Green Building’s Open-Source Push

BusinessWeek reports

Green building geeks now have a more powerful tool for developing next-gen building designs with minimal environmental impact. Software engineers at the Energy Dept.’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) launched this week an update of their plug-in for Sketch Up, open-source 3D building modeling tool. With a growing list of features, the latest version of the free OpenStudio plug-in will enable architects to create more detailed simulations of their designs’ energy efficiency……”

read the full article at the SOURCE: Green Building’s Open-Source Push – BusinessWeek.

6 storey high green wall installed in Pittsburgh

Green walls are becoming more and more common place in cities across the world. However, they are usually implemented as apart of a new architectural design rather than an existing building.  Until recently when a 2,380 square-foot, six storey high green wall was installed by PNC on their existing corporate headquarters in Pittsburgh. The wall is a modular design and is two foot by two foot panels(approx. 600 x 600mm).  The wall was installed by Green Living Technologies and according to the video below is the largest green wall in North America and is planted with different plant species that will create an evergreen wall all year around.

According to the report by Sarah Amandolare at Finding Dulcinea

The average cost per square foot of green wall is between $100 and $125, according to George Irwin of Green Living Technologies LLC

Urban farming: the new city career

The State reports

Tucked away in a three-acre former vacant lot in Rosewood between an empty warehouse and an industrial laundry is an odd sight: an organic farm and fish hatchery.

From worm dirt up, architect Robbie McClam is creating a closed-loop system to grow micro-greens, vegetables and, eventually, two-pound tilapia fish.

Read more at the SOURCE: via The State – Part of green movement, farm sprouts in city

KunstlerCast – Jane Jacobs, Urban Thinker

Duncan Crary and James Howard Kunstler in their latest podcast have a conversation about Jane Jacobs, her theories, works and her impact on urban planning. The catalyst for the conversation was Planetizen’s poll about the Top 100 Urban Thinkers on which Jane Jacobs was placed 1st.

You can listen to KunstlerCast #83: Jane Jacobs, Urban Thinker - The Death and Life of Great American Cities at KunstlerCast or you can also subscribe via iTunes.

TED Talk – Carolyn Steel – How food shapes our cities

Carolyn Steel recently gave a presentation at TED Global 2009 in Oxford, UK last July.

Architect and author Carolyn Steel uses food as a medium to “read” cities and understand how they work. In her book Hungry City she traces — and puts into historical context — food’s journey from land to urban table and thence to sewer. Cities, like people, are what they eat.

The video was recently posted and Carolyn gives a great presentation and some great insights.

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