Photo: Architects are responding to President-Elect Donald Trump’s goals of overhauling the nation’s infrastructure and building a US-Mexico border wall. (Trump Tower New York)
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President-elect Donald Trump has stated that one of his top priorities is the overhaul of the nation's infrastructure. That goal prompted the American Institute of Architects to fire off a memo within hours of Trump's election victory, stating its commitment to working with him "to address the issues our country faces, particularly strengthening the nation's aging infrastructure." Many AIA members erupted in fury and now the Institute has issued an apology, but the fight raises questions about the ethical role of professional associations as well as what form the nation's infrastructure should take.
Dezeen on AIA CEO's memo vowing to work with Trump on infrastructure
Sorkin's response to the AIA memo, "Architecture against Trump"
Next City on the outcry among architects at the AIA memo
The Architect's Newspaper on Ivy's response to the outcry at AIA memo
Watch Robert Ivy's second apology
Sorkin writes about Trump's architecture in The Nation
Sorkin's work with his firm Terreform, on exhibition at SCI-Arc
Social media played a big role in 2016, from President-Elect Donald Trump's tweeting to the spread of disinformation on the web to the constant rush of daily viral stories, both entertaining and anxiety-inducing. The power and addictiveness of social media now has some Silicon Valley insiders comparing the tech industry to big tobacco, fast food or even gambling, as in eager to sell people on a pleasure that could be dangerous for our psychological health. DnA talks to Bianca Bosker about her profile of Tristan Harris, former "product philosopher" at Google who is pushing for a "hippocratic oath" for software designers. Google's Rob Giampietro talks about ways in which the industry is designing tools to calm the online experience.
Bosker profiles Tristan Harris and his slow tech movement in The Atlantic
Tristan Harris' TEDx Brussels talk about addictive technology
Giampietro on design conferences organized by his Design Outreach Team
New York Times considers the role of Twitter in Trump's electoral success
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