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The 10 Best Housing Designs Of 2015, According To Architects

The Huffington Post | Carly Ledbetter | Posted 04.22.2015 | HuffPost Home

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) announced the winners of its annual 2015 Housing Awards on Wednesday, and the designs are absolutely stunni...

Renovating a Wave of Midcentury Moderns

J. Michael Welton | Posted 04.06.2015 | Arts
J. Michael Welton

Architect John Klopf is hanging ten on a surging wave of midcentury modern home restorations in California.

Architecture at the End of the World

Lance Hosey | Posted 07.12.2014 | Green
Lance Hosey

The end is near! Or so it seems. In mid-March, a University of Maryland study concluded that civilization is racing toward collapse, due to extreme economic inequality and over-consumption of resources stretching the earth's carrying capacity.

Why Cities Are Smarter

Lance Hosey | Posted 05.06.2014 | Green
Lance Hosey

Urbanization is happening rapidly. Globally today, for the first time ever, more people live in cities than anywhere else.

Healthy Living Choices -- By Design

Robert Ivy, FAIA | Posted 04.15.2014 | Healthy Living
Robert Ivy, FAIA

We are all products of the world we live in. To the extent we can shape that world -- and that is both the calling and the responsibility of architects and urban planners -- we should do so in ways that facilitate good health and well-being.

The Open-Office Backlash

Lance Hosey | Posted 03.24.2014 | Green
Lance Hosey

Beyond saving energy and money, the psychological effect of bringing in more of the outdoors is possibly the single biggest benefit of open offices. Ten percent of absences can be attributed to having no view of the outside.

Stop Building. Now.

Lance Hosey | Posted 01.23.2014 | Green
Lance Hosey

Buildings use more energy than any other single industry, accounting for half of all energy and three quarters of electricity consumed in this country.

Hurricane Sandy -- One Year Later

Mickey Jacob | Posted 12.29.2013 | Impact
Mickey Jacob

In the last few years, strong, devastating storms are seemingly becoming the rule, rather than the exception. We see above-normal numbers of "super storms" forming and wreaking havoc across the globe.

Material Justice

Lance Hosey | Posted 10.04.2013 | Green
Lance Hosey

The U.S. already imports much of its construction materials and products, including a quarter of all steel and cement, but typically it comes from industrialized nations, such as Germany. Why not target sources that desperately need the support?

The Healthy Materials Myth

Lance Hosey | Posted 09.30.2013 | Green
Lance Hosey

All these efforts are signs of significant progress. But they also raise a big question: Does taking the toxic chemicals out of a material really make it "healthy"?

Why More Women in This Field Is Good for the Environment

Lance Hosey | Posted 08.20.2013 | Women
Lance Hosey

By virtually every measure, women are smarter about and better for the environment. How does this affect architecture?

A Better Standard of Better Design

Lance Hosey | Posted 07.23.2013 | Green
Lance Hosey

Over the past decade the LEED rating system has cut annual carbon emissions by 9.4 million tons -- the equivalent of taking 1.5 million cars off the road. Such numbers show real progress. But there's one problem: Many of these buildings aren't doing as well as expected.

Rethinking The Riverfront: Choose Your Favorite Design

Posted 12.31.2012 | Detroit

A prestigious organization of architects wants public input on an effort to re-envision Detroit's riverfront. The Detroit chapter of American Ins...

A New York Tour of Modern Homes (PHOTOS)

J. Michael Welton | Posted 10.03.2012 | Arts
J. Michael Welton

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Channeling Wright at the Guggenheim

J. Michael Welton | Posted 08.20.2012 | Arts
J. Michael Welton

The assignment was nothing if not formidable: Create a new restaurant inside Frank Lloyd Wright's crowning achievement on Fifth Avenue in New York.

A Year in Haiti: Wrapping it Up

Stacey McMahan | Posted 01.23.2012 | Impact
Stacey McMahan

Five schools were selected and are under construction. This sounds easy but there were challenges at every phase, idea, and decision we tried to implement.

Santo: A New Community at Haiti's Earthquake Epicenter

Stacey McMahan | Posted 12.03.2011 | Impact
Stacey McMahan

Planned communities seem to be the panacea for Haiti's housing shortage, but developing a successful planned community is tricky.

Dan Froomkin

Military Spending Costs Jobs, Doesn't Create Them, Anti-War Group Says

HuffingtonPost.com | Dan Froomkin | Posted 11.12.2011 | Politics

The nation's biggest military contractors are descending on Capitol Hill this week to lobby against potential defense spending cuts they warn would pr...

Clean Water in the Face of Cholera

Stacey McMahan | Posted 11.08.2011 | Impact
Stacey McMahan

In a country where cholera has gained a foothold, it's essential to provide for clean water within each construction project, and to also do so in crowded urban areas where traditional water sources are polluted.

Constructing a Safer Haiti

Stacey McMahan | Posted 10.15.2011 | Impact
Stacey McMahan

Recovery in Haiti will continue for decades, properly implementing education on safe structures are just the first steps down the long path.

Barbie Gets An Eco-Friendly Dream House

The Huffington Post | Tara Kelly | Posted 10.07.2011 | Green

With a collection of hot pink sports cars and her endless wardrobe, Barbie is a far cry from a sustainability role model. But now it looks like she...

Taking the First Steps Toward Progress

Stacey McMahan | Posted 09.13.2011 | Impact
Stacey McMahan

The CNIAH's resurrection and role in helping to revitalize Haiti is an important step toward a sustainable and stable recovery after the devastating earthquake.

PHOTOS: $14 Million Ray Kappe Design In Brentwood

The Huffington Post | Lucy Blodgett | Posted 07.08.2011 | Los Angeles

Ray Kappe's Brentwood architectural has been listed and re-listed since late 2008, and it's on the market again with a price tag of $14 million. With ...

Can NYC Achieve Carbon Neutrality By 2030?

Jacob Slevin | Posted 06.21.2011 | Arts
Jacob Slevin

Ed Mazria is a preeminent leader in sustainable design. He closed his practice in 2006 to start Architecture 2030, a nonprofit that challenges designers to achieve carbon neutrality in buildings by 2030.

A Year in Haiti: Education and Rebuilding

Stacey McMahan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Stacey McMahan

As it stands, we're building the bridge in Haiti as we walk across, but our work is essential and is making a difference -- one safe building at a time.