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Urban Green Expo 2009

Urban Green Expo 2009

USGBC New York's Annual Green Building Conference

Submission Deadline: July 27th, 2009

Click Here For The Green Garage Inventors Competition Call for Submissions

The Green Garage Inventors Competition seeks to foster the creative ingenuity needed to usher in the green buildings of tomorrow and to retrofit our existing buildings. The competition will highlight innovative building products that address sustainability in compelling but practical ways. Winning inventions will be showcased in a dedicated section on the Urban Green Expo trade show floor on Sept. 22–23 in New York City, gaining exposure to the most vibrant real estate, media and financial market in the country. Winners will also be featured on the Urban Green Council and Urban Green Expo websites.

Winners will be selected based on the following criteria:
• Innovation/ originality
• Clarity of design and presentation
• Potential environmental value/ impact

Eligibility Requirements:
• Invention must relate to buildings
• Invention must have a working prototype
• Invention must be reproducible
• Invention may not be commercially available or subject to a patent held by another
person or organization

Invention Categories:
Site (Suggested Sub-Categories: Heat-Island Effect Mitigation, Stormwater Management)
Water Efficiency (Suggested Sub-Categories: Water-Use Reduction, Wastewater Technologies)
Energy (Suggested Sub-Categories: Energy Efficiency, Renewable Energy, Emission Reduction)
Materials and Resources (Suggested Sub-Categories: Recycled Materials, Renewable Materials, Waste Reduction)
Indoor Environmental Quality (Suggested Sub-Categories: Ventilation/Thermal Comfort, VOC/Toxicity Issues, Daylighting and Views)

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WPA 2.0 : Whoever rules the sewers rules the city.

Jury: Stan Allen,Cecil Balmond, Elizabeth Diller, Walter Hood, Thom Mayne, Marilyn Jordan Taylor

WPA 2.0: an open design competition for working public architecture organized and sponsored by cityLAB

cityLAB, an urban think tank at UCLA’s Department of Architecture and Urban Design, announces a call for entries to “WPA 2.0: Working Public Architecture.” WPA 2.0 is an open competition that seeks innovative, implementable proposals to place infrastructure at the heart of rebuilding our cities during this next era of metropolitan recovery. WPA 2.0 recalls the Depression-era Works Projects Administration (1935-43), which built public buildings, parks, bridges, and roads across the nation as an investment in the future—one that has, in turn, become a lasting legacy. We encourage projects that explore the value of infrastructure not only as an engineering endeavor, but as a robust design opportunity to strengthen communities and revitalize cities. Unlike the previous era, the next generation of such projects will require surgical integration into the existing urban fabric, and will work by intentionally linking systems of points, lines and landscapes; hybridizing economies with ecologies; and overlapping architecture with planning. This notion of infrastructural systems is intentionally broad, including but not limited to parks, schools, open space, vehicle storage, sewers, roads, transportation, storm water, waste, food systems, recreation, local economies, ‘green’ infrastructure, fire prevention, markets, landfills, energy-generating facilities, cemeteries, and smart utilities.

Download the competition brief here:

July 24, 2009:
REGISTRATIONS CLOSES; last day to submit questions

July 31, 2009:
Final update posted to Questions and Answers

August 7, 2009:

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Genessee Land Trust

500 East Ave # 200 Rochester, NY 14607 – (585) 256-2130
Directions and more »

I had breakfast last week with Tom Frey and Gay Mills, head of the Genessee Land Trust. I learned all sorts of things I didn’t know, but most importantly, the Genessee Valley Land Trust is all about preserving green places, and connecting them to people and neighborhoods.

According to their newsletter, their new strategic plan outlines five conservation initiatives

  • Create a ribbon of protected critical habitat and countryside near the shore of Lake Ontario
  • Link our urban neighborhoods to the natural places of the City of Rochester and Beyond
  • Partner with towns and farmers to extend the quilt of protected thriving farms
  • Preserve the best and uncommon natural habitats
  • Create greenways for wildlife between preserved habitats

I also learned that they share offices with the Rochester Area Community Foundation….

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The High Line: "that would be so cool…" IS

Rendering of the High Line, a green future pro...Image via Wikipedia

The High Line–world’s most innovative urban park (so far)– opened last week in New York City. Betsy and I visited it today. It’s beautiful, functional, and inspiring.

The High Line was an overgrown and abandoned elevated railroad line slated for demolition in a decaying neighborhood. A couple of dreamers with no particular qualifications met at a public hearing and advanced the idea that it should become a new public park. Ten years later, it is so. (History, Design Slideshow, my photos)

We were impressed by a number of things.

The merging of old and new, industrial and natural. (right)

The success of the social design and the instant community (below; note the kid- and wheelchair-friendly bleachers)

And the unity-in-diversity of the vistas.

And above all the demonstration that regular people can turn radical visions into life-enhancing realities.

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Thomas Frey knows how it's done.

I found Thomas Frey of the Genessee Valley Land Trust (and former Monroe County Executive) watering a tree at a new park on the corner of Clifford and Conkey Streets. Adjacent to that park (he explained) runs the former track of a CSW Railroad Spur that went from the Power Plant in High Falls all the way up to the top of the Genessee River near Charlotte. Tom helped the City of Rochester obtain a $2 million grant that will turn that trackbed into a bike path in the next year!

Besides offering to help us advance the Rochester Greenway, Tom told me more than I could fully absorb about the history of the various rail lines that criss-crossed Rochester in the past and provides us with such interesting opportunities for the future. What I *was* able to absorb is now recorded on the google Earth map at (and above right).

The conversation will continue.

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First Post of the RochesterGreenway Blog (and clipping service)

This blog chronicles the progress of the RochesterGreenway project.

Presumably you’ve already been to
If not go there! Then come back.

Today I initiated this blog, where you may find day by day updates on the project.

On the right you’ll find a clipping service, featuring items of interest (if you’re interested in this kind of thing) from around the web.

Co-editors, apply within!