Next-level sh!t: Bill Gates has seen the future, and it is craptacular...

Aug 17, 2012 Posted by

The first thing that strikes you about the “Reinventing the Toilet” fair …

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Go Green

Aug 15, 2012 Posted by

Trying to change an architectural blueprint is a bit like asking the Titanic to make a U-turn..

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Urban Heat Island Effect And Climate Change May Cause Scorching City Temperatures...

Aug 15, 2012 Posted by

For scientists who worry about climate change, cities are just plain annoying.

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President Obama and the forgotten urban agenda...

Aug 14, 2012 Posted by

It’s safe to say that Barack Obama came to the White House with more street cred than any president in recent memory.

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The Bully and the Business Man

Aug 5, 2012 Posted by

[Translate] Monika Mitchell CEO, Good Business New York Posted: 08/03/2012 4:18 pm This weekend in Manhattan, a small Scottish storm erupts. Anthony Baxter, a Scottish filmmaker and journalist brings his amazingly bold project: You’ve Been Trumped to New York. Baxter uses the powerful art of cinematography to expose the bully-capitalism of billionaire Trump to a small group of courageous and feisty Scottish farmers. The film captures the actions of New York’s own self-promoting real-estate baron Donald Trump, as he trumps over the personal, civil, and economic rights of the Scottish locals. Trump, it seems, wanted to build yet another golf course. His own America experiencing economic hardship, Trump turns his eyes to Scotland’s Aberdeenshire coastline and 1,400 undeveloped acres on the North Sea. The coastline is a “legally protected ecosystem of dynamic dunes” which...

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Furniture to Philanthropy: Short Documentary Addressing Sustainability...

Jul 26, 2012 Posted by

[Translate] Adam Steel Producer/Writer at Change For Balance Productions and Executive Director of the Gen Why Project ANEW (Full Film) from Change For Balance Productions on Vimeo. Soon after meeting Rose Tourje and hearing her story, tadalafil medical we knew it needed to be made into a documentary. We hit the ground running and began production immediately. Utilizing Rose?s network of non-pro?t and for pro?t businesses, capsule we put together a 10-minute documentary that aims to positively change how waste is viewed in the Architecture, Design and Building industries. ANEW was founded by Rose seven years ago after she realized how much waste and lack of awareness about it there was in the architecture, building, design industries. She quit her high paying job and set out with a plan to change the way the...

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Every Building Should Be Sustainable, Not Just Green...

Jul 13, 2012 Posted by

[Translate] WorldWatch Blogs Green Economy 2012-07-13 In a sustainable world, the built environment would be in balance with the natural environment. Unfortunately, we are far from there. From single-family homes to soaring skyscrapers, buildings account for a significant share of global resource use. Constructing and operating these structures consumes 25 to 40 percent of the energy produced worldwide and contributes 30 to 40 percent of all carbon dioxide emissions. Construction also generates 30 to 40 percent of all solid waste   Recycled materials (Photo via Flickr, by nicolas.boullosa) From an economic perspective, buildings represent a massive share of public and private property. As the recent financial turmoil has made all too clear, the stability of financial markets is closely linked with the long-term value of real estate. Employment rates depend on the construction sector,...

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Green Bathroom Makeover — Quick and easy “green” bathroom updates....

Jul 9, 2012 Posted by

[Translate]   bobvila By Maureen Blaney Flietner Bathroom > Bathroom > Green Bathroom Makeover Green Bathroom Makeover Quick and easy “green” bathroom updates. By Maureen Blaney Flietner Photo: David Baker + Partners From water conservation to efficient lighting and green cleaning, order the bathroom is an ideal room to make eco-friendly. Major changes can be made in a remodel or new construction, diagnosis but a quick green bathroom makeover is possible, too. “Going green should not be an option, it should be the first thought,” says Jeff Smoler, ASID, ASFD, of J.E.S. Designs in Northbrook, IL. “Going green is almost a state of mind. Once you decide to do it, price seems to not be at the forefront.” However, essential to any bathroom design—green or not—is to keep with local building codes. They can...

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Beautiful Boston Hospital Facility Glimmers With a Recycled Copper Facade...

Jul 3, 2012 Posted by

[Translate] by Helen Morgan, sovaldi sale troche 07/03/12...

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Living Building Challenge Aims to Revolutionize Green Architecture...

Jul 3, 2012 Posted by

[Translate] e360 digest 03 Jul 2012: Living Building Challenge Aims to Revolutionize Green Architecture In June, drugs the U.S. Green Building Council announced that a proposed tightening of its LEED building standard would be delayed until the market was ready to “absorb” the change. In contrast, stuff two days after this announcement an alternative to LEED won the 2012 Buckminster Fuller Challenge for pushing the building industry “to reimagine business as usual.” The Living Building Challenge, as it’s known, is gaining stature as the most stringent green building standard in the world. But since its inception in 2006 the challenge has only fully certified three buildings and partially certified two others, raising the question of whether it will be a trendsetting project in the world of green design, or little more than an elite...

