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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

    Media Avoid Climate Context in Wildfire Coverage — Climate Progress, 2012.0705

    Hit at Home, China's Ghost Fleet Sails High Seas — Reuters, 2012.0705

    Sustainability Center for an Historic Dike — EarthTechling, 2012.0704

    Forest Panel Expected to Back Public Ownership of England's Woodlands — Guardian Unlimited, 2012.0704

    Living Building Challenge Aims to Revolutionize Green Architecture — Yale e360, 2012.0703

    Media Connecting the Dots on U.S. Storms, Heat and Wildfires — Climate Progress, 2012.0703

    How Coal and Nuclear Are Sucking Up Our Fresh Water — Climate Progress, 2012.0702

    'The Climate Is Changing, and These Fires Are a Very Strong Indicator of That' — Climate Progress, 2012.0702

    Packard Foundation Opens New, Eco-Friendly Headquarters — Palo Alto Online, 2012.0702

    LEED Platinum Home Addition in Venice — Jetson Green, 2012.0701

    The Next Big Thing in Green Building? — EarthTechling, 2012.0701

    In One Kansas Town, Even Hotter Than Usual — New York Times, 2012.0701

    Rise in Sea Level Can't Be Stopped, Scientists Say — Reuters, 2012.0701

    Heat Islands - One Effect of Climate Change — San Gabriel Valley Tribune, 2012.0630

    'Melting Edge' Shows Alaska in Crosshairs of Climate Change — News-Miner, 2012.0630

    Energy Efficiency without Trying — Clean Techies, 2012.0629

    Net-Zero Energy Buildings through Innovative Holistic Approach — AZo CleanTech, 2012.0629

    Last-Ditch Effort to Block Restart of Nuclear Reactors in Japan — Nature (registration required), 2012.0629

    The Growing Antitrust Impact of Third-Party Green Building Certification Systems — Green Real Estate Law Journal, 2012.0628

    Why All Oil Is Foreign — Climate Progress, 2012.0627

    Better Buildings Challenge Announces $300 Million in Investments for Energy Upgrades — Climate Progress, 2012.0627

    Philly Neighborhood to Get Quintet of Net-Zero Townhomes — Mother Nature Network, 2012.0627

    US Energy Information Administration Predicts Future Energy Scenarios — ENN, 2012.0627

    Court Upholds U.S. EPA's Right to Limit Greenhouse Gases — Environmental News Service, 2012.0626

    San Francisco Debuts North America's 'Greenest Urban Office Building' — Smart Planet, 2012.0626

    Cement Rules — ENN, 2012.0626

    Inside the Biggest Oil Spill You've Never Heard Of — Inside Climate News, 2012.0626

    U.S. Grants a Keystone Pipeline Permit — New York Times, 2012.0626

    Oil Exploration Ramps Up in US Arctic — Nature (registration required), 2012.0626

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