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Where the World Stores Its Seeds: The Svalbard Global Seed Vault

by Emma Kantrowitz
Blog

Hidden deep in the permanently frozen mountainscape of the world’s northernmost inhabited place, lies the ultimate agricultural failsafe for cities and populations around the globe: a remote vault with the capacity to store billions of seeds.

Getting Clean Water From the Unlikeliest of Places

by Daniel Rosen
Blog

There is a stigma, albeit an understandable one, that surrounds the use of treated wastewater as potable water. Because let’s face it, no matter how clean treated wastewater may be, people are still going to be focused on the water’s provenance.

Whether it’s water that’s been micturated in, or water that’s rife with bacteria or inorganic materials, most people would prefer not to have treated water going from these sources to their water taps.

Green Buildings: Good for the Environment, Occupants and the Bottom Line

by Adam Bonislawski
Blog

Green buildings are good for the environment—that is well known. But what benefits do they offer the people who inhabit them?

Six Green Spaces That Transform Buildings into Sky Gardens

Blog

Who says a garden can’t grow atop the concrete jungle? A spate of new buildings across the world are being topped off with “green roofs”—spaces that incorporate environmentally-friendly features such as flower beds, vegetable patches and solar panels, transforming these structures into large-scale sky gardens. Most recently, in France, the government passed a law mandating that all new commercial buildings must feature green roofs partially covered with either plants or solar panels.

How Driverless Cars Will Shape Cities of the Future

by Giovanna Fabiano
Article

Imagine a world where driverless cars rule the road, navigating their way across an integrated network of connected cities, while sharing data with infrastructure in real time.

Truly “smart cities,” in which transportation systems all communicate with each other (think cars with traffic signals, for example), may seem far off, but futurists and economists alike say it will happen sooner than you think.

In fact, autonomous technology already exists, and its proliferation will have profound implications on the built environment.

The 'End of Sitting' as We Know It?

by Daniel Rosen
Article

Attendees at the inaugural Chicago Architecture Biennial may have come across a concept for an office space that, upon first glance, appears better suited for an avant-garde theater than an everyday workplace. 

“The End of Sitting” is an experimental office space that uses its unique design to encourage workers to stand, lean or lie against its many three-dimensional shapes.

Four Ways to Create and Maintain a Productive Workforce

Blog

Money is great. Benefits are nice. Perks like free snacks and game tables may sweeten the deal. But what ensures that workers remain productive and content in their jobs to stay for the long haul? 

A Standard of Wellness: A Conversation with Paul Scialla

by Daniel Rosen
Blog

With the average worker spending 90 percent of his or her time indoors—both in the office and at home—it’s not always easy to stay fit and healthy. But Paul Scialla, founder of the International WELL Building Institute™ and Delos®, believes work and wellness should go hand in hand. Office space, Scialla says, has the potential to have a positive impact on the overall health of a workforce.

5 of the Coolest Bike-Friendly Infrastructure Projects in the World

by Giovanna Fabiano
Blog

For the first time ever, more than half the world’s population—3.7 billion people—lives in cities, and that number is expected to double by 2050. Rising urbanization will have a profound impact on our built environment, and it’s no secret that cities will need to come up with better, more effective transportation solutions to help commuters navigate already-crowded corridors.

Workplace Strategies for Keeping Employees Engaged and Present

by Daniel Rosen
Blog

It may be harder than ever to keep an employee at a job for the entirety of their career. Recent research has shown that the average worker stays at his or her job for just 4.6 years. What’s more, that worker is likely to have had 10 jobs before reaching the age of 40. This type of volatility poses a real challenge to companies trying to retain top talent and keep their employees happy, engaged and productive.

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