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    THE SUSTAINABILITY OF NINA MARITZ

    Architects practicing in wealthy countries are becoming increasingly aware that our resources are finite and that if climate change goes unchecked, we could face a much warmer, harsher environment. Scientists present us with images of expanding deserts, sinking water tables, and material scarcity.

    For Namibian architect Nina Maritz, the challenges of working in a harsh environment with limited means are already an everyday reality. Her work presents a model for making compelling buildings despite "a poverty of resources."

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    HOUSE RECYCLING

    Depending on your generation, you may have been taught: "Waste not, want not." Thrift is certainly one incentive for deconstructing buildings for reuse. In addition, many of us are motivated by a desire to be environmentally sensitive, a fondness for antiques and other items from the past, a yearning to have more control over the quality of materials used in construction, or a recognition that many of the materials available for salvage are of higher quality than those produced today.

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    Code Could Hinder 'Monster Homes' — Salt Lake Tribune, 2007.0627

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    Dust in West Speeding Up Snow Melting — New York Times, 2007.0626

    Research Returns to Biosphere Dome — Nature, 2007.0626

    Gwinnett Environmental & Heritage Center Receives LEED Gold Certification — Dexigner, 2007.0626

    Armstrong Headquarters Lands LEED-EB Platinum — Interior Design, 2007.0626

    Students 'Want Small Green Homes' — BBC News, 2007.0625

    Tahoe Fire Destroys 200-Plus Buildings, Clouds Lake with Ash — ABC News, 2007.0625

    Water Tank Rules to Be Softened — The Age (Australia), 2007.0625

    Electricity Goes through Roof — inRich, 2007.0624

    Mushrooms Become Source for Eco-Building — Washington Post, 2007.0624

    New 'Green' Home Has All the Fixings — Austin American-Statesman, 2007.0624

    Earth's Inner Heat Keeps Cities Afloat — Houston Chronicle, 2007.0624

    Trailer Park Turns a Pleasant Shade of Green — Telegraph, 2007.0623

    Oilfields Threaten to Blight Tuscan Idyll — The Times (London), 2007.0623

    Dwell in the Future — News & Observer, 2007.0623

    U.S. Climate Law May Linger Until Next President — Reuters, 2007.0622

    EPA: Current Smog Standards Are Too Weak to Protect Health — Seattle Times, 2007.0621

    Critics Question Adequacy of EPA's Tighter Ozone Limits — Reuters Canada, 2007.0621

    Glacial Lake Vanishes in Southern Chile — Guardian Unlimited, 2007.0621

    China Overtakes U.S. As Top CO2 Emitter — Guardian Unlimited, 2007.0621

    Energy-Efficiency Drive to Create Lucrative Chinese Building Market — China Daily, 2007.0621

    Dubai's Burj Al-Taqa: A Zero-Energy Tower in the Desert — World Changing (blog), 2007.0621

    Ontario Sets Plan for Home Refits, Solar Power — Reuters, 2007.0620

    Sifting the Garbage for a Green Polymer — New York Times, 2007.0619

    The Greening of New York's Roofs — Resident Publications, 2007.0619

    At 90, an Environmentalist from the 70s Still Has Hope — New York Times, 2007.0619

    Australia Plans Giant Desalination Plant — The Globe and Mail, 2007.0619

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