ENVD students work with local elementary kids in a classroom on the site plan proposal for green neighborhoods project in Boulder.

Instructors: David Kahn, ASLA and Michael Tavel, AIA

Course Description

This praxis focuses on architecture, landscape architecture, and green neighborhood design for the CU Family Housing Community recently flooded along Boulder Creek. The City of Boulder's director of Planning and Sustainability asked us "What would a higher-density, kid-friendly green neighborhood look like for Boulder?" To answer this question we will:

  • Practice strategies for designing green neighborhoods.

  • Learn how to intertwine multiple sustainable systems into a neighborhood including: energy production and conservation, civic stormwater, urban agriculture, urban ecology and hydrology, mixtures of uses, social responsiveness, and stewardship

  • Research case studies from around the world.

  • Collaborate with: Kids from Boulder High and Whittier Elementary Schools, CU Campus Architects and Planners, City of Boulder Directors of Urban Design, and Planning and Sustainability, Boulder Housing Authority

These courses will give students experience in designing mixed-use urban architecture, green neighborhoods, and landscapes that sustain them. Cutting edge green-building and green infrastructural technologies will be emphasized. This is a real-world project that will be informed by, and serve, a diverse spectrum of the Boulder community.



March 6, 2014 - Daily Camera

GUB & Green Neighborhoods work with Whittier Elementary