NASA’s bold space habitats inspired a generation of designers. The drawings by artist Rick Guidice mix familiar designs with futuristic imagery. (Courtesy NASA Ames Research Center)

NASA’s bold space habitats inspired a generation of designers

By Fred Scharmen In the 1970s, artists and scientists imagined the space habitats of the future. These ideas have since remained embedded in the popular imagination. This is an excerpt from a forthcoming book, Space Settlements, about the architectural, historical, social, and...
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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 sketch of Sidewalk Labs’ vision of a new smart city in Toronto. Sidewalk Labs

A guide to 6 futuristic smart cities under development – Curbed

Tech titans have caught utopia fever. Here’s a breakdown of who’s doing what by Patrick Sisson   Maybe it’s the sudden flurry of flying car proposals or the hype over hyperloop, but it seems like tech companies are finally ready to build the cities of the future we’ve been...
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Breaking Ground with Brian Bandell: The Evolution of Retail – South Florida Business Journal

By Brian Bandell  –  Senior Reporter, South Florida Business Journal Across the nation, retail is under siege from e-commerce, but the trends are a little different in South Florida. About 80 people attended “Breaking Ground with Brian Bandell: The Evolution of...
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Automated, electric buses may be transit’s future – Curbed

Why some believe the first electric, self-guided vehicle you’ll ride should and could be a bus by Patrick Sisson   It may seem unlikely that a bus route that takes passengers to a local sauna would provide a glimpse of transportation’s future. But, to be fair, we’re talking...
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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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The Lab’s Cityways project analyzed anonymous data gathered by fitness tracking apps in Boston and San Francisco to understand factors that shaped exercise patterns and public health. (Courtesy MIT Senseable City Lab)

How sensing technologies can reshape architecture, public health, and cities – Archpaper.com

By Zach Edelson Carlo Ratti is the founder of the Turin, Italy-based firm Carlo Ratti Associati (CRA) and director of MIT’s Senseable City Lab. In both roles, he explores how technology can improve the built environment and, it follows, our lives. Recently in Turin, CRA completed...
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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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An electric passenger bus by American manufacturer Proterra. One of the goals of the Fossil-Fuel-Free Streets Declaration is to show support for the electric and zero-emissions bus industry. Pro terra

12 international cities sign Fossil-Fuel-Free Streets Declaration – Curbed

Each city will create a “major emissions-free zone” and only purchase zero-emission buses starting in 2025 by Patrick Sisson Representatives from a dozen global cities pledged to take big steps towards cutting transportation-related pollution, promising to “envision a future...
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