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Jun. 26, 2013

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cjwho:

2013 “Redesigning Detroit: A New Vision for an Iconic Site” Winners Announced via Archdaily

1st Place “MINICITY Detroit” by Davide Marchetti and Erin Pellegrino

MINICITY Detroit incorporates an urban path to an elevated platform and includes sculptural high-rise elements and low-rise components for a combined use of commercial, residential and retail space in upper and lower plazas. Other uses include a market space and cinemas. The design incorporates red brick found in much of the city’s historic architecture while complementing nearby buildings.

2nd Place “Detroit Entrepreneurial Center (DEC)” by Efrain Velez, Juan Nunez, Marko Kanceljak

Detroit Entrepreneurial Center (DEC) is an eco-friendly mixed use development designed to promote a dynamic exchange among people and inspire innovation. It features a business incubator, marketplace, hotel and several housing options along with climate controlled common areas. The building honors Detroit’s industrial past and resembles the silhouette of past factories and “the material qualities of a rusted steel façade.”

3rd Place “Highwave Detroit” by Team Rossetti/Metrogramma

Highwave Detroit proposes a building honoring the site’s significance for Detroit’s identity with a strong visual impact. Its triangular shape suggests a sail on a boat. Other materials include steel, concrete and glass, and a greener side featuring terraces with water views and reflecting pools at ground level. Functions include entertainment and event space, residential, retail and office space.
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With its fall from prominence and decline in an era of otherwise rapid urbanization, Detroit has captured imaginations worldwide. It now has no shortage of visions and plans—what will be interesting to keep track of over the next couple decades is which parts and pieces of different plans gain traction and actually materialize. 

(Source: cjwho)

May. 29, 2013

Alan J. Rothman Award - Housing Accessibility Award is awarded to the New Passive Solar Housing Development in Stoneham, Massachusetts

http://www.huduser.org/portal/about/housingCommDesign_2013_3.html

May. 28, 2013
Group Health Puyallup Medical Center in Puyallup, WA, is the first medical building in the country to be granted LEED-HC certification.

Group Health Puyallup Medical Center in Puyallup, WA, is the first medical building in the country to be granted LEED-HC certification.

May. 25, 2013

@LEAPDetroit  is changing the way we live and utilize space in #Detroit using sustainability and green infrastructure

Khalil Ligon is the project manager of the Lower Eastside Action Plan (LEAP), a grassroots community organization that seeks to address land use issues and development planning on Detroit’s lower-east side. 

May. 25, 2013
A Black Mound of Canadian Oil Waste Is What is Rising Over #Detroit

A Black Mound of Canadian Oil Waste Is What is Rising Over #Detroit

Mar. 9, 2013
Normandie Terrace Apartments achieves LEED Platinum Certification

PSL Architects and American Communities announced Normandie Terrace an affordable family community has achieved LEED Platinum certification. The project is a 66-Unit Family Affordable development ideally situated one block from the Metro Purple Line Wilshire/Normandie station. The property is currently placed-in-service and fully occupied

Normandie Terrace Apartments achieves LEED Platinum Certification

PSL Architects and American Communities announced Normandie Terrace an affordable family community has achieved LEED Platinum certification. The project is a 66-Unit Family Affordable development ideally situated one block from the Metro Purple Line Wilshire/Normandie station. The property is currently placed-in-service and fully occupied

Feb. 8, 2013

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San Francisco Eco-District Plan Could Transform South Of Market Forever

Last month, the San Francisco Planning Department released a framework for the city’s first eco-district, taking an oft-ignored area of a city and reorienting it toward community-driven sustainability with a focus on innovative uses of public space.

The report looks at the possibilities for the Central Corridor Eco-District, a region inside San Francisco’s rapidly developing South of Market neighborhood. SocketSite notes this will be the first district of its kind in San Francisco.

The Planning Department defined the neighborhood as a “patchwork quilt” that is “characterized by its mix of land uses and is comprised of undeveloped, under-developed and developed land owned by different property owners implementing development projects under different timeframes.”

It’s an area in which the city is expecting exponential growth—about 10,000 units of new housing and 35,000 new jobs. By labeling it an “eco-distrcit,” the city hopes to bring a focus on sustainability into the planning process for how the neighborhood is expected to expand.

Some of the ways in which the the city is looking at guiding the neighborhood’s growth include engineering the foundations of all the new buildings to going into the area to collect and store groundwater for non-potable uses, taking advantage of the highway to college rainwater and using the space under the highway for sustainable infrastructure projects such as a local energy generation plant.

The money for the study comes from a grant by Caltrans to create a new vision for the community surrounding the northern terminus of the California High Speed Rail line—the Transbay Terminal.

The full plan for the district is expected to be completed next fall.

(via captainplanit)

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