An Analysis of two Sustainable Projects in the Light of the LEED-NC and LEED-ND Rating Systems

F. Roseta-Vaz-Monteiro
CIAUD - Faculty of Architecture, Technical University of Lisbon, Lisbon, Portugal

E. M. Karayianni-Vasconcelos
CIAUD - Faculty of Architecture, Technical University of Lisbon, Lisbon, Portugal

Ladda ner artikelhttp://dx.doi.org/10.3384/ecp110573042

Ingår i: World Renewable Energy Congress - Sweden; 8-13 May; 2011; Linköping; Sweden

Linköping Electronic Conference Proceedings 57:6, s. 3042-3049

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Publicerad: 2011-11-03

ISBN: 978-91-7393-070-3

ISSN: 1650-3686 (tryckt), 1650-3740 (online)


The methodology used in this paper consists in studying how the 5 environmental categories of the LEED New Constructions and Major Renovation plus the 3 categories of the LEED Neighbourhood Development apply to the architectural and urban design strategies of two projects: Masdar City and “Forwarding Dallas”. We chose two very different but at the same time similar projects which claim to be environmentally conscious. On one end; there is the self-intituled “world’s first carbon-neutral city”; Masdar; designed by Foster + Partners and one of the largest and most ambitious developments of its kind. On the opposite end; and in a significantly smaller scale; there is the “Re-Vision Dallas” competition winner project; “Forwarding Dallas”; designed by a collaboration of two Portuguese architecture practices: DATA + MOOV. This competition promoted the idea of transforming a vacant inner-city block in Dallas into a carbon-neutral neighbourhood; creating; for that purpose; a prototype for an innovative; sustainable urban community.

This paper strives to highlight; through the comparative analysis of these two projects; how the desire to meet high standards of sustainability not only affects the practice of architecture and urban design; but might also generate a particular architectural language with identifiable physical characteristics.


Carbon-Neutral; Masdar City; Forwarding Dallas; LEED; Renewable Energy


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