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    WHERE THE LAW IS CLEAR

    At the University of Hamburg, the new Central Library of Law is a showcase of "green" operations that also projects a literally green, leaf-patterned backdrop for a historic villa. The German firm me di um Achitekten, partners Klaus Roloff and Michael Ruffing, conceived the library as a compact and transparent book warehouse, connected to the existing Faculty of Law building by a glass atrium. The library's facades and atrium perform dual roles of energy conservation and accommodation to the existing campus.

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    CAREFUL CONSERVANCY

    The Trustees of Reservations, one of the oldest land conservancies in the United States, is in the business of improving and preserving scenic landscapes in Massachusetts. When it came time to design an administrative center, the largest capital project in its 113-year history, the statewide nonprofit organization took pains to apply its own tenets of environmental stewardship.

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    CRADLE TO CRADLE WINNER

    In 2002, architect William McDonough and chemist Michael Braungart published Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way We Make Things, in which they argued that energy efficiency and waste reduction are not sufficient as sustainability goals. Architects should instead aim for waste avoidance. To explore possibilities for implementation, an international Cradle to Cradle Home Design and Construction Competition called for submissions with innovative approaches to materials and systems for sustainable residential design. The winning team, from Seattle, presents their design that reflects the paradigm and vision laid out in the book. — Editor

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    Congress Passes Alternative Energy, Sustainability Measures — AIArchitect, 2005.0829

    An Environmental Problem Slipping through the Quacks — Washington Post, 2005.0827

    Inscape Platform System Earns GREENGUARD Certification — GREENGUARD Environmental Institute press release, 2005.0826

    America's Top 10 Green Schools — Green Guide, 2005.0824

    Penn State Building Goes Green — Centre Daily Times, 2005.0822

    Boston Art School Gets Honors for Sustainability, Design — Greenbiz.com, 2005.0822

    Full-Depth Reclamation Saves Money and Natural Resources — Portland Cement Association press release, 2005.0822

    Eugene Recognizes Three 'Green' Development Projects — Register-Guard, 2005.0819

    Nora Rubber Flooring Addresses Emissions — Interior Design, 2005.0817

    NativeEnergy Is Now Native-Owned — Intertribal COUP press release, 2005.0816

    Ecovillas on the Costa Azul, Portugal — Travel Video Television News, 2005.0815

    Michigan Land-use Policies Set Example for Active Community Policies — AIArchitect, 2005.0815

    Phoenix Firm to Build Huge Solar Farm — Business Journal, 2005.0812

    McDonough Braungart Launches Product Certification Program — Environmental Building News, 2005.0812

    Simulated Carpet Samples Save Resources — Environmental Building News, 2005.0812

    Scottish Sustainability Accreditation Based on Achievement — Environmental Building News, 2005.0812

    BC Cancer Foundation's Research Building Wins Gold for Going Green — Canadian Architect, 2005.0808

    Pie, Sustainability and ‘The Natural Step’ — Business North, 2005.0808

    Two Communities Join AIA’s Sustainable Design Assessment Team — AIArchitect, 2005.0808

    The New Village People — Times Online, 2005.0807

    Fannie Mae Cuts Ribbon on Green Data Center — GreenBiz, 2005.0805

    Eco-Designs on Future Cities — BBC News, 2005.0714

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