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Topeka Refits Traffic Lights With LEDs

NEW YORK, NY -- (MARKET WIRE) Light Waves Concept, Inc., a New York-based manufacturer and retailer of light emitting diode (LED) bulbs and fixtures, has developed a custom LED bulb to be used in retrofitting all the walk signals in the city of Topeka, KS. The project, financed by federal funds, is indicative of a nationwide push toward energy conservation through the use of LED light sources. The Head of Topeka's Traffic Engineering Department worked closely with Light Waves Concept's design team to create the new bulb, which has a medium base capable of fitting into any standard Edison light fixture. The bulb uses an innovative design to evenly space the light behind the signals while using only 10% of the energy previously expended by them.

- Market Wire

Architalx Lectures to Feature Leading Designers

The Architalx lecture series resumes at the Portland Museum of Art this week with a focus on contributions that architects, landscape architects and engineers can make toward reducing the increasing stress on the earth's resources. A leading environmental designer, Stefan Behnisch, a principal with the German firm that bears his name, will kick off the series with a lecture titled "Living Globally: Examining Sustainability Part 2." Other series speakers will include:  

·        April 21: Guy Battle from the firm Battle McCarthy of London, England. Battle McCarthy are consulting engineers who specialize in the integration of sustainable design with renewable energy solutions. Current projects include the Freedom Tower in New York City, which incorporates the first urban vertical wind farm.

·        April 28: David Lake of Lake/Flato, of San Antonio, Texas. Lake/ Flato designs energy-conserving buildings that range from unpretentious rural houses to large-scale urban revitalization projects. American Institute of Architects honored Lake/Flato as Firm of the Year in 2004.

·        May 5: Shlomo Aronson of Shlomo Aronson & Associates, Jerusalem. Aronson's 35-year career in landscape architecture has focused on the pragmatic and aesthetic possibilities of working with ecologically stressed and historically rich landscapes.

- Portland Press Herald

Koolhaas Wins EU Architecture Prize

Rem Koolhaas of the Netherlands has won the European Union's prestigious Mies van der Rohe architecture prize for his design of the Dutch embassy in Berlin. The €50,000 ($65,000) prize is awarded every two years for architecture that shows "excellence and innovation in the conceptual, technical and constructional qualities of European works." Koolhaas was selected by an international panel of nine judges headed by Zaha Hadid, the Baghdad-born architect who won the 2003 prize for her streetcar terminal in Strasbourg, France. This year's shortlist also included Swiss Re headquarters in London; the Selfridges & Co department store in Birmingham, England; Barcelona's Forum 2004 esplanade and the Braga municipal stadium in Portugal. The €10,000 ($13,000) prize for up-and-coming architects was awarded to Pieter Bannenberg, Walter van Dijk, Kamiel Klaasse and Mark Linnemann for their BasketBar, combining a cafe and rooftop basketball court in Utrecht.

- The Associated Press