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Feargus O'Sullivan

5 January 2021

Stockholm, Sweden

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The Street Moves initiative in Sweden is pushing local communities to become the designers of their own streets’ layouts and look at urban planning through the lens of the “one-minute city.” Through a public-private p...

BBC

Vittoria Traverso

16 September 2020

Paris, France

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Across the world, local governments and communities are looking for ways to draw boundaries that guide people's behavior towards social distancing. Although the perfect sign has yet to be determined, urban psychologis...

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Elissaveta M. Brandon

25 August 2020

Harlem, New York, United States

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PLAY NYC, a nonprofit in New York, is reviving a historic pop-up playground concept, which started over two decades ago, in order to increase children's access to playgrounds and physical activity. The concept is simp...

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Jared Brey

13 May 2020

South Bend, Indiana, United States

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An Indiana-based architect started a virtual camp for elementary school-aged girls focused on the lesser-known field of landscape architecture. The weekly virtual lessons work by explaining the career and concepts of ...

The Salt Lake Tribune

Heather May

9 March 2020

Kearns, Utah, United States

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To reduce greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to climate change and air pollution, Habitat for Humanity Salt Lake Valley is building airtight homes that will also reduce energy costs and be affordable for people ...

The New York Times

Patricia Leigh Brown

6 March 2020

Oakland, California, United States

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Deanna Van Buren and her nonprofit firm Designing Justice/Designing Spaces use architecture to advance social justice and criminal-justice-reform ideas, designing workplaces, meeting places, and homes nationwide found...

Colorado Trust

Daliah Singer

22 January 2020

Denver, Colorado, United States

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In Denver, Colorado, one homeless shelter is using trauma-informed design to make residents feel more at home and less likely to sleep outside. Architects building Sanderson Apartments considered past traumas when cho...

Nikkei Asian Review

Deepak Adhikari

15 December 2019

Kathmandu, Nepal

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A Nepalese company called Traditional Homes was formed in order to restore traditional Newari homes to prevent them from being demolished. The houses are by the indigenous Newar people of the Kathmandu Valley and boas...

The Economist

The Economist

14 November 2019

Antakya, Turkey

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After discovering historic artifacts on land preparing to become a hotel in Antakya, Turkey, owners chose to develop a combined hotel and history museum, a rare act of collaboration between preservationists and develo...

The New York Times

Alina Tugend

23 October 2019

Norfolk, Virginia, United States

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Coming to terms with the past requires reexamining the way we represent both history and art. The Chrysler Museum in Norfolk, VA, is on the forefront of correcting the absence of enslaved craftsmen in representations ...

KGTV-TV

Jennifer Kastner

26 September 2019

Santee, California, United States

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San Diego County’s Las Colinas Detention and Reentry Facility was redesigned to look less like a jail and more like a community. The newly designed facility prioritizes rehabilitation over punishment by providing educ...

BBC

Patrick Aryee

20 May 2019

Harare, Zimbabwe

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Buildings with permeable surfaces increase energy efficiency, mimicking natural structures. In Harare, Zimbabwe, the Eastgate Centre employs methods borrowed from termite mound construction to efficiently regulate the...

CityLab

Allison C. Meier

13 May 2019

New York, New York, United States

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As the monarch butterfly nears endangerment, cities across the US are integrating butterfly-friendly spaces into their urban environments. Such spaces reside in schools, firehouses, parks, and more, and they enable th...

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Vince Gerasole

8 May 2019

Chicago, Illinois, United States

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The focus on sound comes at a time when open kitchens and industrial hard-surface designs entice diners’ eyes, but might strain their ears.

Dezeen

India Block

13 April 2019

Mumbai, India

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A new cafe in Mumbai is made entirely of cardboard to showcase the material's structural stability and dynamism, as well as its environmental sustainability. Everything from walls to chairs, and tables to lampshades, ...

Vox

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Christophe Haubursin

12 April 2019

Halden, Norway

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Halden Prison in Norway has re-designed itself so that the look and feel of prison life isn’t an added punishment to restricted freedom. Designers took into consideration the role campus design plays in promoting or d...

CityLab

Sarah Holder

4 March 2019

District of Columbia, Washington, United States

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Gallaudet University has interior design and architecture built with the needs and preferences of people who are deaf or hard-of-hearing in mind. By analyzing the effects of lighting, color, space, and other design pr...

Model D

Dorothy Hernandez

18 December 2018

Detroit, Michigan, United States

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Artists around Detroit take steps to preserve historic landmarks and incorporate community input into the urban planning process. While the city is drastically changing, activists are slowly preserving places like mus...

CityLab

Tracey Lindeman

13 December 2018

Trondheim, Norway

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Powerhouse, a collective of architects, engineers, environmentalists, and designers based in Oslo, reimagines building design to address climate change. Not only are many of their structures energy-neutral, but they a...

Hyperallergic

Sara Rose Sharp

27 November 2018

Detroit, Michigan, United States

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The Ghana ThinkTank connects planners in the so-called “first world” to planners in the so-called “third world” to challenge notions of development and spread ideas from overlooked sources. For a recent project, plann...

CityLab

Tim Querengesser

7 November 2018

Calgary, Canada

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In Calgary, the new Central Library does more than just provide a beautiful space in which to read books. It also provides a place to access technology and acts as a connection space between the more and less affluent...

The Washington Post

Patricia Sullivan

17 October 2018

Blountstown, Florida, United States

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Small, cost-effective improvements to home construction were often the difference between houses that suffered small amounts of damage from Florida hurricanes and those that were destroyed. Knowing to ask for extra na...

NationSwell

Joseph Darius Jaafari

13 October 2018

Buffalo, New York, United States

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Buffalo uses its historic architecture to attract international visitors. The city offers tax credits to developers who remodel and renovate old buildings. The effort also helps attract young people back to the city.

Bright Magazine

Daisy Yuhas

2 October 2018

Copenhagen, Denmark

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A school near Copenhagen, Denmark utilizes a unique open floor plan - no walls and no separate classrooms - to help advance their mission of "personalized learning," a holistic approach to education that emphasizes st...

FastCompany

Katharine Schwab

28 September 2018

Mumbai, India

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At a factory in Mumbai, clever design and “resilient architecture” join together to form the “Concrete Void,” a space designed to hold water during India’s monsoon season. Rather than trying to keep the water out, the...

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