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Committing to sustainability can drive prosperity

By Kathleen M. O'Donnell Austin, Texas, is a shining example of how sustainability can contribute to the development and growth of a city. Through its Office of Sustainability and the... Read more >

Inclusive communities need to be designed that way

By Kathleen M. O’Donnell The various spaces that make up a city— from our schools and hospitals to government buildings and cultural institutions — all shape our way of life.... Read more >

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?

By Kathleen M. O'Donnell 21st century environmental and political challenges require a new way to approach community development. Six architects and designers share their thoughts on working with civic leaders... 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 >