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Holding Pattern

Holding Pattern
It's nothing short of building a city within a city…overnight. That's the fundamental premise behind a new modular post-disaster housing unit designed by Brooklyn-based Garrison Architects, which was introduced by New York City officials early this summer. The premise is simple but ambitious: the housing will allow city residents to live in their own neighborhoods for months or years after a major disaster while their homes undergo repairs. The full-scale and operational prefabricated prototype—currently displayed in downtown Brooklyn's Cadman Plaza—is part of a lengthy quest to change how cities respond to disasters in the 21st century.

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10/2014 CASE STUDY: Holding Pattern
Holding Pattern It's nothing short of building a city within a city…overnight. That's the fundamental premise behind a new modular post-disaster housing unit designed by Brooklyn-based Garrison A...
09/2014 CASE STUDY: Building Community
Building Community After architects Allison and John Anderson moved, in 1995, to Bay St. Louis, a small town on the Mississippi coast, Allison established unabridged Architecture as a local sustaina...
09/2014 CASE STUDY REVISIT: Leader of the Pack
Leader of the Pack The eighth floor of the building that houses the New York headquarters for the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), in the city's Flatiron District, wasn't just a prototype o...
07/2014 CASE STUDY REVISIT: Going the Green Way
Going the Green Way Sitting on a former railyard and brownfield site, the affordable housing development Via Verde stands out from the unremarkable high-rises nearby in the once arson-ravaged Melrose...
07/2014 CASE STUDY: Past Revisited
Past Revisited The Brick House is one of six Mini-CO2 Houses, a project initiated by the philanthropic foundation Realdania to create affordable dwellings for the middle class on the town of Nyb...
07/2014 CASE STUDY: Zeroing In
Zeroing In Some people challenge themselves by competing in marathons or triathlons; for others, it's hot-dog eating contests or chili cook-offs. After completing LEED and GreenPoint Rated c...
06/2014 CASE STUDY: Esprit de Corps
Esprit de Corps The Duwamish River flows next to the Seattle headquarters of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, in an industrial area south of downtown. Although the Corps is responsible for maint...
06/2014 CASE STUDY REVISIT: The Bullitt Overachieves
The Bullitt Overachieves The designers of Seattle's Bullitt Center set out to prove that a six-story office building could generate all its own energy. And, after one year of operation, they have surpass...
05/2014 CASE STUDY: Wayne N. Aspinall Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse
Wayne N. Aspinall Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse Poetic Justice
04/2014 CASE STUDY REVISIT: Top of the Class
Top of the Class A school's conscientious data collection boosts energy performance and serves as an educational tool for students.
04/2014 CASE STUDY: Realogy Headquarters
Realogy Headquarters Kohn Pedersen Fox transforms a bunkerlike call center in Madison, NJ into an airy office park for the new Realogy headquarters by cutting away its core and tearing down its windo...
04/2014 CASE STUDY: Golden Gate Valley Branch Library
Golden Gate Valley Branch Library At the Golden Gate Valley Branch Library in San Francisco's Cow Hollow neighborhood, a unique joint venture between Tom Eliot Fisch and Paulett Taggart Architects turns a Beaux Ar...
01/2014 CASE STUDY: Genome Sciences Building
Genome Sciences Building SOM's design for the Genome Sciences Building at UNC focuses on daylighting and stormwater mitigation to achieve LEED Gold.
01/2014 CASE STUDY: Jorgensen Laboratory
Jorgensen Laboratory John Friedman Alice Kimm Architects designs a radical facade overhaul for the decades-old Jorgensen Laboratory at the California Institute of Technology.
01/2014 CASE STUDY REVISIT: The Packard Foundation Headquarters
The Packard Foundation Headquarters When Zero Adds Up to Something Big: The Packard Foundation's Los Altos, California, headquarters by EHDD becomes the largest building in the world to earn net zero energy certific...
11/2013 CASE STUDY: Ambler Boiler House
Ambler Boiler House Heckendorn Shiles Architects transforms the power plant of an abandoned asbestos factory into a clean-and-green office development.
11/2013 CASE STUDY: Paseo Verde
Paseo Verde A transit-oriented development by Wallace Roberts & Todd demonstrates that green design is for everyone.
11/2013 CASE STUDY: Sister Cities Pavilion
Sister Cities Pavilion Two emerging Philadelphia firms transform a neglected city park into a low-key pavilion and playground.
11/2013 CASE STUDY: The Barnes Foundation
The Barnes Foundation A Gallery in a Garden: At its new LEED Platinum campus in downtown Philadelphia, the Barnes Foundation continues its mission of art and education.
11/2013 CASE STUDY REVISIT: Thin Flats
Thin Flats Part developer, part design and construction company, Onion Flats took a leap of faith in 1999 by converting an abandoned industrial building into housing in the historic Northern...
09/2013 CASE STUDY: Devon Energy Center
Devon Energy Center The Devon Energy Center’s iconic new headquarters by Pickard Chilton symbolizes a renewed urbanism in Oklahoma City.
09/2013 CASE STUDY: Glumac Offices
Glumac Offices Aggressive energy goals and collaborative workspaces transform a dated interior in Portland.
09/2013 CASE STUDY: RHW.2 Office Tower
RHW.2 Office Tower The world's first Passive House office tower rises over the Danube.
09/2013 CASE STUDY: Sliced Porosity Block
Sliced Porosity Block Steven Holl's Sliced Porosity Block complex in Chengdu reimagines mixed-use development.
09/2013 CASE STUDY REVISIT: The Visionaire
The Visionaire Proactive management and a strong community ethic make for high satisfaction among residents in the Visionaire high-rise condominium.
07/2013 CASE STUDY: Buckingham County School
Buckingham County School Through a unique partnership with public health researchers, VMDO Architects transforms an old high school in Virginia into a prototype for the next generation of green schools.
07/2013 CASE STUDY REVISIT: Butaro Hospital Revisit
Butaro Hospital Revisit A hospital in Rwanda brings high-quality healthcare and economic opportunity to a rural community.
