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Students, builders, museum trustees hear about the leading green buildings in the world

Marc Lefkowitz  |  10/19/12 @ 9:00am  |  Posted in Green buildings, Projects

The Bullitt Center in Seattle has been called the greenest building in the world. Its developer, Chris Rogers of Point32, credits the Bullitt Foundation, which subscribed to the Living Building Challenge, a paradigm shifting green building process that Rogers says, "goes way beyond LEED."

Greenest building in the world, this week<br />The Bullitt Center in Seattle under constructionGreen roots<br />The Lewis Center in Oberlin helped launch a green building movement

Museum hears inspired ideas from its architect

Marc Lefkowitz  |  10/18/12 @ 2:00pm  |  Posted in Green buildings

"We want a building that itself embodies how we can live in the future, in a highly sustainable way," Cleveland Museum of Natural History Director Evalyn Gates explained to 450 attendees the purpose of the museum's Building with Nature symposium, a free and open to the public event at the museum on October 18, 2012.

Green museum<br />A green roof at Raleigh Nature Research Center. Photo by Kathy Hanrahan for WRAL.com

New ideas for architecture: Tapping inner beauty

Marc Lefkowitz  |  10/04/12 @ 10:00am  |  Posted in Green buildings, Live, Building new

Design with nature<br />London's New City Hall

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

Buildings are living beings, my friend

Marc Lefkowitz  |  10/03/12 @ 11:00am  |  Posted in Green buildings, Live, Building new

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.

Living Buildings<br />Give more than they take

Going for Passive House in Cleveland

Marc Lefkowitz  |  04/09/12 @ 3:00pm  |  Posted in Green buildings

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

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