Green Architecture Infographics...

We’ve come across a few good infographics in the past couple of weeks, so we thought we would share them here.

The first comes from Autodesk’s blog, and talks all about how green building is good for small business.

 

 

And the second is all about solid-state lighting and how much energy it saves, courtesy of CREE, Inc.

Urban Greening – Chicago...

This is the first post in a new series about different efforts to reclaim unused spaces in urban areas.

A rendering of the future Bloomingdale Trail.

Chicago is on the verge of something big. The Windy City is working hard to redefine itself into an urban oasis. Ideas for parks and green areas are popping up left and right. Two that stand out are Bloomingdale Trail and Northerly Island Park. Both projects focus on reusing previously vacated civic space; Bloomingdale Trail will take over a former rail line, while Northerly Island Park reclaims a bygone airstrip on Lake Michigan. These projects  are indicative of a larger movement that we are noticing in cities across the globe to convert underused areas into functional destinations that people will revitalize urban centers. (more…)

Spring 2013 Newsletter...


This spring we learned that Feldman Architecture’s Shack, completed in collaboration with homeowner Loretta Gargan Landscape + Design, has been selected for the AIA San Francisco’s Marin Home Tours.  We’re very excited that Loretta and her partner, photographer Catherine Wagner, are open to having visitors tour through the Shack for a day.  Tours take place on Saturday, May 18th, and if you’d like to join, tickets may be purchased here.

At the end of the year, we received copies of the Design Bureau’s special Architecture edition to find that a close up of the Caterpillar House landed on the cover.  The issue also features a nice profile of the Caterpillar House and puts the firm in great company.  The Mill Valley Cabins are featured in the newly published and beautifully designed Rock the Shack: The Architecture of Cabins, Cocoons and Hide-Outs published by Gestalten.

We were also excited to learn that out of 1000’s of projects on Architizer.com, Caterpillar was selected by a notable jury for a Special Mention in the Architizer’s A+ awards program in the Architecture+Sustainability category.

A new home in Santa Cruz recently completed by Feldman Architecture and Testorff Construction earned LEED Platinum status, the first home in Santa Cruz to achieve this status.  The construction of the home was profiled in the local paper in an article that covers several unique features of the home plus the trials of pursuing LEED status.  Stand by for professional photos soon.


Turning in house at Feldman, the firm is celebrating its 10th anniversary this month and GreenArchitecturenotes.com celebrated its 4th anniversary on Earth Day. Hannah Brown and Chris Kurrle were named Associates at the end of last year.  Additionally, the firm continues to grow with Nik Rael joining our firm after moving to San Francisco from New York City.  Nik’s profile is available on our website.  The team enjoyed welcoming many of our collaborators at the firm’s Open House this holiday season.  If you didn’t make it, photos of our new office are up on our website.

Happy Earth Day: Why LEED for Homes?...

Caterpillar House by Feldman Architecture earned LEED Platinum certification in the LEED for Homes program in 2011. Photo by Joe Fletcher.

At Feldman Architecture, we have been fortunate to have clients coming the project kick-off meeting with a list of ‘green goals’ in mind. Today, with so much being published about sustainable design, the ideas that green design can be beautifully integrated into a project and promote technologies that help rather than harm the environment are widely disseminated.

One of the champions in the promotion of green design has been the United States Green Building Council, USGBC, with its well-known LEED, Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, program. Buildings which have earned the LEED designation are known to have met and exceeded the standards of the local, state and federal requirements for green design. Here in California, our Title 24 and local requirements, some of which even require that projects meet the Green Point Rating system administered by BuildItGreen, tend to be quite progressive in terms of protecting the environment, but LEED tends to push the green building practice steps further. (more…)

Sinker Cypress...

Historic photo of old growth Bald Cypress grove in Florida.

Sinker Cypress is one of the most stunning and beautiful woods that we at Arc Wood & Timbers have the honor to reclaim and custom mill for our clients. Its rich color ranges from deep honeycomb gold to dark olive green depending on the water regions where the logs are found. Sinker Cypress (also known as Deadhead Cypress, Heart Cypress, or River Recovered Cypress) describes harvested trees that sank as they floated down rivers in log rafts to the nearest sawmill. (more…)

Follow Up: The New Edible Landscape...

It looks like Leslie’s tips on starting your own edible garden have garnered some serious attention. In the April 2013 issue of Sunset, one of Leslie’s projects is featured as one of ten ways to get planting this spring. You can get a taste of the article on their website, but make sure to check out the magazine for the full article.

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