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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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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Rob Goodier

Five Questions for Elizabeth Hausler, Founder of Build Change

March 12, 2020

The aphorism that insanity is repeating a mistake and expecting different results could have been written for the disaster...

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Charles Newman

Featured Design Manual | Towards Safer School Construction: A Community Based Approach

February 21, 2020

The field manual Towards Safer School Construction: A Community Based Approach has quickly begun to inform and affect standards...

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Charles Newman

Featured Design Manual: The Participatory Approach for Safe Shelter Awareness (PASSA)

January 27, 2020

The most common response to large-scale disasters is a well planned effort to ‘build back better.’ Increasingly, however, the...

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Rob Goodier

Finally, a Credible Prototype for Sustainable 3D-Printed Housing

January 10, 2020

Mario Cucinella Architects and WASP, an Italian 3D printing enterprise, announced that they began printing housing prototypes called TECLA....

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The Conversation

As the Climate Changes, Architects and Engineers Need to Design Buildings Differently

November 7, 2019

In the past seven years, four major disasters have caused serious disruptions in the Northeast and Midwest United States....

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