The urban heat island (UHI) effect is of growing concern in our society today. From a building/planning/design perspective, here are some potential solutions to help mitigate the excess atmospheric warming felt in urban areas.


Noting that the global auto market is approaching 100 million vehicles annually and that, “It is impossible for Tesla to build electric cars fast enough to address the carbon crisis,” CEO Elon Musk announced today that the automaker is making all of its patents freely available on a good-faith basis. In a blog post on Tesla’s website, the company said it originally feared others would copy its technology, so it was aggressive in protecting intellectual property. But the way things have played out, automakers are making barely any zero-emission vehicles at all, typically less than 1% of their total production. Tesla hopes this move will begin to change that.

Musk held a conference call to discuss the move in more detail, and he clarified the company’s intentions: Tesla doesn’t believe this will change things overnight. And he’s right. Automakers take years to get new vehicles to market and longer still to ramp up production. Nissan’s Leaf, the leading EV in the world, which costs a fraction of the Tesla Model S only recently cracked the 100,000 sold mark after more than 3 years. Outside of Tesla, no pure zero-emission vehicle has achieved anywhere near those sales. But in a world with 2 billion vehicles, it’s a drop in the bucket.

Kudos, Elon Musk! A mature move by a true visionary.



The “urban heat island” effect  (where urban areas are far hotter than their surroundings) probably affects the place you live, and is only going to get worse from climate change.

Climate Central has the facts on how the heat island affects the major cities in the U.S., like New York — 20 degrees hotter than its subarbs!

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The urban heat island (UHI) effect is something I’ve been very interested in lately—safe to say I think we should all be. Check out my article on this topic being published tomorrow on:
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More and more we’re beginning to see similar trends in architecture and design; mixed use has a whole new meaning now with the increasingly common incorporation of agriculture and power production to any and every new building concept. A food center that produces (at least a large part of) both what it would sell to consumers and the electricity needed to operate shows promise of economic self-sustenance, and a big step towards sustainability. Keep up to date with other projects and exhibitions being planned for Expo Milano 2015the upcoming edition of the fantastic World Expo being held in Milan, Italy. The theme for 2015 will be “Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life.”


The architectural project titled “American Food 2.0: United to Feed the Planet”, designed by Biber Architects as the U.S.’ contribution to the Expo Milano 2015, a worldwide non-commercial exposition spanning 184 days and wholly dedicated to the theme of sustainability and responsible resource management. “Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life.”


"The PACE Commercial Consortium, spearheaded by the Carbon War Room and backed by Lockheed Martin, BarclaysCapital, and Ygrene Energy Fund,announced, in September 2011, its intent to fund $550 million worth of energy retrofits in Miami-Dade County, Florida, and $100 million more in Sacramento, California." Click the link to learn more.



Why are we allowing this?