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A Transit Plaza for Seattle's Light Rail Extension by Brooks + Scarpa

A Transit Plaza for Seattle's Light Rail Extension by Brooks + Scarpa | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

Brooks + Scarpa design for a transit plaza for Seattle's light rail extension.

The station—an elevated central platform at South 200th Street—will serve as a transit hub, supporting park and ride, 1,050 parking spots, passenger drop-off areas, and connections between the light rail and bus services. Also planned is public art, landscaping, improved traffic circulation, a rainwater harvesting system, and rooftop solar panels.

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Dihedral House: A sustainable home in Boulder, Colorado

Dihedral House: A sustainable home in Boulder, Colorado | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

This modern urban house features an all glass living room and site-cast, board-formed concrete walls that moor the building to its site and provide thermal mass to control temperature swings.

The house is organized around crossing dihedral lines that create the interior volumes. The building was delivered using a fast-track, design-build process... Learn more at the article link.

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Off-Grid, Design/Build: The House on Limekiln Line

Off-Grid, Design/Build: The House on Limekiln Line | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

An extraordinary off grid home built with local materials, that fits right into the rural Ontario landscape, the House on Limekiln Line is an extraordinary artifact, addressing a 220 year old heritage, with a modern aesthetic.


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The House on Limekiln Line, a design-build off-grid house, is sited in a rich agricultural landscape.The house is understood as both a mediator to and a microcosm of its immediate cultural and climatic context. An “observation shed”, the house is composed of a series of scales of spaces, each with distinct vantage points, visual alignments, and framed vistas to the larger context beyond, facilitating stewardship of and respect for the productive landscape in which it sits...

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Natalie Curtis's curator insight, April 19, 2013 9:22 AM

Off grid living at its finest- definitely needs to be explored more in some cases. The local materials are a great way of resourcing too!

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Students design and build new homes for Navajo families | SmartPlanet

Students design and build new homes for Navajo families | SmartPlanet | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it
More than 2.4 million Native Americans live on or close to tribal reservations, and over forty percent live in dilapidated or overcrowded housing where basic conveniences like water, power and plumbing are often severely insufficient.

A educational nonprofit based in Utah is taking the principles of design-build, where designers are involved in construction, to address the situation of housing on the Navajo reservation that straddles Utah, Arizona, Colorado and New Mexico.

DesignBuildBluff (DBB) gives architecture students at the University of Colorado and the University of Utah the opportunity to design and build new homes for Navajo families living in Bluff, Utah.

The students do all of the design work for a specific family, and the same students that do the designing do the building (hence the design-build name). The designs must focus on sustainability, and the houses must be 1000 square feet or less...

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