Pardon the interruption, but this is for a good cause. In mid-November, I’ll be on a panel at Greenbuild called "Green Blogs and the Built Environment" with industry leading bloggers from The Green Workplace, Treehugger, Green Buildings NYC, and Building Green TV. The general idea of the panel is to discuss how the environmental movement is using blogs to collect information, share ideas, and collaborate in new ways. In preparation for the panel, we’ve developed a very short survey to ask you how blogging impacts the built environment. It’ll take no time really, but the information is seriously helpful and we’ll discuss the results during the panel. Thanks in advance for you time and we’ll see you in Boston!!
Justin Timberlake (you know: singer, actor, songwriter, producer, etc.) is a single-digit-handicap golfer, and loves the sport. Recently, he noticed that the first course he ever played golf on as a kid was going up for auction for development. Originally called Woodstock Hills, Timberlake was able to buy Big Creek with a consortium of owners. Soon after purchase, Timberlake discovered he could "green" the course, so he decided to build the upscale clubhouse, cart cottage, and maintenance facility to LEED Platinum certification standards.
Earlier this month, the Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture and Design announced a total of 66 buildings as winners of the prestigious and coveted American Architecture Awards program. One of those buildings was Tom Eliot Fisch’s and LMN Architects‘ design for the City College of San Francisco’s (CCSF) new performing arts center. As you can tell from the rendering, it’s going to be a beautiful, contemporary structure with tons of green features and natural lighting. Scheduled to be complete in Spring 2010, the performing arts center will target LEED Gold certification with some of the following features:
Google has just announced a new project: Project 10^100 (pronounced "Project 10 to the 100th"), which is a global call for ideas to change the world by helping as many people as possible. Here’s how it works. You submit your idea by October 20th. Google will cull through everything and post 100 ideas. Starting on January 27, 2009, the world starts voting on those to choose 20 semi-finalists. From there, an advisory board will choose 5 finalists. Then, Google will spend at least $10 M implementing those final 5 ideas.
We’re very much intrigued by the white paper released yesterday by Michelle Kaufmann Companies. Officially entitled "Nutrition Labels for Homes: A Way for Homebuyers to Make More Ecological, Economical Decisions," the white paper presents the case for a universal label for homes. Note that last sentence, though. This isn’t a label for just green homes, it’s a label for all homes. It’s a universal label to educate people on a home’s sustainability (or unsustainability) profile. Every home gets a label — you can imagine the power this gives buyers and green home sellers.
Folks the media storm that started with the venerable Bill Gates and tired Jerry Seinfeld has just taken a new direction with the "I’m a PC" ads for Microsoft. Check them out below, we have all three new videos embedded in this article. As you watch, though, don’t get distracted by the likes of Eva Longoria, Tony Parker, Deepak Chopra, Bernard Harris, Geoff Green, or even Pharrell, as tough as it is, because there’s a green architect in the mix: Edouard Francois.