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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Google’s New Tool to Fight Climate Change

The company will begin estimating local carbon pollution from cities around the world.   Robinson Meyer In the next decade or so, more than 6,000 cities, states, and provinces around the world will try to do something that has eluded humanity for 25 years: reduce their emissions...
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Rising Risks: ‘Climate gentrification’ is changing Miami real estate values – for better and worse

A new study finds home values are both rising and falling in certain areas due to climate change and the rising risk of more extreme weather. The study looks at Miami and dramatic changes taking place in Little Haiti. A new Harvard study claims climate change is altering home...
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Image shows an example of Climate Gentrification and densification in Allapattah, Florida. Courtesy of Kenner Carmody, Graduate School of Design, Harvard University.

“Climate Gentrification theory illustrates ethical problems facing architects”

Architects must consider the social and economic repercussions of building in places at risk from climate change, urges Jesse M Keenan. by Jesse M Keenan Architects must consider not just the environmental, but the social and economic repercussions of building in places at risk...
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The Van Alen Institute, in Partnership with The New Yorker, Explores Climate Change in Miami | Architectural Digest

In its new Sessions series, the Van Alen Institute shows the effects of climate change through a variety of lenses Text by Hadley Keller “The results are visible,” says landscape architect Jennifer Bolstad of the effects of climate change on Miami. “Even if...
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Disasters—and Bad Architecture—Can Affect Happiness and Productivity

On April 4, Susan S. Szenasy, Metropolis’s director of design innovation, moderated a panel at the downtown offices of Page architects on this complex topic. by Canan Yetmen The increasing regularity of major climatic events like Hurricane Harvey has led to meaty discussions...
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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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