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Fiddlehead Fern emerging along the Milford Track, New Zealand - photo by Frank Konhaus  January 2015

Ellen Cassilly Architect Newsletter - Spring 2015

Green Home Tour
We are happy to have the Lamont home (1406 Ward Street, Durham) on the Triangle Home Builders' Association Green Home Tour. It is still under construction - the most exciting time. It's like getting to look under the hood.  The home was designed for a growing family and features an impressive folding glass wall between the main living area and the screened porch for great indoor/outdoor living. Thanks to BuildSense for being a great partner and building it with care. Check out their other homes on the tour too.
The tour is free and runs noon to 5:00 May 2-3 & 9-10.



Rocky Mount Design Charrette
Ellen spent three days in Rocky Mount in March doing lots of listening and sketching during the Cross Currents: Art + Leadership Conference. We came up with some exciting ideas on how to revitalize the downtown area through thoughtful design that entwines art into the community. We look forward to continuing the conversations and seeing the seeds start to sprout.

Perspective sketch of pocket park                                                Master plan                                                    

National AIA Convention
Ellen will be on a panel at the national AIA convention in Atlanta May 16th. The topic is Urban Sketching and how it is used in one's practice. The other panelists are Tom Kundig, Scott Renk, Marlon Blackwell with Frank Harmon serving as our moderator. After the panel discussion 200 intrepid sketchers will blanket Atlanta - sketchbooks in hand!


Jane's Walk
Ellen will be one of the speakers participating in the inaugural Jane's Walk in Downtown Durham on Sunday May 3rd from 2-4.
Jane Jacobs is a true American hero.  Her 1961 book, The Death and Life of Great American Cities, introduced planners to terms like “eyes on the street”, “mixed use”, and “social capital”, inspiring today's New Urbanist movement.
Jane’s Walks are held annually during the first weekend in May to coincide with her birthday.  Last year over 40,000 people in 134 cities around the world participated in Jane’s walks.

Photo from Open Durham. Thank you, Gary.

Our Jane’s Walk will be led by county commissioner Ellen Reckhow and Matt Gladdek of Downtown Durham, Inc.  It recognizes the Durham Central Park Area and the work of Curt Eshelman and Allen Wilcox.  We will visit and hear from planners and developers of Durham Central Park, 539 Foster, Ellen Cassilly Architect, Tyler’s Distillery, Cocoa Cinnamon, The Pit, FullSteam, Liberty Warehouse, and Durham Co-Housing.   We will learn about future plans for the area, meet some of the business leaders, and discuss the potential of green infrastructure. 
The walk is a free event and is limited to 35 people. A few spaces are available.  Please join us!
RSVP at if you can attend and share as you see appropriate.

While Ellen has been galavanting around,  Keith and Meredith, fortunately, have continued working on more wonderful projects. The Salemi-Prim addition and renovation won an AIA merit award and was selected to be on the Triangle AIA Home Tour Saturday September 26th. We will give you another reminder in the next newsletter.

Photos by J. Danforth

Duke Gardens
We are happy to announce that the entry shade structure at  Sarah Duke Gardens won a Durham Appearance Commission Award  (see below) AND we are midway though designing our fifth project with the garden staff - an outdoor classroom for the new Prairie Garden.


Solar Panels at the Office
Prior to the end of last year we installed a new roof - with lots of insulation under it and 60 solar panels on top!
Yes! Solar Solutions was great to work with and it's fabulous to see how much less energy we are using and how much power we are generating. The only regret is that we didn't do this earlier. The tax credit sweetened the pot.

Saving from good insulation                                Gain from solar panels

Have a wonderful spring,
Ellen, Esther, Keith and Meredith
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