"e²" is a series about the economies of being environmentally conscious. Shot in high definition with cinematic lenses, e² chronicles global efforts to solve pressing ecological challenges. From energy consumption to design efficiency, policy to industry, the series documents the innovators whose work is reducing humans' impact on the environment. Interviews with experts, policymakers and pioneers across a variety of disciplines offer a firsthand account of the complex environmental challenges that we face, as well as the possibility that pragmatic solutions are within reach.

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Architecture 2030

Buildings are responsible for almost half of all greenhouse gas emissions in the United States. Can a collaborative effort—government leaders, architects, regulatory agencies and building suppliers—avert a climate crisis through policy change and education? Architect-turned-activist Ed Mazria may have the answer. His Architecture 2030 organization is galvanising commitment to a carbonneutral building sector by the year 2030.

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Adaptive Reuse in the Netherlands

(Episode 11) Dutch planners tap into their design ingenuity and the natural landscape to build a modern yet sustainable development in Amsterdam's once abandoned dockyards, Borneo Sporenburg. Offering an antidote to the trappings of suburban sprawl, the development maximizes space while maintaining privacy and uses the vast waterways as core landscape design elements.

  • 2016-07-27T18:00:00-07:00
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A Garden In Cairo

(Episode 13) Cairo, a city of 16 million, is one of the most densely populated in the world, with only one footprint of green space per person prior to 2005. His Highness the Aga Khan, the spiritual leader of the Shia Imami Ismaili Muslims, saw the need to relieve this congestion. The result is Al-Azhar Park: a 500-year-old dump-turned-"urban lung" that provides much-needed green space and a source of civic pride.

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The Village Architect

Architect Brian MacKay-Lyons grew up on the shipyards of Nova Scotia and borrows from that lean, economical building tradition in his architecture. From the Barn Yard in his village to the Canadian Embassy in Bangladesh, this episode presents a lesson in local vernacular - why it works and how it might be the most sustainable form of architecture there is.

 

Photo: MacKay-Lyons Sweetapple Architects

  • 2016-08-07T01:00:00-07:00
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Melbourne Reborn

By the mid-1970s, Melbourne, Australia, was a dying city. People commuted there to work during the day, but downtown became a ghost town after 5 p.m. This episode explores how leadership and vision transformed the cityscape. Rob Adams, Melbourne's director of design and urban environment, gives a guided tour to show viewers how the city first sought livability, then sustainability, and how the two are inextricably intertwined.

  • 2016-08-14T01:00:00-07:00
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The Art & Science of Renzo Piano

World-class architect Renzo Piano draws on nature to create a structure that defines a natural history museum for the 21st century. Combining Piano's signature transparency design with a green roof evoking its surroundings, San Francisco's new California Academy of Sciences provides a model for sustainability and sets a benchmark for how people use, operate and interact with public buildings.

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