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AIA launches ten-year sustainability and health programme

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Decade of Design will attempt to find solutions to urban issues

The American Institute of Architects has embarked on a 10 year project aimed at developing design solutions for cities to tackle health and sustainability issues.

Decade of Design will also look at cities’ resilience to natural disasters as part of a series of research projects that seek to address the challenges of urban life.

Three strands of work have been identified:

  • Funding will be allocated to university research which can demonstrate the importance of design in public health.
  • Interdisciplinary university teams will be asked to work with communities and businesses to tackle urban problems using design and technology.
  • A ‘Show Us Your APPtitude’ hackathon in which students will be invited to create applications which can help create design or technological solutions to community planning problems.

Texas A&M University, Arkansas University and New Mexico University have all been selected to receive the first one-year grants as part of the initiative.

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