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Explorations in Architectural Innovation|
In a very short period of time, the Resource Positive Envelope Design (RPED) project has produced a wealth of activities and resources that have the potential to change the way we think about architecture.
The issues raised by the Resource Positive Envelope Design project will not be solved overnight or by a single project, but the future of our planet depends on us addressing them now. In this sense, this project provided a critical first step in the right direction.
The most powerful legacy of the Resource Positive Envelope Design project may be the network of connections and partnerships that were built around the world.
It was the spirit of cooperation that allowed the project to accomplish so much. Over the course of project, the project team held two conferences (one Mini-Summit on the Future of Architecture and another on Living Cities); participated in the Buildings and Appliances Task Force of the Asia Pacific Partnership; organized a Green Building Exchange in Busan and Seoul, South Korea and in Shanghai, China (that included some of Canada's top architects and engineers); developed an extensive curriculum for sustainable construction management; carried out research in interactive and responsive design; built a detailed database of green buildings from a variety of countries; deployed a network of wireless sensors to measure building performance in Penticton, Canada, Busan, South Korea and Tianjin, China; and conducted an international student competition with over 200 entries all in the space of 12 months. Moreover, it is a measure of the cooperative spirit of the project that all participants in these activities have agreed to share their materials freely and openly through the project website at resourcepositive.com.
In addition the project was able to forge key relationships with partners and organizations from around the world. Closer to home, project members also helped to form the pan-Canadian College Sustainable Building Consortium.
Published in association with Okanagan College.
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