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Ivory Towers of Debt |
"No wonder, then that university presidents are enamored with flashy construction projects which are much easier to justify to boards than equitably-paid faculty or low tuition for students (indeed, both of these are at odds with the sort of mentality that Ho observes on Wall Street: employees are always disposable and any university that keeps tuition down must be failing to charge apporpriately for its services).* After a few years at a university, the building-enamored president moves on to bigger and better digs, leaving faculty to struggle to get grants to fill buildings that shouldn't have been built in the first place."
academia  university  building  architecture  money  financial-services 
april 2011 by tsuomela
Energy and the Empire State | Miller-McCune Online
The King Kong of buildings makes efficiency pay, but how much energy renovation should come from regulators?
building  environment  architecture  retrofit  energy 
may 2010 by tsuomela
Lowering the Ceiling on Roof Energy Losses: Scientific American Podcast
Via a proprietary technique, the researchers turn waste cooking oil into a liquid polymer, which hardens after application. As a roof coating, the polymer can reflect or absorb depending on conditions: it changes reflectivity at a particular temperature and so goes from reflecting light and emitting heat in the dog days to absorbing light and retaining heat in the cold.
energy  technology  efficiency  housing  sustainability  building  architecture 
march 2010 by tsuomela
Huh?! 4 Cases Of How Tearing Down A Highway Can Relieve Traffic Jams (And Save Your City) » INFRASTRUCTURIST
One example is reducing traffic congestion by eliminating roads. Though our transportation planners still operate from the orthodoxy that the best way to untangle traffic is to build more roads, doing so actually proves counterproductive in some cases. There is even a mathematical theorem to explain why: “The Braess Paradox” (which sounds rather like a Robert Ludlum title) established that the addition of extra capacity to a road network often results in increased congestion and longer travel times.
transportation  infrastructure  network  technology-effects  building 
july 2009 by tsuomela
Concrete Being Remixed With Environment in Mind -
Advances in concrete manufacturing, features the new 35W bridge in Minneapolis.
building  transportation  manufacturing  infrastructure 
april 2009 by tsuomela
Stick Stuck
Article on building codes and modular home construction in America.
housing  urbanism  design  architecture  building  america 
february 2009 by tsuomela

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