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Category: Building
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Next generation of smart cities 19.12.2014 CNN: Top Stories
The urban planning equivalent of a Rorschach test, a "Smart City" can be taken to mean almost anything.
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Lego: can this most analogue of toys really be a modern urban planning tool? 18.12.2014 The Guardian -- Front Page
Lego wants to be taken serious by architects, urban planners, even MIT. Can these pricey kids’ toys teach us how to build better cities, or is it all just brand hype? One September day in 2005, the Danish artist Olafur Eliasson set up a few tables in a bustling downtown square in Tirana and unloaded three tonnes of Lego bricks. The Copenhagen-born, Berlin-based artist, known for his enormous, immersive installations – he once installed a gigantic, glowing sun at Tate Modern – included simple instructions: residents of the crumbling Albanian capital, which was recovering from the end of communist rule in 1990, were to construct their visions for the city’s future out of Lego. “Building a stable society,” Eliasson said, “is only possible with the involvement and co-operation of each individual.” As the days passed, everyone from kids to adults, passers-by to committed users, gradually turned the plastic rubble into a glistening white Lego metropolis. Part art installation, part crowdsourced sculpture, part ...
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Urban, Touchstone combine forces in real estate 18.12.2014 Seattle Times: Business & Technology
Urban Renaissance Group, a leading real-estate investment manager, has acquired Touchstone, a commercial developer with projects in South Lake Union and other city hotspots.
Community solar gardens go rural 17.12.2014 Minnesota Public Radio: Business
In Center City, Pelican Rapids and other outstate Minnesota cities, entrepreneurs and utilities are building community solar gardens that let residents invest in solar without putting panels on their roofs.
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Boeing 737 factory to move to clean energy 17.12.2014 Seattle Times: Business & Technology
Boeing plans to buy renewable energy credits to replace fossil-fuel power at its Renton plant.
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Some Minnesotans garden under the snow 17.12.2014 Star Tribune: Latest
Season-extending structures are helping some Minnesota gardeners defy winter.
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Boeing 737 factory to move to clean energy 17.12.2014 Seattle Times: Top stories
Boeing plans to buy renewable energy credits to replace fossil-fuel power at its Renton plant.
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What kind of climate deal will we get in Lima? – podcast transcript 15.12.2014 Guardian: Environment

With the stakes higher than ever for a climate deal at talks in Peru next week, we talk to some of the key players in Lima

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In global climate talks, some major polluters drag their feet 12.12.2014 L.A. Times - World News
Recent commitments by the world's major polluters to cut emissions have added fresh momentum to international climate talks, but foot-dragging persists among the next tier of polluters, including India, Brazil, Canada and Australia.
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£24m Green Deal fund exhausted in a day 11.12.2014 Guardian: Environment
Solid wall insulation element of £30m Home Improvement Fund closes but consumers can still apply for other energy efficiency measures, reports BusinessGreen Just a day after re-opening its popular Green Deal Home Improvement Fund (GDHIF) the government has been forced to close applications to a £24m pot allocated for solid wall insulation, following a rush of applications. The Department of Energy and Climate Change (Decc) yesterday launched a second phase of the GDHIF, offering households up to £5,600 for certain energy savings measures. Of the £30m budget, £24m was earmarked for solid-wall insulation projects and the remaining £6m for households installing selected energy efficiency upgrades, such as double glazing, boilers, cavity wall and floor ...
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UK trade deficit narrows in October 10.12.2014 BBC: Business
The difference between the amount the UK imports and exports narrowed to a seven-month low in October, official data shows.
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FTSE steadies after heavy fall 10.12.2014 BBC: Business
After dropping 2% on Tuesday on worries about the situation in Greece, the FTSE posts a slight gain in early trade.
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BG Group in $5bn pipeline deal 10.12.2014 BBC: Business
UK energy giant BG Group sells an Australian gas pipeline network to APA Group for $5bn (£3.2bn).
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BP expects $1bn restructuring charge 10.12.2014 BBC: Business
Oil giant BP says it expects to incur restructuring charges of about $1bn over the coming year as it seeks to simplify the business.
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Premature UK rate rise a 'huge risk' 10.12.2014 BBC: Business
A premature rise in interest rates could present a "huge risk" to the British economy, the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) warns.
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Daylight robbery? New Scotland Yard is bought for £370m by developer 10.12.2014 The Guardian -- Front Page
Abu Dhabi investor buys famous police headquarters for £370m and says he will replace the block with luxury apartments

Possibly the world’s most famous police headquarters, New Scotland Yard in London, has been sold for £370m to a Middle East investor who plans to replace the 1960s block with luxury apartments.

In a further sign of intense international interest in the London property market, Abu Dhabi Financial Group (ADFG) paid £120m more than the asking price for the block in Westminster, which has housed the Metropolitan police since 1967.

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How the World Trade Center's green ambitions came undone 9.12.2014 Guardian: Environment
Pressure to honour a deal with a high-profile tenant and damage from superstorm Sandy have hit the environmental credentials of the building formerly known as the Freedom Tower, reports The Climate Desk One World Trade Center, or the “Freedom Tower,” as it was formerly known, soars above New York City , filling a void left by the 9/11 terrorist attacks. The brilliant blue-silver facade glints no matter where you are in the city – nothing less than a “beacon of hope, just like the Statue of Liberty,” says the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which runs the site in a joint venture with the Durst Organization , a property business. The tower is the tallest building in the western hemisphere. And it’s also supposed to be one of the greenest – a first on its scale to aim for the US Green Building Council’s LEED gold certification , a coveted prize for sustainable building design. One World Trade Center has lighting that reacts to sunshine, rain harvesting and a state-of-the-art fuel cell ...
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Fuel to the fire? Fuel exports soar under Obama 8.12.2014 AP Politics
GARDI SUGDUP, Panama (AP) -- Solar panels glisten from every thatched hut on this crowded island, one of the largest in this remote chain off the Panamanian coast. But the tiny emblems of green energy offer no hope against climate change....
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The Freedom Tower Was Supposed To Be the Greenest Building in America. So What Went Wrong? 8.12.2014 Mother Jones
One World Trade Center, or the "Freedom Tower," as it was formerly known, soars above New York City, finally filling a void left by the 9/11 terror attacks. The brilliant blue-silver facade glints no matter where you are in the city—nothing less than a "beacon of hope, just like the Statue of Liberty," says the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which runs the site in a joint venture with real estate giant the Durst Organization. The tower is now the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere. And it's also supposed to be one of the greenest— a first on its scale to aim for the US Green Building Council's LEED gold certification , a coveted prize for sustainable building design. One World Trade Center features lighting that reacts to sunshine, rain harvesting, and a state-of-the-art onsite fuel cell installation, one of the largest of its kind in the world. In 2008, then-New York Gov. David A. Paterson praised this "space-age energy technology," adding, "I can think of few sites in the country ...
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The X and RiverCentre are easy on the environment 4.12.2014 Star Tribune: Local
NHL Commissioner Bettman will be in St. Paul Thursday to mark three green certifications for the convention center and arena.
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