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


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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9/11/2015 | Posted at 10:00 pm

Climate Action Planning

GGLO is proud to support Seattle’s world-leading goal of carbon neutrality by 2050 through its work with the Seattle Office of Sustainability and Environment (OSE) on the 2013 Seattle Climate Action Plan (CAP), climate-friendly neighborhoods visualizations outreach project, and Green Ribbon Commission (GRC) Recommendations report. The City actions in the 2013 CAP focus on those sources of emissions where City action and local community action will have the greatest impact: road transportation, building energy, and waste, which comprise the majority of local greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, and actions to increase local resilience to the unavoidable impacts of climate change.

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9/11/2015 | Posted at 5:45 pm

Capitol Hill EcoDistrict

The overall vision of Capitol Hill’s EcoDistrict will evolve over time, but the starting point for the study detailed in our report is a vision of a high-performing, socially vibrant and equitable neighborhood; a neighborhood that is reflected in the Broadway light rail Station Area development and across the community; a neighborhood that meets environmental performance goals in six areas – Community, Transportation, Energy, Water, Habitat, and Materials – and becomes a model for EcoDistrict development in the city and region. This working vision was derived from a synthesis of the research presented in the report and input from community stakeholders.

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