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    GREEN TOP TEN - OFFICE BUILDINGS

    When Perkins + Will recently sought to move its Atlanta offices, the firm wanted the new facility to serve as a case study for sustainable design. So, the multidisciplinary design firm purchased a 1986 office building across from the High Museum, and reconfigured it while retaining much of the structure, and improving the energy-using systems.

    The renovated six-story, 79,000-square-foot (7,300-square-meter) building at 1315 Peachtree Street in Midtown Atlanta meets the 2030 Challenge and recently earned LEED Platinum certification.   (In the ArchWeek Design Department this week)

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    EAST HAMPTON TOWN HALL - ROBERT A.M. STERN ARCHITECTS

    There are many approaches to sustainable architecture, and one of the most efficient and effective is the reuse of old buildings.

    Often, adaptive reuse is not as sexy as designing a high-tech green building from scratch, with its full complement of the latest gizmos. But reconceptualizing a building that already exists is often the most sustainable choice, because such structures contain embodied energy — the energy that was invested in their original design and construction.   (Published 2012.0418)

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    NEW URBANISM NOW

    David Brower Center, Berkeley, CalforniaSafeway No. 2912, Georgetown, Washington, D.C.Cambridge Public Library, Cambridge, MassachusettsSCAD Museum of Art, Savanna, Georgia | Lafitte Housing, New Orleans, LouisianaWyvernwood Mixed-Use, Los Angeles, CaliforniaVerkykerskop Farming Town, South AfricaVision for Berrien Springs, Michigan | Town Center, Mount Rainier, MarylandAnd more...

    (Published 2012.0328)

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    THE PROJECT IS GOING DOWN

    Saving a Vital Project

    You are the project manager for the most important project in the history of your firm, and you see the project heading into serious trouble. What do you do?

    (Published 2012.0307)

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    Environment and Design Context Around the Web

    Nelson's Sun Pavilion Plays with Power — Kansas City Star, 2012.0504

    "The Biggest Deterrent to an Energy Plan in America Is Koch Industries" — Climate Progress, 2012.0503

    Green Top Ten - Office Buildings — ArchitectureWeek, 2012.0502

    Plants Flower Faster Than Climate Change Models Predict — BBC, 2012.0502

    Shale Causes Rise in Waste Gas Pollution — Reuters, 2012.0502

    Rivalry or Friendship as EU, China Hold Energy Talks? — Reuters, 2012.0502

    Nuclear Waste 'May Be Blighting 1,000 UK Sites' — Guardian, 2012.0502

    Ka-Ching: A Round-Up of Big Oil's Mighty 2012 First-Quarter Profits — ThinkProgress, 2012.0502

    Make No Small Plans: Turning on the Lights for 1.4 Billion People — ThinkProgress, 2012.0502

    Walmart's Foundation Gives $71 Million to the Environment — Triple Pundit, 2012.0502

    The Low-Level Radiation Puzzle — New York Times, 2012.0502

    Bamboo Bends Towards Sustainable Industry — Eco-Business, 2012.0502

    Vessel Sets Sail in Search of Tsunami Debris — New York Times, 2012.0501

    Climate Change and the Body Politic — New York Times, 2012.0501

    5 Green Tech Stories You Should Be Reading — EarthTechling, 2012.0501

    Clouds' Effect on Climate Change Is Last Bastion for Dissenters — New York Times, 2012.0430

    Buildings Don't Have to Be New to Be Green — Seattle Times, 2012.0430

    Clean Energy Ministerial and Sustainable Energy for All Join Forces for Global Clean Energy Push — ThinkProgress, 2012.0430

    Three Charts That Illustrate Why Solar Has Hit a True Tipping Point — ThinkProgress, 2012.0430

    India's Enormous Cleantech Opportunity — ThinkProgress, 2012.0430

    The Death of Public Support for Global Warming Action Is Greatly Exaggerated — ThinkProgress, 2012.0430

    Architects Fight for US Energy Law — Architecture Source, 2012.0430

    Progress Florida Levy Reactors Closer to License — Reuters, 2012.0430

    Village Green: New Apartment Homes Prove Public Housing Can Be Sustainably Designed — Dexigner, 2012.0430

    Most Beautiful Handmade Houses — Huffington Post, 2012.0430

    A Critique of the Broken-Record Counterfactual Message of the New York Times on Environmentalists and Scientists — Climate Progress, 2012.0429

    A Critique of the Broken-Record Counterfactual Message of the New York Times on Environmentalists and Scientists — ThinkProgress, 2012.0429

    The Architect's Questionnaire: Jeff Stern — Portland Architecture, 2012.0427

    4 Fast Steps to Put a Price Tag on Ecosystem Services — Triple Pundit, 2012.0427

    Germany: Fighting Climate Change and Phasing Out Nuclear Power Are Two Sides of the Same Coin — ThinkProgress, 2012.0427

    La's Transit Dreams Coming True? — Architect's Newspaper, 2012.0427

    International Energy Agency Plea over Climate Warning — BBC News, 2012.0425

    Report: Building 'Green' Pays — University of Notre Dame, 2012.0425

    Population and Consumption Key to Future, Report Says — BBC, 2012.0425

    "Adaptive Reuse" Brings Old Warehouses and Garages to Life — Greater Greater Washington, 2012.0424

    U.S. Department of Education Names 78 "Green Ribbon Schools" — U.S. Department of Education Press Release, 2012.0423

    Canadian Biofuel Plans Derailed — Nature (registration required), 0000.0000

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