Archinect - News 2017-08-23T08:16:39-04:00 https://archinect.com/news/article/150021896/leaked-government-draft-report-finds-that-u-s-is-already-impacted-by-climate-change Leaked government draft report finds that U.S. is already impacted by climate change Alexander Walter 2017-08-09T14:30:00-04:00 >2017-08-09T14:30:31-04:00 <img src="https://d38w84nuu9j2kr.cloudfront.net/images/650x/1y/1y3s4uwjtihkwg8c.jpg" width="650" height="454" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A draft government report on climate says the U.S. is already experiencing the consequences of global warming. The findings sharply contrast with statements by President Trump and some members of his Cabinet, who have sought to downplay the changing climate. The document, which was leaked ahead of publication and reported by The New York Times on Tuesday, says Americans are seeing more heat waves and rainfall as a result of climate change.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The draft report confirms previous assessments that global warming, as observed over the past decades, is indeed caused by human activity, and <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/167905/climate-change" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">climate change</a> is already showing affects on the United States' weather and economy.&nbsp;</p> <p>"That statement is directly at odds with statements from Trump and key Cabinet members," <em>NPR</em> reports. "The head of Trump's Environmental Protection Agency, Scott Pruitt, has said there is "tremendous disagreement" on the impact humans have had on the climate. And in June, Trump announced that the U.S. would withdraw from so-called <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/684810/paris-agreement" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Paris agreement</a> on climate change, which is the main international effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions."<br></p> <p>Click <a href="https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2017/08/07/climate/document-Draft-of-the-Climate-Science-Special-Report.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a> to read the draft of the climate change report in full.&nbsp;</p> https://archinect.com/news/article/150018570/shigeru-ban-is-building-shelters-for-a-kenyan-refugee-settlement Shigeru Ban is building shelters for a Kenyan refugee settlement Anastasia Tokmakova 2017-07-20T13:14:00-04:00 >2017-07-20T15:13:51-04:00 <img src="https://d38w84nuu9j2kr.cloudfront.net/images/650x/8y/8yckl66z4nd6pq9c.jpg" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Due to the large influx of refugees, sheet walls of many temporary houses have begun to wear out. And there are other major constraints. There&rsquo;s low water supply, deforestation, and extremely hot temperatures, and a rainy season which often results in heavy flooding. Plus Kalobeyei remote location creates many obstacles. There are no commercial flights to the area, and it can take up to 3 days to get there by road for the capital, Nairobi, where some materials may have to be sourced from.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Shigeru Ban has signed an agreement with UN-Habitat to design up to 12,000 new homes in the Kalobeiyei refugee settlement site in Northern <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/20495/kenya" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Kenya</a>.&nbsp;Commissioned in response to the settlement&rsquo;s rapid growth, which is expected to outnumber its original capacity of 45,000 within a year, the new housing will need to be a replicable model adaptable to the influx of refugees fleeing violence and <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/167905/climate-change/45" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">climate change</a> in South Sudan and Somalia.</p> <p><em>"The key thing will be to design and construct shelter where no or little technical supervision is required,&rdquo;</em> noted Ban<em>, &ldquo;and use materials that are locally available and eco-friendly. It&rsquo;s important that the houses can be easily maintained by inhabitants.&rdquo;</em></p> https://archinect.com/news/article/150015619/taking-up-the-challenge-of-the-back-loop Taking up the challenge of the back loop Nam Henderson 2017-07-01T19:40:00-04:00 >2017-07-03T00:28:52-04:00 <img src="https://d38w84nuu9j2kr.cloudfront.net/images/650x/xg/xgbvudginjgz5fo2.jpg" width="600" height="446" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Like a Shell futurologist, one can imagine multiple disastrous futures for Miami. Will it become a southern Super Venice, a la Kim Stanley Robinson&rsquo;s New York of 2140...Perhaps the hard realism of Paolo Bacigalupi&rsquo;s The Water Knife is more apt...Or imagine a super Katrina resulting in something a little more Odds Against Tomorrow:</p></em><br /><br /><figure><p><a href="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/ip/ip8392wdbfq1bb6o.jpg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/ip/ip8392wdbfq1bb6o.jpg"></a></p><figcaption>from Key Largo John Pennekamp nature center, by author, February 12, 2017</figcaption></figure><p>Stephanie Wakefield penned some&nbsp;<em>Field Notes from the Anthropocene</em>, inspired by a recent honeymoon in Miami Beach. In which she explores 'experimentation' as a mode of dwelling in the Anthropocene and the emancipatory possibilities offered by the concept of the 'back loop.'</p> https://archinect.com/news/article/150012624/norwegian-government-dedicates-4-4m-to-upgrade-arctic-seed-vault Norwegian government dedicates $4.4M to upgrade Arctic seed vault Nicholas Korody 2017-06-14T12:06:00-04:00 >2017-06-14T12:22:39-04:00 <img src="https://d38w84nuu9j2kr.cloudfront.net/images/650x/k4/k4x7c290x6iwxazn.jpg" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Global Seed Vault, built in the Arctic as an impregnable deep freeze for the world&rsquo;s most precious food seeds, is to undergo a multi-million dollar upgrade after water from melting permafrost flooded its access tunnel. No seeds were damaged but the incident undermined the original belief that the vault would be a &ldquo;failsafe&rdquo; facility, securing the world&rsquo;s food supply forever. Now the Norwegian government, which owns the vault, has committed $4.4m (NOK37m) to improvements.