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    Design Context and Environment

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    ART WATTS

    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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    Environment and Design Context Around the Web

    The Adventure of a Straw-Bale Building — Metropolis, 2012.0621

    Taking a Closer Look at Zero Energy Concept Building — Green Building Elements, 2012.0620

    Maine School Optimizes Daylight for More Learning-Friendly Environment — PR Web, 2012.0619

    Healthy Forests Key for Green Growth, Says UN Report — BBC News, 2012.0619

    Talking Tactical Urbanism — Architect's Newspaper, 2012.0618

    NY Times Slams Romney's 'Energy Etch a Sketch' on Climate, Coal and Clean Energy — Climate Progress, 2012.0617

    Rio+20 Deal Weakens on Energy and Water Pledges — BBC News, 2012.0616

    'Sustainable Can Still Be Beautiful' — Tools of the Trade, 2012.0615

    Architects Help Rethink Self-Build — BD (registration required), 2012.0615

    Yocha Dehe Building Earns LEED Platinum Rating — Daily Democrat, 2012.0615

    Coffee Retailers Reinterpret the Container Store — Smithsonian, 2012.0615

    Old Seattle Home Gets an Energy Upgrade — Jetson Green, 2012.0614

    Coal Reaches 30 Percent Share of Global Energy Market — Climate Progress, 2012.0614

    Study: Smart Roofs Could Transform California Energy and Water Use — Power Engineering, 2012.0614

    UO Students Hatch Plans for Gateway Ecodistrict — Sustainable Business Oregon, 2012.0614

    Eco-Pak House Uses Shipping Container for Transport and Structure — Mother Nature Network, 2012.0614

    LEED for Homes Reaches 20,000-Project Milestone — Mother Nature Network, 2012.0613

    Cuomo Proposal Would Restrict Gas Drilling to a Struggling Area — New York Times, 2012.0613

    Beyond the Greenwash: Bioclimatic Architecture — Architecture Source, 2012.0612

    Hilton New York Gets Efficiency Upgrades — Green Traveler Guides, 2012.0612

    WHO's Cancer Agency: Diesel Fumes Cause Cancer — Atlanta Journal-Constitution, 2012.0612

    Humans Are Primary Cause of Global Ocean Warming over Past 50 Years, Research Shows — Science Daily, 2012.0611

    The Greening of the Arctic Tundra — ENN, 2012.0611

    Maine Dam Removal to Help Restore Spawning Grounds — New York Times, 2012.0611

    The Maldives’ Floating Hotel — EarthTechling, 2012.0611

    Scientists Uncover Evidence of Impending Tipping Point for Earth — Climate Progress, 2012.0610

    The Challenge of Green Certification Is Worth It — Kansas City Star, 2012.0608

    Environmental Benefit of Biofuels Is Overestimated, New Study Reveals — Physorg, 2012.0608

    Can We Submit to Our Urge to Build and Still Make Claims of Sustainability? — Financial Times, 2012.0608

    World's Biggest Cities Are Tapping into the Green Economy Benefits — Click Green, 2012.0607

    US Bucks Global Trend of Closing Down Nuclear Power Stations — Click Green, 2012.0607

    Kitchen Air Pollution Is Thrsee-Times Higher Than Busy City Centres — Click Green, 2012.0606

    Vehicle-to-Home Technology Turns Prius Plug-in into an Emergency Generator — GizMag, 2012.0606

    House Committee Holds Hearing on Green Building Rating Systems Science — Green Real Estate Law Journal, 2012.0605

    Langara College Buildings Receive LEED Gold — Langara College Press Release, 0000.0000

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