A federal courthouse in Eugene, Oregon, and Chelsea Clintonâs prep school may not seem to have much in common, but theyâre both winners, ecologically speaking. Both the Oregon courthouse and the tony D.C. school have sustainable, environmentally friendly designs and were named in this yearâs â
Top Ten Green Projects
,â? awarded by the American Institute of Architects.
The awards have been given for the past 11 years, but this year saw a dramatic increase in entries. Last year, only 54 designs were submitted. This year, the number was 95. Winning buildings have pleasing aesthetics as well as environmental features, like cooling systems powered by recycled drinking water or courtyards watered by roof-top collection ponds. (The complete list of winners is below.)Â
For runner up, I would nominate
in Queens, New York, home to âThe Sopranosâ? and âSex and the City,â? whose extensive
is adding much-needed greenery and oxygen to a crowded city.
For more sustainable, livable designs, check out the
National Sustainable Design Expo
in Washington, D.C. I tell ya, weâre mere months away from a Bravo reality series on cute, young, environmentally-conscious architects. âProject Greenway,â? anyone?
Hawaii Gateway Energy Center
Santa Monica, California,
Global Ecology Research Center
Wayne L. Morse Courthouse
Government Canyon Visitor Center
Little Rock, Arkansas,
Sidwell Friends Middle School
Willingboro, New Jersey,
Willingboro Public Library
New Haven, Connecticut,
Whitney Water Purification Facility
Artists for Humanity Epicenter