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> https://archinect.com/news/article/150011109/royal-architectural-institute-of-canada-releases-a-statement-affirming-its-responsibility-to-combat-climate-change Royal Architectural Institute of Canada Releases a Statement Affirming its Responsibility to Combat Climate Change Joanna Kloppenburg 2017-06-06T13:43:00-04:00 >2017-06-06T13:44:02-04:00 <img src="https://d38w84nuu9j2kr.cloudfront.net/images/650x/eh/eh1jqmxjpxy654d2.jpg" width="650" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/429147/royal-architectural-institute-of-canada" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Royal Architectural Institute of Canada</a> (RAIC) proclaimed yesterday its commitment to enforcing measures of sustainability within the Canadian architecture community. The statement was released in support of a <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/150010451/the-us-is-withdrawing-from-the-paris-agreement-here-s-the-aia-s-response" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">letter</a> published by the American Institute of Architects (AIA) in the wake of President Donald Trump&rsquo;s announcement last week that the United States plans to withdraw from the Paris Agreement initiated to curb climate change.&nbsp;</p><p>The RAIC&rsquo;s statement reads:</p><p><em>&ldquo;The Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC) affirms the continued commitment of the Canadian architecture community to designing a more sustainable world and making the goals of the 2015 Paris Agreement a reality.</em></p><p><em>&lsquo;Each of us has a responsibility in our work and with our everyday choices to ensure a sustainable future,&rsquo; says RAIC President-Elect Michael Cox, FRAIC. &lsquo;The RAIC applauds and whole-heartedly endorses the American Institute of Architects&rsquo; commitment to continue to exercise that responsibility.&rsquo;</em></p><p><em>The RAIC join...</em></p> https://archinect.com/news/article/150010451/the-us-is-withdrawing-from-the-paris-agreement-here-s-the-aia-s-response The US is withdrawing from the Paris Agreement — here's the AIA's response Nicholas Korody 2017-06-01T18:12:00-04:00 >2017-06-02T15:06:30-04:00 <img src="https://d38w84nuu9j2kr.cloudfront.net/images/650x/wz/wzecsucj5nedt2cz.jpg" width="650" height="434" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Just a few hours ago, President Donald Trump announced that the United States will withdraw from the non-binding Paris Agreement intended to mitigate climate change. The President of the American Institute of Architects Thomas Vonier, FAIA has issued a statement in response, reaffirming its commitment to reducing the (vast) contributions of the built environment to global warming.</p><p>Here it is in full:</p><p><em>"The United States must remain a leader in the battle to cease harmful and needless practices that damage the planet and its climate, acting out of both environmental concerns and national economic interests. Instead of helping our economy, as the Administration contends, withdrawing from the Paris Agreement will put us behind our major global competitors.</em></p><p><em>The AIA will not retreat from its long-established efforts to conserve energy and to deploy renewable resources in buildings. We will continue to lead in efforts to curb the use of fuels and technologies that needlessly pollute our atmos...</em></p> https://archinect.com/news/article/150008702/global-warming-has-caused-meltwater-to-penetrate-the-global-seed-vault-in-the-arctic Global warming has caused meltwater to penetrate the Global Seed Vault in the Arctic Nicholas Korody 2017-05-22T12:39:00-04:00 >2017-05-26T13:10:49-04:00 <img src="https://d38w84nuu9j2kr.cloudfront.net/images/650x/wx/wxniz28jltj4ucbk.jpg" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>It was designed as an impregnable deep-freeze to protect the world&rsquo;s most precious seeds from any global disaster and ensure humanity&rsquo;s food supply forever. But the Global Seed Vault, buried in a mountain deep inside the Arctic circle, has been breached after global warming produced extraordinary temperatures over the winter, sending meltwater gushing into the entrance tunnel.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Containing almost one million packets of seeds, the Global Seed Vault is intended to serve as something of a biological back-up in the era of mass, man-made environmental destruction. It's buried under permafrost, which was thought to ensure that the structure would remain impregnable for thousands of years. But already global warming has threatened this archive of living matter.</p><p>&ldquo;This is supposed to last for eternity,&rdquo; stated &Aring;smund Asdal at the Nordic Genetic Resource Centre, which operates the seed vault. Unfortunately, this doesn't seem to be the case.</p> https://archinect.com/news/article/150003345/the-aia-releases-8-new-principles-responding-to-climate-change The AIA releases 8 new principles responding to climate change Nicholas Korody 2017-04-17T12:25:00-04:00 >2017-05-01T19:18:37-04:00 <img src="https://d38w84nuu9j2kr.cloudfront.net/images/650x/ii/ii0815dhx0sfx7of.jpg" width="650" height="352" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>"Architecture and design can mitigate climate impact while simultaneously reducing operating costs for building owners," <a href="https://www.aia.org/resources/77541-where-we-stand-climate-change" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">says</a> AIA President Thomas Vonier, FAIA, in a recently-released press statement issued in conjunction with Earth Day. &rdquo;We need the federal government to keep and even expand incentives that are already producing major advances in energy efficient design and cutting the carbon footprint of buildings."</p><p>The statement continues with eight principles geared towards how architects can mitigate the worst effects of climate change. It urges government bodies to act to conserve energy and reduce carbon emissions. It also notes the huge expansion of jobs (2.1 million from 2011-2014) and economic growth (more than $167 billion in GDP from 2011-2014) that&rsquo;s already accompanied energy-conscious construction:</p><p>The principles are:</p><ol><li><em>The United States must lead the fight against climate change. The federal government must maintain America&rsquo;s global leadership in the design and constructi...</em></li></ol> https://archinect.com/news/article/150001766/the-aia-releases-a-revamped-disaster-assistance-handbook The AIA releases a revamped 'Disaster Assistance Handbook' Nicholas Korody 2017-04-06T13:07:00-04:00 >2017-04-06T13:07:16-04:00 <img src="https://d38w84nuu9j2kr.cloudfront.net/images/650x/7b/7baxa8uengl4yxoj.jpg" width="650" height="841" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The AIA has released a <a href="http://aiad8.prod.acquia-sites.com//sites//default//files//2017-03//Disaster_Assistance_Handbook_032017.pdf" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">revamped version</a> of its <em>Disaster Assistance Handbook</em>, which they claim is &ldquo;significantly enhanced&rdquo; and &ldquo;will serve as a go-to resource for architects, built environments professionals, municipal government officials and emergency managers involved in disaster mitigation, preparation, response, and recovery.