The American Institute of Architects (AIA) and its Committee on the Environment (COTE) have come out with the top ten examples of sustainable architecture and green design. COTE has been listing the top green projects for the past 15 years—each of the winners will be honored at the AIA 2011 Convention and Design Exposition in New Orleans next month. The list shows—even in a period where the economy is still slow, construction is down and sustainability is no longer quite so hot—architects are still putting out smart, innovative green designs. (It also demonstrates that Vancouver essentially is Caprica City.) We’ve put together a great photo essay of the 10 winners: check it out here.