To Leonard, it all comes down to thoughtful design focusing on improvement, not a reflexive embrace of the new, whether you’re designing the latest iteration of personal computer or a skyline-defining building. “It’s easy to do something completely new and not pay attention to what was done in the past, but to me, change for change’s sake is not valuable,” he said. “You need to focus on making something better, and that’s hard.” … [Read more...] about Are innovation and lasting design incompatible?
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Of course, this approach can only go so far when there are many stakeholders involved and many competing priorities, cost and time being two major factors. Flood-resistant design is often more expensive, since it can include things like moving mechanical systems to upper floors and significantly reinforcing structures. When it comes to staying within budget, design elements that aren’t necessary for day-to-day operation rarely take priority: Why spend extra money to design a structure for an event that might only happen once every 100 years? … [Read more...] about Architects Speak Out Against Trump’s Latest Executive Order
One challenge is extreme heat. “Our research has shown that between now and the middle of the century, the frequency of days with extreme heat is projected to increase pretty steeply,” says Kristy Dahl, a senior climate scientist at the nonprofit Union of Concerned Scientists. In Miami, for example, until recently, there were around 16 days a year that felt hotter than 100°. By the middle of the century, that could jump to 114 days a year. Heat can take out infrastructure. Last year, a highway near St. Louis buckled because of high temperatures, and train tracks warped during a record-setting heat wave in San Francisco. … [Read more...] about We’re on track to hit 1.5°C of warming in 2040. Here’s how it will change our work lives