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Living green above the big box

Kaid Benfield

Posted November 18, 2009 at 1:28PM

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  The Rise, Vancouver (via Cool Town Studios)

  The Rise, Vancouver (via Cool Town Studios) 

Cool Town Studios has a very interesting new blog post about an award-winning development called The Rise in Vancouver.  Although the project is anchored by big-box retail, the parking is underground, there are 90 homes above, the building has a green roof, and it is adjacent to rapid transit.  Cool Town's post says the building is designed "to use 31% less energy, 67% less potable water, and will generate 52% lower greenhouse gas emissions" than a conventional development.  A nice way to tame the footprint of big retail while adding value to the community.