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August 2004
Sustainable Concepts )
Design Forward Newsletter August 2004
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    Welcome to the August 2004 newsletter from Design Forward. Please take some time to enjoy this month's features.

    Quote of the Month: "Architecture starts when you carefully put two bricks together. There it begins." - Ludwig Mies van der Rohe

    Lisa Van Veen

    New Newsletter Design

    Design Forward has a new newsletter design! We have brought a updated look to our Sustainable Concepts Monthly mailer. If you like or hate our new design or have any other comments on our new newsletter.

    Chicago Green

    The urban landscape and famous skyline of Chicago is not a likely candidate for the greenest city. But Mayor Richard Daley has declared his intention to make Chicago "the greenest city in America." This has prompted demonstration projects, exhibits, initiatives, and policy changes throughout the city. "Chicago Green" incorporates 15 green projects in Chicago or by Chicago architects - including townhouse in Lincoln Park to renovating Mies van der Rohe's building at the Illinois Institute of Technology.

    Chicago also launched an initiative to create new, low-cost homes with sustainable features. Under Green Homes for Chicago, developers can buy abandoned property from the city for a nominal $1. In return, builders must keep the home price within a cap, so that the new house is affordable for low- income purchasers. The program began with a competition for the best single-family green home designs, which drew proposals from 73 applicants in six countries. The city built five demonstration houses from the winning plans. The goal is to demonstrate that green energy features can be incorporated into lower-priced homes, and that solar energy is not just a luxury for the wealthy homeowner.

    Senators Propose Green Building Legislation

    Two senators are working to put more federal resources toward green building, including $10 million in grants to state and local education agencies for implementing green technology in schools and $2 million for a new Office of High-Performance Green Buildings housed at the General Services Administration (GSA) that would promote public outreach, research and development, and budget and life-cycle analysis of sustainable buildings. The legislation also aims to coordinate federal green building efforts, create incentives for federal green building purchases and practices, and support the market for green building.

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