07/2013 CASE STUDY: CCSF Multi-Use Building
CCSF Multi-Use Building The City College of San Francisco Multi-Use Building takes advantage of its windy site with passive ventilation cooling strategies.
07/2013 CASE STUDY: Paisano Green Community
Paisano Green Community A Texas border town’s housing authority steps up and changes the public-housing game with a revolutionary net zero senior community.
07/2013 CASE STUDY: Palomar Medical Center
Palomar Medical Center Evidence based research on the integration of nature and high-tech medicine meet in a lush, resort-like hospital in Escondid, California
05/2013 CASE STUDY: Bioinnovation Center
Bioinnovation Center A center for nurturing bio-entrepreneurship in New Orleans is a prototype for nimble sustainability.
05/2013 CASE STUDY: Bullitt Center
Bullitt Center Seattle’s Bullitt Center aims to be self-sustaining, offering a new model for urban projects.
05/2013 CASE STUDY: Conrad N. Hilton Foundation Headquarters
Conrad N. Hilton Foundation Headquarters In the foothills near Los Angeles, ZGF Architects creates a serene, environmentally sensitive new HQ for a nonprofit organization.
05/2013 CASE STUDY: Galileo's Pavilion
Galileo's Pavilion Through a year-long design/build program, University of Kansas architecture students craft an innovative facility at a neighboring community college.
05/2013 CASE STUDY REVISIT: Persistence Payoff: Post-occupancy fine-tuning helps Manitoba Hydro Place achieve its goals.
Persistence Payoff: Post-occupancy fine-tuning helps Manitoba Hydro Place achieve its goals. Post-occupancy fine-tuning helps Manitoba Hydro Place in Winnipeg, Canada, achieve its ambitious goals.
03/2013 CASE STUDY: Ballyogan Environmental Management Centre
Ballyogan Environmental Management Centre An office building designed by Bucholz McEvoy Architects for a local environmental department in Dublin embraces passive design.
03/2013 CASE STUDY: DeTurk Round Barn
DeTurk Round Barn Built to house prize trotting horses, the DeTurk Round Barn has been gently reimagined as a community building.
03/2013 CASE STUDY: Earth Sciences Building
Earth Sciences Building A new earth sciences building by Perkins+Will uses wood with elegant restraint.
03/2013 CASE STUDY REVISIT: Forest Ecology
Forest Ecology The Aldo Leopold Foundation's ambitious goal of carbon-neutral performance for its Legacy Center started with a net-zero energy target.
03/2013 CASE STUDY: Won Dharma Center
Won Dharma Center A retreat designed by Hanrahan Meyers Architectes reinforces the Buddhist mantras of simplicity and nature in upstate New York.
01/2013 CASE STUDY: NASA Sustainability Base
NASA Sustainability Base NASA’s new base harnesses space-age technology to take building performance to the next level. It’s one giant leap for green design.
01/2013 CASE STUDY: 1 Bligh
1 Bligh Ingenhoven designs a 28-story tower with a double glazed curtain wall in the heart of Sydney.
01/2013 CASE STUDY: 1315 Peachtree Street
1315 Peachtree Street A firm committed to green building makes its new digs a test case for sustainable design.
01/2013 CASE STUDY: Edith Green Wendell Wyatt Federal Building
Edith Green Wendell Wyatt Federal Building The revamp of a 1974 GSA building is a critical example of the government's commitment to green.
11/2012 CASE STUDY: David and Lucile Packard Foundation
David and Lucile Packard Foundation EHDD crafts a luxe, carbon-footprint conscious new headquarters for the David and Lucile Packard Foundation.
11/2012 CASE STUDY REVISIT: Double Platinum
Double Platinum Opened in 2008 to critical acclaim, the California Academy of Sciences soon earned LEED for Existing Buildings Operations and Maintenance and has not let up since.
11/2012 CASE STUDY: Proxy
Proxy Proxy is a vibrant focal point for commerce and community in San Francisco’s bohemian and diverse Hayes Valley residents.
11/2012 CASE STUDY: Public Utilities Commission
Public Utilities Commission An unusual seismic system ties together the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission’s green strategies.
11/2012 CASE STUDY: Richardson Apartments
Richardson Apartments A mixed-use facility provides housing and social services for the formerly homeless.
11/2012 CASE STUDY IN BRIEF: Transbay Transit Center
Transbay Transit Center San Francisco has made a hefty economic and political investmenr in its 1 million-square-foot, $4.2 billion Transbay Transit Center.
09/2012 CASE STUDY REVISIT: Bank of America Tower
Bank of America Tower Bank of America Tower's actual performance closely matches predicted energy use; site energy use is very high; on-site cogeneration and ice storage are effective at reducing sourc...
09/2012 CASE STUDY: Bertschi School Living Science Building
Bertschi School Living Science Building A two-room science classroom building in Seattle aims for the Living Building Challenge.
09/2012 CASE STUDY: Gloria Marshall Elementary School
Gloria Marshall Elementary School Teachers use green design elements for interactive learning at the Gloria Marshall Elementary School in Spring, Texas.
09/2012 CASE STUDY: LearningSpring School
LearningSpring School The LearningSpring School was first building in New York State to receive a LEED for Schools Gold certification.
09/2012 CASE STUDY: Netherlands Institute of Ecology
Netherlands Institute of Ecology The Netherlands Institute of Ecology (NIOO) in Wageningen is a scientific research facility designed as a test bed for technological innovations.
09/2012 CASE STUDY: Timayui and La Paz Preschools
Timayui and La Paz Preschools Bogotá-based architect Giancarlo Mazzanti develop an architectural model for effectively sustainable, low-maintenance facilities for early-childhood development and education.
07/2012 CASE STUDY: Biomass Power Plant
Biomass Power Plant A high-performing biomass power plant in rural southern Germany becomes a regional attraction and role-model for sustainable design.
07/2012 CASE STUDY: Denver Central Platte Campus
Denver Central Platte Campus A public works campus by RNL Design in the Mile High City raises the bar for civic design with a series of distinctive buildings.
07/2012 CASE STUDY: Halifax Seaport Farmers' Market
Halifax Seaport Farmers' Market A dramatic green makeover transforms a former cruise ship terminal into a vibrant new home for a historic farmers' market in Halifax.
