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Demedicalize Architecture

FEATURED THIS WEEK : GIOVANNA BORASI & MIRKO ZARDINI

Demedicalize Architecture

In its latest exhibition and book, Imperfect Health, the Canadian Centre for Architecture critiques what curators Mirko Zardini and Giovanna Borasi call a “new moralistic philosophy: healthism.” Zardini and Borasi trace the long relationship of environmental design to shifting social and political concepts of well-being, from 19th-century urban parks to 20th-century sanatoria to the "healthy buildings" of today. And they ask: would it be possible to “demedicalize” architecture — to replace the prescriptive solutions of “cure” with the more expansive goals of “care”?
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STAN ALLEN

The Future That Is Now

In a chapter from a new book on architecture education in North America, Princeton dean Stan Allen offers an overview of the past two decades — as he says, a volatile period during which "rapid technological and social changes presented complex challenges to practice and education." Allen focuses especially on the digital revolution, the theory/practice debates, and the increasing emphasis on global urbanism and the environment.
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UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN

Green Building and Climate Resilience Report Released

The report, by University of Michigan faculty and students and the U.S. Green Building Council, reviews recent research on the likely impacts of climate change at various scales and recommends strategies to increase the resilience and adaptive capacity of building projects.

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ALEXANDRA LANGE

How to Be an Architecture Critic

We’re surrounded by buildings, says Alexandra Lange, but we don’t know how to talk about them. We chat about real estate instead of having a real conversation about the urban environment. As architecture criticism fades in the daily newspapers, it’s time we take matters into our own hands: “We need more citizen critics,” she writes, “equipped with the desire and the vocabulary to remake the city.” So how do we learn how to talk about buildings? Lange suggests starting with “Sometimes We Do It Right,” Ada Louise Huxtable's classic review of the Marine Midland Bank Building in New York.
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PLACES ARCHIVE: WINTER 2005

Campus Design as Critical Practice

How to turn a lackluster midwestern campus into an international cultural destination. 
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