Ten Things to Advance Sustainability in the Built Environment #5: Is it kind, true, & necessary?

The ancient advice about considering before speaking: “Is it kind, true, and necessary?” can also be applied to design of the built environment. Design represents any order, system, project, architecture, artifice, or alteration of nature: Is the design kind: considerate and considered?; compassionate to life?; conducive to comfort?; tolerant of differences?; humane?; recognizing the oneness…

Ten Things Number Four: Look with a different perspective

Look with a different perspective- In this view of the earth, the ocean is one body of water. This is an important point of view, perhaps akin to understanding we have one earth to live on, one atmosphere we all share. In designing the built environment, how important it is to think if what we…

Ten Things to Advance Sustainability in the Built Environment- Number Three

REGARD FLOW– Things that flow: Water, Blood, Air, Traffic, Pedestrians, Architecture, Sound, Music, Light, Wind, Electricity, Electromagnetic Energy, Energy, Movement, Dance, Snow, Glaciers, Stone, Populations, Migrations, Cash, Economies, Wealth, Sap, Sand, Clay, Radiation, Heat, Coolness, Oceans, Rivers, Cells, Clothing, Transportation, Knowledge, Song, Birds, Flight, Color, Landscapes, Consciousness, Memory, Language, Paths, Roads, Currents, Fragrances, Oil, Chemicals,…

Vancouver 10-year Green Plan

Mayor Gregor Robertson announced an ambitious 10-year plan Tuesday to make Vancouver the world’s greenest city by 2020.  Robertson presented the plan to Gaining Ground-Resilient Cities conference at the Vancouver Convention Centre. “As in many other cities, Vancouver’s ecological footprint is far too large despite having decisions made decades ago to keep freeways out of…

Interview with David Suzuki

David Suzuki speaks on human nature, cooperation, connection with the natural world, and his new book, “The Big Picture” Shelagh Rogers interview with David Suzuki (podcast from CBC)

Ten Things to Do to Advance Sustainability in the Built Environment

This is just the opening of an idea. There are a lot of lists, books, suggestions on things that should be done, policy changes that should be made or supported, things to do to reduce one’s carbon footprint, ecological impact, dependence on fossil fuels, etc. The idea here is, what might an individual do, right…