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    EVOLVING THE SOLAR HOUSE

    By the end of the 1970s, a significant discourse emerged about the solar house's aesthetic problems and potentials. In numerous cases, solar architecture was treated as a historically emergent type with a secure and inevitable future. One example from 1978:

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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.

    (Published 2013.0515)

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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.

    (Published 2013.0515)

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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.

    (Published 2013.0424)

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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.

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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

    Evolving the Solar House — ArchitectureWeek, 2013.0605

    Siegel & Strain Architects at UC Davis — ArchitectureWeek, 2013.0605

    18 Super-Eco Houses — Great Energy Challenge, 2013.0605

    Five of the Most Biologically Advanced Buildings in the World* — BD (registration required), 2013.0605

    Meadowridge 95, Building III Certified LEED-CS Platinum — Wall Street Journal, 2013.0605

    Exhaust Fumes Only Third of Traffic Pollution Problem — Physorg, 2013.0604

    Jess S. Jackson Sustainable Winery Building at UC Davis — PR Web, 2013.0604

    Volkswagen Receives LEED Platinum for Auto Manufacutring Facility with PV Plant — SolarServer, 2013.0603

    CoStar's Washington DC Headquarters Are LEED-Platinum — Sustainable Business, 2013.0530

    Asia-Pacific Analysis: Rain Harvesting Can Avert Crisis — SciDev Net, 2013.0529

    EPA Proposes Rules to Protect Americans from Exposure to Formaldehyde — EPA Press Release, 2013.0529

    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

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