A Net Zero Energy house at conventional cost, designed for a private client in southeast Iowa. This partially underground house will have no active cooling system and will be powered entirely by the sun. More info at www.iowanest.com.
This dramatic re-envisioning of Chicago as a sustainable, Net Zero Energy city won a top award in the Living City Design Competition. With Röllerhaus Pictureworks & Design Co.
2008 - 2010
A net-positive energy, LEED Platinum residence and small organic farm in California designed by William McDonough + Partners. I was a core member of the design team from inception through construction. Featured in Architectural Record, March 2015.
A proposal for a LEED Gold targeted dining pavilion at the Smithsonian National Zoological Park in Washington, DC. A collaboration between Sterner Design and Richard Butz Design Studio.
2001 - 2014
An evolving credo for a humane, ecological, and socially engaged architecture.
A proposed wastewater treatment system mines existing sewers and transforms wastewater into energy, fertilizer, food, and clean water. With Alexander Jack, Daniel Divelbiss, and Lyle Solla-Yates.
A policy and tax regime designed to make dense, mixed-use, transit- and pedestrian-friendly development profitable in Roanoke, Virginia. With Lyle Solla-Yates.
This proposal investigates the transformation of a 1970s suburb to walkable neighborhoods, with a focus on the social and economic implications implicit in the transition to a sustainable society.
An approach to mid-rise construction that is flexible, durable, honest, sustainable, and sensuous. With Lyle Solla-Yates.
A new home for American University's School of International Service (SIS) by William McDonough + Partners. I worked on the team during schematic design.
A modular, Net Zero Energy house, and University of Cincinnati's entry to the 2007 Solar Decathlon. I was a member of the team from inception through the week-long competition in Washington, DC.
Restrooms designed to instruct by rendering visible flows of waste, water, and energy. Regional winner of the 2007 Natural Talent design competition sponsored by the USGBC.
A movement against spirit/body and man/nature dualisms. The building takes an open approach to thermal comfort, relying on thermal mass, shading, and surface temperature to provide a varied and visceral experience.
This open-air privy utilizes the architectural concept of the "reveal" to make visible flows of water, waste, and weight, and to connect the building with its surroundings.
A treehouse for a family with three children — designed to be fun, durable, elegant, and safe. The organic form is generated by the form of the tree it inhabits.
A proposed memorial for the Flight 93 tragedy of September 11, 2001. The design conceives of the memorial as an experience rather than an object: a four-mile trek from apparent disorder to clarity and catharsis. With Luke V. Field.
A new 29-acre park along the Hudson in Manhattan by Thomas Balsley Associates. I worked on this project from schematic design through construction documents.
An organic form separates community and library functions while responding to sun, wind, and site.
Carl is the owner of Sterner Design, where he provides bright green design and consulting services. His research, writing, and design focus on the interrelated technical and social underpinnings of an ecologically viable (and ultimately more livable, joyous, and humane) society. Read more >
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