There are a lot of projects moving forward in Buffalo that will ultimately make for a better, more sustainable city. Whether it's the efforts of small developers who are implementing sustainable energy efficiencies such as geothermal, or large scale industry installing solar arrays, the groundwork is being laid for others to follow suit. If Buffalo is to embrace sustainable design on a broader scale, then the doors must be open to those who don't necessarily have the channels to affect change. What is good design as it relates to the way we live, and how it meshes with our environment? BRO readers are constantly challenging the architects and the developers to go the distance. Maybe it's time to take those thoughts and ideas and expand upon them in order to demonstrate forward thinking solutions.
At this time, Greenway Planner David Scott Myers (Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper) and the 'Designing to Live Sustainably
' team have launched "an egalitarian and inclusive design competition which asks competitors to design a better, more sustainable Buffalo." The committee behind the initiative is asking that members of the community submit their own competitive designs, so that they can viewed by the public as well as players in the world of sustainable design. "Absolutely anybody is eligible to submit a design," said David. "And ALL submissions will be displayed at the CEPA gallery on May 18h. Another cool feature of this competition is that designs we will awarded by several local, national, and international organizations that are in the fields of sustainability, ecology, design, and engineering. My teammates and I have have put allot of time and energy into this project because all of us love buffalo and see such potential! Our kick of party a few weeks ago at the Pan American Grill was a total success with over 100 in attendance. This is a chance for the hundreds of Buffalonians to share their designs with the rest of the city in a gallery setting."
The d2ls Competition celebration will be held at CEPA Gallery, 617 Main Street, Suite 201, Buffalo, NY 14203.
Award sponsors include:
Sustainable Earth Solutions
Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper
Ecology and environment Inc
Erie County Environmental Education Institute
Buffalo State School of Professions
Schuster Construction LLC