Local and regional parks can be used to mitigate the urban heat island effect and minimize local climate change. Unfortunately, this idea is not often shared, discussed, and/or adequately understood. If you do a search on the web on “climate change and parks,” you will find that most of the results are links to information about how climate change is impacting national parks. Examples include a discussion on the National Park Service (NPS) website, and recent articles published by National Geographic and Scientific America. [Read more…] about Parks and Climate Change: The L.A. County Story
San Diego – the Cedar Gateway project was recently completed in the Cortez Hill neighborhood. The six story 65 unit residential apartment building is located at 1620 Sixth Avenue on the block bounded by 5th and 6th Avenues, Cedar Street and I-5. It is an affordable housing project with 23 one bedroom apartments set aside for people with special needs who will receive supportive services. Additionally, these units are reserved for households making less than 25% of area medium income (AMI). [Read more…] about Cedar Gateway Apartments Completed in Downtown’s Cortez Neighborhood
So you are probably wondering what 50 vacant lots in an unfinished subdivision in Yorkville, IL has to do with UrbDeZine. Yorkville is a suburban community located 50 miles southwest of Chicago. You can barely go a day without reading an article about the impending death of the Suburbs and how to fix it. The promise of the American dream that the suburbs once embodied is under serious attack.. [Read more…] about Infill in the Suburbs…
If the biggest threat to human survival is climate change, then American construction is probably the industry most responsible for causing it. Every new construction site represents the climate being changed, the environment being degraded, energy being consumed, and irreplaceable natural resources being used. [Read more…] about The Greenest Building Is One That’s Already Built
This past Friday, Bruce Hampton AIA with Elton Hampton Architects presented and discussed the retrofit project at the South End’s Castle Square Apartments. As the principal in charge of the 1960s era renovation project, Hampton focused on the project process, design strategy, retrofit scheduling and collaboration needed to make this the largest retrofit in the country.
Using the Ecological Goods and Services model as the basis for understanding and developing measurable ecological sustainability as it relates to the creation of green buildings.
The Problem: It’s way too easy being green.
We in the architectural community are guilty of promoting ourselves as something we are not, and doing so on a massive scale. What we are not, is green. What we do not do is create projects that are ecologically sustainable. [Read more…] about Sustainable Design – Why even the best of us aren’t practicing it and how we can begin