From the Ground up

From the Ground up

Innovative Green Homes

Book - 2012
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It is said that the history of modern architecture can be observed through the evolution of the single-family home. Over generations, each has hoped to improve on the last, rethinking and reinventing this seemingly simple building type. At certain historic moments in the discourse, new ideas about domesticity have given form to radically different configurations of home and community. Current emphasis on sustainability presents a unique opportunity to design affordable houses that respond to specific economic, social, and environmental challenges. In From the Ground Up editor Peggy Tully presents the results of an international competition to create new models for affordable high-performance green homes in urban residential neighborhoods. Developed for a vacant infill site in Syracuse's Near Westside, these ambitious projects offer an array of innovative designs that provide a new vision for once-vital urban residential neighborhoods and well-designed energy-efficient homes throughout the United States.
Publisher: [Syracuse, New York] : Syracuse University School of Architecture, [2012], ©2012
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781616890926
Branch Call Number: NA7117.5 .F76 2012
Characteristics: 158 pages : illustrations (some color), maps ; 24 cm


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Sep 28, 2013

Why weren't the design criteria for the competition spelled out in the Preface or Introduction? These residential designs are striking but are they efficient users of space with atriums? The floor plan drawings are often too small and inadequately labeled. The introductory essays are too obtuse for the general reader. Two of the built dwellings incorporated advanced "passive" heating design but the mechanical design details were glossed over.


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Sep 28, 2013

This book presents the seven finalists in the "From the Ground Up" design competition in Syracuse, New York, in 2008. The objective was to encourage vibrant architecture for in-fill sites to revitalize a moribund neighbourhood. Although the design criteria do not appear explicitly in the Introduction they appear to be: a 1,200 square foot, energy efficient residential dwelling with a total cost of US$150,000. Three finalists were actually constructed by clients; and are presented in detail in the book. The remaining four finalists are presented as design concepts, preliminary drawings and 3D renderings.


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