We've completed the first community design workshop for the Sunset Substation pocket park and we've started a blog for the project at www.SunsetSubstation.org. Â The results of the workshop are posted here and you can read a write up from the Ballard News tribune here and another article from KOMO's neighborhood blog here. Now that we have some community input, we can start shaping their unique goals for bringing solar power generation and community space together.
In other news, Stefan is working through designing a micro-hydroelectric generation station for an eco-retreat/outdoor recreation center and meditation retreat in Colorado, and should be posting an introduction to the project and more information about micro-hydro. Â Suddenly, we have a lot of projects which have some active or passive alternative energy components--very exciting stuff.
Tim is leading the charge on backyard cottages. Â We have two custom cottages currently in design, and another design which will be available as a prefab. Â We're finalizing the pricing, so we will have a more comprehensive information available soon.
We're also working with a homebuilder Â to develop a series of spec homes bases on a fusion of asian design, modern spaces and out of the norm materials (see image above). Â We're especially excited because the house's function emphasizes a series of landscapes integrated into living spaces, so we'll have courtyards, pocket gardens, and salad gardens for growing your own vegetables off the kitchen. Â Our big presentation is on Tuesday so I'll post the schematic renderings afterwards.
Finally, this is the last weekend to see our WASTE NOT installation in the alley east of First Avenue, south of Occidental Park. Â Anyone need 2500 2 liter bottles?