Category Archives: Architecture

EcoOptimism in Climate Week

Architects can be one of the major forces in achieving the goal of eliminating our production of greenhouse gases Continue reading

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Cities, Community and Sustainable Development

The rapid urbanization of the population is, in many ways, an environmentally positive event. Too often left out, however, is the question of what life in these cities is or will be like. Continue reading

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Before you can make a community resilient, you have to have a community

Increasingly, it seems the path to resiliency is from the bottom up, meaning from individuals and communities. This means we need a re-envisioning of design, both urban and suburban, with an eye toward fostering community. Continue reading

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Density Part 3: Kenneth Jackson’s “Future” of New York

Buried in Jackson’s idea of the future of NYC are two huge and, I believe, mistaken assumptions. Continue reading

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Density: It’s Not the Sky that’s the Limit

Neither density nor height is the best environmental goal for human dwelling. What is? Continue reading

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A Tale of Two Trade Shows

I looked at two back to back trade shows through the lens of ecodesign and found both encouraging and discouraging points. Continue reading

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Is “Cargotecture” Greenwash?

It’s certainly all the rage, at least in design circles, and some very interesting things are being done with shipping container reuse. Much of it was fomented by the uber-cool firm LOT-EK. But lately we’re seeing buildings in China using … Continue reading

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What’s an architect to do?

Designers have both an opportunity and a responsibility to redirect their talents. Continue reading

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Sleeper No More

I promised there’d be shorter and sometimes less weighty posts intermixed with oh-so-profound lengthier ones. So at the risk of undermining EcoOptimism’s high principles, here’s the first: Not sure if it technically qualifies as EcoOptimism, but this is definitely optimism … Continue reading

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