July 30, 2013 Parade Inc.

Tuesday Roundup: Architecture + Design Content to Stir Your Creativity

A brief history of Modern Architecture through movies

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Architizer’s new website just launched and with it they’ve announced a new business model that engages brands, design firms and individual designers. Architizer is further engaging its audience by publishing relevant design content. This article walks readers through architectural history as seen in films from Midnight in Paris to Metropolis. 

The Architecture of Health — current trends in healthcare facility design

Greg Colucci, a Principal at Diamond Schmitt Architects in Toronto lectures about current trends and the future of healthcare facility design. In his words: “To paraphrase one of my heroes, Le Corbusier…Architecture is as essential to our well-being as sleep and rest and food. And I believe him. In hospitals, patients, caregivers and family rely heavily on their built environment to support their efforts in achieving comfort and good health.”

The story behind Little Free Library

This 10-minute video explains the intention and design process behind Little Free Library, a project initiated by the Architectural League of New York. The project involved local architects, allowing them to design and create small bookshelves in public spaces to encourage sharing and accessibility.

Why mega-projects always go over-budget

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Large infrastructure projects almost always hit funding roadblocks as they progress. This makes us wonder: what causes these projects’ cost predictions to be so unrealistic? This Atlantic Cities article cites Oxford scholar Bent Flyvbjerg and addresses the psychology behind “strategic misrepresentations” in the context of project budget analyses.

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