Archive for the ‘Green Architecture’ Category

A Low Carbon Economy

Can a Low Carbon Economy help reduce the chances of Global Warming?

Green Graphic An LCE has the potential to reduce planet-warming Green House Gases (GHGs0 and steer humankind away from dangerous, irreversible climate change.

An LCE is a system in which electricity is produced and energy is consumed using methods and fuels that emit a far lower quantity of GHGs than the carbon intensive systems we employ today.  The LCE extends beyond mere electricity production to embrace home heating, production of goods and see vices, transportation, agriculture, fishing, mining and almost every industry or activity you can imagine.

To learn more about a Low Caron Economy, please follow the link below to a recent paper I wrote for a University of Melbourne climate change course.

Ed Horner

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Hantz Woodlands a New Vision or City Sellout?

Hantz WoodlandsMore than a mere land sale, the Detroit City Council’s 5-4 vote Tuesday to sell about 1,500 lots to the Hantz Woodlands project keeps alive the idea that Detroit will serve as a worldwide center of urban innovation for postindustrial cities. Continue reading

Streets to Parks in Vancouver

Photograph by: Les Bazso , Vancouver Sun

It is, undoubtedly, a modest proposal.

But the fact the city is giving serious consideration to a plan to convert short segments of two city streets in Marpole into public green space is being welcomed by residents who say their community has long been “park deficient” compared to its population. Now, with several high-density housing projects either underway or on the books for the neighbourhood, residents say the need for more park space has never been greater. Continue reading

Centre for Green Cities takes PUG Awards

Last night I made it to the PUG Awards.  It’s an annual People Choice Award for Toronto architecture, completed in the previous year.  This year the Commercial Space winner was The Centre for Green Cities, Evergreen Brick Works.  Kudos to them and their team!  This is a beautiful building, constructed to high environmental standards, sensitive to the semi-natural and historic area in which it’s sited, uses lots of natural light and lots of recycled and reused materials.  Interesting to note that the awards were swept by Diamon Schmitt Architects.  They’ve been doing some great work in and around TO. Continue reading