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Houston's urban sprawl increased rainfall, flooding during Hurricane Harvey

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Wednesday, November 14, 2018 - 1:00pm

Princeton and University of Iowa researchers found that Houston's urban landscape directly contributed to the torrential rainfall and deadly flooding of Hurricane Harvey in 2017. They report in the journal Nature that Houston's risk for extreme flooding was 21 times greater due to urbanization. The results highlight the human role in extreme weather events and the need to consider urban and suburban development when calculating hurricane risk. The research included co-author Gabriel Vecchi, professor of geosciences and the Princeton Environmental Institute, and was supported by the PEI Carbon Mitigation Initiative.

Princeton students develop interdisciplinary project for Newark community garden

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Friday, October 26, 2018 - 3:15pm

Students in the Princeton School of Architecture undertook a project to build a mobile farming shed for a community garden in Newark. Funded by PEI, the project was conceived in conjunction with the interdisciplinary course "Topics in the Formal Analysis of the Urban Structure — Environmental Challenges of Urban Sprawl" taught by Mario Gandelsonas, professor of architecture and the Class of 1913 Lecturer in Architecture, which challenged students to address the entanglements between water, energy and urban sprawl from a perspective informed by architecture, urbanism and the humanities.

PEI Discovery Day 2018 exhibits array of student research in environmental studies

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Monday, May 21, 2018 - 9:30am

Seniors and graduate students exhibited the topical diversity of environmental studies at Princeton University during the seventh annual PEI Discovery Day hosted by the Princeton Environmental Institute May 9 in the Frick Chemistry Lab Atrium. Ninety-six students representing 20 academic departments showcased their research and discussed their findings with fellow students and University faculty. PEI interviewed seven students who provide a snapshot of the research and disciplines featured at Discovery Day 2018.

Saving our cities and ourselves: A Q&A with PEI's Ashley Dawson

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Wednesday, February 28, 2018 - 9:00am

Eco-justice scholar and activist Ashley Dawson, PEI's 2017-18 Barron Visiting Professor in the Environment and the Humanities, spoke with PEI about his recent book, "Extreme Cities: The Peril and Promise of Urban Life in the Age of Climate Change," the uncertain future of cities, and how we can save our largest and most imperiled communities.

By 2100, arid cities will suffer from more severe heat waves than temperate cities

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Thursday, February 15, 2018 - 11:00am

In a reversal of current conditions, by 2100, arid cities such as Phoenix will become more susceptible to heatwaves compared to their surrounding rural areas, while cities on the eastern seaboard will actually be less severely affected by heatwaves compared to theirs. Co-lead authors were Lei Zhao, a postdoctoral research scholar associated with PEI's Carbon Mitigation Initiative, which supported this research, and Michael Oppenheimer, the Albert G. Milbank Professor of Geosciences and International Affairs and the Princeton Environmental Institute.

Responding to urban design challenges: Students explore architecture in Brazil

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Thursday, November 30, 2017 - 3:15pm

This semester, 12 Princeton undergraduates explored architectural and urban design through a course that took them to Brazil over fall break to gain firsthand knowledge of the topics discussed on campus. The course, “The Interdisciplinary Design Studio,” was developed by PEI associated faculty member Mario Gandelsonas, professor of architecture and the Class of 1913 Lecturer in Architecture, with support from a PEI's Urban Grand Challenges program.


Room for Growth: Princeton's Vertical Farming Project harvests knowledge for a budding industry

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Tuesday, October 31, 2017 - 9:00am

Princeton researchers and students launched the Princeton Vertical Farming Project in April as an open-source model for optimizing vertical farming, which involves growing produce indoors on stacked shelves. Increasingly popular and touted for its limited use of land, chemicals and water, vertical farming suffers from a lack of up-to-date and publicly available data that those involved in the Princeton project hope to provide.

PEI Urban Challenge awards $348,000 to new urban sustainability projects

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Monday, September 18, 2017 - 12:30pm

Extreme ocean waves, severe thunderstorms and urban flooding, and a sophomore urban-design course make up the latest round of projects funded by PEI's Urban Grand Challenges program. Totaling $348,000, the new awards combine the study of the natural and built environments to address the interrelated environmental and social issues facing the world's rapidly expanding urban areas in a world of increasing volatility.

Innovations in Building Intelligent Cities

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Monday, March 13, 2017 - 8:45am

Cities. They sprawl and tangle, juxtaposing ancient public squares and glistening skyscrapers. They provide homes for half of humanity, and economic and cultural centers for the rest.

PEI Faculty Seminar Series Video: Probabilistic Coastal Hazards Mapping for the US

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Tuesday, November 15, 2016 - 2:30pm