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Not long ago, Deanna Van Buren was offered the position of lead architect on an unusual project—a video game called "The Witness."
May 25, 2016, 2pm PDT
Hospitals, medical research centers, and the like are supposed to represent health, but are often an unappealing and monolithic presence in the urban landscape. How can the form of health centers fall in line with their function?
The Brookings Institution
April 22, 2016, 8am PDT
A new report examines how high rents are shuttering businesses and stunting entrepreneurship, exploring six strategies used by cities to create an affordable built environment, where local businesses can thrive.
Institute for Local Self-Reliance
January 20, 2016, 10am PST
This past April, the Landmarks Law turned 50. Its legacy and impact has been inconsequential for shaping the urban environment.
January 19, 2016, 8am PST
One writer's view of the modern city goes negative. If our environment affects our happiness, surely we're all suffering from depression.
January 13, 2016, 5am PST
Internet access and digital skills unlock the Internet of Things (IoT). Applications such as telecommuting, virtual meetings, app-enabled public transport, smart cars, and smart logistics can curb emissions and create sustainable growth.
November 10, 2015, 6am PST
In a field that seems divided between aesthetes and the activists, landscape architects may be closest to reconciling the two trends.
The Architect's Newspaper
September 22, 2015, 9am PDT
Features like blank street facades literally turn us off, decreasing mental stimulation and bringing on restlessness and stress. Research points to worrying consequences for people who find their city, well, boring.
September 20, 2013, 5am PDT
Well designed environments assist our economy, wellbeing and happiness, says Sarah Wigglesworth. Yet money equals power in controlling the shape of built environment. She asserts that designers must act as leaders rather than slaves to their clients.
November 6, 2012, 12pm PST
Emily Badger examines the intersection of neuroscience and architecture, an emerging area of study that promises to produce environments that support and enhance our brain function.
June 26, 2012, 11am PDT
The Museum Tower in Dallas, a giant glass condominium, rears its ugly head as it reflects glaring light onto the site it was named after.
The Design Observer Group
April 25, 2012, 12pm PDT
Spencer Fleury looks into the contradictory nature of his hometown Detroit; as the city commonly praised for its car culture is now being crushed by it.
April 13, 2011, 5am PDT
New report out of Dartmouth College says America needs to build, to boost recovery and improve global competitiveness.
July 11, 2010, 9am PDT
Conrad deFiebre sums up the benefits of living in a walkable neighborhood, from improved health to improved wealth, both via higher property values and less of hard-earned dollars paid out to oil and car companies.
May 7, 2010, 7am PDT
Filmmaker Keiichi Matsuda imagines a future where augmented reality is everywhere, blanketing the built environment with advertising and interactive elements.
February 7, 2010, 7am PST
The latest news in the impact of the built environment on health: A new study says that children who live within 150 meters of congested roads have higher body mass indexes than kids that do not.
February 1, 2010, 7am PST
This piece from <em>Next American City</em> looks at health in New York City, and why the city's new health commissioner is looking at elevators, escalators and other subtleties of the built environment.
January 25, 2010, 11am PST
While cities may seem permanent, a group called Architecture 2030 claims that a majority of the buildings in cities today will be rebuilt by the year 2035.
November 23, 2009, 7am PST
This essay from <em>Places</em> offers five simple ways to make the world a better place -- and they're all related to the built environment.
October 20, 2009, 10am PDT
A photography show in 1975 is credited with changing the way artists looked at landscape, shifting towards looking at the built environment with a less romantic viewpoint. The original show is back on tour and opens at the LA County Museum of Art.