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IslandWood, which bills itself as “a school in the woods,” is a 255 acre campus with 15 buildings and 14 outdoor features that provide an educational experience in nature and lessons in environmental stewardship to inner-city children. Read more


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When Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans over 10 years ago, it displaced residents and decimated the building stock in dozens of neighborhoods. Many buildings were damaged beyond the point of rehabilitation. These buildings were typically demolished and their materials landfilled. Read more


La TOHU Pavilion houses La TOHU, an organization dedicated to the circus arts that has a unique relationship to its surrounding landscape, the Saint-Michel Environmental Complex (CESM). Read more


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ScrapHouse was a temporary demonstration home which was built out of entirely scrap and reclaimed materials in front of San Francisco City Hall for World Environment Day 2005. Read more


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The Ford Calumet Environmental Center is being developed by the City of Chicago’s Department of the Environment to industrial and ecological significance of the Calumet region of southern Chicago. Read more


It is not often that a natural disaster advances the sustainability agenda of a project, particularly when that disaster occurs during construction.  However, this is exactly what happened when Hurricane Rita blew through Orange, Texas in September 2005. Read more


Housing one of the country’s preeminent environmental research groups, Stanford University’s Leslie Shao-Ming Sun Field Station was designed to demonstrate how buildings can minimize their negative environmental impacts by reducing the use of virgin materials and achieving net zero carbon emissions. Read more