Engineering for Change

Interest: Habitat

Informed construction saves lives, and it also just makes life more pleasant. Architects and engineers are mining the world’s traditional building techniques to find better ways to contend with earthquakes and floods and to adapt to problems like extreme weather in changing climates. At the same time, design of refugee housing and disaster-resistant buildings incorporates tried-and-tested construction with materials like reinforced cement and even plastic. Our basic human right to shelter increasingly hinges on smart choices and good design.

Interest: Habitat

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Claudia Alemañy Castilla

An E4C Fellow’s Trash Management Start-Up Gains International Recognition

August 12, 2022

Garbage strewn on the ground and in the water is a mounting problem among the communities living in the...

Jennifer Oomen

Building for the Future: What Does Net Zero Building Look Like in the Global South?

March 24, 2022

The lead up to COP26 brought renewed energy from private sector and government leaders signing on to achieve net...

Julio Diarte

A Two-For-One Solution: Repurpose Cardboard Waste to Build Homes

March 1, 2022

What if we could reduce the amount of garbage we produce and build low-cost homes to solve housing shortages...

Alleluia Tito Maajabu

How Bamcore Reduces Carbon Footprints in Housing Construction

December 28, 2021

The California-based housing company employs progressive strategies in design and workflows to shrink the environmental impact of new construction....

Emily K. Schwartz

3D-Printed Construction Must Mature Before It Delivers

October 27, 2021

We’ve seen the advent of printed homes, but how feasible would it be to scale that 3D-printing technology to...

Guest Author

Affordable Ways to Create a Sustainable Home

July 22, 2021

Sustainable homes use less energy and water, are built with respect for resources, and can often be more comfortable...

The Conversation

Most Buildings Were Designed for an Earlier Climate – Here’s What Will Happen as Global Warming Accelerates

July 8, 2021

Climate change will affect every aspect of our lives – including the buildings we live and work in. Most...

Teresa Sereno Afonso

Livestock in the New Health Center: Lessons Learned in Rural Mozambique

March 21, 2021

Curious to learn how a health center turns into an animal barn? I saw the transformation firsthand while developing...

Rob Goodier

Research Brief: A Plan for a New Conception of 21st Century Infrastructure

October 30, 2020

It’s possible to visit a US library and never touch a book. Card holders can learn to weld in...

Pía Vásquez

Informal Immigrant Camps Hidden in Chile: How Can We Help?

October 5, 2020

Informal settlements are hidden in Chile, the wealthiest country of Latin America. How can engineers and humanitarians help? The...


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