Babette Porcelijn's book De Verbogen Impact (Hidden Impact) reveals that the manufacture of new products is the biggest human impact on the planet

Mobile phones and other industrial products have “the number one impact” on climate change

Good Design for a Bad World Marcus Fairs The products that designers help create are the biggest contributors to climate change, according to research presented at our Good Design for a Bad World talks at Dutch Design Week last month. The claim came from designer Babette...
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A Brief Climate Change Reading List | Architect Magazine

Six books that present the truths and consequences of our global addiction to fossil fuels. By Ned Cramer The fossil fuel industry and its allies have fueled a massive disinformation campaign on the subject of climate change. If you’re looking for honest reporting and informed...
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Illustration: Lauren Nassef | Art Direction: Jelena Schulz

Miami: Transforming a Metropolis | Architect Magazine

Miami’s unique opportunity to revolutionize how Americans handle climate change. By Steve Cimino for AIA Architect David Rifkind is an associate professor of architecture at Florida International University (FIU) in Miami and the interim chair of FIU’s Department of Landscape...
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Ji Xin Wind analysis from student Ji Xin's project for Zero Energy Residential High-Rise, the studio co-taught by Ali Malkawi and Gordon Gill at Harvard University's Graduate School of Design this spring.

Education and the Performance Imperative | Architect Magazine

Ali Malkawi and Gordon Gill discuss their recent Harvard GSD studio and the need for heightened climate awareness in architecture schools. By Katie Gerfen Teaching a design studio without consideration for sustainability, resilience, and performance leads future architects in the...
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The 2018 International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam asks designers to confront climate change. Pictured here: Water-laden agriculture and rural development in the Netherlands. (Flickr/Franklin Heijnen)

International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam releases 2018 call for practices – Archpaper.com

By Jackson Rollings Instead of the traditional call for projects, the International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam (IABR) has released a call for practices for its 2018 and 2020 editions, which will share a common mission and focus on the environment. The biennials, collectively...
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NASA Climate change exacerbates [PDF] the frequency and intensity of natural disasters, disease outbreaks, and human crises such as poverty, famine, mass migration, and war. To model future outcomes, scientists use four standard “pathways” for different possible levels of CO2 in the atmosphere over time. The most extreme-sounding projections, the ones that make headlines, actually follow an entirely plausible pathway, in which humanity simply carries on burning fossil fuels as usual and temperatures continue to rise. According to a recent study, if humanity does not sharply reduce CO2 emissions, by the end of the century the chances of an extinction-level event could be 1 in 20. Pictured: Hurricanes Katia, Irma, and Jose on Sept. 8, moving west across the Atlantic Ocean to North America.

The Climate Is Changing. So Must Architecture. | Architect Magazine

Carbon dioxide causes global warming. Buildings emit almost half of the carbon dioxide in the U.S. That has to stop. By Ned Cramer Climate change is the fundamental design problem of our time. Not style, not fees, not education, not community, not health, not justice. All other...
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How Trump’s new infrastructure plan will hurt local climate action – Curbed

Cities are at risk for climate disasters today and Trump’s plan puts them in more danger by Alissa Walker In the first few minutes of a press conference that no one will remember for its talk about highways and bridges, President Donald Trump announced the first details of h...
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Car-free living better for combatting climate change than home improvements, says study – Curbed

But one choice that’s not talked about much outranks them all by Alissa Walker Quick: What’s the best thing you can personally do to fight climate change? Convert your house to solar, or switch to low-energy appliances? The answer is neither. Both of those solutions pale in...
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A French smart city network is going global to fight climate change – Curbed

DataCity wants to helps cities around the world become smarter, greener, and more efficient by Patrick Sisson In the wake of President Trump’s decision to pull the U.S. out of the Paris Accords, many American mayors promised to work with sister cities across the globe to continue...
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Why climate change is important to the ‘New York Times’ architecture critic – Curbed

Michael Kimmelman discusses his series “Changing Climate, Changing Cities” by Patrick Sisson New York Times architecture critic Michael Kimmelman has always taken a wide-angle view of just what the building beat can entail. Just as the impact of a single skyscraper can only be...
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