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A Makeover for an Old Friend… February 27, 2010

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Repurposing the old Bay Bridge for future development and park space.

Why Treasure Island Is the Super-Green City of the Future February 25, 2010

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This scale model of San Francisco’s Treasure Island shows the mix of dense housing, a canopied retail area and a convenient ferry terminal that will help make it both pedestrian- and eco-friendly


Rising Currents February 24, 2010

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MoMA and P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center joined forces to address one of the most urgent challenges facing the nation’s largest city: sea-level rise resulting from global climate change. Though the national debate on infrastructure is currently focused on “shovel-ready” projects that will stimulate the economy, we now have an important opportunity to foster new research and fresh thinking about the use of New York City’s harbor and coastline. As in past economic recessions, construction has slowed dramatically in New York, and much of the city’s remarkable pool of architectural talent is available to focus on innovation.

An architects-in-residence program at P.S.1 (November 16, 2009–January 8, 2010) brings together five interdisciplinary teams, including Architecture Research Office (ARO), to re-envision the coastlines of New York and New Jersey around New York Harbor and to imagine new ways to occupy the harbor itself with adaptive “soft” infrastructures that are sympathetic to the needs of a sound ecology. These creative solutions are intended to dramatically change our relationship to one of the city’s great open spaces.

This installation presents the proposals developed during the architects-in-residence program, including a wide array of models, drawings, and analytical materials


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LEED STUDY GROUP February 22, 2010

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LEED Study Group

First Meeting at 6.30pm Thursday 25th in room 201

Janine is leading us through Chapter 1 of the study guide. You can download the PDF on archshare 2030 folder at school.

Feb 18th Meeting Notes February 22, 2010

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pdf here

Meeting Notes #1

Reuse Everything Experiement February 19, 2010

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Witness this first ever attempt to reuse 100% of an old dilapidated home into a new home construction project.

The REX House, located at 2030 SE REX St. Portland Oregon, will be featured during the Ultimate Open House – produced by the HBA April 18th-20th and April 25th-27th. Continuous local media coverage including KPTV (Fox affiliate), The Oregonian newspaper, and KEX radio.

Shannon Quimby, published author, HGTV Designer and one of the nation’s top Renew-it experts, takes on the biggest reuse project of her career – infusing 100% of an old dilapidated home into new home construction. Her goal: share with everyone, the way to recycle and keep our landfills from overflowing with useable construction materials. “I’m determined to show that with ingenuity, reclaiming an old home is practical, fun and a potential money saver.”

Not only is the old house going to be infused into the new, but the landscaping too. All old growth trees and plants are going to be transplanted. The neighborhood history will be saved too!

web site http://www.shannonquimby.com/rex/

Safe Trestles February 19, 2010

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Access to Trestles, one of North America’s most celebrated waves, is under threat due to safety and environmental concerns. Currently, over 100,000 people each year follow informal trails through wetlands and over active train tracks to gain access to the surf breaks at Trestles. These impromptu manmade paths present a safety hazard with passing trains and threaten the fragile ecosystem of Trestles.

In response, a coalition of concerned groups organized by the volunteer non-profit organization Architecture for Humanity, are launching “Safe Trestles,” an open-to-all, two-stage design competition to create a safe pathway to serve surfers, the local coastal community and day visitors to San Onofre State Beach. This coalition is looking for cohesive designs that eliminate the danger of crossing active train tracks, help to restore wetlands that have been damaged by the present path, preserve and improve vistas, and offer education about the history of the site and the beach marsh environment. The new path should ensure continued access to the resources by all members of our community and adhere to Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) standards.

While placing no limitations on the originality or imaginativeness of design ideas, we are looking for tangible low-impact solutions that can actually be built at a future date. Ideally, the winning entry will be sensitive to the remote and undisturbed nature of the area—providing safe access without compromising the pristine environment and views of this rare example of natural Southern California coast.

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The Low Down on Pee and Poop February 18, 2010

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The low down on Pee and Poo!

Ecological Sanitation – waterless toilets and urine harvesting – can save water, protect the environment, and create free fertilizer around the world. Learn the “how and why” of composting toilets and urine reuse, see projects from Mexico, China, Sweden, Zimbabwe, and the Bay Area. Share your composting toilet and urine reuse experiences and
learn from others.

When: Thursday February 25th, 7:30-9:00 pm.
Where: Common Circle Education 2130 Center St (near downtown Berkeley BART station)
Cost: $5-$20 sliding scale*

The presenter, Laura Allen, has  visited ecological sanitation projects in the U.S., Mexico, and El Salvador, and researched other projects around the world. She has had a composting toilet and urine harvesting system in her home for the past six years. As a founding member of Greywater Action, she leads hands-on workshops about
sustainable water systems.

*This is a benefit event for “Free the Hikers,” three Americans who have been detained in Iran for the past six months. One of the hikers, Sarah Shourd, is a close friend of Laura’s and they traveled throughout Mexico to conduct interviews with ecological sanitation experts when Laura was performing research for the book “Dam Nation: Dispatches of the Water Underground.” All proceeds from this event will support the legal fees and travel costs for the families of the three hikers. To learn more visit: freethehikers.org

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Please join Emerging Green Builders of Silicon Valley and San Francisco for a tour of the Crissy Field Center and Informational Office, a project currently seeking LEED Gold certification. This state-of-the-art, 7,430 sq. ft. building is one of the most technologically-advanced, energy efficient buildings in the city. The Center features high-performance classrooms, a science lab, an art room, administrative spaces as well as a café. Our tour will include speakers from Project FROG, a smart building company that uses enviro-friendly prefab design to achieve LEED certification as well as providing an education curriculum based around sustainability by using its structures as a resource and a model of efficiency.

We will be meeting at 3:45pm. Tour begins at 4:00pm sharp! The Center closes at 5:00pm

Following the tour, we will be gathering at The Tipsy Pig for drinks and networking. The Tipsy Pig is located at 2231 Chestnut St, between Scott and Pierce, in San Francisco.

sign up here…  http://www.usgbc-ncc.org/index.php?option=com_events&type=event&task=details&id=856&Itemid=109

2030 challenge founder February 16, 2010

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Information on 2030 challenge founder Edward Mazria