Growing Responsible Cities: An Ecological Design Approach to Bellingham’s Waterfront District
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The city of Bellingham, WA is in the midst of redeveloping its waterfront from a former industrial pulp mill into a sustainable, mixed-use hub, reconnecting the city to its waterfront. This thesis focuses on the 37 acre Downtown Waterfront Sub-District of the 2013 Master Plan adjacent to the city’s Central Business District that will help form the downtown core of the city for decades to come. The framework for the project builds off of Alan Organschi’s Timber City “instruction manual for transforming the 21st century city from CO2 source to carbon sink.” The thesis looks to expand the benefits of mass timber by focusing on early design opportunities that maximize the potential service life of buildings and thus maximize the sustainable gains inherent in mass timber. The project is realized through carbon footprint calculations comparing a similar concrete and mass timber structure. The mass timber structure is a framework capable of handling the programmatic extremes of both residential and office without the need for structural revisions. The design serves as a sustainable, structural prototype, that can be modified and repeated over the site, forming the bases of the new waterfront district.
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