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The Responsibility of Discarding Materials Belongs to Everyone

A recent panel discussion explored the necessity of thinking holistically about the life cycles of the materials we regularly throw away.

Rose Tourje, in a screenshot from the short documentary “ANEW: doing what’s right with what’s left.” In the inaugural post of our series on social sustainability, we featured John Peterson of Public Architecture, who had participated in a panel discussion titled “Sustainability Without Borders” at this year’s NeoCon. In this follow-up, we’ll focus on the two other participants in that…

More Than the Money Shot: Architectural Drawing Revisited

A new exhibition at the Storefront for Art and Architecture combats the visual tropes of contemporary architectural representation.

Image courtesy Storefront for Art and Architecture Storefront for Art and Architecture’s current exhibition Aesthetics/Anesthetics, a challenge to the conventions of architectural representation, is the sort of idiosyncractic show the organization has become known for, gleefully picking apart architecture’s accepted canons and unwritten rules. This time, the targets are “certain representational devices that have become architectural clichés operating almost as…

A New York Year

The Municipal Art Society of New York (MAS) annually presents its MASterworks Awards to recognize outstanding works of architecture or urban design completed in the prior year. The jury for the 2012 awards is a notable list in its own right: it included architects Brandon Haw of Foster + Partners, Claire Weisz of WXY Architecture + Urban Design, and Adam…

Fuller Institute Awards Alternative Green Building Standard

The BFI's annual $100,000 prize has been given to the Living Building Challenge, which takes goes further than prescriptive “best practices."

The Energy Lab at Hawaii Preparatory Academy, a certified Living Building Courtesy Flansburgh Architects Buckminster Fuller, the architect who gave us the geodesic dome and championed socially-responsible design before we even had a term for it, was a very quotable man. His line about design’s responsibility “to make the world work for 100% of humanity…without ecological offense or the disadvantage…