2015 AIA Education Facility Design Award; Architect: CO Architects with Ayers Saint Gross. Photo:  Bill Timmerman.

The architecture that keeps us safe

 By Elizabeth Evitts Dickinson Today, society continues to debate the role that architecture should play when it comes to security. There’s an abundance of abysmal examples: buildings buttressed by jersey walls, metal spikes, barbed wire, bars, and berms or surrounded by a phalanx of security; defensive architecture designed to function like a fortress or retrofitted 

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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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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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How architects’ design-thinking improves our health

Our country is in the middle of public health crisis that affects more than a third of all adults, 17 percent of our children, and nearly 8 million individuals unwittingly. The crisis is obesity and diabetes. We all know this health crisis stems from a lack of exercise and poor access to quality foods. Architects, 

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How Architects Can Fight Urban Food Deserts

One great paradox of America’s public health crisis is that in many urban communities, where food deserts limit access to affordable healthy food options, obesity rates are rising. Why is that? Inner cities and urban neighborhoods offer parks, playgrounds and public transportation; they feature smaller blocks with streets that supposedly encourage walking. And yet, obesity 

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