Energy & Environment
What is Earth’s baseline temperature? Good question. The climate scenario ‘historicalNat’ simulates a world without human intervention.
In the late 1960s, Bay Area design activists sought to blend the aspirations of progressive architecture with new environmental imperatives — a goal that’s more relevant than ever.
Ecology and Design: Parallel Genealogies
The word “ecology” has been co-opted so widely that it has lost real meaning, yet it remains a powerful lens for designers working with complex adaptive systems.
American Power: Live
The theatrical premiere of a photographic series that investigates energy politics in cities and landscapes across the country.
800 Miles: Photographing the Trans-Alaska Pipeline
Documenting a perfectly engineered, efficient structure dedicated to the ruthless and expedient exhaustion of nonrenewable resources.
The gorgeous vistas and toxic legacy of an historic mining district in Northern Idaho.
Visualization of Renewable Energy in the Postwar Era
Today’s energy debates go back to the postwar era, when scientists argued that shifting away from fossil fuels was not just technically feasible but also ethically necessary.
Visualizing the Ends of Oil
Photographers Edward Burtynsky and Chris Jordan have struggled in different ways to visualize and critique the effects of our dependence on oil.
Nature-ization Takes Command
Exploring the dynamic relationship of landscape and architecture, from big civic projects by Norman Foster to small rural houses by Glenn Murcutt.
The Temptations of Survivalism
Is self-sufficiency an illusionary goal? How independent can any building — or city — really be?