Archive for September, 2013

Is Fort Worth Green?
September 19, 2013

green-rooftop citySustainable architecture and green building are gaining momentum in cities around the country as more and more people are realizing that decisions about how things are built and the materials with which they are built are very important to the overall picture.  Here in the US, green building is making strides in commercial and residential construction but it has not fully reached the mainstream yet.  The upfront costs and the payback period are important considerations when making the determination about what, if any, green features will be included in a home or commercial building.  Other important considerations are air quality, open space, access to basic services surrounding the site and walkability to those basic services, as well as specific design features such as daylighting and variable speed HVAC.  A truly green building is green because every facet of the process from material selection to waste reduction and diversion are considered up front and the design process is integrative.  Examples of green buildings in Fort Worth are Chick-fil-A’s LEED Gold restaurant in Montgomery Plaza and BRIT’s LEED Platinum building in the Botanical Gardens.  Both are good examples of buildings that include green features and an integrative building design.  As of Oct 2013, there appear to be approximately 75 LEED rated buildings in Fort Worth.  Fort Worth, like many cities, is definitely headed in the right direction but there is still room for progress, especially when it comes to mass transit options.

Urban Beat
September 3, 2013

Fort Worth has more urban living options than you might think!

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Fort Worth downtown skyline at duskThe richness of Urban Fort Worth is evidenced by the fact that each of its distinct neighborhoods “march to the beat of a different drummer.” Downtown Fort Worth has the hustle and bustle of skyscrapers and office buildings. The Cultural District has welcomed the development of So7, adding retail and entertainment to the internationally recognized museum and theater experience that has characterized the area for several decades. The redevelopment of the Magnolia Street area has brought a trendy, artistic vibe to what has become known as Near Southside. Add the current plan of Trinity Uptown and you have a city that revels in individuality and offers a wealth of opportunities to engage, explore and experience all that is Urban Fort Worth.

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