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Jan 23, 2012

Catch up on last week’s top headlines!

Top 10 States for LEED Green Buildings (Sustainable Cities)

USGBC released the top 10 states with the most LEED-certified building square footage per capita. D.C leads the nation while WA State comes in at #5. 

The Ten Best Preservation Projects in the Last Five Years (Planetizen)

Featuring buildings from across the country, and one outside the U.S., Nyren lists the top projects that brought back “valuable community resources from decline and neglect.”

Climate Action Planning Is Good Community Planning (Sustainable Cities) 

Why should a local community create and implement a comprehensive policy to decrease greenhouse gas emissions and adapt to climate change?

More walkable urban development is good. But is it good enough? (Sustainable Cities) 

Kaid Benfield discusses density: “We should be advocating density that appeals to more people, that we and future generations can be proud of.”

Ever wonder why LA’s skyline is so bland? Apparently it was planned that way…

Lock a bike to a post. Take a picture daily for 1 year. This is what happens…

Basic House (Inhabitat)

Basic House Is a Golden Self-Inflating Home That Fits in Your Pocket!

Preparing Cities for Seniors (Sustainable Cities)

The World Health Organization has recognized the need for cities to prepare for an ageing population and in 2010 created the Global Network of Age-Friendly Cities.

David Schalliol’s photographs of abandoned places around the country are intended to be testaments to various social forces that have broken down urban places in recent years.

Self Destruction, By Design (Christian Science Monitor)

Architects hope to protect buildings by letting them rumble instead of crumble. A new design feature would sacrifice itself during an earthquake without harming anything else.

The era when low-cost driving made far-flung living – 30-minute car trips to work, 20 minutes to the mall (plus another 10 for parking) – easy and attractive is fading fast.