Plus, read about Amazon’s affordable housing pledge, the tech to expect in 2020, and the video distraction we all need: Boston Dynamics’ dancing robots.
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign researchers have completed a study on climate change that predicts the temperature in certain urban areas will, on average, increase between 1.9°C and 4.4°C by the end of the century. By combining a process-driven physical climate model with a data-driven statistical model emulating climate change for 26 different urban areas, the researchers predicted that cities will also experience an overall decrease in humidity, “making surface evaporation more efficient and implying that adaptation strategies like urban vegetation could be useful,” according to a university press release. In their Nature publication, the researchers explain that the “findings highlight the critical need for multi-model global projections of local urban climates for climate-sensitive development and support green infrastructure intervention as an effective means of reducing urban heat stress on large scales.” [University of Illinois Urbana Champaign]
What innovative technologies can the building sector expect in 2021? ARCHITECT asks 12 design and technology thought leaders across the country to predict what the new year will bring. [ARCHITECT]
Amazon has pledged $2 billion to affordable housing in its Arlington, Va., Nashville, Tenn., and Seattle employment hubs, according The Wall Street Journal. The retail giant will channel the majority of its investment into low-cost loans to preserve existing or build new affordable housing, ensuring the presence of more than 20,000 units for individuals making between 30% and 80% of each metro area’s average income. Some of the funds will serve as grants to minority-led housing developments. [WSJ]
Boston Dynamics construction manager Brian Ringley recently wrote that robotics could transform the role of architects through their data-capture abilities, but he failed to add that his company’s own robotics have upped their dance moves. In a video posted to celebrate the new year, BD robots Atlas, Spot, and Handle shimmy to The Contours crooning “Do You Love Me?”, bringing much-needed smiles in the new year. The video has more than 24 million views to date. BD’s vice president of engineering Aaron Saunders subsequently explained to IEEE how his team taught the robots their moves. [IEEE]