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It was really a pleasure to participate in Greenbuild 2011 last week in Toronto, alongside 23,000 other attendees.
If you've been to a Greenbuild recently, you probably know what I mean. If you haven't, I'd suggest that you try to go sometime soon when Greenbuild comes to your region:
Greenbuild 2012 – San Francisco - Nov. 14-16, 2012
Greenbuild 2013 – Philadelphia - Nov. 20-22, 2013
Greenbuild 2014 – New Orleans - Nov. 8-10, 2014
Greenbuild 2015 – Washington, D.C. - Nov. 18-22, 2015
There's a natural comparison between a Greenbuild Expo and other roughly proportional building-related shows like the AIA Expo. Frankly, I found the large trade show element of Greenbuild to be significantly more interesting, on average, than what I've seen at comparable industry events.
The reason is simple. I think we're in a place where all building should be green building.
Greenbuild 2011 filled two large halls at the Toronto Metro Convention Center with a range of products and processes questing toward deeper sustainability.
Photo: Kevin Matthews/ Artifice Images
So when I walk a show floor where every product is at the least trying to be green, or trying to present as green — and where many products represent real improvements over previous conventional options — the experience is inspiring. Conversely, at a more conventional, old-school show, there are still many products that are just not green enough to merit very much interest, in today's world.
Another great thing about Greenbuild 2011 was the keynote address by Thomas Friedman.
He said a bunch of strong and important stuff, even connecting the dots between our economic snafu and the achievement of urgent greening. You can watch the address online. Just hang on through the beginning of the video a bit heavy with USGBC rah-rah stuff, and you'll get to Friedman.
In Toronto with 132 towers currently under construction! the condo slab is being happily superceded by the slender tower on a street-friendly podium. The current crop of towers downtown tends to be more graceful than these chunky three-stage examples near the airport.
Photo: Kevin Matthews/ Artifice Images
Wrapped around all the networking, collective learning, and general excitement of Greenbuild 2011 was a very cool Toronto. As our friend Christopher Hume highlights in a recent Toronto Star piece, "more highrise buildings are under construction in Toronto — 132 projects between 12 and 40 storeys tall — than any other city in North America."
A lot of those towers are condos, with what appears to be a high average level of design and planning quality in the slender-tower-on-street-friendly-podium mode especially in the downtown area.
Sugar Beach, built alongside the grand initial segment of Toronto's new waterfront promenade for enhanced people-watching, is just across the water from a big working sugar plant that is planned to remain in operation.
Photo: Kevin Matthews/ Artifice Images
Chris broke away from column-writing long enough to walk me through the tantalizing first segment of Toronto's generational waterfront revitalization, where a new public promenade, a functioning sugar plant, and a water-treating public park are weaving together with — yes — a new condo tower, by Moshe Safdie, along with other several other juicy chunks of appropriately dense and livable urbanization.
All that activity, concentrated last week in downtown Toronto... talking green, thinking green, and building green.
Green and Sustainable Design and Building News This Week
Name That Space - New York Times, 2011.1013
New Zealand Oil Spill Closes Beaches - Climate Progress, 2011.1013
San Francisco Seeks Bird-Safe Buildings - New York Times, 2011.1013
Perry Officials Try to Hide Sea Level Rise from Texans - Climate Progress, 2011.1012
GM to Produce All-Electric Chevy Spark - Reuters, 2011.1012
Carbon Sequestraion and the Balance of Property Right and the Public Good - ENN, 2011.1012
Special Issue on the Arctic: After the Ice - Nature (registration required), 2011.1012
Japan Courts the Money in Reactors - New York Times, 2011.1011
Elastec Scoops X Prize for Oil-Spill Clean-Up - Nature (registration required), 2011.1011
Solar and Wind Could Power the West Right Now, All of America in 2026 - Climate Progress, 2011.1011
Redesigning Offices for Modern Times - Sydney Morning Herald, 2011.1010
Making Brasilia a Model Green City - Guardian Unlimited, 2011.1010
Oil Spill Off New Zealand - New York Times, 2011.1010
Gates Foundation Earns LEED Platinum - EarthTechling, 2011.1010
Highlights from the Greenbuild Legal Forum - Green Building Law Update, 2011.1010
The Other 99% of Us Can't Buy Our Way Out of the Impending Global Ponzi Scheme Collapse - Climate Progress, 2011.1010
Are Bike Rentals a Success? Depends Who You Ask - New York Times, 2011.1010
Battle over Huge Coal Deposit Highlights Risks in Indonesia - Reuters, 2011.1010
Pipeline Review Is Faced with Question of Conflict - New York Times, 2011.1008
Forest Service Study Promotes Wood as a 'Green Building Material,' but Not All Agree - Missoulan, 2011.1008
Drought-Stricken Pacific Islands Down to Last Few Days of Water - Reuters, 2011.1007
Workplace Pollutants Tied to Kids' Asthma Risk - Reuters, 2011.1007
An Escalator That Feeds the Building - New York Times, 2011.1007
The Amazon Dieback Scenario - New York Times, 2011.1007
What Is Environmental Architecture? - Metropolis POV, 2011.1006
Why Climate Models Underestimated Arctic Sea Ice Retreat - Science Daily, 2011.1006
Lake Agassiz Demise - ENN, 2011.1005
Kohl's Prototype Earns LEED Gold in USGBC's Volume Program - Baltimre Real Estate, 2011.1005
EPA Easing Air Quality Rule for Power Plants: Report - Reuters, 2011.1005
Extraordinary Off-Grid Hobbit Home in Wales Only Cost £3,000 to Build - Inhabitat, 2011.1004
Rising CO2 Levels at End of Ice Age Not Tied to Pacific Ocean - OSU Press Release, 2011.1003
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