Monday, July 16, 2012
School of Architecture Plays Role in Phipps' Center for Sustainable Landscapes
Architecture faculty, students, and alumni have been part of the planning and construction for the Phipps Conservatory & Botanical Gardens' Center for Sustainable Landscapes (CSL), which could be known as one of the greenest buildings on earth. The CSL will produce all of its own energy through solar panels, a wind turbine, and 14 geothermal wells. It also will manage and treat storm and sanitary water. Architecture faculty--including Khee Poh Lam, Vivian Loftness, Azizan Aziz and Christine Mondor-- played a key role in the design sessions.
In 2009, Loftness' fourth-year studio had students designing concepts for the building. "Too often, university faculty and students are not out in the field and don't have the opportunity to work with great organizations that are doing innovative things" said Steve Lee, head of the School of Architecture. "With Phipps and its proximity to our campus, we're fortunate to have the opportunity to work closely on projects like this that make a difference."
By: Heidi Opdyke