Introducing… Resilience Brilliance

by megan on December 16, 2013

 

Introducing…Resilience Brilliance, an opportunity for our TSA team to periodically highlight some of the products, materials and techniques that we’re employing and exploring on current projects as responsible ways to achieve greater sustainability and demonstrate our intelligent strategies for greater resilience in this ever-changing world.

Why?

Concerns about our changing climate and how to best meet building heating and energy needs are paramount today and are becoming an even greater concern as we continue down the path into what is expected to be a warmer and less certain future.  The once somewhat foreign jargon terms like global warming potential, greenhouse gas emissions, and carbon sequestration are increasingly becoming more commonplace buzzwords which are also hot topics of discussion within our homes, at the workplace water cooler and on the ball field sidelines in each of our communities.  It is no surprise then that as initial design collaborations take shape for commercial, institutional and residential projects alike that these topics are brought to the table by not only designers and consultants but also owners, developers and other stakeholders.  While each project is different and has its own goals and priorities, something that is communal to concerned participants of the process is the goal to lighten and ideally eliminate or neutralize our impact on the planet through design decisions.  Innovative and proactive solutions are part of the answer to slow and ideally stop our current course but our resiliency in the face of what’s to come will continue to play a critical role as we persist to solve our current challenges related to resource and energy needs.

Be sure to check out our first topic coming soon focused on biomass heating and wood pellet boilers.

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Lower Village Sidewalk Concept_WEB

Tektonika Studio Architects provided pro-bono community planning and feasibility assistance to a group of concerned citizens and business owners in the lower village of Stowe.

The Tektonika Studio Architect team was approached by a group of concerned citizens requesting assistance with regard to improvements for the Stowe lower village streetscape as an alternative to the proposed plan provided by the State.  The goals of the citizen group were to create a pedestrian friendly link from the lower village to the upper village while also making a physical connection to the bike path.  This feasibility study provided conceptual assistance and offered suggestions of how to maintain similar amounts of parking through the reconsideration and redesign of the existing layout.  Traffic calming strategies are suggested and incorporated in the TSA proposed design.  Through the use of trees and landscape features a pleasing streetscape is created; one which acknowledges the pedestrian pace and scale of travel while continuing to provide for vehicular traffic needs at village businesses as well as safe flow of traffic through town.  The proposed alternative approach was presented for consideration at a Town of Stowe public meeting and was well received by the Town Administrator and other Town staff.  Stay tuned for future developments and updates as the process continues.

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