Deep Energy Retrofits of two 150-year-old brick homes in Cincinnati, Ohio, by Sol Design + Consulting, looking at how to minimize 30-year carbon emissions, including both operational and embodied, or "upfront" carbon. More info at www.cincinnatideepenergyretrofit.com.
An affordable Passive House on an infill site in Iowa City, by Sol Design + Consulting. This contemporary take on a saltbox-style home utilizes low-embodied-carbon materials in addition to achieving near Net Zero performance. Pursuing PHIUS+ 2018 certification.
2014 - 2019
An earth-bermed, Net Zero Energy, passive solar house for a private client in southeast Iowa. This home has no active cooling system and will be powered entirely by the sun. More info at www.iowanest.com.
Sol Design + Consulting's winning entry to the Over-the-Rhine infill design competition sought to chart a pathway toward Net Zero Energy for Cincinnati's iconic historic district.
A design for an unconditioned cabin, loft, and kayak house on a lake. Passive design strategies extend the comfort zone deep into the shoulder seasons, for a nearly nine months of comfort.
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 - 2011
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 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 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.
An organic form separates community and library functions while responding to sun, wind, and site.
Carl is a designer, author, and (sometimes) composer. 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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