&rdquo; Developed by a national team of AIA members and staff, alongside contributions from industry experts and government officials, the Handbook is oriented towards utilizing architects&rsquo; existing skill set to address different phases of a disaster.</p><p>&ldquo;As the frequency, severity and costs of natural and manmade hazards continue to impact the built environment, the unique skillsets that architects bring to all phases of emergency management are more critical than ever, &ldquo; states AIA&rsquo;s <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/149978362/architects-respond-to-the-aia-s-statement-in-support-of-president-elect-donald-trump" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">embattled</a> Chief Executive Officer Robert Ivy, FAIA. &ldquo;The new Handbook shows architects everywhere how they can work with local governments to prepare for and respond to disasters, and h...</p> https://archinect.com/news/article/150001517/the-new-york-times-compiles-a-glossary-of-climate-change-adaptive-building-strategies The New York Times compiles a glossary of climate change-adaptive building strategies Nicholas Korody 2017-04-05T12:46:00-04:00 >2017-04-05T14:34:22-04:00 <img src="https://d38w84nuu9j2kr.cloudfront.net/images/650x/nx/nxi4p3m27pbm03wb.jpg" width="650" height="402" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Communities across the country are confronting the mounting evidence of climate change and developing means of fortifying buildings and infrastructure against rising sea levels and ever-more-intense storms, even as the Trump administration reverses policies premised on climate change. &ldquo;We&rsquo;re not spending money on that anymore,&rdquo; Mick Mulvaney, the director of the Office of Management and Budget, told reporters in Washington recently. &ldquo;We consider that to be a waste of your money.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>"People who live, work or build in flood plains like West Chelsea and elsewhere say they cannot be so dismissive. They are spending money."</em></p><p><em>The New York Times</em>&nbsp;has compiled case studies as well as an associated glossary of steps taken in New York City and its environs to help shore up the built environment against the encroachment of high waters, winds, and heavy rains. For example, the glossary features technical terms like a "500-year flood plain", or an area with a 0.2 percent chance of flooding any given year, as well as strategies, like "dry flood-proofing", or the use of impermeable materials and barriers to keep buildings dry.&nbsp;</p><p>Check it out this useful glossary <a href="https://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/25/nyregion/a-guide-to-flood-resistant-building-terms.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> https://archinect.com/news/article/149997179/i-melt-with-you-indoor-city-installation-explores-dissolving-spatial-boundaries-in-an-era-of-climate-change I Melt With You: "Indoor City" installation explores dissolving spatial boundaries in an era of climate change Julia Ingalls 2017-03-14T17:44:00-04:00 >2017-03-16T12:06:23-04:00 <img src="https://d38w84nuu9j2kr.cloudfront.net/images/650x/vo/vo2szjkdle1c6nve.jpg" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>With layered narration from writers and the input of a climate scientist, the 40-foot long table installation known as "Indoor City" designed by Founder Rome Prize Fellows Phu Hoang and Rachely Rotem (<a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/55229883/modu-formerly-phu-hoang-office-and-rachely-rotem-studio" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MODU</a>)&nbsp;with Jonathan Berger, Hussein Fancy, Christoph Meinrenken, Jack Livings and Matthew Null,&nbsp;tackles the dire conceptual heft of designing for massive systemic weather change.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/1s/1s5trzz1v49164a7.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/ng/ngq5nlj59soq5g4c.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/n5/n5lsnv6uxgvrcyw5.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/uploads/pr/prtpzs9mtzc66k64.gif"></p><p>By placing carbon ice on the installation, the idea is to track how divisions between urban spaces and the environment release more carbon dioxide into the air, thereby creating more stress on the environment (and making the urban spaces quite unpleasant to live in as a result). The project advocates for a more integrated design concept while allowing visitors to enjoy what amounts to a trippy installation. Here's a video of the installation, which is part of the 2017 Cinque Mostre show and&nbsp;will be viewable in person at the American Academy in Rome until April 4th:&nbsp;</p> https://archinect.com/news/article/149988790/now-that-the-feds-have-abandoned-reality-enter-this-competition-to-keep-the-sf-bay-area-from-flooding Now that the feds have abandoned reality, enter this competition to keep the SF Bay Area from flooding Julia Ingalls 2017-01-26T15:13:00-05:00 >2017-02-06T23:15:39-05:00 <img src="https://d38w84nuu9j2kr.cloudfront.net/images/650x/t2/t281951vb0qiyo93.jpg" width="650" height="432" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Prompted by the success of a similar competition it ran in New York several years ago, The Rockefeller Foundation has launched a completely <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149980875/what-ben-carson-s-federal-inexperience-means-for-hud" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ben-Carson-HUD-free</a> contest that challenges architects and urban planners to "imagine climate change solutions" for the San Francisco Bay Area. Opening for submissions in April, "The Bay Area: Resilient by Design Challenge" will have two phases. According to <a href="https://nextcity.org/daily/entry/rockefeller-challenge-bay-area-climate-change-resilience-ideas" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">NextCity</a>:</p><p><em>In the first, teams will participate in a three-month &ldquo;exploratory research and community engagement period to develop initial design concepts for specific sites,&rdquo; according to the release. The second will be a &ldquo;collaborative five-month intensive design phase&rdquo; in which teams will work with residents, businesses, community-based organizations and local politicians. Because three Bay Area cities (Oakland, San Francisco and Berkeley) are already part of another climate change adaptation effort, Rockefeller's 100 Resilient Cities,&nbsp;the two projects will collaborate.