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Sunday, October 1, 2006

The Economics of Being Environmentally Conscious

This month UNC Public Television is reairing design:e-squared, a six-part television series, narrated by Brad Pitt and produced by kontentreal, that explores global efforts to build structures through sustainable architecture and design. The program originally aired in June.

The first episode, "The Green Apple," demonstrates how the ubiquitous skyscraper can surprisingly be a model of environmental responsibility. In the second episode, architect and activist Sergio Palleroni continues his mission to provide design solutions to humanitarian crisis regions. "The Green Machine" follows Mayor Richard M. Daley as he strives to make Chicago "the greenest city in America." The fourth episode takes the notion of the three R's (reduce, reuse, recycle) to grand proportions by turning Boston's "Big Dig" waste into spectacular residential design. China: from Red to Green?" depicts a country at its tipping point and finds a sustainable solution in Steven Holl’s Beijing project. The final episode, "Deeper Shades of Green," presents some of the most remarkable visionaries who are changing the face of architecture and environmentalism: Ken Yeang, Werner Sobek and William McDonough.

See the related website http://www.design-e2.com/. AutoDesk is sponsoring the
program, and its website dedicated to sustainable design may be found
here.

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