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Re: Vision Dallas, world's first off-the-grid city block

these green projects seem to be getting bigger & bigger...

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Re:Vision Dallas, Dallas, United States
Competition seeks to build first city block that runs off the grid
Imagine an entire city block that operates off the grid. That’s what competitors were asked to do in Re:Vision Dallas, an international design competition that seeks to transform a neglected urban block in downtown Dallas into a self-sustaining community. The competition, which drew hundreds of entries from 26 countries, resulted in three winners, from which one will be chosen for construction later this year.

The winners are: Entangled Bank by Little, based in Charlotte North Carolina; Forwarding Dallas by Atelier Data & MOOV of Lisbon Portugal; and Greenways Xero Energy by David Baker and Partners Architects with Fletcher Studio located in San Francisco California.

Little imagined a mixed-use tower that doubles as a vertical farm with glass ponds and a field for grazing livestock. In addition to providing 500 apartments, the site would house educational institutions, a slow food restaurant and an organic farming institute. The project would be powered by solar panels. Atelier Data & MOOV, imagined an 854-unit housing development modelled after a hilltown. On the hills, or rather rooftops, solar, photovoltaic and wind power will provide for 100% of the energy needs of the community. In the valleys, trees and vegetation are proposed. Cascading down the sides of buildings are public greenhouses. David Baker and Partners Architects working with Fletcher Studio has proposed the least monolithic and most sociable design of the lot. Their design integrates the block into the surrounding neighbourhood with a multi-modal transit center; a variety of "micro-retail" spaces; and an urban agriculture program.

The winners were chose by a panel of community leaders and experts that included Eric Corey Freed, Principal of organicARCHITECT; Adrian Hughes,Principal of ARUP; Nathanial Corum, an architect with Architecture for Humanity; Pliny Fisk, Director of Maximum Potential Building Systems, and Sergio Palleroni, Director and Co-founder of BaSIC Initiative at the University of Texas at Austin.

Sharon McHugh
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http://www.worldarchitecturenews.com...pload_id=11999











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Old Posted Jul 13, 2009, 8:54 PM
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Haha they gave a few of the people in the renderings cowboy hats.
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Old Posted Jul 13, 2009, 11:21 PM
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Great idea, horrible exacution,IMO.
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I don't get why the greenest projects can't be nicer looking and habitable by someone other than an architectural theorist.
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So, these places are going to stay cool in the Texas summer, how?
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They've selected a winner:



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Forwarding Dallas
Nature has been working forever, what challenges us now is finding how it will keep working forever. Intelligence as brought us to a point at which we have at hand an array of technical solutions that can either deprive or provide us with comfortable, culturally rich living conditions. The way we arrange such devices will ultimately make all the difference. In this project we aim at recognising how natural cycles work and replicate them; as a vast strategy, as a way to organise space, and as a model to technical solutions that are incorporated.

As a paradigm we chose the hillside, for it is one of the most diverse systems in nature. To this complex program, as well as to what is human interaction, one large single approach could never be tuned to meet all requirements. So, the space is organized as valleys, slopes and hilltops, to maximize solar gain, views and productive surfaces. The final goal of this project is not to build a physical structure, but rather set the means for a community to inhabit it. Not counting on people that will dwell here is only seeing half of the equation. This project intends to bring Dallas up to date, as well as aims to forward Dallas to the word as a paradigm of a solution to other cities facing the same problems. All sustainable projects have to be a compromise between what we receive and what we deliver to others, so in more than one sense we are Forwarding Dallas.










All text and photos are from urbanvision.org

Here's a couple of points that I've excerpted from John Greenan, the Executive Director of the Central Dallas CDC.

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1. The vegetation on the slopes isn't part of a vegetable garden--it's actually composed of sedum and similar plants that take very little maintenance. Assuming they remain in the design (not necessarily a given), those plants would require care only a few times each year, and that would be done by professional staff (can't be worse than washing the windows at Fountain Place!).

2. The current residence capacity of the project was set forth correctly above at just over 850 people. That's in 440 apartments. I expect that the density of the development will decrease by about 25% in the final design, but we haven't yet begun that work.
I've been keeping posted of this project via a thread at www.dallasmetropolis.com. Watch out for the naysayers. This is a Texas forum.

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