Created in 1889 by Jane Addams and Ellen Gates Starr, Chicago's Hull-House was the first indication that the England-born settlement movement—a response to rapid urban growth and the concomitant increase in poverty and other woes among marginalized groups—had reached the United States. Eventually, all but two of the buildings that constituted Hull-House were consumed by the campus of the University of Illinois at Chicago. This case study examines the social, cultural, educational, and architectural threads that connect the two institutions.

In late September, the AIA launched Soloso, a website that offers members “a continuous flow of information on trends, solutions, products, and strategies related to architecture.” After creating their profiles, members can also upload their own projects, create blogs, and share their interests and expertise with others.

Why leave critiques of the built environment to the experts? Now, with Architecture: The Good the Bad and the Ugly, launched a few months ago, anyone with an opinion can post images of buildings and developments that are commendable, merely so-so, or downright awful. You can also vote on other designs already in the database.