A recent thought experiment for the city of Seattle regarding green roofs. Consider the image above. Let us highlight the area we are looking at, a green roof off of 1st and Union in downtown Seattle, Washington. Now, the question I asked myself was, “Why would you settle for just a patch of green when you could have a system of living networks right outside your stoop?” Pushing the envelope further, “What if Seattle converted all the rooftops in the inner city into green roofs?”
According to the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), buildings in the United States are responsible for 39% of CO2 emissions, 40% of energy consumption, and 13% water consumption. Consumption of the natural resources at this rate is unsustainable in our current economic and political climate thus challenging the stewards of the built environment to rethink the way we design and build our homes, our offices and ultimately our cities. This is no easy task but over the past few years, going green has been slowly gaining momentum within the industry and the public eye transforming our urban centers into sustainable works of art.
It is an amazing time within the industry to experiment or play with how we design, what we use to design with and how green architecture shapes the urban jungle of cities past into more compact and sustainable centers for people. At this point, there is not one green or sustainable system, manifesto, or practice that is inherently more right than the other but there are a growing amount of great case studies and educational examples in which to learn from. This article will assess the Terry Thomas Building by Weber Thompson as one of those case studies to learn from.
A short but sweet post today. Still touring Seattle and applying for jobs here and there. Expanded the search a bit, so hopefully that will turn up an opportunity. For now, you get photos taken from atop the highest tower in Seattle, The Columbia Center.
Located on 5th and Columbia in downtown Seattle, The Columbia Center, formerly called The Bank of America Tower or BOAT for short, dwarfs all other skyscrapers with its 76 story pancake stack. A defining feature of the Seattle skyline, the tower is a first in many categories in the city, state and west coast as a whole. For instance, it is not only the tallest skyscraper in Seattle and the State of Washington but is the skyscraper with the most stories, including the underground levels, West of the Mississippi. At 937 feet (285 m) high, the Columbia Center is home to many different functions such as offices for some fairly well known businesses, an underground food court, an observations deck, and a private club. If you have never been, it is definitely worth w a trip as the view from the 73rd floor is fantastic!