INTERVIEW: Paul Beckwith on the jetstream crossing and global climate emergency

August 16, 2016 by  
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Climate system scientist Paul Beckwith  recently set off a media firestorm after posting a video of the jet stream in the Northern Hemisphere crossing the equator and mixing with the jet stream in the Southern Hemisphere. Originally calling the event unprecedented , Beckwith later modified the word with a question mark in the YouTube title and on his website. He also wrote that “we must declare a global climate emergency.”  The Washington Post took the pre-question mark assertion and published a scathing rebuke , including comments from climate scientists pushing back hard on Beckwith’s original assertion. Later, the Post published Beckwith’s response to the criticism. We wanted to delve deeper in the controversy, so Inhabitat got on the phone with Beckwith, who is based in Canada as a part time professor at the University of Ottawa – read on for our interview.

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BIG completes LEED Gold-seeking luxury condos in Miami

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Located on South Bayshore Drive, the 98-unit Grove at Grand Bay condominium overlooks views of Biscayne Bay to downtown Miami. Despite Miami’s reputation as a car-centric city, the Grove at Grand Bay’s surrounding area is highly walkable and close to some of the city’s most popular cafes, lounges, bookstores, and boutiques. The pedestrian-friendly luxury condominium also includes two rooftop pools, a five-star spa and fitness center, full-time concierge and butler service, and even a pet spa. Residences range between 1,300 square feet in size to a 10,000-square-foot full-floor penthouse. All units come with 12-foot-high ceilings and glass doors. The design of the twisting glass buildings draws inspiration from the organic shapes found in nearby bodies of water and dense tropical foliage. The buildings are complemented with a stunning and lush landscape design created by acclaimed Miami landscape architect Raymond Jungles . The planting plan includes nearly 500 trees, over 15,000 plants, and many water features, and will help the project achieve LEED Gold status. Related: Brickell Flatiron takes Miami one step closer to a denser and more pedestrian-friendly downtown “Coconut Grove is one of Miami’s most storied neighborhoods and Grove at Grand Bay represents another chapter in that story,” says Terra President David Martin, who co-developed the project alongside his father Terra CEO Pedro Martin. “A sanctuary for artists, writers and unconventional thinkers, the Grove has a long history of challenging the status quo – much the same way Grove at Grand Bay is changing the way Miami thinks about design. We planned and developed this building with the goal of adding value to our neighborhood, so we’re proud that Coconut Grove is enjoying a resurgence while remaining mindful of its colorful past.” + Bjarke Ingels Group + Raymond Jungles Images via Grove at Grand Bay

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Eco-friendly resort in Australia mimics the surrounding sand dunes

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The central facilities and 94 villas of the development mirror the surrounding landscape, with the leisure and conference facilities are nestled in three separate pavilions which mimic the sand dunes framing the resort . This organic quality of the architecture is marked by a curved shape of the complex, its colors, patterns, textures and finishes. Elements of rural and traditional architecture merge with modern design. Related: Stellar Townhomes are Lake Tahoe’s answer to the energy-efficient mountain house The resort is surrounded by an infinity lagoon pool which meanders alongside a communal fire pit and sun beds. The architects included over 65,000 new native trees and plants into the project and used conventional structures and finishes to respond to budget constraints. + Elements of Byron + Shane Thompson Architects Via Design Milk

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