Date of Award

1-1-2010

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.A.

Department

Geography

First Advisor

E. E. Boschmann

Keywords

adaptive reuse, green building, historic preservation, urban geography

Abstract

The goal of this research is to provide a more in depth understanding of the green

building landscape in Denver, Colorado than was previously available. The past and

present of sustainable structures as well as the vernacular architecture of the region are

analyzed in order to make useful projections about the future of the city and its buildings

and potential planning policies. In conducting this analysis, methods utilized include

case studies, histories, archival research, as well as a brief spatial analysis that outlines

the extent of current green building trends in Denver. As a result of this research, it is

divulged that there is a distinct difference between producing and achieving

sustainability. It is seen that the vernacular traditions of the past achieved sustainability

by choosing local, durable materials. An alarming trend is found in which the LEED

certification process seemingly relies too heavily upon innovative technology and

imported resources that produce sustainability rather than achieve it. It is hoped that

through this research arises a better appreciation of vernacular architecture and traditional

building elements. Ultimately this research proposes that learning from the past may be

the best way to ensure the future of sustainable cities through the implementation of truly

green buildings. We do not need to learn how to be sustainable, but simply remember.

Provenance

Recieved from ProQuest

Rights holder

Jessica Nicole Gabriel

File size

193 p.

File format

application/pdf

Language

en

Discipline

Geography

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