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AIA/COTE Announces Top 10 Projects for 2008

Buildings small and large offer lessons in design solutions that protect the environment

AIA/COTE Announces Top 10 Projects for 2008

Buildings small and large offer lessons in design solutions that protect the environment

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    Aldo Leopold Legacy Center, Baraboo, Wis. ARCHITECT: Kubala Washatko Architects, Cedarburg, Wis. COMPLETED: April 2007 OF NOTE: First building recognized by LEED as carbon-neutral in operation

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    B. Cesar Chavez Library, Tucson, Ariz. ARCHITECT: Line and Space, Tucson COMPLETED: January 2007 OF NOTE: Built into site and bermed with excavated earth

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    C. Discovery Center at South Lake Union, Seattle ARCHITECT: Miller/Hull Partnership, Seattle COMPLETED: March 2005 OF NOTE: Designed to be demountable and transportable

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    D. Garthwaite Center for Science and Art, Weston, Mass. ARCHITECT: Architerra, Boston COMPLETED: August 2007 OF NOTE: Several building systems left exposed to offer teaching opportunities

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    E. Lavin-Bernick Center for University Life, New Orleans ARCHITECT: Vincent James Associates Architects, New York COMPLETED: January 2007 OF NOTE: 33 percent new construction, 67 percent renovation

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    F. Macallen Building, Boston ARCHITECT: Office dA, Boston (design); Burt Hill, Boston (architect of record) COMPLETED: April 2007 OF NOTE: LEED innovation point for system that treats cooling tower blowdown water without chemicals for use in irrigation

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    G. Nueva School, Hillsborough, Calif. ARCHITECT: Leddy Maytum Stacy Architects, San Francisco COMPLETED: September 2007 OF NOTE: Project replaced an 18,000-square-foot parking lot

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    H. Pocono Environmental Education Center, Dingmans Ferry, Pa. ARCHITECT: Bohlin Cywinski Jackson, Wilkes-Barre, Pa. COMPLETED: October 2005 OF NOTE: Building's north wall is shingled with discarded tires from local sources

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    I. Queens Botanical Garden Visitor Center, Flushing, N.Y. ARCHITECT: BKSK Architects, New York COMPLETED: September 2007 OF NOTE: More than a third of the materials came from within 500 miles of the site

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    J. Yale Sculpture Building and Gallery, New Haven, Conn. ARCHITECT: KieranTimberlake Associates, Philadelphia COMPLETED: September 2007 OF NOTE: Located on a former brownfield site

SINCE 1997, the AIA Committee on the Environment (COTE) has celebrated the best examples of sustainable architecture and green design with its annual selection of top 10 projects. The 2008 list was released in late April, and the winning projects—which range from a 7,750-square-foot education center to a 350,000-square-foot condo mid-rise—were honored in May at the American Institute of Architects' annual convention. “One thing that's very clear from this year's winners,” says Henry Siegel, COTE chairman and a founding principal of Siegel & Strain Architects, “is that design matters. [Sustainability] can't just be buildings that perform well. Paraphrasing David Orr, ‘If it's not beautiful, it's not sustainable.' ” Siegel also notes that the types of projects being submitted to COTE for consideration, which in the past have tended to be of the “campus and nature center” variety, are increasingly city-based. “[We're] looking for diversity, for urban projects,” says Siegel. “As time goes by, it is getting more diverse.” For detailed information about this year's projects and to see the winners from previous years, visit aiatopten.org.