UPDATE: The project has started - and is now in the early design phases. The first medium rise office building of this low-to-no carbon emission district just won the 2011 Holcim Acknowledgement Award. It is designed entirely with an innovative CLT (cross laminated timber) structure. 
Low2No: A Sustainable Development Design Competition, Helsinki, Finland - one of the best for understanding “climate-neutral” architecture and urbanism!! (2009-2010) Click on image for more information.
NB: the competition did not ask for architectural design (the winner gets to do that later) but it was about creating a time-based Low2No strategy! Notice the emphasis on changing behavior and habits…. Several interesting submissions:
The winning team Sauerbruch Hutton - a "City as Living Factory of Ecology". 
Another good project is by REX - with growth boundaries at the edges of cities and transfer of development rights ($$$) from rural lands to urban cores.
Also check out the BIG entry ”ReciproCity” for solar envelope ideas.

UPDATE: The project has started - and is now in the early design phases. The first medium rise office building of this low-to-no carbon emission district just won the 2011 Holcim Acknowledgement Award. It is designed entirely with an innovative CLT (cross laminated timber) structure. 

Low2No: A Sustainable Development Design Competition, Helsinki, Finland - one of the best for understanding “climate-neutral” architecture and urbanism!! (2009-2010) Click on image for more information.

NB: the competition did not ask for architectural design (the winner gets to do that later) but it was about creating a time-based Low2No strategy! Notice the emphasis on changing behavior and habits…. Several interesting submissions:

The winning team Sauerbruch Hutton - a "City as Living Factory of Ecology". 

Another good project is by REX - with growth boundaries at the edges of cities and transfer of development rights ($$$) from rural lands to urban cores.

Also check out the BIG entry ”ReciproCity” for solar envelope ideas.

UPDATE: The project has started - and is now in the early design phases. The first medium rise office building of this low-to-no carbon emission district just won the 2011 Holcim Acknowledgement Award. It is designed entirely with an innovative CLT (cross laminated timber) structure. 
Low2No: A Sustainable Development Design Competition, Helsinki, Finland - one of the best for understanding “climate-neutral” architecture and urbanism!! (2009-2010) Click on image for more information.
NB: the competition did not ask for architectural design (the winner gets to do that later) but it was about creating a time-based Low2No strategy! Notice the emphasis on changing behavior and habits…. Several interesting submissions:
The winning team Sauerbruch Hutton - a "City as Living Factory of Ecology". 
Another good project is by REX - with growth boundaries at the edges of cities and transfer of development rights ($$$) from rural lands to urban cores.
Also check out the BIG entry ”ReciproCity” for solar envelope ideas.

UPDATE: The project has started - and is now in the early design phases. The first medium rise office building of this low-to-no carbon emission district just won the 2011 Holcim Acknowledgement Award. It is designed entirely with an innovative CLT (cross laminated timber) structure. 

Low2No: A Sustainable Development Design Competition, Helsinki, Finland - one of the best for understanding “climate-neutral” architecture and urbanism!! (2009-2010) Click on image for more information.

NB: the competition did not ask for architectural design (the winner gets to do that later) but it was about creating a time-based Low2No strategy! Notice the emphasis on changing behavior and habits…. Several interesting submissions:

The winning team Sauerbruch Hutton - a "City as Living Factory of Ecology". 

Another good project is by REX - with growth boundaries at the edges of cities and transfer of development rights ($$$) from rural lands to urban cores.

Also check out the BIG entry ”ReciproCity” for solar envelope ideas.

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ABOUT META BRUNZEMA:

Meta Brunzema is the principal of Meta Brunzema Architect P.C. (MBAPC). Established in 1998, MBAPC is a design practice that produces innovative architecture and urban design. Clients include the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies, the Rockefeller University, the Metropolitan Waterfront Alliance, the Lower East Side Ecology Center, the Durst Organization and numerous private clients. The firm’s work has been published in Metropolis, Architecture Magazine and the New York Times.

MBAPC’s projects are often investigations, instigations, experiments - collaborative efforts to shape a more sustainable and equitable society. Brunzema writes about this approach in a book chapter for "Feminist Practices: Interdisciplinary Approaches to Women in Architecture" (Ashgate Publishing).

Since 2000, Brunzema has been on the faculty at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn where she teaches graduate-level design studio, integrated building systems and history/ theory.

Brunzema holds a Master of Architecture degree from Columbia University and a Bachelor of Environmental Design Science from Dalhousie University in Canada. She is a fellow of the Institute for Urban Design and a LEED accredited professional.

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