</em></p>... https://archinect.com/news/article/149988110/how-rebuild-by-design-influenced-disaster-planning-in-u-s-cities How Rebuild By Design influenced disaster planning in U.S. cities Justine Testado 2017-01-23T17:25:00-05:00 >2017-02-01T20:13:29-05:00 <img src="https://d38w84nuu9j2kr.cloudfront.net/images/650x/a8/a8pa5a8q19vsn195.jpg" width="650" height="365" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>[Henk] Ovink&rsquo;s approach called for a systematic rethinking of American traditional disaster response: to simply rebuild whatever was destroyed...In the US, the Rebuild By Design competition represents a dramatic shift in disaster planning, adopting a more comprehensive and collaborative research and design approach to address complex problems and improve resiliency...The competition was widely hailed as a success, but there was room for improvement before its approach could be replicated.</p></em><br /><br /><p>What's next for Rebuild By Design?&nbsp;Following the success of its <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/321096/rebuild-by-design" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">2013 competition</a>, Rebuild By Design &mdash; now its own organization &mdash; is already working to continue helping U.S. cities prepare for climate change and potential natural disasters. In the article, the group looks back at how their approach has evolved and talks about their upcoming&nbsp;<a href="http://resilientbayarea.org/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Resilient By Design competition</a>&nbsp;for the SF Bay Area.</p> https://archinect.com/news/article/149982839/former-texas-governor-rick-perry-nominated-as-secretary-of-u-s-department-of-energy Former Texas Governor Rick Perry nominated as Secretary of U.S. Department of Energy Nicholas Korody 2016-12-15T12:29:00-05:00 >2016-12-21T22:08:20-05:00 <img src="https://d38w84nuu9j2kr.cloudfront.net/images/650x/2h/2h1qx5bavwpg5ell.jpg" width="650" height="813" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>President-elect Donald Trump has added another name to his cabinet: former Texas Governor Rick Perry will head the U.S. Department of Energy. The announcement has drawn mixed responses. The oil and gas industry, on the one hand, welcomed the fossil fuel industry-friendly climate change skeptic, and immediately requested that he support increases in natural gas exports. On the other hand, environmentalists and others concerned with accelerating global warming found the choice worrisome, to say the least. A few years ago, Perry proposed abolishing the department altogether, although he also forgot its name once during a debate in a notorious gaffe.</p><p></p><p>The nomination is the latest addition of an oil industry-friendly climate change skeptic to the cabinet, following the selection of Exxon Mobil Corp&rsquo;s CEO Rex Tillerson as secretary of state and Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt, a major opponent of climate change mitigation efforts, as head of the EPA.</p><p>Besides managing energy-related re...</p> https://archinect.com/news/article/149979855/how-these-u-s-cities-will-continue-to-fight-climate-change-during-trump-s-presidency How these U.S. cities will continue to fight climate change during Trump's presidency Justine Testado 2016-11-22T14:48:00-05:00 >2016-11-22T15:20:50-05:00 <img src="https://d38w84nuu9j2kr.cloudfront.net/images/650x/79/796f46t5myu20f7f.jpg" width="650" height="364" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>What impact will Donald Trump&rsquo;s league of global-warming deniers and fossil-fuel boosters have on U.S. climate action? The short-term prognosis might not be as damaging as some fear, but...it seems safe to assume that for the next four years, domestic climate policy will be in the deep freezer&mdash;while the rest of us heat up...[But] U.S. cities have the power to shrink that footprint and prepare for the worst, even in the absence of financial or regulatory support from the federal government</p></em><br /><br /><p>A quick profile at how five American cities will&nbsp;continue progressing toward their goals to combat climate change, even without federal support from a Trump administration and a Republican-controlled Congress.</p><p>More on Archinect:</p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149979049/trump-says-climate-change-is-a-hoax-yet-moves-to-protect-his-properties-from-sea-level-rise" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Trump says climate change is a "hoax", yet moves to protect his properties from sea level rise</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149979660/trump-pilfers-clinton-s-plan-for-an-infrastructure-bank" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Trump pilfers Clinton's plan for an 'infrastructure bank'</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149978660/frank-gehry-might-bail-on-the-u-s-now-that-trump-s-been-elected" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Frank Gehry might bail on the U.S. now that Trump's been elected</a></p> https://archinect.com/news/article/149979049/trump-says-climate-change-is-a-hoax-yet-moves-to-protect-his-properties-from-sea-level-rise Trump says climate change is a "hoax", yet moves to protect his properties from sea level rise Nicholas Korody 2016-11-17T13:21:00-05:00 >2016-11-22T22:52:17-05:00 <img src="https://d38w84nuu9j2kr.cloudfront.net/images/650x/5p/5pm0y1cvpfxkcrz5.jpg" width="650" height="394" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Long before he set his sights on Mexico, Donald Trump had his eyes on a different wall. He wanted to build one on the Irish coast of County Clare &ndash; a 13ft high structure erected to protect his luxury golf resort, the Trump International Golf Links and Hotel, from increasingly volatile storms and rising sea levels.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>While the president-elect announced a climate-change skeptic as the leader of the Environmental Protection Agency transition team, this move to protect his investment suggests Trump recognizes the effects of a changing climate.