A key challenge in this new Human Age is to lessen the ecological footprint of the world’s cities, even as their populations expand. The Anthropocene tells the stories about resilient urban coastal infrastructure, low carbon transportation systems, and nature-inspired architectural designs.
In a life cycle assessment of greenhouse gas emissions, high-density, high-rise cityscapes were the worst-case scenario
Tiny houses and great cathedrals, carbon-neutral skyscrapers and Airstream trailers: architecture is among the greatest of human crafts. Just imagine if the same ingenuity and vision were devoted to building homes for animals.
Could hubs, nudges, and EV night deliveries crack this surprisingly tough puzzle?
Almost imperceptibly, we are stepping off the consumption treadmill
Death is inevitable, but its
environmental toll may not have to be.
Garbage accounts for 8% of human-caused emissions of methane. A recent analysis found that switching to circular waste management could reduce emissions from garbage by as much as 88% by 2050.
But clever new financing instruments come with their own risks
Making creative accommodations for the urban wild
Carbon footprint standards exist for buildings, but not for the landscaping that surrounds them.
Dynamic windows could do double duty in sustainable building design, cooling and powering at the same time.