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I Look Up Film Challenge: Making water out of air

The second annual I Look Up Film Challenge is well underway. Teams across the country are hard at work using the power of film to shine a light on stories of innovative design. As the challenge rolls on, let’s take a break from the action to meet some of our participants in this blog series.  Participants: David 

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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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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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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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National Architecture Week 2016

AIA National Architecture Week is April 10 – 16. National Architecture Week is celebrated the week of Thomas Jefferson’s birthday, which is April 13th.  While not educated as an architect, Jefferson is the only U.S. president to be recognized for his architectural affinity.  National Architecture Week is a public awareness campaign dedicated to increasing attention 

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