When we first published news that Dallas was planning the nation’s first sustainable city block, the exact location hadn’t been named. In anticipation of the location, I guessed south downtown, and it turns out, hit the proverbial nail smack dab on the head. The sustainable city block is right by the convention center and Dallas City Hall (designed by I.M. Pei and featured shortly in Terminator I believe). It’s also in the general vicinity of another green project we featured previously called Buzz Lofts. So the location is spot on and prime for some serious green innovation.
- LEED: pay now, save later.
- Adults barely aware that buildings lead GHG emissions.
- Builders take the LEED on being green.
- Green building is building science, so learn it.
- Changes coming to green building insurance.
- Green building industry wrestles with recession.
- The most cost-effective green tech is energy efficiency.
- Offices notice the benefits of green roofs.
Update 6/15/2010: Puma City Revised for World Cup 2010!
Realizing this site might be a little overweight in the container architecture department, I'm going to blog this and try to abstain in the next few weeks. But Puma City, like the Freitag Flagship Store in Zurich (only less banged up looking), is another illustration of industrial design and adaptive reuse combined. The 11,000 sf retail installation was designed by LOT-EK and uses three levels of forty-foot containers stacked four units wide to create an incredibly dynamic design.
Dean Kamen is a well-known entrepreneur and inventor of various technologies, including the Segway, Project Slingshot, and a hybrid electrical car with a Stirling engine. He’s also trying to establish an independent, net-zero energy island off the coast of Connecticut. The three-acre private island is called North Dumpling, and if granted his wishes, it would have its own constitution, flag, and national anthem. Kamen’s attempts at secession haven’t been successful yet, but that’s no surprise given the South wasn’t able to do it either. He has found success installing LEDs and saving energy, though.
What would it take to create a fully sustainable city block in downtown Dallas? That’s the question and discussion that will begin this Friday, December 5, 2008, at Dallas City Hall. The City of Dallas, in collaboration with Urban Re:Vision and Building Community Workshop, is hosting a Design Charrette to examine the framework and community impact of a sustainable, urban square block. And by sustainable, the vision is to create a place that is healthy in social, economic, and environmental terms.
A new article in Portland Monthly delves a little deeper into the prefab world and discovers some new territory. For newcomers to prefab, pricing can be quite elusive and this article clarifies a little of that (in particular, page three provides some helpful comparative information). Some people don’t realize that certain costs may not be factored in the often-cited price per square foot (i.e., transportation, foundation, crane, site contractor, site preparation, permitting and approvals, etc.). That’s different from a buyer’s understanding of purchasing a home from a builder or developer …