</em></p><p>More on the President-elect:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/149978362/architects-respond-to-the-aia-s-statement-in-support-of-president-elect-donald-trump" target="_blank">Architects Respond to the AIA&rsquo;s Statement in Support of President-Elect Donald Trump</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149978660/frank-gehry-might-bail-on-the-u-s-now-that-trump-s-been-elected" target="_blank">Frank Gehry might bail on the U.S. now that Trump's been elected</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149977832/president-elect-donald-trump-renews-pledge-to-invest-in-american-infrastructure" target="_blank">President-elect Donald Trump renews pledge to invest in American infrastructure</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149977225/the-creative-arithmetic-of-donald-trump-s-buildings" target="_blank">The creative arithmetic of Donald Trump's buildings</a></li></ul> https://archinect.com/news/article/149975714/u-s-transportation-secretary-foxx-on-the-future-of-transportation-we-had-to-do-something-different U.S. Transportation Secretary Foxx on the future of transportation: "We had to do something different." Alexander Walter 2016-10-28T13:49:00-04:00 >2016-10-28T13:49:24-04:00 <img src="https://d38w84nuu9j2kr.cloudfront.net/images/650x/an/anfan9iy30hpc3ah.jpg" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Car and Driver caught up with Foxx in Pittsburgh. The&nbsp;DOT chief, previously&nbsp;mayor of Charlotte, North Carolina, reflected on the promise of autonomous and connected cars, the recent Smart City Challenge, the massive increase in traffic deaths, the potential of the shared vehicles unfolding right outside the window, and more. What follows&nbsp;is a transcript of our conversation, lightly edited for grammar and brevity.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related stories in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149942780/u-s-transportation-secretary-foxx-on-the-troubled-relationship-between-infrastructure-and-race-we-ought-to-do-it-better-than-we-did-it-the-last-time" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">U.S. Transportation Secretary Foxx on the troubled relationship between infrastructure and race: "We ought to do it better than we did it the last time"</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149964179/uber-lets-you-hail-its-self-driving-cars-in-pittsburgh-later-this-month" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Uber lets you hail its self-driving cars in Pittsburgh later this month</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149953520/columbus-ohio-wins-dot-s-50m-smart-city-challenge" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Columbus, Ohio wins DOT's $50M Smart City Challenge</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/145806465/the-u-s-just-got-4-billion-to-spend-on-self-driving-cars" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The U.S. just got $4 billion to spend on self-driving cars</a></li></ul> https://archinect.com/news/article/149974172/can-cleveland-combat-climate-change-with-compact-communities Can Cleveland combat climate change with compact communities? Julia Ingalls 2016-10-18T12:54:00-04:00 >2016-10-18T12:54:49-04:00 <img src="https://d38w84nuu9j2kr.cloudfront.net/images/650x/30/30eq3oqcokv9if0l.jpg" width="650" height="397" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Although Cleveland often serves more as a punchline than a solution (the Cuyahoga River caught fire in 1969 due to pollution), a climate change conference convened by the United Nations and currently being held in <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/738092/quito" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Quito</a>, Ecuador sees new potential in the city. As <a href="http://www.streetsblog.net/2016/10/17/how-cities-like-cleveland-can-grow-and-tackle-climate-change/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">StreetsBlog</a> reports, if Cleveland can transform its current suburbia into denser neighborhoods, the metropolis could serve as a model for numerous water and climate-challenged cities in how to adapt to the demands of an increasingly populated globe. As a paper entitled "Where to put the next billion people" states:</p><p>"Cleveland could play a significant role in the fight against climate change by developing a strategy for more compact communities and with a more open and encouraging immigration policy, the report concludes.</p><p>The influx of immigrants should probably be planned better.</p><p>Cleveland&rsquo;s outer suburbs and nearby rural towns hold the key. If the suburbs can figure out strategies to retrofit themselves as dense, walkable com...</p> https://archinect.com/news/article/149972239/american-firms-aren-t-doing-enough-to-reduce-their-carbon-footprint-according-to-new-report American firms aren't doing enough to reduce their carbon footprint, according to new report Nicholas Korody 2016-10-05T13:38:00-04:00 >2016-10-10T00:31:24-04:00 <img src="https://d38w84nuu9j2kr.cloudfront.net/images/650x/jn/jnq9h885eu9dprgd.jpg" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>&ldquo;We are simply not making significant strides in crucial metrics that predict building performance,&rdquo; states Greg Mella, FAIA, Director of Sustainable Design at SmithGroupJJR and co-chair of the AIA 2030 Working Group, in a new <a href="http://new.aia.org/press-releases/18626-mixed-results-in-design-projects-meeting-car" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">report</a> that gauges the progress made by firms voluntarily committing to reduce the carbon emissions produced by their buildings. &ldquo;These findings should serve as a wake-up call to architects that there needs to be greater urgency to drive improved energy efficiency across their project portfolios if we are going to reach our ultimate carbon reduction goals.&rdquo;</p><p>While a total of 152 firms submitted data, amounting to a 9% increase from 2014, the reports aren&rsquo;t terribly impressive. A scant 4% of the total gross square feet (GSF) represented met the target of reducing carbon emissions by 70%. And just 10% of total GSF met the previous target&mdash;a 60% carbon reduction&mdash;representing a decrease of 4% since the last report. That being said, 614 design projects met the 60% tar...</p> https://archinect.com/news/article/149965931/architects-call-for-action-on-climate-change Architects call for action on climate change Nicholas Korody 2016-08-30T14:10:00-04:00 >2016-09-04T23:24:30-04:00 <img src="https://d38w84nuu9j2kr.cloudfront.net/images/650x/hg/hgau33doydwdjfwl.jpg" width="650" height="377" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The building sector has a uniquely intimate relationship to global warming. One the one hand, cities consume 78% of the world&rsquo;s energy and are responsible for more than 60% of global carbon emissions; building maintenance accounts for nearly 50% of energy usage and construction is one of the most environmentally destructive of human activities. On the other, better design represents one of humanity&rsquo;s best&mdash;and most feasible&mdash;opportunities to reduce global carbon emissions and help prepare for inevitable changes to our environment.