Assignment 1- part 2

24 نوفمبر
2010

As the founder of Clinica Verde specified in her email, there are many concerns that make this project difficult to complete. Mrs. Susan Lyons mentions the struggle of eco-friendly design vs. comfort and utility, as we agreed upon in Part 1 of this assignment. But she also mentions the fundraising aspect of the project, something we had not originally considered as a negotiation.

The taxonometric categories we labeled this design with originally still apply: sustainable, environmental, and community design. But we could also add Donation Design and Societal Improvement to that list of tags.

In order to learn more about the eco-friendly aspect of this design, we will have to delve more into the details of the sustainable qualities of the building.

Which elements of the clinic will be environmentally friendly?

The clinic is completely self-sustainable completely taking advantage of natural day lighting, passive cooling, water conservation, and solar electric energy generation.

What effects on the usefulness of the building and the success of Clinica Verde’s vision would the eco-friendly aspect have?

Directly from their website, under frequently asked questions, one asked, “Why are you building “green” clinics?”

We believe that health should start from the ground up, beginning with sustainable building practices that take a holistic approach to the environment, community and life quality of the people we serve. Sustainable building and design saves energy, protects and conserves natural resources, contributes to a safe, healthy indoor environment, and has a positive impact on the community.

Bill Bylund, the architect of Clinica Verde:

Bill Bylund is architect and principal of Valley Architects. He began his career as a designer at HOK Architects in San Francisco, where he worked on such projects as the Stanford Library, Ryhad Airport and Moscone Center. In 1980 he and partner Tom Faherty founded Valley Architects, whose projects include the Napa City/County Library Expansion, Japan Airlines Flight Training Center, Santen, Inc. corporate headquarters, Towpath Village Expansion and a number of wineries including Domain Carneros, Domaine Napa Winery, Rossini Winery, Villa Francioni Winery in Brazil and Monte Xanic Winery in Mexico. He is a member of or has been active in the following civic groups: The Napa Valley Environmental Design Group, National Trust for Historic Preservation, St. Helena Community Center Group, Urban Design Group, Sierra Club, Napa Land Conservancy and Calistoga Arts Council. He has been a LEED Accredited Professional since 2006. (from clincaverde.org/BillBylund.html)

Societal Improvement comes into play when considering the social quality of life in Nicaragua. With a very high infant mortality rate (more than 30 times of the United States) and a staggering maternal mortality rate, Nicaragua is in dire need of social reform.

These charts show the causes of death in children under 5 years old. 100% of the deaths are caused by neonatal deaths, relating to or affecting the infant during the first month after birth. This clinic is designed to educate the women and provide healthcare and supplemental teaching materials. Clinica Verde also focuses on supplying information on what types of foods are safe and good to grow for children.

We would also like to know how the women are going to be able to travel to the clinic. There are few means of transportation available, so the location needs to be fairly easy to get to by foot in order to make this truly a community design. If the community cannot use it, what’s the point?

Clinica Verde is located in Boaco, Nicaragua, having a population around 56,900 people, around 1% of the inhabitants. The terrain throughout the city is very hilly, hence the nickname, “Cuidad de Dos Pisos” (or The Two-Story City). Although the land was donated by the mayor, is this the most ideal place to have a clinic?

please refer to the video from the Assignment 0 post for more details:

http://clinicaverde.org/movie.html

2 تعليقان to Assignment 1- part 2

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ديسمبر 15th, 2010 at 6:44 م

I’ve been in a green building class for a semester now, so I was interested at once in this posting. Techniques you mentioned such as “natural day lighting, passive cooling, water conservation, and solar electric energy generation” are definitely steps in the right direction, but another thing to consider is the materials being used in the construction of the building itself. A lot of “green-ness” can actually come from things like using appropriate insulation, water re-capture, storm water management, and building with locally available renewable materials like native lumber. The extras are always great, but sometimes the greenest solution is also the simplest ones. Also, use of low VOC paint and finish would be both green and beneficial to the health of patients and employees. An interesting tension here is identifying what really makes a building green. is it solar panels, green roofs, and rain barrels? Or is it being green at the outset of material harvest, life cycle impact, and reducing CO2 and methane? There’s a lot of controversy there.

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ديسمبر 15th, 2010 at 6:46 م

I’ve been in a green building class for a semester now, so I was interested at once in this posting. Techniques you mentioned such as “natural day lighting, passive cooling, water conservation, and solar electric energy generation” are definitely steps in the right direction, but another thing to consider is the materials being used in the construction of the building itself. A lot of “green-ness” can actually come from things like using appropriate insulation, water re-capture, storm water management, and building with locally available renewable materials like native lumber. The extras are always great, but sometimes the greenest solution is also the simplest ones. Also, use of low VOC paint and finish would be both green and beneficial to the health of patients and employees. An interesting tension here is identifying what really makes a building green. is it solar panels, green roofs, and rain barrels? Or is it being green at the outset of material harvest, life cycle impact, and reducing CO2 and methane? There’s a lot of controversy there. – David

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