Making the most of a tree epidemic

With trees infested by the emerald ash borer deemed essentially worthless, a team of designers wanted to see if the decaying wood could be repurposed as a building material.

Leslie Lok, Assistant Professor of Architecture, Cornell University • conversation
Aug. 4, 2020 ~7 min

Tags:  architecture  carbon  construction  trees  design  ash

Buildings have their own microbiomes – we're striving to make them healthy places

We spend 90% of our lives indoors, and every building has its own indoor microbiome. Can we learn to manage them in ways that support helpful microbes and suppress harmful ones?

Mark Fretz, Research Assistant Professor of Architecture, University of Oregon • conversation
April 17, 2020 ~10 min

Tags: covid-19 architecture microbiome microbes coronavirus-2020 cleaning buildings environmental-health

The story of a remarkable Hindu temple in Pretoria's inner city

Built by Tamil immigrants almost 100 years ago, the temple has survived apartheid and urban decay to remain at the heart of its community.

Johan Swart, Lecturer, University of Pretoria • conversation
March 22, 2020 ~7 min

Tags:  architecture  inner-cities  restoration  racial-segregation  pretoria  group-areas-act  churches  hindu-tamils  forced-removals

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