Jeff Elkins

A Brief Climate Change Reading List | Architect Magazine

Six books that present the truths and consequences of our global addiction to fossil fuels. By Ned Cramer The fossil fuel industry and its allies have fueled a massive disinformation campaign on the subject of climate change. If you’re looking for honest reporting and informed...
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Bacteria-Activated Wallpaper that Generates Electricity | Architect Magazine

U.K. researchers printed microorganisms onto paper to create a wall finish as well as a solar bio-battery. By Katharine Keane Researchers from Imperial College London (ICL), the University of Cambridge, and Central Saint Martins have successfully created a wallpaper-like covering...
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Automated, electric buses may be transit’s future – Curbed

Why some believe the first electric, self-guided vehicle you’ll ride should and could be a bus by Patrick Sisson   It may seem unlikely that a bus route that takes passengers to a local sauna would provide a glimpse of transportation’s future. But, to be fair, we’re talking...
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Ji Xin Wind analysis from student Ji Xin's project for Zero Energy Residential High-Rise, the studio co-taught by Ali Malkawi and Gordon Gill at Harvard University's Graduate School of Design this spring.

Education and the Performance Imperative | Architect Magazine

Ali Malkawi and Gordon Gill discuss their recent Harvard GSD studio and the need for heightened climate awareness in architecture schools. By Katie Gerfen Teaching a design studio without consideration for sustainability, resilience, and performance leads future architects in the...
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Calculating the Ecological Footprint of the Built Environment | Architect Magazine

Researchers across disciplines continue to seek an accurate method for measuring the carbon footprint of buildings. By Blaine Brownell Today I took the Footprint Calculator quiz. The results were appalling. Specifically, I visited the Global Footprint Network’s online quiz to...
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The 2018 International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam asks designers to confront climate change. Pictured here: Water-laden agriculture and rural development in the Netherlands. (Flickr/Franklin Heijnen)

International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam releases 2018 call for practices – Archpaper.com

By Jackson Rollings Instead of the traditional call for projects, the International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam (IABR) has released a call for practices for its 2018 and 2020 editions, which will share a common mission and focus on the environment. The biennials, collectively...
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Jeff Elkins Bamboo’s high tensile strength makes the material a viable option for construction.

Material Strategies for Sustainable Construction | Architect Magazine

By Blaine Brownell Waste is a crime. Embrace your inner pragmatist and celebrate materials, methods, and technologies that do more with less. Though sustainability rating programs such as the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC)’s LEED have contributed fundamental knowledge...
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Can Food Waste be Turned into Building Materials? Arup Thinks So. | Architect Magazine

The multinational firm proposes upcycling organic waste for insulation, flat boards, and other building materials. By Katharine Keane In a new report entitled “The Urban Bio-Loop,” multinational professional services firm Arup proposes a new paradigm for developing building...
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An electric passenger bus by American manufacturer Proterra. One of the goals of the Fossil-Fuel-Free Streets Declaration is to show support for the electric and zero-emissions bus industry. Pro terra

12 international cities sign Fossil-Fuel-Free Streets Declaration – Curbed

Each city will create a “major emissions-free zone” and only purchase zero-emission buses starting in 2025 by Patrick Sisson Representatives from a dozen global cities pledged to take big steps towards cutting transportation-related pollution, promising to “envision a future...
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“Designers can contribute to a better world, but not if we dictate how”

by Louise Schouwenberg Ahead of the launch of our Good Design for a Bad World, Dezeen editor-in-chief Marcus Fairs asked: “Can design save the world?” In this response, Louise Schouwenberg argues that global issues can’t be placed on the shoulders of...
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