Benny Farm and Rosemont: Community-inspired housing in Canada
This book examines two progressive and influential projects by Montreal-based architects l’OEUF. The approach to changing the way communities are designed and built tracks progress on the redevelopment of Benny Farm, the first ever Global Holcim Awards Bronze winner from 2006, a follow-up project at Rosemont, and plans for the forthcoming Bois Ellen Cooperative Residence.
The described social housing projects include major innovations with respect to building envelope, energy efficiency, thermal comfort, and interior air quality that are rarely seen in this depth at this scale for affordable housing. The practitioner’s view of the challenges and processes used to achieve the final outcome are explained. The architects share insight into the complexities of new green technologies, subsidy programs, working with co-ops and government agencies, managing the challenges of building affordable green social housing, “future proofing”, provoking changes to legislation and in the construction industry, and breaking away from standard procedures.
The redevelopment of Benny Farm was the world’s first government-subsidized, large-scale, community-driven neighborhood renewal project combining affordability, green building technologies, rehabilitation, and new construction. This groundbreaking model unites all levels of social organization to exploit the economies of on-site energy production and shared infrastructure. The scale, diversity, and scope of the proposed environmental measures made Benny Farm the most advanced attempt of its kind in Canada when it was conducted. Benny Farm and its successor project Rosemont respond to the full range of sustainability challenges.
80 photos, drawings and plans (colored)
14.8 cm x 21.0 cm
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