Look what I just came across: an Office of Sustainable Development in - big surprise - Portland, Oregon. Hamilton could use an office of sustainable development at City Hall.
Also, check out this Portland infill thread on the Skyscraper page. What can we do to get Hamilton's developers and architects to start designing high quality infill projects like this?
Headwaters at Tryon Creek (Photo Credit: Skyscraper Page)
Most of these would be considered 'landmark' in Hamilton, yet are the norm in Portland. Is it as simple as having an architectural review board?
It seems to me that most of these projects in Portland arrive at City Hall already looking spiffy and full of LEED principles. They aren't being sent back to the drawing board by City Hall. The architects and developers actually seem to pride themselves on their work.
Maybe it's just a money thing...
Who knows, but Hamilton's new buildings are quite drab. Some LEED ones are happening now (HHS General Hospital, Woodward Ave lab, Student Residence on Main West), so hopefully they'll raise the bar and encourage more of the same.
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