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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‘Supermud’ bricks could help tackle the world’s housing crisis and cut carbon emissions that cause climate change

June 28, 2018

The world is about to experience one of the biggest housing booms in history over the coming decades. In...

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Asmeeta Das Sharma

Confronting Informality: Preserving communities and creating public goods

June 14, 2018

Now that more than half of the people in the world live in cities, the human population can now...

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Dorina Pojani

Sexism and the city: how urban planning has failed women

June 10, 2018

We need to have a conversation about sexism and the city. Gender affects all other “vulnerable group” considerations in...

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Guest Author

How to Build an Earthquake-Resistant Home: An Earthbag Construction Manual

March 18, 2018

The folks at Good Earth Global kindly prepared this guide for Engineering for Change’s members and readers. Please see...

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Rob Goodier

The Work Underway Now to Solve Refugee Crises Through Climate Change Action

November 28, 2017

The New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman draws a line that he sees from a changing climate to drought...

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Esther Obonyo

The Worldwide Elusive Search for Affordable Housing

September 6, 2017

“What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again; there is nothing new under...

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Elisabeth van Overbeeke

Easing Land Conflict in DRC: An Introduction to Open-Source Mapping Tools

August 30, 2017

Beni, a vibrant city in northeastern Democratic Republic of Congo, is home to approximately half a million people , but...

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Mayarí Pérez

Five Sustainable Home Solutions Co-Designed with Guatemalan Villagers

July 28, 2017

Lake Atitlán, in the Central American country of Guatemala, is one of the most beautiful lakes in the world....

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Ben Taylor

Are Shipping Crates the Future of Eco-Friendly Housing?

January 8, 2017

With the planet’s population rising every minute, sourcing affordable housing is becoming more of a struggle. The problem may...

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Rob Goodier

A new digital tool takes the guesswork out of making compressed earth blocks for construction

November 28, 2016

An experienced soil analyst can discover clues about the dirt with little more than water, a jar and a...

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