urban design lab Archives - State of the Planet

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Beautiful Planet: Earth Institute Photos From Around the Globe

This year marks the 50th anniversary of Earth Day. To celebrate, we’re sharing images of places and projects around the world that highlight our planet’s incredible beauty.

by |April 20, 2020
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Celebrating the International Day of Women and Girls in Science

Women scientists play an essential role in the Earth Institute’s mission to understand how the planet works, how humans are changing it, and how to build a sustainable future.

by |February 11, 2020
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13 Proposals to Boost Resilience in Vieques, Puerto Rico

Working closely with Vieques residents, graduate students designed solutions to help the tiny island recover after Hurricane Maria and weather future storms. Their proposals are published in a new report.

by |December 6, 2019
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Building Resilience in Vieques, Puerto Rico

In the two years since Hurricane Maria, the Urban Design Lab has been working with the small island community to design resilient homes, community centers, and sustainable infrastructure.

by |September 20, 2019

What Are the Hidden Co-Benefits of Green Infrastructure?

A new study compares how 14 types of green infrastructure contribute to 22 potential benefits for urban communities.

by |September 3, 2019

5 Questions: Richard Plunz on Crowdsourcing Urban Design with Twitter

A project from the Urban Design Lab combines mapping techniques with Twitter-usage data to gain a real-time understanding of how people occupy public space.

by |March 19, 2019

Women Leaders Tackle the Urban Climate Challenge

Anne Hidalgo, the mayor of Paris, will join dozens of other leaders in government, business and the non-profit world at the Women4Climate conference at Columbia University on March 15.

by |March 8, 2017

Looking at Climate from All the Angles

The Earth Institute digs into the past, tracks the present and models the future of climate. We explore the broader issues surrounding climate change, seek ways to apply our knowledge to real solutions, and nurture collaboration among faculty and researchers in the natural sciences, social sciences and humanities, law, public health, engineering, architecture and urban planning.

by |December 16, 2016

Seeking an Urban Sustainability Graduate Research Assistant

Are you a full-time Columbia graduate student interested in urban sustainability and equity? Do you have superb writing, analytic and research skills? Apply by December 9 for this part-time research assistant position.

by |December 1, 2016

New York Lets a Thousand Bioswales Bloom

In an effort to curb sewage overflows, New York City has turned to green infrastructure: right-of-way bioswales, green roofs and rain gardens, among other practices. These measures help decrease stormwater runoff by increasing pervious areas and introducing water-loving plants that can absorb some of the water and encourage evaporation.

by |November 22, 2016