• Lessons In Green Building From Africa’s First LEED-Certified Hospital

    When Ghana commissioned a new hospital for its capital city Accra, the West African nation hoped to earn LEED certification, a prestigious rating of environmentally minded buildings. But “they believed there was very little hope for us to achieve it,” says Pat Bosch, design director of Perkins + Will’s Miami office and the project’s lead […]

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  • Clever concave roof design harvests rainwater in hot climates

    We know that water is life, and the growing scarcity of water in many regions around the world is already affecting food security, and could very well prompt future climate migration and conflicts over water. All these factors are compelling reasons to create self-sustaining buildings that are appropriately designed for their local climate and possibly […]

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  • Finland’s ‘school of the future’ brings kids closer to nature

    Finland is well known for its innovative, personalized education system that is regarded among the best in the world. Now the country is also giving attention to the school buildings themselves, and how they could better engage young learners. Of note is the Saunalahti school in the city of Espoo. The fluid space designed by Verstas […]

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  • A Brisbane apartment building has a vertical forest growing up its exterior

    Imagine the serenity of a tree flourishing right outside your apartment window – on the 14th floor. That ideal can be a reality at Walan Apartments, designed by bureau^proberts, in Brisbane, Australia. A vertical forest wraps the facade of this 14-story glass apartment building, with some trees growing over two stories. Design inspiration for the […]

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  • Family thrives in the Arctic inside a solar geodesic dome

    Life inside the Arctic Circle is by no means easy, unless you’re a Hjertefølger. We first heard about Benjamin and Ingrid Hjertefølger four years ago when they began building Nature House, a three-story cob house wrapped in a solar geodesic dome. Located on the island of Sandhornøya in northern Norway, the ultra-green home was designed […]

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  • Calatrava’s Sundial Bridge Was Spawned by Salmon

    Spawned by the need to protect a seemingly insignificant patch of gravel, not many folks know that Redding’s iconic Sundial Bridge rose as a result of an eco-challenge surmountable only by architect Santiago Calatrava’s sensitive and innovative expertise. Abandoned since the long-gone days of mining in Redding, California, submerged quarry beds along the north shore […]

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  • These are the top five green building stories in 2016

    The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) reports that buildings are the largest contributors to climate change through carbon emissions. They are responsible for around 30 to 40 per cent of global energy usage, consume a third of total resources used, and generate 40 per cent of solid waste. But buildings can minimise their own carbon […]

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  • We can cut emissions in half by 2040 – but only if we build smarter cities

    As a planet, we have some serious climate targets to meet in the coming years. The Paris Agreement, signed by 192 countries, set an aspirational goal of limiting global warming to 1.5ᵒC. The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, set to be achieved by 2030, commit the world to “take urgent action” on climate change. All […]

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  • Museum of African American History and Culture: Greenest museum in DC

    Fifteen years ago, when I worked on the design of a high-performance museum, the concept was considered so unusual that the media questioned the very idea. The US Green Building Council (USGBC) had only very recently introduced its Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating system, so much of the public wasn’t familiar with […]

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  • Biscayne Green Will Turn Downtown Parking Lots Into Parks

    Downtown Miami will become a bit greener to kick off 2017. Biscayne Green, a pop-up park and promenade project, will transform Biscayne Boulevard into a community gathering space this week. Parking lots across from the InterContinental, Bayfront Park, and Bayside will host the project, where the public will be able to enjoy free events and […]

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