Greenbuild Podcasts: The Vibrancy of Green (Metropolis)

90 minutes of audio from Greenbuild 2007. This year’s Greenbuild, the annual conference of the US Green Building Council (USGBC), was all about two things: Green has gone corporate—and that’s exactly what everybody wanted.Past gatherings may have been intimate affairs, but this year’s event, in Denver, was a full-scale trade show, with 13,000 attendees walking […]

Loblolly: Plug + Play Construction (Wired)

Panels stuffed with wires and pipes, preassembled on a factory floor, make high tech green building a snap. (link) (photo by David S. Allee) STEVE KIERAN STOPS BRIEFLY to survey the Chesapeake Bay from the living room of his half-built house. It’s a great view, but today he’s most interested in what’s inside the walls […]

The Green Urban Office (Metropolis)

With natural lighting and amenities for transportation, HOK’s downtown Toronto studios set the gold standard for office interiors. (link) (pdf of transit diagram)It was Night of the Living Designers. When the elevator doors opened, they were drawn like zombies toward the light, possessed by their desire for operable windows. Or at least that’s how Gordon […]

Greener Education (Metropolis)

Parks and organizations worldwide are learning “public-space management” from the Central Park Conservancy. (link) Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux imagined Central Park as a model for all parks, but even they’d be impressed by this: the Central Park Conservancy, the not-for-profit organization that manages and maintains the park, has been quietly sharing its expertise […]

Green Wonders of the World (BusinessWeek slideshow)

Ten years ago, the large-scale green building was still a pipe dream. Most of the designs were the architectural versions of horsehair shirts, neither very comfortable nor very pretty. Using less energy meant making do with less—less heating, less cooling, and moreover, less of the symbolism and grandeur that defines great architecture. Today’s green buildings, […]

Green Giant: Rick Cook (BusinessWeek Podcast)

As the architect of Bank of America’s new super-green building in Manhattan, Rick Cook has a front-row seat for the greening of Corporate America. In this podcast, he talks about his own green conversion, the Bank of America tower, and choosing work that matters. (link) (mp3)

Green Engineer (BusinessWeek)

Guy Battle’s holistic approach (slideshow) (podcast) (MP3) “Engineers are a hidden hand when it comes to innovation,” says Guy Battle, principal of London-based Battle McCarthy Consulting Engineers, who specialize in green buildings and their role in creating sustainable businesses. It’s an admittedly unusual combination, at least from the American perspective on the role of engineers. […]

Metropolis 25th Anniversary: The Rio Summit 1992

The idea of sustainable development helped spark a second wave of environmental awareness. (link) Behind a sloppy assemblage of blue construction hoardings at the corner of 42nd Street and Sixth Avenue, a $1 billion monument to what was imagined 14 years ago at the United Nations Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro is beginning to […]

Conversations at Tropical Green (Metropolis)

Audio interviews with speakers at Metropolis’ Tropical Green. (link)    Michael Singer (MP3): An artist’s non-formulaic approach to placemaking.Working in the realms of art and architecture, Michael Singer has opened new possibilities for public art through developing site-specific sculptures. His pieces have become models for successful urban and ecological renewal. In a discussion with Andrew […]

The Active Edge (Metropolis)

Designed by Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates, Brooklyn Bridge Park seems destined to become New York’s third great urban landscape.

Green and Gleaming Towers (BusinessWeek)

Eco-friendliness used to mean a house with a solar roof. Now skyscrapers are rising to the occasion with stunning innovations. (article link) (podcast link) “If you can make it here, you can make it anywhere,” Carol Willis, director of New York City’s Skyscraper Museum, says with a Sinatra-like twinkle in her blue eyes, as she […]

The Peace Maker (Metropolis Magazine)

As he works on the landscape at the de Young museum in San Francisco, observers wonder: can Walter Hood bridge the divide between public space and in-your-face architecture? (Metropolis) Just before lunch on a bright day in April, Walter Hood straddles a low wall at Splash Pad Park–which he designed–and says, “I like public space […]