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“Freespace” Venice Architecture Biennale Opens

"An occasion to celebrate the best of creative practice" –Yesomi Umolu Architects, designers and industry journalists from around the world convened in Venice for the press preview opening of the 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale during the last week of May....
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Albion Library Wins Top Ten COTE Award Celebrating Best in ‘Great Design + Great Performance’

The Library as a Walled Garden: How the COTE-award-winning Albion Library is helping its neighbors   Public libraries like Toronto’s award-winning Albion District Library are built to serve the communities that surround them, and in this case, a rainbow terracotta…
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Evelyn Lee at Grassroots '18, photo by Lora Teagarden.

2018 AIA Grassroots: Insights on Influence

The architect’s influence, civic engagement & other key impressions from the AIA Grassroots conference Editor’s Note: Architect and planner Stephen Parker, based out of SmithGroupJJR’s D.C. offices, is a community designer and advocate who writes about community-driven issues and equity….
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Central Saint Giles, designed by Renzo Piano, sets new facade standards with colorful NBK terracotta.

From High-Gloss to Hyper-Pigmented: The New Ways Architects Are Using Terracotta Façades

Architizer + NBK Terracotta explain the ins and outs of designing with terracotta Terracotta, an ancient building material once suited to adorn the Babylonians’ palaces and temples, is a buzzworthy, customizable and durable façade option. Architizer describes the long, sustainable…
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Shells have stiffness because of their shape, so they’re very efficient and can achieve very light and delicate structures.

Form Follows Function: The Beauty of Structural Shells with SOM Engineer Toby Mitchell

This article is part of our coverage of the Chicago Architecture Biennial, a curated series of design exhibits across the Windy City that make up North America’s largest architecture festival. The exhibit “SOM: engineering X [art + architecture],” presented the…
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The Biennial's opening week party

Historic Chicago Cultural Center anchors Chicago Architecture Biennial

1-on-1 with Jamey Lundblad, CMO of Chicago’s Dept. of Cultural Affairs & Special Events During the four-month run of the Chicago Architecture Biennial, the Chicago Cultural Center has housed the main exhibition, with architectural models, sketches, and historic photographs. Beneath the Center’s…
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This Archtober, architects, journalists & design fans joined an AIA-sponsored tour of historic Battery Park

The Reinvention of a Carousel – and The Battery

Archtober Walking Tour Reveals Gems of Architecture and Urban Planning By Paul Hagar A recent AIA-sponsored walking tour of Battery Park highlighted a historic, picturesque link between New York Harbor and the continuing rejuvenation of Lower Manhattan. Focused on the…
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WIELD marked a day fully dedicated to inspiring both women and men to push for change in the workplace.

Women Inspiring Emerging Leaders in Design: Key Lessons from the Conference

Female leaders “wielded” stories of empowerment, encouraging young architects to strive for equity & pay it forward Live reporting by Stephen Parker, a D.C.-based architect with Smith Group JJR, and the AIA’s Young Architects Forum Advocacy Director. “We stand on the shoulders of…
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The Architecture & Design Film Festival engages architects & design aficionados from Seoul to NYC.

From Seoul to NYC, Architecture & Design Film Fest seeks to inspire design-conscious crowds

“Good architecture opens up possibilities, makes life richer and deeper” – “Coast Modern” film The Architecture & Design Film Festival kicked off in New York this month, celebrating a curated selection of themed movies, events and discussions. It’s been nearly…
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1-on-1 with the entrepreneurial architect who founded Architecture & Design Film Festival

1-on-1 with the entrepreneurial architect who founded Architecture & Design Film Festival

Architecture & Design Film Festival Hits New York Nov. 1 – 5 “At the end of the day, if society has a better sense of architecture and design, then as architects and designers, we’ll make better design,” says the entrepreneurial…
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