Hurricane Sandy cost New York nearly $11 billion in damage in 2012. A storm-related fire destroyed more than 100 homes in Breezy Point, Queens. AP Photo/Mark Lennihan

As the climate changes, architects and engineers need to design

Adaptation doesn’t mean what it used to. Nicholas Rajkovich In the past seven years, four major disasters have caused serious disruptions in the Northeast and Midwest United States. Hurricane Sandy slammed into New York City in 2012, inflicting nearly $11 billion in damage...
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The Future of Architecture Education Is the Future of Civilization

The constitutional documents of architecture school accreditation are up for grabs, but only until Nov. 22. Please, read the drafts, and comment on them. By Ned Cramer The National Architectural Accrediting Board is currently undergoing review and revision of its Conditions for...
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Hybrid Technologies and the Automation of Construction

Blaine Brownell explores emergent teleoperation and telerobotics technologies that could revolutionize the built environment. By Blaine Brownell Design practitioners have become familiar with an array of evolving technologies such as virtual and augmented reality (VR/AR),...
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What is the Future of Concrete in Architecture?

Concrete is the second-most used material on earth, but is also the second-largest emitter of CO2. We examine the trends and innovations shaping its future. by Niall Patrick Walsh Concrete is the second-most used material on earth. It is also the second-largest emitter of CO2,...
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A construction worker welding. Increased temperatures around the are expected to make construction conditions more stressful. (Christopher Burns/Unsplash)

Heat waves are slowing construction around the world, and it will only get worse

With extreme heat events becoming more common all over the world, the construction industry is facing more delays and weather-related injuries. By Jamie Evelyn Goldsborough The effects of climate change are felt all over the world and are causing a host of negative consequences....
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The Future of Making: Design Automation and Imagination [Infographic]

With the global population growing to 10 billion by 2050, how do builders, designers, and manufacturers create more while using less? The future of making is design automation and imagination. by Missy Roback The global middle class is growing faster than at any time in history:...
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Miami Planners In 1946 Imagined Orange Juice Drinking Fountains, Rooftop Airport, and Tunnel To Brickell By 1996

An exhibit by planners at Bayfront Park in 1946 imagined what Miami would look like 50 years in the future. By 1996, the city and surrounding area was to have been fully powered by a Great Solar Turbo Electric Generating Plant, which would provide cheap electricity. The Miami...
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Rural imagery is prevalent throughout Blue Origin’s pitch, assuming humans will have the ability to construct ecologies wholesale in the near future. (Courtesy Blue Origin)

Decoding the colonial history behind Blue Origin’s space settlements

Jeff Bezos’s Blue Origin hopes to colonize space through artificial habitats and landscapes, but the vision he presents is rooted in historical precedent. By Marc Miller In May 2019, Jeff Bezos made his case for why and how humans will occupy space, in a presentation titled...
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Scientists develop “greenhouse shields” to grow food on Mars

Researchers at Harvard University have devised a way to terraform Mars by placing sheets of silica aerogel on the planet’s surface, which would warm it up to make it suitable for growing plants. Eleanor Gibson Researchers at Harvard University have devised a way to...
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The Future Impact of 3D Printing

Future Impact of 3D Printing Additive manufacturing is redefining the future, removing complexities and changing the role of architects. Terry Beaubois, CEO of Building Knowledge Systems, shares his expertise in the 3D-printed building process, offering key insights on how this...
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