Architecture’s top prize finally acknowledges women designers

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Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara have been awarded the prestigious Pritzker Prize. Until this year, only three women had won the award. Women have developed an intimate understanding of the spaces we occupy, thanks to the expectations patriarchy has placed upon us. Given how closely women have been associated with the domestic space in particular, it’s hardly surprising that some of the strongest interior designers—and architects—have not been men. From Greta Magnusson Grossman’s functional midcentury furniture to Zaha Hadid’s undulating facades, women’s design has pushed boundaries and shattered conventions, even when the industry often lets those efforts go unrecognized. Case in point: In the Pritzker Architecture Prize’s 41-year history, only three women have won. Until this year. Read Full Story

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The women who developed CRISPR just won the 2020 Nobel Prize in Chemistry

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Research by the scientists awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry today has the potential to change the course of humanity—and even make literal unicorns a reality. The two women who developed the CRISPR gene-editing technique have won the 2020 Nobel Prize in Chemistry, the Nobel Committee announced today. The French scientist Emmanuelle Charpentier and American scientist Jennifer A. Doudna were awarded the world’s most prestigious science recognition “for the development of a method for genome editing.” It’s the first time that two women have shared the Nobel Prize. Read Full Story

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How Deafness shapes our world

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MASS Design Group architect Jeffrey Mansfield recently won a $50,000 Disability Futures Fellowship to develop an archive of Deaf spaces. Here’s why that’s important for both the Deaf community and the built environment more broadly. As an architect who was born Deaf, Jeffrey Mansfield has long been interested in the relationship between Deafness and physical spaces. He has noticed how spaces designed with Deafness in mind, like the school for the Deaf he attended growing up, are different from other kinds of architecture, and how some spaces can limit or extend a Deaf person’s sensory awareness. Read Full Story

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This new affordable housing project in the Bronx has its own hip-hop museum

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Bronx Point, which recently won an award for Excellence in Design from the New York City Public Design Commission, points to a new kind of mixed-use housing development: one that is designed with the neighborhood’s specific needs in mind. On the edge of the Harlem River in the Bronx, a long-vacant piece of land owned by the city of New York is about to undergo a dramatic transformation. Early next year, construction will begin on a project that will turn this dirt lot into 542 units of permanently affordable housing, a new public park, community and retail spaces, and a museum dedicated to the history of hip-hop. Read Full Story

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Fast Company is hiring an architecture and urban design journalist

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Come work with us! Co.Design , Fast Company ‘s award-winning design news channel, is looking for an intrepid reporter and writer to cover architecture and urban design. You should have daily reporting experience, and you should be a critical thinker who’s as comfortable writing short news posts as you are reporting a 2,000-word feature. This is a full-time freelance position with competitive pay, no benefits. To apply, send your résumé, three clips, and a short note explaining why you’re interested in the job to Co.Design editor Suzanne LaBarre: suzannelabarre at gmail dot com. Read Full Story

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13 influential marketing technology leaders

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30-second summary: Following a survey and some editorial research, we have highlighted 13 people we think are either respected industry guardians, or are making some noteworthy contributions to the marketing technology space. Scott Brinker, Tamara McCleary, Ann Lewnes, Des Cahill, Stephanie Buscemi, Tony Ralph and David Encizo, amongst those named in the list. Katrina Lake, Werner Vogels, Max Wessel, Jay Richman, Melanie Deziel and Erin Rowles also honored in the list. With February widely regarded as awards season in the realm of pop culture, we thought we’d get on the act as well and recognize some of the leading personalities in the marketing technology sector. We asked you, our valued readers, to send us your picks and combined that with hours of relentless editorial research, to narrow down our list to 13 deserving people. So without further ado here are our list of 13 (in no particular order) who we …

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What the Stackie Awards can teach us about the perfect martech stack

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30-second summary: The Stackie Awards are presented each year at the annual MarTech Conference, a conference series put on by Chiefmartec.com, Third Door Media, and MarTech Today. There were 48 entries in the 2019 Stackies, with five winners. We reviewed all entries to glean some insights from how all entrants (not just the winneres) visualize their martech stack. There is no perfect martech stack. Each stack is custom fit to match a company’s industry sector, marketing approach, and unique needs. The Stackies don’t require entrants to stick with specific categories, but most included variations of the following: planning/strategy, Creative, Engagement/Marketing, Customer, and Measurement/Analytics. The Stackie Awards are presented each year at the annual MarTech Conference, a vendor-agnostic conference series put on by Chiefmartec.com, Third Door Media, and MarTech Today. The Stackies challenge entrants to visualize the tools in their martech stack, illustrating how each marketing category is connected. This helps …

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COVID-19 vaccine update: Young people might have to wait until 2022, says WHO

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“People tend to think that on the first of January or the first of April, I’m going to get the vaccine, and then things will be back to normal. It’s not going to work like that.” As there are fewer than three months left to the year, and as another COVID-19 vaccination trial has been forced to hit the pause button , it’s looking increasingly unlikely that there will be a COVID-19 vaccine this year. Read Full Story

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What a digital-only world means for your marketing strategy

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30-second summary: Digital channels are booming. Ecommerce activity has grown 5-10 years in the space of 3 months. Digital-first companies who have been agile in directing investment to organic search are seeing the best results. Challenges in companies are mostly organizational. Better alignment is needed between marketers and engineers. One tip for marketers? Invest in the website. This past Friday saw the latest in our weekly series of briefings for our peer network . We were pleased to welcome (remotely) Alex Schaefer, Chief Revenue Officer at DeepCrawl. DeepCrawl is a pioneer in enterprise cloud-based web crawling technologies and Schaefer is clearly in a unique position to observe what is going on in digital marketing as the coronavirus pandemic triggers a global change in consumer habits. It was a fascinating presentation. Particularly for marketers yet to make the proper leap into organic search marketing. Here are my key takeaways. How have …

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AI applications for digital out of home advertising

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30-second summary: The use of data to contextualize campaigns to the “here and now” means messages can be aligned with consumer mindset in the moment and become useful and relevant. Dynamic Creative joins the dots between data-driven media planning and the mindset of a consumer at a given time, in a given place, making the medium truly reactive, and much more intelligent, as well as driving efficiencies. Advances in technology will allow us to hold a true interaction with the consumer, using deep fake technology in real time. Currently it’s a resource intensive task that requires content to be rendered ahead of time but with faster machines this can happen in real time. AI can be used with facial recognition technology to detect how much a person likes an advert by their facial expression and creative can be tweaked and updated depending on gender and age demographics in real time. …

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Nike launches a maternity line—after facing criticism for treatment of pregnant athletes

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The collection is designed to take women through all the stages of pregnancy and beyond, and it’s part of Nike’s larger effort to appeal to female athletes—even when the company itself has not always supported women. Today, Nike debuts Nike M, a maternity collection, over a year after facing a congressional inquiry over allegations that the company discriminated against pregnant athletes. Over the past two years, the sportswear giant has walked a tricky tightrope of trying to appeal to diverse female athletes, while simultaneously facing accusations that its workplace culture and internal policies have been harmful to women. Nike has launched a sports hijab , a plus-size line, and the jerseys for the women’s World Cup soccer team. Nike M is its first collection for pregnant women. Read Full Story

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