public engagement

The Myths (and Truths) About Out of Town Experts

04.20.2017

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Planners, architects and designers – whether local or out of town – need to engage the community first before offering up solutions.

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Planners, architects and designers – whether local or out of town – need to engage the community first before offering up solutions.

Donald Trump as Architecture’s Nightmare Client

08.02.2016

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Not since Thomas Jefferson has there been a presidential candidate more involved in designing and building structures than the Republican nominee.

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Not since Thomas Jefferson has there been a presidential candidate more involved in designing and building structures than the Republican nominee.

Watching the George Lucas Fiasco from the Cheap Seats

06.28.2016

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In the face of considerable opposition, a relentless civic organization, a pesky lawsuit, and a sympathetic judge, the legendary filmmaker has decided to pull his Museum of Narrative Art out of Chicago.

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In the face of considerable opposition, a relentless civic organization, a pesky lawsuit, and a sympathetic judge, the legendary filmmaker has decided to pull his Museum of Narrative Art out of Chicago.

When Intellectual Diversity Mattered

06.21.2016

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Cornell’s architecture school in the 1970s wasn’t a particularly diverse place, but it was open to different ideas about the profession.

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Cornell’s architecture school in the 1970s wasn’t a particularly diverse place, but it was open to different ideas about the profession.

Donald Trump and the Rage Against Robots

06.16.2016

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For all of its insanity, buffoonery, cluelessness, bigotry and narcissism, Trump’s candidacy is tapping into something else besides racism and xenophobia: Economic displacement.

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For all of its insanity, buffoonery, cluelessness, bigotry and narcissism, Trump’s candidacy is tapping into something else besides racism and xenophobia: Economic displacement.

Why Was Rem Koolhaas’ AIA Speech Not Widely Covered?

06.09.2016

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There was a time, not too long ago, when a Koolhaas speech given to thousands of his fellow architects would constitute news. At least in the architecture press. Apparently, that time is not now.

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There was a time, not too long ago, when a Koolhaas speech given to thousands of his fellow architects would constitute news. At least in the architecture press. Apparently, that time is not now.

Calling For An End to Architecture’s Style Wars

05.31.2016

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“Architecture has a serious problem today in that people who are not alike don’t communicate,” Rem Koolhaas said, speaking at the American Institute of Architects recent convention. ‘I’m actually more interested in communicating with people I disagree with than people I agree with.”

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“Architecture has a serious problem today in that people who are not alike don’t communicate,” Rem Koolhaas said, speaking at the American Institute of Architects recent convention. ‘I’m actually more interested in communicating with people I disagree with than people I agree with.”

What Jane Jacobs Missed

05.12.2016

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She profoundly shaped our view of the city, but often overlooked the big systems that make city life possible.

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She profoundly shaped our view of the city, but often overlooked the big systems that make city life possible.

Will Architecture Have Its Donald Trump Moment?

05.09.2016

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There are two architectures. Not officially, yet, but the perception is real and growing that there is an architectural apartheid. There is an “inside” and an “outside.”

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There are two architectures. Not officially, yet, but the perception is real and growing that there is an architectural apartheid. There is an “inside” and an “outside.”

Richard Florida on the Enduring Legacy of Jane Jacobs

05.02.2016

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In celebration of the Jacobs centennial, the noted urbanist and author talks about the legend, their close relationship in her later years, and her lasting influence on his work.

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In celebration of the Jacobs centennial, the noted urbanist and author talks about the legend, their close relationship in her later years, and her lasting influence on his work.

It’s National Architecture Week!

04.13.2016

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Instead of spending money on what is essentially a branding effort, what if the AIA organized a national education program aimed at the primary schools?

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Instead of spending money on what is essentially a branding effort, what if the AIA organized a national education program aimed at the primary schools?

A Modest Proposal

03.17.2016

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Shouldn’t architecture school projects actually be required to deal with the real challenges of architecture?

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Shouldn’t architecture school projects actually be required to deal with the real challenges of architecture?

Cab Drivers: The Ultimate Architecture Critics

02.24.2016

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Every day they pass thousands of houses, hospitals, churches, and schools, so it’s no wonder many of them have strong opinions about the kinds of buildings they like. They may be one of the built environment’s most authentic focus groups.

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Every day they pass thousands of houses, hospitals, churches, and schools, so it’s no wonder many of them have strong opinions about the kinds of buildings they like. They may be one of the built environment’s most authentic focus groups.

The Trouble with Architecture

11.18.2015

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The profession is chronically disconnected from the public it’s supposed to serve. It’s time to rediscover some lost design tools and learn the value of authentic engagement.

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The profession is chronically disconnected from the public it’s supposed to serve. It’s time to rediscover some lost design tools and learn the value of authentic engagement.

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