Energy

May 24, 2009, 5am PDT
While nuclear energy is being touted as a possible savior for global warming, an updated MIT study says the technology hasn't progressed and is still too expensive.
The Wall St. Journal
May 20, 2009, 12pm PDT
In his new book 'Why Your World is About to Get a Whole Lot Smaller' economist Jeff Rubin describes how 'peak oil' will reverse globalization, revitalize cities and reinvigorate Canada's manufacturing base.
The Globe and Mail
May 20, 2009, 11am PDT
A team of French designers are the winners of Metropolis’s 2009 Next Generation competition with their design for a combined electrical-transmission tower and landfill.
Metropolis Magazine
May 20, 2009, 6am PDT
White roofs have gained cachet as a solution to the urban heat island effect. But in places where there are more cold days than hot, a white roof that reflects warming sunlight might not make the best sense, according to this piece.
Miller-McCune
May 18, 2009, 5am PDT
The Democrats of the U.S. House of Representatives have passed a bill that would create a green school building program in the U.S., investing more than $6 billion in its first year to build more environmentally friendly schools.
NPR
May 14, 2009, 5am PDT
Old buildings could be to blame for much of a city's energy waste. That's the case in New York, where officials are putting together a plan to retrofit older buildings to be less wasteful.
Grist
Blog post
May 13, 2009, 10am PDT

Can a city's "design culture" be deliberately grown and fostered? If so, can City Hall be part of such a fostering, or must it come from the grass roots, from the cultural or design communities themselves?

Readers know I've been musing on these questions for a while. A few years back, after arriving here in Vancouver, I wrote on the difference between our city's reputation as a "city BY design", and the reputation some other cities have, as "cities OF design".

Brent Toderian
May 12, 2009, 8am PDT
Michigan's Mackinac Island has been car-free since 1898. GOOD Magazine pays a visit to the island and finds that far from being Luddite, the island is very progressive, from extensive wifi to hydroelectric power.
GOOD Magazine
May 11, 2009, 2pm PDT
Using waste to create alternative energy is a strategy the Obama administration is neglecting, says North America’s largest garbage hauler Waste Management Inc.
Bloomberg.com
May 11, 2009, 12pm PDT
The results are in for the Annual Buckminster Fuller Design Challenge. The winning designs include robo-scooters, biocentres, and a "future map".
Seed Magazine
May 11, 2009, 8am PDT
A new study by researchers at the University of California, Merced suggests that using biomass to create electricity to power cars could be more efficient than using the same biomass to create ethanol to power cars.
UC Merced
May 8, 2009, 10am PDT
Testing is underway in the U.K. on 'Anaconda', a giant rubber 'snake' that converts tidal wave energy to electricity. A full-sized Anaconda could reportedly power 1,000 homes.
New Scientist
May 8, 2009, 7am PDT
With goals of LEED-certification and plans for reuse after the games, Vancouver's Olympic Village is being called a model for event-based sustainability.
Architectural Record
May 5, 2009, 10am PDT
This segment form Oregon Public Broadcasting looks at the rise of wind farms in rural Oregon.
Oregon Public Broadcasting
May 4, 2009, 6am PDT
Builders, architects and designers are increasingly looking to nature for guidance as they try to build greener and more sustainably.
The Oregonian
May 2, 2009, 11am PDT
Oobject has collected videos of twelve building facades that move, either purely for effect or for ventilation.
oobject
May 2, 2009, 5am PDT
At the 1939 World's Fair, one of the most popular exhibits was the Futurama, sponsored by GM and portraying a dazzling society of skyscrapers and freeways. Today, a group of architects, engineers and planners are creating a new Futurama.
Lincoln Blog
May 1, 2009, 10am PDT
Clean energy is a major component of the Obama Administration's plans for an upgraded electricity grid. But with variable outputs, clean energy generation from solar and wind will need to be augmented, according to this piece from <em>NPR</em>.
NPR
May 1, 2009, 7am PDT
In the sixth of a ten-part series, National Public Radio investigates the sustainability of smart grid technology in the places where its likely to be applied.
National Public Radio
April 30, 2009, 9am PDT
Now that Los Angeles' Century Plaza Hotel has been listed as one of the nation's most endangered historic places, preservationists argue the irony behind developers' plans to demolish the building to "green" the area.
Los Angeles Times