Toward urban frameworks accommodating change in urban cultural landscapes
Begun in 2004, Taylor 28, a 1.2-acre residential, mixed-use development in Seattle, Washington, showcases how metrics and integrated design tactics can be implemented on a smaller site, but with larger urban systems in mind.
In order to achieve its goals, this project implemented a boundary-breaking strategy that supports district-level landscape performance strategies.
The design team reclaimed twenty feet of underutilized public roadway in order to enhance public space and the quality of urban experience.
The rainwater collected on the private land was used for irrigation in both public and private areas.
The client’s goals were to use the plan’s deep sustainability as a mechanism to help strengthen neighborhood identify within Portland, which would provide a model for development efforts throughout the rest of the city.
Since no neighborhood-scale rating systems were yet in place, the integrated design team first developed a set of predevelopment metrics – an environmental performance benchmark based on the “carrying capacity” of the 47 acre site prior to urbanization.
Begun in 2002, it predated the development of the Living Building Challenge, SITES or LEED for Neighborhood Development.
The multidisciplinary design team led by Mithun, which included landscape architects Greenworks, was asked what it would mean to create a beyond “LEED Platinum” neighborhood.
These baselines provided the framework for evaluating and understanding the systemic nature of the interconnected design strategies.They were also central to establishing the financial and governance frameworks for exploring new models of public/private partnerships to support the project goals for the year 2050.