In this special report, we profile architects and firms, and their projects. We'll look at the long-term benefits of green building design and focus on what it takes to design a building that stands the test of time.

  • Window film can make a difference in energy conservation

    According to the California Energy Commission, 30 percent of a building's cooling requirements are a function of heat entering through existing glass. Stopping heat at the window is the most effective means of lowering temperatures and reducing HVAC operating cost. In new construction, reducing heat at the window can mean the need for smaller and less expensive HVAC systems.

  • IKEA San Diego supports 'green' movement by developing stricter manufacturing and supply standards

    Whenever there is any discussion about going "green," the term used for sustainable design and construction practices that minimize impacts on the environment, it is usually in reference to new or existing buildings. But the term is also being applied now to other sectors like industry, where manufacturing and supply processes are becoming an important part of the movement's growing popularity and political correctness.

  • Community health center creates ideal environment for delivering effective health care

    When construction of the new 32,000-square-foot La Maestra Community Health Center is completed in late-2006, the three-story facility in the 4000 block of Fairmount Avenue in City Heights will be the first community health center in San Diego, and among the first in the country, to be designed and built "green" from the ground up.

  • The green tide

    Maybe you weren't around when R. Buckminster Fuller was espousing the virtue of efficiency and social equality inherent in responsible design thinking. Maybe you were around, but have long forgotten the energy crisis of the 1970s - that is, until your most recent trip to the pumps. But surely you can't overlook today's headlines (and buried articles alike) that bring to the fore the challenges we face today as a consequence of our actions, as well as our inactions.

  • Pacific Cornerstone Architects moves into new Sorrento Valley offices

    Pacific Cornerstone Architects (PCA), a rapidly growing San Diego-based commercial and residential architectural firm, has moved into its newly renovated office building at 4105 Sorrento Valley Blvd.

  • New York City apartment remodeling makes for raging inflation

    In Manhattan, where two-bedroom apartments now average $1.5 million, remodeling costs have jumped at least 50 percent in five years as building managers dictate everything from where to put appliances to when carpenters can play the radio.

  • Some schools turning focus to smaller learning communities

    School districts in California are involved in the biggest building boom in history, thanks to voters' approval of more than $25 billion worth of school construction bonds during the past three years.

  • John Laing Homes wins for Rosemary Lane community

    John Laing Homes is best known for creating meaningful communities for its homebuyers. Quality crafted homes, inspired architecture and functional layouts have earned John Laing Homes' San Diego division top accolades for the second year at the building industry's largest gathering.

  • Case Group Architects celebrates 10 years, plans for continued success

    This year, Solana Beach-based Case Group Architects Inc. is celebrating 10 years serving the Southern California building industry. Rather than hosting a party for clients or resting on past laurels, the firm is throwing its celebratory energy into continued self-improvement - a telltale characteristic of the success that bodes well for the company's next decade as an industry leader.

  • Better living through Universal Design

    Imagine a world - your work or home - where everything from lighting and fixtures to hallways and entryways, is designed to meet the needs of all people with various abilities and limitations: young and old, short and tall, healthy and infirm.

  • Three historical Liberty Station buildings undergoing renovation

    A new medical campus is set to emerge from three historic buildings at the former Naval Training Center, and the change in use won't be that great.

  • A field of remembrance: Winning plan for Flight 93 memorial announced

    WASHINGTON (AP) -- A design consisting of a chapel with 40 metallic wind chimes was chosen as a permanent memorial to the victims of Flight 93, which was hijacked on Sept. 11, 2001 and crashed in a Pennsylvania field, officials said Wednesday.

  • Battling to preserve old L.A.

    Los Angeles has lots of properties that may consider historical for one reason or another, and its seems many of those properties are under siege.

  • Amid urban surroundings, Chicago opens 'green' school with living roof

    CHICAGO (AP) -- Youngsters at Tarkington elementary started their first day of classes Tuesday at a school where flowering plants grow on the roof. It's one of the nation's small but growing number of environmentally friendly schools, a stand-out because it sits in a major city better known for towers of steel and concrete.

  • Ground Zero rebuilding begins with transit hub

    NEW YORK -- Rebuilding of New York's World Trade Center officially began Tuesday with groundbreaking on a $2.2 billion transportation hub, four years after the 2001 terrorist attack that destroyed the twin towers, killing 2,749 people.

  • Australian developer proposes condominium tower for National City

    Australia-based Constellation Property Group, which already has major projects in the works in San Diego, unveiled plans for a 371-unit, high-rise condominium complex called Revolution that will be developed along National City Boulevard between 11th and 12th streets in National City.

  • Homebuilders adding technology from the ground up

    Homebuilders sold $11 billion worth of technology products in 2004 and expect sales to increase 10 to 12 percent this year, according to Parks Associates' "2004 Builder Survey."

  • J&J La Jolla facility receives LEED certification

    Johnson & Johnson Pharmaceutical's La Jolla research and development facility in La Jolla will receive Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification in the new building category from the U.S. Green Building Council on Monday.

  • Urban condo developers enlisting renowned architects

    CINCINNATI -- Some buildings sweep to the sky in eye-catching twists and turns, while the mirrored exteriors of others reflect surrounding landscapes.

  • Wal-Mart opens 'green' Supercenter designed for environment

    BENTONVILLE, Ark. -- Wal-Mart Stores Inc., the world's biggest retailer, has opened the first of two test supercenters designed to protect the environment and save energy.

  • Redesigned Freedom Tower unveiled for New York

    NEW YORK CITY -- A new design for New York City's Freedom Tower, the successor to the World Trade Center and centerpiece of a $12 billion rebuilding effort, was made public Wednesday after police criticized security of the previous plans.

  • Big-box retailers embrace new designs to fit into communities

    NEW YORK -- When Wal-Mart Stores Inc. (NYSE: WMT) began looking around Freehold, N.J., company officials assumed it could just move into town with a standard super center and Sam's Club warehouse store. They were wrong.

National News

  • A field of remembrance: Winning plan for Flight 93 memorial announced

    WASHINGTON (AP) -- A design consisting of a chapel with 40 metallic wind chimes was chosen as a permanent memorial to the victims of Flight 93, which was hijacked on Sept. 11, 2001 and crashed in a Pennsylvania field, officials said Wednesday.

  • Battling to preserve old L.A.

    Los Angeles has lots of properties that may consider historical for one reason or another, and its seems many of those properties are under siege.

  • Amid urban surroundings, Chicago opens 'green' school with living roof

    CHICAGO (AP) -- Youngsters at Tarkington elementary started their first day of classes Tuesday at a school where flowering plants grow on the roof. It's one of the nation's small but growing number of environmentally friendly schools, a stand-out because it sits in a major city better known for towers of steel and concrete.

  • Ground Zero rebuilding begins with transit hub

    NEW YORK -- Rebuilding of New York's World Trade Center officially began Tuesday with groundbreaking on a $2.2 billion transportation hub, four years after the 2001 terrorist attack that destroyed the twin towers, killing 2,749 people.

  • Urban condo developers enlisting renowned architects

    CINCINNATI -- Some buildings sweep to the sky in eye-catching twists and turns, while the mirrored exteriors of others reflect surrounding landscapes.

Archived Reports

Architecture & Design - 2009

Explore the latest innovations in interior design, landscape, architecture, space planning and more.

Architecture & Design - 2008

Updates on the latest projects, ideas and trends in interior design, landscape, architecture, space planning and more.

Architecture & Design - 2007

Catch up with this creative industry with the latest issues and trends in style, materials, landscaping, interior design and more.

Architecture & Design - SD Green

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