architecture Archives - State of the Planet

Malo Hutson photo in front of tree

Investigating How the Built Environment Impacts Health and Equality

Having grown up poor, urbanist and Earth Institute faculty member Malo Hutson brings a unique perspective to his work with displaced and impoverished people.

by |August 14, 2018

How I Preserved A Historic House While Making It More Energy Efficient

Architect Lynnette Widder explains the challenges of making an old house more sustainable while maintaining its original character.

by |May 14, 2018

Sustainability Management Faculty Honored in 2018 Modernism in America Awards

Architect and faculty member Lynnette Widder won a Docomomo Citation of Merit for her work in restoring a modernist house with an eye toward sustainability.

by |May 4, 2018

Harnessing Soil to Rebuild Rural Nepal

Within weeks of a devastating earthquake in Nepal, governments and private groups pledged $4 billion in aid. And something else emerged from the rubble: a grassroots movement to rebuild rural Nepal safely and sustainably.

by |September 21, 2016

“Green Bling” and Other Sustainable Architecture Insights

Students in the Undergraduate Program for Sustainable Development were joined by the Columbia community at large to hear Ilana Judah, Senior Associate and Director of Sustainability at FXFOWLE Architects, speak on sustainable architecture.

by |September 30, 2013

Ideas for the Sustainable City: Green Buildings

On March 23, the Environmental Protection Agency released a list of the 40 cities with the highest percentage of energy-efficient buildings. While Los Angeles, Washington and San Francisco made the top three, NYC came in at number ten. When we think about carbon emissions, we often think of cars, trucks, factories, and power plants. We think… read more

by |March 26, 2010

Cities at a Turning Point

Scientists warn that many cities around the world may soon face big climate-change challenges: rising seas; shrinking water supplies; killer summer heat waves; rises in water-borne diseases as temperatures go up and sewers are swamped. No one is predicting that, say, London or Miami will simply drop beneath the waves–but these and other cities will probably have to be redesigned if… read more

by |April 23, 2009