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ArchWeek Green 2009.0115

Postby Kevin » Thu Jan 15, 2009 8:21 pm

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ArchWeek Green, from the editors of the leading architecture magazine online, brings you weekly sustainable design and building news from around our planet.

In ArchitectureWeek No. 410, Daniel K. Slone takes on some pivotal issues in how to make urbanism and sustainability work together - which is far from automatic...

"There are numerous benefits to fusing sustainable development and urban development concepts. Moreover, pedestrian-oriented, urbanist-project approaches have been vigorously embraced by many environmental groups. It is not, however, intuitively obvious to everyone why high-density, extensively hardscaped projects would be good for the environment.

"First, there are some adverse consequences that do accrue if density is merely clustered without appropriate design. Aggregate air and water (surface and groundwater) impacts may be more significant and harmful than smaller, dispersed impacts that are more easily diluted and absorbed.

"Second, numerous projects are advanced as urbanist projects despite the fact that they do not meet the basic criteria for urbanist projects. Often the ways these projects have been diluted or hybridized means that they cannot deliver the hoped-for benefits of urbanism, including the environmental benefits. In some instances, projects pretending to be New Urbanism have been simply a pretty way to sprawl or to deliver density without parks or connected streets, and are designed in such a way that few social or environmental benefits occur.

"Even when the principles of urbanism are appropriately applied, the project falls short if it is missing elements of sustainability. Although the environmental benefits of locating in an urban neighborhood, particularly one with transit opportunities, are significant and certainly exceed the environmental benefits obtained in sprawl, this in and of itself is not adequate."

Bringing Sustainability and Urbanism Together, by Daniel K. Slone ... t_1-1.html

Green and Sustainable Design and Building News This Week
Coal Industry Digs Itself Out of a Hole in the Capitol - Wall Street Journal, 2009.0115

Light Bulbs: Which Do You Use? - New York Times, 2009.0115 ... o-you-use/

E.P.A. Pick Vows to Put Science First - New York Times, 2009.0115 ... &ref=earth

High Speed Rail Line to Sweeten Heathrow Runway Deal - Guardian Unlimited, 2009.0115 ... ird-runway

Halt All Carbon Emissions by 2050: Worldwatch - Reuters, 2009.0114 ... LS20090114

On the Heels of a Bulb Ban, Europe Mulls Pulling the Plug on Large Plasma TVs - New York Times, 2009.0114 ... lasma-tvs/

A Bicycle Evangelist with the Wind Now at His Back - New York Times, 2009.0113 ... ofile.html

Google Disputes Harvard Fellow's Pollution Estimate - PC World, 2009.0112 ... imate.html

Climate Change Fight "Could Beat Downturn" - Wales Online, 2009.0112 ... -22670779/

Technology Levels Playing Field in Race to Market Electric Car - Wall Street Journal, 2009.0112

Bush Zeroed in on Energy Like Few Other Presidents - Houston Chronicle, 2009.0112 ... 07727.html

Northwest Researchers Say 'Dirty Snow Effect' Magnifies Early Snowmelt - Oregonian, 2009.0111 ... _dirt.html

Guerrilla Tactics at Oil-Lease Auction - Washington Post, 2009.0111 ... 02265.html

Real Estate Investors Benefit from Green Building Momentum - Triple Pundit, 2009.0108 ... -green.php

ExxonMobil CEO Urges CO2 Tax, Not Cap-and-Trade Law - CNN, 2009.0108 ... RTUNE5.htm

WWF Turns Against Natural Gas Amid Russia-Ukraine Crisis - New York Times, 2009.0107 ... ne-crisis/

11 States Agree to Work Together to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Vehicle Fuels - State of Massachusetts Press Release, 2009.0105 ... csid=Eoeea

A Record Year - Nature, 2008.1230 ... 8.143.html

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IA Interior Architects in San Francisco, California -
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Apple's Chief Takes a Medical Leave - New York Times, 2009.0114 ... apple.html

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