A Green Factory to Crop Up On Chicago's South Side
While most 19th century manufacturing hubs were known for their poor working conditions, the Pullman District on Chicago’s South Side was the country’s first model industrial town designed to provide a safer and healthier environment for the Pullman sleeping company’s workers. Over a century later, Method, the green cleaning products brand, is now carrying on the District’s progressive legacy with the construction of its new 150,000-square-foot sustainable factory.
Rebuild by Design Redesigns Sandy-Battered Shore
Protective sand islands in long narrow threads would run along the Atlantic seacoast from Cape Cod, Massachusetts, to Cape May, New Jersey, in one of the most ambitious proposals unveiled last week by Rebuild by Design. The program is a high-speed, invited competition sponsored by a presidential task force, guided by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), and supported by the Rockefeller Foundation and others. The islands were among the strategies proposed by 10 interdisciplinary teams, to rebuild after Hurricane Sandy and protect against flooding due to rising seas and more violent storms.
Stephen Selkowitz is leader of the windows and envelope-materials group and senior advisor for building science at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) in Berkeley, California.
A Seattle Home with an Accessory Dwelling Embodies Healthy Living for all Generations
A Seattleite taps b9 architects to replace her sprawling home with new construction that takes up less square footage but accommodates both a primary residence and an accessory dwelling unit (ADU) for aging.
Now Turn to the Right
The Mueller Community is a redevelopment of Austin’s former Robert Mueller Municipal Airport. The transit-oriented neighborhood, located three miles from downtown, thoughtfully mixes housing, open space, and commercial uses according to a green master plan that will surely be replicated by cities and towns across the U.S.
Super-Sustainable Bullitt Center is ENR Editors' Choice for Best Project in 2013
During a 2010 preconstruction meeting with the owner-developer of Seattle's super-sustainable Bullitt Center, the 50,000-sq-ft project's consulting engineer had a minor meltdown over electric-plug loads—the silent killer of green-building power conservation. Paul Schwer's eventual victory over his plug-load agita exemplifies the way the job's team members often were forced to exit their comfort zones during the $30-million project. In doing so, they not only improved Bullitt Center, they created an example for others to follow.
Interview with Jenny Gersten, Executive Director of Friends of the High Line
The term “Off Broadway” may assume a vertical dimension as Jenny Gersten’s vision for the High Line takes shape. In January, Gersten officially started as executive director of Friends of the High Line (FHL), the nonprofit responsible for the elevated park, which connects New York’s West Village neighborhood to the future Hudson Yards development. In addition to management and fundraising, the role will have her focusing on the High Line’s cultural programming, to which Gersten brings a wealth of performing arts experience. The native New Yorker was most recently artistic director of the renowned Williamstown Theater Festival in Williamstown, Massachusetts, and associate producer at Manhattan’s Public Theater prior to that.
Against the Tide
Photographed by Alejandro Durán, the ongoing Washed Up series catalogues the vast amounts of trash that wash along the coast of Sian Ka'an, a federally protected biosphere in Quintana Roo, Mexico. The world's second-largest coastal barrier reef, Sian Ka'an has an ecosystem that supports hundreds of endangered species—including black-handed spider monkeys, West Indian manatees, American crocodiles, and the Central American tapir—and is also home to 330 bird species and over 850 vascular plants. Yet, the Sian Ka'an Neighbor's Association—an NGO dedicated to conservation—estimates that this preserve has been subject to 29 tons of waste in the two years it's been removing it.
Worthy of Ophelia
For 15 years, WEAVE operated out of a converted public restroom continually plagued by graffiti, located in Waterloo Park. A recently completed gut renovation of that building, by the progressive local firm Collins and Turner, has finally transformed the secondhand facility into a workplace fitting of the association’s mission.
A New Recreation and Education Facility Set to Revitalize Sherman Creek
The New York Restoration Project Selects Architecture Firm Bade Stageberg Cox to Design a Flood-resistant Boathouse along the Harlem River.