Fresh ideas about design
No doubt April 22nd 2020 looked different than the forty-nine Earth Days that have come before. In this time of quarantine, remote working, and seemingly endless video conference calls, many of us are spending more time indoors than ever before and topics of health and wellness are at the forefront of all of our minds.
As architects, designers, and creative problem-solvers we recognize that the concepts of environmental sustainability and human health and wellness are inextricably linked and that together they form a symbiotic relationship that we can leverage to create healthier, more dynamic, environmentally sensitive, contextually rich designs. Designs that provide maximum physical and psychological benefit to the building occupants while mitigating impact on the natural environment. That is what nature does, it heals, soothes, rejuvenates and inspires us!
So, as we move bravely forward towards our “new normal” let us do so with a holistic perspective and by looking at both the challenges and opportunities presented to us through a lens of both human wellness and sustainability! As Stephen R. Kellert wrote:
“One of the great challenges of our time is to bring the beneficial experience of nature into the design of contemporary buildings, landscapes, communities, and cities.”
Well, challenge accepted Mr. Kellert. Happy Earth Day!
Sustainability is fundamentally about having the humility to use only what we need, live within our means, and let the specific climate and ecosystem of our region inform our daily lives. It lies in the humble acknowledgement of mistakes, and the sacrifice to change our way of life.
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"I can imagine Western State Penitentiary becoming a mixed-use development (along an extended light rail that goes to the airport!) that could include housing, hospitality, cultural uses, and community functions." - Larry Fabbroni
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