Imagine picking blueberries on your roof, collecting rain and runoff water from your property and using it to flush toilets, heating and cooling your building using heat trapped beneath the Earth’s surface and having an electricity bill less than a quarter of the amount you usually pay. These are all features of a LEED, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, building.
The proposed new Living with Lakes Centre on the shores of Ramsey Lake will be the first LEED building in Greater Sudbury and one of only five LEED buildings in the world to have a platinum certification, the highest rating attainable. The recently announced $4.5 million donation by Vale Inco will help to make this dream a reality.
Read more @ The Sudbury Star – Ontario, CA.
As reports of the subprime mortgage meltdown continue, an exhibition on view through March 16 in Gund Hall Gallery highlights a real estate crisis of an altogether different sort. A third of the world’s city dwellers — 1 billion people — live in shantytowns.
“Slums” is another term for these places, as is favelas. Yet another is “nonformal cities,” and that’s the one that has made its way into the title of the exhibition, “Dirty Work: Transforming the Landscape of Nonformal Cities in the Americas.”
Read more @ Dirty Work – The Harvard University Gazette.
The dragon at Beijing Capital International Airport came to life on Friday. Everyone who walks into the dragon-shaped Terminal 3 (T3) will see the flattery heaped upon it before it opened was no deception.
The new terminal wasn’t even half as crowded as the two older ones around noon, when this reporter walked in. No lines in front of check-in desks, no passenger running down the passages, no arguments in hushed or loud tones, No strains, at all. That’s should be good news for those traveling to and from Beijing for the Olympic Games.
The building runs for 3.25km and covers 98 hectares of floor space, the equivalent to about 170 soccer pitches.
Architect – Norman Foster
Read more @ Terminal lifts Beijing into the high-flying club – China Daily
The first building in a new Stanford University science and engineering quadrangle will open Tuesday, complete with a long list of features intended to minimize energy use and maximize interaction among scholars. The 166,000-square-foot structure, which will house environmental-science researchers, was designed to the university’s own Stanford Performance Criteria for High Performance Buildings. It is being referred to as “LEED platinum-equivalent.”
Buildings & Grounds: New Stanford Environmental-Science Building Uses Its Own Standards, Not LEED’s – Chronicle.com.
Landscape or the garden is as old as the earth is. They are an art by themselves as they create such beautiful experiences in the people that uplift their spirits and expand their vision and invigorate their very life It is necessary that we formulate plans to enact laws in such a way that every concrete construction, be it a housing complex or a building for a hotel or an industry or a company there should be sufficient space earmarked for landscape. Surjit Singh Barnala, Governor of Tamil Nadu, opened the 4th International Federation of Landscape Architects (IFLA) Conference 2008 in Chennai with these words.
Is Chennai A Concrete Jungle? – Chennaionline.com
China is studying how to move away from the country’s one-child-per-couple restriction, but any changes would come gradually and would not mean an elimination of family planning policies, a senior official said Thursday.
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The official, Zhao Baige, vice minister of the National Population and Family Planning Commission, told reporters at a news conference that government officials recognize that China must alter its current population-control policies.
“We want incrementally to have this change,” Ms. Zhao said, according to Reuters. “I cannot answer at what time or how, but this has become a big issue among decision makers.”
China to Reconsider One-Child Limit – New York Times.
GRAND RAPIDS — It hasn’t taken long for some of the much-touted environmentally friendly features of Rapid Central Station to lose their green.
Rapid officials Wednesday approved spending $220,000 to replace the station’s green roof and $160,000 to replace the fiberoptic lighting that gives the Teflon canopy over its bus terminal a distinctive nighttime glow.
Officials say the green roof covered with sedum — a live Alpine plant that absorbs water — simply hasn’t thrived since it was installed in 2004.
Officials say they have worked with local horticulturists for the past three years and have determined the synthetic material for the plants isn’t deep enough. They also said the fiber optic lighting over the LEED-certified bus terminal costs far more than expected.
Rapid Central Station’s green roof will be replaced – mlive.com.