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Living the One Planet Life at the UK's 15 year old Sustainable Community

December 19, 2014 by David Thorpe

Dream home?

Hockerton housing cooperative is one of the UK's best-known example of one planet living. Five households have been forging a new way of living there for 15 years that is more sustainable than most, and self-sufficient in energy, water, sewage treatment and much food. They also run courses, both online and offline, and accept site visits.[read more]

Seven Ways Belo Horizonte, Brazil Inspires Sustainable Cities

December 17, 2014 by TheCityFix - produced by EMBARQ

Belo Horizonte and Sustainability

Belo Horizonte, Brazil is a city of remarkable cuisine, green spaces, and architecture. The city is increasingly designed using people-oriented urban development strategies that prioritize the people who make the city come alive. Even for outsiders, this state capital feels like home.[read more]

Architectural Heritage Loses Ground in Phnom Penh, Cambodia

December 17, 2014 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Cambodia Building History

Everyday new developments are erasing part of Phnom Penh's past, and without a strong effort being made in order to preserve some of the meaningful structures, the Cambodian city’s current construction boom could destroy its architectural heritage.[read more]

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How to Save Millions on Air Conditioning by Designing Passively Cooled Buildings

December 16, 2014 by David Thorpe

A wind tower on a building used for night cooling.

Air conditioning is by far the greatest consumer of electricity in buildings in hot countries, but architects can use passive solar techniques to keep them cool, and in many cases successfully eliminate the need for expensive air conditioning.[read more]

Community Participation in Parks Development: Two Examples from Berlin

December 16, 2014 by The Nature of Cities

Parks and Communities in Berlin

On a Friday night at the end of November 2014, nearly 200 people arrived in the departures zone of Berlin’s former Tempelhof Airport for five hours of presentations, working groups and community-led exhibitions. The occasion? A consultation on the management strategy for Tempelhof Park.[read more]

Dogpatch Destination: Pier 70 is San Francisco's Center for Redevelopment

December 14, 2014 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

San Francisco Pier Redevelopment

In the early 1900’s, the Dogpatch district was considered San Francisco’s industrial city-center with over 18,000 people working at Pier 70 daily. As one of the only neighborhoods to survive the destructive fires brought on by the earthquake of 1906, the Dogpatch stands as a living archive within the city.[read more]

An Opportunity for a Regenerative New Airport in Mexico City

December 13, 2014 by The Dirt ASLA

Mexico City Transportation Hubs

Last September, the Mexican government announced the construction of a new airport for Mexico City. The current airport is the second busiest, per number of passengers, in Latin America, just after Sao Paolo, Brazil. The airport was recently declared to be at full capacity.[read more]

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We Must Maximize the Use of Daylight in Buildings to Reduce Energy Use

December 11, 2014 by David Thorpe

See the light!

Daylight should become the primary light source in building for health, productivity and sustainability. Architects should design buildings to maximise the use of daylighting and in many countries are rewarded for doing so by gaining points, e.g. under LEED. Here is how to begin to go about designing buildings to maximise the use of daylight.[read more]

Reinventing Industrial Milan: Old Factories Brought Back to Life in a Cultural Context

December 11, 2014 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Renewal and Industrial Milan

Reinventing Milan’s industrial past is bringing great benefits to the city’s cultural and artistic endeavours. The municipality seems to be focusing its attention on the re-use of old factories to increase cultural opportunities for its residents. Large spaces that once hosted manufacturing work are now being restructured into multi-cultural spaces that can host workshops and events.[read more]

Fracking: Can Getting Involved Do Any Good?

December 11, 2014 by The Dirt ASLA

Fracking and Landscape Architecture

Do landscape architects have an ethical obligation to involve themselves in mitigating the impacts of fracking if communities decide to move forward with it?[read more]

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4 Ways to Plan Neighborhoods and Buildings to Minimize Energy Use

December 10, 2014 by David Thorpe

Ideal building layout style for hot countries.

Conventional buildings consume much energy for heating and cooling to protect them from the temperature effects of climate and seasons. But some basic thought and planning, in combination with passive solar building design techniques, can help to radically reduce these energy costs.[read more]

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10 Stages to a Passive Solar Building from Design to Build

December 8, 2014 by David Thorpe

Passivhaus apartments in Frankfurt.

Passive solar architectural principles have come of age. They have given rise to thousands of buildings of all sizes and purposes around the world, in all climate types, to demonstrate how buildings don't need to consume fossil fuel energy to support their occupants. Here is a ten-step guide to how to go about designing and building one.[read more]