Gallery: GREEN HOME 101: US Cities Sprout Green High-Rises


From green cleaning products to energy-efficient appliances, Green Home 101 has delved into several different aspects of what makes a sustainable, environmentally responsible household. But what about the home itself? Look skyward in any major American city and you’re likely to see a soaring new green high-rise. With scarce land in urban areas, the cost of housing skyrocketing, and increasing demand for better communities, high-density development is experiencing a renaissance in the US. But development is not just growing up, it’s growing green. As consumers look for long-term savings and seek to live in healthier environments, more big developers have grasped onto the fact that the green in the building can lead to green in the bank. Inhabitat’s Green Home 101 takes a closer look at some of the new high-rise projects sustainable residential towers are sprouting up all over the US.

Built upon excavated land from the building of the World Trade Centers, the


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  1. pourchid November 3, 2008 at 4:00 pm

    thanks for the tid bit tRC.

    i am sorry for being such a spelling stickler, but it’s Arquitectonica.

    an article in New York Times, published on July 11, 1993, reveals it is Edison Terrace, a new apartment complex in Liberty City.

  2. pourchid November 3, 2008 at 3:55 pm

    thanks for the tid bit tRC.

    i’m sorry for being a spelling stickler tRC, but it’s Arquitectonica.

    an article in new york times, published in July 11, 1993, reveals that it is the Edison Terrace in Liberty City.

  3. The Revolution Corporation October 26, 2008 at 8:13 pm

    i’d like to see a COR-HUD or COR-Workforce project …
    back in the day, Architectonica did some low income housing for Miami-Dade not too far from COR’s proposed address.

  4. Haily Zaki October 25, 2008 at 1:40 pm
  5. R2D2 October 23, 2008 at 2:25 pm

    I think, Steve N, the trouble with publishing more green projects marketted to the average Joe is a challenge because they’re a rare commodity. However they do exist. I’d like to see a follow-up on that sustainable townhouse development in Calgary wit hall the PVs, low E glass and high insulation factors. I want to know how those houses are coming together as construction progresses and how they perform in the future. I think the project was called echo haven. Likewise, a case study of bedzed in england would be very informative.


  6. Steve N. Lee October 23, 2008 at 3:11 am

    These are great buildings with some innovative design and fantastic green elements – very impressive efficiency stats – but, sadly, they’re all beyond the reach of ordinary people. The problem is that luxury accommodation comes with luxury price tags. (Okay, so the floors aren’t gold, but how many construction workers can afford apartments with river views, etc?)

    It would be great to see the occasional story about housing that is affordable by the little people – you know, those like you and me who do all the real work to make the world turn. I suppose the technology and builing practices will eventually filter down to the lower cost housing construction, but how long it that going to take and will it be too little too late?

    The vast majority of the Western population can’t afford fancy high-rise living and yet it’s these very people who produce most of the inefficiencies that are causing such a drain on the world’s resources. It’s about time governments addresses such issues with grants or tax incentives or something. (Well, it’s about time governments addressed many issues but they’re all too busy handing over our taxes to incompetent bankers, aren’t they.)

    But, as far as they go, yes, these are great builidings.

    Steve N. Lee
    author of eco-blog
    and suspense thriller ‘What if…?’

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