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Your School Needs Effective Solid Waste Management

January 19, 2016 by erichlawson

The fact that solid waste in schools is fast increasing cannot be overemphasized. This is attributed to increased population in schools. If you are a school manager or a city-county waste management coordinator, discover simple yet effective procedures of managing solid waste in your school.[read more]

LEED Dynamic Plaque Coming to a Building Near You

January 11, 2016 by Chris Cheatham

With LEED Dynamic Plaques starting to appear in building lobbies it is a good time to understand this new U.S. Green Building Council platform. It is a whole lot more than a 7 lb. display unit.[read more]

‘Steelhenge’ Takes Shipping Containers To Another Level

December 25, 2015 by Glenn Meyers

Swiss architecture firm Bureau A recreated the iconic Stonehenge with shipping containersfor the first edition of the biennale for independent art spaces in Geneva, BIG. Using 50 containers, the firm was commissioned to create an open air venue that would function as a space for attendees to congregate.[read more]

Students of Nantes, France Utilize A “City Lab” to Test Urban Innovations

December 11, 2015 by The Global Grid

The “city lab” is a space to test all of these factors to scale. For architect and professor Christian Devilliers, “It is not the shape of the city that will change, but rather its uses.” And it is exactly these new uses that one can prototype in the “city labs.”[read more]

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Screw Piles – A Green Alternative to Concrete Foundations

December 10, 2015 by Ryan Kh

The screw piles or pile foundation first came to prominence at the end of the 19th century and became one of the most well-known forms of foundation used throughout the world. It was simple, fast, effective and didn’t require the demands alternatives such as concrete does.[read more]

Be a Mississippi-River "Model Citizen" – How to Walk from Baton Rouge to St. Louis in About An Hour

December 3, 2015 by J. Kevin Byrne

"Let's see if am understanding this side trip," she finally said. "It involves walking a half mile along a model of the Mississippi aside an old German prisoner-of-war camp in the middle of the South, correct?"[read more]

Sticks, Stones, Fabric: The Evolution of Sustainable Building Materials

October 29, 2015 by Ryan Kh

Our long, impressive history of construction demonstrates that humans are abundantly capable of creating structures from all sorts of materials, natural and otherwise.[read more]

Plum Creek CEO Honored for Leadership and Advocacy by SFI

The Sustainability Forestry Initiative (SFI) recognized Rick Holley, the CEO of Seattle-based Plum Creek Timber Company, this month for his longstanding work in illustrating how wood that’s produced from responsibly managed forests ultimately benefits our communities.[read more]

Will Proposed Change to LEED 2009 Kill the Goose that Laid the Golden Eggs?

October 12, 2015 by Chris Cheatham

The U.S. Green Building Council is soliciting comments on its proposal to change the prerequisites of the current LEED 2009 rating system increasing the minimum energy performance thresholds.[read more]

Biomimicry Tools to Inspire Designers

October 8, 2015 by The Dirt ASLA

“Biomimicry is about learning from nature to inspire design solutions for human problems,” said Gretchen Hooker with the Biomimicry Institute at SXSW Eco in Austin, Texas. To enable the spread of these exciting solutions, Hooker, along with Cas Smith, Terrapin Bright Green, and Marjan Eggermont, Zygote Quarterly (ZQ), gave a tour of some of the best resources available for designers and engineers of all stripes:[read more]

Where Have All the Masons Gone?

September 28, 2015 by David Levinson

The quality of masonry in the built environment has dropped significantly in the past century.[read more]

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Cities are Built of Steel and Cement. How Can We Make These More Sustainable?

July 28, 2015 by David Thorpe

Build more with less

Everybody knows that we use raw materials inefficiently but there are great knowledge gaps in what to do about it. The authors of Sustainable Materials Without the Hot Air want to fix this by looking in detail at the production of materials to figure out the most effective way to reduce their environmental impact.[read more]