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National premiere on public television: April 2014.

Architecture and Psychology

How can design affect emotional well-being? Read about a collaboration between an architect and a psychologist that seeks to answer that question. In the introduction to their book, Space & Psyche, architect Elizabeth Danze and Dr. Stephen Sonnenberg write: Buildings are...
Posted On 03 Jun 2014

Retail Buzz: Apples to Apples

Apple has been making headlines lately, which is hardly surprising — although in this case we’re not referring to the highly anticipated iPhone 6 or the company’s purchase of Beats Audio and Beats Electronics. The tech giant has had the design and tech worlds talking since...
Posted On 29 May 2014
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Exhibit: Designing for Disaster, National Building Museum

April 2014 represented the largest tornado outbreak in U.S. history, with a record-breaking 190 of them touching down within a 24-hour period on April 27, according to Weather Underground. Further, natural disasters were reported to have caused $192 billion in damage worldwide —...

School’s IN for Summer

If you haven’t been paying attention in class lately, you may have missed the fact that online education hasn’t just rapidly gained in popularity — it’s created a virtual paradigm shift in the university model, as one New York Times article notes. In short, MOOCs (massive open...

Full Cool Spaces! Segment: Barclays Center, by SHoP Architects

Watch a complete 18-minute segment from the Cool Spaces! show: Barclays Center, by SHoP Architects. Why does Barclays look and function the way it does? What did developer Bruce Ratner hope to accomplish — and how did SHoP make it a reality? Learn more about this compelling...
Posted On 23 May 2014

Documentary: The Competition

You might think that when an architect achieves a high level of public recognition — when the word “starchitect” starts appearing in articles about them — that things are easier for the designer and his or her firm. Not so, as the new documentary The Competition...
Posted On 21 May 2014
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Carmakers Explore Residential Architecture

Automobiles are inextricably connected with the idea of home, so it makes sense to learn that carmakers are getting into domestic architecture. General Motors‘ Detroit-Hamtramck assembly plant is collaborating with the Michigan Urban Farming Initiative on turning a shipping...
Posted On 13 May 2014
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Can Architecture Change the World?

We’ll admit it: this is a loaded question that can’t possibly be answered fully in the short space we have here. However, it’s one worth asking because of the core values that the next generation of designers and architects possess that will guide them in shaping the built...

GSA’s Design Excellence Program Reaches Two Decades

This year marks the 20th anniversary of the General Services Administration‘s Design Excellence Program. That’s right: Uncle Sam does pay some attention to good architecture, interior design, and landscapes. Since 2000, the agency has held biennial awards to celebrate...
Posted On 01 May 2014
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The ’64 World’s Fair in NYC, 50 Years Later

April marks the 50th anniversary of the 1964 New York World’s Fair, held in Queens’ Flushing Meadows-Corona Park. At the time, the landmark event offered nearly 51 million visitors a glimpse into the future of technology — in some cases a rather accurate one at that (Skype,...