Phoenix struggles as temperatures rise globally
Jan. 24, 2018
Phoenix sits in a semi-desert environment that’s no stranger to 120-degree days in the summer, but some experts wonder if it might soon become too hot to live in the nation’s fifth-largest city.
Aaron Betsky, Dean of the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture, says people have to start asking how sustainable desert cities really are. There has been a focus on living on the land, but now gears have to shift toward thinking about how to live with the land.
Architects now look toward developing buildings that are sustainable for extremely high temperatures and creating communities that use the landscape in an intelligent way. It starts, Betsky says, with building where nature has already provided us shelter, such as on the sides of mountains and in areas that stay shady.
“We just have to figure out how to use the tech,” Betsky says. “We have to figure out how to learn from other cultures to make an urban environment that’s truly sustainable, truly open to all and that’s as beautiful as the desert around us.”
Betsky says he feels confident on the future of the city’s environment, and we’re not as doomed as it may seem.