Creating a sustainable infrastructure and zero-fossil-energy operated buildings for Catalina Island in Southern California Conference

cited authors

  • Spiegelhalter, T

fiu authors


  • Building, infrastructure, and the landscape in which they are situated are inextricably linked. Energy, materials, water and land are all consumed in the development and operation of buildings and infrastructures on Catalina Island, while the built environment itself affects the live/work conditions, health, ecology and the economy on Catalina Island. This research paper evaluates the infrastructural typologies of Catalina Island and proposes sustainability design strategies and climate sensitive building typologies for two projects. These examples are presented as models for future development that could more serve as a concrete signal of and incentive for successfully protected and enhanced natural environments through ecologically designed buildings for the Santa Catalina Island community. These projects are incorporate elements that emphasizes the reemerging role of landscape as infrastructure and as the basis for passive design strategies that support for resource efficient alignment of new buildings on the island.

publication date

  • December 1, 2008

start page

  • 4481

end page

  • 4487


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