Turning Shipping Containers Into Customizable, Affordable Housing – worldchanging.com

Worldchanging reports

“We recently started following the development of a cool new project taking root at Clemson University in South Carolina. Architecture faculty Martha Skinner and Doug Hecker and Landscape Architecture faculty Pernille Christensen are working with their students to design livable, sustainable dwellings using the large shipping containers sent to Caribbean nations.

According to assistant professor Caitlyn Dyckman, the containers are generally considered waste because it’s more expensive to bring them back to port than to leave them in the Caribbean. But the right redesign approach could turn these large vessels into viable housing.”

SOURCE: Worldchanging: Bright Green: Turning Shipping Containers Into Customizable, Affordable Housing

Fire-safe designs for the future – theage.com.au

  Geoff Maslen of The Age reports

“Ian Weir is baffled. Why is it that local authorities in Australia are so blase about having residents in fire-prone landscapes?

Dr Weir earned his PhD at the University of Western Australia after seven years of research that has resulted in a “bushfire responsive house” ….A practising architect who now lectures in landscape architecture at the Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane, Dr Weir is horrified at the destruction and loss of life in the Victorian fires…….”

[SOURCE: theage.com.au - Fire-safe designs for the future]

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New Estidama website launched – AMEinfo.com

AMEinfo reports

“The Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council (UPC)has launched the new web site version of Estidama – sustainability in Arabic…….The state-of-the-art online portal includes a number of interactive tools that allow users home page customization according to their bespoke needs and specialized interests on sustainability issues.”

[SOURCE: AMEinfo - New Estidama online resource to foster sustainability knowledge and dialogue]

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How Seattle can help green roofs to really grow – Seattle Daily Journal of Commerce

Seattle Daily Journal of Commerce reports

“Green roofs have developed great momentum in Seattleā€™s building industry in recent years, thanks to a growing body of built examples and performance data.

The city now finds itself with a unique opportunity to spark widespread acceptance of green roofs through a collection of policies, programs and incentives.”

[SOURCE: Seattle Daily Journal of Commerce]

Industrial chic – globe and mail

globeandmail.com reports “The Wychwood streetcar repair barns were once a major hub of the Toronto Civic Railway, the forerunner of the TTC. After an environmentally-friendly makeover, they have become some of the most desired spaces for artists in the city.

“But society throws away way more buildings than it should,” he says. I feel very lucky to be involved in the redevelopment of these amazing brownfields and these incredible, unique structures. I see projects like this as examples of what we should be building.”


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