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    UNSUSTAINABLE

    "Sustainable development is development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs." This definition was written 20 years ago in the Brundtland Report, commissioned by the United Nations. Since then, the goal of sustainable urban development has been embraced, in theory, by many officials and design professionals all over the world. But examples of meeting today's needs seem limited to the more prosperous segments of society. Living conditions today in the slums of many of the world's largest cities are appalling, and not improving. Editor

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    CULTURAL INITIATIVE

    Architectural education often cloisters students in an internally focused world of individualized design — encouraging Wright-like bravado or Gehry-esque showmanship. The work of educator Sergio Palleroni challenges this instructional paradigm, and the profession as a whole, to confront a larger global reality and to creatively tackle problems of growing poverty, increasing population, and shrinking resources.

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    PREFAB PLATINUM

    On a cloudy day in April 2006, a crowd of curious onlookers gathered on a hillside street in Santa Monica, California, to watch the installation of the first LivingHomes prefabricated house. Over the course of eight hours, 11 modules were hoisted by crane onto a concrete slab in a dramatic departure from traditional residential construction.

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    More Environment

    Researchers Lay Out Wish List for Earth-Observing Satellites — Nature, 2007.0116

    Green Homes for Model Dorset Village — New Builder, 2007.0116

    The Warming of Greenland — New York Times, 2007.0116

    Architect Bringing Expertise to Darfur — San Bernadino County Sun, 2007.0116

    HBF Host Zero Carbon Conference — New Builder, 2007.0116

    UAE Beats Americans' Environmental Harm — MSNBC, 2007.0115

    Council Hits Eco-Village with 160,000 Charge — The Times (London), 2007.0114

    Not an Easy Green — Construction, 2007.0112

    Building Energy Gears Up for Boston — Interior Design, 2007.0112

    New Zealand's First 'Green' Building — Glass On Web, 2007.0112

    Palm Desert Council Passes Energy Measure — Desert Sun, 2007.0112

    New CDC Headquarters Wins Silver LEED-NC Rating — AIArchitect, 2007.0112

    Shiver Me Timbers — Guardian Unlimited, 2007.0111

    EU Proposes Cleaner, More Competitive Energy Market — New York Times, 2007.0111

    Restrictions on Naval Sonar OK'd — San Jose Mercury News, 2007.0111

    LEEDing the Way — Pasadena Weekly, 2007.0111

    Why It Pays to Go Green — Art Newspaper, 2007.0110

    Schwarzenegger Orders Cuts in Emissions — New York Times, 2007.0110

    Canned Nuclear Waste Cooks Its Container — Nature, 2007.0110

    Bush Lifts Ban on drilling for Gas, Oil in Alaska Bay — Chicago Tribune, 2007.0110

    Green Building Materials Not Enough — Montreal Gazette, 2007.0110

    Green Light for Architecture — The Press, 2007.0109

    'Green' Developers Look to Renovations — International Herald Tribune, 2007.0109

    Building from the Ground Up — USA Today, 2007.0109

    Kevin's Ark: How to Build an Eco-House — Mail & Guardian, 2007.0109

    Long-Term Global Forecast? Fewer Continents — New York Times, 2007.0109

    Consultant Predicts the Future of the Green Building Industry — PR Web, 2007.0109

    EPA Rejects Proposed Lumber Treatment — New York Times, 2007.0108

    A Green Building Revolution Is Hitting Home and Office — Infozine, 2007.0108

    EPA Rejects Proposed Lumber Treatment — New York Times, 2007.0108

    The 2010 Imperative: Global Emergency Teach-In — The 2010 Imperative Web Site, 2007.0100

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