07/2012 CASE STUDY: Pixel
Pixel With an outrageously colorful facade, Melbourne’s Pixel building demands attention—and little else—from the city.
07/2012 CASE STUDY: San Francisco International Airport Terminal 2
San Francisco International Airport Terminal 2 Improving travel experience and building a sense of place drive sustainability in an unlikely building type.
07/2012 CASE STUDY: SDB1 Office Building
SDB1 Office Building Side-by-side installations of high-efficiency variable-air-volume and radiant slab cooling systems show huge saving opportunities for radiant cooling.
05/2012 CASE STUDY: Cornell Plantations Welcome Center
Cornell Plantations Welcome Center A project for Cornell University's arboretum combines visitor orientation, classrooms, and social spaces while keeping the focus on the surrounding landscape.
05/2012 CASE STUDY REVISIT: Alberici Construction Headquarters
Alberici Construction Headquarters For its own headquarters, Alberici Construction gains enough experience to launch a LEED consulting business.
05/2012 CASE STUDY: Bar Agricole
Bar Agricole Located on a gritty street in San Francisco, Bar Agricole's green interiors accommodate food, drink, and fellowship, establishing a sustainable community resource.
05/2012 CASE STUDY IN BRIEF: House of Cards
House of Cards Though shipping containers are ubiquitous in temporary construction, there's a new, perhaps unexpected, alternative: paper. Designed by brothers Ben and Daniel Dratz, of the Oberh...
05/2012 CASE STUDY: Inzell Speed Skating Stadium
Inzell Speed Skating Stadium Enclosing a venerated oval with a light touch, Behnisch Architekten and Transsolar create a striking venue for skaters.
05/2012 CASE STUDY IN BRIEF: ThinkHouse
ThinkHouse A cedar-clad writer's retreat sits atop Y-shaped supports, reducing its impact on the terrain while providing panoramic views.
05/2012 CASE STUDY IN BRIEF: Up in the Air
Up in the Air In the age of the smartphone, getting kids excited about nature is increasingly difficult, says Alan Metcalfe, principal of Philadelphia-based Metcalfe Architecture & Design (...
03/2012 CASE STUDY: Gunning House
Gunning House The care that architect Robert Nebolon took in designing this three-story home with the living space on top for ocean breezes and views has paid off. After five years, "the archit...
03/2012 CASE STUDY: Quaker Meeting House
Quaker Meeting House After students at the Sidwell Friends School pass through the entry lobby of their new Quaker Meeting House, the laughter and chatter begin to die down as they set aside their bac...
03/2012 CASE STUDY: Seattle Children's Bellevue Clinic
Seattle Children's Bellevue Clinic The architects, general contractor, and consultants working on a new outpatient clinic and surgery center for Seattle Children's Hospital faced a big challenge to incorporate sust...
03/2012 CASE STUDY: Solhuset Climate-Friendly Nursery
Solhuset Climate-Friendly Nursery During a mid-afternoon play period at Solhuset Nursery ("sunhouse" in English), rosy-cheeked children run energetically through the light-drenched rooms of the 13,000-square-foot ...
03/2012 CASE STUDY: YMCA—PG&E Teen Center
YMCA—PG&E Teen Center If the idea of a teenager handling important construction documents makes you shake in your steel-toed boots, you are probably not alone. Yet, in an effort to turn an old, two-sto...
01/2012 CASE STUDY: Centra at Metropark
Centra at Metropark The architects at Kohn Pederson Fox Associates (KPF) and their client, real estate development company Hampshire, saw an aging office park in a quiet New Jersey town as an opportu...
01/2012 CASE STUDY: Century Building
Century Building What Lies Behind: A 100-year-old office building's quiet exterior conceals a chic affordable housing and mixed-use development—a first for Pittsburgh's downtown core.
01/2012 CASE STUDY: Clif Bar Headquarters
Clif Bar Headquarters Going the Distance: ZGF's adaptive reuse project exemplifies design that sustains employees and the planet.
01/2012 CASE STUDY REVISIT: Idea Center
Idea Center Idea Center at Playhouse Square is green in all the little ways that are common to projects today: energy-efficient equipment and lighting serves the occupants, low-VOC and recycl...
01/2012 CASE STUDY: Miller Ranch Porch House
Miller Ranch Porch House A couple of years ago, the team at Lake | Flato Architects got together to brainstorm ideas to help weather the recession. Even with a long list of design awards and a 2004 AIA Fi...
11/2011 CASE STUDY: Chandler City Hall
Chandler City Hall Chandler, Arizona, had been setting aside funds to pay for a new municipal complex. The city wished to go beyond the expected program for such a building by creating a mixed-use f...
11/2011 CASE STUDY: Center of Excellence
Center of Excellence The clamorous convergence of elevated highways I-81 and I-690, in the upstate city of Syracuse, New York, would be rather unremarkable were it not for the glass-fronted building n...
11/2011 CASE STUDY REVISIT: Hawaii Gateway Energy Center
Hawaii Gateway Energy Center Four years after GreenSource originally published the Hawaii Gateway Energy Center, and seven years after it was completed, the facility continues to attract drop-in visitors fasc...
11/2011 CASE STUDY: Kiowa County School
Kiowa County School Residents of Greensburg, Kansas, never returned after a 1.7-mile-wide, EF-5 tornado devastated their town in 2007. The remaining residents never looked back, seeing the tragedy as...
11/2011 CASE STUDY: Vai Avenue Residence
Vai Avenue Residence The heart of Silicon Valley, Cupertino is home to Apple, where many a well-heeled tech professional lives in a green McMansion. "There are houses in the hills nearby trying to get...
09/2011 CASE STUDY: Education Executive Agency and Tax Offices
Education Executive Agency and Tax Offices over old woods and a highway bypass, the city of Groningen's newly opened Education Executive Agency and Tax Office—known locally as the cruise ship or the lantern—is built to ca...
09/2011 CASE STUDY: Make It Right
Make It Right - Six years after Hurricane Katrina ravaged New Orleans, the Lower Ninth Ward is finally starting to look like a community again—thanks in large part to the ambitious work of Make It Right.
