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 âTop 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 Silvercup Studios in Queens, New York, home to âThe Sopranosâ? and âSex and the City,â? whose extensive plant-growing roof 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?
Kailua, Hawaii, Hawaii Gateway Energy Center
Santa Monica, California, Z6 House
Stanford, California, Global Ecology Research Center
Eugene, Oregon, Wayne L. Morse Courthouse
Helotes, Texas, Government Canyon Visitor Center
Little Rock, Arkansas, Heifer International
Washington, D.C., Sidwell Friends Middle School
Willingboro, New Jersey, Willingboro Public Library
New Haven, Connecticut, Whitney Water Purification Facility
Boston, Massachusetts, Artists for Humanity Epicenter