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Why We Must Integrate Buildings into the Natural Environment Through the Envelope

[I wrote this for the “Sustainable Design as a Way of Thinking” class at the Boston Architectural College.]

 

When natural systems are destroyed in the process of creating a building, it is important to replace them by incorporating them, or a reasonable replacement, as much as possible into the building’s design. This is the only way […]

Wind power moves ahead in the East; stalls in the West

Front page news yesterday – the hotly-disputed Cape Wind project has been approved. It will be our first offshore wind farm.

On the other side of the country, an enormous wind project – planned to be the largest in the country – was supposed to break ground in Oregon tomorrow, but the Air Force is holding […]

Deeper Green items

Ideas for future field trips:

Easy Care green walls (?). Mentioned in the meeting, but my searching is turning up nothing online.

Brockton Brightfields, the largest solar array in New England, turning a brownfield site into solar energy generation.

Konarka thin film organic PV. It does not use silicon, but a "photo-reactive polymer material invented by Konarka co-founder […]

Wind belts and eco-cities

I'm going to the monthly Deeper Green meeting (a committee of the USGBC MA Chapter), and one of the traditional things we do is to share news about things we've learned recently regarding sustainability, usually in terms of "cutting edge" technology. Which I have mixed feelings about.

On the one hand, I love a good widget; […]