Architecture and Design

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China is Building Solar Roadways

Bob Leonard - Climate Risk Manager 01.12.2018


Transparent concrete sits atop solar cells that charge electric vehicles driving on the road.   Read the original article at electrek.      The Jinan City solar highway is formed with three layers. The top layer is a transparent concrete that has similar structural properties with standard asphalt. The central layer is the solar panels – […]


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Stockholm Pursues Climate Holy Grail: a Fossil Fuel-Free Future

Bob Leonard - Climate Risk Manager 01.03.2018


Stockholm’s clean energy and sustainability measures have been deployed to create two of the city’s most remarkable eco-districts.   Read the entire article at The Huffington Post.   Stockholm Royal Seaport is known in the city as a “second-generation sustainable city district.” The 650-acre area was the focus of a comprehensive 20-year sustainability program for the area […]


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Urban Design Must Address Both Climate Adaptation and Mitigation

Bob Leonard - Climate Risk Manager 12.18.2017


  The only way to ensure that cities remain livable is for mayors, urban planners and designers to simultaneously cut emissions and help residents adapt to a warming planet.   Read the entire article at Forbes Magazine.   Consider the push to boost the number of energy-efficient buildings, whether through new construction or the renovation of […]


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Denver Votes to Require Green Roofs

Bob Leonard - Climate Risk Manager 11.17.2017


  Read the entire article at The Associated Press.   Denver became the latest city to require rooftop gardens or solar panels on big new buildings, which backers say will keep the outdoor air cooler, make storm water easier to manage and reduce the amount of energy burned by air conditioners.     A ballot initiative […]


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Tesla Tiny House Integrates Solar with Powerwall

Bob Leonard - Climate Risk Manager 11.01.2017


  Read the entire article at TreeHugger.   Automotive and energy storage company Tesla’s innovations and concepts have been capturing the popular imagination for some time now, making electric cars aspirational and sexy, making waves with its solar roof shingles and disrupting the fossil fuel status quo with its massive, grid-scale batteries. The company is now making […]


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Hong Kong’s Multi-Decade Creative Solutions for Water Management

Bob Leonard - Climate Risk Manager 10.20.2017


  Read the entire article at CitiScope.   When it comes to water, Hong Kong is in a paradoxical situation. This city of more than 7 million people has few reliable sources of drinking water. There’s no major river or natural lake to draw from. Groundwater is scarce and difficult to reach. And the city’s hilly terrain […]


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Solar Town, Babcock Ranch, Virtually Unscathed by Irma

Bob Leonard - Climate Risk Manager 10.18.2017


  Read the entire article at Florida Weekly.   Located away from the coast on some of the highest ground in Southwest Florida, Babcock Ranch was designed with resiliency in mind. In the aftermath of Hurricane Irma, a survey of storm impacts at Babcock Ranch is strong evidence of the benefits of Florida’s enhanced building codes […]


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The World’s First Mobile, Solar-Powered Recycling Plant in the Middle of London

Bob Leonard - Climate Risk Manager 10.11.2017


  Read the entire article at inhabitat.    The mobile recycling factory of the future just landed in the 19th century courtyard of the historic Somerset House in Central London. Trashpresso is a giant solar-powered recycling plant that transforms discarded plastic bottles into architectural tiles. The machine is the brainchild of Pentatonic, a furniture and design […]


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What is a national urban policy?

Bob Leonard - Climate Risk Manager 10.02.2017


  Read the entire article on CitiScope.   In most of the world’s countries, cities are growing fast. People and capital are rapidly flowing into urban centres in search of opportunity. But is there any guiding vision behind this process of urbanization? Will it lead to well-planned, sustainable and prosperous cities where every person has a chance […]


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A Carbon-Free City is Being Built From Scratch

Bob Leonard - Climate Risk Manager 07.31.2017


Read the entire article at Scientific American.   Can a city built from scratch be profitable to developers and enjoyable to residents as it tries to be carbon-free? That is the question facing owners and planners of a mostly vacant, sunburned 400-acre plot of land near this city’s sprawling International Airport as they plan an energy system […]


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