Responsible for nearly half the world’s greenhouse gas emissions – the building industry is the primary contributor to global warming. To address this issue, the national design community has called for an immediate 50 percent energy reduction in all new buildings — and the call-to-action is working. A recent success story is Alley24, a new mixed-use building in Seattle that in little more than one year of occupancy reduced the office building’s CO2 emissions within a few percentage points of the 50 percent target
NBBJ :: Sustainable Design Project Making Strides Against Global Warming.
The data are in. Divorce is bad for the environment.
A novel study that links divorce with the environment shows that a global trend of soaring divorce rates has created more households with fewer people, that, in turn, take up more space and gobble up more energy and water. The research was completed atMichigan State University
nsf.gov – News – Broken Homes Damage the Environment – US National Science Foundation (NSF).
This week, Everglades National Park is hosting public meetings to gather input from stakeholders on their Flamingo Commercial Services Plan. The National Parks Conservation Association (NPCA) today announced its support to develop a “New Flamingo,” consistent with the park’s Alternative C in the Flamingo Commercial Services Plan. The national parks group has also identified six basic principles that should further guide the redevelopment of Flamingo.
“The redevelopment of Flamingo will depend on many factors, including limited funding and high insurance costs,” said National Parks Conservation Association Regional Director John Adornato. “The new Flamingo should leave a reduced footprint, incorporate “green” architecture, and restore the park’s natural habitats.”
National Parks Conservation Association Reveals New Vision to Rebuild Flamingo in Everglades National Park.
Construction work is underway on The Grand, one of the largest vertically-integrated, mixed-use projects under construction in the nation. The multi-phase 3.6 million square foot development spanning three city blocks will cost an estimated $3 billion to develop. Phase I has been designed by world-renowned architect Frank Gehry for the project developer, Related Companies.
$3 Billion Grand Avenue Project Starts Construction.
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Brad Pitt launched his own regeneration project for Katrina-ravaged New Orleans yesterday, unveiling designs for a range of eco-friendly and flood-proof homes.
Pitt, who had ambitions to be an architect if he had not taken up acting, commissioned 13 architectural firms to produce houses that would incorporate solar power and other environmentally-sound designs.
Brad Pitt unveils plans for New Orleans homes | Special reports | Guardian Unlimited.
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Moshe Safdie, the world-renowned architect behind Montreal’s Habitat 67, has been squeezed out of drawing up the master plan for the future hospital of the McGill University Health Centre, The Gazette has learned.
The MUHC announced with great fanfare in November 2006 that it had hired Safdie to design the hospital to be built on the site of the former Glen railway yard in the city’s west end.
Architect Safdie won’t be drawing up master plan.
SAN FRANCISCO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Doris and Donald Fisher today unveiled an elegant conceptual design for the proposed Contemporary Art Museum at the Presidio (CAMP), which will house the Fisher’s breathtaking collection of modern art and significant art education programs for the public.
The graceful, light-filled building is envisioned by Gluckman Mayner Architects as a contemporary response to the scale, material and topography of the Presidio’s Main Post that will complement the surrounding historic buildings and landscape.
Major New Art Museum to Help Spark Presidio Rejuvenation BUSINESSWIRE
Gap founder Donald Fisher has unveiled the design of the museum he wants to build in San Francisco’s Presidio – a sedate but glassy modern building bearing little resemblance to the historic military structures that would be its neighbors.
Proposed Presidio museum would be modern addition to historic military site SFGATE