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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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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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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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Extraordinary Living Chandelier Absorbs CO2 and Emits Oxygen

Bob Leonard - Climate Risk Manager 09.29.2017


  Read the entire article at Inhabitat.   Lighting design has come a long way. Julian Melchiorri, a London-based designer and engineer, created this extraordinary living chandelier that not only lights up the room, but also actively purifies the air around it. Currently on display at the V&A Museum for London Design Week, the Exhale Chandelier […]


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China Breaks Ground on First “Forest City”

Bob Leonard - Climate Risk Manager 07.07.2017


Read the full article at Inhabitat.    A pollution-fighting green city unlike any before is springing to life in China. Designed by Stefano Boeri Architetti, the first “Forest City” is now under construction Liuzhou, Guangxi Province. The futuristic city will use renewable energy for self sufficiency and be blanketed in almost 1 million plants and 40,000 […]


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Climate Change as a Design Problem

Bob Leonard - Climate Risk Manager 06.23.2017


Read the entire article at The New York Times.   Many discussions of climate change begin at the water’s edge, in cities and towns where the rising ocean is an existential threat, or will be soon. But when he chose to embark on a series on the topic, Michael Kimmelman, The New York Times’s architecture critic, […]


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Mainland Miami Ponders Returning Neighborhoods to Nature to Survive Rising Seas

Bob Leonard - Climate Risk Manager 06.14.2017


Read the entire article at The Miami Herald. On mainland Miami, miles away from the pumps that keep Biscayne Bay from slowly swallowing South Beach, the neighborhood around Ray Chasser’s riverfront house seems like it’s drowning one high tide at a time.     When the moon is full and the bay bloated, a salty soup […]


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Why Climate Change is Personal for Interior Designers

Bob Leonard - Climate Risk Manager 06.12.2017


Read the entire article on MultiBriefs.   As an interior designer, I have always believed what we put into our building influences our well-being. By choosing finishes, furniture and lighting that are sustainable, we are increasing our chances of having a better quality of life inside our buildings. Keeping in mind that air and water quality […]


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One Silver Lining to Sea Level Rise

Bob Leonard - Climate Risk Manager 04.19.2017


This is the one silver lining of our predicament: If we get adaptation right, we’ll not only preserve our cities – we’ll upgrade them. Global-­warming denialists, including, at times, the new US president, claim that climate change isn’t happening. This is abject nonsense – ask anyone who lives near an ocean. They’re all dealing with […]


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Giant City Cycling Pop-Up Offers Bike Lane Lessons

tsechristine 01.11.2017


Read the full article online at https://nextcity.org   “How do you get a city more accustomed to biking trails to pedal the streets? Paint a whole lot of lanes. Macon, Georgia, population 150,000, was able to increase cyclist counts nearly tenfold during a one-week pop-up bike network, which at 8 miles, may have been the largest such […]


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