The Next Green

Innovative Scandinavian approaches to sustainable housing prototypes and technologies are investigated and documented for potential applications within a Canadian context.

The Next Green – Innovations in Sustainable Design is an initiative stemming from our Professional Prix de Rome in Architecture award research that entailed travel to Denmark, Sweden, and Norway to study innovative sustainable housing prototypes and sustainable approaches and technologies for Northern climates that are applicable to the Canadian context.

This research has included meetings with some of Scandinavia’s leading architectural practices in sustainable design and architecture, visits to significant high-performance buildings, participation in conferences and symposia on sustainable architecture, and explorations of cutting-edge research on building-integrated sustainable systems and materials at research and academia institutions. Ultimately, the intention has been to explore how architects in these countries set new standards for buildings that surpass current Canadian protocols for sustainability while developing a unique spatial and artistic architectural language in which energy efficiency and design merge seamlessly.

Our research and findings have been shared extensively through principal Heather Dubbeldam’s lectures across Canada at conferences and universities alike. The knowledge gained during this two-year research project has had a profound influence on our practice and our approach to projects, leading to the continuation of ongoing practice-based research as a matter of course.

  • Canada Council of The Arts
    Professional Prix de Rome in Architecture

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