10 Aug '11, 8pm

Clark Manus assesses past, present & future of sustainability in NOLA as a strategy for healthy cities

Clark Manus assesses past, present & future of sustainability in NOLA as a strategy for healthy cities

Clark D. Manus, FAIA, 2011 President Credit: WILLIAM STEWART PHOTOGRAPHY The recent AIA National Convention in New Orleans provided a venue to assess the past, present, and future of sustainability as a strategy for healthy urban centers. I gleaned some of the most compelling lessons by looking out over the city from my room on the Hilton’s 29th floor. The landscape between the hotel and the convention center was pockmarked by hard-surfaced parking lots. There were no green barriers and no permeable surfaces to absorb rainwater. I also searched in vain for evidence of green roofs and solar arrays. The green median of the street that ran by the convention center was not planted with the indigenous live oaks, whose branches would have provided shade. Instead, there was a row of palms in a self-conscious branding gesture that told visitors they had arrived at a subtropical de...

Full article: http://www.eco-structure.com/urban-design/urban-sanctuary...

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