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In a media landscape oversaturated with positive spins and wannabe design mentors, it's time to get a little straight talk -- and it isn't always pretty. Think of me as your omnipresent overseer of all things A+D. Or think of me as a washed up pattern designer sitting at home playing gin rummy with her cats. Either way.

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Navy Pier Launches International Search for Team to Design Pier's Public Spaces
Navy Pier has taken the first step toward realizing its Centennial Vision for redeveloping the historic attraction, launching an international search for a team or teams to redesign the outdoor public spaces or "Pierscape."

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Web Exclusive: The Natural State of Retail
With its leaf-shaped trellises, skylights and indoor/outdoor design, the Konoha Mall in Hashimoto, Japan is a prime example of the country’s eco-friendly focus on sustainability and the interconnection between man and nature. The 900,000-square-foot project, designed by the Jerde Partnership and expected to draw six million visitors annually, recently opened for the first time to a crowd of 90,000 people.
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Guardian Partners with ecoScorecard to Provide Sustainability Information
Guardian has announced a partnership with ecoScorecard to give interior designers and architects Guardian InGlass products’ sustainability features and benefits in a free, third-party rating system. Now when designers and architects select Guardian InGlass products, from Berman Glass editions to DiamondGuard to ShowerGuard for a project, they’ll be able to see all of the metrics and certifications associated with them.
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10,000th LEED Building Certified
The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) has announced that the Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI) has certified the 10,000th LEED commercial project. Created in 2000, the LEED green building program has become a global symbol of sustainable building, certifying more than 1.4 million square feet of new and existing buildings every day.
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September 6, 2011

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