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June 18, 2010

Nine Near Carbon Neutral Communities

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Popular Science just published an interesting roundup of green communities in an article now titled, "Nine of the World's Most Promising Carbon-Neutral Communities."  You'll recognize several of these communities as we've mentioned them previously.  What's important is the notion that reducing an environmental impact can be ultra effective when done on a large scale.

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May 15, 2010

Vertical Farm Concept: Eco-Laboratory

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In 2008, we first looked at this Eco-Laboratory concept for a living building, which won the Natural Design Talent Competition in 2008.  Designed by a team from Weber Thompson, the Eco-Laboratory is now featured in a short film that explains the benefits of vertical farming. 

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April 21, 2010

Top 10 Green Built Neighborhoods

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Natural Home just published a top 10 list of its favorite eco-friendly, energy-efficient communities in the nation.  If there’s anything to note, it may be that the Pacific Northwest is ahead of the game when it comes to green planning and thoughtful communities.  Here’s a quick look at each of the 10 communities; make sure to check out the original article – America’s Top 10 Best Green-Built Neighborhoods – for more information.

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April 20, 2010

Urban Farms Around the World [CNN]

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When the topic turns to urban farming, perhaps you envision one of those conceptual skyscraper farms proposed by the likes of Dickson Despommier, Gordon Graff, or SOA Architects.  But urban farming doesn't necessarily need to be done in a skyscraper, as evidenced by a recent article by Thair Shaikh of CNN.  Urban gardening isn't new either. 

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November 26, 2009

Eco Development at Dockside Green

Dockside Green is an award-winning development located in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada.  Within the 1.3 million square-foot, mixed-use community, all of the buildings, except the restaurant and pub facilities, have committed to obtaining LEED Platinum certification under the applicable Canadian LEED rating system. 

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April 10, 2009

Babcock Ranch 100% Solar Powered City

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We've heard about ecocities in far away lands, but now there's one planned for the Unities States.  Located near Fort Meyers, Florida, Babcock Ranch will be powered entirely by solar power.  It's a bold and progressive plan, and if Kitson & Partners can secure all the necessary regulatory approvals, construction will begin this year.  The city includes a 75-megawatt, on-site, photovoltaic facility constructed by Florida Power & Light for nearly $350 million.  

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April 09, 2009

How to Design Livable Streets

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It’s no secret that Good produces the best graphics to illustrate the most current and important points.  They tend to go viral and get passed around.  I like their popular graphic on vampire energy and guide to prefab constructionGood has a knack for distilling complex information, and I think their new guide to livable streets is worth reading.  In it, they explain ten ways to redesign and transform streets to become livable:

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March 04, 2009

Project Green: an Innovative Mixed-Use Infrastructure Concept

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With all the recent discussion about crumbling infrastructure and stimulus spending, it seems appropriate to talk about a design proposal that is actively addressing many issues that are showing progress across the country.  Project Green, slated for downtown Austin, Texas, represents a comprehensive approach to sustainability in the context of an urban, mixed-use development.  In addition to incorporating the usual features like solar panels and wind turbines, this proposal takes a serious approach to handling the most precious resource on earth.  Water.  

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February 20, 2009

Chicago Eco-Bridge to 2016

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This conceptual proposal for Chicago's Monroe Harbor was designed in honor of the great American architect Daniel Burnham, but perhaps more importantly, to secure Chicago's bid for the 2016 Olympic games.  The proposal is a modern interpretation of Burnam's 1909 master plan for Chicago.  In a land locked city, the Chicago Eco-Bridge offers an extension of the landscape that would dramatically change the face of the city, and perhaps the United States. 

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February 02, 2009

Zira Island Planned as Zero Energy City

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Following in the footsteps of Dongtan and Masdar, the Danish firm of Bjarke Ingels Group has just released details of their masterplan for a zero energy resort and entertainment city on Zira Island, which is located within the bay of Baku, Azerbaijan.  The plan calls for roughly 10.8 million square feet of architectural landscape based on the natural landscape of Azerbaijan.  Indeed, Zira Island will feature seven residential developments, each in the shape of one of seven peaks of Azerbaijan, and 300 private villas with views over the Caspian Sea. 

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