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Staff Review: Designed for Habitat

Designed for Habitat
David Hinson & Justin Miller
Routledge

I won’t pretend to be an expert in this field, but I would like to think that I know a little something about it… I did, after all, work for a small architectural practice for several years, and then the Australian Institute of Architects. Oh, and both my parents are in the industry: one is an architect, the other an urban designer. So even though I’ve never had any training in the discipline, I’ve been surrounded by it for most of my life, and I thought I’d put that history to use (or test it out?) by reviewing a book based on a very interesting premise: collaborations between designers (either ensconced in universities, or practising architects) and the social housing initiative Habitat for Humanity, whose key stakeholders are the volunteers who run it and the low-income people they run it for.
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Staff Review: The Genius of Dogs

The Genius of Dogs
Brian Hare & Vanessa Woods
Oneworld Publications

The evolution of man’s best friend is not as straightforward as you might think. This fascinating title, The Genius of Dogs, delves into the inner workings of not only a dog’s mind and their intelligence, but also touches upon human and ape evolution.
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