</p><p>It&rsquo;s therefore highly appropriate that a group of Chicago-based architects have recently launched an online initiative calling for action on climate change. Following five weeks of grassroots outreach, sixty-six architecture firms and six design industry-related companies have joined the public outreach campaign, dubbed Architects Advocate: Action on Climate Change. Now they plan to rapidly expand to the rest of the United States.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/aa/aa09zjtxaxiyp80u.jpg"></p><p>Supporters of the campaign ar...</p> https://archinect.com/news/article/149963986/the-netherlands-considers-a-ban-on-gasoline-powered-vehicles The Netherlands considers a ban on gasoline-powered vehicles Nicholas Korody 2016-08-18T13:04:00-04:00 >2016-08-22T00:42:25-04:00 <img src="https://d38w84nuu9j2kr.cloudfront.net/images/650x/df/df99v4kw2fozf1gm.jpg" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Gasoline-powered cars may soon be a thing of the past. But the Netherlands wants to get there quicker. The Dutch government is debating the possibility of banning new gas and diesel cars from 2025. The initial proposal, which was brought forward by the Labor Party, called for an outright ban of all petrol and diesel cars, but was eventually modified so the ban only affected the sale of new petrol and diesel cars. Traditional cars already in use will still run on the streets.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>The proposal has since passed in the lower house of the Netherlands&rsquo; parliament. It now needs to pass through the Dutch senate.</em></p><p>In related news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149940683/faraday-future-holds-groundbreaking-ceremony-for-1b-nevada-factory" target="_blank">Faraday Future holds groundbreaking ceremony for $1B Nevada factory</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149938205/the-impossible-car-faraday-future-s-lead-designer-richard-kim-on-one-to-one-17" target="_blank">The "Impossible" Car &ndash; Faraday Future's lead designer, Richard Kim, on One-to-One #17</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/145592812/wired-takes-a-look-inside-tesla-s-car-factory-of-the-future" target="_blank">Wired takes a look inside Tesla's car factory of the future</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/141435421/a-look-inside-tesla-s-growing-gigafactory-it-will-blow-your-mind" target="_blank">A look inside Tesla's growing Gigafactory: "It will blow your mind."</a></li></ul> https://archinect.com/news/article/149963793/alaskan-village-voting-on-whether-to-relocate-because-of-sea-level-rise Alaskan village voting on whether to relocate because of sea level rise Nicholas Korody 2016-08-17T13:35:00-04:00 >2016-08-22T00:03:03-04:00 <img src="https://d38w84nuu9j2kr.cloudfront.net/images/650x/e0/e0dfimxeiagvc43d.jpg" width="650" height="487" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The residents of the northern Alaskan village of Shishmaref are currently voting to decide whether or not to relocate their village. As global warming brings up temperatures, the sea ice that once protected the village has begun to melt. Now the town, which is built on a barrier island in the Chukchi sea, faces inundation.</p><p>The village, with its 650 residents, mostly members of the Inupiat Inuit tribe, would be the first in the United States to relocate because of global warming-induced sea level rise. The effects of climate change on the island are considered among the most dramatic in the world.&nbsp;Already, the village has lost 2,500 to 3,500 feet of land to coastal erosion and the entire island could be gone within the next couple decades.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/de/desvvkqd9a5bbuxz.jpg"></p><p>While barricades have been erected to protect the village, their effect has been minimal. The town is built on permafrost, which is melting and causing the shore to become even more vulnerable to crashing waves.&nbsp;</p><p>If the vote goes through, the cost of...</p> https://archinect.com/news/article/149963407/climate-change-will-make-finding-a-host-city-for-the-2088-olympics-incredibly-difficult Climate change will make finding a host city for the 2088 Olympics incredibly difficult Nicholas Korody 2016-08-15T17:53:00-04:00 >2016-08-23T11:42:50-04:00 <img src="https://d38w84nuu9j2kr.cloudfront.net/images/650x/to/toni9gaq86ajgg88.jpg" width="650" height="432" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>As our planet grows warmer over our lifetimes, the number of cities that will be cool enough to reasonably host the summer games is going to rapidly dwindle. And that doesn&rsquo;t just mean Atlanta or L.A. According to an analysis published in The Lancet last week...only three plausible host cities in the entire continent of North America may still be low risk by 2085 (or the summer games of 2088): San Francisco, Calgary, and Vancouver.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>There may be zero in Africa or Latin America, and only two in Asia (Bishkek, in Kyrgyzstan, and Ulaanbaatar, in Mongolia).</em></p><p>As the article notes, the really disturbing implication of this research is less about athletics and more about day-to-day work. Half the world's population works outside, and temperatures that are too high for a marathon will be too high for laboring.</p><p>For more on the Olympics, check out these links:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149962354/come-on-in-the-water-s-fine-rio-sailors-say-worries-about-water-quality-overblown" target="_blank">Come on in, the water's fine: Rio sailors say worries about water quality overblown</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149962265/hit-or-miss-oliver-wainwright-reviews-the-designs-of-the-rio-olympics" target="_blank">Hit or miss?: Oliver Wainwright reviews the designs of the Rio Olympics</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149961778/rio-olympics-2016-how-to-watch-and-what-to-expect-at-the-opening-ceremony" target="_blank">Rio Olympics 2016: how to watch, and what to expect at the opening ceremony</a></li><li><a href="http://Summer%20daze:%20checking%20ourselves%20before%20we%20wreck%20ourselves,%20on%20Archinect%20Sessions%20#75" target="_blank">Summer daze: checking ourselves before we wreck ourselves, on Archinect Sessions #75</a></li></ul> https://archinect.com/news/article/149961796/engineers-grapple-with-a-melting-alaskan-highway Engineers grapple with a melting Alaskan Highway Justine Testado 2016-08-05T14:57:00-04:00 >2016-08-05T14:57:54-04:00 <img src="https://d38w84nuu9j2kr.cloudfront.net/images/650x/4v/4vlpyrm6fk154y4c.jpg" width="650" height="430" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Today the highway serves as the main artery connecting the &ldquo;Last Frontier&rdquo; with Canada and the northwestern U.S., bringing tourists to Alaska cruise ships; food, supplies and medicine to remote towns; and equipment to oil fields and mines that are the region&rsquo;s lifeblood... &ldquo;Communities are unable to reach each other, it&rsquo;s harder to get goods there,&rdquo; [...] Thawing permafrost isn&rsquo;t &ldquo;just an inconvenience, folks; it&rsquo;s a change in the way of life.