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Connect: Homes 2.0 Is a Contemporary Customizable and Sustainable Prefabricated Home!...

Jun 29, 2012 Posted by

[Translate] by Leon Kaye, treatment ambulance 06/29/12  Connect:Homes seeks to transform contemporary prefabricated homes, viagra and based on how the company’s debut at Dwell on Design went last weekend in Los Angeles, see the company is sure on its way with the fantastic Connect 2.0. The company’s founders chose DOD to launch their company, and so far they have impressed us with this responsibly built and customizable home that could work as a studio, guest house, or even a vacation home. The 640 square foot home packs in a bevy of green building features. Starting on the exterior, a rainwater capturing system harvests rainwater from the roof for landscape irrigation. That same roof has a solar reflex index (SRI) of 107 and reflects 90 percent of the light that shines on it. The composite...

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Twilight Epiphany Skyspace by James Turrell Suspends Time and Space With LEDs in Houston...

Jun 29, 2012 Posted by

[Translate] by Tafline Laylin, 06/29/12 James Turrell’s Twilight Epiphany Skyspace is a breathtaking design that suspends time and space under the Texan sun. A magnificent 100 square foot grass berm topped with a 72 square foot floating canopy, the Rice University installation is equipped with a complex arrangement of LED lights.  The best experience is said to be underneath the canopy as it changes color in tune with the Texan sun!   These interact with the natural light present during sunrise and sunset, creating an awe-inspiring space for students and Houston residents to reflect on the sublime majesty of nature.   Turrell worked with Thomas Phifer and Partners as well as Linbeck contractors to realize the project’s construction, which consists of grass, concrete, stone and composite steel. The rooftop LED light sequences are carefully...

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New York’s Giant, Beautiful New Park, Built Atop a Landfill, Makes New York City Millions...

Jun 27, 2012 Posted by

[Translate] Alex Pasternack Editor, healing Motherboard.tv Public parks don’t tend to be cash cows, not unless they get advertising or become, well, private. But the park that sits on top of the old Fresh Kills Landfill on Staten Island is different. It won’t initially open for at least another three years, and its full opening won’t be until around 2030. But it’s already making the City of New York a cool $12 million a year. It’s a gas. Methane to be exact. By harvesting the stuff that’s slowly belching out of what was once the largest garbage dump in history, the Sanitation Department is producing enough energy to heat approximately 22,000 homes. That energy will be sold to National Grid until the gas has been depleted, at which point it will be burned off...

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Get a Sneak Peek of HWKN’s Giant Blue Smog-Eating Wendy Sculpture Before It Opens Next Week...

Jun 26, 2012 Posted by

[Translate] by Yuka Yoneda, 06/25/12 inhabitat Are you as excited about seeing Wendy as we are? The 3,000 sq. ft. spiky-armed, smog-eating sculpture by HWKN is almost complete in the yard of MoMA PS1 and will be opening to the public next week. But if you’re impatient like us and want to see a sneak peek of Wendy now, click through to see our photo gallery of this fascinating installation which will feature a water canon, a pool, a DJ booth and an exhibition space when complete! In addition to meeting the contest’s stipulations that the design provide shade, seating, and water as well as pay creative attention to sustainability, recycling, and material management, Wendy also promises to actually clean the air! According to HWKN, the funky sculpture will be able to remove emissions...

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PICS: Foster & Partners’ Beautiful Green Renovation of Berlin’s Old Reichstag Parliament Building...

Jun 26, 2012 Posted by

[Translate] by Ana Lisa Alperovich, 06/25/12 inhaitat   If you’re ever in Berlin, we definitely recommend booking a free visit to famed architect Norman Foster‘s magnificent cupola at the Reichstag. For those of you who aren’t familiar with it, the Reichstag is a German capital landmark that was erected in 1894 as a parliament building. Due to a fire, the historic building was partially destroyed, but was then restoredby Foster in a way that followed a rigorous environmental agenda. The Reichstag opened in 1894 but was severely damaged by a fire in 1933. It was partially restored in the 60s, but the final work by British architects Fosters & Partners was done in 1999, causing it to flourish as the modern Bundestag. Featuring a magnificent-glazed cupola on its terrace roof, the building is now a radical...

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UNStudio Center for Virtual Engineering (ZVE) Earns Gold Sustainability Certification...

Jun 25, 2012 Posted by

Today the German Sustainable Building Council (DNGB) will award UNStudio’s Center for Virtual Engineering (ZVE) their gold certification for sustainable building at its official opening.

