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“It embodies our humility as a nation and the humility we expect of our elected representatives.”
For Architectural Digest, by Hadley Keller. President Trump may have chosen to ignore pleas for reason, science, and global
"Good housing is a sanctuary for the human spirit."
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.
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.
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.
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.
6. Winner, Multifamily Living: Broadway Affordable Housing; Santa Monica, California. 5. Winner, Multifamily Living: Bayview
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.
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.
10. Wayne N. Aspinall Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse: Grand Junction, Colorado / Westlake Reed Leskosky with The Beck
Urbanization is happening rapidly. Globally today, for the first time ever, more people live in cities than anywhere else.
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.
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.
Buildings use more energy than any other single industry, accounting for half of all energy and three quarters of electricity consumed in this country.
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.
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?