Category Archives: Role of designers

EcoOptimism in Climate Week

Architects can be one of the major forces in achieving the goal of eliminating our production of greenhouse gases Continue reading

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Cities, Community and Sustainable Development

The rapid urbanization of the population is, in many ways, an environmentally positive event. Too often left out, however, is the question of what life in these cities is or will be like. Continue reading

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Before you can make a community resilient, you have to have a community

Increasingly, it seems the path to resiliency is from the bottom up, meaning from individuals and communities. This means we need a re-envisioning of design, both urban and suburban, with an eye toward fostering community. Continue reading

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What’s an architect to do?

Designers have both an opportunity and a responsibility to redirect their talents. Continue reading

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Optimism = Possibility

Fear motivates in crises like war or epidemics or severe weather (as opposed to climate) where the danger can be felt or easily anticipated, or where we have experienced it before. Ecological disruption falls into none of those categories and that means we need a different motivator. If not fear, then the motivator needs to be desire, which is where the purpose of EcoOptimism comes in. Continue reading

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Who do designers think they are anyway?

Are you what you own? And if so, does that mean designers — the people who think up most of the things you own – are in fact designing you? A fascinating online discussion this past week has led me … Continue reading

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