The American Institute of Architects Committee on the Environment (AIA-COTE) has announced its Top Ten Green Projects for 2011. “The bar has been raised” since the Top Ten competition began, noted members of the jury. “Now we want to see diverse project types, projects that resolve urban issues or social issues, projects that change occupant behavior.”
The jurors also noted particular interest in innovative water management techniques, passive survivability, urban infill, and community improvement. “The architect is in a way taking on the role of a developer, and they are changing city policy about what is acceptable,” concludes juror Joshua Aidlin, AIA. Other members of the Top Ten jury for 2011 were: Mary Guzowski; Kevin Kampschroer; Mary Ann Lazarus, FAIA; Jennifer Sanguinetti, P.E.; and Lauren Yarmuth.