Dockside Green – Model for Contemporary Sustainable Urbanism

By on February 7, 2011.

Dockside Green sits on 15 acres of former industrial land on the inner harbor of Victoria, British Columbia. This mix use development aspires to be the lead in sustainable design by adhering to a “triple bottom line concept” where social, economic, and environmental performance are of equal concern. Composed of retail, residential, live/work, office, light industrial, public amenities, and cultural venues, the development will be home to 2,500 people.


The connections to the site are well integrated into the surrounding neighborhoods as the pedestrian/bicycle paths cut through the heart of the development. Following a linear mold, a central vegetated corridor contains a water feature that doubles as the site’s stormwater remediation and the location of prime real estate. Dockside green is one of the case studies for the Neighborhood Development LEED program. It is a prototype of the future of integrating sustainability in to dense areas by addressing that a “sustainable” structure is only 1/3 of the equation to create more responsibly built spaces. This project equally focuses on the required energy to transport people and goods and the impact of design outside of the structure.

General Details:

Program: Infill harbor front mix-use residential, retail, commercial, light industrial development
Land Area: 15 Acres
Previous Use: Underutilized industrial land
Timeline: 10 year build-out: First phase completed in 2007. Currently Under construction
Dwelling Units: Approx. 860
Commercial Area: 242,194 square feet

All 26 buildings LEED platinum certified
Building Energy savings: 45-55%–Potable water savings: 65%
Dedicated pedestrian and cyclist routes run through site
Car Sharing
Neighborhood retail
Biomass co-generation facility
Biodiesel facility
Centralized open space

The municipal stormwater system will not be utilized. The site will utilize an onsite naturalized creek, a pond, and underground storage to mange flows. This will be designed beyond LEED standards and is built to sustain a 100-year storm.

Marco Ancheita recently received a bachelor’s degree in Landscape Architecture from the University of Florida and is a contributing writer to Landscape Invocation. He is currently a Master’s student of Architecture at the Georgia Institute of Technology. His interests and goals lie in the realm of Urban Design;he is firm believer that successful urban design requires a true multidisciplinary approach and, even more, a multidisciplinary education.

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