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Meet the Team Picked to Redesign Washington D.C.’s Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library

Meet the Team Picked to Redesign Washington D.C.’s Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library

The budget for redesigning the 400,000 square foot (37,000 square meter) steel, brick and glass building is estimated to be in the $225 million to $250 million range. The cost to construct the original

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Former EPA Headquarters Receive LEED Certified Retrofit as D.C.’s Newest Residential Towers

Former EPA Headquarters Receive LEED Certified Retrofit as D.C.’s Newest Residential Towers

The Sky House towers usher in a future of adaptive reuse for the Southwest side of Washington D.C. These towers will be the tallest in the area, and boast rooftop pools with some of the nicest views of

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Researchers Discover Nearly 6,000 Natural Gas Leaks in Washington, D.C.

Researchers Discover Nearly 6,000 Natural Gas Leaks in Washington, D.C.

A street-by-street survey of the District of Columbia has found nearly 6,000 natural gas leaks in the city’s aging pipes. A dozen of those leaks were found beneath manholes, where methane has

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Japan Offers US $4 Billion Loan For Super Maglev Train Line Between DC and Baltimore

Japan Offers US $4 Billion Loan For Super Maglev Train Line Between DC and Baltimore

Last year Japan set to work testing the world's fastest "floating" maglev train, which can hit top speeds of over 310 mph. Now, keen to share (or show off) their feat to the rest of the world, the

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Harvest Home: Team Capitol DC Unveils Net-Zero 2013 Solar Decathlon Entry!

Harvest Home: Team Capitol DC Unveils Net-Zero 2013 Solar Decathlon Entry!

Students from the Catholic University of America, George Washington University and American University have been working long and hard on their net-zero home to compete in this year's Solar Decathlon.

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Report Warns New York’s Indian Point Nuclear Plant is Vulnerable to Terrorist Attacks

Report Warns New York’s Indian Point Nuclear Plant is Vulnerable to Terrorist Attacks

A new report by the Nuclear Proliferation Prevention Project warns that the Indian Point Nuclear Power Plant located just 38 miles north of New York City is practically defenseless against terrorist

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Haunting Images Show What Major US Cities Would Look Like if Sea Levels Rose 25 Feet

Haunting Images Show What Major US Cities Would Look Like if Sea Levels Rose 25 Feet

To create these images, Nickolay Lamm contacted Remik Ziemlinski from Climate Central, who provided more precise versions of the same maps that were originally featured in the New York Times article. Lamm

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Washington DC Government Agencies to be 100% Powered by Wind Energy

Washington DC Government Agencies to be 100% Powered by Wind Energy

Photo via Shutterstock Washington D.C. has just announced a huge step forward in its quest to become America’s “greenest” city. The District of Columbia Department of General Services

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Scientists Bring Extinct Mouth-Brooding Frog Back to Life After 30 Years

Scientists Bring Extinct Mouth-Brooding Frog Back to Life After 30 Years

Most of us probably thought the first species that would be brought back from extinction would be large, scaly, and wreak havoc on a theme park. While not nearly as intimidating, scientists have revived

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BIG Selected to Develop the Master Plan of the Smithsonian Institute Campus

BIG Selected to Develop the Master Plan of the Smithsonian Institute Campus

Danish architect Bjarke Ingels is known for designing modern, unconventional buildings, so it comes as a bit of a surprise to learn that Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) has been selected to redesign

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Solar Decathlon Teams Visit Orange County, California in Preparation for 2013 Competition

Solar Decathlon Teams Visit Orange County, California in Preparation for 2013 Competition

Sunny Southern California is set to break out the photovoltaic panels as the U.S. Department of Energy prepares to host the 2013 Solar Decathlon in Orange County, CA. This marks the first time in history

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Adjaye Associates’ William O. Lockridge/Bellevue Library Responds to a Hilly Site in Washington, DC

Adjaye Associates’ William O. Lockridge/Bellevue Library Responds to a Hilly Site in Washington, DC

In 2010, Adjaye Associates won a competition to design two new neighborhood libraries for Washington, DC. Both of the new libraries are energy efficient, and they both respond to the natural landscape and

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Catholic University of America Gets a Brand New Green Roof in Washington

Catholic University of America Gets a Brand New Green Roof in Washington

The 1,488 square-foot green roof on Aquinas Hall is an effort that University president John Garvey calls “a living example of environmental stewardship.” The installation will be adjacent to the

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Sumaya: An Elegant Hand-Crafted Mobile Home Clad in Cedar

Sumaya: An Elegant Hand-Crafted Mobile Home Clad in Cedar

Phil Duloy has built one of the most beautiful mobile homes we have ever seen. The “Sumaya” is a sustainable, energy-efficient rolling house wrapped in cedar. Phil was inspired to build the Sumaya for

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Chakaia Booker’s Intricately Textured Salvaged Tire Sculptures Greet Visitors at the National Museum of Women in the Arts

Chakaia Booker’s Intricately Textured Salvaged Tire Sculptures Greet Visitors at the National Museum of Women in the Arts

