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New Book About Phipps Center for Sustainable Landscapes Released at Living Future 2013 unConference

Building In Bloom

Phipps Conservatory & Botanical Gardens is widely considered the ultimate green pride of Pittsburgh. Its Living Building project, the recently opened Center for Sustainable Landscapes (CSL) has been an opportunity for evolveEA to work alongside other regional and national experts in rising to the challenge of creating one of the world’s greenest buildings. This month the International Living Future Institute added to the excitement around the CSL at its “unConference” in Seattle with the release of Building in Bloom: The Making of the Center for Sustainable Landscapes at Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens by Mary Adam Thomas. In the copy we picked up at the conference, we found a neatly presented profile of the building and the process work in its design and construction. Our own Marc Mondor and Joseph Nagy are quoted in the book numerous times, as are the other members of the accomplished team.

The book is receiving good reviews—architect and blogger John Hill wrote “The optimism is infectious after reading this book”, in his review on Archidose.org, also noting the added level of insight captured in the quotes from the team. Having been intimately involved in aspects of the CSL’s design and project management since 2007, it is wonderful to see the building shine in this way. For now, our work continues in the lead up to the CSL’s anticipated Living Building Challenge certification.