November 10, 2008
It’s not easy finding green help these days, but it is getting easier. Not only are more architecture schools and environmental programs out there focusing on green building, but, finding these graduates as well as seasoned architects with the eco-friendly passion is becoming more realistic.
When my husband and I graduated from architecture school with degrees in Landscape Architecture, we had learned enough to know the importance of highering an eco-friendly architect to assist us in our home building and remodeling adventures that are beyond our own design skills. We have settled in the Wasatch Mountains between Park City, Utah (home of the Sundance Film Festival, and some of the ‘best snow on earth’) and the Sundance Resort (Robert Redford‘s playground). A beautiful and serene place to work, learn, play, and lay our heads each night, though not the most saturated ‘green’ building area.
Where to begin your search (associates, family, friends)
I asked questions of people that I knew, but didn’t find a great green wealth of information this way. My contacts, friends and family at the time, were not in the ‘green’ circle. If your circle is more reliably green, this is a wonderful place to begin your search. Ask about their Read more
March 29, 2008
The Essence of Green
While many articles have been written on the emergence of green design and the countless discussions of green materials, green systems, and green principles, it is far less often that we take a step back and look at those parameters which truly address what makes up the essence of green design.
For centuries, mankind has designed and built within his environment in many different ways. The less technologically advanced he?s been ? the more he has had to depend upon understanding the local climate, geography, and environment for his well being. As we have advanced our building methods and means, the quantity at which we construct buildings, and the intricacies of out living spaces ? we have created the path that has led us to suddenly stop and take more notice of what all of that has done to our environment. We have come to realize that we have built without thought of our surroundings or landscape for far too long, and that has resulted in harm to both ourselves and our earth.
To address the fact that while we can talk at great lengths about sunflower laminates, bamboo floors, recycled glass, fluorescent lighting, solar panels, etc. ? we constantly overlook the very basic and most simple principles which have guided some of the most wonderful architecture of our time. From the centuries old Indian tepees and Tongkonan rice barns to the works of Frank Lloyd Wright, Peter Zumthor, and Rudolph Schindler there are striking examples of those who have understood how to embrace our built landscape with much more than merely addressing their environment, but weaving their Read more