Building in Bloom: The Making of the Center of Sustainable Landscapes at Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens

<i>Building in Bloom:</i> The Making of the Center of Sustainable Landscapes at Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens
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<i>Building in Bloom:</i> The Making of the Center of Sustainable Landscapes at Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens
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Ecotone Publishing is excited to announce its newest publication, Building in Bloom, at Living Future 2013 in Seattle (May 15-17th). Building in Bloom tells the fascinating story of how a historic Pittsburgh conservatory endeavored to achieve the world's most rigorous green building certification with its Center for Sustainable Landscapes.

Pittsburgh’s Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens has long been recognized as an environmental leader for its deeply green campus and its mission to advance sustainability, and promote the well being of both people and the planet.

For the final phase of a three-part expansion, Phipps took a revolutionary step. In 2007, it accepted the Living Building Challenge to guide the design and construction of its new research, education and administration facility. When the Center for Sustainable Landscapes opened to the public in December, 2012, Phipps demonstrated that commitment and collaboration can turn an ambitious idea into a high-performance building that operates as efficiently, cleanly and beautifully as nature’s architecture.

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See what others are saying:

“Phipps Conservatory has a lot to be proud of, from having the most energy efficient conservatory in the world to achieving the Living Building Challenge.” Read the full article. - Lauren Schmeer | WHIRL Magazine

“Phipps Conservatory is celebrating the release of a book that details the construction of its new Center for Sustainable Landscapes, a $23.5 million facility that produces all of its own water and energy.” Read the full article. - Noah Brode | 90.5 WESA

“Things are looking good for Phipps, given the publication of this book by Ecotone, the imprint of the International Living Future Institute, which administers the Living Building Challenge (LBC).” Read the full article. - John Hill | Archidose

“Mary Adam Thomas has seen the Phipps Center for Sustainable Landscapes in Oakland arise to an ‘inspirational’ building.” Read the full article. - Bob Karlovits | Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

“Building in Bloom, as it chronicles the creation of Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens’ Center for Sustainable Landscapes (CSL), Pittsburgh, PA, is a testimony to the capacity for humans to use those minds and hearts to create a beautiful future.” Read the full article. - Sarah Brophy | Sustainable Museums

“Phipps’ living building is one of the most important projects of the kind in the world, demonstrating to the design community and thousands of annual visitors a profound new paradigm for responsible design and construction. People intent on experiencing the beauty and natural wonder of the public garden leave the Center for Sustainable Landscapes with a deeper understanding of the connections between their lives and the natural systems that sustain all of us." – Jason F. McLennan CEO, International Living Future Institute

"The CSL is the sum total of determined and farsighted leadership, a smart, creative, and dedicated design team, and an organization unwilling to settle for anything less than great design and execution. The result is a new design benchmark for other institutions, designers, and builders. It is a brilliant union of ecological design, civic education, and applied hope."- David W. Orr, Paul Sears Distinguished Professor of Environmental Studies and Senior Adviser to the President, Oberlin College.

“From the green roof learning gardens, to the cascading hillside of native plant communities, to the daylit and naturally ventilated offices overlooking Pittsburgh’s diverse natural and urban landscapes, the Center for Sustainable Landscapes captures our imagination — and our most advanced natural conditioning systems — to pursue the Living Building Challenge. Advancing an already magnificent conservatory experience, Phipps Executive Director Richard V. Piacentini has taken the power of landscape to an all-new level, merging sunshine, flowers, earth and water into a sustainable whole that will teach generations to come.”- Vivian Loftness, FAIA LEED AP (University Professor of Architecture, Carnegie Mellon University)

“The co-creative and rigorous integrative process that guided the design of Phipps’ Center for Sustainable Landscapes, coupled with the owner’s clear and purposeful leadership, produced a transformational project that will serve members of the entire design and construction industry in their pursuit of sustainability for years to come.” – John Boecker, AIA, LEED® Fellow (7 Group)

“A beautiful building supplying its own electricity and water, a bountiful conservatory blooming without the use of harmful pesticides, a learning center with a fine and healthy café — impossible? No! It is possible — I saw it all at Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens.” – Richard J. Jackson, MD, MPH, Hon. AIA (Professor/Chair Environmental Health Sciences, UCLA Fielding School of Public Health)

“Aspirational: the landscape, water and other efficiencies under which the building operates… the way it was conceived, designed and constructed… it is simply innovation manifested – a spectacular example of how light our footprint can be should we choose to embrace such spirit.” – Casey Sclar, Ph.D. (Executive Director, American Public Gardens Association)

Combining project-specific details with reflections from the design team, Building in Bloom tells the story of how this remarkable structure came to life – from concept to ribbon cutting. This book, enhanced by its superb full-color imagery, is the first in a series of publications about leading-edge Living Building projects connected to the International Living Future Institute’s Living Building Challenge.