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Inspiring a Green Building legacy in Africa

Posted on 17. Sep, 2014 by .

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By 2030 an expected 40% of Africans will be living in cities. How do we build an African Urban Green Legacy? This was the question posed by Nyami Mandindi, CEO & Business Line Leader Southern & Eastern Africa of engineering consultants, Royal HaskoningDHV and a guest speaker at the Green Leader Network Dinner at the […]

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South Africa’s Strong Case for Green retrofitting

Posted on 15. Sep, 2014 by .

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GBCSA says cost saving payback is between three to five years. 95% of office buildings don’t comply. Despite South Africa being the fastest growing green building market in the world, most buildings in the office sector do not comply with environmental sustainability standards. But there is a strong case for green retrofitting. While South Africa […]

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Rome University takes first place in Solar Decathlon Europe 2014

Posted on 10. Sep, 2014 by .

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For years the prophets of the heralded ecology age have been drawing our attention to the potential of south European countries in terms of solar energy. Thus it was probably high time that a team from a country bordering the Mediterranean won a Solar Decathlon Europe event for the first time, as happened this year. […]

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Stockholm-Based White Arkitekter Wins Far ROC Design Competition

Posted on 10. Sep, 2014 by .

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Sweden-based firm White Arkitekter has been named the winner of the “For a Resilient Rockaway” (FAR ROC) design competition. The team’s winning proposal, Small Means & Great End, offers a set of design strategies to transform an empty swath of land, known as Averne East, along the Rockaways in Queens, New York into a resilient, mixed-use community. […]

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Sustainability Treehouse

Posted on 10. Sep, 2014 by .

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Continuing our coverage of the 2014 AIA COTE Top Ten green building projects, this article is part of a series of 10 pieces that examine a specific, defining design challenge or innovation of each of this year’s winners. When the Boy Scouts of America acquired a 10,600-acre post-industrial site in West Virginia—now known as the […]

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Teaching Ecological Restoration (Not Restoration Ecology)

Posted on 10. Sep, 2014 by .

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In a session at the Society for Ecological Restoration (SER) conference in Madison, Wisconsin, ecologist John Munro worried that SER is moving away from its focus on practical, on-the-ground, ecological restoration projects in favor of more passive, “academic research on restoration ecology.” Pointing to Temple University’s landscape architecture and horticulture program, which features the first ever-accredited concentration in ecological restoration, […]

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The World’s Tallest Vertical Garden Is Like a Niagara Falls of Plants

Posted on 10. Sep, 2014 by .

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Patrick Blanc is a French botanist who loves plants so much he’s dyed his hair green. (It’s either that or he naturally photosynthesizes). Since the late 1960s, Blanc has pursued his life passion of building vertical gardens: His own abode is one unbelievable hanging jungle with moss-fuzzed walls, vine-shrouded windows, and a tropical lake stocked […]

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Three Perspectives on Designing Resilient Cities

Posted on 10. Sep, 2014 by .

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Hurricane Sandy has changed the national conversation on climate change. Unlike Hurricane Katrina, which much of the country was happy to pin the blame for on New Orleans itself (“they shouldn’t have built there in the first place!”), Sandy revealed climate change to be a growing threat to nearly all coastal settlements. Formerly abstract warnings […]

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Using Healthy Soils to Manage Stormwater

Posted on 10. Sep, 2014 by .

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In cities, healthy soils could be a powerful tool for managing stormwater, but unfortunately the status-quo is compacted, degraded soil covered in asphalt, said Zolna Russell, ASLA, Floura Teer Landscape Architects, and Stu Schwartz, Center for Environmental Research and Education, at the 2012 Greenbuild conference in San Francisco. Outlining novel techniques — “subsoiling,” which involves […]

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Consortium to Test Green Building Technologies in Singapore

Posted on 08. Sep, 2014 by .

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The Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB) has unveiled a ‘first-of-a-kind’ building consortium to guide international and local companies in working to develop and test “green building technologies” in construction in tropical climes. The EDB said the ‘Pre-Project Innovation Consortium’ (PPIC) will be “a platform for international and local companies across Singapore’s building industry ecosystem”, including developers, […]

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