Expansion Will Double Solar Panel Output ||

First Solar, which is presently the largest manufacturer of solar panels in the United States, has officially begun construction of its new and highly-touted manufacturing facility in Lake Township, Ohio – just south of Toledo. The plant, which is less than 10 miles from a current facility in Perrysburg, is expected to be up and running by late next year. The $400 million plant will be capable of producing solar modules with a total of 1.2 GW of annual capacity.

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How London-based studio Made Thought incorporated sustainability and circularity into the core of their work, without sacrificing content or style ||

Sustainability, recycling, and circularity are without a doubt the biggest trend of the year in design. From the Salone del Mobile manifesto decreeing that sustainability was the name of the game at this year’s Milan design week, to David Attenborough’s gut-wrenching Blue Planet II, suddenly we all care about waste. It’s not yet clear if all this recent environmental virtue signalling will result in widespread cultural change, but  there are significant studios taking steps in the right direction.


Smart walls react to human touch, sense activity in room ||

Date: April 23, 2018
Source: Carnegie Mellon University
Summary:  Walls are what they are — sizable, pulseless dividers. With a few applications of conductive paint and some electronics, however, walls can become smart infrastructure that sense human touch, and detect things like gestures and when appliances are used. Researchers found that they could transform insensible walls into smart walls at relatively low cost using simple tools and techniques, such as a paint roller. Read More:

Green buildings must go beyond conserving energy ||

Studies show that LEED buildings are typically 30 percent more efficient than other buildings and have other benefits like reduced air pollution indoors. And at least one study suggests people working in LEED buildings are more productive, according to Delmas. “There is an increase in rent for those that have LEED buildings—about 50 cents per square foot annually,” says Magali Delmas



GlobeBuildings are deceptively complex. At their best, they connect us with the past and represent the greatest legacy for the future. They provide shelter, encourage productivity, embody our culture, and certainly play an important part in life on the planet. In fact, the role of buildings is constantly changing. Buildings today are life support systems, communication and data terminals, centers of education, justice, and community, and so much more. They are incredibly expensive to build and maintain and must constantly be adjusted to function effectively over their life cycle.  wbdg logo

How Downtown L.A. Finally Arrived ||

Intercontinental HotelThe emergence of Downtown Los Angeles, dubbed DTLA, is no news flash: The area has been on the rise since the late 1990s. But that was the start of a long uphill climb. By 2009, it had already undergone the transition from bleak badlands to vibrant cultural mecca, thanks to early pioneers like the L.A. Live entertainment complex and the Standard Hotel. Since then, a slew of new hotels, restaurants, and museums have joined, and the neighborhood is showing no sign of slowing down.

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New studies back up early predictions that human-caused climate change increased the intensity of Hurricane Harvey’s rainfall ||

This week, results from two new studies on Harvey’s rainfall were announced at the American Geophysical Union annual meeting in New Orleans. They back up early predictions that human-caused climate change increased the intensity of the precipitation.

In the first study, published in Geophysical Research Letters, authors looked at the hurricane’s total rainfall and calculated the chances of that volume of rain falling under present climate conditions. Then, they ran their calculations again, but this time looked at the likelihood of that same storm occurring during the 1950s, when there were lower levels of greenhouse gases in the environment.

They thought the increase in rainfall attributable to climate change might be somewhere around six percent. Instead, their analysis suggests that global warming increased the precipitation by at least 19 percent, with around 38 percent being the more likely figure.                                                   Read More: