Tuesday, February 21, 2012

March 31 > Designing for Drylands > BWP EcoCampus Tour

While March might mean spring (and rainfall) in many places, in Los Angeles it marks the beginning of a month devoted to drylands design, or design of the urban environment in the face of water scarcity.  As an extension of the A+D Museum and Woodbury University's Arid Lands Institute's planned programming, de LaB is hosting a special tour of the Burbank Water and Power EcoCampus, a real-world example of innovative drylands design by LA-based landscape architecture studio AHBE.

The EcoCampus has been transformed from an industrial relic into a regenerative green space, placing the project on the forefront of sustainable landscape design.  The new campus has three of the 50 LEED Platinum buildings found in California, including its first super-sustainable warehouse.  Beyond the buildings, the campus offers green roofs, and a number of different water reclamation and filtration systems, and new employee green spaces carved out of a reclaimed substation.  The project's sustainable landscape design features have earned it a place as part of the SITES program, a landscape design rating system akin to LEED.  

Learn more about it from this story on KPCC.
Saturday, March 31

Burbank Water and Power EcoCampus
164 W. Magnolia Blvd.
Burbank, CA 91502

1:00pm: Introduction by Calvin Abe (AHBE) and Hadley Arnold (Arid Lands Institute)
1:30pm: Tour of the EcoCampus with Calvin and John Cassidy (BWP)

The EcoCampus is normally closed to the public so this is a rare chance to peek inside.  Please be sure to RSVP.


UPDATE: This event is SOLD OUT, but we are starting a waitlist via EventBrite. Add your name and we'll let you know if a spot opens up. 

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A+D will serve as the launching pad for the Drylands Design exhibition showcasing a portfolio of visionary infrastructure, urbanism, landscape, and architecture proposals. The Exhibition is part of a larger initiative developed by the Arid Lands Institute, an education and outreach center of Woodbury University, which focuses on water scarcity and design of the built environment.

The Drylands Design Conference will re-examine the built environment of the arid and semi-arid west as a vast field of opportunities for design innovation at a range of scales, from building systems to infrastructure and landscape spaces.  Presented by the Arid Lands Institute at Woodbury University, the California Architectural Foundation, and UCLA's Institute of the Environment and Sustainability.

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