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Housing and the 99 Percent

FEATURED THIS WEEK : JONATHAN MASSEY

Housing and the 99 Percent

Occupy Wall Street and We Are the 99 Percent have spread rapidly, capturing and personifying the national unease about deepening economic inequality and the waning of the American dream. Architectural historian Jonathan Massey explores how housing — along with the various governmental and banking policies that structured home ownership across the decades — has worked to reflect and mediate, to promote and endanger that dream.
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PLACES EDITORS

Displacements: Arquine Architecture and Design Conference

The 13th annual conference hosted by the art, architecture and design magazine Arquine will be held March 12-13 in Mexico City.
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MARC ANGéLIL, JøRG HIMMELREICH, HUBERTUS ADAM & J. CHRISTOPH BüRKLE

An Interview with Jacques Herzog

In 1978 Jacques Herzog and Pierre de Meuron founded their office in Basel. Since then the partnership, which now employs more than 350, has designed a series of landmark projects, from the Tate Modern in London to the National Stadium — the bird's nest — for the Beijing Olympics. Recently Jacques Herzog talked with historians Hubertus Adam and J. Christoph Bürkle about the challenges of maintaining a creatively vital practice and confronting the new challenges of urbanization.
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GEORGIA TECH

Georgia Tech Selected as National University Transportation Center

More than $7 million in federal, state and private grants will fund the U.S. Department of Transportation initiative, which brings together a consortium of universities in the Southeast to advance research and technology.
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ARIZONA STATE UNIVERSITY

How Public Is the Good? Symposium

The Design School hosts a transdisciplinary design symposium at the Tempe Center for the Arts on March 7.
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KEITH EGGENER

Louis Curtiss and the Politics of Architectural Reputation

Louis Curtiss practiced architecture in Kansas City around the turn of the 20th century, producing, says Keith Eggener, a series of innovative buildings "comparable in their creative eclecticism" to those of contemporaries like Bernard Maybeck and Bertram Goodhue. Yet unlike those celebrated architects, Curtiss remains relatively obscure, his works neglected. And the reasons, Eggener argues, have less to do with artistic merit than with various extrinsic factors that have long controlled the politics of professional reputation.
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UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND

University of Maryland WaterShed Project Finds Permanent Home

The innovative project, which won the 2011 Solar Decathlon, has been acquired by the electric utility Pepco to serve as a public model and energy testing facility.
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MITCHELL SCHWARZER

Building After Auschwitz

Is it possible to identify a type of Jewish architecture? An architecture that has to do not necessarily with Jewish programs, like synagogues or Holocaust memorials, but instead with Jewish architects and how their various works have been shaped by the historical memory of exile? Mitchell Schwarzer reviews the new book Building After Auschwitz, which grapples with this thorny question.
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Village Vices: The Contradiction of New Urbanism and Sustainability

A critique of New Urbanism focusing not on its traditionalism but on the unsustainability of its planning models.
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