I’ve recently come across two academic explorations into sustainable housing, one in Chicago: IIT’s Urban House 1 (Green Bean writes about it) and one outside of Austin, Tx Center for Maximum Potential Building Systems (Architecture Week covers it here).

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Urban House 1

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CMPBS laboratory
I think both of these explorations are critical to making green building more accessible to the general public. I appreciate the efforts in both veins, the research efforts intending to yield practical applications (CMPBS), and the actual implementation of said research in the market (IIT). These are ways for the academic institutions to make a more direct impact on our world, by moving the center of attention outside of the individual designer/architect outward to the community, the environment.

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