Will the smart cities of the future float? One California nonprofit partnering with French Polynesia says such communities could soon be the reality. But critics question the motive behind the development of offshore cities, fearing they could become tax havens for the rich.
A new report suggests urban density does more than cut greenhouse gas emissions by reducing transportation needs. All aspects of residents’ lifestyles become more sustainable in denser neighborhoods.
Joel Oerter, an MBA candidate at the University of Washington Foster School of Business, was one of hundreds of students to attend the 2016 Net Impact conference in Philadelphia. As we look to the role sustainability will play in 2017 and beyond, Oerter reflects on urban development conversations from the conference and how they may shape our future.
SPECIAL SERIES: How Sustainability at Home Goes Beyond
How will tomorrow’s perfect eco-home look? With today’s record-low solar costs, it’s a pretty fair bet it will employ PV panels. But renewable energy isn’t the only defining characteristic of a sustainable home, points out Martha Bohm, assistant professor to University at Buffalo’s Department of Architecture.
We’ve come a long way over the last two centuries, and our cities grew with us — from the age of ports, to industrial hubs, to tech giants. Now, a new generation of cities are being born — the smart city. But are they living up to their expectations?
A new collaborative in Los Angeles aims to create “an ocean that will sustain future generations.” And it’s not a pie-in-the-sky concept — it taps into a $1.3 trillion “blue economy” experts say will only continue to grow.
A recent report assessed the risks the greater New York City region faces if sea levels rise by one, three or six feet. The shocking projections should spur local leaders and urban planners into more proactive action.
If Donald Trump gets his way and he builds that wall, or even succeeds in only launching his other immigration ideas, wages across many sectors could rise in the short term. Employment opportunities, however, could shrivel, and the fact is that manufacturing jobs are not coming back to the U.S.
A study published last week in the journal Nature suggests this upcoming winter could have a dramatic impact across the world’s northern regions. While gas bills will rise, increasing organizations’ global warming impact, there are business opportunities to be had as well.
In their new book, “The Past and Future City,” Stephanie Meeks and Kevin C. Murphy explore how historical preservation can help pave the way for the sustainable cities of tomorrow.