Suzanne Advising “Living City Block”

LCBLogo2It is esti­mated that by the year 2050, eighty per­cent of the world’s pop­u­la­tion will live in cities. In addi­tion, the Urban Land Insti­tute pre­dicts that eighty per­cent of cur­rent build­ing stock in the US will still be in use in the year 2050. A series of impres­sive efforts are under­way to mobi­lize the financ­ing and tech­nolo­gies to retro­fit large build­ings, but nearly half of the build­ing stock in Amer­ica is small-medium sized.

Liv­ing City Block is an ini­tia­tive to help cities redesign and retro­fit inef­fi­cient and/or aging build­ings at the block scale and is is com­mit­ted to work with com­mu­ni­ties to cre­ate resource hyper-efficient, eco­nom­i­cally sus­tain­able and health­ier and more liv­able neigh­bor­hoods. Aggre­ga­tion of square footage at the block scale enables economies of scale for small-medium sized build­ings and lends the abil­ity to work with local gov­ern­ments to imple­ment not just trans­for­ma­tive energy solu­tions, but also to rework water, waste, health­ier streets and other block-scale issues.

Liv­ing City Block was born at the Rocky Moun­tain Insti­tute and was launched ear­lier this year by Llewellyn Wells. The ini­tial pilot project is under­way in lower down­town Den­ver that will pro­duce a frame­work that can be exported and adapted in sis­ter cities. Already we are in con­ver­sa­tions with key poten­tial part­ners in Boston, Wash­ing­ton DC, and Santa Marta (Colombia).