BIG, MVRDV, James Corner and more to tackle Bay Area climate change

Ten teams of architects and engineers have been chosen to design solutions that will help San Francisco and the surrounding region combat the effects of climate change. Resilient by Design’s Bay Area Challenge asked entrants to come up with ideas to protect coastal areas from rising sea levels, flooding and earthquakes. As the global climate

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“The more we build in areas that endanger us, the more we erect defensive systems”

Disasters like Hurricanes Harvey and Irma are inevitable when we construct cities in harm’s way, says Aaron Betsky, who believes we have designed ourselves into a Catch-22 of create and protect. It could have been worse. That is the best you can say about the twin natural catastrophes that hit Texas and Florida recently. The

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US architecture organisations declare opposition to Trump’s climate treaty withdrawal

The American Institute of Architects and the US Green Building Council have condemned US president Donald Trump for his decision to pull out of the Paris Agreement, and have vowed to continue battling climate change. In a public statement, the AIA said it opposes Trump’s recent decision to withdraw the US as a signatory of the

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Concave roofs collect rainwater for arid areas in proposal by BMDesign Studios

Bowl-shaped vessels would collect rainwater on the roofs of buildings located in hot and dry climates in a proposal by Iranian practice BMDesign Studios. Tehran-based BMDesign Studios – one of many offices contributing to Iran’s booming architecture scene – drew up the concept when planning a primary school in Iran’s Kerman province. Taking into consideration the arid climate of its site in

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The Climate Tile by Tredje Natur aims to stop cities flooding

A new type of modular tile promises to help reduce flooding in cities hit by increased rainfall due to climate change. The streets of Copenhagen will be a testing ground for the Climate Tile, which was created by Danish architecture studio Tredje Natur and has been in development since 2014. Designed to be used alongside

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Miami architecture finally addresses “visible and tangible impacts of sea-level rise”

Architects and developers working in Miami are belatedly responding to climate change, amid a growing sense of alarm over how rising sea levels are affecting the city. Design Miami chief creative officer Rodman Primack told Dezeen that climate change is “actually happening” in Miami while Vanity Fair’s architecture critic Paul Goldberger said rising sea levels

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