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How Prison Architecture Can Transform Inmates’ Lives

More open layouts can improve inmate-guard relations and support a culture of progress rather than fear.

 

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After Sandy Hook, Must Our Schools Look Like Stockades?

A year after the Newtown school massacre, architects assure us that safe schools don’t have to look and feel like bunkers. But they also note that facilities can only go so far in providing security in a violent world.

 

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Perhaps Archimedes Should Have Focused on Jaguars, Not Galleys

Solar concentrators are a hot weapon in the renewable energy arsenal. Except sometimes they really can be a weapon.

 

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Do (Cheap) Mid-Century Schoolhouses Worsen Disasters Like the Moore Tornado?

At least seven children died in Oklahoma this past week when two elementary schools were destroyed. Is shoddy construction to blame?

 

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Why Is China Stealing Cities, Towns, and Buildings?

We don’t really know, but if anybody does, it’s Phil Thompson.

 

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Corridors of the Mind

Could neuroscientists be the next great architects?

 

Is LEED the Gold Standard in Green?

A lawsuit challenges the claims of the nation’s foremost green building effort — the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED certification) program.

 

Architect Frank Gehry Builds on Virtues of Play

Law professor Robert Benson — part of the panel that offered Frank Gehry the first big commission to draw international attention to his architecture in 1979 — talks to the world-class architect about the benefits of “creative play.”

 

ARCHIVE Says Home Is Where the Health Is

Peter Williams, an architect turned advocate, touts an unacknowledged connection between design and well-being.

 

Building Cities With Sustainability in Mind

Municipal waste — from poop to heat — can be a valuable resource that could run our cities more cheaply and sustainably, says a hands-on Canadian ecologist.

 

Elegant Solutions in Eco Dream Home

Coyote House, a living design lab, offers beauty as a way to solve design challenges.

 

Immersion In Nature Makes Us Nicer

New research finds those who feel a strong connection to the natural world have a more caring attitude toward others.

 

How to B Good

B Lab wants to separate companies that merely claim they are responsible from those that actually do good in the world. But can a logo really change the way America does business?

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