Local architecture firm ZGF wins awards for sustainability
Portland-based ZGF Architects has been recognized this fall by four awards for sustainability in design.
Architect magazine's annual Arch50 survey named ZGF No. 1 in sustainability industry-wide for the second year in a row. Notable projects that are key examples of the industry-leading sustainable work are the ecodistrict Kashiwa-no-ha 18 miles north of Tokyo, Japan and the Rocky Mountain Institute Innovation Center.
ZGF's University of California San Diego Altman Clinical and Translational Research Institute building also won two awards: a Citation Award at AIA San Diego 2017 Design Awards, and an Orchid at the 2017 San Diego Architectural Foundation Orchids & Onions Awards.
ZGF also won the AIA Committee on the Environment (COTE) Award for sustainable design excellence for La Jolla J. Craig Venter Institute, a LEED-Platinum, net-zero energy lab and research building in Los Angeles.
Most notably, ZGF was also named a recipient of the 2017/2018 Urban Land Institute Global Awards for Excellence for the urban planning design work in Kashiwa-no-ha — an award only given to 13 projects annually. In partnership with Mitsui Fudosan Japanese real estate developer, ZGF applied smart city placemaking techniques and community stakeholder engagement techniques to pioneer a new urban planning approach for Kashiwa-no-ha Smart City.
Kashiwa-no-ha was named the largest LEED Neighborhood Development Platinum-certified smart city in the world in 2016. It pioneers an advanced and highly integrated urban planning approach to create a resilient, economically robust and humanized district at the city's core. ZGF's master plan focuses on smart city placemaking and community stakeholder engagement for a collectively embraced vision.
The smart city employs the lessons learned by ZGF in master planning and ecodistrict projects, including Portland's Pearl District and the Southwest Ecodistrict in Washington, D.C.
The Kashiwa-no-ha project creates a resilient 111-acre district that aims to resolve social, environmental and economic issues common to existing global cities. Through the effective use of real-time technology and data delivery, Kashiwa-no-ha Smart City connects residents to each other and to the built environment, enabling them to make the best choices for themselves and their environment. The design is organized around public-sector interests including
residential, universities and businesses to create an environmentally responsible and symbiotic city that supports collective
aspirations, natural disaster responsiveness, and environmental and social initiatives
Kashiwa-no-ha was a finalist for Fast Company magazine's 2017 World Changing Ideas award, as well.
ZGF provided urban design and sustainable design services for the Kashiwa-no-ha vision and master plan to guide the next phase of development, which is currently underway and slated for completion in 2030.