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Eco-Island promotes Indianapolis’ identity as an alternative energy producer, activating waterfront, developing a commuter gateway to downtown, and creating a livable community.

Urban development must consider sustainability, specifically dealing with cities as part of a compound system with social, biological, and technological components. As we go to smaller scale, we should consider buildings as components of the city rather than deal with them as a single object. Eco-Island aims to identify effective low-energy and low-carbon infrastructure and the ecological impact of development patterns. It also explores the role of education in modifying wasteful lifestyle and public awareness, and defines sustainable standards that support the lifecycle of a sustainable development.This project applies three major strategies.

First, it identifies development patterns (transportation, mixed-use, and open space), and how these three factors promote a holistic approach to create socially and economically sustainable development. Second, it study self-sufficiency (passive and active systems), and how these two strategies contribute to afford a convenient sustainable environment. Finally, it also explores education’s role as a key factor for sustainable development.

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