Building Design

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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

High-rise modern apartment buildings with green space in front courtyard with outdoor exercise equipment.

Architecture and the Housing Crisis

A new book brings architects into the housing discussion.

September 25, 2023 - Next City

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The Responsibility of the Building to the Street

Structural engineers are responsible for ensuring that buildings do not fall over. Mechanical engineers must ensure that people inside can breathe. But what responsibility do building designers have to the street outside?

February 16, 2023 - Tristan Cleveland


Washington Could Legalize Single-Staircase Buildings

Supporters of ‘point access blocks,’ which are common in Europe and other parts of the world, say the design maximizes living space and lowers the cost of construction.

February 8, 2023 - The Urbanist

Apartment staircase, Washington, D.C.

In Praise of Single-Staircase Construction

U.S. building codes mandate two staircases in multi-story buildings, but some argue this requirement reduces affordability and encourages wasteful, uninspired design.

January 2, 2022 - Slate

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How the 'Financialization of Housing' is Physically Changing Cities

The increasing investment value of real estate has led to tangible changes in the way buildings are designed and function, one author argues.

June 7, 2021 - Fast Company

City Bird

The Biggest Hazard to Birds in New York City—Buildings

In New York City, tens of thousands of birds die each year after colliding with buildings. Policy and design measures can make the city much safer for its feathered inhabitants.

October 7, 2019 - The City


As Cities Densify, New Building Design Strategies Keep Them Livable

Cities need to increase density, but the design of buildings can drastically affect people’s quality of life. Architects are using new tactics and tools to create innovative structures where light, air, and space are not compromised.

August 19, 2019 - Fast Company

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

Paris Trees

The World's Most Iconic Architecture, Brought to You By Taxes and Regulation

How many now-classic design features are actually tax-avoidance strategies?

February 16, 2018 - 99% Invisible

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Urban Design for Planners 1: Software Tools

This six-course series explores essential urban design concepts using open source software and equips planners with the tools they need to participate fully in the urban design process.

Planning for Universal Design

Learn the tools for implementing Universal Design in planning regulations.