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Giving new life to historic buildings leads to happier, healthier cities

By Kathleen M. O’Donnell Almost every city in America has a historic building awaiting a rebirth. Whether it’s a 300-year-old church, a 19th century warehouse, or even a 1950’s gas... READ MORE <<

How architects can help communities recover from disasters

By Steve Cimino When Hurricane Katrina made landfall in August of 2005, it quickly became a force unparalleled in the history of modern disasters. Roughly 850,000 homes were destroyed or... READ MORE <<

Architects are part of the solution to Los Angeles’ homelessness crisis

By Steve Cimino The Skid Row neighborhood in downtown Los Angeles is perhaps the best-known homeless district in the country, the city’s social services and beautiful weather having made it... READ MORE <<

Civic leaders look to architects for insight and inspiration at SXSW

By Catherine Gavin Mayors and architects share many similar qualities; they are generally optimists and visionaries whose work strives to create and support communities. Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson of Gary, Indiana,... READ MORE <<

Three communities transformed by architects and civic leaders

By bringing together architects, civic leaders, planners, and community members, the American Institute of Architects’ Center for Communities by Design has served more than 200 communities in need over the last... READ MORE <<

How modern hospitals recognize the impact of design on health

Medical practice has come a long way since the days of applying more leeches as a cure-all; modern advances in hospital design anticipate and accommodate changes in technology and practice... READ MORE <<

Why work with architects and designers?

Collaboration is the key to creating happier, healthier, more livable cities. By Kathleen M. O'Donnell 21st century environmental and political challenges require a new way to approach community development. Six... READ MORE <<

Design thinking can solve your city’s biggest problems

By Kathleen M. O’Donnell In the 21st century, communities face greater challenges than ever before. Population growth, public health, climate change, and equity and inclusion are just a few of... READ MORE <<

Back on the Podium: Meet Our 2017 Film Challenge Second Runner Up

We’re excited to share that first-time entrant, Julian Pham, director of A Little Alcove: San Francisco Navigation Center, was chosen as the 2017 I Look Up Film Challenge Second Runner... READ MORE <<

Behind-the-Scenes with the 2017 I Look Up Film Challenge Runner Up

Brad Deal, director of Pisces, was chosen as the 2017 I Look Up Film Challenge Runner Up. Deal's film Arch 335: Rebuilding Medcamps earned his team the 2016 Grand Prize... READ MORE <<