Climate change is magnifying threats such as flooding, wildfires, tropical storms and drought. In 2020 the US experienced a record-breaking 22 weather and climate disasters that each caused at least $1bn in damage. So far in 2021, the count stands at 18.
Subway stations in New York were inundated with water following heavy rain on 1 September 2021. But the Big Apple isn’t alone – over the past year we have seen similar images in other major cities, including London and Zhengzhou.
A generation of Mexican architects are building to solve social and environmental problems – attracting interest from an international audience along the way.
As temperatures get warmer and natural disasters more prevalent, sustainable building practices are no longer enough – the architectural profession needs to build for a new reality of fires, floods and heatwaves.
"At a time when we recognise the city is getting hotter, it seems a little perverse to pave over some of the city’s last open spaces."