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Mean and Green: Top 10 green building projects for 2014 [slideshow]

The American Institute of Architects' Committee on the Environment (COTE) has selected the top ten examples of sustainable architecture and ecological design projects that protect and enhance the environment. The projects will be honored at the AIA 2014 National Convention and Design Exposition in Chicago.

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Projects range from a project for Portland's homeless to public parks to a LEED Platinum campus center

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The American Institute of Architects' Committee on the Environment has selected the top ten examples of sustainable architecture and ecological design projects that protect and enhance the environment. Projects range from a project for Portland's homeless to public parks to a LEED Platinum campus center.

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Wed, 2014-04-23 11:30
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Wayne N. Aspinall Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse, Grand Junction, Colo. Photo: Kevin G. Reeves
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The American Institute of Architects' Committee on the Environment has selected the top ten examples of sustainable architecture and ecological design projects that protect and enhance the environment. Projects range from a project for Portland's homeless to public parks to a LEED Platinum campus center.

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Gothic-style dance center breaks ground at University of Southern California

Ground was broken on April 23 for the new Glorya Kaufman International Dance Center on the University of Southern California campus. Named for the donor, philanthropist Glorya Kaufman, the Center will be a home for dance education on the West Coast and the Pacific Rim.
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The Dance Center will be the first new school on the campus in 40 years 

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The program for the three-story building will include a dance/performance studio, five dance studios, instructional classrooms, performer support spaces, costume storage, and faculty and administrative offices.

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Thu, 2014-04-24 13:15
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Named for the donor, philanthropist Glorya Kaufman, the Center will be a home for dance education on the West Coast and the Pacific Rim. Renderings courtesy of Pfeiffer Partners Architects.
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The program for the three-story building will include a dance/performance studio, five dance studios, instructional classrooms, performer support spaces, costume storage, and faculty and administrative offices.

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Unbuilt and Famous: LEGO releases box set of Bjarke Ingels' LEGO museum

LEGO Architecture is one step ahead of Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG): the company has released a replica of the not-yet-built LEGO museum designed by Ingels' firm. The museum is set to go up in LEGO's hometown of Billund, Denmark, but not until 2016. 

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The LEGO set even comes with a figurine of Bjarke Ingels.

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LEGO Architecture has created a box set that customers can use to build replicas of the LEGO Museum, which is not yet built in real life. The museum, designed by the Bjarke Ingels Group, will commemorate the history of LEGO.

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Thu, 2014-04-24 13:15
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LEGO Architecture has released a replica of the not-yet-built LEGO museum, desig
LEGO Architecture has released a replica of the not-yet-built LEGO museum, designed by Ingels' firm. Renderings: courtesy BIG and LEGO
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LEGO Architecture has created a box set that customers can use to build replicas of the LEGO Museum, which is not yet built in real life. The museum, designed by the Bjarke Ingels Group, will commemorate the history of LEGO.

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6 winners selected for the Architectural League Prize

The Architectural League Prize, created in 1981, "recognizes exemplary and provocative work by young practitioners and provides a public forum for the exchange of their ideas." 

This year, six winners were selected, from firms East Coast to West. Each will present their work in lectures, at an exhibition, and in a catalogue published by Princeton Architectural Press.

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This year's theme was "Overlay."

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The Architectural League Prize, created in 1981, "recognizes exemplary and provocative work by young practitioners and provides a public forum for the exchange of their ideas," according to The Architectural League. 

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Fri, 2014-04-25 11:32
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Y-House; photo credit: Geoffrey von Oeyen Design
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The Architectural League Prize, created in 1981, "recognizes exemplary and provocative work by young practitioners and provides a public forum for the exchange of their ideas," according to The Architectural League. 

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Welcome to the Hive: OVA designs wild shipping container hotel for competition

Not only did Hong Kong-based OVA envision a unique method of paying for this shipping-container hotel concept, the firm designed a structure that could be altered on a whim.

Shipping container architecture has caught on recently, as in the case of this student housing development in South Africa. Like that apartment complex, the Hive-Inn would be made entirely of shipping containers.

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In OVA's concept, any shipping container, or hotel room, can be moved at will.

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Hong Kong-based OVA envisions a shipping-container hotel, where rooms could be removed at will and designed by advertisers.

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Wed, 2014-04-30 15:50
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The Hive-Inn was designed as an entry in the 2014 Radical Innovation Awards comp
The Hive-Inn was designed as an entry in the 2014 Radical Innovation Awards competition. Renderings courtesy of OVA.
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Hong Kong-based OVA envisions a shipping-container hotel, where rooms could be removed at will and designed by advertisers.

