If it emulated and adapted the scope of its predecessor, the Green New Deal could transform the country in fundamental ways, with builders, planners, and architects playing central roles.
Two futures may be in store for the country, Kelsey Campbell-Dollaghan writes. "Escalating storms, floods, droughts, mass migration, food scarcity, and economic instability could dramatically alter the physical landscape and economy." Or, more optimistically, "A national effort to retrofit millions of buildings and rethink the way communities are designed could help Americans withstand the ravages of climate change and make the country more equitable."
Discussing issues of bureaucratic reform, land use, architecture, labor, and equity, Campbell-Dollaghan outlines what it might take to implement the Green New Deal. That includes environmental retrofits for "tens of millions of houses and apartment buildings," an endeavor that would employ an immense workforce and necessitate a lot more federal oversight of local affairs.
The Green New Deal also bakes in an explicit focus on equity, with consequences for housing affordability and the workforce. "A renovation program on this scale could have many unintended effects" on vulnerable populations that policymakers would need to address.
Campbell-Dollaghan also discusses how the Green New Deal could truly engage architects and designers in the oft-talked about project of sustainable, equitable development. "The resolution poses an opportunity for architects and designers to reclaim their relevance to society, not as service providers for wealthy clients but as vocal leaders on major issues in the built world, like social justice and climate change."
4 Ways to Use AI in Urban Planning and City Design
With the ability to predict trends, engage citizens, enhance resource allocation, and guide decision-making, artificial intelligence has the potential to serve as planners’ very own multi-tool.
LA’s ‘Spongy’ Infrastructure Captured Almost 9 Billion Gallons of Water
The city is turning away from stormwater management practices that shuttle water to the ocean, building infrastructure that collects and directs it underground instead.
Oregon Town Seeks Funding for Ambitious Resilience Plan
Like other rural communities, Grants Pass is eager to access federal funding aimed at sustainability initiatives, but faces challenges when it comes to meeting grant requirements.
10 States Where Insurance Costs Impact Housing Affordability
Insurance companies are responding to the increasing frequency and intensity of severe weather events caused by climate change by raising home insurance premiums in high-risk states, adding another hurdle to housing affordability in the U.S.
Rewilding the Golf Course
How former golf courses are being transformed from manicured lawns to vibrant habitats.
Safe Streets Ballot Measure Runs Into Unexpected Opposition
Los Angeles's Measure HLA would compel the city to make serious upgrades for walking, biking, and other forms of active transportation, all in the name of saving lives. Its biggest opponent: the firefighters union.
City of Grand Forks, North Dakota
HUD's Office of Policy Development and Research
Harvard GSD Executive Education
City of Laramie, Wyoming
Colorado Department of Local Affairs
Lassen County Planning and Building Services
This six-course series explores essential urban design concepts using open source software and equips planners with the tools they need to participate fully in the urban design process.