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I wrote this right after GreenBuild 2007- but life got in the way of me adding pictures and posting sooner. Hopefully I can post more regularly. Check out my summary of the events I attended-

I will leave the Expo summary to Amanda. I was able to attend the opening plenary session with speeches by Rick Fedrizzi, President and CEO of USGBC and former President Bill Clinton amongst others. The choir was large and preaching was vibrant. In order to keep the energy up for the other 364 days a website was launched: GreenBuild365 I also attended six education sessions… (more…)

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WHEN: Thursday October 18, 2007 at 7p.m.

Free of Charge and Open to the Public.

WHERE: Billy Wilder Theater at the Hammer Museum

10899 Wilshire Blvd (at Westwood), Los Angeles, CA

About Hammer Conversations

Hammer Conversations is an ongoing series that pairs creative thinkers for engaging discussions on culture, science, and the arts. It is presented by the Hammer Museum.

About Wired LivingHome

WIRED magazine and LivingHomes present the first ever WIRED Home, a showcase of the best in sustainability, technology and design. Designed by acclaimed residential architect, Ray Kappe, and Gold LEED® certified, the house is prefab to reduce cost and waste. Fully automated to allow for simplicity and control, it is filled with the latest in gadgets, gear and appliances, yet still keeps kilowatt usage low. The home’s anticipated energy use is 36 percent more efficient than a conventional residence of a similar size. Wired LivingHome will be open for tours from October 27th to November 11th. For more Information and to purchase tickets, visit: www.wired.com/wiredlivinghome

With recent flooding in cities across the country,there has been increasing concerns about the state of our water treatment infrastructure. How can cities keep growing when many sewer systems are already at the breaking point?

First, we have to understand what’s already in place.

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Simple diagram of typical water treatment plant from the EPA.

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I’ve been getting more submissions from my readers about green projects they’re working on and events they’re participating in. Please, keep them coming!

Reader Sameera at the UK architecture firm Waugh Thistleton Ltd. let me know about a new London tower which just received planning approval. The fourteen story tower incorporates helical wind turbines into the base. Construction is expected to begin late this summer.

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Ramsgate Street, nighttime

Thanks to reader Matthew who wrote me about the Columbus Re-Wired transit IDEAS competition:

International Transit Design Competition

This IDEAS competition is intended to solicit innovative design solutions and dialogue about the possibilities for the role of public transportation in Columbus, OH focusing on the passenger facilities and transit modes that will re-connect citizens, renew neighborhoods and spark economic development.

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Columbus, OH skyline

August 17th 2007 – Registration Deadline

August 31st 2007 – Submission Deadline

INTERNATIONAL JURY ● CASH PRIZES ● ENTRIES TO BE PUBLISHED

IN BOOK FORM & ON COMPETITION WEBSITE AND PRESENTED AT

THE 2007 AIA OHIO CONVENTION

Check out www.columbusrewired.org/ for more information

I feel like I’ve been a little out of the loop lately, so I’m going to hit a few high points today.

Chicago has won the U.S. bid for the 2016 Olympic Summer Games. April 22nd Chicago Tribune Arts & Entertainment section has a number of brief opinion pieces regarding the Olympic Arts Festival portion of the bid. On the architecture side of it, Blair Kamin advocates for the city to be a living museum, and by incorporating current/future technologies (podcasts, for example) to highlight our architecture and history through actual interaction with it.

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Chicago skyline
Luke Tozer, partner at British architecture firm Pitman Tozer architects, is working on his own little (8′ wide) eco house. Great article at The Independent. Great info on ground source heating.

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Geothermal diagram
Read about the progress on Kreuck and Sexton’s Spertus Institute over here. I wrote about this back in October. I’ve been by it in person recently, and it is delightful!

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View of Spertus facade, courtesy Lynn Becker.

My career recently took a detour, and for the moment I’m working at a Landscape Architecture firm. The work is pretty interesting and it jogged my memory to a lecture I attended this fall by Dutch landscape architect Piet Oudolf, and thought I’d share some of my notes and thoughts here.

In his lecture here in Chicago last fall, Piet did a brief overview of a couple of his local projects, and discussed his design process in general terms. The majority of the lecture was essentially a primer on the elements of plants he considers when he is designing, primarily the significance of each type of plant form. I’ve listed a few examples below, but I would definitely check out his books for further information.

Spires are a dominant form and reach toward the heavens.

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Umbels are the counter balance of spires (above), and keep the eye at a certain level

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Daisies remind us of the sun

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This fantastic slide show exhibits Oudolf’s birth-life-death design principles supporting the overarching theme of year-round interest in the garden. I am enamored with his one-ness with plants. His delightful concepts result in rich, interesting, beautiful, natural and unique gardens.
Recent large scale projects employing his principles include:
Along with Kathryn Gustafson, the Lurie Garden in Chicago’s Millenium Park (A fantastic gardener’s take here)

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Battery Park, NYC

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High Line Team, competition winner

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