October 10, 2007

Oct. 10, 2007
October 10, 2007
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Museum Serene Temple of Green
The Grand Rapids Art Museum demonstrates that elegance and environmentalism are not incompatible. Its concrete, glass, and aluminum skin houses three stacked gallery towers with squared-off skylights hovering above. Inside the $75 million structure, light from a nearby courtyard and adjoining reflecting pool illuminates a two-story lobby. With their mix of natural and artificial light, galleries are architecturally assertive containers that do not overwhelm their contents.
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PHOTO: Nic LehouxPerformance-driven InnovationThe San Francisco Federal Building rethinks the U.S. office building through a quirky and unpretentiously innovative design that is at the same time outlandishly green. Technology enhances and enlivens the structure: Operable windows and automated ventilation panels respond to changes in weather and interior temperature; its north façade employs fixed translucent glass for shading and diffusing sunlight; and a cast-in-place floor system enhances airflow and increases surface area for thermal exchange. Read the complete article …

Hospitals Use Palm Readers

Some hospitals are expanding biometric technology to include patient identification. Hospitals in North Carolina and New York are using palm scanners and fingerprint scanners to register patients and identify them at subsequent visits. But this effort to secure patient information could present a privacy risk.
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The Beauty of Designing Sustainable Terrazzo Flooring
Terrazzo floors have been around for centuries and have been the original recycled flooring. Today, technology and green design have pushed it back into the spotlight. Terrazzo is “green” in its durability, composition, recycled content, and air quality issues.
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Crystalline-shaped Towers to Adorn Vegas Strip

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Transit Authority Takes Ride on Green Side
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October 03, 2007 Museum Connects Campus, Community
September 26, 2007 Thom Talks
September 19, 2007 Libya Unveils Ecotourism Project
September 12, 2007 High-Tech Hospital Has Historic, Maritime Flavor
September 05, 2007 Green Newspaper Building Makes Cents
August 29, 2007 Taking Green to the Bank
August 22, 2007 Where Art Thou Romeo?
August 15, 2007 Museum Re-enacts History’s Heroism

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