10/3/2017 | Posted at 4:47 pm

Going Beyond the Code

GGLO has always been a proponent of accessible design. Yes, it’s the law, but it’s also an essential piece of our mission to design spaces that inspire community. We design distinct places where people connect and thrive – believing that the fundamental desire to interact and feel and be moved by something can be evoked…

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10/3/2017 | Posted at 3:14 pm

Design that Works for Everyone

Written by Jennifer McDougall Watt It is time to move beyond designing to meet only the minimum accessibility code requirements, and begin to consider all abilities and stages in life when we create our built environment. According to the 2010 US Census Bureau, nearly 1 in 5 people have some form of disability, and the…

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7/19/2017 | Posted at 9:33 am

A City With Room for Everyone

A vision set forth for Los Angeles in 1970 still has powerful relevance in 2017 Written by Gerhard Mayer Los Angeles is stuck between a desperate need of housing and its fear of becoming a looming metropolis with even more traffic. After Measure S (a recently defeated slow growth measure), the chasm between pro-development forces…

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3/21/2017 | Posted at 11:13 am

GGLO Senior Living Design Trends

Written By: Jim Morrison Changing The Public’s Perception of Aging The public’s perception of aging is always changing, causing forward-thinking providers and their designers to think ahead and plan how to accommodate new resident’s expectations to ensure that their communities remain competitive. Innovation in senior living means that design has never been more important for creating…

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2/24/2017 | Posted at 11:39 am

Successful Buildings For A Better City

This article was originally published on Streetsblog LA. There is a tug of war going on between fans of Measure S, which is threatening to stop L.A.’s urban evolution in March; and growth proponents who all too readily embrace tower construction wherever a spot of land exists to build them. But Angelinos, meanwhile, are uneasy…

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11/8/2016 | Posted at 1:21 pm

The Human Side of Senior Living

Jerry’s been an architect designing senior housing for 20 years, but has developed a fresh perspective during the six years he spent helping his mother move several times as her care needs increased.

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12/3/2015 | Posted By David Cutler at 10:31 pm

Mapping Hidden Seattle

Locally this year, the City of Seattle is updating its Comprehensive Plan, the top-level urban policy document that guides how the City will manage growth and direct its investments as we move towards a carbon neutral Seattle.

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12/17/2015 | Posted at 9:55 pm

Energy Performance of Seattle’s Civic Buildings

In support of Seattle’s goal to be carbon neutral by 2050, the City implemented an Energy Benchmarking and Reporting law in 2010. Since then, the City has led by example, producing annual reports on their progress towards energy reduction. GGLO, using this data, has created a map of civic buildings, that allows you to explore energy performance (and 4 years’ of aggregated data) in the context of the neighborhoods where you live, work, and play.

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9/14/2015 | Posted By David Cutler at 6:25 pm

InterAction!

In Seattle, three independent yet interrelated outcome-based planning efforts – the Seattle Climate Action Plan (CAP), the Seattle 2030 District, and the Capitol Hill EcoDistrict – are prioritizing direct, tactical engagement with the connective networks between people and organizations to bridge the distance between planning and action. The goal is to affect rapid progress toward deeply sustainable urbanism.

Despite each effort’s unique physical boundaries, assets and points of leverage, and actors and audiences, three common themes are contributing to project uptake: an acute understanding of the needs of constituents, direct contact with decision makers, and an ability to continuously adapt both process and outcomes to project goals.

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9/11/2015 | Posted at 8:49 pm

Designing Healthy, Active Communities

Communities around the world and locally face pressing health challenges associated with the intersection of health and the built environment. While our genetics and access to quality health care are important factors for our health, our environment and behavior choices significantly affect our health. Aside from our personal transportation and food choices, our built environment and land use choices directly influence the health of our families and communities.

Health and well-being have long been pillars of sustainable design at a variety of scales: material selection; design elements to promote active transportation; and connectivity at the neighborhood & infrastructure scale. As we strive to create high performance projects that strengthen the local economy, enhance the quality of life in all our communities, and protect the environment, health is increasingly the lens through which we are evaluating neighborhood investments.

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