Architecture

Can we create a green American dream home? Can we take those green building methods to a larger scale? Can we build a green office park? PF Members think so.

Murals, graffiti, posters and sculptures make a city come alive. They become attractions, a mark of home. (Photos by Tabitha Wechter/SUNY-ESF)

SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry
The photos included in this essay serve as a tour through the city of Syracuse, NY, and use street art as a tool to measure community status and gentrification.

Poster advertising the 1972 Black Community Survival Conference, with a promotion by the Free Food Program. (Photo: Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, 1972)

Bates College
We should remember the critical work the Black Panther Party did in their communities to help right injustices, and help prevent hunger among children and communities as a whole.
SUNY-Plattsburgh
As the world continues to urbanize, there is increasingly becoming a higher need for green, sustainable architecture. One striking example of this is Parc Frederic-Back in Montreal.

Hundreds of Tucson residents are using green spaces during the pandemic like the Loop, a 131-mile paved bikeway that now sees hundreds of daily users. (Jake Meyers / University of Arizona)

Planet Forward Correspondent | University of Arizona
Green spaces not only help cities mitigate and adapt to climate change; they can help residents cope with the shock of COVID-19.
plant grows by a marsh

A plant grows by a marsh at the Willow Waterhole Greenway Project. (Luz Rivera/FLICKR)

Northwestern University
Hybrid, nature-based infrastructure could help protect areas like Houston, Texas from floods, while providing other benefits for the community.
View of Jackson, Wyoming

A view of Jackson, Wyoming, from Snow King Mountain.

Planet Forward Senior Correspondent | Middlebury College
After years without fresh produce, this isolated community in Wyoming created an innovative farm that yields more than 100,000 pounds of food per year.
Guna in San Blas Islands

Diwigdi Valiente says that many older Guna people don’t understand climate change, especially since they have lived traditional lives that contribute very little to the problem. (Alex Schwartz/Medill)

Northwestern University
Medill's Jessica Mordacq reports from Panama: The San Blas Islands and Kalu Yala are two very different environments in Panama that both revolve heavily around tourism.
Digital Media Producer, Planet Forward
D.C.'s new waterfront focuses on sustainable building while bringing guests right next to the Potomac River, a water system that has suffered from pollution issues.
SUNY ESF
The materials we use to construct our buildings is an important aspect of sustainability.
Powerhouse Drøbak Montessori Secondary School
The George Washington University
We look to Snøhetta, a Norwegian architecture firm, to explore how we can build for the future by shaping society through culturally and environmentally responsive, and sustainable design.

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