The Buchstabenmuseum is an NGO dedicated to preserving, restoring and exhibiting old signs from Berlin and around the world. Its owners save obsolete letters from the dump and instead tell their stories. It is a museum like no other!
London's successful bid for the Olympic 2012 Games was based on its commitment to a sustainable legacy: maintaining and reusing the buildings for athletic and community use after the big event. Happily, sanity has prevailed and
We always say that the greenest brick is the one already in the wall: that it's better to revamp or refurbish an existing building than to build an entirely new one, even if the newcomer is as green as can be. Now the
The City of Providence is staging a limited design competition to select the designer for the Providence River Pedestrian Bridge that will replace the old Interstate 195 Bridge that spans the Providence River.
Over 40% of our energy consumption goes into powering our buildings, and we all know that we have to cut that Godzilla-sized footprint. But it seems that most of our efforts go to looking at new stuff rather than fixing the
I was saddened when Richard Moe announced his retirement as president of the National Trust for Historic Preservation; he was a huge influence, a strong and early voice delivering a message that the greenest building is the one already standing, that
It's the Venice Biennale again, the celebrity and champagne studded art fair, where it's not clear whether the parties or the art are what's on show. Each country has a pavilion on the shores of the magical city, and each pavilion
Yesterday I wrote about the possible loss of Michigan Central Station in Detroit, which I considered a tragedy. Citizens of Detroit disagreed, saying that there was no money, there were other greater needs, and that it was too far gone to be saved.
Richard Moe at Greenbuild
Richard Moe is the president of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. He is concerned that many of our old buildings will be sacrificed on the altar of energy conservation. He writes an op-ed in the New York
Zaha and Rem don't do building restoration; it is green and creates a lot of jobs, but it's not cool and doesn't get you on the cover of the right magazines. Even at a conference like Greenbuild the subject doesn't
Eleanor Roosevelt opened Greenhills, Ohio in 1938- "a healthier, more verdant environment, with shopping, recreation and nearly 200 small modernist apartment buildings and houses surrounded by a forest." They were in the National Register of Historic
It is nice to see that Al Gore's We Can Solve It people get the benefits of renovation and upgrading as well as new green building. Not only does it reduce our carbon footprint, but creates more jobs- as Donovan Rypkema pointed our earlier, new
TreeHugger is full of photovoltaic glass and ground source heat pumps, but ultimately all of those "green gizmos", as Donovan Rypkema called them, cost a lot of money to buy and to maintain. But he is just one of a growing movement of architects who
I really felt sorry for Richard Moe, and a bit angry, too. Here he is, the keynote speaker for Thursday morning, with a hall that can seat thousands, and there are maybe two hundred people. Downstairs they are crowding in to other seminars on how to