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A Designer in Italy: Highlights from Milan Design Week

A Designer in Italy: Highlights from Milan Design Week

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In early April I crossed the Atlantic to attend this year’s annual Design Week in Milan. It didn’t take much convincing when I first shared the idea with Mark.

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David Easton – 45 Years of Rammed Earth

David Easton – 45 Years of Rammed Earth

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Building materials and resilience are intrinsically linked. Rammed earth is perhaps the longest-enduring building material.

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Steven Miller: The Next Big Thing

Steven Miller: The Next Big Thing

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“There’s an assumption of durability for architecture. Interior design is more temporal, focusing on subliminal cues in the built environment. It’s not about following a formula. Rigor isn’t clear unless it’s opposing chaos. Anything can be beautiful – in the right hands.”

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Earthen Construction as Earthquake Relief: A Case Study in Rebuilding a Rural Nepali Community

Earthen Construction as Earthquake Relief: A Case Study in Rebuilding a Rural Nepali Community

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“We could never have understood local needs without growing closer to the villagers themselves. Over time, they gave us insight into the most pressing issues of their community.”

– Oliver Atwood

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An Urban Experiment in Northwest Arkansas

An Urban Experiment in Northwest Arkansas

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There’s a bold plan afoot to transform Bentonville, AR from a rural business hub into an international, cosmopolitan destination. (Image is from one of the competition winners, Kevin Daly Architects)

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Structural-Architectural Integration

Structural-Architectural Integration

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Using 3D visualization tools and other methods, one design team worked out a cost saving of $220K without sacrificing the building’s structural integrity.

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Arcosanti: Why?

Arcosanti: Why?

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“It’s legendary within urban planning and architecture as a utopian idea… and yet it seemed sad. A failed experiment. It’s romantically inspired, but It’s not an appropriate response to the climate. Unlike the original Pueblo settlements, it’s not self-sufficient.” (Images: Mark English)

– Mark English, AIA

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Minnesota Street Project: Ecosystem for the Arts

Minnesota Street Project: Ecosystem for the Arts

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“If we don’t do something soon, there won’t be an arts community in San Francisco at all. It’ll become a city of millionaires and homeless people.”

– Andy Rappaport, co-founder

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