GG Living Building Design Studio

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<return Fall 2008 - Design Studio sessions

The concept

Outcome

Develop a sustainable Living Building plan for the The Green Garage building to meet the community social and work needs. The plan would include:

  • Community social and work requirements
  • detailed sketches of the overall building and key elements (from the people's view)
  • common area designs
  • model of the building

Sustainability Goals

  • Environmental Integrity
    • Clean the water...that has been given for our care and use
    • Zero waste
    • Net zero-energy
    • Return to the land and habitat
  • Community Wellbeing
    • Connecting to the "flow"...2nd Ave, alley
  • Economic Energy and Justice

Scope

Includes

  • Entrances / Pathways
  • Window / door locations
  • Light requirements
  • Common area requirements
  • Business area requirements
  • Integration of Garden Club results
  • Community requirements
  • Both sections of the building
  • Connectedness to neighborhood

Excludes

  • Mechanical systems
  • Energy / Lighting systems

Key Questions

  • How can the building inspire the ideas and innovation that is needed?
  • What are the historical commission restrictions on the building envelop?


Resources

Approach

Assumptions

  • The exterior will be restored close to the 1920 look
  • green alley project will occur
  • Roof has excess load capacity


Sessions

9-19-08

  • We all agreed it would be helpful to read pp. 1-19 from 'A Timeless Way of Building'
  • We agreed that Tom will pick 30 or so patterns to discuss, with more added by group as we read
  • We walked around the building to assess how we felt about the current space:
    • Front corner room:
      • love light
      • like openness
      • can interact with others
      • spiritual place
      • you can see what's going on around us
    • parking lot and well
      • industrial
      • unfriendly roof
      • unwelcoming
      • barriers
      • dead
      • smished next to adjacent building
    • front of old building
      • cold
      • harsh
      • fortress
      • forlorn
      • tired
      • fearful
      • squat
    • alley
      • abandoned
      • barrier
      • urban
      • tired
      • unloved
      • lonely
      • help me
      • hidden history
    • main room - alley door
      • cold
      • solid, firm floor
      • like brick wall
      • like stairway
      • doorway ahead - pulls you in
      • hard, cold floor
      • looks messy
      • dirty
    • out front door
      • barrier
      • unbalanced
      • positive - light
      • left wall a problem
    • main room - front cave
      • cave
      • dreary
      • road noise
    • under mezzanine
      • quieter
      • peaceful
      • dark
      • poles - asset
      • special space
      • brick wall
      • windows
    • mezzanine
      • love creaky floor
      • potential view
      • love trusses
      • more light needed
      • show movies on brick
      • box you come out of is cute
      • quiet
      • feels like you're on a stage
      • smells nice
      • warmer feel
      • quaint stairs
    • wash room - janitor
      • creepy
      • echo
      • coal
      • cellar feel