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Conceptual Designs for a Mixed-use Development in Downtown Sarasota

Probably the best thing happening right now in downtown Sarasota is that the new Rosemary Overlay District allows for residential densities of 70 dwelling units per acre! This is a game changer, since increasing density increases access to downtown. But the opportunity is ending in 2016, when the overlay expires. It will be great to see Cityside Apartments built, and who knows what other higher density mixed-use developments are in our near future.

These conceptual designs are for a project that I started at the beginning of 2015, but regretfully are not going to be built. But it is fun to share the process and possibilities for the site, while increasing awareness of forward-thinking planning for downtown Sarasota. Three design options are included here.

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2014 World Environment Day in Sarasota

I was invited to present as a panelist at the World Environment Day forum in June 2014 at Mote Marine. The theme of World Environment Day centered on the release of the United Nation’s Small Island Developing States Report, and five panelists addressed how Sarasota is addressing the findings and concerns in the report. The panelists included:

  • Patricia Beneke, Director for the UNEP Regional Office for North America
  • Barbara Lausche, Director of the Marine Policy Institute at Mote
  • Sara Kane, Public Outreach Manager for the Sarasota Bay Estuary Program
  • Dr. Jennifer Schafer, Executive Director of the Science and Environment Council of Southwest Florida
  • Tony Stefan, past chair of the Myakka River Branch of the United States Green Building Council

It was a privilege to participate in this unique event, and I learned a great deal from our hosts, the Report, and the panelists! My presentation on the Green Building Economy begins at 53:00.

Presentation on CO2 Emissions and the Built Environment

I was invited to present to a joint session of the AIA Gulfcoast Chapter and the Nation Discussion Group in September, 2013. The theme of the event was Global Warming and Architecture. Joel Fedder, John Lambie and I presented. As the keynote speaker, I broadened the familiar discussion of architecture, the design of individual buildings and their impacts on the environment, to encompass the built environment as a whole.

The main theme of the presentation centers on placemaking, and how a design ethic that places human beings at the center of planning and design decisions can have multiple knock-on effects, reduction of carbon emissions being one of them.