09/2011 CASE STUDY: Weill Hall
Weill Hall - Richard Meier & Partners - A Closer Look Pays Off: Remarkable energy efficiency and water savings, but ambivalent tenants, at a cutting-edge medical facility.
09/2011 CASE STUDY: Butaro Hospital
Butaro Hospital - MASS Design Group - Once torn by war, Rwanda has made great strides in recent years, but poverty persists. For a remote region that had no doctors, a new hospital is providing vital services — and hope.
09/2011 CASE STUDY: Centre for Green Cities at Evergreen Brick Works
Centre for Green Cities at Evergreen Brick Works - Diamond and Schmitt Architects - Reimagining an Industrial Relic: Evergreen, an environmental organization dedicated to making cities more livable, breathes new life into a defunct manufacturing complex in the heart of Toronto.
09/2011 CASE STUDY IN BRIEF: Small but Significant
Small but Significant - South Mountain Company - Transparently Efficient: A cluster of eight subsidized LEED Platinum homes on Martha's Vineyard show that energy use is manageable—and trackable.
07/2011 CASE STUDY: Mason Lane Farm Operations Facility
Mason Lane Farm Operations Facility, De Leon & Primmer Architecture Workshop - A local firm reimagines the traditional barn aesthetic for a new farm facility in Kentucky.
07/2011 CASE STUDY: Park Street Clinical Laboratory Building
Park Street Clinical Laboratory Building, Svigals + Partners with Behnisch Architekten (LA) - A hospital facility mends an urban wound while also providing the means to heal patients.
07/2011 CASE STUDY: U.S. Land Port of Entry
U.S. Land Port of Entry, Julie Snow Architects - Julie Snow Architects' U.S. Land Port of Entry in the wetlands and woods of Northern Minnesota beckons travelers like a light at the end of a tunnel.
07/2011 CASE STUDY: NRDC High-Performance Expansion Prototype
NRDC High-Performance Expansion Prototype, Croxton Collaborative Architects PC - Croxton Collaborative has designed LEED Platinum offices in New York City for the NRDC, a leader in environmental advocacy.
07/2011 CASE STUDY REVISIT: Center For Health And Healing
Center for Health and Healing, GBD Architects - Remarkable energy efficiency and water savings, but ambivalent tenants, at a cutting-edge medical facility.
05/2011 CASE STUDY: KFW Westarkade
KFW Westarkade, Sauerbruch Hutton - A new bank headquarters in Frankfurt may well be the world's most energy-efficient office tower.
05/2011 CASE STUDY: Hover House
Hover House, Glen Irani Architects - To reduce material for construction and energy for use, a house minimizes indoor area and creates an outdoor room that's perfect for enjoying a Southern Californian lifestyle.
05/2011 CASE STUDY: Energy Lab at Hawaii Preparatory Academy
Energy Lab at Hawaii Preparatory Academy, Flansburgh Architects - A little more than a year after opening, a laboratory dedicated to the study of renewable energy is performing even better than the ambitious goals set by its project team.
05/2011 CASE STUDY: Mercy Corps Global Headquarters
Mercy Corps Global Headquarters, THA Architecture - The new headquarters of Mercy Corps accomplishes multiple goals for its employees, for the local community, and for the environment.
05/2011 CASE STUDY: REVISIT: Lewis & Clark State Office Building
Lewis & Clark State Office Building, BNIM
Robust systems and good management deliver consistent energy savings.
04/2011 CASE STUDY: Lofts at Cherokee Studios
Lofts at Cherokee Studios, Brooks + Scarpa Architects (formerly Pugh + Scarpa Architects) - A new building’s dynamic metal veil yields morphing compositions,while enhancing thermal efficiency.
04/2011 CASE STUDY: LOTT Regional Services Center
LOTT Regional Services Center, The Miller Hull Partnership - Innovative approaches to wastewater reuse puts LOTT in an energy-efficiency class of its own.
04/2011 CASE STUDY: Passive House
Passive House, Karawitz Architecture - A bamboo-clad passive house outside of Paris breaks free from local tradition.
04/2011 CASE STUDY: Vanke Center
Vanke Center, Steven Holl Architects - Steven Holl fuses architecture and landscape to make one of the most sustainable buildings in China.
04/2011 CASE STUDY REVISIT: CalPERS Headquarters Complex
CalPERS Headquarters Complex, Steven Holl Architects - Commissioning was initially truncated due to schedule constraints, but facility managers are back on the case.
04/2011 CASE STUDY REVISIT: Thomas L. Wells Public School
Thomas L. Wells Public School, Baird Sampson Neuert Architects - Passive measures and effective management have a school performing better than anticipated.
02/2011 CASE STUDY: Artscape Wychwood Barns
Artscape Wychwood Barns, du Toit Architects - A former transportation facility is reinvented to serve its community in a whole new way.
02/2011 CASE STUDY: Bagley Classroom
Bagley Classroom, Salmela Architect - A classroom building brings an artistic touch to stringent efficiency standards.
02/2011 CASE STUDY: Melbourne Convention Centre Development
Melbourne Convention Centre Development, Woods Bagot and NH Architecture - A new convention center introduces sustainability to a historically inefficient building type.
02/2011 CASE STUDY: OS House
OS House, Johnsen Schmaling Architects - Overlooking Lake Michigan, the OS House finds balance in sustainability and modern design.
02/2011 CASE STUDY: Tassafaronga Village
Tassafaronga Village, David Baker + Partners - In Oakland, California, the brownfield site of severely distressed housing is sustainably reborn.
02/2011 CASE STUDY REVISIT: Carnegie Global Ecology Center
Carnegie Global Ecology Center, EHDD Architecture - Innovative strategies serve this small lab and office complex well, though some required slight adjustments.
02/2011 CASE STUDY REVISIT: Heifer International Center
Heifer International center, Polk Stanley Rowland Curzon Porter Architects - Popularity and expanded
use drives up energy bills and accelerates an expansion.
09/2010 CASE STUDY: Bank of America Tower
Bank of America Tower, Cook+Fox Architects - A Manhattan skyscraper wraps a package of tightly coordinated technologies inside a faceted glass skin.
