Development


I wrote this right after GreenBuild 2007- but life got in the way of me adding pictures and posting sooner. Hopefully I can post more regularly. Check out my summary of the events I attended-

I will leave the Expo summary to Amanda. I was able to attend the opening plenary session with speeches by Rick Fedrizzi, President and CEO of USGBC and former President Bill Clinton amongst others. The choir was large and preaching was vibrant. In order to keep the energy up for the other 364 days a website was launched: GreenBuild365 I also attended six education sessions… (more…)

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With recent flooding in cities across the country,there has been increasing concerns about the state of our water treatment infrastructure. How can cities keep growing when many sewer systems are already at the breaking point?

First, we have to understand what’s already in place.

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Simple diagram of typical water treatment plant from the EPA.

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As urban areas are becoming more desirable places to live, more building is occurring to accommodate the needs of new and future residents. As the money/economics allow for the growth, the growth will continue. I wrote here about the economics behind high rise developments.

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Rendering, Fordham Spire, Chicago IL

In many locations, the current building boom is the market correcting itself – making up for lost time, when progress and change was unable to happen (sometimes due to over priced land in an undesirable location) for a number of years.

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View of model, Atlantic Yards, Brooklyn, NYC

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I’ve been getting more submissions from my readers about green projects they’re working on and events they’re participating in. Please, keep them coming!

Reader Sameera at the UK architecture firm Waugh Thistleton Ltd. let me know about a new London tower which just received planning approval. The fourteen story tower incorporates helical wind turbines into the base. Construction is expected to begin late this summer.

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Ramsgate Street, nighttime

American architect Frank Gehry has become what so many young architects dream of – well known in the field as well as to the general public (rare – the only other really being Frank Lloyd Wright), successfully and repeatedly carrying out his own vision of architecture, as well as ample opportunities to design beyond buildings.
In 1978 Gehry completed his own Santa Monica House. Early on in his career, he worked in more common materials, on a few occasions even incorporating chain link fence into the design. “Personally, I hate chain link. I got involved with it because it was invevitably being used around my buildings. If you can’t beat ’em, join ’em”, Gehry has stated on numerous occasions
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Gehry Santa Monica residence
1989 Pritzker Prize Laureate, Frank Gehry has since continued his pursuit of sculptural form in architecture. Working in what many call postmodern architecture, he is constantly pursuing his vision, which in many ways transcends a particular style. This pursuit is actually very modern – Gehry is working in his own language, developing it, testing it in every work that gets built. He is not inventing a new architecture every morning. He his committed to developing his vision of creating joyful architecture.
In 1997, the Guggenheim in Bilbao, Spain was completed. Almost overnight, it became THE destination. This work secured Gehry in the annals of architectural and cultural history.
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Guggenheim in Bilbao, Spain
So significant was this work of architecture, the Bilbao effect began to occur. Many cities clamored for a Gehry. The Simpsons even featured Gehry in an episode.
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Gehry, on The Simpsons
In the decade since Bilbao, Gehry has been busy. Some furniture,

jewelry

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Selection of Gehry-designed pieces at Tiffany and Co.
and more and more architecture…

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Chicago Millenium Park Pritzker Pavillion

One of the major projects he and his office has on the boards, Atlantic Yards.

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Atlantic Yards, model of “Miss Brooklyn”

Still working at full force at 78, Frank Gehry is an icon of our age. His body of work is unlike anything that came before. His passion for joyful architecture is inspiration for young architects. Though it is at this time unclear the effect Gehry’s sculptural forms will have on the future of architecture, it has surely made its impact on architectural and cultural history.

Brownstoner reports on the recently released Atlantic Yards Financial Projections.

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Much of the housing stock in cities across the country is a result of efforts by developers. Without delving into the politics and/or urban appropriateness of one solution type over another, I’d like to take a look at some of the current socio-economic factors guiding today’s real estate market, after highlighting some of the new, under construction and planned high rises in Brooklyn:

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Atlantic Yards

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J Condominium see other 2 other DUMBO projects and a neighborhood blog Dumbo NYC, Brooklyn

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Oro Condos (under construction) 306 Gold Street and the sister building at 313 Gold street

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One Hanson Place (former Williamsburgh Savings Bank)

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