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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Jessica Pothering

Five Questions with Shashi Buluswar and Subarna Mitra, Institute for Transformative Technologies

July 12, 2016

Two years ago, a small team from the Lawrence Berkeley National Lab in Berkeley, Calif. released an enormous volume...

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Rob Goodier

How the Internet of Things Is Improving Lives and Livelihoods in Developing Countries

July 1, 2016

Wirelessly connected sensors, actuators and other hardware have already changed global development work, and signs point to bigger changes...

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Rob Goodier

Welcome to E4C’s Fellows

June 5, 2016

We are pleased to welcome 11 fellows into our new Research Fellowship program. To introduce our fellows, we asked...

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Daniel Oerther

What are the ethics of humanitarian technology?

April 12, 2016

Imran is a...

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Yan Chu

Five innovative materials for sustainable structural engineering

March 25, 2016

It is impossible to install pricey ENERGY STAR equipment and rooftop green gardens in every home in developing countries, but smaller...

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Charles Newman

Earthship Biotecture’s Six Best Practices for Sustainable Architecture

December 17, 2015

Architects as far back as Vitruvius in the first century BC have tried to condense the best practices of...

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Rob Goodier

Emergency shelter for the people: Four questions with Tom Newby

November 14, 2015

Tom Newby is a structural engineer who has led CARE International’s Emergency Shelter Team since December 2013. He is...

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Rob Goodier

Five Questions with Louisa Brown

August 5, 2015

Louisa Brown has taken weeks and even months off from her career as a world-traveling structural engineer with Arup...

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Rob Goodier

Global development engineering in America: How technology is easing poverty on Native American reservations

July 4, 2015

The wild and starkly beautiful lands in US Native American reservations are also home to some of the nation’s...

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Jordan Schermerhorn

Here’s a great idea: Interlocking mats turn shipping pallets into floors for refugee tents

March 17, 2015

You wouldn’t know it if you haven’t visited a refugee camp, but most of those white tents don’t have...

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