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Students Use Arts to Understand Climate Change Challenges

Students Use Arts to Understand Climate Change Challenges

Just a reminder that, while the STEM fields get a lot of attention and money these days, the arts haven’t completely disappeared.  They can even be quite useful.  This from a recent article in the New York Times: University courses on global warming have become common, and Prof. Stephanie LeMenager’s new class here at the […]

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Confronting the Impacts of Rising Sea Levels

Confronting the Impacts of Rising Sea Levels

In case you missed it, the New York Times has a very interesting and sobering interactive graphic that projects how rising ocean levels could affect the major metro areas of the United States. You can find it here.

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SEED:  Can High-Quality Design Change the World?

SEED: Can High-Quality Design Change the World?

That is the question being raised by the Design Corp. through its Social Economic Environmental Design (SEED) process.  According to the project website, “SEED maintains the belief that design can play a vital role in the most critical issues that face communities and individuals, in crisis and in every day challenges. To accomplish this, the […]

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Highway Deconstruction & Quality of Life

Highway Deconstruction & Quality of Life

The City Fix highlights an interesting approach to improving the quality of urban life: The famed U.S. intellectual Lewis Mumford once said, “Forget the damned motor car and build the cities for lovers and friends.” The recently released report on freeway removal from by the Institute for Transportation and Development Policy and EMBARQ (the producer […]

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Cities & Our Common Future

Cities & Our Common Future

We’re taking a break from regular blogging this week.  We leave you with this TED talk by Alex Steffen, in which he discusses how cities can create a “shareable” sustainable future.  Be back next Monday!

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Want to Go Green?   Get Old. . .

Want to Go Green? Get Old. . .

. . . Buildings, that is.  According to a recent study released by the National Trust for Historic Preservation, older buildings may make the best green investment: The Greenest Building explores the environmental impacts associated with the decision to demolish and replace existing buildings – and especially the carbon dioxide savings that might be offered […]

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