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Dangerous Beauty

Dangerous Beauty
Days after the Deepwater Horizon oil rig erupted in April 2010, Spanish-born environmental photographer Daniel Beltrá, on assignment from Greenpeace, flew to Louisiana, chartered a Cessna, and strapped on his camera. Two thousand feet above the Gulf of Mexico, Beltrá witnessed one of the worst environmental catastrophes in history—the sunken BP rig gushing hundreds of millions of gallons into the ocean.

Courtesy Daniel Beltrá



Green Design is in the House

Green Design is in the House
When the recession hit in 2007, projects across the country were put on hold or abandoned. Colossal cranes hanging over deserted construction sites became ubiquitous in cities from Boston to Las Vegas. While much of the industry came to a halt during the downturn, the green residential market experienced the most growth. And according to McGraw Hill Construction's most recent study, "Green Multifamily and Single-Family Homes: Growth in a Recovering Market," this trend will likely continue, with more builders, developers, and remodelers of both single and multifamily housing experiencing a substantial rise in green activity, from implementing strategies that enhance water and energy efficiency to improving indoor air quality. The greatest increase in green construction will be from those building single-family houses: of the firms surveyed for this study, 62 percent reported that more than 15 percent of their work is green to some degree, and by 2018, an impressive 84 percent expect to be involved with green building practices.

