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Interest in Impact Investing–Especially for Climate Change–Is On the Rise

The amount of money being invested in “world changing causes” doubled in the last year–to $228 billion. By Ben Paynter In just one year, the estimated value of the impact-investing sector has roughly doubled. There are now $228 billion in assets under management, according to a...
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Union of Concerned Scientists Seeks to Quantify Economic Damage From Sea Level Rise

Report out Monday includes interactive maps that show what communities are most at risk. The Union of Concerned Scientists is out Monday with a report that attempts to quantify in economic terms the extent of possible damage and loss from rising sea levels. Here’s what the...
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Is LEED Tough Enough for the Climate-Change Era?

Twenty years ago, the U.S. Green Building Council piloted its LEED certification, which has reshaped architecture and real estate. But how much does it dent buildings’ energy use? Brian Barth In the late 1980s, revolution was afoot in the world of architecture. It started when a...
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An illustration depicts the unique challenges Miami Beach faces with saltwater intrusion adding pressure to groundwater.

Living with Rising Sea Levels: Miami Beach’s Plans for Resilience – Urban Land Magazine

In April, a team of ULI members on an Advisory Services panel traveled to Miami Beach to advise the city on its preparations for sea-level rise and to brainstorm about what could be done better. The group concluded that the city has made an admirable start, including investment...
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Rising sea levels in Miami (Credit: Wikipedia)

Miami Beach rising seas strategy needs more solutions: ULI panel

City needs to build taller seawalls, use green and open spaces for their sponge-like function By Francisco Alvarado To combat rising seas, Miami Beach needs to build taller seawalls throughout the island, use green spaces to sponge off water, and should consider commissioning art...
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Florida National Guard soldiers conducting a rescue operation near Jacksonville, Florida, after Hurricane Irma. Courtesy the Florida National Guard

How Architects Can Fight Climate Change During the Midterms Elections

Architects Advocate, an activist network of architects focused on climate change, describes the new tools it’s releasing. by Tom Jacobs An unprecedented pattern of heat waves in the arctic. Devastating hurricanes and wildfires in the US. Sunny day flooding in the streets of...
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Blue Dunes: Climate Change by Design (Courtesy Amazon)

AN rounds up our favorite climate change books of 2018

With such a global problem facing humanity, how can architects adapt to a future plagued by natural disasters? AN rounds up our favorite books for thinking about, and designing for, an uncertain world. Coastal flooding, heatwaves, snow storms, droughts, wildfires and hurricanes;...
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This Week in Tech: CES 2018 Kicks Off in Las Vegas

Plus, realistic ambient sounds for Google Street View, Panasonic helps plan a connected facility for the U.S. Olympic Museum, and more design-tech news from this week. By ARCHITECT Staff The 51st annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES) kicked off at the Las Vegas Convention Center...
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Agency’s Super Levee Urban Farm from 2010 looks at the role of infrastructure in light of future climate change. As sea levels are expected to rise, their design proposes a series of levees around Manhattan.

Infrastructure and Climate Change: Swords Into Plowshares

The military is signaling the alarm about climate change. Government spending should reflect that concern. By Ned Cramer On Dec. 12, Donald Trump signed the $700 billion National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2018 into law. Buried among the purchase approval for 13...
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What defined urbanism in 2017 – Curbed

Cities took a stand on climate issues, and spurred change for transit, housing, and more By Patrick Sisson Thanks to a new occupant in the White House, cities are being asked to do more, be more, and help more people than they ever have before. Cities are now leading the nation...
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