Passive House technology, a system forwarded in Germany in the late 1980s was originally tested on small buildings. Its success resulted increased interest in building sustainably, and the construction of larger housing models. But, the system got its biggest test on Roosevelt Island in New York City when Cornell University, Handel Architects and development team Hudson/Related committed to the construction of student, staff and faculty housing at its new campus, then the largest and tallest energy-efficient “passive house” building in the world. The project won many awards. Handel Architects is now in the process of the construction of several projects that eclipse the Roosevelt Island tower, and are at the global forefront of the design and development of sustainable urban housing.
Blake Middleton, FAIA LEED AP, is a Partner at Handel Architects, and Lead Designer for “The House” on Roosevelt Island, “The Millennium Tower” in Boston and “Sendero Verde” in East Harlem, NYC–all sustainable projects that incorporate Passive House technologies in dense urban environments.
Blake has taught and lectured widely, and his work has won distinction from the AIA, SARA, and the Urban Land Institute. His designs have been published widely and exhibited nationally and he is an AIA Fellow.
Blake received his BArch and M Arch in Urban Design from Cornell University, is a recipient of the Rome Prize, and Fellow of the American Academy in Rome.
This event was published on September 18, 2019.