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Building Efficiency is the Key Driver to Reduce U.S. Energy Consumption

May 24, 2016 by GBIG Insight

As the standard of living increases, more and more energy is consumed in the U.S. This puts an intensifying strain on the country’s aging grid and forces inefficient and pollution-producing power plants to help meet demand. Something has to give. Luckily, increasing building efficiency can be an easy and effective way to provide relief,...[read more]

The Timeless Way of Building Roads

May 23, 2016 by David Levinson

Noted architect and designer, Christopher Alexander, in The Timeless Way of Building (1979) wrote:There is one timeless way of building. It is a thousand years old, and the same today as it has ever been. The great traditional buildings of the past, the villages and tents and temples in which man feels at home, have always been...[read more]

Standard of Sustainable Building Materials and Inspection

May 18, 2016 by Sarah Smith

 Green building encompasses all that facilitate skillfulness in avoiding energy wastage, the utilization of sustainable construction materials, and processes that promote not only human, but also those that promote environmental health. There are profound effects that revolve around green building, effects that are either positive...[read more]

The Push for Energy Efficiency in America’s Historic Buildings

May 12, 2016 by GBIG Insight

Historical buildings are everywhere. In a country with such a (relatively) short history, we Americans care deeply about protecting our historic and archeological resources. Every week, 20-30 properties are classified as historic buildings worthy of preservation by the National Parks Service, which administers the National Register of...[read more]

4 Surprising Ways Energy-Efficient Buildings Benefit Cities

Building efficiency offers benefits to cities. Photo by Hsiuan Boyen/FlickrUrbanization presents major challenges: congestion, sprawl, inefficiency, health hazards and high cost of living, just to name a few. But the choices we make for our cities can transform these challenges into opportunities: mobility, connectivity, economies of...[read more]

Top 10 Green Projects 2016

May 9, 2016 by Glenn Meyers

AIA’s Committee on the Environment (COTE) has announced its list of the top 10 green projects for 2016.Biosciences Research Building, Galway IrelandBiosciences Research BuildingThe design of the BRB embraces the moderate climate of Ireland. By locating low-load spaces along the perimeter of the building, the project is able to take...[read more]

The Case for Precision in Landscape Architecture

April 27, 2016 by The Dirt ASLA

Renderings of Concurso La Carlota competition entry / Luis CallejasAccording to Anita Berrizbeitia, ASLA, chair of the landscape architecture department at Harvard Graduate School of Design (GSD), the question of whether to pursue a more regimented, process-based approach or use a more open-ended design model has occupied the field of...[read more]

Earth Day Special – 7 Business Ideas for Serious Eco Entrepreneurs

April 26, 2016 by erichlawson

As Earth Day has just passed, let’s remind ourselves that an eco-friendly world is the future, especially in business. Running an eco-friendly business reduces your impact on the Earth’s environment and also reflects your commitment towards protecting and preserving the planet. What is unknown however, is that an eco-friendly business...[read more]

Sorting out Career Paths for Budding Landscape Architects

April 25, 2016 by The Dirt ASLA

Work and Days Symposium Participants / Katie Black and Colin CurleyThis time of year design students everywhere are asking themselves, “What’s next?” Whether weighing summer options or searching for a job post-graduation, the closing of the spring semester is  a critical moment filled with the excitement and apprehension of choosing...[read more]

Nest or cave?

April 23, 2016 by Brandon Donnelly
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I was recently introduced to the work and writing of Japanese architect Sou Fujimoto. One concept that he writes about that I really like is the idea of nest vs. cave.The way Fujimoto describes a cave is that it’s a naturally occurring and pre-existing condition. It is exists independent of humans. So if and when a human decides to...[read more]

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3 Examples of Making Housing Sustainable… and Affordable Too!

April 19, 2016 by Andrew Armstrong
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There is no question that sustainable housing is ideal for the environment. However, the cost to build an environmentally friendly single-family home or multi-unit dwelling historically has made it impossible for most people to own or rent one.However, through a combination of government funding, technological advancements, and human...[read more]

Vertical City Concept : How to Live a Sustainable Life

April 18, 2016 by Sarah Smith
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You might be wondering how to live a sustainable life. People are starting to look to the vertical city concept as a solution to this growing and unavoidable problem.[read more]