Engineering for Change

Interest: Habitat

Informed construction saves lives, and it also just makes life more pleasant. Architects and engineers are mining the world’s traditional building techniques to find better ways to contend with earthquakes and floods and to adapt to problems like extreme weather in changing climates. At the same time, design of refugee housing and disaster-resistant buildings incorporates tried-and-tested construction with materials like reinforced cement and even plastic. Our basic human right to shelter increasingly hinges on smart choices and good design.

Interest: Habitat

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Affordable Ways to Create a Sustainable Home

July 22, 2021

Sustainable homes use less energy and water, are built with respect for resources, and can often be more comfortable...

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The Conversation

Most Buildings Were Designed for an Earlier Climate – Here’s What Will Happen as Global Warming Accelerates

July 8, 2021

Climate change will affect every aspect of our lives – including the buildings we live and work in. Most...

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Teresa Sereno Afonso

Livestock in the New Health Center: Lessons Learned in Rural Mozambique

March 21, 2021

Curious to learn how a health center turns into an animal barn? I saw the transformation firsthand while developing...

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Rob Goodier

Research Brief: A Plan for a New Conception of 21st Century Infrastructure

October 30, 2020

It’s possible to visit a US library and never touch a book. Card holders can learn to weld in...

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Pía Vásquez

Informal Immigrant Camps Hidden in Chile: How Can We Help?

October 5, 2020

Informal settlements are hidden in Chile, the wealthiest country of Latin America. How can engineers and humanitarians help? The...

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The Conversation

Plastics Could Help Build a Sustainable Future – Here’s How

September 18, 2020

For more information see: How to Stem the Flow of Plastic Waste for a Global Impact The disposal of...

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Bishoy Youhana

Ten Apps and Creative Technologies for Greener Urban Living

September 9, 2020

This article is part of a series by students in the Sustainable Development program at Lehigh University in Bethlehem,...

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The Conversation

Coronavirus: We’re in a Real-Time Laboratory of a More Sustainable Urban Future

May 29, 2020

A pause has been forced on urban life. Quiet roads, empty skies, deserted high streets and parks, closed cinemas,...

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The Conversation

Megacity Slums Incubate Disease – But the Coronavirus Response Isn’t Helping the Billion People Who Live in Them

May 22, 2020

Having ravaged some of the world’s wealthiest cities, the coronavirus pandemic is now spreading into the megacities of developing...

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Denise Nelson

The Case for Sustainable Infrastructure: ASCE’s Online Course, Policy Statements and Resources

April 16, 2020

The American Society of Civil Engineers promotes sustainability in the design and construction of infrastructure. In support of that...

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