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    DESIGN CONTEXT

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    BIRD-FRIENDLY DESIGN - PART TWO: PROBLEMS WITH GLASS

    Glass can be perceived differently depending on a number of factors, including how it is fabricated, the angle at which it is viewed, and the difference between exterior and interior light levels.

    Combinations of these factors can cause it to look like a mirror or dark passageway, or to be completely invisible. Humans do not actually "see" most glass, but are cued by context such as mullions, roofs or doors.

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    LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

    To the Editor,

    I agree that there are many myths circulating today about the U.S. timber system.

    Here in Douglas County, in western Oregon, the top saw log producing area in the nation, our county budget is broken and things are tough for rural residents. Some people still blame the owls.

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    AIA GREEN TOP TEN

    The LEED Platinum-certified headquarters for the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission, designed as a joint venture of KMD Architects and Stevens Associates, is the product of a rigorous building provisioning process to replace high-rent private-sector leased space with a long-term-affordable and cost-certain city-owned building.

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    LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

    The Tree Growth Game

    Thanks for your article "The Corruption of Wood" reviewing some of the forestry myths that prevail out here "behind the timber curtain."

    Another manipulation of forestry facts drives some misleading numbers often cited to present over-harvesting as sustainable. I call it the tree growth game. This will be part of cooking the numbers to support a return to "regen harvesting" (also known as clearcutting) by the BLM in the O&C checkerboard forest lands of Oregon.

    (Published 2013.0424)

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    THE NEED FOR BIRD-FRIENDLY DESIGN

    For many people, birds and nature have intrinsic worth. Birds have been important to humans throughout history, often used to symbolize cultural values such as peace, freedom, and fidelity.

    (Published 2013.0327)

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    Environment and Design Context Around the Web

    Kaiser Permanente to Seek LEED Gold Certification for Major New Construction Projects — AZo Build, 2013.0523

    DC's New Consolidated Forensics Laboratory Receives LEED Platinum Certification — PR Web, 2013.0523

    Sustainable Purchasing Gets Its Own Umbrella Organization — Green Biz, 2013.0523

    Supporters of Efficiency Measure Fear Amendment Backed by Chemicals Group Could Be Fatal 'Trojan Horse' — EE News, 2013.0523

    Climate Change Means Shallower Great Lakes and More Expensive Goods — Triple Pundit, 2013.0522

    Deforestation Dries Up Dams Threatening Hydropower — SciDev Net, 2013.0522

    Special Report from WADE Canada on Sustainability — Cogeneration and On-Site Power Production, 2013.0522

    As Jet Stream Moved North, Moist Air Barreled Into Plains With Deadly Results — New York Times, 2013.0522

    Japan Cites Active Fault at a Reactor — New York Times, 2013.0522

    BLM's New Draft Fracking Rules Give Industry a Free Pass, But Were They Written By ExxonMobil? — Climate Progress, 2013.0521

    Tornadoes, Extreme Weather And Climate Change, Revisited — Climate Progress, 2013.0521

    Texas Legislature Passes Commercial and Industrial PACE Bill — Clean Techies, 2013.0521

    African Soil Diversity Mapped for the First Time — SciDev Net, 2013.0520

    7 Very Wrong Things About Climate Science And Energy In House Science Chair Lamar Smith's WashPost Op-Ed — Climate Progress, 2013.0520

    Efficiency Bill Could Be a 'Poison Pill' for LEED Green Building Standards — Green Tech Efficiency, 2013.0520

    As Towns Say No, Signs of Rising Resistance to Smart Meters — New York Times, 2013.0518

    Chilean Judge Upholds Manslaughter Charges Linked to 2010 Tsunami — New York Times, 2013.0516

    Bird-Friendly Design - Part Two: Problems with Glass — ArchitectureWeek, 2013.0515

    Letters to the Editor — ArchitectureWeek, 2013.0515

    Earthy Exterior for Perth's New Environmental Centre — DesignBuild Source (Australia), 2013.0515

    Four Charts On How America Can Do Much More To Tackle Climate Change — Climate Progress, 2013.0515

    German School in Potomac — Connection, 2013.0515

    TheGrow Home Is Back with These Flatpack Houses — TreeHugger, 2013.0515

    Rocky Mountain Snow Packs — ENN, 2013.0514

    Horticulture and Architecture Combined — Coast Report Online, 2013.0514

    Climate Resilience: Deconstructing The New Buzz Word — Climate Progress, 2013.0513

    Local Permitting Makes a Bigger Difference as Solar Gets Cheap — Climate Progress, 2013.0513

    CO2 Levels Top 400 Ppm at Hawaii Monitoring Station — ENN, 2013.0511

    Buro Happold Double LEED Platinum-Certified Philadelphia Navy Yard Building — PR Web, 2013.0510

    Potential for Collapse of Forest Ecosystems — A New Century of Forest Planning, 2013.0509

    Passive Vs LEED Vs Net-Zero Energy — EarthTechling, 2013.0504

    Philadelphia Certified Passive Homes — Sustainable Business, 2013.0503

    Bird Strike: Deaths Caused by Collisions with Buildings Severely Dent Populations — The Ecologist, 2013.0502

    Thermal Imaging of New York Passive House — Gizmodo, 2013.0502

    Oregon Passive House Maximizes Reduce-Reuse-Recycle Concepts — Jetson Green, 2013.0502

    The $40 Billion Hiding in US Buildings — Clean Techies, 2013.0429

    Mind Your Administrative P's & Q's When Rejecting Energy Code Changes — Green Building Law, 2013.0410

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