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Repurposing Carbon for the Built Environment

Blaine Brownell explores emergent technologies that use captured carbon in building materials like cement. By Blaine Brownell According to the U.N. Environment Program, 50 metric gigatons of greenhouse gases are released each year into the atmosphere—and without serious...
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One of the many banners TED plans to promote around the globe in preparation for its final Countdown date of October 10, 2020. Photo: Courtesy of TED

TED Plans to Address How Architecture Can Combat Climate Change

The media organization is bringing together some of the biggest celebrities and boldest activists to help solve arguably the most consequential issue of the century By Nick Mafi TED, the popular media organization that posts talks online under the slogan “Ideas worth...
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leandro erlich raises climate change awareness with traffic jam installation in miami

anyone who’s been in miami for art week in december knows that the massive contemporary art bonanza is fun but that the traffic chaos it creates is annoying — to say the least — especially at the beach. juliana neira for the 2019 edition of miami art week, the city of miami beach...
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A positive look at climate change through action

bill gates-backed giant solar farm could cut 10% of global carbon emissions kieron marchese clean energy company heliogen is transforming sunlight to create and replace fuels. after successfully concentrating solar energy to exceed temperatures greater than 1,000 degrees celsius,...
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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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John Karakatsanis/Flickr via Creative Commons license The Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center in Athens, Greece, under construction

Why Architecture Critics Should Ask about Embodied Energy

When designers try to spin their projects as sustainable, journalists should dig to expose the truth. By Fred A. Bernstein Just under a decade ago, I reviewed a Las Vegas development called CityCenter for ARCHITECT. After listing some of the center’s green features, like low-flow...
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Tesla unveils a new version of its solar roof

Now in its third iteration, Tesla’s Solar Roof might finally be ready for mass market. By Liz Stinson Over the last three years, Elon Musk’s vision for a fully-integrated solar panel roof has been delayed time and time again. First there were production issues. Then aesthetic...
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the idea of the ‘terra’ surface by yuriy ryntovt is an anthem to earth. all images © annegret boenemann

affair with earth showcases hemp fur, soil furniture and paper made from fallen leaves

presented during 2019’s edition of dutch design week, ‘affair with earth’ brought together ukrainian designers to explore new sustainable materials. the works were showcased on surfaces completely covered by a green living ecosystem and investigated different sources of...
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MIT Researchers Eliminate Emissions from Cement Production Process

If applied at scale, a new electrochemical process could reduce and recapture a major source of carbon emissions. By Mary Salmonsen   A team of researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology has created a new cement production process that does not release greenhouse...
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“To end plastic pollution, we first need to eliminate language pollution”

Designers’ efforts to reduce the environmental impact of their products are being hampered by confusion over terminology and rampant greenwashing, writes Marcus Fairs. Marcus Fairs Greenwashing is back. As concern about climate change, pollution, habitat destruction and...
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