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Sustainable Building - 2013 AIA Winner: 355 11th Street, San Francisco

Sustainable Building - 2013 AIA Winner: 355 11th Street, San Francisco | sustainable architecture |

A COTE Top Ten Green Project outperforms expectations and earns more recognition.

Like its surrounding SoMa (South of Market) neighborhood in San Francisco, 355 11th Street is an eye-catching hybrid of old and new. And in the three years since this formerly derelict but National Register–listed plumbing warehouse was renovated into a LEED-NC Gold–certified mixed-use office building and LEED-CI Platinum–certified restaurant, it has become a community magnet.

These attributes, among many others, garnered the project an AIA COTE Top Ten Green Project designation in 2010 and, this year, the inaugural 2013 AIA COTE Plus award.

ParadigmGallery's curator insight, May 22, 2013 6:45 PM

“One of my professors always said, ‘We’re architects. We’re responsible to our community,’ ”....this quote by Joshua Aidlin, AIA, partner at Aidlin Darling Deisgn.  “We can be guides toward responsible development. Clients are usually just dealing with their specific program. If you can open their eyes to opportunities, that’s exciting"


Luiz F. Costa's comment, May 26, 2013 8:24 AM
Fantástico lugar valeu.
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Elamang Avenue House by Luigi Rosselli

Elamang Avenue House by Luigi Rosselli | sustainable architecture |

What makes a house comfortable?

It’s the ability of a building to provide a climatically comfortable environment, a place where you seek refuge from the heat of the day or in the cold nights, without having to barricade yourself behind hermetically shut windows.

The rammed earth walls and well located operable skylights, the sun drenched courtyard and the breezy verandah, the green roof and external shutters have all contributed to a most liveable waterfront residence and to win the AIA sustainable design award for 2011.

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AIA’s Top 10 Green Buildings in 2011

AIA’s Top 10 Green Buildings in 2011 | sustainable architecture |

The American Institute of Architects Committee on the Environment (COTE) has announced the 2011 COTE Top Ten Green Projects, naming the top 10 examples of sustainable architecture and green design solutions that protect and enhance the environment. The program celebrates projects that are the result of a thoroughly integrated approach to architecture, natural systems, and technology. They make a positive contribution to their communities, improve occpant comfort, and reduce environmental impact through strategies such as reuse of existing structures, connection to transit systems, low-impact and regenerative site development, energy and water conservation, use of sustainable or renewable construction materials, and design that improves indoor air quality. Here are the winners...

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Designing a Built Environment Resilient to Climate Change

Designing a Built Environment Resilient to Climate Change | sustainable architecture |
Buildings, landscapes, infrastructure, and even entire cities can be designed to be more resilient to climate, environmental, and population changes, argued a high-profile panel at the American Institute of Architects (AIA) D.C.’s Design D.C. conference....
Venus Huang's curator insight, April 22, 2013 9:01 AM

This article relates to the use of green innovations in infrastructure to increase resilience and enable houses to better adapt to climate change, creating an eco-friendly community. This is a useful resource for teachers to utilize and implement in the classroom, which will assist stage one students to understand the impacts of climate change and learn to become environmentally friendly. It demonstrates how “green innovations” could be embedded in buildings such as solar panels, portable hot water systems and window louvers. These sustainable energy sources are important knowledge for students, especially to acknowledge the positive impacts it could bring to our environment.


Delivering explicit teaching strategies is necessary to assist students’ learning of the concepts mentioned above. We as teachers can engage Stage 1 students in interactive activities such as designing an environmental friendly home in groups, delineate their ideas on paper and allow them to present their proposed ideas. This activity promotes a cooperative learning approach in which students work together to achieve or complete shared or common tasks. Cooperative learning is a ‘constructivist method for fostering cognitive process.” (McInerney, 2010, p.271) The use of language during student-student interaction is a critical factor in enhancing children’s thinking. When children argue their point of view with other children, verify it and criticize the opinions of others, they are engaging a variety of ideas from which to learn.


McInerney, D., & McInerney, V. (2010). Educational Psychology: Constructing Learning. Sydney: Pearson Education Australia. Gilbert.