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California’s Continuing Water Woes Call for Creative Solutions

Posted by on Mar 19, 2015 | 1 comment

California’s Continuing Water Woes Call for Creative Solutions

“Right now the state has only about one year of water supply left in its reservoirs, and our strategic backup supply, groundwater, is rapidly disappearing.” -Jay Famiglietti, Ph.D., NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory

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My Resilient Design course at BAC starts up soon

Posted by on Mar 13, 2015 | 9 comments

For the past two years, I’ve been teaching the online course, Resilient Design, through Boston Architectural College (BAC). The eight-week course runs from March 23 to May 16, 2015 and is limited to 15 students. It’s a great opportunity to dig into the issue of resilience at both a building scale and a community scale and to participate in in-depth online discussions. The course is offered through BAC’s Sustainable Design Institute and earns 1.5 credits that can be used towards a Masters in Design Studies or simply taken as continuing education. Here’s the course...

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Engineering Our Way Out of Global Warming: Is Climate Intervention a Global Warming Solution That Republicans Will Get Behind?

Posted by on Mar 3, 2015 | 3 comments

Engineering Our Way Out of Global Warming: Is Climate Intervention a Global Warming Solution That Republicans Will Get Behind?

I am all for carbon-capture—both the research needed to better understand it and the implementation of strategies that employ it. But albedo modification (enhanced solar reflectivity) is a different story.

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Views on resilient design by some leading architects

Posted by on Feb 20, 2015 | 0 comments

There’s a nice discussion about resilient design in Metal Architecture magazine that was just posted. It features Robin Guenther, FAIA of Perkins + Will; Greg Mella, FAIA of SmithGroup; Robin Minnery, the new staff leader on resilience issues at the American Institute of Architects; Jeffrey Dugan, AIA of Dattner Architects; and myself. Along with providing useful overviews of resilient design and how it differs by location and  building type, we even get into how metal affects the resilience of a building—it is a magazine on metal buildings, after all! (I noted that metal is...

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It’s Snowing Again in Boston…and Time to Focus on Resilience

Posted by on Feb 14, 2015 | 8 comments

It’s Snowing Again in Boston…and Time to Focus on Resilience

Coastal New England has run out of places to dump the snow. Roofs are collapsing. Tempers are flaring. Schools have been cancelled so many days that students may be in classes into July.

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Adapting to Climate Change: Does Nature Need a Helping Hand?

Posted by on Feb 11, 2015 | 8 comments

Adapting to Climate Change: Does Nature Need a Helping Hand?

On our farm I want to do the right thing for the land, and I think that includes not only working to get rid of invasive species but also introducing some more southern species that are not yet common in this area.

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