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SFO Terminal Lands LEED Gold Certification

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New terminal pushes sustainable airport architecture into the 21st century

With a flight from New York to LA consuming about 5,000 gallons of jet fuel, it's safe to say there's not much sustainable about the act of flying. The new Terminal 2 at San Francisco International Airport attempts to offset this carbon-intensive eco-unfriendliness with some next-generation green design. The remodeled terminal, designed by architects from Gensler, opened in April of this year at......read more

OMA Designs Futuristic Farming Hub

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Abandoned tobacco plant in Louisville, KY to be transformed into massive food and farming center

The site of an abandoned tobacco plant in Louisville, Kentucky will be repurposed into an innovative 24-acre community farming hub by Rem Koolhaas's firm, OMA. Local farmers will be able to grow, sell, and distribute food at the $50M facility -- called "the Food Port" -- which is set to break ground in the summer. The masterplan for the site "reflects the full food chain," and includes spaces......read more

The Renewable Shift

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Led by Germany, clean power is transforming the global energy landscape

Justin Gillis for The New York Times: HELIGOLAND, Germany — Of all the developed nations, few have pushed harder than Germany to find a solution to global warming. And towering symbols of that drive are appearing in the middle of the North Sea. They are wind turbines, standing as far as 60 miles from the mainland, stretching as high as 60-story buildings and costing up to $30 million......read more

Chicago Meatpacking Plant Transformed Into Vertical Farm

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Home to several small-scale food businesses, The Plant Chicago is a net-zero, closed-loop urban farm

In 2010, entrepreneur John Edel bought a four-story, 94,000 square foot factory in a bankruptcy sale. The sprawling red brick warehouse, built in the 1920s next to Chicago’s Union Stockyards, used to process bacon and ham. Today it is home to The Plant Chicago, a vertical farm housing 11 small-scale food businesses, from bakers and kombucha brewers to aquaponic farms growing......read more

Lucid Stead by Phillip K. Smith

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Artist transforms Joshua Tree homesteader shack into luminous installation

On California artist Phillip K Smith III's five-acre property in Joshua Tree, there sits an old homesteader's cabin, a plain Jane structure with a history that dates back seventy years. For "Lucid Stead," a week-long project in October, Smith added a new chapter to the cabin's history, transforming the building's exterior into a large-scale light installation. By day, the shack’s......read more

How Climate Change Will Transform Winemaking

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Global grape-growing regions will shift dramatically over the coming decades, according to study

If you like wines from Washington state, get ready for some good news. According to a study led by Conservation International biologist Lee Hannah, rising temperatures associated with climate change will dramatically expand the vineyard-friendly space in the Pacific Northwest over the coming decades. (Unfortunately, that expansion will come at the expense of wildlife habitat.) Californian......read more

Kim Preston: Plastic Pacific

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Aussie photographer transforms everyday objects into underwater sea creatures

The massive plastic trash vortex in the North Pacific is one of the world's most depressing environmental issues. It's terrifying, really. Just thinking about it is enough to send me into the fetal position. Melbourne-based photographer Kim Preston faces up to the problem of plastic pollution with "Plastic Pacific," a new series of photos that find everyday plastic......read more

Studio KCA: Head In the Clouds

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Designers Jason Klimoski and Lesley Chang transform discarded containers into fluffy clouds

Every year in June, New York City’s Governors Island plays host to FIGMENT, an art and cultural festival that transforms the island a large-scale collaborative artwork. The 2013 edition will feature this winning sculptural entry from Studio Klimoski Chang Architects called "Head In the Clouds."  Riffing on the image of daydreaming in the park, designers Jason Klimoski......read more

Tank House: NYC Water Tower Transformed into Urban Retreat

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Apartment with water tank getaway could be yours for a mere $3.6 million

New York's quirky, iconic water towers are being used for more than just great art projects these days. On the roof of a penthouse apartment in Greenwich Village, architecture firm Messana O'Rorke has transformed a terra cotta water tower into a Zen-like urban retreat.  Called "Tank House," the space was conceived as the quintessential getaway zone -- a room for reading, relaxing......read more

Urban Air: Stephen Glassman's Green Kickstarter

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Project aims to transform LA billboards into aerial gardens

Wit the popularlty of New York City's High Line, other cities are looking for ways to incorporate elevated green spaces into public infrastructure. Recently a Los Angeles developer announced plans for "High Line West" in Hollywood. With "Urban Air," LA-based designer and SHFT compadre Stephen Glassman introduces a new twist on the aerial garden rage. The plan involves converting LA billboards......read more

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