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    ENVIRONMENT THIS WEEK

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    MAKING BUILDINGS GOOD

    The days of making the business case for sustainable design, or even explaining what LEED means and why it is important, have passed. Today's green building challenges have moved to more complicated areas of policy — permitting and politics — and the motivating sense of competition to be "the greenest."

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    PELLI'S PLATINUM VISIONAIRE

    At first glance, the glossy new 35-story condominium tower slicing into the lower Manhattan skyline doesn't stand out as a beacon of sustainable design. Its sleek form — an extruded curving wedge accented with red terra cotta bands — looks more Ferrari than Prius. And the structure's granite base and travertine lobby walls are elements not usually associated with green building.

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    Making Buildings Good — ArchitectureWeek, 2009.0722

    A New Branch of Architecture: Grow Your Own Building — Tree Hugger, 2009.0722

    Setting the Pace to Create the Greenest Building Ever — Centre Daily Times, 2009.0722

    Factory-Built Home in Georgia Earns LEED Platinum — PR Newswire, 2009.0720

    Would You Live in an Earthquake-Resistant Home Made from Straw and Hemp? — Fast Company, 2009.0716

    Its Economy in Shambles, the Midwest Goes Green — World Changing (blog), 2009.0716

    The Green House Effect — Fast Forward Weekly, 2009.0716

    U.S. And China Agree to Study Energy-Efficient Buildings — New York Times, 2009.0716

    Limits on Logging in Old-Growth Forest Reinstated — New York Times, 2009.0716

    Study Suggests Wind Power Potential Is Much Higher Than Current Estimates — New York Times, 2009.0716

    Green Remodel Eliminates Home's Electric Bill — Seattle Post-Intelligencer, 2009.0715

    A River Runs under It — New York Times, 2009.0715

    Melbourne Convention Center Achieves 6 Star Green Star Certification — Inhabitat (blog), 2009.0715

    A Sustainable New Orleans Slowly Rises in Katrina's Wake — New York Times, 2009.0714

    Dividing the Burden of CO2 Reduction — New York Times, 2009.0714

    Sustainable Welsh Timber Building System Wins Awards — Green Building Press, 2009.0714

    Step by Green Step — Jakarta Post, 2009.0714

    LionForce Earns ‘Gold’ Certification for San Antonio Home — San Antonio Business Journal, 2009.0713

    A Solar Land Rush — New York Times, 2009.0713

    Boiling the Frog — New York Times, 2009.0713

    Green Governing — San Diego Union-Tribune, 2009.0712

    Court Overturns Bush-Era Smog Rule — New York Times, 2009.0710

    Russians Plan Floating Nuclear Plants — New York Times, 2009.0709

    A Push to Hide Solar Panels in Santa Monica — New York Times, 2009.0709

    Poorer Nations Reject a Target on Emission Cut — New York Times, 2009.0709

    The Two-Degree Solution — New York Times, 2009.0709

    Regnum Tower for Istanbul Features BioClimatic Architecture — Inhabitat (blog), 2009.0708

    The First Living Building Sets the Bar — eMagazine, 2009.0708

    Oil Baron's Wind Farm Project Hits Doldrums — CNN, 2009.0708

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