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Architecture’s Carbon Problem
Architects create about 40 percent of the world’s carbon dioxide emissions, but they can also help to solve the climate crisis.
Improving Racial Equity Through Greener Design
Climate change affects us all, but doesn’t impact us all equally. This article is part of a new series, Building Equity, that explores how architects are working with communities and civic
Why We Need a ZERO Code Now
To reduce carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions, architects are looking beyond their own projects to make a greater difference in a new way—with building codes. By 2060, the world is projected
Design Tools to Help Stop Climate Change
In 2008, architect Larry Strain, FAIA, was part of a team designing a town center in Portola Valley, California, when he conducted a Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) and made a
Renovating Buildings to Protect the Climate and Rejuvenate Communities
Buildings often create two problems. They contribute nearly 40 percent of the world’s fossil fuel carbon dioxide emissions (CO2), speeding global warming. And, historically, they have contributed to systemic racism
What Can COVID-19 Teach Us About Climate Change? Experts Weigh In
While the most urgent challenge now facing the global community is stopping the spread of COVID-19 and mitigating its impacts, the race to fight climate change continues.
The Language of Carbon: A Glossary of Terms
Seventeen terms that will help you talk the talk of carbon positive design.
Concrete, Steel, or Wood: Searching for Zero-Net-Carbon Structural Materials
Steel and concrete predominate the U.S. commercial building market for structural materials, while engineered wood—specifically mass timber—is garnering attention for its potential embodied carbon savings and sequestration ability.
Eight Questions You’ll Hear When Proposing Zero-Carbon Design
And, more importantly, tried-and-true responses from seasoned experts who have fielded these FAQS.
Designing a Coastal City
Content used with permission from WIRED Magazine. Robin Seidel, an architect working to save Boston from rising seawater, survived her first flood as a child. “I was nine years old
The Future of Resilience & Sustainability
Content used with permission from WIRED Magazine. In 2012, as Hurricane Sandy battered the east coast, Diane Hellriegel made the most difficult decision of her life—to abandon her home in