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The Missing 13th Floor: How Ancient Fears Influence Modern Architecture

If you’ve ever looked closely at the elevator panel of a high-rise hotel or residential building, you’ve likely noticed something missing: a button for the 13th floor.

January 13, 2023 - Diana Ionescu

Washington D.C. - The National Mall

What Is the City Beautiful Movement?

Known for grand buildings and sweeping green spaces, the City Beautiful movement combined philosophy and architecture into a powerful planning ideology that still drives urban design into the present day.

December 2, 2021 - Diana Ionescu

17th Street, Denver, Colorado

Improving Housing Through Trauma-Informed Design

A growing awareness of the link between the built environment and mental health has led some designers to examine the ways we can make housing feel more safe and welcoming for vulnerable populations.

October 27, 2021 - NextCity

Washington, D.C. Historic District

Balancing Aesthetics and Affordability

Policies too narrowly focused on design can drive up the cost of construction and prevent the development of affordable housing.

April 20, 2021 - Slate

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The Race Barriers of American Cities

The United States has a long and insidious history of erecting structures to control the movements of African Americans in urban and suburban spaces.

December 9, 2020 - Places Journal


Interior Architects and Designers Decide the Fate of the Traditional Office Space

Coronavirus-mitigating design interventions make their debut indoors as interior architects and designers ponder the possibilities for traditional office spaces.

September 2, 2020 - Chicago Tribune

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Empowering Architects to Reduce Carbon Emissions

Stephanie Carlisle, a principal at Philadelphia architecture firm KieranTimberlake, discusses the need for a toolkit of decarbonization strategies that designers can use for all design efforts, "not just the fancy projects or the unique projects."

January 3, 2020 - The Architectural League of New York

New Hampshire

To Reduce Carbon Emissions, Focus on Existing Buildings

Architects are uniquely positioned to reduce global warming, argues the CEO of Urban Green Council—but first they need to rethink their role.

November 18, 2019 - The Architectural League of New York

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The Fascinating Transformation of Suburban Architecture

The metamorphoses of suburban commercial buildings reflect a story of the urban landscape waiting to be told.

March 25, 2019 - The American Conservative

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Atlanta’s Planning Commissioner Won’t Tolerate Bad Design Any Longer

Tim Keane says quality design isn’t negotiable and developers need to aim higher.

December 23, 2018 - SaportaReport

The Grand Bayway

A Showcase of Innovative Climate Change and Resiliency Design Projects

A competition in the San Francisco Bay Area highlights projects considering new ways to design for impending environmental changes.

September 15, 2018 - San Francisco Chronicle

Rural Studio’s 20K Homes and the Complexities of Affordable Housing

A research program at Auburn University in Alabama seeks to go national, but experience from the program’s evolution means a cautious move forward.

August 28, 2018 - Dwell

Woman Computer

Op-Ed: Pay Equity in Architecture Is Just a Math Problem

Unlike other measures of value, writes Jeanne Gang, pay is a number. And that should make it easy for architecture firms to address any existing wage gaps.

July 26, 2018 - Fast Company

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Wendy's Smaller Restaurants to Serve Drive-Thru Customers

Wendy's has been updating the look and design of their restaurants since last year, but now a new layout will shrink the footprint and add efficiency to the fast food spot.

May 23, 2018 - Forbes

The Station at Potomac Yard

Confusing Architectural Tastes for Moral Judgement

Kate Wagner argues that moral arguments about what kind of architecture is fitting, can stand in the way of good planning.

April 19, 2018 - Common Edge


Design Media's Disguised Sexism Called Out

A planner who used vulgar terms to complain about an article on the subject of a "female approach to development" gets schooled about #TimesUp.

February 13, 2018 - UrbDeZine

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What Jail Can't Do

Frank Greene and Kenneth Ricci discuss the changing paradigms of half a century of justice architecture and what we should ask — and expect — from courts and jails.

December 12, 2017 - Urban Omnibus

Reimagining the Spaces Under Chicago's Skyway

UIC architecture students competed to design improvements for the spaces under Chicago's South Side "Skyway," which carries drivers from the city to and from Northwest Indiana.

May 30, 2017 - Chi.Streetsblog

Colorado Homes

Denver Residents Voice Aesthetic Concerns Over New Housing Developments

The Denver FUGLY Facebook page makes the case that developers are building too many boring tan and rust-colored buildings in Greater Denver.

March 16, 2017 - CityLab


Crumbling Of Democracy Bodes Ill For Urban Design

Ironically, some of the greatest architecture of the past came from the most nefarious of sources: monarchies and dictatorships. Democratic design, though, can be bland and generic. What of design in our new undemocratic age?

March 13, 2017 - Common Edge

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