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This Week in Tech: Autonomous Vehicles Are Rolling Into Virginia This Summer

Plus, “metallic wood” nanomaterial by University of Pennsylvania researchers, the USGBC’s list of top states for LEED certification, and more design-tech news from this week. By Katharine Keane Yesterday, Boston-based autonomous vehicle technology company...
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Since the November election, politicians have been promoting a Green New Deal. We talked to architects about what that could and should mean for architects (Wikipedia)

What do architects want from a Green New Deal?

As the scale of climate change has accelerated and grown direr in recent months, upstart politicians like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York have made The Architect’s Newspaper talked to professionals like Kimberly Dowdell and Vishaan Chakrabarti about...
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A Warning Against Boundless Timber Construction

Contributor Blaine Brownell weighs the costs of unlimited tree harvesting for construction. By Blaine Brownell In The Overstory: A Novel (W. W. Norton & Co., 2018), author Richard Powers explores the problematic relationship between people and trees. Although humans generally...
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What Would a “Green New Deal” Look Like for Architecture? | Architectural Digest

The implications of such a plan—championed by new Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez—extend well beyond the ecological Text by Meaghan O’Neill Newly elected Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez got tongues wagging this month when she championed a plan for a Green New...
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“As environmental catastrophe unfolds, we need architecture that is more than just green”

We’ve woken up to the reality of the anthropocene era and realised the catastrophic damage we’ve inflicted on the planet. Now we must develop a new form of architecture that can adapt to major environmental changes, says Darran Anderson. Darran Anderson We’ve...
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The Guardian newspaper switches from plastic to biodegradable wrapping

UK national newspaper The Guardian has scrapped its polythene packaging in favour of a compostable wrapping made from potato starch, in a bid to reduce its plastic waste. Natashah Hitti UK national newspaper The Guardian has scrapped its polythene packaging in favour of a...
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A Green New Deal could turn cities into clean energy leaders

The sweeping policy proposal might be the answer for cities seeking infrastructure funding By Patrick Sisson In the wake of a series of dispiriting climate reports, the debate on climate change—and climate action—has new urgency. Nowhere is that more evident than in the excited...
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IgCC 2018: What Architects and Clients Need to Know

The latest edition of the International Green Construction Code absorbs ASHRAE 189.1 and aims to bridge the gap between optional and mandatory guidelines for high-performance design. By Michael Kilkelly Architects and owners looking to construct high-performance buildings have a...
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designboom TECH predictions 2019: let’s stop plastic pollution

kieron marchese as the year turns over you can’t help but be a little existential. humanity has a plethora of issues and you find yourself wanting to do something about it. what area of life would you love to transform in 2019? there’s no better place to start than one ...
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Energy-storing concrete bricks could be key to proliferation of renewables

Renewable energy could reliably power the grid at peak times using an eco-friendly and cost-effective storage solution designed by Swiss start-up Energy Vault. Rima Sabina Aouf Renewable energy could reliably power the grid at peak times using an eco-friendly and cost-effective...
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