Tag Archives: Design

EDRA Great Places Award Program

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The Environmental Design Research Association, in partnership with Project for Public Spaces, presents the 19th Annual Great Places Awards. The Great Places Awards seek to recognize work that combines expertise in design, research and practice; and contributes to the creation of dynamic, humane places that engage our attention and imagination. Applications due January 31, 2017. Learn more and apply... Read more

Rebuilding with Resilience: Lessons from the Rebuild by Design Competition After Hurricane Sandy

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This Georgetown Climate Center report aims to capture and share lessons learned from the innovative process for developing the Rebuild by Design (RBD) proposals and the novel projects that were generated through this competition. This report describes how the Hurricane Sandy Rebuild by Design Competition projects are demonstrating innovative approaches for rebuilding in ways that will make our communities more resilient to future climate impacts and other environmental changes, as well as to social and economic stressors. Read report... Read more

Post-Election Outlook for 2017 Design and Construction

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The economy has limped through much of 2016. Some analysts say uncertainty over the U.S. presidential and congressional elections has caused businesses and consumers to hold off committing to construction and other spending. Once the election is finally over, will construction get a bounce or fall into a sinkhole? What are the likely impacts on housing, private nonresidential investment, infrastructure and other public projects? Will labor availability ease or continue to plague many contractors? Are materials prices heading up, down... Read more

Social Impact Design Celebration

Wonder Bread Factory (Credit: Douglas Development)
The Social Impact Design Celebration is the social event for all of those supporting social impact design in the architecture, design, development, and construction fields in the DC area. The event highlights the work of leaders dedicated to social impact design in the DC region, including an awards presentation. The event will not only feature the work of Inscape Publico, but the many individuals and organizations dedicated to improving our communities through professional design. Keynote remarks will be made by... Read more

EPA Webinar – Toolkit of Available EPA Green Infrastructure Modeling Software

Residential rooftop garden and green space
This webinar will present a toolkit consisting of five EPA green infrastructure models and tools, along with communication material. This toolkit can be used as a teaching and quick reference resource for use by planners and developers when making green infrastructure implementation decisions. It can also be used for low impact development design competitions. Register now... Read more

Subdivision Design and Flood Hazard Areas Guide

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Sustainability, resilience and climate change are top of mind for planners and floodplain managers, but when it comes to subdivision design, those concepts haven’t hit home. The result? Catastrophic flood damage. Subdivision Design and Flood Hazard Areas is a guide to best floodplain planning practices for subdivision design. Readers will find tools to end the build-damage-rebuild cycle, save lives, protect property, and lay the foundation for a better, drier future. Read report... Read more

Design in Detroit: The Art of Building Rehab

The revitalized College for Creative Studies in Detroit, Michigan
Had the College for Creative Studies in Detroit, Mich. built its new school from scratch, there’s a good chance students would be toiling away in isolated classrooms right now. They surely wouldn’t be an elevator ride from a startup incubator, or steps from an arched auditorium that draws international luminaries to events. But the school didn’t build new. It accepted a neglected building donated by General Motors: the historic Argonaut, a 760,000-square-foot research center originally built in 1928. Read more... Read more

Rudy Bruner Award for Urban Excellence (RBA)

The Steel Yard in Providence, Rhode Island, is a past winner, for its adaptive reuse that created an industrial arts campus and small business incubator
The Rudy Bruner Award for Urban Excellence celebrates urban places that are distinguished by quality design and their social and economic contributions to our nation’s cities. Winners offer creative placemaking solutions that transcend the boundaries between architecture, urban design and planning and showcase innovative thinking about American cities. One Gold Medal of $50,000 and four Silver Medals of $10,000 will be awarded. Projects must be a real place, not just a plan or a program, and be located in the... Read more
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