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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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    Bluefin Tuna Risks Commercial Extinction, WWF Says — Reuters, 2007.0122

    CityCenter One Big Green Machine — Las Vegas Sun, 2007.0122

    Keep the Sun Shining on This House — Brunei Times, 2007.0122

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    Environmental Benefits Forecast Positive Year for Vinyl — Vinyl Institute Press Release, 2007.0119

    Solar Power Eliminates Utility Bills in This US Home — Times of India, 2007.0119

    Sun Valley First to Adopt Climate Protection Agreement — Sun Valley Online, 2007.0119

    Boston Architectural College Offers Online Sustainability Courses — Interior Design, 2007.0119

    Axis Leads the Way in Eco-Friendly Homes — Easier Property, 2007.0118

    Guest Home Built to Be Environmentally Friendly — Gallup Independent, 2007.0118

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    Multi-Family, Affordable, Urban and Green — World Changing, 2007.0118

    Climate Future Results Show Sweltering Britain — Scotsman Online, 2007.0118

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    Doomsday Clock to Start New Era — Chicago Tribune, 2007.0117

    New Housing New York Legacy Project Winner Announced — AIA New York Press Release, 2007.0117

    New Library's Green — New York Daily News, 2007.0117

    Winner of Competition for Sustainable, Affordable Housing — New Housing New York Legacy Project press release, 2007.0117

    Putting the Lid on Water Waste — Washington Post, 2007.0117

    Students Live in a New Eco-Friendly Residence Hall — Sustainable Life, 2007.0117

    Federal Judge Delays Trial over California Auto-Emission Rules — San Francisco Chronicle, 2007.0116

    How Richest Fuel Global Warming, but Poorest Suffer Most — ZNet, 2007.0114

    Shiver Me Timbers — Guardian Unlimited, 2007.0111

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