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South Florida Beaches are Running Out of Sand

South Florida Beaches are Running Out of Sand

  Image via Shutterstock. If you were to guess what feature South Florida was desperately lacking, sand would probably not be the first thing that comes to mind. Yet, the coastline is

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Adjustable Energy-Saving Lightscoop Skylights Flood Interiors With Natural Light

Adjustable Energy-Saving Lightscoop Skylights Flood Interiors With Natural Light

What if electric lighting during the day became obsolete? The Lighting Research Center (LRC) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute has developed an incredible skylight, Lightscoop, that fills an interior

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How ‘Soft Infrastructure,’ Like Wetlands and Green Roofs, Could Help Protect NYC from Future Storms

How ‘Soft Infrastructure,’ Like Wetlands and Green Roofs, Could Help Protect NYC from Future Storms

As the climate changes and sea levels rise, cities that were previously thought to be relatively safe are looking more and more vulnerable -- just ask anyone in New York who lived through Hurricane Sandy.

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Former Director of NYC Dept. of City Planning Says Giant Rotterdam-Style Floodgates Could Protect NYC from the Next Superstorm

Former Director of NYC Dept. of City Planning Says Giant Rotterdam-Style Floodgates Could Protect NYC from the Next Superstorm

Before Hurricane Sandy, building giant sea walls to protect NYC from storm surges may have sounded extreme, but now respected urban planners are considering it as a viable solution. The New York Observer

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RFP for NYC’s Flood-Protecting Seaport City Puts It a Step Closer to Reality

RFP for NYC’s Flood-Protecting Seaport City Puts It a Step Closer to Reality

If you thought New York City was just playing around when it proposed building a mini city onto the side of Manhattan to protect it from future storms, check this out. Yesterday, Mayor Bloomberg issued a

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Global Warming Threats in Just 10 Major Cities Could Cost 9 Percent of the World’s GDP by Mid-Century

Global Warming Threats in Just 10 Major Cities Could Cost 9 Percent of the World’s GDP by Mid-Century

Anton Oparin / Shutterstock.com The damage caused by Hurricane Sandy will ultimately cost billions of dollars to repair, which has researchers wondering what the global cost of climate change could be.

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Architecture for a Change’s Mamelodi Pod is a Self-Sustaining Solution to Shantytowns

Architecture for a Change’s Mamelodi Pod is a Self-Sustaining Solution to Shantytowns

A rapidly increasing portion of South Africa's population lives in shantytowns that lack access to water, electricity and basic plumbing. Mamelodi is one of the oldest townships in Pretoria that was set

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Steel and Bamboo Ring Celestial Bliss in Taiwan Celebrates Nature’s Endless Circle of Life

Steel and Bamboo Ring Celestial Bliss in Taiwan Celebrates Nature’s Endless Circle of Life

The structure is made from reusable steel, which serves as the primary structural system, and bamboo cladding. The inner projection screen was made from recycled materials, while bamboo sections were

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Juan Castanos’ Amphibious Home Is Designed to be Self-Sustaining Even in Flood Condtitions

Juan Castanos’ Amphibious Home Is Designed to be Self-Sustaining Even in Flood Condtitions

With global warming driving the melting of glaciers, researchers predict a sharp rise in sea levels that could stifle some of the world's largest metropolitan cities built near the coasts of the sea as

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London’s Largest Living Wall Springs to Life in Victoria

London’s Largest Living Wall Springs to Life in Victoria

Rows and rows of ferns, flowers and herbaceous plants are anchored by 16 tons of soil, spanning over 3,700 square feet along the side of the boutique hotel in the Victoria area of London.  Unveiled this

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Study Predicts Coastal Flooding Damage Will Cost $1 Trillion a Year by 2050

Study Predicts Coastal Flooding Damage Will Cost $1 Trillion a Year by 2050

As the sea level rises and storms become more intense due to the effects of climate change, a new study predicts that damage to coastal cities will cost $1 trillion every year by 2050. The research, which

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St. Louis is Building a Lush Public Park Over the Interstate 70 Freeway

St. Louis is Building a Lush Public Park Over the Interstate 70 Freeway

Earlier this month the U.S. Department of Transportation announced plans to install a “Park Over the Highway” in St. Louis, Missouri - and the project just broke ground! An area near the iconic

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Architecture For a Change Completes Tiny Prefab Eco Home in Mamelodi, South Africa

Architecture For a Change Completes Tiny Prefab Eco Home in Mamelodi, South Africa

Architecture For a Change recently completed their second transition housing unit in Mamelodi, Pretoria. The unit's 220 mm masonry walls give it excellent thermal performance, it uses solar energy for

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WXY+West 8 Team Shortlisted for Rebuild by Design Competition Aimed at Designing Resilient Coastal Communities

WXY+West 8 Team Shortlisted for Rebuild by Design Competition Aimed at Designing Resilient Coastal Communities

The WXY + West 8 team has been selected as one of ten teams to be shortlisted for the Rebuild by Design competition, which is centered around building resiliency around US coasts to withstand severe

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Singapore’s River Safari is the World’s First Park to Achieve Green Mark Platinum

Singapore’s River Safari is the World’s First Park to Achieve Green Mark Platinum

