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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12/17/2015 | 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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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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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 10:28 pm

Green Infrastructure

Green infrastructure, such as green roofs, green walls, and rain gardens, are excellent strategies to increase habitat and biodiversity on and around buildings, manage stormwater flows on site, treat greywater, lower surface air temperatures, and provide public amenities like community open space or educational experiences.

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9/11/2015 | Posted at 10:04 pm

Seattle 2030 District

In December 2009, GGLO became a founding member of the Seattle 2030 District, an interdisciplinary public-private collaborative working to create a ground breaking high-performance building district in downtown Seattle. Participants of the District include major property owners and management companies, utilities, engineering and architecture firms, and community stakeholders like Architecture 2030, Cascadia Green Building Council, the City of Seattle and BetterBricks.

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9/11/2015 | Posted at 10:04 pm

Restorative Design Collective

GGLO is part of a team comprised of some of the Seattle area’s leading green building professionals that formed The Restorative Design Collective to build a cutting-edge green science building for the Bertschi School, an independent elementary school on Capitol Hill in Seattle. Working pro bono, the team designed and built the new science building to meet the standards of the Living Building Challenge, a “deep-green” building program that encourages projects to achieve self-sufficiency by generating all of their own energy with renewable resources, harvesting and treating all of their own water on site, and operating at maximum levels of efficiency with a healthy indoor environment.

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