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    BROOKLYN BROWNSTONE PASSIVE HOUSE

    Brooklyn is a hub of innovative architecture and design, with dozens of young professionals commissioning or undertaking their own eco-sensitive renovations to existing brownstones and low-rise attached buildings throughout the borough.

    Tighthouse, a Passive House brownstone retrofit, sits at the end of a string of two-story buildings constructed in 1899 that share a tree-lined block with larger brownstones built around the same time, centrally located off Fifth Avenue in the neighborhood of Park Slope.

    (Published 2013.0821)

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    BIRD-FRIENDLY DESIGN — PART THREE: GLAZING SOLUTIONS

    It is possible to design buildings that can reasonably be expected not to kill birds. Numerous examples of this kind exist. These are not necessarily designed with birds in mind, but to be functional and attractive. These buildings usually have windows, but may use screens, latticework, grilles, and other devices outside the glass or integrated into the glass.

    (Published 2013.0710)

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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:

    (Published 2013.0605)

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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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    Environment and Design Context Around the Web

    Salmon are back in Crystal Springs Creek — Sustainable Life (Portland) 2014.1201

    How One Complaint Reveals The Flaws In Oregon's Forestry Pesticide Regulation — OPB EarthFix, 2014.1201

    How wind power helps rural Oregon — Oregonian, 2014.1126

    Kirke Johnson's BikePortland comments are chilling and inspiring — BikePortland, 2014.1124

    Babies are Healthier in Neighborhoods With More Trees — GoLocalPDX, 2014.1122

    Oil Interests Fund 'Astroturf' Groups In Washington, Oregon — OPB EarthFix, 2014.1121

    Local Army Corps overruled by national office on coal facility, documents show — Sustainable Life (Portland), 2014.1121

    Canada’s grandest old-growth rainforest at risk from logging, survey tape discovered — Vancouver Observer, 2014.1119

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