A Model of Urban Sustainability
At Philadelphia’s Academy of Natural Sciences, OLIN Partner Richard Roark participated in a lecture and public forum exploring Patch/Work, OLIN’s award-winning entry for the Living City Design Competition. The event was part of the Urban Sustainability Forum, an initiative which advocates making Philadelphia the greenest, most livable, and most sustainable city in America.
The lecture outlined Patch/Work’s conceptual plan to transform Philadelphia’s Brewerytown and North Central neighborhoods into a high performance site that considers environmental, economic and social sustainability. One of the greatest opportunities demonstrated in the plan is on-site production of all water and energy needed for the districts’ 5,000 households. “We changed our resource from non-renewable to renewable; we decreased individual consumption of resources to meet renewable energy capacity; and we used these changes to the qualitative benefit of the residents through a 25-year development plan,” explained Richard during the presentation.
The event also included project team members Jeff Goldstein, Principal at DIGSAU, and Scott Page, Principal at Interface Studio, and was moderated by Diana Lind, Executive Director of Next American City.
View the entire presentation here.