A Blueprint for Better

Across the country, architects are taking on climate action in their communities. This interactive map highlights some of the sustainable and resilient projects architects have designed in partnership with civic leaders. Scroll through to learn about a Blueprint for Better story near you.


A Building Shaped by Light: Austin Central Library

Overlooking Shoal Creek and Lady Bird Lake, the new Austin Central Library is a building shaped by light and designed to respond to the context of its place. The client and project team set aspirational sustainability and design metrics for the project, including two key goals: It would be the most daylit library in the country, and it would serve as a water conservation model for institutional buildings.

Designing the Coastal City of the Future

Boston architects are creating a groundbreaking plan for resiliency. The local government is calling on architects to help implement one of the most ambitious municipal resiliency plans in the United States: Climate Ready Boston.

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Midtown: A Blueprint for Better

Duvall Decker, a Jackson architecture firm, worked alongside residents and community leaders to transform a struggling area into an example of healthy community revitalization.

Past/Presence: Saving the Spring Garden School

The Spring Garden School No. 1 in North Philadelphia had been sitting vacant and abandoned for nearly 30 years before the Philadelphia Housing Authority teamed with the non-profit Help USA to convert the property into affordable housing for low-income senior citizens and homeless veterans. Now known as the Lural L. Blevins Center the building has 37 units and also offers social services including health care, counseling and employment opportunities to its residents

Rebuilding an island

A visionary architect teams with Tesla and a hurricane-ravaged community in Puerto Rico to rewrite the region’s future–creating a blueprint for other regions around the world

Resiliency + Heart

When Hurricane Sandy hit in 2012, residents of Red Hook Houses, a New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) development, found themselves in a devastating situation. Shocked by intense flooding and power outages, the community members turned to each other for support. The federal government eventually passed a bill to fund the revitalization and repair of the Brooklyn neighborhood. In collaboration with New York City Council Member Carlos Menchaca, Arup engineers and OLIN landscape architects and the residents of Red Hook, KPF began work to reconstruct the neighborhood. However, conversation with community members soon revealed to the project team that their job would entail more than designing for environmental resiliency. KPF is now working to re-evaluate and re-design Red Hook Housing not only to prevent future devastation, but also to improve the daily lives and safety of the citizens. After careful planning and preparation, building a relationship between architects, civic leaders, and the community is the key step to designing the next chapter of Red Hook.

Station Four

After Hurricane Ike devastated Galveston, TX, the city’s firefighters at Station Four were left without their second home. In their recovery, the city of Galveston partnered with architects at HDR Inc. to build a new station capable of surviving future disasters.

The EastPoint Project

The EastPoint Project on the northeast side of Oklahoma City is a reimagined outdoor mall given new life by the collaboration between the architects at Gardner, the developers at Pivot Project and the City of Oklahoma City. The east side of OKC has seen a lack of investment as a result of redlining and segregation that dates as far back as 1915. EastPoint aims to be a catalyst, to encourage public and private developers to invest in the east side, and to inspire the community to envision what the neighborhood could become by rebuilding, rehabilitating, and infilling empty lots. As a product of the partnership between Gardner, Pivot Project, the City of OKC, and the community of the east side, EastPoint hopes be the first of many new developments where ownership is a part of the leasing agreement, so that eastside business owners to have the opportunity to hold equity in the real estate to which they help give value.

The Future of Affordable Housing

Architects are using modular design to create more cost-effective housing changing the future of building in the process

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The Future of Resiliency and Sustainability

The Hurricane Strong Home is a groundbreaking blend of resilience and sustainability – and may change the future of design.

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