Historic Mental Hospital Transforming Into City Central Park
The largest park project in America can be found in Raleigh, NC. (Which also happens to be the location of our American Training Solutions US offices.) The former director of the NYC Parks Department calls it "the most exciting and important urban park project in America today." Click below to see more from the team led by  Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates.
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Reforestation and tree growth exceeds harvesting by this percentage. source: ThinkWood
Twitter Drawing Winners
This morning we randomly drew two names from our Twitter followers to win a free day of continuing-education seminars. Congratulations to Ruth K . from Calgary and Anne S . from Georgia. Stay tuned for future giveaways!
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The Expectation of Carbon-Neutral Design
Climate change is a hot topic…and with good reason.

Signed in 2016, the Paris Agreement sits at the center of the fight against global climate change. Ultimately, its end goal is to ensure that global temperatures don’t rise more than 2° C above pre-industrial levels. Reaching 2° C could mean catastrophic weather outcomes like drought, floods, extreme heat, and poverty for millions of people. The “point-of-no-return” date for a global transition to clean energy sources is 2030.

And while the Paris Agreement sets a 2 degree rise in temperature as the limit, a recent report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) challenges that. Last October, the IPCC warned us that an increase of just 1.5° C is enough to cause those major impacts across the globe.

Today, we’re currently at 1° C above the pre-industrial benchmark.

The push for reducing greenhouse gas emissions is top priority, and the building industry, one of the top contributors of those emissions, must step up. Approximately 33% of energy used in North America is attributed to heating, cooling, and operating buildings.

Architects play a key role as influencers in the design of carbon-neutral buildings. ....

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