Courtesy of The Mediated Matter Group From Cooper Hewitt: Neri Oxman’s Aguahoja, which exemplifies the National Design Award winner’s advancement of material ecology, a design approach that seeks to unify nature’s material intelligence with engineering, computation and digital fabrication. The project culminates in a pavilion made from 3D printed panels of plant cellulose and chitosan, a material made from the chitin present in invertebrate shells.

Cooper Hewitt to Showcase Design Interventions for Climate Change in a 2019 Triennial Exhibit

“Nature—Cooper Hewitt Design Triennial,” will be on view at the Cooper Hewitt in New York and the Cube design museum in Kerkrade, Netherlands, from May 10 until Jan. 20, 2020. By Katharine Keane As a polar vortex sweeps across the nation, we are again forced to confront the new...
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As cities confront climate change, is density the answer?

Plans to increase urban density may foreshadow how cities respond to efforts to cut emissions By Patrick Sisson Last week, climate change found many ways to inch into the news cycle. In Washington, D.C., hundreds of young advocates protested at Congressional offices, demanding a...
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First geoengineering experiment to dim the sun on track for 2019

Harvard scientists will attempt to replicate the climate-cooling effect of volcanic eruptions with a world-first solar geoengineering experiment set for early 2019. Rima Sabina Aouf Harvard scientists will attempt to replicate the climate-cooling effect of volcanic eruptions with...
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Cities, on front lines of climate change, can make outsized difference

A new C40 report argues cities can boost the economy while responding to pressing climate change crisis By Patrick Sisson Cities are essential to fighting climate change, according to new research released today, both oversized contributors to the problem, but also, with the...
Peter Buschmann; courtesy Forest Service, USDA In Nov., the Woolsey Fire destroyed some 1,643 structures in California's Los Angeles and Ventura counties, with total real estate damages estimated at $5 billion.

An Unthinkable, Inevitable Response to Climate Change

Resilient design can’t save every human settlement from wildfires, drought, flooding, and other anthropogenic natural disasters. In some cases, we will have to consider retreat. By Ned Cramer Should we rebuild? That sad question is being voiced far too often in far too many...
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This Week in Tech: A Bio-Digital Curtain that Combats Climate Change

Plus, the USGBC announces a new certification for net-zero buildings, Amazon officially reveals its HQ2 locations, and more design-tech news from this week. By Katharine Keane London-based EcoLogic Studio has unveiled an urban curtain prototype that can capture and store...
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A Positive Net-Zero Attitude… Climate change is the single most important issue architects face

Climate change is the single most important issue architects face, and with every passing day the stakes are getting higher. By Ned Cramer The 2016 Paris Agreement focused on the effects of a 2 C (3.6 F) increase in average global temperature, and gave the world a deadline of...
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Geoengineering could help us combat climate change before it's too late

Five geoengineering solutions proposed to fight climate change

Last week’s UN report shone a light on geoengineering, a discipline that proposes large-scale interventions to counteract global warming. So what ideas are geoengineers proposing? Rima Sabina Aouf If humans can’t reduce greenhouse-gas emissions, can we design our way...
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Opinion: “Humans are clever. They can solve problems. There is hope”

We are entering a new geological era: the anthropocene, in which human activity is a dominant influence on earth’s geology and environment. At Dutch Design Week, a special edition of our Good Design for a Bad World talks series will ask if design can harness this phenomenon...
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Cities have 15 months left to slow climate change, says new report

Dramatic action is required by 2020—yet 27 cities are proving it’s possible By Alissa Walker Widespread, sustained disasters like drought, wildfire, and flooding will affect virtually every human on the planet within their lifetimes, according to a dire new assessment of the...
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