River Safari showcases plant and animal life from the Amazon, Mississippi, Congo, Nile, Ganges, Murray, Mekong and Yangtze rivers. The park is divided into four zones, including an elevated bridge that

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Hydro-Flo Permeable Pavers Encourage Water Infiltration Without Gaps

Hydro-Flo Permeable Pavers Encourage Water Infiltration Without Gaps

Hydro-Flo is a permeable paving system that relies on science rather than gaps to encourage water infiltration. Composed of 48% recycled material, the pavers allow water to pass through the surface

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Sustainable Makokos Floating School in Nigeria is Finally Complete

Sustainable Makokos Floating School in Nigeria is Finally Complete

The floating locality of Makoko has around 100,000 habitants, a congregation of fishermen that settled in the area 200 years ago. Dubbed "Africa's Venice," it is situated on a lagoon at the edge of Lagos

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Guardian Angel Kangaroo Saves Lost Boy in Australian Bush

Guardian Angel Kangaroo Saves Lost Boy in Australian Bush

Photo via Shutterstock A kangaroo in Australia has turned out to be one child’s guardian angel. Seven-year-old Simon Kruger wandered away from his family and into the bush of Deep Creek Conservation

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Dancing Towers: SHoP Architects’ New NYC Complex Could Be Storm Resistant

Dancing Towers: SHoP Architects’ New NYC Complex Could Be Storm Resistant

SHoP Architects recently broke ground on their Dancing Towers complex on Manhattan's East Side and we're not surprised to hear that they might be considering adding some storm resistance measures to the

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Caravan Hotel: First Tiny House Hotel in the US Opens in Portland

Caravan Hotel: First Tiny House Hotel in the US Opens in Portland

The adorably-named Rosebud, Pearl and Tandem tiny houses are each fully outfitted with sleeping, living and kitchen areas. The caravan is centered around a common area that includes outdoor and covered

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Rising Sea Levels Could Submerge 1,700 U.S. Cities by 2100

Rising Sea Levels Could Submerge 1,700 U.S. Cities by 2100

Image by Nickolay Lamm A new study released by the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) in Germany reveals that a temperature increase of only one degree Celsius could cause sea levels

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Louisiana Flood Board Sues 97 Oil and Gas Companies Over Damage to Coastal Wetlands

Louisiana Flood Board Sues 97 Oil and Gas Companies Over Damage to Coastal Wetlands

Photo via Shutterstock Louisiana has seen its fair share of flooding and hurricane damage due to the loss of its wetlands, and now the Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority-East is suing 97

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Naoya Matsumoto’s Yoshi Bar is Made from Hundreds of Locally-Sourced Reeds

Naoya Matsumoto’s Yoshi Bar is Made from Hundreds of Locally-Sourced Reeds

Each year, students at Seian University of Art and Design are challenged to create different projects using locally harvested reeds. The material grows freely around Lake Biwa, making it an easy and

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Colorado State Study Shows Beavers Build Natural Carbon Storage Shelters

Colorado State Study Shows Beavers Build Natural Carbon Storage Shelters

Beaver photo from Shutterstock A team of researchers from Colorado State University has discovered that when it comes to carbon capture and storage, we can learn a lot from nature's best architect -

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Chicago’s Sustainable Backyards Program Helps Citizens Combat Stormwater Runoff and Climate Change at Home

Chicago’s Sustainable Backyards Program Helps Citizens Combat Stormwater Runoff and Climate Change at Home

"Green Your Yard, Green Your Wallet." Sound like a good deal to you? Chicago Sustainable Backyards is betting on it by offering Chicagoans a financial incentive to combat climate change and stormwater

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Arctic Ice Melt is a Ticking Time Bomb That Could Release 50 Gigatons of Methane, Cost the World $70 Trillion

Arctic Ice Melt is a Ticking Time Bomb That Could Release 50 Gigatons of Methane, Cost the World $70 Trillion

Ice Melt photo from Shutterstock Arctic ice is melting at an alarming rate, and a new report by a group of economists and polar scientists published in Nature asserts that the thaw is an economic

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See the Four Finalists Selected to Design Storm-Resistant Housing in the Rockaways

See the Four Finalists Selected to Design Storm-Resistant Housing in the Rockaways

Ennead Architects, Lateral Office, Seeding Office and White Arkitekter were recently selected from over 100 others competing in the "For a Resilient Rockaway" (FAR ROC) challenge to design a

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Foster and Partners Proposes a New Thames Hub Airport for the City of London

Foster and Partners Proposes a New Thames Hub Airport for the City of London

With the positioning of the Thames Hub, planes could approach the airport from the water, cutting noise and pollution directly overhead London. Adjoining to the city’s already sophisticated high speed

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Can Design and Technology Save Us from Wildfires Sparked by Climate Change?

Can Design and Technology Save Us from Wildfires Sparked by Climate Change?

The extended droughts driven by climate change in the western United States are leading to more, increasingly intense and larger average wildfires throughout western forests and shrublands. The climate

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Locomotive Ranch Trailer House is Built Around a Vintage Trailer in South Texas

Locomotive Ranch Trailer House is Built Around a Vintage Trailer in South Texas

The river is prone to flash flooding, so to ensure the house and surrounding landscape would be safe, careful consideration was applied to the foundation. The vintage trailer is cradled in a steel-framed

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