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USC prof devises ‘smart’ building materials that move by themselves (that’s right, no motor), save energy

The Orange County Register features associate professor Doris Sung’s work with metals sandwiched between panes of glass that change shape when affected by the heat of the sun, which can be used to cool a building. READ MORE

Jimenez Lai & Joanna Grant of Bureau Spectacular on Architecture and Design

Lecturer Joanna Grant joins The Midnight Charette to discuss the evolution of the Bureau Spectacular office, architecture typologies, graphics, near-death experiences, favorite buildings and more. WATCH VIDEO

Geoffrey von Oeyen on Exploring Resilience at a Number of Scales

Faculty member Geoffrey von Oeyen's practice, Geoffrey von Oeyen Design, is featured in a recent Archinect Studio Snapshot. READ MORE

The Midnight Charrette Podcast

Associate professor Alvin Huang discusses his time in London, the AA School, meeting Rem Koolhaas, his office, teaching at USC, cheap foods, all nighters, Wikipedia and more. READ MORE

USC Inventors Honored at Annual Stevens Center for Innovation Reception

Associate professor Doris Sung received a USC Stevens Technology Commercialization Award for her "Use of Thermobimetal in Architectural Building Skins."

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Shade: An Urban Design Mandate

Shade is a public resource, and it should be a mandate for urban designers in LA. The latest feature in Places Journal highlights the research of faculty members Marc Schiler and Elizabeth Valmont, interviews MLA faculty member Lauren Hamer, and references research from Ruth Wallach at USC Libraries. READ MORE

Thermobimetal shutters by Doris Sung self-regulate the temperature of buildings

Associate professor Doris Sung’s work with thermobimetals and her Invert shading system are featured in Dezeen. READ MORE

50 Women-Led Startups That Are Crushing Tech

Associate professor Doris Sung’s InVert Window Shading System is one of Forbes’ 50 women-led startups “pushing the frontiers of innovation.”

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Routledge Companion to Global Heritage Conservation

USC Architecture professors Vinayak Bharne & Trudi Sandmeier have co-edited the Routledge Companion to Global Heritage Conservation. Published by Routledge Press, London, this 530-page volume has 30 chapters by leading scholars on planning and heritage conservation from across the world. Going from Tokyo to Cairo, Shenzhen to Rome, and Delhi to Moscow, the volume examines a range of topics – indigenous habitats, urban cores, vernacular infrastructure, colonial towns, squatters, burial sites, war zones, and modern landmarks. READ MORE

Health and the Built Environment: A USC Architect Sheds Light on the Role of Light in Dementia Care Communities

The Southern California Clinical and Translational Science Institute featured a pilot study completed by assistant professor Kyle Konis in collaboration with faculty in the Leonard Davis School of Gerontology and Keck School of Medicine.  

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The Midnight Charrette Podcast

Graduate architecture programs director Wes Jones speaks with The Midnight Charrette about honesty and humor in design, USC's architecture program, bad design reviews, his solution for solving the homeless crisis in Los Angeles and more. WATCH VIDEO

International Women’s Day Spotlight

Mina Chow talks to USC Annenberg Media for International Women’s Day, noting the challenges that women still face in the workplace today. READ MORE

Notes on Techniques

Faculty member Yaohua Wang’s studio Preliminary Research Office presents “Notes on Techniques,” on view now through April 28 at A+D Museum. The exhibition walks through six architectural objects with accompanying notes, presenting various methods for assembling and manipulating geometry. READ MORE

Posthuman Habitats Shortlisted in SxSW Interactive Innovation Awards, Speculative Design Category

Assistant professor Alison Hirsch’s project Posthuman Habitats is one of five finalists in the South by Southwest Interactive Innovation Awards in the Speculative Design category. The project, developed with Hirsch’s agency partner Aroussiak Gabrielian, responds to impending food and water scarcity, stresses on energy and water infrastructure, and the nomadic existence that characterizes our age of migration. READ MORE

Architecture Spotlight: American Colonial Revival builds a homey sense of history

Associate professor Kenneth Breisch speaks with the LA Times about American Colonial Revival homes. READ MORE

Lecturer Tracee Johnson and adjunct professor Larry Scarpa’s fall 2018 studio on sea level rise in Venice is featured in The Argonaut. READ MORE

AIA|LA Women in Architecture Committee (WiA) is sponsoring a screening and reception on March 20 for adjunct associate professor Mina Chow’s film, “FACE OF A NATION: What Happened to the World’s Fair?” READ MORE

Assistant professor Jose Sanchez has won an ASCA Architectural Education Award in Faculty Design for Block’hood, an architecture video game designed for engaging non-expert audiences and communities into the ecological challenges of architecture. READ MORE

Travis Longcore featured in KCET Socal Connected's "It's Not Easy Being Green"

Assistant professor Travis Longcore is featured in KCET Socal Connected's "It's Not Easy Being Green," discussing how LA's tree cover is disappearing. Watch for him at around minute 3:55. READ MORE

Brooks + Scarpa is a winner of The Los Angeles County Homeless Initiative Housing Innovation Challenge

Faculty member Larry Scarpa’s firm Brooks + Scarpa is a winner of The Los Angeles County Homeless Initiative Housing Innovation Challenge. The challenge awards a total of $4.5 million in funding for new, scalable housing solutions for those experiencing homelessness in Los Angeles. READ MORE

Vinayak Bharne edits journal on URBAN INFORMALITY

Adjunct Associate Professor Vinayak Bharne, in his capacity as Executive Editor of the India/Netherlands urbanism quarterly My Liveable City, has produced a special January-March 2019 issue on the theme of "Urban Informality." Featured topics range from temporal markets and street art, to case studies of spontaneous habitats and slum upgradation projects in Venezuela, India, Bangladesh, Russia and The Netherlands. READ MORE

Balancing the Conceptual and The Actual; A Studio Snapshot of Preliminary Research Office

Yaohua Wang and his studio, Preliminary Research Office, are featured in a recent Archinect Studio Snapshot. READ MORE

A study of the work of USC Professor Emeritus Ralph Knowles

Harvard University and the Canadian Centre for Architecture (CCA) carried out a study of the work of USC Professor Emeritus Ralph Knowles and have crafted a very powerful short book titled, “The Natural Forces Laboratory: Ralph Knowles and the Instrumentalized Studio,” by Andrew Witt and Christopher Reznich. READ MORE

The winning green team: How USC is working to be a powerhouse in athletics sustainability

Esther Margulies shares insight with the Daily Trojan about sustainability efforts at the Coliseum. READ MORE

Hall of Fame Honoree Patrick Tighe Favors Lines that are Fluid, Organic and Sculptural

Patrick Tighe is featured in Interior Design following his induction into the Interior Design Hall of Fame. READ MORE

Christ & Gantenbein and Bureau Spectacular named best architecture studios at Dezeen Awards

Joanna Grant’s studio Bureau Spectacular received Dezeen’s Emerging Architect of the Year Award.

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Sentient Office Buildings Adjust to Workers' Personal Comfort and Well Being

Joon-Ho Choi and graduate students are featured in a recent Voice of America segment about smart building technology.

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Lake Lazarus: the strange rebirth of a Californian ecosystem

Alex Robinson’s new book, The Spoils of Dust: Reinventing The Lake that Made Los Angeles, receives a positive review in Nature. READ MORE