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Architects designing solutions that transform communities, large and small

Communities across the country are constantly changing. Often, that change brings tremendous challenges. The trials our communities face today are stark. Right now, every county in America is experiencing an affordable housing crisis, rising inequality that creates neighborhoods with chronic and acute poverty, and a climate crisis that threatens vulnerable populations across the country. Declining 

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Living Off The Water Grid

The people of Flint, Michigan, find themselves trapped in a web of finger pointing, bureaucracy and ineptitude over the disaster that is their lead-contaminated municipal water system. Sadly, Flint is not alone.  The Natural Resources Defense Council, in an extensive analysis published last month found that 18 million people in the United States were served 

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Rural Studio: A Story of Solutions

When homes caught fire in Newbern, Alabama, they often burned to the ground while residents stood by watching helplessly. With a population of 184, the small town in Hale County went 110 years without a single new public building—including a firehouse. Residents had to wait for help to arrive from neighboring towns. Rural Studio, a 

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