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May 9th, 2008

art Home: Green + Wired Debuts at MSI
Preston D K in Jetson Green
Architect Michelle Kaufmann has made a big splash in Chicago this week during the opening of her Smart Home: Green + Wired exhibit at the Museum of Science and Industry. The PrairieMod crew and myself were fortunate enough to be able to spend the past two days previewing the home and are excited to share some details with you. If you're interested, feel free to check out our podcast interview with Michelle where she explains how the project came to be and the 5 eco-principles utilized by her firm. The showcase "Smart Home" is Kaufmann's mkSolaire plan, which is designed for a city lot and has a loft-like feeling to it. Its goal is to address the space challenges found with infill lots and standard row home configurations. The brilliant thing about this exhibit is that it is fully functional, not just a shadow of what the design could be. And in case you're wondering, the house will be dismantled after the exhibit closes in January 2009.

Interview with Mark Anielski
Hassan Masum in WorldChanging
Yesterday, 2:56 PM
....Hassan Masum: In your book, you have this great quote from Robert Kennedy about GNP, which I was amazed to read because it was back from 1968 or so - 40 years ago. It seems like we've had some progress, but not a whole lot of progress since then. Could you give us some framing thoughts as to why better measures of progress are so important, and why if they are so important they have taken so long to get popular?
Mark Anielski: Robert Kennedy's challenge was to economists and politicians to begin to measure the things which make life worthwhile, and not things like oil spills and car crashes and treating cancer as somehow genuine progress. So his challenge in '68 wasn't really responded to seriously until the mid-1970's by some economists, and then in 1995 by Redefining Progress out of San Francisco where they created the Genuine Progress Indicator....

Botanist Blank Canvas Project Fuses Style + Sustainability
Preston D K in Jetson Green
Anyone going to be at ICFF 2008?  I received an email about Orange22's launch of the Botanist Blank Canvas Project at ICFF and it looks pretty interesting.  Orange22 enlisted the help of eight iconic designers to place their fingerprint on the popular Botanist line of indoor/outdoor furniture.  The designers include Yves Behar, Margo Chase, Milton Glaser, Kahi Lee, Karim Rashid, Joe Ricchio, Massimo + Lella Vignelli, and Claude Zellweger.  Pieces come in a variety of designs and can be used as end tables, benches, cocktail tables, or anything else you can think of. An interesting aspect of the Blank Canvas Project is that Orange22 is committed to matching each designer's royalty by giving the same amount to the designer's social cause of choice.  It's consumerism with a social twist, but we all buy stuff here and there ... might as well do some good in the process.

Malcolm Wells: unsung green architect
lavardera in materialicious
This is a story of a little known architect who is from the same area where I practice today - in the New Jersey suburbs of Philadelphia. Not exactly the hot-bed of the first generation environmental movement - remember they called it Ecology way back when. Above: Can you spot the building in this photo? Wells’ underground office.

Serpentine Gallery Art Marathon
Neri Oxman in MATERIALECOLOGY: Neri Oxman
Neri Oxman will be participating in the Reykjavik Art Marathon. The event will take place from the 16th to the 18th of May as part of a large exhibition that is Reykjavik Art Museums’s contribution to the Reykjavik art Festival in 2008. The project is a collaboration between RAM and the Serpentine Gallery in London and is a continuation of two previous Marathons created at Serpentine Gallery. The curators are Hans Ulrich Obrist, from the Serpentine Gallery in London and the artist Ólafur Elíasson. The overall focus of the project is experimentation, for which the RAM will become a laboratory in which leading artists, architects, film-makers, academics and scientists will create an environment of invention through a series of installations, screenings, performances and experimental films.

May 8th, 2008

Talks! Piano crosses President! Seducer Stalks Millennium Park!
Lynn Becker in ArchitectureChicago PLUS
Hot on the heels of the opening of a smash revival of South Pacific on Broadway, 2007 Pritzker Prize-winning architect Richard Rogers will be coming to Chicago for a May 15th lecture at the Art Institute. Rogers gained fame with the Pompidou Centre in Paris, co-designed with Renzo Piano. His 71-story Three World Trade Center, currently under construction at the WTC site, is expected to achieve Gold LEED status. The lecture begins at 6:00 P.M. Tickets are $5.00 for students, $10.00 for members of the Architecture and Design Society of the Art Institute of Chicago, and $15.00 for the general public.

Portland and the COTE Top 10 Green List
Brian Libby in Portland Architecture
A couple weeks ago the American Institute of Architects' Committee on the Environment released its annual Top Ten Green Projects list. As described by the AIA, the program "celebrates projects that are the result of a thoroughly integrated approach to architecture, natural systems and technology. They make a positive contribution to their communities, improve comfort for building occupants and reduce environmental impacts through strategies such as reuse of existing structures, connection to transit systems, low-impact and regenerative site development, energy and water conservation, use of sustainable or renewable construction materials, and design that improves indoor air quality." Considering that Portland has often been called the nation's greenest city, and at various times we've had the most LEED-rated projects in the nation, you'd think we'd be all over this list, either the new one or past lists of the top 10 green projects. Actually, though, that's not the case at all.

Projects Recognized for Green Roofs, Living Walls
Preston D K in Jetson Green
Recently, several green roof/wall projects were honored by Green Roofs for Healthy Cities. Green Roofs for Healthy Cities established the Green Roof Awards of Excellence in 2003 with an aim to increase general awareness of green roofs and walls and spread awareness of their benefits. This year, seven projects in various categories received Green Roof Awards of Excellence

Interior design isn't a ditzy discipline
Danny McFadden in Guardian Unlimited: Arts blog - art
Shows like Changing Rooms have given it a bad reputation, but 'architecture from the inside' can make all the difference to an architect's dreams. 

Revolving Door: Rowan Moore Leaves the Architecture Foundation
mediabistro.com: UnBeige
What happens when your plans to have Zaha Hadid build your new headquarters falls through and everyone is left disappointed and angry. Well, all pure speculation here, but if you're Rowan Moore, Director of the Architecture Foundation in the UK, you resign shortly thereafter, which is exactly what has just happened. You'll likely remember when the years-in-making Hadid plans fell through and it makes sense that, of all the dozens of people involved in the project, everybody would be looking for a scapegoat.

Making Green Living Easier Than Ever
Deb Hiett in Green Options
Like this post? Subscribe to our RSS feed and stay up to date.There’s a great new book on the shelves by award-winning author Renée Loux: Easy Green Living. Loux, who penned Living Cuisine and the Gourmand Award-winning The Balanced Plate, is a celebrated raw foods chef and host of the TV show “Easy Being Green.” In [...]

The Reuse People: Salvaging Building “Waste”
Cassie Walker in Green Options
Every now and again, something really cool crosses my desk, and I think, “Wow, that’s really cool!” Just such an occasion happened this week, when a friend who works in PR sent over some information from The Reuse People of America, or TRP. Based in Oakland, TRP is a nonprofit organization that works to reduce the [...]



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