21CD twenty-first century development

solarCity

Linz, Upper Austria, Austria

solarCity is a neighborhood development that utilizes solar access for the orientation of the buildings. solarCity promotes innovative use of solar and water management technologies. 

Size:

89 acres, 2,700 residents

Dates:

1994-2006

Project Team:

READ-Gruppe, Municipality Linz, Atelier Dreiseitl

Performance levels achieved:

  • Standard

  • Good

  • Better

  • Living

  • Regenerative

Place
Limits to Growth
Food
Habitat
Transportation
Water
Energy
Health + Happiness
Civilized Environment
Neighborhood Design
Biophilia
Resilient Connections
Materials
Material Plan
Embodied Energy & Carbon
Waste
Equity
Neighborhood & Access
Access to Nature
Access to Community Services
Investment
Beauty
Inspiration

Goals & Strategies:

Place

Food

Goals: Not defined.

Strategies: Not reported.

Habitat

Goals: Not defined.

Strategies: Habitat preserved between development and river, wetlands, bioswales, landscaping with native habitat, 1,500 trees planted.

Transportation

Goals: Not defined.

Strategies: Walking paths, shared vehicles, bicycle infrastructure, underground parking, limited surface level parking.

Water

Water

Goals: Not defined.

Strategies: Water infiltration, pilot program for decentralized water purification set up for 88 homes and a primary school, separation of water types.

Energy

Energy

Goals: Energy consumption demand not to exceed 44kWh/m²a.

Strategies: Solar hot water, solar PV, district heating, solar access for buildings influenced design of settlement, 2-4 stories high to minimize shading, 3 homes are passive houses, heat recovery ventilation.

Health + Happiness

Equity

Goals: Promote community interaction.

Strategies: Human scale development, walkable neighborhood, access to services, schools, compact construction.

Materials

Embodied Energy & Carbon

Goals: Not defined.

Strategies: Not reported.

Waste

Goals: Low energy construction, pre-fabrication, encourage use of local resources.

Strategies: Compost, recycling infrastructure, in the 88 pilot program waste is turned into compost and fertilizer.

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Sources: urbangreenbluegrids.com  |  oikodomos.org (PDF)  |  ramboll.com

*Note: This case study was developed using found information.