An emergent theme at SXSW Eco is connectivity, that we are all part of a web of life. “Shape of Green” author Lance Hosey touched on this during his keynote. He said deep satisfaction derives from certain shapes, colors and patterns. He gave plenty of examples from his field research and work as an architect: The fractal patterns of tree...more
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The world’s leading architects are moving beyond LEED and into Living Buildings, building places like the Vandusen Botanical Garden Visitor Centre in Vancouver (pictured) which are responsive to their environment, meaning, they use almost no natural resources to fully operate and, in this case, regenerate the land, water, and air surrounding them.
Yes, buildings are the biggest energy hogs in this country (double that of transportation and industry), but what can we do about it? Can we keep living conditions high and build for lower energy use? Pioneers in this realm have always been met with skepticism. Only ten years ago, if you announced that you were going to build your home or...more
Through thousands of years of evolutionary trial and error, animals have developed skins with remarkable properties to regulate temperature, manage water, provide protection, and communicate with the surrounding world. What if we learned from animals to design building envelopes that functioned as elegantly as nature? More architects are doing just that. At a lecture last night at the University of...more
During the last four years, The Council of Smaller Enterprises (COSE) rolled out a slew of energy savings programs. And while some early birds are feeding, hundreds of small businesses who may starve in this recession have shied away. That concerns Nicole Stika, COSE's Energy Program director. "We're providing a whole suite of products that think beyond paying utility bills," she says....more
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