The Green Revolution is advancing in Dallas. After years of slow, but steady, advances by a growing force of home builders, by city and regional officials, and by a dedicated and expanding population of professionals and advocates, it appears the direction to sustainability is progressing nicely. There will be a great big jolt to wake up the city tomorrow with a charrette (Bo, it's not pronounced 'chariot') to put together a concept and direction for 'the design and development of the first fully sustainable urban square block in the United States'. The location - somewhere downtown - will be announced during the all-day event at City Hall.
Change is in the air and Spring will come forward with the City of Dallas working to begin implementing the new Green Building ordinance. Other initiaves are also in the fast lane for moving forward. The model development that will be discussed tomorrow by design and planning experts from around the country may be the centerpiece and guiding beacon to educate and inspire builders, developers, and the general public, to the possibilities and nuances of building green. There is much to be done in a short amount of time.
Here is a little more on the charrette from our friends at Urban Re:Vision:
"Hosted by the City of Dallas, San Francisco-based Urban Re:Vision and Dallas’ Building Community Workshop, the Charette will look at the common city block in an uncommon way, examining the impact of this particular city block’s development on the City of Dallas and its surrounding area. In rethinking the city block, experts will re-assess the potential value of available resources like water, waste, and air and how to strike the delicate balance between economy and equality.
Potential requirements, barriers, and changes will be examined in an effort to pave the way for the implementation of the proposed site. This examination will also serve to aid both site-specific, and regional decision-making. Topics will include: energy systems, transportation, the natural (my favorite) and developed environment, community, the economy and technology."
I'm just wondering if they'll have hors d' .... horse du ...... horsee duver ..... horse doovers. Heck.