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debris. The house is modern, open and airy in feel. A line of intimate spaces is intelligently laid out in a way that allows you to see through the length of the house. This plan takes advantage of the east/west orientation of the site and incorporates passive solar heating with large south facing windows. An elegant stairway runs up along a wall of beautiful wood cabinets on the north side of the house that actually creates greater insulation from heat loss against cold winter winds. Hot water is point of source or on demand through out the house. Anyone who’s traveled to Europe may have seen a simple version of this type of system. The hot water pipe itself is heated so that as the water passes through the pipe it comes up to the desired temperature. This

eliminates the need for a water heater, reducing not only that energy drain but heat loss that happens between the basement and the bathroom or kitchen. Location is also a part of a LEEDS qualification. Within walking distance to the village of Greenport, the owner also likes the short stroll to the beach, the bus, ferry or church as a way to stay out of the car. Location also came into play with the Water Mill Ateliers, a new commercial development of retail and apartment space. Its LEEDS platinum status may set a new standard for commercial construction on the East End, but how the design fit into the aesthetic of the hamlet was of more concern to locals. The buildings’ façades have large windows which seem to be a design deriva-

Can a University Be Big and Small at the Same Time? You bet. And new and old, too. Meet Stony Bones! He’s easily the biggest (and oldest) freshman on our campus. This 70-million-year-old dinosaur is tame now but was once a fearsome predator—even a cannibal. (He was discovered on Madagascar by our own Dr. David W. Krause’s team of paleontologists.) Stony Bones, 21 feet long, 7 feet tall, is now on awesome display on campus. Come in and meet him. But remember: No feeding this Majungasaurus crenatissimus.

tive of the garage style fenestration at the Hampton Coffee Company next door, settling the new building nicely into the neighborhood. Trees flanking the building will provide afternoon shade and soften the edges, but the landscaping in this project was also in large part what helped earn the higher ranking in energy efficiency and environmental concern. Nowhere is this more evident than in the Olde Towne subdivision in the Village of Southampton. As the project has taken shape over the last year it is clear for all to see that careful planning and good design have produced more than just another elegant tree lined street. The layout was based on a canopy of trees along Wyandanch Lane and the history of four acre lots granted to the original settlers of the area. There is an extension to the existing nature preserve, and a wildflower meadow with native plants. Perhaps best of all, the original plan designed by Hart/Howerton landscape architects of New York for Robert Gianos, is that all potential homeowners will have to consent to reduced pesticide use. Over 40 landscape chemicals have been banned from the site. Gianos has already made an enormous commitment to this philosophy by using bio-dynamically produced compost and compost teas while planting the large London Plane trees. Gianos wanted to set the standard for new development, which some may say has been long overdue, and he asks “Don’t we all want to live in a clean environment? This gives people good food for thought when they are getting ready to build their dream home.” Gianos is proud to have, in his words, “Taken history and married it to the landscape and land planning to create an environment, putting in long-term sustainability and organic land practices.” For years, both the North and South Forks have been highly focused on land preservation. But now the spotlight seems to be on conserving energy and minimizing the impact of a seeming trend toward overdevelopment. Bringing in only the materials specified for a job alone can reduce traffic, garbage and landfill needs. In the future, it may be that planning regulations stipulate that some LEEDS standards are met in all new construction as a way to reduce its impact on the community as a whole. For now it is reassuring to see that those on the cutting edge are here in our area, practicing good design and common sense.

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Talk about small! Here’s the teeny mouse lemur. This guy weighs in at 1.29 ounces, making him one of the world’s tiniest primates. Mireya Mayor, Ph.D. ’08 discovered him in Madagascar. Mayor studied with Dr. Patricia Wright, who created Ranomafana National Park, where they save not only lemurs but hundreds of other species as well.

Stony Brook University/SUNY is an affirmative action/equal opportunity educator and employer.

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directing, by the way, is mediocre. And it is made worse by the problem of Canada. I came out of the film thinking well, they get A for effort for trying to be true to the original, but then they should just have shown the original. I also give A for effort to the two actors who had to try to show emotion in the elaborate body suits and make up. I’d also say that if you never saw the Broadway show or the documentary, then the film makes sense and is worth seeing. What really happened here back then is worth seeing, and this does tell the whole story, though free of passion. Otherwise, pass it up.

Dan's Papers May 1, 2009  

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