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When he looks to what’s ahead in 2018, architecture professor Sean Weiss isn’t excited about the next soaring skyscraper or sleek museum. Instead, three smaller projects stand out: a library in Brooklyn, a low-income housing project in Chicago and transitional housing for the homeless in Los Angeles. While they might not be backed by big-name firms or celebrity architects, each demonstrates architecture’s power to build, sustain and forge communities – something desperately needed, he says, in cities that are grappling with growing inequality.

A group of professors who keep tabs on extremist violence have crunched the numbers to find out whether 2017, the year that Donald Trump took office, saw more deadly violence from the far-right than usual. The answer may surprise you.

Last week 27-year-old activist Erica Garner died from a massive heart attack. She was the daughter of Eric Garner, who died in 2014 when put in a chokehold by Staten Island police. Anthropologist Christen Smith explains how her research suggests a link between the two deaths.

Nick Lehr

Arts + Culture Editor

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In Los Angeles, the architecture firm KTGY is repurposing shipping containers to build a transitional apartment complex for the homeless. KTGY

Architecture in 2018: Look to the streets, not the sky

Sean Weiss, City College of New York

Three innovative projects set to be completed this year are geared toward strengthening communities that have been left out of the economic recovery.

White nationalist demonstrators guard the entrance to Lee Park in Charlottesville, Va. AP Photo/Steve Helber, File

Did far-right extremist violence really spike in 2017?

William Parkin, Seattle University; Joshua D. Freilich, City University of New York; Steven Chermak, Michigan State University

Despite all the media attention the far-right and so-called "alt-right" got in 2017, the numbers paint a different picture.

Erica Garner takes part in a candlelight vigil. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri

The fallout of police violence is killing black women like Erica Garner

Christen A. Smith, University of Texas at Austin

Police violence is like a nuclear bomb. The initial impact only causes a fraction of the deaths to come.

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  • When charities let telemarketers gouge donors

    Brian Mittendorf, The Ohio State University

    For-profit fundraisers often keep more of the money they collect on behalf of nonprofits than they should but Ohio's attorney general is accusing a charity of serving as an accomplice to a crime.

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More often than not, charities that rely on contractors for telemarketing campaigns wind up raising less money for the charity's operations than they do for the telemarketers.


When charities let telemarketers gouge donors

Brian Mittendorf

The Ohio State University

Brian Mittendorf