|Image: Rand Lemley|
With support from the 2012 John Worthington Ames Scholarship, Stephen Messinger traveled through Sweden and Denmark, lived in a passive house, met with community leaders, and explored the successes and failures of a region striving to identify itself as leading the way in sustainable practice. Last week, Stephen shared those experiences through a collection of images gathered while abroad in an effort to answer the question, “What can Boston learn from this?”
Stephen Messinger is a recent BAC graduate who served in multiple positions in Atelier and acted as project director for Team Boston’s Solar Decathlon entry in 2009. He is a LEED AP, currently works as a Junior Designer for a local architectural firm, and is on the BAC Alumni Board.
|Apartment block with solar panels. Image: Stephen Messinger|
In the realm of transportation, Stephen saw many ways that Malmo had jumped ahead -- bus stations with digital displays of bus locations and routes, biofuel buses and garbage collection -- but he focused on the role of bicycles in daily life. The bicycle is such an integral part to life that the organization of street traffic is tailored to include the cyclist. Clear painted divisions on the pavement, special roundabouts, and streets closed to only pedestrian and bicycle traffic all serve to make sustainable travel easier and safer.
|City street closed to motor vehicles. Image: Stephen Messinger|
To become an educational hub, Malmo recently repurposed many of the industrial warehouses formerly used for shipbuilding into university buildings. The most popular degree path at the university is sustainability. Stephen remarked that while the locals mock the new university for stepping outside tradition, in deeper conversation they respect and appreciate the vitality it brings to the area.
|Park space created from passive runoff water filtration. Image: Stephen Messinger|
|Residual waste or "Rest-of-it-all." Image: Stephen Messinger|
For more of Stephen's experiences, you can visit his blog.