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LA’s Abandoned Towers Loom as a “$1.2 Billion Ruin of Global Capital”

Oceanwide Plaza, shuttered mid-construction after its developer filed for bankruptcy, has stood vacant on prime Los Angeles real estate since 2019.

May 21, 2024 - The Architect's Newspaper

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Elevating the ‘Small Stuff’ in Urban Design

Chuck Wolfe recaps arguments in favor of increased attention to incidentals — from benches to bollards — in urban development practices.

April 4, 2024 - Resurgence: A Journey via Substack

Aerial view of Ohana mental health facility in Monterey, California with wavy silver roof.

Mental Health Facility Uses Design to Improve Outcomes

Far from the drab and claustrophobic mental health facilities of cinematic fame, Ohana aims to serve patients in an aesthetically soothing, nature-driven environment.

March 27, 2024 - Bloomberg CityLab

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Deconstructing Office-to-Residential Conversions in Seattle

In a two-part inquiry in GeekWire, Chuck Wolfe looks at clearing the path to office-to-residential conversions and the complex path beyond.

March 25, 2024 - GeekWire

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Video: How Tall Should Buildings Be?

Is there an ideal height — or should buildings be as tall as they need to be to fulfill housing needs?

February 29, 2024 - Next City

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5 Office Conversions Making Waves in 2024

Adaptive reuse projects are transforming underutilized office space into mixed-use hubs of housing and commerce.

February 27, 2024 - Smart Cities Dive

View from inside York House adaptive reuse building in London.

Adaptive Reuse: The Missing Piece to the Housing Puzzle?

Millions of square feet sit vacant while millions of Americans struggle to find affordable housing. Can reimagining our empty skyscrapers be the key to unlocking both solutions?

February 26, 2024 - Ricardo Brites

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Vernacular Architecture in the Era of Climate Change

We no longer have time for design that ignores the climate crisis. Building and community design must respond to this new context to successfully meet people’s needs.

February 5, 2024 - Corey Squire

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Office Conversions at Record High

The number of office-to-residential adaptive reuse projects in the works for 2024 is four times as high as in 2021.

January 25, 2024 - Building Design & Construction

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Let's Get Some Things Straight: ADA in America

The Planning Commission Podcast: Exploring Universal Design

January 23, 2024 - The Planning Commission Podcast

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How To Reduce Energy Use in Buildings

The cheapest energy is energy not used.

January 12, 2024 - Smart Cities Dive

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Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum Turns 100

The historic venue celebrates its 100th anniversary, marking a century of memorable moments that include two Summer Olympic Games.

January 8, 2024 - Los Angeles Sentinel

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Commentary: We Need to Build for Disaster, Not Simply Focus on Recovery

As the frequency and severity of weather events increases, building codes need to be adjusted to include resilience principles.

January 4, 2024 - Route Fifty

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All We Want for the Holidays is…

Here are a dozen timely gift ideas for creating better communities.

December 15, 2023 - Todd Litman

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How Design Can Help Mitigate Extreme Heat

To prepare for hotter summers, designers and architects can build resilience into the urban environment.

December 6, 2023 - Sheba Ross

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US Building Emissions are Growing

Green building standards and efficiency retrofits are not keeping up with energy demand, resulting in a net increase in greenhouse gas emissions from buildings.

November 30, 2023 - Smart Cities Dive

White round pillars in empty office building with windows across all walls and white floors and ceiling.

Study: Office Conversions One-Third More Affordable Than New Housing

Where conditions are right for office-to-residential adaptive reuse, projects can be completed faster and at a significantly lower cost than new construction.

November 21, 2023 - Smart Cities Dive

Large blue metal dumpster container in front of wood-frame house under construction.

Bringing Circularity to the Construction Industry

Using more recycled materials could dramatically reduce carbon emissions and waste from construction projects.

October 29, 2023 - Bloomberg CityLab

Photo of Goat Blocks development, Portland, Oregon with five-story brick building and wide concrete staircase.

Goat Blocks: A Blueprint for Urban Placemaking and Walkability

How one development harnesses placemaking tactics to build community at the street level.

October 26, 2023 - Jason Roberts

Green wall with floor or apartment numbers missing number 13, goes from 12 to 12 1/3 to 14 instead.

The Mystique of the 13th Floor: Superstitions, Sustainability, and the Future of Electrical Building Design

How engineers adapt a common superstition to maximize the utility of a stigmatized space.

October 13, 2023 - Johnathan Meade

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