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>More on Archinect:</p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149952025/global-warming-is-redrawing-national-borders" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Global warming is redrawing national borders</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/123894934/russia-considering-plans-for-a-12-400-mile-superhighway-linking-london-and-alaska" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Russia considering plans for a 12,400-mile superhighway linking London and Alaska</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/135578877/obama-changes-the-name-of-tallest-mountain-from-mt-mckinley-to-denali" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Obama changes the name of tallest mountain from Mt McKinley to Denali</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149941219/why-american-infrastructure-funding-keeps-facing-such-an-uphill-battle" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Why American infrastructure funding keeps facing such an uphill battle</a></p> https://archinect.com/news/article/149959978/arup-team-v-to-build-world-s-tallest-timber-residential-building-in-amsterdam Arup, TEAM V to build world's tallest timber residential building in Amsterdam Nicholas Korody 2016-07-26T14:50:00-04:00 >2016-07-30T01:03:06-04:00 <img src="https://d38w84nuu9j2kr.cloudfront.net/images/650x/i6/i6qh2jrg66e9seuq.jpg" width="650" height="434" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Arup announced on July 25 that they would partner with TEAM V Architecture, Lingotto, Nicole Maarsen, and Nederlandse Energie Maatschappij in the construction of a 73-meter-high residential tower. With 14,500 square meters of floor space in total, the tower, named HAUT, will house 55 apartments and an underground parking lot. Upon completion, HAUT will be the tallest timber tower in the world.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/8m/8mhxn8u9bf395zb1.jpg"></p><p>&ldquo;Building in wood is one of the most talked about innovations in sustainable construction internationally, due to the large storage capacity of CO2,&rdquo; Arup said. &ldquo;Using wood provides an answer to the Municipality of Amsterdam&rsquo;s quest for CO2 neutrality.&rdquo;</p><p>Arup expects HAUT to store some three million kilograms of CO2. Equipped with photovoltaic panels, the build will produce its own energy. A rooftop wetland will filter waste water.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/th/th6j6idrdknuqysa.jpg"></p><p>"The municipality of Amsterdam selected this team for their vision of the city of the future in which nature and architecture are balanced," stated Arup. "HAUT also sta...</p> https://archinect.com/news/article/149957978/may-government-abolishes-climate-change-department May government abolishes climate change department Nicholas Korody 2016-07-14T19:49:00-04:00 >2016-07-17T19:58:15-04:00 <img src="https://d38w84nuu9j2kr.cloudfront.net/images/650x/q5/q5brnfk8z2xrd6wn.jpg" width="650" height="366" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The decision to abolish the Department for Energy and Climate Change has been variously condemned as &ldquo;plain stupid&rdquo;, &ldquo;deeply worrying&rdquo; and &ldquo;terrible&rdquo; by politicians, campaigners and experts. One of Theresa May&rsquo;s first acts as Prime Minister was to move responsibility for climate change to a new Department for Business, Energy &amp; Industrial Strategy.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>"Only on Monday, Government advisers had warned of the need to take urgent action to prepare the UK for floods, droughts, heatwaves and food shortages caused by climate change."</em></p><p>In related news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://uk.archinect.com/news/article/149935283/in-a-surprise-announcement-uk-gov-to-provide-540m-for-flood-protection" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">In a surprise announcement, UK gov to provide &pound;540m for flood protection</a></li><li><a href="http://uk.archinect.com/news/article/143664937/britain-s-last-deep-pit-coal-mine-closes-the-end-of-the-industrial-revolution" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Britain's last deep-pit coal mine closes &mdash; the end of the industrial revolution?</a></li><li><a href="http://uk.archinect.com/news/article/149952025/global-warming-is-redrawing-national-borders" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Global warming is redrawing national borders</a></li><li><a href="http://uk.archinect.com/news/article/149935981/global-warming-may-be-much-more-catastrophic-and-happen-much-quicker-than-we-imagined" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Global warming may be much more catastrophic (and happen much quicker) than we imagined</a></li></ul> https://archinect.com/news/article/149956094/designing-around-sea-level-rise-in-new-york Designing around sea-level rise in New York Nicholas Korody 2016-07-05T17:56:00-04:00 >2016-07-31T16:15:11-04:00 <img src="https://d38w84nuu9j2kr.cloudfront.net/images/650x/mh/mhr6ad1gu77plmxw.jpg" width="650" height="361" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Building walls around a city is an idea that is as old as cities themselves. In the Middle Ages, walls were built to keep out invading armies. Now they are built to keep out Mother Nature. [...] As far as walls go, the Big U is designed to be a nice one ("a wall with benefits," as one urban designer puts it). It was one of the winning proposals in Rebuild by Design, a $930 million competition sponsored by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development...