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ArchWeek Green 2009.0212

Postby Kevin » Thu Feb 12, 2009 3:36 pm

Dear Designers, Builders, and Friends,

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

Whatever small little pleasure might be found these days in having predicted the obvious is swamped, entirely and beyond, by the human and environmental tragedies accumulating around the planet.

"Sofia, a 34-year-old Frenchwoman, moved here a year ago to take a job in advertising, so confident about Dubai's fast-growing economy that she bought an apartment for almost $300,000 with a 15-year mortgage...

"Now, like many of the foreign workers who make up 90 percent of the population here, she has been laid off and faces the prospect of being forced to leave this Persian Gulf city - or worse.

"'I'm really scared of what could happen, because I bought property here,' said Sofia, who asked that her last name be withheld because she is still hunting for a new job. 'If I can't pay it off, I was told I could end up in debtors' prison.'"

With Dubai's economy in free fall, newspapers have reported that more than 3,000 cars sit abandoned in the parking lot at the Dubai Airport, left by fleeing, debt-ridden foreigners (who could in fact be imprisoned if they failed to pay their bills). Some are said to have maxed-out credit cards inside and notes of apology taped to the windshield.

Laid-Off Foreigners Flee as Dubai Spirals Down - New York Times, 2009.0211 ... dubai.html

Green and Sustainable Design and Building News This Week
Here Comes the Sun Shower - New York Times, 2009.0210

Fires, Floods Pressure Australia Government on Climate - Reuters, 2009.0209 ... MF20090209

Google Taking a Step into Power Metering - New York Times, 2009.0209 ... 0grid.html

Feed-in Tariffs Contemplated in the U.S. - New York Times, 2009.0209 ... in-the-us/

Australian Bushfires Rage - Nature, 2009.0209 ... 09.89.html

FEMA Is Faulted on Aid after Hurricane Ike - New York Times, 2009.0209 ... ?ref=earth

New Sausalito Homes - Green and Good Neighbors - San Francisco Chronicle, 2009.0207 ... 15HJJ8.DTL

Why Obama's Energy Savings Estimate May Be Skewed - New York Times, 2009.0207 ... nergy.html

Carbon Catalyst Could Herald Cut-Price Fuel Cells - New Scientist, 2009.0206 ... cells.html

Why Sustainable Power Is Unsustainable - New Scientist, 2009.0206 ... nable.html

US Regulators Vote to Ban Commercial Fishing in Arctic Waters - Guardian Unlimited, 2009.0206 ... ing-bering

A Solar Company Loses Power, Gains Steam - New York Times, 2009.0206 ... ins-steam/

Showcase Home Is 'Test Kitchen' for Building Technology - GlobeSt, 2009.0204 ... 709-1.html

Greenbuild in Boston - ArchitectureWeek, 2009.0204
Attendees of the 2008 Greenbuild International Conference and
Expo had good reason to be excited. Since the conference's debut
in 2002 in Austin, Texas, when just over 4,000 people gathered
to discuss the importance of sustainable design, Greenbuild has
expanded dramatically.

USGBC Highlights the Potential for Greening Existing Buildings in Proposed Stimulus - Greener Buildings, 2009.0202 ... c-stimulus

Integrate Food Production and Green Building - , 2009.0130 ... -Building/

White Paper: 10 Eco-Principles for Community Housing - BDC, 2009.0129

37 Million "Green-Collar" Jobs by 2030 - CSE Magazine, 2009.0128

New Study Tallies Corn Ethanol Costs - New York Times, 2009.0205 ... nol-costs/

Hybrid Locomotive Maker Loses Steam - New York Times, 2009.0205 ... ses-steam/

For Clean Energy: Layoffs and Plummeting Demand - New York Times, 2009.0204 ... ng-demand/

Could New Energy Labels Chill European Fridge Sales? - New York Times, 2009.0204 ... dge-sales/

National Green[washing] Building Standard Approved by ANSI - NAHB Press Release, 2009.0204 ... ewsID=8571

Arctic Storms Seen Worsening; Threat to Oil, Ships - Reuters, 2009.0204 ... N720090205

Web Camera Eyes Warming -- from Ocean Floor - MSNBC, 2009.0204

Dark Days for Green Energy - New York Times, 2009.0204 ... solar.html

Personal Carbon Budgets Possible by 2020, Says Head of RSA Study - Guardian Unlimited, 2009.0203 ... udgets-rsa

Press Release - Cadsoft and iLevel Deliver Integrated BIM to
Residential Construction ... lease.html

People and Places, by Nancy Novitski
Spectrum Design in Rocky Mount, Virginia - Gonzalez
Goodale in El Monte, California - Delugan Meissl in
Stuttgart, Germany - Holzman Moss Architecture in
Florence, South Carolina - Dan Brill Architects in
Winchester, England, United Kingdom...

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Windows 7 Versions: The Five Most Interesting Things - AppScout, 2009.0204 ... e_mo_1.php

Google Takes the Plunge, Maps Earth's Oceans - San Diego Union-Tribune, 2009.0203 ... ndex=47048

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