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Schools of the Future: Why Architects Matter

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Buckminster Fuller argued in 1981s Critical Path that school children should not go to school. Instead, he suggested that they stay home and learn remotely by video cassette. His reasoning had to do in part with an energy equation that figured the real price of gasoline on the order of a million dollars per gallon, [...]

Self-Cleaning Buildings and Other Ideas from Nature

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In the natural environment, every structure and every thing, plays its part in an ecological system that perpetually recycles nutrients and pollution. Why should the human built environment be any different? The idea that buildings, materials and urbanism can actually do something good is a hallmark of current thinking on sustainability. Take for instance, the [...]

Material Facts: Adapting to Adaptive Reuse

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The building industry uses a huge amount of material. As materials for lumber, bricks, cement, and steel are taken from the earth and assembled into structures, lots of waste is generated. When buildings are demolished, even more comes tumbling down into useless, and often dangerous landfills. But materials have an embodied energythe energy it takes [...]

Triple Cheers for Alamosa

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Similarly to the way the Sargent School District was able to apply triple bottom line thinking to great effect in their new school building, Colorados Alamosa Elementary Schools also worked with Neenan and the Building Excellent Schools Today (BEST) program to create an infrastructure for people, planet, and profit. From the real-world experience students got [...]

Underlining the Triple Bottom Line at Sargent Junior and Senior High School

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School design is a great example of how triple bottom line thinking can make a difference. The adage that the real bottom line is people, planet and profit working in concert to amplify value expresses itself perfectly when it comes to creating the facilities that most influence the next generation. The new Sargent Junior and [...]

Beyond the Buzzword: Legal Challenges to Green Building

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The word of the day is LEEDigation. The United States Green Building Council (USGBC), author and administrator of the famous Leadership in Environmental and Energy Design (LEED) green building rating system, is being asked to account for its methods and promises in court. The latest breaking news concerns the federal lawsuit filed in October 2010 [...]

Join the Conversation! Green and Active #RethinkArch

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Last year, over the course of our #RethinkArch and #RethinkGreen Twitter conversation series, we had the great delight of meeting a growing community of individuals concerned with green design, materials and practices. Last month, we hosted our first conversation of the year on the topic of active design. We had a wonderful discussion about how [...]

Sustainability By Any Other Word

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Linguistically the word “sustainability” refers to support or nourishment. But to my ear, it seems to imply a lack of progress, as if supporting the weight of our material society is a chore rather than an integral aspect of the growth and change of living. We can thank the Brundtland Commission for adding it to [...]

Tweeting Greenbuild 2010

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Greenbuild this year was bigger than ever. The annual trade show and seminar extravaganza had over 1000 exhibitors, a full roster of speakers ranging from Colin Powell to Paul Hawken, and 27,000 visitors at the Chicago’s McCormick Place over three days. Its a tour de force of the power of eco-design, brought to us by [...]

Sustainability 102: Tools for Creating Ecological Balance at Home and Work

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A slew of reports have come out recently indicating that people have no idea what to do about sustainability. Misconceptions abound regarding everything from energy efficiency to cleaning products. Its not surprising that people are confused. The big environmental issues are truly daunting and there isnt just one answer. There is, however, plenty of knowledge [...]