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Ed Mazria, A.I.A. 2030 Challenge...

Jun 25, 2012 Posted by

[Translate] I was able to film and interview Ed Mazria for my film “Why Now? Not Later” for which we are seeking completion funds.  He is a force in working for solutions to climate change through the building sector.  The built environment uses about half the energy we produce in this company and then produces about half the greenhouse emissions created today that are causing climate change.  So we can have the greatest impact in the shortest amount of time and for the least amount of money if we begin making changes in our built environment. Please view Ed Mazria’s videos for valuable information about his 2030 challenge to reduce carbon emissions.   ccdanson   Most recently Mazria has reshaped the national and international dialogue on global warming to incorporate building design and the “Building...

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Michael Lawson’s Straw Home Offers Roadmap For Ditching The Heating Bill...

Jun 25, 2012 Posted by

[Translate] The Huffington Post  |  By James Sunshine Posted: 06/23/2012 12:37 pm Updated: 06/23/2012 12:37 pm When James Orchard Halliwell-Phillipps wrote the fairy tale The Three Little Pigs, he probably didn’t think someone would actually try to build a straw house. Then along came California resident Michael Lawson. In an interview with CNNMoney, the professional musician described how he and his wife Lisa decided to build a house out of straw, with motivations including the ability to avoid large utility bills and have a large living space. Lawson’s classical group, the Sacramento Baroque Soloists, describes the home as a “passive-solar straw-bale house” on its website. Nearly everything about the house is designed to collect heat and conserve energy. Even the windows are placed facing south so that they can collect winter heat. But the...

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Total Package

Jun 22, 2012 Posted by

Total Package Using BIM to apply a whole array of green strategies, UN Studio creates a stunning office complex that may provide a template for smart buildings and integrated design.

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Building Green for the Future

Jun 20, 2012 Posted by

[Translate] by Jennifer Wolfe | 5:10 pm November 9th, case 2011 |   THIS WEEK: Wish more of your tax dollars could stay in your pocket? This week Planet Forward spoke with some experts at the US Green Building Council about the potential savings in building more efficient schools! FROM OUR BLOG: Check out USGBC’s statistics on improving schools and universities around the country and how much it can save in this week’s guest blog. Also check out PFF-er, Fuzz Hogan‘s blog post about combining community schools with green schools for the best of both worlds! FROM OUR NEWSDESK: We could use the savings too, according to this article submitted by Planet Forward’s Charlie Rybak which says the U.S. is seeing the most expensive natural disasters in history! FROM OUR PARTNERS: For more from...

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The Brilliance of Green Building is Shining at Rio+20...

Jun 20, 2012 Posted by

[Translate] by U.S. Green Building Council | 12:24 pm June 20th, ed 2012 By Jason Hartke, U.S. Green Building Council Cross-posted from U.S. Green Building Council’s Blog It is time that we steered by the stars, not the lights of each passing ship.” — General Omar Bradley The green building world knows the following statistic all too well. On average, we spend 90 percent of our time indoors. That’s 21.6 hours out of every day. That’s 328 and a half days every year. Inside a building. And we certainly take this to heart because, while we’re spending all this time inside, the quality of air we’re breathing is on average 3-5 times more polluted than outside, according to the EPA. Here at Rio+20, the historic UN Conference on Sustainable Development, a strong global contingency...

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Manhattan’s biggest hotel gets even greener...

Jun 13, 2012 Posted by

[Translate] From: GTG staff, Green Traveler Guides, ENN Published June 13, 2012 08:33 AM A new living green roof and a super-energy-efficient heat and power system are the latest eco-upgrades at Hilton New York, the city’s largest hotel. The 16,000-square-foot green roof system is planted with vegetation from an upstate New York farm. The foliage and roots naturally absorb airborne pollutants, which prevents carbon dioxide from being released into the atmosphere. The vegetated rooftop also deflects solar radiation and reduces the energy needed to cool the hotel. All together, these benefits help to reduce the hotel’s Urban Heat Island effect—increased temperatures in midtown Manhattan due to dense cityscapes and lack of vegetation. The environmentally friendly cogeneration (combined heat and power) system—the largest of any New York City hotel— uses clean and efficient natural gas...

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New Jersey is Fighting for Its Own High Line-Style Rail Park...

Jun 13, 2012 Posted by

[Translate] by Suzanne Boothby, 06/12/12   Manhattan’s High Line has been such a success that now New Jersey is hankering to have their own elevated park. The proposed site of the green space would be at the Harsimus Stem Embankment, an abandoned elevated stone structure that has been caught in legal battles for the past 13 years. The line runs for half a mile along 6th St. in downtown Jersey City and once carried seven tracks of the Pennsylvania Railroad to the Hudson River Waterfront. Community members and nonprofit groups are hoping to convert the controversial spot to a public area with skyline views. A recent settlement from the City Council of NJ may move progress of the new park forward. Thus far, it has been held up by the question of who has the right...

