“Designers can contribute to a better world, but not if we dictate how”

by Louise Schouwenberg Ahead of the launch of our Good Design for a Bad World, Dezeen editor-in-chief Marcus Fairs asked: “Can design save the world?” In this response, Louise Schouwenberg argues that global issues can’t be placed on the shoulders of...
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Sea level rise… Planning for the Inevitable | Architect Magazine

Why architects need to both slow global warming and prepare for sea level rise. By Steve Cimino for AIA Architect John Englander is an oceanographer and expert on sea level rise who takes pride in his ability to explain the watery issues plaguing our planet without jargon or...
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Sand becomes “increasingly scarce and expensive”, threatening glassmaking and construction

Marcus Fairs A symposium taking place at Dutch Design Week later this month will discuss the rapid depletion of the world’s sand reserves, which could leave supplies of the high-quality sand used in the glass industry exhausted within 20 years.The “sand crisis”...
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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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Number of students studying design “not sustainable” for UK economy

Marcus Fairs The UK’s Design Council has weighed in to the debate about the declining number of students taking creative subjects, describing the situation as “not sustainable for design businesses or the UK economy”.The body said it would lobby politicians from...
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an artist’s impression of the mars colonization

elon musk unveils spaceX’s moon base alpha and mars city plans

spaceX founder and CEO elon musk reveals his plans to establish a moon base and a colonization city on mars within the next decade. presented at the international astronautical congress (IAC) in adelaide, australia, the astronomic project also involves a BFR spacecraft that...
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Elon Musk proposes rockets to travel anywhere on Earth in under an hour

Alice Morby SpaceX CEO Elon Musk has revealed plans to use rockets as a form of transport on earth, and he claims they will allow people to travel from “any city to any other city in under one hour”.Musk revealed his vision for the new transport system at the...
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Watch how Elon Musk is making the hyperloop a reality – Curbed

The key to hyperloops success is tunnels by Lauren Ro and Hiatt Woods   What’s it going to take make high-speed hyperloop travel a reality? The “boring” answer may surprise you. Tunnels. Tunnels are what’s needed to fling a tube car from point A to point B—How else is it supposed...
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Olli, a 3D-printed autonomous bus, made its debut in the U.S. in 2016. Local Motors

The best transportation improvements to try in your city – Curbed

These small things can make a big impact by Megan Barber, Patrick Sisson, and Alissa Walker Whether you live in the farthest suburb or in the heart of downtown, how you move around your city shapes your social interactions, your job, and even your family dynamics. Peruse the...
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The South Carolina Helicopter Aquatic Rescue Team came to the aid of residents in Port Arthur, an inundated south Texas city, seen here on August 31. Photo © National Guard Staff Sgt. Daniel J. Martinez

Reeling from Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, Architects Focus on Rebuilding and Resiliency

Miriam Sitz As summer 2017 drew to a close, for the first time in 166 years of weather records, two Category 4 Atlantic hurricanes hit the United States in the same season—just 16 days apart. Each brought its own superlatives: Harvey, the continental U.S.’s wettest storm ever,...
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