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Cities Alive: Arup report examines latest trends in urban green spaces

A new report by engineering giant Arup analyzes current research and trends about green space in cities and how it can benefit urban communities socially, economically, and environmentally. 

Cities Alive draws evidence from cities all over the world of how public spaces of all types can affect the security, happiness, and social life of residents.

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From vertical farming to glowing trees (yes, glowing trees), Arup engineers imagine the future of green infrastructure in cities across the world.

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From vertical farming to glowing trees (yes, glowing trees), Arup engineers imagine the future of green infrastructure in cities across the world.

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Mon, 2014-04-28 20:25
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Illustration: Arup
Illustration: Arup
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From vertical farming to glowing trees (yes, glowing trees), Arup engineers imagine the future of green infrastructure in cities across the world.

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Big U in the Big Apple: New design to protect New York City's coastline

Once upon a time, New York City only had to worry about 100-year storm surges. But as sea levels rise, new research shows that the city may need to worry about these high-intensity weather events as often as every three years. 

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Bjarke Ingels' proposed design for the Rebuild by Design competition adapts a key design principle in ship building to improve urban flood protection.

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Bjarke Ingels' proposed design for the Rebuild by Design competition adapts a key design principle in ship building to improve urban flood protection.

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Tue, 2014-04-29 09:23
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The Big U is one of 10 entries in the Rebuild by Design competition. Renderings
The Big U is one of 10 entries in the Rebuild by Design competition. Renderings courtesy Bjarke Ingels Group.
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Bjarke Ingels' proposed design for the Rebuild by Design competition adapts a key design principle in ship building to improve urban flood protection.

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USGBC launches real-time green building data dashboard

The U.S. Green Building Council last week launched an online data visualization resource that highlights real-time green building data for each state in the U.S. and Washington, D.C.

The enhanced state market briefs—which highlight LEED projects, LEED-credentialed professionals, and USGBC membership in each state—provide green building advocates and the general public a look into LEED’s impact within any U.S. state.

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The online data visualization resource highlights green building data for each state and Washington, D.C.

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The online data visualization resource highlights green building data for each state and Washington, D.C.

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Tue, 2014-04-29 09:52
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The free tool provides real-time data visualization for each state. Here is the
The free tool provides real-time data visualization for each state. Here is the dashboard for Illinois.
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The online data visualization resource highlights green building data for each state and Washington, D.C.

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Best of Canada: 12 projects nab nation's top architectural prize [slideshow]

The Canada Council for the Arts and RAIC | Architecture Canada announced the recipients of the Governor General’s Medals in Architecture.

The awards celebrate outstanding design in recently completed projects by Canadian architects.

The winning buildings reflect excellence in sustainable design, innovation, and compatibility with the landscape. 

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The conversion of a Mies van der Rohe-designed gas station and North Vancouver City Hall are among the recently completed projects to win the 2014 Governor General's Medal in Architecture. 

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The conversion of a Mies van der Rohe-designed gas station and North Vancouver City Hall are among the recently completed projects to win the 2014 Governor General's Medal in Architecture. 

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Tue, 2014-04-29 10:18
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60 Richmond East Housing Co-Operative in Toronto, designed by Teeple Architects.
60 Richmond East Housing Co-Operative in Toronto, designed by Teeple Architects. Photo: Scott Norsworthy
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The conversion of a Mies van der Rohe-designed gas station and North Vancouver City Hall are among the recently completed projects to win the 2014 Governor General's Medal in Architecture. 

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Visiting Beijing's massive Chaoyang Park Plaza will be like 'moving through a urban forest'

The plans for Chaoyang Park Plaza were floated two years ago by MAD architects, and now the design is taking shape.

Located in Beijing's central business district, the massive development was designed with its surroundings in mind, meant to illustrate the relationship between architecture and the natural environment, DesignBoom reports

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The focal point of the new development will be a pair of asymmetrical towers.

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Construction work has begun on the 120,000-sm mixed-use development, which was envisioned by MAD architects as a modern, urban forest.

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Wed, 2014-04-30 12:00
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The plans for Chaoyang Park Plaza were floated two years ago, and now the design is taking shape. Renderings courtesy MAD architects
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Construction work has begun on the 120,000-sm mixed-use development, which was envisioned by MAD architects as a modern, urban forest.

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