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Links for June 5th through June 8th

by Mel Starrs on June 8, 2012

in News

These are my links for June 5th through June 8th: Disaster Resilience Part of Sustainability, Too – “…are starting to promote the concept of resilience — the ability for a community or structure to survive and quickly recover from a disaster — as essential for green building. Any building, after all, represents tremendous amounts of […]

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Links for November 24th through November 30th

by Mel Starrs on December 1, 2010

in News

These are my links for November 24th through November 30th: USGBC Announces ‘LEED Automation’ to Streamline and Create Capacity for LEED Green Building Projects | Chloregy – “The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), developers of the LEED green building program today announced LEED Automation, a new program in collaboration with leading technology companies that is […]

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Links for July 23rd through July 27th

by Mel Starrs on July 28, 2010

in News

These are my links for July 23rd through July 27th: Worldchanging: Bright Green: Transition Towns or Bright Green Cities? – Read the whole article: “That sort of casual eagerness for the death of others is appalling. Worse, the strategy implicit in this vision of transitioning — that there can be local soft landings in the […]

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Laurie Baker – Architectural Principles

by Mel Starrs on April 28, 2010

in Manifestos

I came across Laurie Baker via a Twitter conversation between myself, Nick Grant and Prashant Kapoor on coffee houses of India a month or so ago. I travelled to Kerala back in January 2004 and had indeed had coffee in the spiral coffee shop in Trivandrum. Nick kindly pointed me towards Laurie Baker, the architect’s, […]

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Links for July 26th through July 27th

by Mel Starrs on July 31, 2009

in News

These are my links for July 26th through July 27th: International Green Construction Code (IGCC) Now in the Works| News | Architectural Record – International in the same way the World Series is a global baseball competition: "On June 29, the American Institute of Architects, along with the International Code Council (ICC) and the American […]

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Redefining ‘green’

by Mel Starrs on December 18, 2006

in Economics

One of my favourite books of 2006 was ‘The World is Flat‘ by Thomas L. Friedman. It’s a long read at nearly 600 pages, but worth it. The guy can write (he’s got a Pullitzer) and puts forward a convincing case for the flattening of the world and some of the the benefits of globalisation. […]

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I recently came across Futerra’s ten rules of sustainable communications.  It’s a great little manifesto and reinforces the fact that you can’t scare people into going green. Big picture – make connections, demonstrate long term thinking, blow myths Technically correct – be trustworthy, provide transparency, give real facts Be cool – be sexy, mainstream, non-patronising, […]

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The Change This Project has been on my radar (i.e. in my RSS feeds) for a few months now via the marketing guru Seth Godin. It’s hard to explain what Change This is (an ideas lab?) but the FAQ’s describe it as: ChangeThis is a new kind of media. It’s calm and thoughtful and direct […]

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