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AIA Releases Top Ten Green Projects for 2010

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The American Institute of Architects Committee on the Environment (AIA-COTE) has announced its Top Ten Green Projects for 2010. Full profiles of these projects are available at and at

Slideshow: AIA Top Ten 2010 Image Gallery

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355 11th Street: This mixed-use residential, industrial, and commercial space reuses a historic industrial building in the heart of San Francisco. Designed by Aidlin Darling Design, the project features both a green roof and building-integrated photovoltaics, and uses natural ventilation in place of a mechanical cooling system.

Homer Science & Student Life Center: Part of the Sacred Heart Schools in Atherton, California, the Center is designed to foster scientific inquiry and exhibit the correlation between the building’s functions and its site. The project makes use previously developed land and local and salvaged materials, and was design by Leddy Maytum Stacy Architects.

KAUST: King Abdullah University of Science and Technology in Thuwal, Saudi Arabia, designed by HOK, uses strategies based on local culture and Bedouin traditions to address environmental challenges. Key features include proper orientation, water management and efficiency measures, shading, and passive cooling.

Kroon Hall: Designed by Hopkins Architects, this project in New Haven, Connecticut, houses the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. With an emphasis on non-motorized access, the building not only lacks onsite parking but also features bike racks, showers, and changing rooms for pedestrians and cyclists, and plenty of access to public transportation.

Manassas Park Elementary School + Pre-K: Located in the suburbs of Washington, D.C., this school’s design conveys environmental stewardship to its students by merging the classroom with the site’s natural surroundings. Outdoor classrooms, learning courtyards, and locally harvested interior wood accents are all part of the design, which was conceived by VMDO Architects.

Manitoba Hydro Place: This new energy utility headquarters was designed by Kuwabara Payne McKenna Blumberg Architects and is located in Winnipeg, Canada. The building features passive ventilation strategies, an innovative green roof and associated irrigation system.

Omega Center for Sustainable Living: Located in Rhinebeck, New York, this holistic learning center was designed by BNIM Architects and includes an onsite wastewater treatment system that is used as part of the Center’s educational programming.

Special No. 9 House: Design by KieranTimberlake to house the Make It Right Foundation, this LEED Platinum home is located in New Orleans’ Lower Ninth Ward and features a number of water- and energy-efficient strategies that compliment the region’s climatic conditions.

Twelve|West: This mixed-use building in Portland, Oregon, was designed by ZGF Architects to emphasize energy reduction strategies. The design features wind-generated electricity, natural ventilation, and accommodates car-free living.

Watsonville Water Resource Center: Watsonville, California’s new Water Resource Center was designed by WRNS Studio and boasts plenty of water conservation strategies. Among these are planted swales, landscaping with mulch and drought-tolerant vegetation, and collecting rainwater for irrigation.

– Emily Bragonier



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April 21, 2010