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Obama‚Äôs audacious public works
December 15, 2008, 8:02 pm
Filed under: Design, Economy, North America, Politics, Transportation

In the Boston Globe, Bob Campbell comments on Barack Obama’s proposed public works program: “The audacity of hope for better public works.”

In his radio announcement, Obama mentioned roads and bridges, sewer systems, schools, mass transit, electrical grids, dams and other public utilities, windmills and solar panels, and expanded access to the Internet.

Nothing in there specifically about architecture.


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Virgin Galactic
July 30, 2008, 7:39 am
Filed under: Green, Transportation
Virgin Galactic

Virgin Galactic

It sounds like a bad sci-fi porn movie, but no, its Richard Branson’s venture into space travel.

More than 250,000 people have prepaid the 100,000 British pound fare, including one man who cashed in all his Virgin frequent flier miles.

Branson expects flights to begin in about 18 months.

  1. Videos on the BBC website.
  2. Huff Po
  3. Tree Hugger

For information on Branson’s Green initiatives, see the New Yorker profile “Branson’s Luck” (abstract only available online), his eco-resort in the Caribbean, Virgin Green, and the New York Times article “Thinking Green While Sifting through the Sand.”

  1. Richard Branson

    Richard Branson



Pimp my Prius
July 10, 2008, 3:52 pm
Filed under: Design, Green, Transportation

Toyota is adding photovoltaic panels to the Prius.

From MarketWatch / Wall Street Journal online:

Toyota Motor Corp. plans to install a solar power generation system on its Prius hybrid car, when the vehicle goes through a complete makeover as early as next spring, according to a media report Monday.

The move will make Toyota the first major automaker to install a popular model with solar panels. The redesigned Prius will have solar panels on the roof, which will supply part of the two to five kilowatts needed to power the air-conditioning unit, the Nikkei business daily reported.