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.
And no traffic lights. And no parking lots. It isn’t hard to do.
Norway ushers in an era of energy-positive architecture
The presence of 20 additional mature trees in one neighborhood could lower the temperature by 1.39 degrees
by allowing people to buy and sell energy in small increments from, and to, their neighbors
In a world of melting ice caps, storm surges, and tropical cyclones, the most resilient cities aren’t the ones that fight the water back—but the ones that absorb it.
In a bid to one-up white paint, researchers devised a new coating that keeps buildings cool in summer and warm in winter by changing color based on ambient temperature. No energy required.
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.
China and Ghana are looking less and less like electronic wastebaskets and more and more like leaders in a powerful, informal green economy
Death is inevitable, but its
environmental toll may not have to be.
Amphibious structures are not static; they respond to floods like ships to a rising tide, floating on the water’s surface.