Our Humble Neighbors To The North Are Also Leaving Us In The Dust

[ Dockside Green rendering: Busby, Perkins+Will ]

In case you haven’t already, you can add Canada to the long list of countries that are actually building the type of large-scale, cutting edge green developments that we here in the U.S. seem only capable of talking about.

Designed by Busby, Perkins+Will, Dockside Green, in Victoria, B.C. will be the greenest mixed-use neighborhood in Canada. You name the sustainability strategy, they’re applying it. And targeting LEED platinum for every building on the site. Etc, etc. I don’t have it in me to list all the green design features here, so it’s up to you to go read about it and weep.

Weep, that is, if you live in the U.S. — because you won’t find anything that even comes close to this project in your own country. Please do correct me if I’m wrong and there’s something new and amazing out there I don’t know about. And I’d also be curious to hear about projects people have come across that represent the best the U.S. has done so far.

[ Dockside Green rendering: Busby, Perkins+Will ]

9 Responses to “Our Humble Neighbors To The North Are Also Leaving Us In The Dust”

  1. Adam

    I just went up to Victoria last week and I went to the sales center. I want to visit again when it is done. This development looks really exciting.

  2. Sara

    Here is something cool going on in California: http://www.bioregional.com/oneplanetcommunities/na/sonoma
    based on the principle of “One Planet Living” — that our carbon footprint should not exceed that which can be accommodated by one planet Earth.

  3. michael

    Yes! I would argue that the Sonoma Mountain Village “one ups” our neighbors to the north because it is all about adaptive REUSE of an industrial site.One Planet Communities go way beyond LEED and other green building programs…they truly are complete communities, from the buildings to the jobs, to the people…
    A few quick facts from their website about the Sonomoa project:
    $1 billion project
    200 acres
    Adaptive reuse of over 700,000 sq ft of existing buildings
    1892 homes, town-homes, and condominiums
    289,000 square feet of office space
    182,500 square feet of retail
    $7.5 million, 1.3 megawatt, 90,000-square-foot PV array already installed to power 1,000 homes

    The factory floor at Codding Steel Frame Solutions – an on-site factory that will supply the development with 20% of its building materials, right on-site and create long-term local employment for residents.

    Reclaimed concrete and asphalt on-site. 100% of all paving at Sonoma Mountain Village will be from materials reclaimed right on-site.

  4. dorian gray

    With our review process this would take years to get through. Anyone who can fog a mirror here can hold a project up as long as they want (the poors at Goodwill site)

  5. Josh Mahar

    Not to say that these projects aren’t ones to be incredibly jealous of, but The High Point development in West Seattle has gotten a fair amount of acclaim for its green-use, as well as affordability policies.


  6. mike

    yes, but high point is horribly designed and did little to save the existing community.

  7. old timer

    “and did little to save the existing community”

    And just what WAS that community, and what part of it was worth saving?
    Was it the WWII Boeing worker barracks that had been converted to public assistance housing that tugs your heartstrings?
    Was it the litter strewn streets loaded with disabled vehicles that make you misty-eyed?
    Maybe you just miss the sound of random gunfire and constant sirens?
    Not to mention the still unsolved drive-by murders which could cause some feelings of nostalgia.
    Elaborate please.

  8. KeithR

    Just saw this old article from January while giving blood… SF Treasure Island. Sounds like they’re doing some cool stuff down in SF as well.

  9. KeithR

    OK… here’s the link: http://www.popularmechanics.com/science/earth/4239381.html

    I guess HTML doesn’t work…

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