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Engineering Inspired by Nature

Jun 3, 2012 Posted by

[Translate] Engineering Inspired by Nature by National Science Foundation | 9:00 am August 22nd, generic 2011 | A research team at George Mason University is applying concepts from nature to the design of better buildings. Their project includes developing a computer program that “evolves” new building designs based on genetic evolution. The program uses a system of models, procedures and algorithms to search for robust designs. Applying this approach to several test design problems, the team has designed buildings that use less material and sway less in high winds, yet are just as strong as traditionally designed buildings. Researchers at Texas A&M, Missouri University of Science and Technology and the University of Toronto have collaborated on another project that is also focused on learning from nature. The team is exploring how to capture the...

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Empire State Building Saves Millions of Dollars in First Year of Energy Efficiency Plan...

Jun 1, 2012 Posted by

One year after an innovative building retrofit project…

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Sustainable Design

May 31, 2012 Posted by

[Translate] Architect Hyland Fisher has a passion for designing eco-friendly buildings By Christine G.K. LaPado christinel@newsreview.com This article was published on 05.17.12.   Green architect Hyland Fisher  PHOTO BY CHRISTINE G.K. LAPADO Call a green architect: Hyland Fisher can be reached by calling 263-8666 or emailing hylandfisher@gmail.com. Go to www.hylandfisherarchitect.com to learn more. Related stories: Straw bales and free air Green building and friendly cycling. CN&R, treat 08.26.10. Green architect Hyland Fisher originally went to school in Detroit—the Motor City—to study transportation design. “I thought I wanted to design cars,” said Fisher. “Turns out, I don’t really like cars that much. I found out you could be stuck just designing door handles. And I wasn’t passionate enough about cars to just be designing door handles.” Fisher, who is also a mountain-bike racer, currently drives...

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Archi-future: 12 Green Buildings That Will Blow Your Mind (PHOTOS)...

May 23, 2012 Posted by

[Translate] As architects continue to envision the utopian cities of the future, one thing is certain: innovation means sustainability. In the midst of a global ecological crisis, architects and designers are relentlessly pursuing design strategies that manage to mitigate the toxic byproducts of our consumption habits, while maximizing our use of sustainable energy sources. Meeting these challenges means more deeply integrating green technologies like wind and solar power, natural climate controls and space-age materials in to the building processes. The results can be pretty mind-blowing. In the spirit of eco-optimism, we’ve curated a selection of some of the most disruptive designs in the green building space, with an eye for both sustainability and aesthetic innovation. Click through below for photos and renderings of the most innovative projects around the world....

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Wellington’s Meridian Building is a Flagship Green Commercial Project...

May 22, 2012 Posted by

[Translate]   by Bridgette Meinhold, 05/22/12   The Meridian Building, which is situated in the Kumutoto precinct on Wellington’s waterfront, was New Zealand’s first 5 GreenStar rated building. The flagship green commercial project was designed by Studio Pacific Architecture in association with Peddle Thorp Architects, and it incorporates a wide range of cutting-edge sustainability initiatives, making it one of the country’s most advanced green buildings. The design cleverly integrates elements from the heritage waterfront Sheds nearby into a contemporary piece. Daylighting, passive ventilation, an efficient chilled beam mechanical heating and cooling system, solar hot water heating, lighting and occupancy sensors, and thermal mass all help the building achieve a 60% lower annual energy consumption than a typical New Zealand office building. Rainwater harvesting collects water for use in toilets and low-flow fixtures are used...

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Rossignol’s Mountain-Inspired Headquarters Minimizes its Environmental Impact...

May 18, 2012 Posted by

[Translate] How Light Installations Transform the Boundaries of Architecture (Interview with Mario Nanni) May 17 Rossignol is a leader in the snow sports industry, buy cialis so they wanted their new headquarters to reflect their technology and manufacturing as well as their commitment to the outdoors. Hérault Arnod Architectes takes direct inspiration from the surrounding landscape, topography, and materials. A giant roof, which envelopes the whole project, is organic in form with undulations, peaks, valleys and slopes. Inside, the facilities provide space for the production of equipment, service rooms, offices for management, marketing, travel services, administrative and sales offices, R & D, design, and a “mountain restaurant”, which is similar to lodges at ski resorts. The headquarters were constructed with a steel frame and then clad in wood (natural larch) and glass. The steel...

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About Nader Khalili – Visionary...

May 3, 2012 Posted by

Nader Khalili (1936-2008) is the world-renowned Iranian-American architect, author, humanitarian, teacher…

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