09/2010 CASE STUDY: Mills College Graduate School of Business
Mills College Graduate School of Business, Bohlin Cywinski Jackson - A graduate school marries energy-saving modern technologies with classic modern design.
09/2010 CASE STUDY: Mother House of the Sisters of St. Joseph
Mother House of the Sisters of St. Joseph, Teeple Architects - A new convent reflects the mission of its occupants by connecting to the surrounding environment and community.
09/2010 CASE STUDY: Herman Miller Showroom
Herman Miller Showroom, tvsdesign - tvsdesign expresses Herman Miller’s identity in an interior that’s open, progressive, and green.
09/2010 CASE STUDY REVISIT: Jewish Reconstructionist Congregation
Jewish Reconstructionist Congregation, Ross Barney Architects - Sophisticated energy-efficiency measures and active occupants lead to surprising savings.
09/2010 CASE STUDY REVISIT: Loyola University Information Commons
Loyola University Information Commons, Solomon Cordwell Buenz - At this bookless library, a web of systems has to function flawlessly for optimal energy savings, and it’s almost there.
09/2010 CASE STUDY: David Brower Center
David Brower Center, Daniel Solomon Design Partners - A home for environmental and social action is true to the legacy of its namesake.
09/2010 CASE STUDY: Walter Cronkite School of Journalism
Walter Cronkite School of Journalism, HDR Inc. - ASU’s School of Journalism embraces the urban community with its downtown campus.
09/2010 CASE STUDY: The Green Building
The Green Building, (fer) studio - A green retrofit serves as the cornerstone for regenerating a distressed neighborhood.
09/2010 CASE STUDY: Green Depot Flagship Store
Green Depot Flagship Store, Mapos, LLC - A young firm revamps the lower floors of a landmark building into a green supply store.
09/2010 CASE STUDY: Marin Country Day School
Marin Country Day School, EHDD Architecture - With the second phase of its campus plan, a private school on an idyllic site aims for net-zero.
07/2010 The Premier Design Awards
The 2010 AIA COTE awards reflect the escalating standards of sustainable building—in both design and performance.
07/2010 CASE STUDY: King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST)
King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), HOK - Traditional Saudi design merges with modern technology and forms in the large and ambitious King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), establishing a benchmark for sustainable design in the Middle East.
07/2010 CASE STUDY: Twelve West
Twelve West , ZGF Architects - Rooftop turbines draw attention to this new mixed-use high-rise in Portland, but it’s the less visible systems and design choices that make it a beacon of green.
07/2010 CASE STUDY: Homer Science & Student Life Center
Homer Science & Student Life Center, Leddy Maytum Stacy Architects - Marrying ecological concepts and spiritual values, a century-old Catholic school?s new facility promises substantial energy savings and a sustainable legacy.
07/2010 CASE STUDY: Manassas Park Elementary + Pre-k
Manassas Park Elementary + Pre-k , VMDO Architects - VMDO Architects uses sustainable buildings systems and natural cycles to demonstrate eco-conscious living to the next generation.
07/2010 CASE STUDY: Special House No. 9
Special House No. 9, KieranTimberlake - KieranTimberlake tackles housing for the NOLA Lower Ninth Ward region with sleek sustainable strategies and safety as a top priority.
07/2010 CASE STUDY: Watsonville Water Resources Center
Watsonville Water Resources Center, WRNS Studio - Four separate agencies collaborated to create an integrated water management and educational showcase for an agricultural region of California.
07/2010 CASE STUDY: Omega Center For Sustainable Living
Omega Center For Sustainable Living, BNIM Architects - A new building on the campus of the Omega Institute performs a very practical function, but also serves the organization?s loftier, pedagogical goals.
07/2010 CASE STUDY: Previously Published: Manitoba Hydro Place, 355-11th-Street and Kroon-Hall
Manitoba Hydro Place, 355-11th-Street and Kroon-Hall, Dano, Burkina Faso - Architect Francis Kéré relies on simple solutions for a humble learning space near his hometown in West Africa.
05/2010 CASE STUDY: Dano Secondary School
Dano Secondary School, Dano, Burkina Faso - Architect Francis Kéré relies on simple solutions for a humble learning space near his hometown in West Africa.
05/2010 CASE STUDY: European Investment Bank
European Investment Bank, Luxembourg - A Building For All Seasons: Located on the Luxembourg City?s Kirchberg Plateau, the European Investment Bank addition endorses sustainability with a spirited tubular glass design that ensures year-round high performance.
05/2010 CASE STUDY: French Embassy
French Embassy, Tokyo, Japan - French Connection: Supported by piloti and board formed concrete, Tokyo’s new French Embassy bows politely to the past while its high CASBEE rating bodes well for the future.
05/2010 CASE STUDY: Surry Hills Library
Surry Hills Library, Sydney, Australia - Library Down Under: A new library is transforming one of Sydney?s most diverse neighborhoods with a design that places passive ventilation at the heart of the project.
05/2010 CASE STUDY: Unilever Headquarters
Unilever Headquarters, Hamburg, Germany - Glass Haus: With a host of green features and a clever layout, a new office building in Hamburg?s harbor is anything but ordinary.
05/2010 CASE STUDY: Victor Civita Park
Victor Civita Park, São Paulo, Brazil - In São Paulo, the transformation of a brownfield into green space creates a model for landscape reuse and management in Brazil.
03/2010 CASE STUDY: Manitoba Hydro Place
Manitoba Hydro Place, Winnipeg, Canada - Cold Comfort: One of North America’s most complex energy-efficient buildings is also sited in one of its most challenging climates.
03/2010 CASE STUDY: West Building VCC
West Building VCC, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada - Build It and They Will Come: With poetry and fluidity, the new West Building of the Vancouver Convention Center connects the city to the wild and majestic scenery around it.
03/2010 CASE STUDY: Gray Middle School
Gray Middle School, Tacoma, Washington - Higher Education: A new school in Tacoma, Washington, weaves itself into the local community and the surrounding landscape, while teaching environmental stewardship by example.
