecture, Dies

11/25/13

Peter B. Lewis, Philanthropist and Patron of Architecture, Dies

The philanthropist Peter B. Lewis, known in the architectural community for his support for Frank Gehry, died on Saturday.

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Why "Tallness" Isn't Good for Cities

11/25/13

Why "Tallness" Isn't Good for Cities

Is "tallness" really an urban quality cities should care about?

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The Thanksgiving Landscape

11/25/13

The Thanksgiving Landscape

From amber waves of grain to grandma’s “sweet potatoes,” the Green Team unravels the history of the Thanksgiving Landscape.

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De(lirious) Rotterdam: OMA Completes Holland's Largest Building

11/22/13

De(lirious) Rotterdam: OMA Completes Holland's Largest Building

After 16 years, OMA finally completes its longest-running project.

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Kickstart This Deborah Sussman Retrospective

11/22/13

Kickstart This Deborah Sussman Retrospective

The WUHO Gallery will launch the new exhibition, Deborah Sussman Loves L.A., with the help of Kickstarter.

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New Study Says Open-Plan Offices Are Bad (Duh?)

11/22/13

New Study Says Open-Plan Offices Are Bad (Duh?)

Shocking? Not really. Here's why the latest wave of open-office criticism is more of the same.

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BIG Wins Bid for Museum of the Human Body

11/21/13

BIG Wins Bid for Museum of the Human Body

Oh the humanity: BIG unveils winning design for a museum dedicated to the human body.

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After Nuclear Crisis, Japan Delivers This Solar Stunner

11/20/13

After Nuclear Crisis, Japan Delivers This Solar Stunner

Japan unveils its largest solar park as part of a larger effort to "re-think" energy.

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Zaha Hadid's Curvy New Gem on the Caspian

11/20/13

Zaha Hadid's Curvy New Gem on the Caspian

Swept up in Baku: The new Heydar Aliyev Center by Zaha Hadid Architects is literally all curves.

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Sketching to Remember

11/19/13

Sketching to Remember

Reflections at Manhattan's 9/11 Memorial

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Airbnb's Cool New Workspace

11/18/13

Airbnb's Cool New Workspace

An exclusive look into the offices of one of Silicon Valley's hottest companies.

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Stand Up for Material Health

11/18/13

Stand Up for Material Health

Healthy products advocates collaborate, see a growing market

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Searching for Palladio

11/18/13

Searching for Palladio

New book from Lars Mueller to delight the bibliophile architect

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State of Immersion

11/17/13

State of Immersion

A trip to the cultural and spiritual hub of India turns site visits into celestial experiences

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The Architecture & Design Film Festival

11/16/13

The Architecture & Design Film Festival

NY event inspires humanist cities

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Building Resilient Hospitals

11/15/13

Building Resilient Hospitals

Defensive design for extreme natural disasters

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On Simplicity

11/14/13

On Simplicity

Looking for the essence of what matters

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Nasher Xchange

11/14/13

Nasher Xchange

Reimagining Dallas through public art

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Con Artist Collective Rethinks Community and Shared Space

11/12/13

Con Artist Collective Rethinks Community and Shared Space

A creative community takes expansion into their own hands

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Life with Father

11/11/13

Life with Father

Daughter of furniture industry titan speaks on gender realities

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Contemporary Lens: Simona Rota

11/11/13

Contemporary Lens: Simona Rota

The first part in our series about young talents who are framing architecture in fresh ways.

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Signgeist 3: Signage as Brand

11/09/13

Signgeist 3: Signage as Brand

First (and lasting) impressions

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Q&A: John Michael

11/08/13

Q&A: John Michael

How a contract furniture expert sees the evolving workplace

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Autodesk Donates Software to U.S. Nonprofits

11/07/13

Autodesk Donates Software to U.S. Nonprofits

Tech giant extends helping hand to those who really need it

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Light Catcher

11/07/13

Light Catcher

New Piano building at Kahn’s Kimbell Art Museum is efficient and poetic

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Rudy Bruner Awards for Providence and Dallas

11/04/13

Rudy Bruner Awards for Providence and Dallas

Small scale artist and community led projects inspire urban excellence

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A Guide to Pyongyang, North Korea

11/02/13

A Guide to Pyongyang, North Korea

The best-preserved open-air museum of socialist architecture represents the grim reality of oppression

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