Courtesy David O. Marlow



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07/2014 Dangerous Beauty
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07/2014 Green Design is in the House
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06/2014 The Survivors
A decade ago, artist Rachel Sussman found herself on the lush island of Yakushima looking up at a colossal gnarled cypress tree called the Jomon Sugi. A trip to Japan brought Sus...
04/2014 Building the Case for Preservation
Older buildings aren't generally known for their energy efficiency. They are often poorly insulated, prone to air leakage, and outfitted with deteriorating windows. It may seem ea...
01/2014 Lab Buildings: Then and Now
When Bell Telephone Corporate Laboratories opened in Holmdel, NJ, in 1962, it marked a revolution in the design of corporate campuses and, more specifically, research facilities. ...
11/2013 Philly Farming
One entrepreneur creates an urban farming legacy by taking advantage of the city’s abandoned lots.
09/2013 Grow Up!
Controlled-environment agriculture is the future of food production for a crowded planet.
07/2013 Let's Move!
Compelling health data is spurring designers to come up with creative solutions to get people off their bums.
05/2013 Green Government
Federal agencies helped develop the concept of holistic green building, but can its champions fend off the political backlash?
03/2013 Cardboard's Immortality
Cardboard is the perfect utilitarian material—cheap, predictable, sturdy, dependable. More important, it's one of the few manufactured products that are inherently sustainable.
01/2013 Made of the Right Stuff?
New, voluntary disclosure programs highlight the chemical makeup of building products, opening up a whole new world of transparency.
11/2012 High Tech, Low Tech
San Francisco companies go green the old-fashioned way by creating contemporary office spaces in historic buildings.
09/2012 Greentegration
New technology and software combined with Integrated Project Delivery (IPD) can help make orders more precise, cut waste significantly, and improve a project's bottom line.
07/2012 High-Tech Headquarters
Silicon Valley’s tech giants are embracing sustainable design in a big way—with a technology battle they can all win.
05/2012 Unleashing Corporate Green
The United States Green Building Council's recently introduced LEED Volume Program throws open the green gates to retail chain, hotel, and other multi-project developers, enabling...
03/2012 Generation Green
Witnessing the young people coming of age during the Great Depression, Maxine Davis claimed that these Americans belonged to a lost generation, in her 1936 book of the same name. ...
01/2012 The Nutritional Life of Buildings
When you buy a box of Cheerios at the supermarket, you know exactly what's in it: each ingredient; the number of calories in a serving; grams of sugar, fat, and protein; milligram...
11/2011 Power Trips
month for electricity in California. On September 8, a failed high-voltage transmission line from Arizona left nearly 1.4 million without electricity in San Diego County and surro...
09/2011 Going Beyond Expectations
The Canada Green Building Council expands its focus beyond LEED to broader program and service agendas.
07/2011 A Green Light to Green Design
For the second year in a row, design firms find opportunity in green projects.
02/2011 Let There Be Data: Cities and states across the United States are banking on the power of mandatory data reporting to spur energy efficiency in buildings.
05/2011 Zero Margin for Error: Even with the plentiful backup systems in place at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Japan, disaster prevailed.
04/2011 Is It Time for a New “Ism”?: Two Dutch-born authors claim that “sustainism” will dominate the culture of this century, shaping everything from design to politics to grocery shopping.
04/2011 Playing Nicely With Others: Portland EcoDistricts promote the communal sharing of energy, water, and even cultural resources.
02/2011 Coming of Age
Creative financing options for renewable installations inspire action and several whiffs of controversy.
10/2011 Eco-Toupees and Plastic Alleys
Despite a major sustainability push, the city of Chicago still has a long way to go in transforming its image from a Rust Belt city to the greenest in the country.
09/2010 Stormy Weather
We use climate data to inform design every day, but what if that data doesn’t tell the whole story?
07/2010 Darkening Prospects
Whether tar sands or gushing wells, the chaos of oil extraction is wreaking havoc on the environment with no sign of relief.
05/2010 Been There Done That
Wales teaches us that for a successful shift away from fossil fuels, we must create jobs, build businesses, and find replacement revenue.
03/2010 Getting the Goods
Close collaboration between designers and contractors can help solve green product conflicts from the get-go.
01/2010 Intelligent Systems
Converting the nation to a smart grid will make sense in the long run, but it’s the short run that’s the challenge.
11/2009 Adapting to Climate Change
While the need to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions is greater than ever, we now also ought to focus attention on adapting our buildings to the inevitable impacts of climate change.
09/2009 Taking the Pulse
Interest in building-performance metrics is reaching fever pitch as operational-data reporting is incorporated into requirements.
07/2009 Learning from Consumer Behavior
The same guy who’ll buy a new iPod without a second thought will walk away from a $20 six-pack of compact fluorescent lamps. Making him change his mind is not as easy as it seems.
05/2009 A Council Of Councils
Green building pursues a voice on the world stage
03/2009 Aiming for the Stars
A manifesto in the guise of a standard raises the bar.
01/2009 Riding The Balance Wheel
Here is the president’s most pressing challenge: Can he and his cabinet restore our foundering economy but still reduce the damage we do to the environment?
11/2008 Building a New LEED
LEED 2009 contains more science and increased standardization.
09/2008 A Parallel Universe
Australia’s grass may not be greener, but its government would like to be.
07/2008 Global Warming?s Magic Bullet?
Almost three decades after three mile island, nuclear power is gaining support as a clean source of electricity and as a means to halt climate change.
04/2008 Grab the Low-Hanging Fruit
Designers, contractors, and facility managers seek opportunities in existing and new buildings to mitigate climate change.
01/2008 You Can?t Fight Mother Nature
The laws we make cannot change the way nature governs itself. Failing to account for this in the past has led to unanticipated, sometimes disastrous consequences.
10/2007 Sustaining the Past
Guidelines For Historic Preservation Shouldn?t Have To Clash With Leed Requirements, Since Preservation And Sustainability Share Many Similar Goals.
07/2007 Practicing Precaution
The power and limitations of science in the selection of building materials
04/2007 Of Courtrooms and Boardrooms
As environmentalists await a decision in the u.s. supreme court's first lawsuit over global warming, the free market may be starting to regulate carbon on its own.
01/2007 Closing the Feedback Loop
Demand for proof-of-performance claims plus increasing designer confidence lead to a resurgence in evidence-based design
11/2006 Energy Security Code of Conduct
Before we can solve the world's energy crisis, the industry must address the disorganized state of worldwide standards.
06/2006 Our Moral Imperative
We must do whatever we can to reduce the carbon footprints of buildings
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