19 May '11, 1am

The Big 1: Conde Nast Inks To Anchor LEED Gold 1 WTC: In a basic sense, there’s no such thing as forgetting abo...

In a basic sense, there’s no such thing as forgetting about 1 World Trade Center. But while we know what the SOM-designed 1 World Trade Center will look like (and if you’ve forgotten, you can always look up), of course, and its green features and LEED Gold certification have been known for some time, there’s still something of a challenge in thinking of the ambitious and incredibly long-gestating project as anything but an abstraction. Nearly a decade after September 11, things are belatedly happening at Ground Zero, but everything about 1 World Trade Center — the weird kitsch of its 1,776-foot height, the awesome and awesomely stymied Frank Gehry-designed Ground Zero Cultural Center, the depressing sideshow over the non-Ground Zero non-mosque last summer — still feels strange and un-concrete and a little bit embarrassing. Which makes it that much more welcome, to those of...

Full article: http://www.greenbuildingsNYC.com/2011/05/18/the-big-1-con...

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5 Reasons Why GRI is the New LEED

5 Reasons Why GRI is the New LEED

triplepundit.com 19 May '11, 8pm

As if that weren’t enough, GRI has one additional reason it’s set apart from the crowd – one that’s particularly important...