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Vote Roland Park Water Tower To Win 10K Through Dwell
February 13, 2012, 1:00 pm
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Vote Roland Park Water Tower To Win $10,000 Through Dwell

From the Baltidome inbox:

The tower has been entered in Dwell magazine’s “Rethinking Preservation” contest. Take a minute and vote!

A direct link for voting:

Friends of the Roland Water Tower could receive $10,000 to help preserve the historic structure if it wins Dwell magazine’s “Rethinking Preservation” contest.

Supporters can vote for the water tower, which was built between 1904 and 1905, between now and Feb. 20, 2012.

To win the contest, a structure must be one of top 10 in terms of votes and then a panel of judges will select a winner from that list, according to the magazine. Dwell, and its partner Sub-Zero, will donate the money to the tower if it’s selected.

Sustainable Architecture Firm UrbanLab Lecture On Ecological Urbanism
March 2, 2011, 9:48 am
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Sustainable Architecture Firm UrbanLab Lecture On Ecological Urbanism

Photo Courtesy of UrbanLab

Martin Felsen, of UrbanLab
Lecture: Civic Space Through Ecological Urbanism
Thursday, March 10,
6 p.m. with reception to follow, $15
Falvey Hall, Maryland Institute College of Art

From AIABaltimore:

As a practice whose focus is the engagement of architecture and infrastructure, UrbanLab has been recognized in Architectural Record, Architecture, The New York Times, and Places for its innovative and interdisciplinary approach. Martin Felsen, with his wife and partner Sarah Dunn, founded UrbanLab in 2000.

Together in the neighborhood of Pilsen in Chicago, they dove into designing and building a sustainable house – featuring a green roof and hefty insulation – which quickly transformed into the home of their “live + work” architecture firm.

UrbanLab is precisely that; an analytical laboratory focusing on the research and assessment of city systems and communities in relation to pressing sustainable design needs in Chicago and other American metropolitan areas. A combination of observation, analysis, and design is the process by which this unique architectural laboratory explores the full gamut of human needs: from private residential living to commerce at the public scale to our greater inter-connectivity via waterways, railways, and roadways.

This lecture is sponsored by AIABaltimore. To learn more about the event, CLICK HERE.  To visit the UrbanLab website, CLICK HERE. Check out UrbanLab’s many exciting projects. -Click on each heading and then the photographs for individual project descriptions.

Re-envisioning Public Infrastructure: The Jones Falls

Re-envisioning Public Infrastructure:
The Jones Falls

Design Conversation 29: Re-envisioning Public Infrastructure
Tuesday, March 1, 6 – 8 pm
Windup Space

12 W. North Avenue

UVA School of Architecture Professor Jorg Sieweke explores the future of the Jones Falls that once shaped the city and has been neglected and buried in an underground culvert to make room for an inner city expressway, the JF-X.

Professors Robin Dripps and Lucia Phinney employ parametric software to model vacant lots, useable roof areas, surface water flows, and scattered vegetative patches in relationship to existing urban patterns, topography, and solar orientation.

From Tim Hill at the Baltimore Citypaper:

Imagine what the city would be like if you rolled back the Jones Falls Expressway and the concrete culvert that carries the falls beneath. Demolish the modernist impulse to reshape nature, and restore the life that once thrived along its banks. Then, take what’s left of a depopulated city and reimagine a smart grid of information-age enterprise consisting of micro-farms, rainwater distribution networks, material salvage and recycling, and thriving entrepreneurship. Three University of Virginia architecture professors envision all of this in a smaller, smarter, self-reliant Baltimore in control of its own future. This 28th installation of the Design Conversation promises another night of visionary thinking, and we like what they see.

This event is Free admission and open to the public.

The Design Conversations are a monthly forum for ideas about Baltimore and beyond. Always free, and always held the first Tuesday of the month at the WindUp Space, these conversations are curated by a group of volunteers, and are made possible by the generous support of The Baltimore Community Foundation and D:Center Baltimore.

For more information, CLICK HERE.

Prototype LEED Platinum Home Unveiled In Baltimore

Prototype LEED Platinum Home Unveiled In Baltimore

Baltimore’s greenest home may surprisingly also be one of its more affordable.

In January the completed 1000th Habitat For Humanity Home in Maryland was unveiled.  What appears as an unassuming rowhome in the Sandtown neighborhood of Baltimore, is something altogether exceptional when you pass through its threshold.

1810 Laurens Street is currently on track to become the first LEED for Homes Platinum project in Baltimore City.  It is also intended to be a model for affordable housing.  The 1,000 sq ft home is outfitted with a rainwater collection system, high efficiency windows and doors, resalvaged (or reclaimed) hardwood floors, cabinets and countertop, solar roof panels and a “white” roof, tankless water heater, and recycled glass tiles… just to name a few of its sustainable features.

