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A 1974 photograph of Buffalo’s Shoreline Apartments. George Burns/National Arcvhives at College Park

Should architecturally significant low-income housing be preserved?

Mismanaged and in disrepair, many low-income housing complexes are nonetheless seen as important avatars of modern architecture. But are calls for their preservation forgetting those who matter most?
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The new architectural frontier: buildings and their microbiomes

The study of two hospitals was a first for researching the microbiology of the built environment in South Africa – a multi-disciplinary approach to understanding how to design healthier buildings.
A bird house on an exterior wall of the Yeni Valide mosque in Istanbul. Christiane Gruber / Anurag Papolu

Video: A place for people to pray and birds to sing

The mosque is where men and women and children go to pray. But, according to art historian Christiane Gruber, some make room for other, non-human creatures too.
Sunlight, ventilation and relative humidity all affect the microbiome of indoor spaces. iStock / Getty Images Plus

Buildings have their own microbiomes – we’re striving to make them healthy places

We spend 90% of our lives indoors, and every building has its own indoor microbiome. Can we learn to manage them in ways that support helpful microbes and suppress harmful ones?
Developed nations like Spain struggled to provide enough hospital beds for coronavirus patients, so what are poorer nations to do? Ballesteros/EPA/AAP

Hospital beds and coronavirus test centres are needed fast. Here’s an Australian-designed solution

COVID-19 is creating overwhelming needs for intensive care and testing facilities. An Australian team is developing purpose-built units that can be shipped and erected quickly, easily and cheaply.
The skylight of the Weskoppies Chapel in Pretoria. Alain Proust/Hidden Pretoria

Between care and neglect: Pretoria’s grand architectural legacy

Pretoria's institutional buildings are majestic, but crumbling. Weskoppies, the first psychiatric hospital in the region, is a good example of the state of the city's heritage architecture.
This aquarium at the Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne helps reframe hospitals as exciting hubs of activity with things to do and friends to meet. Shannon McGrath/Advanced Aquarium Technologiess

Aquariums, meerkats and gaming screens: how hospital design supports children, young people and their families

The design of children's hospitals and other health facilities for young people have come a long way from the institutions of the past. Now, they're a place to reduce stress and support mental health.

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