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A calm sense of serenity, along with an abject desire for meditation, inner discovery, and spirituality, is what best defines Zen gardens. Inspired by the minimalist gardens of age-old Buddhist and Chinese traditions, Zen gardens have slowly but surely permeated into all forms of Japanese cultural space. Minimalism is the key design factor here. A […]

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Washington, DC (November 15, 2017)—For decades, collaborative design has helped enliven neighborhoods and promote racial, economic, and social justice. But in an era marked by climate change, growing income inequality, and major advances in technology, designers are acknowledging the limitations of public forums and other conventional methods of community engagement. Edited by six leaders in […]

The post Design as Democracy | Techniques for Collective Creativity appeared first on Architecture Lab.

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Washington, DC (August 24, 2018)—A new urban model is emerging worldwide to address the realities of climate change. Cities today produce 70 percent of the world’s greenhouse gases, which has pushed forward-thinking cities to develop waves of innovations—new policies, programs, tools, business models, and more—to aggressively tackle these realities. In Life After Carbon. The Next […]

The post Life After Carbon | The Next Global Transformation of Cities appeared first on Architecture Lab.

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Washington, DC (May 7, 2019)—As long as downtowns thrive, we can be certain of a prosperous and thrilling future for the American city. Some downtowns, including Uptown Houston and Atlanta’s Buckhead, have never stopped thriving. Others, such as downtown Detroit, have been in decline for half a century. A third trajectory includes downtowns such as […]

The post The Heart of the City | Creating Vibrant Downtowns for a New Century appeared first on Architecture Lab.

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Washington, DC (November 20, 2017)—Cities across the globe have been designed with a primary goal of moving people around quickly—and the costs are becoming ever more apparent. The consequences are measured in smoggy air basins, sprawling suburbs, a failure to stem traffic congestion, and 1.25 million traffic fatalities each year. It is clear that change […]

The post Beyond Mobility | Planning Cities for People and Places appeared first on Architecture Lab.

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Washington, DC (April 18, 2018)—Town halls and other traditional methods of community engagement are failing vulnerable communities, where power imbalances, structural racism, and classism discourage resident participation. At the same time, poor people of color are more likely to be criminalized than their white counterparts for engaging in guerilla urbanism to directly affect change. In […]

The post Resilience for All | Striving for Equity Through Community-Driven Design appeared first on Architecture Lab.

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Washington, DC (September 12, 2017)—Resilience is often conflated with climate change adaptation and infrastructure, but this oversimplification may be limiting our ability to overcome the complex challenges facing our global community. The failure of international efforts to surmount problems of environmental degradation, fossil fuel dependence, economic inequality, and persistent social injustice mean that resilience-building efforts […]

The post The Community Resilience Reader | Essential Resources for an Era of Upheaval appeared first on Architecture Lab.

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Washington, DC (August 31, 2017)—Well-designed spaces are not just a matter of taste or a question of aesthetics; they literally shape our ideas about who we are and what we deserve. Design impacts our health, our education, our community, our sense of self-worth, and more, yet all-too-often design is viewed as a luxury. To address […]

The post Design for Good | A New Era of Architecture for Everyone appeared first on Architecture Lab.

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Washington, DC (November 20, 2018)—The memory of devastating flooding from Superstorm Sandy, Hurricane Harvey, Hurricane Florence, and other disasters are fresh in our nation’s consciousness. Today in Miami, even on sunny days, king tides bring fish swimming through the streets in low-lying areas. With the threat of sea level rise increasingly more evident, flood-management infrastructure […]

The post Adapting Cities to Sea Level Rise – Green and Gray Strategies appeared first on Architecture Lab.

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Washington, DC (March 8, 2019)—Plastics have transformed every aspect of our lives. Yet the very properties that make them attractive—they are cheap to make, light, and durable— spell disaster when trash makes its way into the environment. Recent bans on single-use straws and bags have increased awareness of this issue. But, for most people, the […]

The post Plastic Soup | An Atlas of Ocean Pollution appeared first on Architecture Lab.

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