Thankfully, the latest heat wave that has taken the globe by force seems to be cooling down. For weeks, we were regularly seeing temperatures above 90 degrees in the Upstate of South Carolina, but we are fairly used to that kind of weather in the heat of the summer. It was the temperatures observed in Europe and the Pacific Northwest/New England that caught our attention. The mid-July European heat wave sparked wildfires and even caused tracks in the train-dominant transportation zone to expand, bend, and break–leading to the icing down of tracks in some locations to prevent further damage. Plane runways were even being watered after heat lifted a section of runway in London’s Gatwick airport.
For years, scientists have warned of the possible impact of rising temperatures resulting from climate change, but what does that have to do with architecture?