Author Archive | Natalie Stewart

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Mel Chin Illustrates the Value of a Life

Art is typically described as an individual pursuit. It’s a creative vision, a personal expression with neither bounds nor required process. Science on the other hand is highly regulated, reviewed by peers and evaluated for strict adherence to precedent.  And yet, at this unusual intersection stands one of the most influential artists of our generation […]

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Erica and Najeeb Hameen

An Evening of Emerald Memories

Between the carved arches of the stunningly restored MuseumLab, a community of colleagues found a moment to stand still. Schedules and to do lists were put to bed, smart watches (mostly) tucked away. And what was left was the sheer joy of a family getting back together. On September 19th, more than 350 of our […]

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Vivian Loftness is Design, Quantified

With a career spanning more than four decades, Dr. Vivian Loftness is an internationally renowned expert in environmental and climactic design. This is not in question. She has worked from Canada to Finland to Greece as a researcher, professor, and designer, with a brief break to create the United States’ first PhD program in building […]

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Jane Werner Children's Museum

MuseumLab Carves Space for Radical Reinvention

Tucked beneath the stately granite entrance to the world’s first Carnegie Library, an unassuming sign marks a new kind of place. Neither an exhumed monument nor a flashy modernist sculpture, MuseumLabTM makes art from decay, sculpting its history into a breathtaking demonstration of innovation and ingenuity. MuseumLab is GBA’s 2019 Vanguard award winner, and true […]

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Pittsburgh UN Center of Excellence for High Performance Building

Announcing GBA’s 2019 Emerald Evening Awardees

GBA is honored to present our 5 awardees for the 2019 Emerald Evening Gala, in addition to inaugurating Pittsburgh’s UN Center of Excellence on High Performance Building. After an extensive and exhaustive selection process, GBA is honoring 5 people and projects that have transformed communities across the region, demonstrating boldness of leadership and ingenuity of […]

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The Ever Shifting Line

Change is constantly happening around us. In nature as in building, we continually evolve, shaping our choices to the contours of an ever-shifting world. At Green Building Alliance, our work moves with the communities we support. We are constantly rethinking how we create, reconfiguring and redesigning the multitude of pieces that create our vision of […]

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Pittsburgh glass recycling

What Happened to Pittsburgh’s Glass Recycling?

On January 1st, 2019, Pittsburgh area recycling bins were rocked by a tremendous scandal. As they waited patiently for curbside pick-up, they were struck by the uncanny notion that something was missing.  As of January 1st, that something was glass. Many residents in the greater Pittsburgh area have by now received notification that glass is […]

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2018 Emerald Evening

A Letter to the Future

From the very beginning, green building has been an effort of inspired individuals.  Every project and every building can be traced to a particular person who wanted to create something better. The results, of course, are immortalized in concrete, in the stunning and intricate structures that form the fabric of our cities. But the movement […]

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Vivian Loftness

Vivian Loftness on the Future of Architecture

Surrounded by a blooming garden, renowned researcher, author, and educator Professor Vivian Loftness illuminates the future of 21st century building. With a more than 30 year career spanning environmental design, advanced building systems integration, climate and regionalism in architecture, and indoor environmental health, Dr. Loftness has dedicated her life to ensuring that everyone has access […]

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