At the recently commenced Maryland Chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council 6th Annual Awards event, the Sandtown home won both the USGBC Maryland ‘Home Award’ and ‘People’s Choice Award’.

A real team effort, this award winning example of green design is the acheivement of Ziger/Snead, Synthesis Incorporated, UnderArmour, Hamel Green Construction, Merritt Properties, Habitat For Humanity Sandtown, Elysian Energy, Straughan Environmental, USGBC MD Chapter and others.

To learn more about the home and its construction and for more pictures, visit or CLICK HERE.  Tours of the house will be offered during Baltimore Green Week (April 16th-23rd).

Images are courtesy of Jonas Risen at Ziger Snead.

Baltimore Project Wins One Of 5 National Awards From EPA

Baltimore’s Miller’s Court Wins One Of 5 National Awards From The EPA

From the EPA:

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recognized five projects with the 2010 National Award for Smart Growth Achievement for their comprehensive approach to improving quality of life. The projects make cities safer and more pleasant for pedestrians and bicyclists, manage growth to ensure long-term prosperity and health, and revitalize existing neighborhoods to provide new opportunities.

The recipients of the 2010 National Award for Smart Growth Achievement are:

· Overall Excellence: Smart.Growth@NYC, New York, New York
PlaNYC 2030, New York City’s blueprint for planning future growth, provided the inspiration for multi-agency coordination on innovative policies and projects to improve the quality of life in the city. PlaNYC prepares for more population while adding small public spaces throughout the city, improving air and water quality, and improving public health with better access to fresh food and more options for walking and biking.

· Smart Growth and Green Building: Miller’s Court, Baltimore, Maryland
Miller’s Court, a renovated tin can factory, offers new housing and commercial space in the center of a neighborhood that is gaining new life as a thriving, convenient urban setting. The project has spurred new economic activity nearby, from a small boutique bakery to a 200,000-square-foot retail and office development.

· Policies, Programs, and Regulations: 2040 Growth Concept, Portland Metro, Oregon
Metro, the elected regional government of the Portland, Oregon, area, is making sure that future population growth can be accommodated through its “Making the Greatest Place” effort. Building on the 2040 Growth Concept, this effort helps protect current and future residents’ quality of life by providing access to transportation choices, investing in compact communities, and preserving farms and forests.

· Rural Smart Growth: The Gateway 1 Corridor Action Plan, Maine
The Gateway 1 Corridor Action Plan covers a 100-mile stretch of Maine’s central coast along U.S. Route 1, from Brunswick to Stockton Springs. The collective effort by 20 towns to protect rural and scenic resources is a noteworthy achievement to preserve the environment and strengthen the economy along this regionally significant corridor.

· Civic Places: Mint Plaza, San Francisco, California
Mint Plaza, in downtown San Francisco, is a formerly dilapidated city-owned alley converted into a public plaza and festival space with an innovative stormwater system. The project’s contemporary design respects its historic context while also providing a flexible public space for the surrounding neighborhood that brings people together.

These award winners embody the principles behind EPA’s work with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the U.S. Department of Transportation under the Partnership for Sustainable Communities. The agencies are improving access to affordable housing and providing more transportation options and lower transportation costs while protecting the environment. By investing in existing communities and valuing the unique assets found in rural, suburban and urban settings, they are also finding ways to spur new economic development and opportunity.

EPA created the National Award for Smart Growth Achievement in 2002 to recognize exceptional approaches to development that protect the environment, foster economic vitality, and enhance quality of life. The agency’s Smart Growth Program helps America’s communities turn their visions of the future into reality through research, tools, partnerships, case studies, grants, and technical assistance.

For more information about Miller’s Court, CLICK HERE.


Green Roof Giveaway In Baltimore.

Green Roof Giveaway In Baltimore.

Cole Roofing Green Roof Giveaway!

Cole Roofing in Baltimore  is offering to install a green roof on an area non-profit – for FREE! One organization will receive a free vegetated or solar integrated roof, and one organization will receive a $5,000 donation from Cole Roofing.

Voting Period

November 16–December 17
32 organizations have made their cases and now it is time for the public to cast its vote on who is most deserving. Voting can be done through Facebook or registering at the Green Roof Giveaway site. After one month, voting will end and the winners will be chosen.

Everyone is allowed one vote per day.

Baltimore has many deserving non-profits listed on the Green Roof Giveaway.  Support your city non-profits by submitting your vote today!

For more information about the contest and to vote, CLICK HERE.

About Cole Roofing:
Family owned and operated since 1919, Cole Roofing has been providing quality commercial roofing, repair and maintenance—delivering building owners, property managers and tenants with technical industrial roofing expertise and superior customer service.