03/2010 CASE STUDY: Climate Works Foundation
Climate Works Foundation, San Francisco, California - Naturally Inspiring: A nonprofit’s office interior in the City by the Bay gives off abstract, natural vibes in its design, but in practice, this group is changing the world for the better.
01/2010 CASE STUDY: Aqua Tower
Aqua Tower, Chicago, Illinois - Aqua, a new 82-story residential tower and hotel near Lake Michigan, adds a new dynamism to the city?s skyline.
01/2010 CASE STUDY: Brooks Avenue House
Brooks Avenue House, Venice, California - How the Vancouver firm of Bricault Design reinvigorated a pre-war Venice cottage, raising the bar on living the sustainable life.
01/2010 CASE STUDY: Live/Work Studio II
Live/Work Studio II, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania - The designers and owners of this infill house and studio use their project to tell the gritty history of the neighborhood, while also proving to clients the viability of a small project in an urban site.
01/2010 CASE STUDY: Step Up on Fifth
Step Up on Fifth, Santa Monica, California - Pugh+Scarpa Architects executes sustainability with a social conscience at a non-profit?s multifamily housing project for the homeless of Santa Monica.
01/2010 CASE STUDY: Martin Residence
Martin Residence, Raleigh, North Carolina - Architect Tina Govan’s disciplined response to an urban infill lot in downtown Raleigh yields a thoughtful living space for a sustainability-minded family.
11/2009 CASE STUDY: The Visionaire
The Visionaire, New York City - A high-rise apartment building in lower Manhattan tests the boundaries of urban sustainability by using a five-point guideline system to set realistic goals.
11/2009 CASE STUDY: USGBC headquarters
USGBC headquarters, Washington, D.C. - A new headquarters for the U.S. Green Building Council translates the organization?s values into material reality earning a Platinum rating under the group?s own recently revamped system.
11/2009 CASE STUDY: 355 11th Street
355 11th Street, San Francisco, California - New skin reveals the past: A beer warehouse in San Francisco?s South of Market area finds new life as a mixed-use building without forsaking its industrial heritage.
11/2009 CASE STUDY: Mercer Slough Environmental Education Center
Mercer Slough Environmental Education Center, Bellevue, Washington - Teaching in Trees: A new Washington Nature Center elevates its educational mission?literally?preserving fragile ecosystems on the ground and lifting visitors into the forest canopy.
11/2009 CASE STUDY: Circular Congregational Church Addition
Circular Congregational Church Addition, Charleston, South Carolina - Green, and of its time: A 328-year-old congregation, in an architecturally conservative city, commissions a modern church classroom addition with a multitude of sustainable-design initiatives.
11/2009 CASE STUDY: Blue Ball Dairy Barn
Blue Ball Dairy Barn, New Castle, Delaware - Old Barn learns New Tricks: A renovated dairy barn in Delaware transforms to a modern, multi-purpose space by embracing green design without sacrificing its historic roots.
11/2009 CASE STUDY: ASU Polytechnic Academic Complex
ASU Polytechnic Academic Complex, Mesa, Arizona - Made in the Shade:  Formerly an air force base, Arizona State University’s new classroom and lab complex proves that even for buildings, it’s cool to wear shades.
09/2009 CASE STUDY: Cavallo Point
Cavallo Point, Fort Baker, Sausalito, California - Historic Expansion: Combining meticulously restored buildings with unobtrusive new ones turns an army base at the Golden Gate into a luscious resort.
09/2009 INTERIORS CASE STUDY: Founding Farmers Restaurant
Founding Farmers Restaurant, Washington, D.C. - Agrarian Values in the City of Pork: In its design, construction, and even its operation, a Washington, D.C., restaurant provides healthy portions of sustainability along with some attention-getting spaces.
09/2009 CASE STUDY: Kroon Hall, Yale University
Kroon Hall, Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut - Vaulted Roof, Ambitious Goals: Yale transforms the site of a defunct powerplant into a low-carbon home for its School of Forestry and Environmental Studies.
09/2009 CASE STUDY: Laurance S. Rockefeller Preserve
Laurance S. Rockefeller Preserve, Moose, Wyoming - Where Buffalo Roam: The 10,400-square-foot Laurance S. Rockefeller Visitors Center, part of the Grand Teton National Park, prepares visitors to appreciate the vast natural resources and beauty of the place.
07/2009 COTE TOP TEN WINNER - CASE STUDY: Chartwell School
Chartwell School, Seaside, California - Chasing Net-Zero: A school for students with learning differences reaffirms its core values with a new campus.
07/2009 COTE TOP TEN WINNER - CASE STUDY: The Terry Thomas
The Terry Thomas, Seattle, Washington - No A/C? It’s a breeze: In Seattle, the four-story Terry Thomas building takes the LEED with a less-is-more approach by Weber Thompson.
07/2009 COTE TOP TEN WINNER - CASE STUDY: Shangri-La Botanical Gardens
Shangri-La Botanical Gardens, Orange, Texas - Finding Shangri-La: Outdoor classrooms, exhibition space, and public buildings make up this campus in a southeast Texas cypress swamp.
07/2009 COTE TOP TEN WINNER - CASE STUDY: Great River Energy Headquarters
Great River Energy Headquarters, Maple Grove, Minnesota - Setting a Green Example: A non-profit electric co-op brings open-space office design and unique energy-saving strategies together under one roof.
07/2009 COTE TOP TEN WINNER - CASE STUDY: Jewish Reconstructionist Congregation
Jewish Reconstructionist Congregation, Evanston, Illinois - Repairing the World: A LEED-Platinum synagogue uses passive strategies to achieve greater-than-expected energy savings.
07/2009 COTE TOP TEN WINNER - CASE STUDY: Portola Valley Town Center
Portola Valley Town Center, Portola Valley, California - How green is my valley: When a community founded on environmental principles had to move its civic center from an unsafe site, a highly sustainable replacement evolved. 
07/2009 COTE TOP TEN WINNER - CASE STUDY: Charles Hostler Student Center
Charles Hostler Student Center, Beirut, Lebanon - Rooted in Beirut: A new student center for the American University of Beirut combines state-of-the-art sustainable innovation with the region’s traditional solutions.
