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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A new wave of social and relaxation spaces bridges the gap between work and home. A moss wall is one of the biophilic principles at play at The Assemblage, a Manhattan coworking and coliving space designed by Meyer Davis. (Mikiko Kikuyama)

A new wave of social and relaxation spaces bridges the gap between work and home

As the evolution of the open office continues, a growing need for new “third spaces” has created a class of co-working, meditation, and other “out of the office” amenities for overworked employees. By Heather Corcoran As anyone used to late-night emails...
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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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This Week in Tech: NASA Releases Two Decades of Data about the Earth

Plus, former Autodesk executives join forces to launch an autonomous manufacturing startup, the Van Alen Institute establishes Climate Council, and more design-tech news from this week. By Ayda Ayoubi When launched in 1999 and 2002, NASA’s Terra and Aqua satellites were...
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Climate Mayors: The impact a year after the U.S. left the Paris agreement

Assessing the effectiveness of city leadership on the climate By Patrick Sisson Last June, during a press conference in the Rose Garden, President Trump announced the United States would be leaving the Paris climate accord, seeking a better deal for the country and more control...
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Can dockless and station-based bike-share programs coexist?

Two new studies show where bike-share ridership in the U.S. might be headed By Alissa Walker Imagine a “bike-share program that lets novice riders loose” to “flood streets with thousands of uninsured cyclists.” Sounds scary, right? “10,000 extra bicycles could pose a re...
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‘Designing Waste’ at New York’s Center for Architecture

Curated by journalist Andrew Blum, the exhibition opens June 16 and will run through Sept. 1. By Ayda Ayoubi An upcoming exhibition at the Center for Architecture in New York will explore waste management strategies that can help the city “achieve its goal of sending zero...
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Living with Rising Sea Levels: Miami Beach’s Plans for Resilience – Urban Land Magazine

In April, a team of ULI members on an Advisory Services panel traveled to Miami Beach to advise the city on its preparations for sea-level rise and to brainstorm about what could be done better. The group concluded that the city has made an admirable start, including investment...
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