Engineering for Change

Interest: Housing

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: Housing

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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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Rob Goodier

Earthquake-resistant Homes in Haiti

October 23, 2014

A new kind of housing program delivers two things that Haitians need in their earthquake-prone neighborhoods: Affordable design and...

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Rob Goodier

World Maker Faire Technology Showcase

September 23, 2014

Fascinating, curious people who love to learn gathered at World Maker Faire this year to share what they have...

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Rob Goodier

Architecture, Tools & People

November 27, 2013

The architect Charles Newman has spent the last several years wandering Central and East Africa building and renovating schools,...

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