Impact the built environment across a range of scales, from innovative materials and technology to habitats, buildings, and infrastructure. Get inspired by the work of architects, students, clients, and community, as they address these issues and share new discoveries that can embolden and energize your practice.
Design for climate action can be pursued across a range of scales as these projects demonstrate. Learn about projects that tackle material exploration, buildings, habitats, systems, landscapes and infrastructure. The Pulp studio, from Stephanie Davidson, uses recycled cellulose-based materials to cast temporary, biodegradable, thin-shell monocoque structures. She asks designers to see materials as responsive, constantly transforming, and to take responsibility for where materials come from and where they end up. The Pollinators Pavilion by architect Ariane Harrison, seeks a larger role for architecture in environmental activism and focuses on biodiversity conservation and materials exploration. She uses artificial intelligence and automated scientific monitoring strategies to create and analyze habitat systems and increase building awareness. Salty Urbanism presented by Jeffrey Huber, AIA, features projects in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida and Venice, California. These projects use coastal-hazard adaptation design approach and urban place-building framework to protect economic, engineering, environmental, and quality of life issues, from potential impacts of sea-level rise, storm surge, rainfall and runoff within coastal zones. Landscape architect Zaneta Hong’s studio research demonstrates how our food systems and changes in agricultural practices could address growing global populations and impact climate change, while defining the role of architects and designers in transforming future landscapes and material systems.