Green building and modernism; are they antithetical?

Submitted by Susan Miller on Sat, 11/03/2007 - 08:15.
11/28/2007 - 18:00
11/28/2007 - 20:00

As part of the Greening the modern preservation movement: Bauhaus at the brink series, guest lecturer, Carl Stein, FAIA, Principal of elemental architecture, llc, of New York City has completed numerous historic rehabilitation projects based on his pioneering research in the analysis of energy use and conservation in buildings and design. Stein served his architectural internship with Marcel Breuer from 1968-1971.

Free and open to the public (free parking available)

For more information, email millerbowen [at] adelphia [dot] net.

Brought to you by Doty & Miller Architects, D.H. Ellison Co., Peter Lawson Jones, Recent Past Preservation Network, Richard Fleischman Architects, Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage, Robert Maschke Architects, Inc., Process Creative Studios Inc., Jim Rokakis, Schmidt Copeland Parker Stevens with assistance from Cleveland Cinematheque, Cleveland Institute of Art, Judson Manor, The Sculpture Center, Intermuseum Conservation Association, AIA Cleveland, Kent State University Art History, Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative, Cleveland Artists Foundation, GreenCityBlueLake, Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs, Studio Techne Architects

Interestingly Rafael Vinoly and Carl Stein worked on the same campus. Check this out from CUNY. Stein worked on a building by George Post.


Carl Stein, of Stein White Nelligan Architects in New York, didn't set out to score LEED points for the new building he designed for the State Department of Environmental Conservation's Region 3 headquarters in New Paltz, New York. Nevertheless, it's expected to be the first office building in New York to win the LEED gold rating from the U.S. Green Building Council. Stein has some concerns about LEED, however. "The issue I have with LEED is that it's primarily a laundry list -- it doesn't force you to think about architecture in a dynamic, synergistic manner." A key issue in thinking holistically about a building, Stein says, is to understand how it uses energy. Stein is no newcomer to thinking about energy efficiency. He and his father Richard Stein wrote the seminal text, Handbook of Energy Use for Building Construction for the U. S. Department of Energy in 1981. "It documents the embodied energy of a building," Stein says, "i.e., the energy that goes into manufacturing it: raw materials, finished products, transportation associated with delivering stuff to the site, energy that is used on the site, and so on." The firm's public library in South Jamaica, Queens, made the AIA's Earth Day 2000 top ten list.
Metropolis, Oct 2004, by Alex Ulam. from

This is a "don't miss it" opportunity for those interested in sustainable urban design, green builidng and historic preservation.


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nice work, and Upcoming

Susan, good job, tons of content--we'll keep an eye on these events now and pop them up a few days before they happen. Are you on with all of them, or are you thinking about it?

yes -- posted to upcoming

I posted the events on Upcoming, and added them to PluggedinCleveland and sent them to many people via email. However, reminders help to get us up off the chair and out the door, so I hope you'll post at Save our Land and forward the content to your contacts even if they already got it from me.