What does it mean to build sustainably?
We believe in architecture that is timeless, livable, and beautiful; that is radically efficient in its use of energy, water, and materials; that cultivates systemic change by supporting local economies, cooperative enterprises, and decentralized production; that creates clean energy, purifies water, provides habitat, and regenerates ecosystems; and that fosters community and social capital — the building blocks of a more equitable and democratic society.
Iowa Nest Residence
A Net Zero Energy house at conventional cost for a private client in southwest Iowa. This partially underground house will have no active cooling system and will be powered entirely by the sun. Currently under construction. More info at www.iowanest.com.
A Net Positive Energy, LEED Platinum residence and small organic farm designed by William McDonough + Partners. Carl Sterner was a core member of the design team from inception through construction and oversaw LEED certification. Architectural Record's House of the Month, March 2015. More at WM+P's website.
Reclaiming Nature's Metropolis
This dramatic re-envisioning of Chicago as a regenerative, Net Zero Energy city won a top award in the Living City Design Competition. With Rollerhaus Pictureworks & Design Studio.
Spa at Pleasant Hill
A movement against spirit/body and man/nature dualisms. The building takes an open approach to thermal comfort, relying on thermal mass, shading, and surface temperature to provide a varied and visceral experience.
Blue Ridge Residence
A passive, low-energy home in Virginia's Blue Ridge Mountains. Carl Sterner contributed to the schematic design of this project while at William McDonough + Partners.
Bldg Block Roanoke
A mixed-use, flexible building for Roanoke, Virginia. This building is about scales of change: a durable, long-lasting structure; an open, flexible floorplan; and an exterior envelope that changes with the seasons. With Lyle Solla-Yates.
Reimagining Forest Park
This proposal investigates the transformation of a 1970s suburb to a chain of walkable neighborhoods, with a focus on public space and housing types such as co-housing and suburban infill.
Cincinnati Park Comfort Stations
A winning competition entry for new Comfort Stations in the Cincinnati Parks proposed two types of units: one based on rainwater capture & reuse, the other utilizing composting toilets.