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Allez Design! NYC's Iron Designer

With the Hearst Tower and the New York Times Building gleaming in the distance, the inaugural Iron Designer Challenge was held on the rooftop at the Urban Assembly School of Design and Construction (SDC) last week. The challenge? To build a full-scale emergency shelter in three hours and in front of a live audience.
June 22, 2010
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A Common Boston

If you're in the Northeast this upcoming week, you might want to swing by Common Boston, Boston's fourth annual week of celebrating architecture and urban spaces. Focusing all the city's design energy at a number of "common points" on the neighborhood level, Common Boston is a little bit different from all the other Salones and ICFFs around the world. I wanted to find out why, so over two cups of tea at Toscanini's, I caught up with Justin Crane, budding architect and co-founder/co-chair of New England's biggest design festival.
June 15, 2010
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Boston in Your Hands

The latest Play Date at Boston's Institute of Contemporary Art was held last weekend, to much applause and hands-on revelry in the spirit of planning. Titled 'Design a City: Boston In Your Hands' and conducted by urban planner James Rojas, the event invited families and children to envision the city's future by manipulating the built environment through recycled objects.
June 9, 2010
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Mona El Khafif: Design Build

In 2006, architect and urban planner Mona El Khafif traded Vienna's wiener schnitzel for beignets in the Big Easy to teach at Tulane University's URBANbuild program. Now an associate professor of architecture and urban design at the California College of the Arts, El Khafif leads the school's URBANlab design-build program. "It's really important for students to be exposed to the outside world," she says. Here, she talks with associate editor Miyoko Ohtake about working at design-build programs and URBANlab's current project: designing a Pavement to Parks site in San Francisco.
March 22, 2010
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"I Live in an I. M. Pei"

We return to our "I Live in a _____" series to glimpse inside another unconventional campus living space, this time at Princeton University.  Built in 1973 out of prefabricated concrete, Spelman Hall by I. M. Pei stands out as a late midcentury modernist interloper on Princeton's gothic, ivy-laden campus.  After the snow settled in Central New Jersey, philosophy major Jason Yun shared with us a peek inside its walls, as well as his own thoughts about life in one of its eight distinct triangular wedges.
February 13, 2010
"Panel 1 - Social Abstraction"
Elements of George Nelson's "Struc Tube" (1948), reconstructed by Beck in 2006.

Panel 2 at Arthur Ross

Panel 2, Martin Beck's new exhibition at Columbia University's Arthur Ross Architecture Gallery, revisits the 1970 International Design Conference in Aspen (IDCA) to ask how design might influence democracy. Everyone seems to have a different answer.
December 8, 2009
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Nicolas Henchoz and EPFL + ECAL Lab

Picked as one of our favorite international design schools in the December/January 2010 issue, EPFL + ECAL Lab in Lausanne, Switzerland, is a new program that marries the design know-how of the University of Art and Design Lausanne (ECAL) and the engineering prowess of the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL).
November 19, 2009
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Miguel Nelson of Woolly Pocket

The path to a better world isn't through pavers but via plants, says artist and Woolly Pocket founder Miguel Nelson. "I love architecture but I think if everyone was gardening instead of building, things would be better. I think we were put on Earth to garden."
November 5, 2009
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The Wild Beast by Hodgetts + Fung

Los Angeles–based architects Craig Hodgetts and Ming Fung of Hodgetts + Fung Design and Architecture created a music pavilion for the Herb Alpert School of Music at the California Institute of the Arts in Valencia, California. In addition to accommodating the need for additional musical performance space, the pair took the opportunity to make a bold architectural statement at the same time.
November 2, 2009