Green Building Conference 2014

Green Building Conference 2014

Posted on 16. Apr, 2014 by .

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The energy crisis is not going away – it’s going up the value chain!  Book Your 2014 Seat  Join international built environment experts and designers Dr Elizabeth Farrelly of Australia and Alberto Kalach of Mexico along with a host of leading African and South African green building experts to share knowledge and best practice. Continuing the […]

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Hustle to Green Build South Africa’s cities

Posted on 14. Apr, 2014 by .

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By Sue Blaine Exploiting the benefits that green architecture brings, South Africa’s larger companies, and the government, are opting more and more for environmentally friendly buildings. “It’s very empowering for architecture, because now we look at it in a different way. The ongoing maintenance, the entire life of a building is as important as the […]

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Management of Excess Soil – A Guide for Best Management Practices

Posted on 02. Apr, 2014 by .

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BACKGROUND Soil is an important resource. The protection and conservation of soil in Ontario is a valuable component of maintaining the environment for present and future generations. The Ministry of the Environment (MOE) encourages the beneficial reuse of excess soil in a manner promoting sustainability and the protection of the environment. The best practices described […]

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First look: UC San Diego opens net-zero biological research lab

Posted on 02. Apr, 2014 by .

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Exposed architectural concrete panels and Spanish cedar wood siding highlight the exterior design of the new J. Craig Venter Institute. Two-thirds of the facility’s rainwater will be supplied by rainwater and is intended to be “the most sustainable laboratory in the world.” Photos courtesy of McCarthy Building Companies, Inc. Bringing to life what is sure […]

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Art-Fairest of Them All? A First Look at Miami’s Dazzling New Pérez Museum

Posted on 02. Apr, 2014 by .

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By Paul Goldberger The gargantuan art fair known as Art Basel Miami evaporates quickly once the gallerists, collectors, public-relations people, and miscellaneous partygoers leave town, but I suspect that this year’s event will be remembered if only because it coincided with the opening of the Pérez Art Museum Miami, designed by the Swiss architects Herzog & de Meuron. […]

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Designing for floods? The answer is plain

Posted on 02. Apr, 2014 by .

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By Robert Barker There’s plenty of information out there for architects, says Robert Barker, a director at Baca Architects, designers of the Amphibious House The recent flooding in the UK reminds us as architects that we need to make sure our buildings and their users understand the environment in which they are located. Flooding in the […]

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Can Too Much Infrastructure Doom A City?

Posted on 18. Mar, 2014 by .

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In 2012, an international team of researchers conducted a groundbreaking 370-square-kilometer aerial survey of the mediaeval city of Angkor and several of its satellites in north-western Cambodia. Founded in the 9th century, Angkor was the seat of an empire that had conquered most of mainland Southeast Asia by its height in the 13th century. With […]

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Do Cities Need Vertical Greenery?

Posted on 18. Mar, 2014 by .

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By Joseph Jones Vertical greenery is increasingly used in cities to both raise quality of life and improve urban environments and eco-systems. As well as modifying temperatures, improving air quality and increasing biodiversity, exposure to urban greenery can improve peoples’ physiology and mental health. Yet, how effective is vertical greenery, what are its costs and […]

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Five examples of vertical gardens – including a preview of the world’s tallest

Posted on 18. Mar, 2014 by .

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As cities become denser and buildings continue to shoot up, the number of gardens is also on the rise – literally. The vertical garden is not a new concept, but in recent times it has certainly become more popular. Referring to a wall partially or completely covered with vegetation, a vertical garden includes a growing […]

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Mechanisms of Resilience & Other ‘Re-Words’ in Urban Greening

Posted on 18. Mar, 2014 by .

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By Keith Tidball Senior Extension Associate Department of Natural Resources Cornell University Ithaca, NY USA I recently gave a talk at the Horticulture Society of New York’s annual Healing Nature Forum: Planting the Seeds of Health and Sustainability. As could be expected, there was a lot of talk about Hurricane Sandy’s aftermath, and the role of […]

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