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Ted Shelton, FAIA

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Ghost Houses And Trojan Horses, Ted Shelton, Tricia Stuth Aug 2010

Ghost Houses And Trojan Horses, Ted Shelton, Tricia Stuth

Ted Shelton, FAIA

The Ghost Houses project was not supposed to be possible—five units of housing and a studio in three structures on a one-quarter acre infill lot with an historic zoning overlay. Yet, by using the history of the site as a wedge, we were able to overcome ossified regulations to create a progressive project consistent with our interest in dense, walkable, mixed-use neighborhoods and architecture that is simultaneously responsive to both its locus and global environmental concerns.

Through an improvised series of requests, meetings, and public hearings, the Ghost Houses became a project that explored the nature of zoning codes ...


Greening The White House: Executive Mansion As Symbol Of Sustainability, Ted Shelton Apr 2007

Greening The White House: Executive Mansion As Symbol Of Sustainability, Ted Shelton

Ted Shelton, FAIA

Over the last thirty years, presidents from Jimmy Carter to George W. Bush have introduced an array of environmentally progressive technologies and strategies to the White House (and have, at least once, eliminated them). These modifications were made for reasons both ethical and political—motivations that shifted over time and responded to changes in American societal attitudes toward green building. These changing postures reveal how the White House is used by both to reflect public policy and to provide an example of steps that could be taken to increase the sustainability of the average home or office.

DOI: 10.1111 ...


Frugality And Robustness: Negotiating Economy And Ecology In Architecture, Ted Shelton Dec 2006

Frugality And Robustness: Negotiating Economy And Ecology In Architecture, Ted Shelton

Ted Shelton, FAIA

This paper proposes an operational framework for developing an environmentally progressive mode of design practice. This framework, based on the concepts of frugality and robustness, seeks to balance a project's first cost with the anticipated energy and material flows over its lifetime. Focusing on a conceptual rather than a computational basis for understanding issues related to green design, the framework is intended to provide an approachable “first step” for practitioners interested in developing an ethic of sustainability in their work.

Frugality is here understood as the conservation of resources by limiting or eliminating their use and robustness as the ...