Photo: Jamie Myers Forsythe

p:ear (program: education, art, and recreation) began over ten years ago to provide meals, job training and safe space to homeless youths in Portland, OR. Read more


As part of Starbucks Coffee Company’s 2008 unveiling of their Shared Planet commitment to “ethical sourcing, environmental stewardship and community involvement,” was a new approach to their store designs with the intention of creating a local, community-centered feel. Read more


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IslandWood, which bills itself as “a school in the woods,” is a 255 acre campus with 15 buildings and 14 outdoor features that provide an educational experience in nature and lessons in environmental stewardship to inner-city children. Read more


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When the Chartwell School decided to remodel their Monterey Bay campus, a primary goal was to use the new architecture to help develop “sustainability natives” – kids for whom sustainability is second nature. Read more


The Global Ecology Resource Center at Stanford University houses the Carnegie Institution for Science’s Department of Global Ecology, which conducts research on the interactions between the earth’s ecosystems, land, atmosphere, and oceans. Read more


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ScrapHouse was a temporary demonstration home which was built out of entirely scrap and reclaimed materials in front of San Francisco City Hall for World Environment Day 2005. Read more


Photograph by Chris Hodney

Ecotrust, an environmental non-profit organization, restored an 1895 warehouse to create its headquarters, the Jean Vollum Natural Capital Center. Read more


Uptown Monterey is a multi-tenant urban shopping center that embraced the opportunity to reuse material from the 1950s era grocery store previously on site. Read more


Twelve|West is a 28-story mixed-use high rise in Portland’s emerging West End neighborhood that includes 17 floors of apartments, offices for the architect ZGF, and grade-level retail space. Read more


Photo: Miller Hull Partnership

The TAF Community Learning Space will serve as a technology drop-in center and headquarters for TAF (Technology Access Foundation), a non-profit which works to provide technology and life-skills training to minority and disadvantaged youth in Seattle. Read more


Photo: Daniel Hennessy

Richard Carlson was a Los Angeles developer who wanted to build a new home on the East Los Angeles industrial area where his family’s construction business used to store salvaged equipment and materials.

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The Wing Luke Asian Museum showcases the heritage of the Asian American population in Seattle.  The old Chinatown building which the museum chose to renovate has a long history within the community. Read more