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The Regional and Urban Design Committee (RUDC) aims to improve the quality of the regional and urban environment by promoting excellence in design, planning, and public policy in the built environment. This will be achieved through its member and public education, in concert with allied community and professional groups. Join us!

2024 Symposium

The 2024 symposium will be held in Indianapolis, IN in November. Stay tuned for dates and location. Registration will open in July.

2024 Prospectus

RUDC has sponsorship opportunities for its 2024 events. See the 2024 RUDC Prospectus to for an option that fits your firm or company.

2023 RUDC Symposium

The RUDC Symposium, held in Washington, DC October 19-20, covered emerging trends, theories, and technologies that are shaping the future of regional and urban design. Watch the engaging highlight and speaker videos >.

Unfinished By Design - Embracing Non-Finito Architecture

  • 1.  Unfinished By Design - Embracing Non-Finito Architecture

    Posted 17 days ago

    Unfinished by Design - Embracing Open-Ended Architecture

    Notions of time and incompletion in architecture tap into two interrelated themes in which I am interested. The first is about designing for expansion, and the second is the idea of flexibility, something that was latent in historic typologies, but that was also expanded on in the 1960s in a more self-conscious way. (Nader Tehrani, architect, about the Spanish Venice Biennale pavilion titled "unfinished") 

    Lisa Oregioni - Non-Finito

    Recently I had the pleasure to discuss the "Architecture of the Unfinished" with the architect Lisa Oregioni who has made the unfinished, the non-finito a topic of her inquiry. Normally architects think of unfinished buildings as those in the stage before Substantial Completion or as abandoned projects where the money ran out or considered phased as in those concrete houses in the Global South where rebar sticking out of flat roofs indicates that the owner foresees an additional future floor.  Through Oregioni I realized.... READ FULL ARTICLE

    The article discusses the unfinished in the arts, "too big to finish", adaptability, sustainability, user agency, architecture without architects, biophilia and adaptive reuse.

    [Klaus] Philipsen FAIA
    Archplan Inc. Philipsen Architects
    Baltimore MD
    AIA / ACSA Intersections Research Conference. Call for submissions exploring new housing paradigms. Due September 4, click here to learn more.