Lance concludes that “ Design isn’t separate from sustainability—it’s the key to it.” But you would have a hard time convincing most designers of this. Lance also mentions education as being a problem. He worries about continuing education, finding that most architects are clueless about the cost of building green; I worry about the schools, many of which are like the one I teach in, where sustainable design is an optional course taken by a third of the third year students, when it should be compulsory for everyone and baked into the program from year one.
[Amenities, such as outdoor space and flexible floor plans, are key selling points that attract companies to renovated and restored buildings.]
Using the 1K Fulton building and renovation of the Montgomery Ward building on the Chicago River as examples, the discussion explored how industrial re-use allows the city to preserve historic building stock, gives tech tenants the massive floorplates, flexible floor plans and character they want out of their commercial space, and bring development and jobs to the city.