Mercedes is an editor and writer on architecture and design. She founded and edits Womanzine and is the managing editor of The How.

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Colony wide article
core77.com

Colony on Canal: A Showroom for Designers, by Designers

Launching in Manhattan next month, Jean Lin's new design showroom will bring together a dozen studios to share space and collectively raise awareness of independent American design.

This article was originally published in the C77 Design Daily, Vol. 1, Issue 2, on May 17, 2014.

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urbanomnibus.net

Naturally Occurring Cultural Districts: Fort Greene, Brooklyn

In the second in a series of profiles of Naturally Occurring Cultural Districts, Mercedes Kraus looks at how a cultural community has flourished by leveraging its legacy of artistic production in the face of intensifying real estate pressure and outside influence and interest.

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vanalen.org

Early Neurological Measurements of the Urban Experience

Coverage of events from Van Alen Institute's spring 2014 Elsewhere program series. Published on the Elsewhere blog.

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Architect Magazine

Poring Over Brutalism: CLOG takes its slow time with Brutalism, the theme of its latest issue.

The sixth issue of the quarterly architecture journal Clog opens with Reyner Banham’s definitive 1955 essay, “The New Brutalism.” It lays out the basic tenets of what was, at the time of its writing, both a banner and a category for a “major contribution to the architecture of today.”

Urban mindfulness 620x413 article
vanalen.org

Mind Your Step: Urban Mindfulness and Cultivating the Practice of Presence

Coverage of events from Van Alen Institute's spring 2014 Elsewhere program series. Published on the Elsewhere blog.

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hyperallergic

Why Do Emoji Fascinate Us?

I comment on the Emoji Art & Design Show and corresponding special edition of Womanzine.

Dan milstein lsc 13 article
how.co

Be Terrified of Working on the Wrong Things | The How

We all know that hard work and good luck are key to startups’ success. But what if that’s not true? What does make a difference?

Embodied architecture 620x413 article
vanalen.org

Sharpening Mind and Body: the City-Dweller’s Everyday Tools

Coverage of events from Van Alen Institute's spring 2014 Elsewhere program series. Published on the Elsewhere blog.

Well being 620x413 article
vanalen.org

Improving Well-Being in the City, Starting with Understanding

Coverage of events from Van Alen Institute's spring 2014 Elsewhere program series. Published on the Elsewhere blog.

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Architect Magazine

Architect and Draughtsman Lebbeus Woods Dies at 72

The legendary draughtsman and experimental designer, loved by many for his fantastical and dystopian drawings, died at age 72, before the opening of a major show of his work at SFMOMA.

Pelle article
Architect Magazine

Brooklyn Waterfront Harbors a Design/Build Community

Once the world’s busiest freight port, today Red Hook, Brooklyn, is a hotbed for small design and manufacturing businesses, like PELLE, a husband-wife design duo who live and work in the area.
[text and video by Mercedes Kraus]

Gensler article
Gensler on Cities

Creating Community in Virtual Learning Space

I'm quoted in a write-up of this Gensler on Cities event.

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Rhinoceros Event

Triolet x 3 and Some Background, from the Rhinoceros Event Issue No. 4: Triplets

Most people, when asked to write a poem, might default to writing something with several two-line rhymes that are in the same meter, or rhythmic structure. Example: There once was a boy named Joe / He had, through bad luck, lost a toe. These coordinated lines are called couplets. But since triples are the new doubles, I’d like to introduce you to a three-pointed approach to poetry using the triolet, an eight-lined poem with one line that repeats three times. (It has another line that repeats twice, but let’s not focus on that.)

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vanalen.org

Seeing the Unseen: the Cacophonous City in Four Films

Coverage of events from Van Alen Institute's spring 2014 Elsewhere program series. Published on the Elsewhere blog.

Big Future Group blog

Introducing Big Future Group

[Press release for the public launch of a new nonprofit] Introducing Big Future Group and its First Project, a School for Himalayan Children