The next step in renewable energy is right under our feet. (Courtesy Pavegen)

The next step in renewable energy is right under our feet

Pavegen technology is a multi-functional, custom flooring system that transforms foot traffic into off-grid electricity. By Robert Nieminen The New York Times journalist Thomas Friedman once asked, “Do you know what my favorite renewable fuel is? An ecosystem for innovation.” If...
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How Architects Can Fight Climate Change During the Midterms Elections

Architects Advocate, an activist network of architects focused on climate change, describes the new tools it’s releasing. by Tom Jacobs An unprecedented pattern of heat waves in the arctic. Devastating hurricanes and wildfires in the US. Sunny day flooding in the streets of...
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How floating architecture could help save at-risk cities

Raftlike homes and buoyant buildings may be a fix for rising sea levels. by Kate Baggaley From New York to Shanghai, coastal cities around the world are at risk from rising sea levels and unpredictable storm surges. But rather than simply building higher seawalls to hold back...
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Apple is now globally powered by 100 percent renewable energy

As part of its commitment to combat climate change and create a healthier environment, apple has announced its global facilities are now powered with 100 percent clean energy. that includes stores, offices, and data centers powered from renewable energy sources such as solar,...
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Harvard University Graduate School of Design to work with Miami community on multi-year resiliency project

by Mohsen Mostafavi Photos courtesy of Harvard University Graduate School of Design To engage Miami residents in creating new approaches to address pressing urban issues—including affordable housing, transportation and sea level rise—Knight Foundation has announced $1 million in...
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Illustration: Michael Kirkham Solar windows: Glass windows covered with an electricity-generating coating remain transparent, resulting in the world’s smallest functional solar cells (1 square millimeter for a single cell). They measure less than one-fourth the size of a grain of rice. Currently, the coating is able to produce a solar conversion efficiency close to 1 percent, but researchers are hoping that it will reach efficiencies above 5 percent when fully optimized.

Solar Power: net-zero energy is cheaper than ever…

Harvesting the sun’s power to create net-zero (or even net-positive) energy is cheaper than ever now. So why aren’t more architects doing it? By Katherine Flynn for AIA Architect It probably comes as no surprise that solar power is currently the least-used energy source in the...
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Elon Musk does a 180 on mass transit and makes rapid buses his first priority. A still from Musk's video showing the revised Hyperloop bus-pod. (Courtesy Elon Musk)

Elon Musk does a 180 on mass transit and makes rapid buses his first priority

Elon Musk has decided that The Boring Company and future Hyperloops will focus on moving people over cars. By Jonathan Hilburg The Boring Company, Elon Musk’s Hyperloop tunnel-digging side company, may have a new mission after Musk claimed that he would be shifting towards...
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UNSense will develop technologies to make buildings healthier and cities smarter, for projects such as UNStudio's Future Farms concept

A new tech startup aims to drag architecture into iPhone age

Dutch architect Ben van Berkel of UNStudio has launched UNSense, a startup that will develop technologies to make buildings healthier and cities smarter. Marcus Fairs Dutch architect Ben van Berkel of UNStudio has launched UNSense, a startup that will develop technologies to make...
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Alternative Wood Products and Processing Methods to Watch

Blaine Brownell highlights several readily available, experimental, and speculative products and innovations. By Blaine Brownell The AEC industry recently has a newfound appreciation for wood and its applications in tall and mass timber construction. But the material’s...
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This Week in Tech: Otis Flips the On Switch for Its First Solar Farm

Plus, Elon Musk’s Boring Co. gets the green light to start digging in D.C., ARCHITECT’s 12th Annual R+D Awards is now open for submissions, and more design-tech news from this week. By Selin Ashaboglu Yesterday, the Otis Elevator Co. announced the opening of a new...
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