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INTERVIEW: Ed Mazria, Founder of Architecture 2030 Introduces the 2030 Palette

INTERVIEW: Ed Mazria, Founder of Architecture 2030 Introduces the 2030 Palette

Ed Mazria is the influential environmental architect behind the 2030 Challenge, which aims to eliminate the use of fossil fuels in new construction, and to cut the use of fossil fuels in existing buildings by 50 percent before 2030. To help hit those targets, he has just publicly launched a unique new initiative called the 2030 Palette—a robust, v...

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Zaha Hadid’s Qatar World Cup Stadium Uses Passive Design to Tackle Desert Heat

Zaha Hadid’s Qatar World Cup Stadium Uses Passive Design to Tackle Desert Heat

Zaha Hadid Architects just unveiled plans for the first of up to nine stadiums that will be constructed for the Qatar 2022 FIFA World Cup. Located in Al Wakrah, a fishing port 15km south of Doha, the 40,000-seat venue will make use of passive design features to keep the venue cool during the scorching summer months. The stadium’s...

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‘Change or Die,’ UN Climate Chief Tells Gathering of International Coal Industry in Poland


‘Change or Die,’ UN Climate Chief Tells Gathering of International Coal Industry in Poland

The U.N. climate conference is currently underway in Warsaw, Poland, and in the wake of Super Typhoon Haiyan, tensions are running high as countries begin to experience the negative consequences of human-accelerated climate change. Curiously, the World Coal Organization decided to have a meeting at Poland’s Economy Ministry

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USC Professor Receives NASA Grant to Develop 3D-Printed Space Homes

USC Professor Receives NASA Grant to Develop 3D-Printed Space Homes

We wrote about Dr. Berokh Khoshnevis’ revolutionary robot-builder that could 3D print entire houses, and now the ‘contour crafting’ technology has caught the eye of NASA and multinational building firms. Khoshnevis, a professor at the University of Southern California, was given a grant by NASA to use the technology to work on designing structures...

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Red Cross Maps Super Typhoon Haiyan’s Destruction to Show What Storms Do to Our Cities


Red Cross Maps Super Typhoon Haiyan’s Destruction to Show What Storms Do to Our Cities

It’s been years since I’ve seen the movie Twister, but one of Helen Hunt’s final lines haunts me to this day: “You haven’t seen it miss this house, and miss that house, and come after you.” She’s talking about the massive (fictional) tornado that killed her character’s father, but I can’t help but

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