Prior to the installation of Booker's recycled rubber sculptures, the NMWA featured very colorful works by French artist Niki de Saint Phalle of dancing women. In contrast, Booker's sculptures have a

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David Adjaye’s Francis A. Gregory Library is a Beautiful, Light-Flooded Library in Washington, DC

David Adjaye’s Francis A. Gregory Library is a Beautiful, Light-Flooded Library in Washington, DC

The new Francis Gregory Library is built at the edge of Washington, DC's Fort Davis Park, where a Civil War-era fort once stood to defend the nation's capital. The transparent library looks out on the

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Amtrak Announces Ambitious Eco-Plans for HOK-Designed Overhaul of Washington D.C.’s Union Station

Amtrak Announces Ambitious Eco-Plans for HOK-Designed Overhaul of Washington D.C.’s Union Station

Amtraks unveiled plans on July 25th to give D.C.'s Union Station a major overhaul and a slew of new upgrades. The original Daniel Burnham-designed station will remain as is architecturally, but will

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Living Light Solar Decathlon House Soaks Up the Summer Sun at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival

Living Light Solar Decathlon House Soaks Up the Summer Sun at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival

The completely self-sustaining home uses passive building techniques and automatic controls to produce its energy needs. As the sun rises, shades are automatically raised to let daylight into the space.

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Spiraling Tower of 15,000 Books Celebrates Abraham Lincoln at Ford’s Theatre

Spiraling Tower of 15,000 Books Celebrates Abraham Lincoln at Ford’s Theatre

The Ford's Theatre Center for Education and Leadership features an expansive array of historical objects related to Abraham Lincoln, including a replica train car that transported him in repose from

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President Obama Visits the Washington Auto Show and Swoons Over Ford’s Plug-In Hybrid Electric

President Obama Visits the Washington Auto Show and Swoons Over Ford’s Plug-In Hybrid Electric

President Obama decided to make a quick visit to the Washington D.C. Auto Show this week in order to applaud American automobile manufacturers for their recent green transportation successes. While at the

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Vote For Your Favorite House in the 2011 Solar Decathlon!

Vote For Your Favorite House in the 2011 Solar Decathlon!

The DOE & the Solar Decathlon are also running their own People's Choice Award for the first time ever, so you should definitely go check it out and vote! Read on for a look at each of these amazing

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US Census Reveals the Top 10 US Cities for Mass Transit Commuting

US Census Reveals the Top 10 US Cities for Mass Transit Commuting

The Census Bureau just released a report on the commuting behavior of Americans in 2009. The commuting report is part of the American Community Survey, and it details the average commute time for

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2011 Solar Decathlon Sun-Powered House Competition Kicks Off in Washington DC – Exclusive Photos

2011 Solar Decathlon Sun-Powered House Competition Kicks Off in Washington DC – Exclusive Photos

We have affectionately nicknamed SCI-Arc's house the "puffy house," as it creatively wears its insulation on its exterior. The home is actually called CHIP, which stands for compact hyper-insulated

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7 Amazing Sun-Powered Homes in the 2011 Solar Decathlon!

7 Amazing Sun-Powered Homes in the 2011 Solar Decathlon!

Team Canada - TRTL House The TRTL, which stands for "Technological Residence, Traditional Living", is a teepee inspired home designed by Team Canada specifically for the Native Peoples of southern

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PHOTOS: Solar Decathlon Opens in Washington DC

PHOTOS: Solar Decathlon Opens in Washington DC

Sixteen of the teams are from American colleges and universities, with the other four teams coming from China, Canada, New Zealand, and Belgium. The InhabitatNYC team is particularly excited because three

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Washington DC’s Bikeshare is So Successful That Bikes are in Short Supply

Washington DC’s Bikeshare is So Successful That Bikes are in Short Supply

Launched as a pilot program in August 2008, Washington DC's Capital Bikeshare has been so successful that riders are often left wondering where the bikes are. The program currently has 1,100 bikes at 114

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The Smithsonian’s Vaulted Canopy Brings Nature and Light Inside

The Smithsonian’s Vaulted Canopy Brings Nature and Light Inside

The courtyard is now the largest event space in Washington D.C, complete with fully grown trees. The lattice work of the ceiling is reflected in the unique water feature on the floor, and the feeling of

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Foster & Partners Breaks Ground on Ten Acre CityCenter in Washington DC

Foster & Partners Breaks Ground on Ten Acre CityCenter in Washington DC

Construction began this week on Foster & Partner's CityCenter DC - one of the United States' largest and most important urban redevelopment projects. The ten acre convention center will be transformed

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WaterShed: University of Maryland’s Solar Decathlon Home Gives More Than It Takes

WaterShed: University of Maryland’s Solar Decathlon Home Gives More Than It Takes

Although the University of Maryland may have a home court advantage for the upcoming competition, now set to take place at West Potomac Park, we're not going to hold it against them. The small home is

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Styrofoam Makes a Comeback in the United States Capitol Cafeteria

Styrofoam Makes a Comeback in the United States Capitol Cafeteria

If you thought our nation's leaders were ahead of the curve, think again. After the House returns to work after a week-long recess, they'll most likely spend Monday morning pouring hot coffee into a cup

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