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In harnessing solar energy, the usual approach is to bolt an array of panels onto the roof of a building and plug it in. But recent advances such as building-integrated photovoltaics (BIPV) allow designers to incorporate solar cells seamlessly into a building's exterior.

Canadian glass artist Sarah Hall is taking this idea in a novel direction by using solar technology to create a striking contemporary version of stained glass that illuminates the aesthetic potential of PV.   (Published 2012.0606)

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DESIGNING THE NEIGHBORHOOD RETAIL CENTER

Developing and managing retail centers remains one of the most financially risky of all real estate categories.

In 2006, the United States had 20.22 square feet (1.88 square meters) of gross leasable area (GLA) of retail space per capita, far more than any other nation in the world.   (Published 2012.0516)

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GREEN TOP TEN - BUILDINGS FOR EDUCATION

In Newberg, Oregon, southwest of Portland, the first building has been built on a new 15-acre (6-hectare) campus for Portland Community College (PCC). The structure's distinctive forms provide a visual clue about the strategies — including passive cooling and extensive daylighting — that were used to achieve its goal of zero net energy use.   (Published in the ArchWeek Design Department, 2012.0516)

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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.   (Published in the ArchWeek Design Department, 2012.0502)

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