Who should decide what major urban buildings look like? For the most part, these decisions are made by architects and city planning commissions. But a group called Architectural Uprising is having some success shifting the balance of power. “Founded in Sweden in 2014 as a public Facebook group, the Uprising is a collective of citizen design critics who object to what organizers call the ‘continued uglification’ of developments in Nordic cities, and push for a return to classically informed design.” Bloomberg: A Nordic Revolt Against ‘Ugly’ Modern Architecture.

+ These days, many architectural decisions are being made with something more vital than appearances in mind. FastCo: 7 ways architects are redesigning buildings for extreme heat. (We’ll see if these ideas are cool enough for Architectural Uprising…)