Architecture http://www.kplu.org en Seattle Architect Giving Up Designing Million-Dollar Houses To Help The Homeless http://www.kplu.org/post/seattle-architect-giving-designing-million-dollar-houses-help-homeless <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Rex </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Hohlbein</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> had been designing luxurious homes for more than two decades when his life began to shift.</span></p><p>He began inviting homeless people into the office of his architecture firm to warm up, use the bathroom and get a cup of coffee. Pretty soon, he found it hard to spend his days designing million-dollar homes when he was meeting so many people he found sleeping in tents or under a doorway.</p><p> Fri, 27 Dec 2013 13:00:00 +0000 Ashley Gross 12065 at http://www.kplu.org Seattle Architect Giving Up Designing Million-Dollar Houses To Help The Homeless Latest in 'living building' green design: Self-sustaining classroom http://www.kplu.org/post/latest-living-building-green-design-self-sustaining-classroom <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A prototype of a self-sustaining portable classroom has arrived at a parking lot in Seattle’s South Lake Union neighborhood.</span></p><p>The classroom is meant to set a higher bar for schools by demonstrating they can meet the highest standard of green building design, the <a href="http://living-future.org/lbc/about" target="_blank">Living Building Challenge</a>, fairly quickly.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 20 May 2013 12:01:00 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 8794 at http://www.kplu.org Latest in 'living building' green design: Self-sustaining classroom How green can you go? Seattle celebrates Deep Green building http://www.kplu.org/post/how-green-can-you-go-seattle-celebrates-deep-green-building <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Seattle is leading the way in environmentally-sound building design. Sweden’s international construction firm </span><a href="http://www.skanska.com/" style="line-height: 1.5;">Skanska</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;has broken ground on a building in Fremont that promises to bring a whole <a href="http://www.seattle.gov/DPD/Permits/GreenPermitting/Overview/default.asp">new level of green</a> to the city.&nbsp;</span></p> Wed, 30 Jan 2013 16:03:26 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 7677 at http://www.kplu.org How green can you go? Seattle celebrates Deep Green building Designers hope to prevent "lost" in the hospital with "wayfinding" http://www.kplu.org/post/designers-hope-prevent-lost-hospital-wayfinding <p></p><p>Getting lost in an airport or giant hospital can be like getting lost in a giant maze. So, there's a risk when a hospital remodels and abandons its familiar landmarks.</p><p>But, Seattle Children’s hospital is hoping its <a href="http://www.seattlechildrens.org/wayfinding/">new navigation system</a> is better--and even will reduce stress and be fun.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 21 Jan 2013 20:41:00 +0000 Keith Seinfeld 7594 at http://www.kplu.org Designers hope to prevent "lost" in the hospital with "wayfinding" 'Upcycling' is taking recycling to a higher level http://www.kplu.org/post/upcycling-taking-recycling-higher-level <p>You already know what &nbsp;recycling &nbsp;is.&nbsp;Soon you will start hearing more about upcycling.&nbsp;No, it doesn’t involve going up a steep hill on a bike. Upcycling&nbsp;is one of the focuses of this week's <a href="http://seattledesignfestival.org/">Seattle Design Festival</a> and a good example of what it is can be found&nbsp;in an old wooden warehouse in Seattle’s SODO neighborhood.&nbsp;</p><p> Mon, 17 Sep 2012 05:56:06 +0000 Jennifer Wing 6355 at http://www.kplu.org 'Upcycling' is taking recycling to a higher level Can a Seattle building save the world? http://www.kplu.org/post/can-seattle-building-save-world <p>Seattle&rsquo;s greenest building &ndash; on paper, <a href="http://bullittcenter.org/news/blog">since it is still under construction</a> &ndash; jumps back into the news with this headline from MSNBC:</p><p>&ldquo;<a href="http://usnews.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/03/20/10226909-could-this-30-million-green-tower-be-the-future-of-world-cities">Could this $30 million green tower be the future of world cities?</a>&rdquo;</p><p> Wed, 21 Mar 2012 22:55:14 +0000 Jake Ellison 4519 at http://www.kplu.org Can a Seattle building save the world?