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Mona Market in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa operates on the third week of every month when traders set up temporary dwellings for the four days. Gary Stafford

Traditional healing in South Africa needs spaces designed for the purpose

Most healers still practice in their houses where there is little privacy. Others use more private backrooms. But these spaces were not designed for the practice of traditional medicine.
The East India House, 1928. From ‘A History of Lloyd’s,’ by Charles Wright and C. Ernest Fayle. Macmillan and Company Limited, London, 1928. Photo by The Print Collector/Getty Images

How the needs of monks and empire builders helped mold the modern-day office

The coronavirus epidemic has made us all rethink our workspaces. But the needs of the times have always influenced the office space – whether for the colonial empire or a growing commerce.
The J.W. Westcott II is the country’s only floating ZIP code. cactuspinecone/flickr

A dismantled post office destroys more than mail service

Can you find a FedEx store that mimics the design creativity and quality of early US post offices? What are we left with when the best parts of public life are treated like for-profit entities?
Emerald ash borer larvae is removed from an ash tree in Saugerties, N.Y. AP Photo/Mike Groll

Making the most of a tree epidemic

With trees infested by the emerald ash borer deemed essentially worthless, a team of designers wanted to see if the decaying wood could be repurposed as a building material.
Sberbank Technopark in Russia by Zaha Hadid Architects. Zaha Hadid Architects

Algorithms are designing better buildings

Algorithms can now work out the best ways to lay out rooms, construct buildings and even change them over time to meet user needs.
Misha Jordaan/Gallo Images via Getty Images

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?

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