What it's about:
A interesting piece of architecture adorns the U.S. city of Miami. The "Climate Ribbon" covers parts of the Brickell district. Made of curved steel and fabric, it acts as an open roof soaring over the street and tall buildings in the area.
The "Climate Ribbon" lowers the temperature without artificial air conditioning during hot weather and also protects against rainfall while collecting the water for re-use, the Financial Times reports.
The feature was designed by architect Hugh Dutton and similar projects are planned in other parts of the world, including China, the newspaper said.
Why it's noteworthy:
In low-lying Miami, flooding from rising sea levels and storms is a common part of everyday life, and a reminder of the impacts of climate change.
Miami Beach is spending $500 million to raise more than 100 miles of roads, install dozens of pumps, build higher sea walls and revamp drainage systems in a fight to keep ultra-valuable real estate dry.
Sea level rise in south Florida has accelerated over the past 10 years, studies show. A 2016 University of Miami study found the average rate of sea level rise was about 3 mm a year before 2006, but rose to 9 mm a year on average after 2006.
The Financial Times noted that last September’s floods highlight how Miami’s "ecology is fragile" amid a humid, subtropical climate and rising seas - and artists and architects are responding to that challenge.
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