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Architecture and #MeToo: How the AIA is addressing sexual harassment | Curbed
Architecture's largest professional organization is using an ethics code to fight sexual harassment. Part of the ethics code was written in partnership with the University of Washington.
!UWitM  2019  natl  Curbed 
11 days ago by uwnews
The 23 best things to do in Athens if you love design
Here’s what to see and what to skip in the vibrant, teeming Greek capital
guide  tourist  architecture  Athens  Greece  Curbed  2019 
april 2019 by inspiral
School bus conversion: Stories from life on the road | Curbed
"Skoolie" life is built on the idea that happiness and desk jobs are like oil and water. A fast-growing branch of the van life community, many of them millennial parents, is trading its homes and jobs to live in school buses in rebuff of the so-called American dream. Graham Pruss, a graduate student in anthropology at the UW, is quoted.
Pruss.Graham  !UWitM  2019  Department:Anthropology  Curbed  natl  College:Arts&Sciences 
march 2019 by uwnews
How online shopping snarls traffic on city streets | Curbed
This past holiday season, to the delight of retailers, saw shopping records broken left and right. That also means a record number of online deliveries. Barbara Ivanov, director of the Urban Freight Lab at the UW, is quoted.
Ivanov.Barbara  !UWitM  2019  Curbed  Urban.Freight.Lab  College:Engineering  natl 
january 2019 by uwnews
Jami Attenberg, "A bigger life in a smaller city"
“But that is what I left behind when I left New York, more than anything else. Eighteen years of building friendships. Those people are irreplaceable in my heart.”

"When you move to a new city when you’re young, you can easily meet people. Go to a bar and sit there for a few hours—you’ll make two new best friends (and exes) in a night. All the friends I made when I first moved to New York City in the late ’90s were the ones I did drugs with. I am not knocking the friendships I made at 1 a.m. on the dance floor, but they were born out of different interests.

I don’t go out like that anymore. Moving to a smaller city was an opportunity to consider the next part of my life in a less frantic, more engaged way than I had in my youth. I was looking for a different kind of stability when I moved here. And it was less about making mistakes I could learn from and more about making choices I believed in."
NYC  Curbed  NewOrleans  neighbors  moving  2019Faves 
january 2019 by briansholis
Why do all new apartment buildings look the same? | Curbed
A wave of sameness has washed over new residential architecture. U.S. cities are filled with apartment buildings sporting boxy designs and somewhat bland facades, often made with colored panels and flat windows. Richard Mohler, an associate professor of architecture at the UW, is quoted.
Mohler.Richard  Curbed  !UWitM  2018  natl  Department:Architecture  College:Built.Environments 
december 2018 by uwnews
Electric cars won’t save the climate—or California
Sacramento is the staging ground for a fight to make drivers spend less time on the road
California  transportation  pollution  article  curbed 
october 2018 by NightOwlCity
The artists and developer who put Inglewood’s arts scene ‘on the map’ – Curbed LA
Now, as Inglewood becomes irresistible to developers, house hunters, and major sports franchises, some artists wonder whether they’ll get priced out. By Jenn Swann
swann  curbed 
october 2018 by aisthemata
What renovations are worth doing? - Curbed
"A few months ago, I received an email from a woman who had bought a 1964 ranch with all its original interiors: wood paneling, Formica countertops, a blue bathroom, the works. She hosted a housewarming party for her friends and relatives. Six different people at the party asked her The Question: “So, when are you going to flip this place?” When they heard that she had no desire to flip the house, which she found to be interesting and charming, her guests were shocked and tried to convince her otherwise. She should try for a return on her investment; the house was dated; it would need future repairs. One guest called the house 'plain ugly' She asked me if I thought the guests were right: Should she think about remodeling?"

and

"Instead of falling prey to this thinking, take a moment to consider this simple idea: There is nothing wrong with your house.

Most of the time, this statement is true (especially if one lives in a house constructed relatively recently). The roof does not leak; the house is warm or cool when it needs to be; there are no structural or electrical issues; nothing is broken or needs to be replaced from routine wear and tear. Why, then, do so many of us feel dissatisfied with our perfectly fine houses?"

and

"Consciously or subconsciously, our constant remodeling is an effort to make ourselves more acceptable to others, something we should do as 'good' homeowners. Like the beauty industry, the home-improvement industry plays on (usually gendered) insecurity—the fear that we are unattractive or inadequate. But the truth is, 'other people' don’t have to live in your house, and when they come to visit, they’re there to see you, not your succulents and marble-and-brass side table. It’s time we reconsidered the house as a place instead of an object, to be lived in, rather than consumed; time we stopped thinking of a home as something that constantly has to be 'improved'; time we enjoyed the historicity of our old houses, or the personality of our new houses. It’s time for a new era: an era of house-positivity."
kate-wagner  hgtv  houses  homes  improvement  psychology  curbed 
june 2018 by actualitems
HGTV shows should reclaim their DIY roots after Fixer Upper - Curbed
"HGTV will probably never take on politically charged topics and risk losing its existing audience or advertising sponsors, so forget hard-hitters about the urban condition. The network’s whole reason for existence is escapism a la shiplap. But that doesn’t mean HGTV can’t make shows that target a key audience: every single person who is not a wealthy suburban couple taking out a new mortgage and trying to create their dream home through renovation."

and

"A renter-friendly show would be about more than budget—and it would return HGTV to its roots. Most of us who rent aren’t allowed to gut our kitchens or open up our floorplans. (Hell, some of us aren’t even allowed to paint our walls.) Unlike today’s flipper-heavy lineup, the early HGTV decorating shows such as Decorating with Style rarely, if ever, involved whole-scale wall-destroying renovations. These shows were about freshening up a dated room on a very tight budget, something many millennial apartment dwellers and penny-pinching families would find useful. Forget tiny houses—teach me how to make a 400-square-foot studio a place I can actually invite friends to without them having to complete an obstacle course of tightly packed pieces of furniture. (Oh, I also can’t paint anything, and everything has to be hung with Command strips.)"

and

"The old HGTV shows were full of detailed how-tos: re-varnishing a wood dresser, making your own curtains, decluttering, and repairing scratched floors. Now, the clients go away to some mystical ether, all the hard work is done by heroic individuals, and the clients return to a meticulously decorated wonder-house. But I would much rather know how to properly hang a wall shelf myself instead of disappearing for two weeks while attractive strangers do it for me. Repairing a scratched floor is a skill every renter would love to possess. There could be an entire show about cleaning a place up in order to get one’s security deposit back, or a segment devoted to Ikea hacks."

conclusion:

"HGTV is the place where millions of Americans get their information about buildings and interior design. It should serve its function as a helpful resource for all people looking to spruce up their spaces and have fun doing it. It’s time that the network expand past the tired real estate and flipper narratives. Instead, HGTV should reflect the realities of American housing. It should begin to look less like an escapist suburban fantasy and more like the real world and the people living in it."
kate-wagner  mcmansion-hell  curbed  hgtv  houses  homes  tv 
june 2018 by actualitems
Chicago Spire redevelopment plan gets debut date - Curbed Chicago
I’m hoping for an eight-tentacle structure to crawl out of the hole. Each of the tentacles could serve a different public purpose. We’ll call it the Chicago Octopus.
commented  blogpost  curbed 
may 2018 by mattmaldre

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