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464. Building up from Down-Under

The 1960’s saw Melbourne, Australia sprawling out from Port Phillip Bay into the beautiful green hills that stretch away from the water. Both the city’s population and housing speculation boomed. Developers snatched up land, segmented it into lots, prepped it for construction—tearing out trees and installing streets, sidewalks and utilities—and then sold bits of land […]

396. City of Berkeley Applauds Sherman Hall Earthquake Retrofit

On April 29, 2012, Co-opers and friends warmly celebrated the start of the Sherman Hall Seismic Retrofit. This is the ninth house the Berkeley Student Cooperative is retrofitting and the first using only member savings (50%) and alumni donations (50%). We are very grateful for the generous support of Li Chu (Sherman, 1960s), Renee Schneider […]

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387. Building a Better World… Literally

Forests are the green lungs of the planet, absorbing carbon dioxide and producing oxygen, and they provide vital habits for an incredible array of biodiversity. Yet over the last half-century, we have lost about half of the world’s original forest cover, mostly because of our unsustainable exploitation of forests’ many resources. Now, ICA Housing, the […]

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373. Giving women in the construction industry a helping hand

The construction industry is traditionally male-dominated: in fact in the United Kingdom, for example, women have just 9 percent of construction jobs, and most of those are in design, management or administration rather than actual operations. In India, however, 51 percent of construction workers are women, of which 98 percent are unskilled. The Self Employed […]

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307. Drevojas, building cooperative

Drevojas building cooperative is a prominent European manufacturer and producer of bathroom furnishings. Established in 1946 as a building cooperative, we have proudly been making furniture since then. We have over 60 years of experience building furniture. Everything is made by us, in the Czech Republic, in our factory, by Czech workers. Some of our […]