Living City Challenge

Jay Dahlgren is the Gardner at the Lodge and over the winter she was part of a team that submitted a entry in the Living City Challenge.  Currently her teams work is being show in the Comox Valley Art Gallery.  The following excerpt describes the reasoning behind their design

“The metaphor is of a flower:  The underlying principles of the Living Building Challenge is that all development projects should use nature as the ultimate measurement stick for performance.  The Challenge uses the metaphor of the flower to illustrate this principle.

Like a flower, all elements of the built environment are rooted in place.  Yet, a flower has placed-based solutions to meet all if its energy, water and resource needs to maintain balance with its surroundings.  So, image a building, site or infrastructure project that is informed by its ecoregion’s characteristics, and that generates all of its own energy with renewable resoucres, captures and treats its water, and operates efficiently and for maximum beauty; and a neighborhood that has scaled these solutions appropriate to its size and function.”

What if every single act of design and construction made the world a better place? While the human imagination knows no bounds, the Living City Challenge: Design Competition required that entrants model their futuristic cities on existing places – demonstrating how selected city might be adapted to cultivate a rick community fabric that is rooted in its climate, culture and place.  The concepts behind the visualization had to be adaptable to multiple contexts, but grounded in place.  The visualization had to weave new construction and infrastructure into historic buildings and grids that currently define the city in question.  The visualization had to incorporate technology that currently exists, at least as a prototype.  The challenge asked design teams to viualize a truly sustainable city that could conceivably be created over the next twenty-five years.

Jay is having a weekend gardening special here at the Lodge May 12-14 to get you prepared for the upcoming growing season.  You can find out more about the special by going to our Special and Promotions page.

Learn how to be creative with the resources at hand with Jay Dalgren May 12-14, 2011. Here's an exmple of a Canoe converted into a flower box.