I thought I'd share an excerpt from an interesting article written by Paula Melton, which appears in the current Building Green Bulletin published by EBN. http://www.buildinggreen.com/auth/article.cfm/2013/12/2/Green-Is-Beautiful/
Beauty, place-making, and even love are motivating many green designers, who see these values complementing core sustainability tenets.
"The emphasis on technology rather than what we need to do to make this a really good habitat for people," is a huge part of the problem for the sustainable design community, argues Judith Heerwagen, Ph.D., environmental psychologist and affiliate faculty member at the University of Washington. While she was interviewing the occupants of one award-winning green building, she told EBN, "People said it was like a beautiful corpse. It was so technologically focused; it wasn't humanized in a way that they felt was pleasant and sensory."
As the sun set on GreenBuild 2013, I found myself amazed and energized by the forward thinking passion of our GreenBuild Nation. The conference provided a stellar platform to interact with everyone from clients to investors and manufacturers to designers. The overwhelming message of the week was one of inclusivity and integrated collaborative design thinking.
A new case study of The Ann Arbor Municipal Center has been published to the Landscape Architecture Foundation's award-winning Landscape Performance Series! This unique online database now includes over 60 exemplary landscape projects with quantified environmental, economic, and social benefits.
Doug Koschik, Director of the Baldwin Public Library, forwarded an article that appeared in the Observer and Eccentric, an online digest of Michigan community news. I'm posting it here because I think it's important to show how our team is working with the Birmingham Community towards the right design solution. This process is sure to be spirited and engaging.
Community meetings are an important means of getting input and feedback on public projects. Unfortunately, the problem all too often is the format doesn't encourage dialogue. Typically, someone official gives a lengthy presentation that attempts to answer any anticipated questions, which often results in the only feedback being negative.
What a thrill it was to be invited to the ribbon cutting ceremony on Liberty Island last week. Pictured on the podium are (from left to right): Mayor Bloomberg, Secretary of the Interior Jewell, New Jersey Senator Menendez and National Park Service Director Jon Jarvis. Each gave remarks and what a surprise from Director Jarvis when he said, “…and I wanted to thank the following contractors who helped make this day possible, Baird Smith of Quinn Evans Architects,….” Of course, there were more than a dozen contractors mentioned, but a shock to hear my name from the Director!
The Washington, DC chapter of the Association for Preservation Technology (APT DC) held its annual summer picnic at George Washington's Distillery and Gristmill, a property managed by the Mount Vernon Estates. The thirty or so picnickers enjoyed camaraderie and food in the luxurious shade of a pair of towering sycamore trees at the park, and were treated to tours showcasing the operation of the two buildings, given by Steve Bashore, Mount Vernon's Manager of Historic Trades.
Three QEA colleagues and I recently attended a symposium on Michigan’s contribution to Modern design, held at Cranbrook Educational Community. This was, without a doubt, one of the most thought-provoking conferences I’ve ever attended…and I’ve been to more than a few.
A Quinn Evans Architects project has been included in the currently-showing FitNation exhibition at the Center for Architecture in New York City. As noted in the Center's announcement, FitNation "presents design, policy, and grassroots strategies to promote physical activity as part of daily life." The exhibition will be held in the Center's space in lower Manhattan until September 7.
A mid-century modern delight at Detroit’s Wayne State University has re-opened to the public. After more than two years of significant restoration efforts led by QEA, including extensive repairs to the concrete foundation, renovation of the pool system, and accessibility and circulation upgrades, the pool has been returned to the original vision of its designer, famed architect Minoru Yamasaki.