Green ArchiTEXT

Writing about sustainable design: architecture, interiors, engineering, landscape architecture, construction and urban planning to transform the built environment.

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Life as a Tree

Ten years later, the Adam Joseph Lewis Center for Environmental Studies at Oberlin College continues to evolve.

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A World of Firsts

At PNC Firstside Center, the first LEED-certified building for PNC Bank and Astorino, green isn’t just the color of money.

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Bridge of Possibilities

Through its design and modified operations and maintenance practices, the William J. Clinton Presidential Center & Park achieved LEED certification twice.

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Beyond the Building

Large-scale lessons from the Lloyd Crossing Sustainable urban Design Plan and Catalyst Project.

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Continuous Experimentation: Q&A with William McDonough

William McDonough + Partners in Charlottesville, Va., are recognized names in green architecture. Through a body of work that includes designs for Gap, Herman Miller, and Nike, McDonough and his firm have explored architecture that supports nature, grows over time, and contains a clear intent to incorporate safe materials.

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Branching Out

A new public library gives a downtown Washington, D.C. neighborhood an anchor for the future.


Architecture as Education: Q&A with Oberlin's David Orr

“I once asked a class whether there is such a thing as ‘soul’ in buildings,” writes David W. Orr in Design on the Edge, his account of creating the Adam Joseph Lewis Center at Oberlin College—one of t...

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Swords to Ploughshares

The adaptive reuse of the Thoreau Center for Sustainability transformed a military hospital into offices for environmentally conscious nonprofit organizations.

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Green Catalyst: Chicago Center for Green Technology

A 2003 AIA COTE Top Ten project, the Chicago Center for Green Technology may have helped kick-start the city's green-building boom.

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Mithun's Pier 56 Office: Work in Progress

At Seattle's Pier 56, Mithun set about instilling a sense of place while creating a sustainable future. Ten years after move-in day, the office continues to act as a living laboratory.

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Where Biology Meets Building: Tyson Living Learning Center

Tyson Living Learning Center steps up to the Living Building Challenge.