Sustainable Cities Design Academy Pursues
Next Generation Sustainability for Urban Communities
The Sustainable Cities Design Academy, a program of the Center for Design & the City at the American Architectural Foundation, convened June 5–7, 2013, in Washington, D.C. Over the course of three days, city leaders, developers and design professionals representing Denver, Los Angeles, Tucson and Greensboro, N.C., collaborated with nationally recognized experts in sustainable design to maximize the potential for sustainability of four in-process public-private partnership projects:
Denver: The 40th/Colorado Transit Oriented Development is planning to redevelop a commuter rail station in a former industrial district on the FasTracks’ East Rail Line, which connects downtown Denver to the Denver International Airport. Concurrently, the Urban Land Conservancy is planning to develop a nine-acre parcel within the five-minute walking radius of the station. The Regional Transportation District will develop the station, while the City and County of Denver will work to resolve connectivity and drainage issues in the area.
Los Angeles: United Technologies Corp.’s Warner Center is a 46-acre former Rocketdyne industrial site north of downtown Los Angeles developed by Boston Global Investors, LLC, with support from HOK and Vanderweil Engineers, LLP. The proposed project calls for a central park surrounded by six mixed-use development blocks. The focus is now on such aspects of the plan as water conservation strategies, building-specific energy efficiency mandates, cogeneration/central plant feasibility and landscape design parameters.
Tucson: The Downtown Links project is a $76.1-million component of a twenty-year multi-modal transportation plan. It includes a four-lane, 1.3-mile roadway connecting Barrazza-Aviation Parkway southeast of downtown Tucson with Interstate 10 to the west. The project team consists of the City’s Transportation Department, the University of Arizona, HDR Engineering, Inc. and Wheat Scharf Associates. Their goal is to best align the corridor with the existing Warehouse Arts District and a new Modern Streetcar. Other proposed improvements to the corridor area include substantial bike, pedestrian and drainage improvements as well as the preservation and reuse of several historic structures.
Greensboro, N.C.: Integral City is an arts-led economic development project fostering connectivity and collaboration throughout downtown Greensboro. The project team includes Elsewhere (a living museum coupled with an artist residency program), the United Arts Council of Greater Greensboro, Action Greensboro and North Carolina A&T University’s Architectural Engineering Department. This partnership is interested in strengthening grassroots arts leadership in Greensboro, catalyzing redevelopment of Greensboro’s historic urban core and restoring connections to underserved neighborhoods, educational and cultural institutions and the city’s burgeoning Greenway.
“The Sustainable Cities Design Academy is a marquee program of our Center for Design & the City,” said Ronald E. Bogle, Hon. AIA, president and chief executive officer of the American Architectural Foundation. “Through convening intensive and diverse design collaborations, it has served more than thirty urban communities and helped to elevate the quality of life in those communities.”
The Sustainable Cities Design Academy was established in partnership with United Technologies Corp. (UTC) in 2009. UTC is the presenting sponsor of the program.
Project Team Members and Design Experts
Denver Project Team Members:
Debra Bustos, Director of Real Estate
Urban Land Conservancy
Ignacio Correa-Ortiz, AIA, AICP, LEED AP, Senior Architect / Urban Designer
Regional Transportation District
Steve Nalley, Senior City Planner
City of Denver Community Planning and Development
Emily Silverman, Associate City Planner
City and County of Denver, Department of Public Works, Policy, Planning, and Sustainability
Sharon Bradley, RLA, ASLA, President & Founding Principal
Bradley Site Design, Inc.
Jee Mee Kim, AICP, Vice President / Director of Planning & Design
Sam Schwartz Engineering
Tom von Schrader, PE, LEED AP, Founding Principal
SvR Design Company
Los Angeles Project Team Members:
Andrew Albers, Director of Sustainable Development
Boston Global Investors, LLC
Ken Drucker, FAIA, Design Director / Senior Principal
Charles Reid, RA, Executive Vice President
Boston Global Investors, LLC
Charles Veley, Director of Real Estate Development
United Technologies Corporation
Chad Wisler, PE, LEED AP, Managing Principal
Vanderweil Engineers, LLP
Kevin Cahill, PE, CPD, LEED AP, Principal
Astrid Diehl, Associate
Mia Lehrer + Associates
Mark Williams, CPSWQ, CPESC, QSD, Associate Principal, Water Sciences Manager
Tucson Project Team Members:
Tom Fisher, Project Manager
City of Tucson Department of Transportation
Brent J. Kirkman, PE, Project Manager
HDR Engineering, Inc.
Linda C. Samuels, RA, PhD, Project Director
Sustainable City Project, College of Architecture, Planning & Landscape Architecture, U of Arizona
Eric Scharf, RLA, ASLA, Principal
Wheat Scharf Associates
Projjal Dutta, AIA, LEED AP, Director of Sustainability
NYS Metropolitan Transportation Authority
Betsy Jackson, President
The Urban Agenda, Inc.
Faith Okuma, AICP, LEED AP, RLA, Principal
Surroundings Studio, LLC
Greensboro Project Team Members:
Tom Philion, President & CEO
United Arts Council of Greater Greensboro
Robert Powell, AIA, LEED AP, Assistant Professor
Architectural Engineering Dept. North Carolina A&T State University
Dabney Sanders, Downtown Greenway Project Manager
George Scheer, Co-Founder & Director
Monica Chadha, LEED AP, Co-Founder/Adjunct Assistant Professor
Converge:Exchange / Illinois Institute of Technology
Janice Marks, Principal
High Marks Consulting, Inc.
Charlie Stott, AIA, LEED AP, Senior Associate
Leddy Maytum Stacy Architects
About the Center for Design & the City
The Center for Design & the City at the American Architectural Foundation is an international platform for the development and implementation of innovative urban forms that promote economic, social, cultural and environmental vibrancy. Its efforts coalesce at the intersection of design, public policy and technology.
About United Technologies Corp. (UTC)
United Technologies Corp. is a diversified company that provides a broad range of high-technology products and services to the global aerospace and building systems industries. Its commercial businesses are Otis elevators and escalators and UTC Climate, Controls & Security, which includes Carrier heating, air conditioning and refrigeration systems; building controls and automation from brands such as Automated Logic and Lenel; as well as fire and security solutions from brands such as Kidde and Chubb. Its aerospace businesses are Sikorsky helicopters and support; Pratt & Whitney aircraft engines; and UTC Aerospace Systems advanced aerospace and defense products. More information is available at http://www.utc.com.
Featured image of Greensboro citizens participating in Integral City activities at Elsewhere Museum. Image courtesy of George Scheer.