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New York Design Award 2019 for the ELM project

October 23, 2019

This award celebrates innovative and creative design for environmental projects. Consideration given to materials, finishes, sustainablility and environmental impact.

Ecological Living Module: #1 World-changing idea (UN News)

April 20, 2019

They’re small, self-sustaining – and they could revolutionize the way we think about housing around the world, as building materials become scarcer. Measuring just about 22-square-meters, an Ecological Living Module was presented last September to get people thinking about decent, affordable housing that limits the overuse of natural resources and helps the battle against destructive climate change. The design was created by the UN environment agency and the Center for Ecosystems in Architecture at Yale University in the United States, in collaboration with UN-Habitat.

WCEF and SBC Events

June 03, 2019

Research Scientist Naomi Keena represented Yale CEA at The World Circular Economy Forum in Helsinki June 3-5 and at the UN One Planet Network's Sustainable Building and Construction (SBC) Programme's series of Workshop and Meetings, Amsterdam June 6-8. Yale CEA is a new member of SBC and Naomi was a panel participant in the "Sustainable Built Environment, Knowledge Sharing Workshop". The SBC programme works towards circular built environment, aiming at reducing waste and a global 30 % recovery rate of construction and demolition waste. The SBC event involved a group of 30 sustainable building and circular economy experts from governments, public and private sector, financing organizations and academia. 

Ecological Pavilion - Nairobi - UNEA-4

March 11, 2019

UN Environment with the Yale Center for Ecosystems in Architecture and associated partners launched an ecological “touch and feel” pavilion showing how innovative biomaterial and environmental systems for housing could meet future demands of urbanization in Africa while minimizing the impact of the environment.

Transformative building systems for sustainable development

January 01, 2020

Enel Foundation and Yale Center for Ecosystems in Architecture (Yale CEA) are joining forces to research the nexus between water, energy, and material flows in defining transformative ways to address rapid urbanization among other in the African context. The research will focus on building systems powered by large-scale renewables and enabled by smart grid connections, as an essential part of the sustainable solution to growing urbanization leaving no one behind. 

Ecological Living Module: One of the Winners of the 2018 Residential Architect Design Awards

December 11, 2018

The Winners of the 2018 Residential Architect Design Awards

This year's jury selected 20 projects that showcase the very best in residential design.

Super-Sustainable Dwelling, Built to Push the Limits of Self-Sufficiency, Goes on View at UN HQ

July 17, 2018

A collaboration between the Yale Center for Ecosystems in Architecture, Gray Organschi Architecture, and the U.N., the CLT module was designed and built within a breakneck speed of five weeks

Launch of the Ecological Living Module (ELM)

July 09, 2018

UN Environment, Yale University demonstrate how to make modern living sustainable with new eco-housing module


May 14, 2018

TRANSFORMING THE DNA OF THE BUILT ENVIRONMENT" is a two-part meeting held in the Spring and Fall of 2018 to kick off a collaboration between The Center for Ecosystems in Architecture at Yale (CEA - pronounced ‘see’) and New Lab. 

Rebuilding Architecture Symposium

January 26, 2018

This symposium, convened by Peggy Deamer, will explore areas that affect the construction of architecture’s discipline and profession—the academy, history/theory, practice, and media/representation—in order to structurally rethink and rebuild architecture. With the aim of shifting the basic tenets that prevent architecture from being socially relevant, politically powerful, financially rewarding, and personally fulfilling, each session will explore various methods of restructuring the discipline.

Green Wall at the PSAC II

December 21, 2017

It's main gathering space includes a plant wall developed by CASE. This plant wall also filters the air and reduces energy use.


A new building by SOM keeps New York City safe—and looks good doing it

September 27, 2017

A new building by SOM keeps New York City safe—and looks good doing it

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