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Transforming Healthcare through Design

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The importance of good design to good health cannot be overstated. The designed environment and the products that populate it affect every part of life. Ergonomic interactions between our musculature and space or the chemical compositions of the air we breathe are just the beginning. Design also has a primary role in how information is [...]

Pedaling to Greatness: Bike to Work Day 2011

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Remember Fort Collins Bike to Work Day? Weve been reminiscing about the June 22nd event and have come to the conclusion that we dont really need bells and whistles to get us in the saddle. Its just a lot of fun to spice up the commute every once in a while! This year included stations [...]

A New History for Weldon Valley School District

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Weldon Valley School District in Weldona, Colorado enjoys a fruitful seven-year relationship with The Neenan Company. During this time, three separate improvement projects have followed a master plan to bring the beloved historic character of the campus up to 21st Century sustainability standards. Even the most well-built, hundred-year-old structure needs to be changed. At Weldon [...]

News and Views: Good Design Makes Its Case

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The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) recently published a report with quantifiable evidence that good design has social and economic benefits. Whether the focus is on materials, space, or process, good design will decrease costs over the lifetime of a building and increase the well being of those using it. As Ruth Reed, RIBA [...]

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, [...]

Developing Design Build: A Look at Real Estate in Architecture and Construction

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Traditionally, the creation of a new building is a segmented process with architects, contractors, and developers each in control of their own sphere and focused on their own interests. Combining design and construction under the same corporate roof as design-build brings another level of sustainability as highly individualized interests find more compelling synergies and clearer [...]

What a difference a tent makes: EMU Eco-Music festival

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Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. The 3 Rs – what a difference they can make…to a music festival! EMU’s Eco-music festival, held from June 30 to July 3rd, 2011 in Snowmass Village, Colorado was designed to be as environmentally friendly as possible. EMU, the festival organizer, joined with Trees, Water and People to support them in their [...]

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 [...]

LEEDing the way

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The first rule of sustainability is to align with natural forces, or at least not try to defy them. Paul Hawken Theres no air conditioning. The soil on the grounds includes construction waste. Teachers hardly ever need turn on a light. The roof and parking lots are non-reflective materials that minimize heat buildup. Solar panels [...]