07/2009 COTE TOP TEN WINNER - CASE STUDY: International fund for Animal Welfare
International fund for Animal Welfare, Yarmouth Port, Massachusetts - The Call of the Wild: One of the largest wildlife defense funds in the world proves its commitment to holistic sustainability with a new headquarters on a green campus.
07/2009 COTE TOP TEN WINNER - CASE STUDY: Gish family Apartments
Gish family Apartments San Jose, California - All in the Family: This multifamily housing project provides healthy, affordable accommodations for low-income residents in Silicon Valley.
07/2009 COTE TOP TEN WINNER - CASE STUDY: Synergy at Dockside Green
Synergy at Dockside Green, Victoria, British Columbia - Green Harbor: The first phase of a mixed-use development in Victoria, B.C., has exceeded social and ecological expectations.
05/2009 CASE STUDY: Council House 2
Council House 2, Melbourne, Australia - Melbourne’s Great Experiment: Technological ambition and daring-do provide a wealth of lessons for aspiring green designers
05/2009 CASE STUDY: World Wildlife Fund
World Wildlife Fund, Zeist, Netherlands - Where The Wild Things Are: From architectural shapes to mechanical systems, the WWF’s dutch headquarters harmonizes with nature
05/2009 CASE STUDY: Elm Park
Elm Park, Dublin, Ireland - Letting Nature Do the Work: Elm Park’s buildings use natural ventilation and daylighting to radically reduce energy use even as they reinvent the suburbs with new ideas about density
05/2009 CASE STUDY: Nanyang Technological University
Nanyang Technological University, Singapore - View From the Roof: This new school of art, design, and media at nanyang technological university preserves open space, while serving as a green icon for the community
05/2009 CASE STUDY: Alila Villas Uluwatu
Alila Villas Uluwatu, Bali, Indonesia - Sustainable Luxuriance: An eco-resort in Bali, Indonesia, sets a new standard for green vacation destinations without sacrificing comfort
03/2009 CASE STUDY: California Academy of Sciences
California Academy of Sciences, San Francisco, California - A multi-faceted institution sheltered by a undulating green roof takes a holistic approach to sustainable design
03/2009 CASE STUDY: Alley24
Alley24, Seattle, Washington - A LEED-certified speculative development in seattle is both environmentally and economically sustainable
03/2009 CASE STUDY: Tillamook Forest Center
Tillamook Forest Center, Tillamook, Oregon - The Tillamook Forest Center tells the story of past human stumbles while embodying a leap into the future
03/2009 CASE STUDY: Lost Dog Wash Trailhead
Lost Dog Wash Trailhead, Scottsdale, Arizona - This sustainable visitors? center celebrates a new entrance to the nation?s largest urban nature preserve
03/2009 CASE STUDY: National Audubon Society
National audubon society, New York City, New York - FXFOWLE’s Manhattan headquarters for the National Audubon Society offers lessons in how to maintain green leadership
01/2009 CASE STUDY: Ehrlich Residence
Ehrlich Residence, Santa Monica, California - John Friedman Alice Kimm Architects skillfully satisfied their client’s sustainability mandate
01/2009 CASE STUDY: Judkins Park House
Judkins Park House, Seattle, Washington - In a quiet residential neighborhood, a century-old house gets a bold new neighbor—parked inside its own driveway
01/2009 CASE STUDY: Gunning House
Gunning House, Hermosa Beach, California - Transcending a tight urban site, architect Robert Nebolon creates a house open to sunlight, ocean breezes, and views
01/2009 CASE STUDY: The Galleries At Turney
The Galleries At Turney, Phoenix, Arizona - A developer blends the single-family home mentality of old Phoenix with the urban density of the row house to create a new south western sensibility
01/2009 CASE STUDY: Dockside Green
Dockside Green, Victoria, B.C., Canada - A Platinum Setting: This 15-acre, mixed-use, harbor-front development in Victoria, B.C., will set records for sustainability at the neighborhood scale
01/2009 CASE STUDY: Thin Flats
Thin Flats, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania - Onion Flats cements its commitment to Philadelphia’s Northern Liberties neighborhood—and sustainable design—with a multifamily building destined for LEED for homes platinum status
11/2009 CASE STUDY:Gish Family Apartments
Gish Family Apartments, San Jose, California - A development group provides stylish hand sustainable low-income housing amidst the Silicon Valley housing boom
11/2008 CASE STUDY: Boston Children's Museum
Boston Children's Museum, Boston, Massachusetts - The Boston Children’s Museum broadens it’s green agenda with a sustainable renovation and expansion by hometown firm Cambridge Seven Associates.
11/2008 CASE STUDY: Loyola University Information Commons
Loyola University Information Commons, Chicago, Illinois - For the Information Commons at Loyola University in Chicago, Solomon Cordwell Buenz integrated passive and active technologies, demonstrating that transparency and energy efficiency aren’t always at odds.
11/2008 CASE STUDY: Downtown Transit Station
Downtown Transit Station, Charlottesville, Virginia - In Charlottesville, Virginia, Wallace Roberts & Todd Architects designed a transit hub that links the past with the future.
11/2008 CASE STUDY: Orinda City Hall
Orinda City Hall, Orinda, California - Siegel & Strain Architects took cures from Mother Nature to lessen the footprint of Orinda, California’s City Hall.
11/2008 INTERIORS CASE STUDY: Haworth Showroom
Haworth Showroom, New York City, New York - Haworth’s flagship showroom by Perkins+Will shines green with touches of red.
09/2008 CASE STUDY: Normand Maurice Building
Normand Maurice Building, Montreal, Quebec - Beauchamp-Bourbeau Architectes and ABCP Architecture & Urbanisme, with Busby Perkins+Will as lead designer, which led the design of The Normand Maurice Building shows how multiple federal agencies can go green in a renovated historic building.
09/2008 CASE STUDY: Spertus Institute of Jewish Studies
Spertus Institute of Jewish Studies, Chicago, Illinois - On A Prominent Chicago Site, A Building With A Striking Faceted Facade Satisfies An Ambitious Environmental Agenda.
