Wednesday, June 2, 2010
These pictures are just a small part of a very cool development that's been built on an unused part of Victoria's harbour, just across a bridge from downtown. The design has qualified as a LEED project: a Canadian program based on principles of smart growth, green building and sustainable design. I've been hearing about Dockside Green for a couple of years but haven't really seen it until recently. Our Tai Chi class takes place just behind here and we've been stopping in for coffee after at a little place that's tucked into Dockside Green.
Just the other day I took a walk along the greenway and was very impressed the small part of it I saw. I was drawn to the canal with wooden bridges that connected to the condo dwellers deck areas.
I really like the feeling of "new urbanism" in this complex.
It's a combination of contemporary architecture designed to promote community with beautiful natural features that also have a purpose. This waterway, besides being beautiful, is part of a waste water cleansing system.
I am so pleased to to see builders beginning to take sustainable green building principles seriously. What do you think of this approach? Would you like to live here?