Social Justice and Sustainable Architecture

Sustainable design ultimately is meant to drive social change and emulate social justice. Here in our own backyard, by the Santa Monica Freeway, stand the New Carver Apartments. It is a welcome change to see social housing dedicated to the most underprivileged among us and to have it designed in a sustainable and visually soothing manner. … Continue reading Social Justice and Sustainable Architecture

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Abandoned Transport Containers: A Possible Answer to Build Haitian Habitats.

I recently heard from a novel idea from Richard Moreta before he flew to Haiti.  I thought his rebuilding efforts were well worth reporting. The need for speedy provision of housing in case of emergencies was reiterated after the disastrous earthquake in Haiti. To address this issue, an international team of designers, headed by Richard Moreta, … Continue reading Abandoned Transport Containers: A Possible Answer to Build Haitian Habitats.

Solar 2 New York City Carbon Neutral Beacon

Solar One, the little environmental awareness center on the edge of the East River, is about to begin construction on a much bigger facility called Solar 2. The new building will be ten times larger than the current facility, and will let them expand their public programs around energy efficiency, renewable energy, green building, and urban … Continue reading Solar 2 New York City Carbon Neutral Beacon

The White House: Green, Greener, Greenest!

We are thrilled to witness yet another development: the White House is truly setting the tone to lead the way to a more sustainable nation. Not only are they growing their own food on site with Michelle Obama’s garden, but now even they’re aiming for LEED certification! Rick Fedrizzi, CEO and president of USGBC, is offering … Continue reading The White House: Green, Greener, Greenest!