Ever since Hurricane Sandy wrought havoc on the East Coast, ‘resilient design’ has been a hot topic of conversation — and not just amongst architects and designers, but politicians, engineers and
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Ed Mazria is the influential environmental architect behind the 2030 Challenge, which aims to eliminate the use of fossil fuels in new construction, and to cut the use of fossil fuels in existing
The Phipps Center for Sustainable Landscapes (CSL) recently earned the highest LEED Platinum certification yet achieved for a new green building. The project systematically demonstrates high performance
Aitken designed the nomadic, site-specific art project in response to funding cuts faced by cultural programs and the arts across the nation. From September 6 to September 28, 2013, the train will travel
San Francisco's launch of Bay Area Bike Share has pushed the United States bicycle sharing fleet above 18,000, more than double the number of bikes in service since the beginning of the year. Bay Area
Photo via Shutterstock Scientists are inching ever closer to manufacturing an artificial, lab-grown human heart after a team of University of Pittsburgh researchers successfully produced heart tissue
What is most impressive about the curated collection of material reuse architecture that Bahamón and Sanjinés found is the creativity. Peach pits are used as flooring, tire treads are used as roofing
If you pound the pavement every day for your commute or just a little exercise, you can use some of your stride to power your electronic devices. The SolePower is a shoe insole that allows the wearer to
Blue Moon Rising resort is located in McHenry in western Maryland, and it's dedicated to nature and sustainable education. Located just above Deep Creek Lake, the 15-acre site boasts views of the water
Hot on the heels of the launch of New York City's new bike-sharing program, Chicago officials announced this weekend that the Windy City will kick off a bike-sharing program of its own by the end of June.
Newly Opened Phipps Conservatory Center for Sustainable Landscapes Aims for Trifecta of Green Certifications
Designed by Pittsburgh-based The Design Alliance Architects (TDA Architects), this new 24,350 square foot building is the Center for Sustainable Landscapes and will provide educational space to expand and
Bike commuting is a boon for urban environments - and soon, the bustling City of Pittsburgh, Penn., is about to have a lot more of it. The city's Mayor Luke Ravenstahl recently announced plans to
Pittsburgh-based safety equipment manufacturer MSA recently unveiled an industrial hard hat that is made entirely from renewable material. The MSA-Gard GRN Hard Hat is composed of sugarcane ethanol, which
PNC Financial Services is known for pushing the boundaries of sustainable design; the group already boasts one of the largest living walls on the exterior of One PNC Plaza and has 170 LEED certified
Getting a first-hand look at the guts of your computer usually means something's gone horribly wrong, but when Recchia cracks open an old computer, all he sees is potential beauty. A lifelong learner, no
Originally built in 1928, the Power House occupies an entire city block, and has been designated a landmark by the National Historic Register. The red brick façade is lined with three story arched glass
Google Pittsburgh’s adaptive reuse space, designed by the local architecture firm Strada, maintains not only the industrial bones of the original factory building.
A Pair Travels from NYC to San Francisco by Electric Bike to Educate Americans on Green Transportation
Boris Mordkovich and Anna Mostovetsky thrive on adventure and share an enduring passion for the environment, so when Boris and his brother, Yevgeniy started EVELO, an electric bike company in New York,
Natural gas drilling has starred in several documentary films in recent years, including Josh Fox’s Oscar-nominated “GasLand,” and now it’s set to become the subject of a major
Quite impressively, the Center for Sustainable Landscapes at Phipps Conservatory is expected to meet or exceed the three toughest green building and landscape standards: the Living Building Challenge,
Bulldozer at coal mine photo from Shutterstock One of the largest and most controversial coal mines in American history appears to be moving forward, at least for now. Last year, the Environmental
Beloved architect Frank Lloyd Wright is finally the subject of a biopic film to be directed by Driving Miss Daisy’s Bruce Beresford. The father of “organic architecture,” a term he coined, Wright
Over the past several years, PNC Financial Services has upped the ante on green design in downtown Pittsburgh with the 2009 construction of Three PNC Plaza, a LEED-certified office building, and the
Although RVA made an effort to achieve a BREEAM rating for the arts center, because the new 2010 requirements are more stringent than the earlier standards they were aiming for, they were not successful.
A giant pink breast has just rolled into Pittsburgh, and it's there to stay for the next two and a half months. The three foot tall breast sits atop Jill Miller's Milk Truck, a mobile breastfeeding unit
On their latest weekly episode, Public Radio International's popular show, This American Life, digs deep into the issue of hydraulic fracturing -- or fracking as it is commonly referred to. Fracking is a
Toyota's Ideas for Good challenge began just seven months ago when the company opened up five of its most innovative technologies and asked people to come up with ways they could be used outside of cars.
We really love green cars, but you know what we love even more? Practical green designs that make the world a better place. With the Ideas for Good competition, Toyota has merged the two into one by
Toyota and Pittsburgh-based Deeplocal have teamed up to create a Prius-powered hybrid roller coaster. The idea was to see if the car’s braking energy could be harvested to power other parts of a theme
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