Altering Practices in Design through Community Engagement

submitted by: tahlor.c
This project seeks to identify the benefits in altering current design practices to better social capital, particularly in marginalized communities. It will look at current uses of community engagement through the design process to further sustainability of communities and to build social capital, particularly in affordable housing communities. Through the close study of various Community Development Agencies, interviews with field experts, and comparison of case studies, I hope to establish...
Authors: Tahlor Cleveland

Science Nation - Green Roofs

submitted by: nsf
Ingenuity sprouting from the rooftops The rooftops of Manhattan are as varied as the city itself. A glance at the city skyline reveals a myriad of shapes and colors. Look a little closer and the shapes reveal themselves to be the things we often see rooted on Manhattan buildings, such as water towers, ventilation systems and communications equipment. But, on a few rooftops, something else is taking root--literally. For this and more Science Nation, go to...

Smart Materials for Architecture and Renewable Energy

submitted by: RASEIBoulder
The rapid developments in molecular sciences like nanotechnology, self-organizing molecular systems and biomaterials generate a wealth of new materials and functions. In comparison to electronics and medical sciences, the application of these new materials in architecture and civil engineering remains somewhat underexposed. It is our opinion that new functionalities in optics, responsive mechanics, sensing and adjustable permeation for gases and water might add to new opportunities in...

LEED: Sufficient for National Policy?

submitted by: dcl001

Overview of project on determining LEED's sufficiency for national policy

LEED Certification: Motives for Implementation

submitted by: omfries
This research investigates environmentally friendly buildings and the incentives or disincentives behind their construction. More specifically, this paper describes the incentives to build LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) projects. Current research displays that LEED buildings generate higher rents and sales price. LEED certification also helps to lower building life-cycle costs meaning lower expenditures for utilities and maintenance. This raises two fundamental...

Recovery and Reinvestment Act

submitted by: HC

Analysis of Renewable Solar Energy on a government facility

Biomimicry and the Built Environment

submitted by: Mearon

Biomimicry is a new science that links nature's best designs into human applications. It can be used to solve many problems which humans face in the fields of medicine, transportation, architecture and construction, energy, product design, computer science and network systems management. The science of biomimicry is a newly developing field but the application of biomimicry has been around since the beginning of man.