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An Investment in Preparedness

Sherry-Lea Bloodworth-Botop | Posted 10.01.2015 | Green
Sherry-Lea Bloodworth-Botop

This week, at the Clinton Global Initiative's (CGI) Annual meeting in New York, we are unveiling our first annual report: In Flux: Community Design for Change, Chance and Opportunity, a compendium of NRI activities for the past year.

10 Years After Katrina -- A Roadmap to a More Resilient Gulf Coast

Sherry-Lea Bloodworth-Botop | Posted 08.26.2015 | Green
Sherry-Lea Bloodworth-Botop

On the eve of the 10-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, and as direct participants in its aftermath and recovery, it's important to look back and chronicle the lessons the country has learned -- and how much it has yet to understand about how to recover from such disasters.

Sand-Castles: Not for Kids Only

Randee Mia Berman | Posted 08.19.2015 | Arts
Randee Mia Berman

Then there's the sand castle. Yup, we all remember our childhood trips to the beach, schlepping pails down to the water's edge, digging tunnels, moats and towers like the ones in Sleeping Beauty and Snow White, imagining ourselves soldiers defending the fort, or princesses up on the balcony being rescued by the prince.

A Resilient Approach to Disaster Recovery

Sherry-Lea Bloodworth-Botop | Posted 07.16.2015 | Green
Sherry-Lea Bloodworth-Botop

An oft-cited obstacle we see in work like this is the significant lag time between stabilizing a disaster-stricken area through emergency humanitarian response and the implementing of viable recovery programs which return a sense of normalcy to those affected.

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...

The Cure for What Ails You? Good Design

Robert Ivy, FAIA | Posted 12.09.2014 | Healthy Living
Robert Ivy, FAIA

In the last 10 years, we have accepted that healthy places are sustainable places, that the optimal building of this century will be one that minimizes its ecological footprint while promoting human health and well being.

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.

The 10 Most Sustainable Architecture Projects In The U.S.

2012-02-16-archdailyreal.jpg | Posted 06.27.2014 | Arts

By Karissa Rosenfield (Read the original story here) In honor of Earth Day, we have complied a preview of the top ten most sustainable exemp...

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.

Sexism in Architecture: The Path Still Taken?

Neil B. Chambers | Posted 04.09.2014 | Business
Neil B. Chambers

I don't think about wage disparities in social-conscious and creative professions like architecture. But according to a survey by Architects Journal on Women in Architecture, Don Draper could as easily be an architect as he is a advertising executive.

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...

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.

Rising from Tragedy

2012-02-16-archdailyreal.jpg | Posted 06.14.2012 | Home

1 World Trade Center rendering © SOM / dbox studio National Building Museum and Metropolis Magazine contributor Andrew Caruso takes you “ins...

PHOTOS: Are These Florida's 100 Greatest Buildings?

The Huffington Post | Christiana Lilly | Posted 05.09.2012 | Miami

To celebrate its 100th anniversary, the Florida branch of the American Institute of Architects is hosting a vote to pick the best in Sunshine State ar...

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.

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.