New York City scored a major coup when it successfully lured Cornell University to build a campus for Cornell Tech, its applied sciences program, on Roosevelt Island, smack in the middle of the East River.
Architects and environmental scientists have been teaming up to address an interesting question: is it possible -- and economically feasible -- to design and construct buildings that can passively clean smoggy urban air?
The tables built the day before were linked end-to-end smack in the middle of a beautiful outdoor setting. The day's menu was made of produce and meat sourced from local farms, bread from a nearby bakery, and cheese from a creamery located just down the road.
I'm sitting in a 1920s-era building in Detroit, a former Model T showroom, that two years ago was an unsightly warehouse. The transformation of our building to an energy-efficient community space has been a fascinating one.
Through Architecture For Humanity's "Do A Latte Good" campaign, you can bid on coffee with one of our great supporters, and in return they'll contribute to help reconstruction efforts post-Typhoon Ketsana.