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Good Design is Design for All

Sustainability is a relative measurement. As a guiding principle, its pursuit is defined by what was built, and what can ultimately be maintained.  It’s a threshold with an ever changing target, a point of compromise between our heritage and our values. Sustainability is a conversation, and its conflicting priorities are foundational to advancing ever higher […]

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Architecture Trending

To the outside observer, architecture probably does not seem a dynamic profession. Inside the profession, however, practicing architecture has been about managing the pace of change over the past generation. Not all change has been good (see, fee erosion and schedule compression) and not all has been bad. It usually requires the perspective of a decade or so to judge whether or not something was a trend […]

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Green Building Update: No Turning Back

When Richard Piacentini and the board of Phipps began planning for the conversion of the former public works garage into an exhibit staging center, there was no discussion of delivering the project in a manner other than to the most rigorous environmental standards. Rather than viewing the Center for Sustainable Landscapes as a one-off demonstration […]

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Phipps’ Center for Sustainable Landscapes Achieves Living Building Challenge Certification

Pittsburgh, Pa. — A world leader in sustainable innovation, Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens has achieved the Living Building Challenge™ for its Center for Sustainable Landscapes (CSL), a facility that houses groundbreaking sustainability research and science education programs, and serves as a key part of the public garden’s immersive visitor experience. In producing all of […]

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