09/2008 CASE STUDY: Soflo Office Studios
Soflo Office Studios, San Antonio, Texas - In South Flores, An Up-And-Coming Area Bordering Downtown San Antonio, A Former Factory On A Brownfield Gets A Face-Lift From The Architects For Their Own Offices.
09/2008 CASE STUDY: EPA Headquarters
EPA Headquarters, Denver, Colorado - A Dramatic Central Atrium And A Green Roof Elevate The Profile Of This Federal Office Building.
09/2008 CASE STUDY: Bowman and Brooke LLP
Bowman and Brooke LLP, Minneapolis, Minnesota - These light-filled, colorful law offices convincingly defy The profession’s stuffy reputation.
Nueva School, Hillsborough, California - Leddy Maytum Stacy Architects, which led the design of Nueva School’s Hillside Learning Complex in suburban Hillsborough, California, saw the project as more than just an addition.
07/2008 CASE STUDY: COTE TOP TEN WINNERS: Lavin-Bernick Center
Lavin-Bernick Center , New Orleans, Louisiana - The new Lavin-Bernick Center at Tulane University is built on the same site as the old university center, which was stripped of its concrete structure, expanded and redesigned with sustainability in mind.
07/2008 CASE STUDY: COTE TOP TEN WINNERS: Discovery Center
Discovery Center, Seattle, Washington - To market more than a dozen new developments in the South Lake Union neighborhood in Seattle, developer Vulcan Inc. hired Miller Hull Partnership to design a discovery center?Something between a model home and a World?s Fair Futurama?that could be disassembled, moved, and reused.
07/2008 CASE STUDY: COTE TOP TEN WINNERS: Yale Sculpture Gallery
Yale Sculpture Gallery, New Haven, Connecticut - Some observers describe Yale University?s new sculpture building as a contemporary take on the university?s traditional gothic-style. But Stephen Kieran says the design team let the building?s environmental performance drive its aesthetic.
07/2008 CASE STUDY: COTE TOP TEN WINNERS: Macallen Condominiums
Macallen Condominiums , Boston, Massachusetts - The Macallen Condominiums in Boston are not only the first residential LEED Gold-certified building in New England; they are also the subject of a new documentary and a 2008 COTE award winner.
07/2008 CASE STUDY: COTE TOP TEN WINNERS: Garthwaite Center
Garthwaite Center, Weston, Massachusetts - The Boston-based firm Architerra developed a simple aesthetic for the Garthwaite Center for Science and Art at the Cambridge School that does not immediately convey the innovation of its exemplary bioclimatic design.
07/2008 CASE STUDY: COTE TOP TEN WINNERS: Leopold Legacy Center
Leopold Legacy Center, Baraboo, Wisconsin - Kubala Washatko Architects designed the headquarters of the Leopold Foundation, which features a high percentage of Forest Stewardship Council-certified lumber, in the spirit of its conservationist namesake.
07/2008 CASE STUDY: COTE TOP TEN WINNERS: Pocono Environmental Education Center
Pocono Environmental Education Center, Dingmans Ferry, Pennsylvania - The Pocono Environmental Education Center (PEEC) wanted its new visitor activity center to be highly sustainable, and more importantly, economical to operate.
07/2008 CASE STUDY: COTE TOP TEN WINNERS: Queens Botanical Garden
Queens Botanical Garden , Flushing, New York - The LEED Platinum-certified visitor and administration center at the Queens Botanical Garden boasts innovations ranging from a green roof to an entry plaza covered by a folded canopy that harvests rainwater.
07/2008 CASE STUDY: COTE TOP TEN WINNERS: Cesar Chavez Library
Cesar Chavez Library , Laveen, Arizona - Responsible management of water from all sources is one of the significant achievements of the Chavez library. It not only derives its form from the lake it borders, but it uses the body of water as a storage basin for water harvesting.
04/2008 CASE STUDY: Grand Rapids Art Museum: Temple of Green
Grand Rapids Art Museum, Grand Rapids, Michigan - In the Grand Rapids Art Museum, a measured approach to design reveals that elegance and environmentalism are not incompatible.
04/2008 CASE STUDY: Queens Botanical Garden: Setting Down Roots
Queens Botanical Garden, Flushing, New York - A new building raises a botanical garden’s profile as an institution focused on environmental stewardship.
04/2008 CASE STUDY: Aldo Leopold Legacy Center: Building on Aldo Leopold?s Legacy
Aldo Leopold Legacy Center, Baraboo, Wisconsin - The Aldo Leopold Foundation aims to uphold the land ethic in its new headquarters.
04/2008 CASE STUDY: Santa Monica Library: A City Turns The Page
Santa Monica Library , Santa Monica, California - The City Of Santa Monica Goes Green With Its High-Performance Main Public Library.
04/2008 CASE STUDY: Nau: Redefining Retail
Nau, Boulder, Colorado - Nau?s unique concept unifies its stores with web-based shopping.
01/2008 CASE STUDY: Arizona State University Biodesign Institute: Crossing Boundaries
Arizona State University Biodesign Institute, Tempe, Arizona - Interdisciplinary science and innovative design set a standard for the next generation of research facilities.
01/2008 CASE STUDY: Tim and Karen Hixon Visitor Center: Cool Water
Tim and Karen Hixon Visitor Center, Helotes, Texas - A visitor center doubles as an aquifer, collecting and conserving water in a region suffering from drought.
01/2008 CASE STUDY: University of California: Enlightening Sustainability
University of California, Merced, California - University research facility is a teaching tool for eco-minded students.
01/2008 CASE STUDY: Zhong Xiao Pavilion: Treehouse in A Concrete Jungle
Zhong Xiao Pavilion , Taipei, Taiwan - Architect Sergio Palleroni and Taipei students break through asphalt to create a garden and green office space.
01/2008 CASE STUDY: Merck Serono: Ecological Antidote
Merck Serono, Geneva, Switzerland - A biotechnology company considers environmental health and sustainability for its new headquarters.
01/2008 PROJECTS: Shamrock Heights [links to: greensmart.construction.com]
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