</p></em><br /><br /><p>The article describes New York as having more at stake when it comes to sea-level rise than any other city in the world. A bunch of islands in a coastal estuary, New York is uniquely at risk. And, as the largest financial hub in the world with some of the most expensive real estate in the country, the costs of losing entire neighborhoods, such as that around Wall St., are unfathomable.</p><p>For more responses to the risks posed by sea-level rise to New York, check out these links:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/101030520/a-closer-look-into-the-big-u-big-s-winning-proposal-for-rebuild-by-design" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">BIG's winning proposal for Rebuild By Design</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/129173441/rebuild-by-design-wins-innovation-award" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Rebuild by Design Wins Innovation Award</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/102558685/relocation-or-adaptation-creating-resilience-against-natural-disaster" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Relocation or Adaptation: Creating resilience against natural disaster</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/100960550/u-s-department-of-hud-announces-the-rebuild-by-design-winners" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">U.S. Department of HUD announces the Rebuild By Design winners</a></li></ul> https://archinect.com/news/article/149953515/cold-war-era-spy-photography-finds-second-life-as-climate-change-record Cold War-era spy photography finds second life as climate change record Nicholas Korody 2016-06-23T13:24:00-04:00 >2016-06-30T20:35:57-04:00 <img src="https://d38w84nuu9j2kr.cloudfront.net/images/650x/aj/ajegogb7ji2xjrui.jpg" width="650" height="942" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>It was revealed earlier this month that declassified U.S. spy satellite photographs taken above the Antarctic have inadvertently also documented how that continent has been affected by climate change. In this case, deep in the archives of national intelligence agencies are satellite photos half a century old in which scientifically useful data has been hiding in plain sight. These now-outdated spy photographs have thus found an unexpected second life as important tools of planetary science...</p></em><br /><br /><p>For more on the often unexpected sources of climate data, check out these links:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149942776/the-700-year-old-climate-data-recorded-by-japanese-monks" target="_blank">The 700-year old climate data recorded by Japanese monks</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149935981/global-warming-may-be-much-more-catastrophic-and-happen-much-quicker-than-we-imagined" target="_blank">Global warming may be much more catastrophic (and happen much quicker) than we imagined</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/146194305/last-year-was-the-warmest-since-at-least-1880" target="_blank">Last year was the warmest since (at least) 1880</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/126783591/architecture-of-the-anthropocene-pt-3-getting-lost-in-the-ozone" target="_blank">Architecture of the Anthropocene, Pt. 3: Getting Lost in the Ozone</a></li></ul> https://archinect.com/news/article/149952025/global-warming-is-redrawing-national-borders Global warming is redrawing national borders Nicholas Korody 2016-06-16T12:35:00-04:00 >2016-06-16T12:35:16-04:00 <img src="https://d38w84nuu9j2kr.cloudfront.net/images/650x/f2/f2z85svbr5lt70u2.jpg" width="650" height="487" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>"Climate change is happening so fast and on such a huge scale that it's forcing us to change the borders of a country," said head of the mapping expedition, Marco Ferrari... The borders of a country are "something we always consider as stable, as a political device, the foundation of the modern state, the most sacred thing, but this huge natural transformation makes clear how disruptive and alarming these changes are," he said.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>"Even the biggest and most stable things, like glaciers, mountains&mdash;these huge objects, they can change in a few years. We live on a planet that changes, and we try to make rules, to give meaning, but this meaning is completely artificial because nature, basically, doesn't give a shit."</em></p><p>Global warming is one of the most visible aspects of the <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/112035318/archinect-s-lexicon-anthropocene" target="_blank">Anthropocene</a>, a name for the era in which humans activity registers on the geological record. For more on the Anthropocene and its relation to architecture, check out past some past Archinect coverage:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/109656462/architecture-of-the-anthropocene-part-1" target="_blank">Architecture of the Anthropocene, Part 1</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/114117296/architecture-of-the-anthropocene-pt-2-haunted-houses-living-buildings-and-other-horror-stories" target="_blank">Architecture of the Anthropocene, Pt. 2: Haunted Houses, Living Buildings, and Other Horror Stories</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/126783591/architecture-of-the-anthropocene-pt-3-getting-lost-in-the-ozone" target="_blank">Architecture of the Anthropocene, Pt. 3: Getting Lost in the Ozone</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/142453636/ways-of-seeing-in-the-anthropocene-review-of-the-geological-imagination-and-the-underdome-guide-to-energy-reform" target="_blank">Ways of Seeing in the Anthropocene: Review of "The Geological Imagination" and "The Underdome Guide to Energy Reform"</a></li></ul> https://archinect.com/news/article/149951790/tour-norway-s-doomsday-seed-vault-deep-within-the-arctic-circle Tour Norway's "Doomsday" seed vault, deep within the Arctic Circle Julia Ingalls 2016-06-15T13:24:00-04:00 >2016-06-18T20:40:22-04:00 <img src="https://d38w84nuu9j2kr.cloudfront.net/images/650x/sy/sy13hgdak3i5p56n.jpg" width="650" height="359" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>What is the architecture of forward-thinking climate change? One example is the <a href="http://uk.archinect.com/news/article/71895/svalbard-vault-opens" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Svalbard Seed Vault</a>, which when full will house roughly 3 million different species of plants in anticipation of a future that may be hotter, drier, or simply climatically different than the one we inhabit now.</p><p>This video offers a rare tour of the three-vault, minus 5 degrees Celsius interior storage facility, which is located within a mountain in Norway in anticipation of rising global sea levels:</p><p></p>