Brian Libby

Tokyo Style

Uniqlo hires Japan’s hottest retail designer to apply his distinctive brand of showmanship to the company’s new Soho flagship store.

Going the Google Route

The challenge was a relatively simple one: take the bus near my home in southeast Portland, Oregon, across the Willamette River to a laboratory just north of downtown on Naito Parkway, about five miles away. I was to plan the…

Hilton Aims to Become First LEED-Rated Hotel

Of the hundreds of building projects that have earned the U.S. Green Building Council’s coveted Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating since the program’s inception in 2000, not one has been a hotel. But the new Hilton Vancouver…

Is China Ready to Embrace Sustainability?

Over the next two decades, China’s urban population is projected to increase by 250 million people; these city dwellers use up to 3.5 times more energy than rural denizens. Yet China has relatively few fuel resources, and burning coal—its most…

LEED Green-Building Standards Travel to Canada

Although the Leadership in Energy and Design (LEED) rating system was created by the U.S. Green Building Council, it no longer is restricted to the States. In July, the Canadian province of British Columbia became the first non-American licensee of…

Greenguard: A Rating System for Indoor Air Quality

As the ideas put forth by the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating system slowly gain mainstream acceptance, the organization is expanding its program to apply to other facets of architecture, including commercial interiors,…

Interiors Are the USGBC’s Latest Realm

For all the U.S. Green Building Council has done to advance sustainable building with its Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design [LEED] program, reality is that since new buildings comprise less than five percent of the total construction market, the…

Safeway’s Portland Store Redefines ‘Green’ Grocer

Long before big-box retailers were common, Safeway was paving the way with its own cavernous, super-sized grocery stores, complete with sprawling parking lots. Recently, though, the international chain has taken its first steps toward a more progressive urban future by…

Sky Lab

Simulations at Seattle’s Daylighting Lab teach designers just how green their buildings can be.