Posts written by Michael Klement

Richard Graves: Make others fall in love with sustainability.

Richard Graves addresses the unConference closing circle.

Richard Graves addresses the unConference closing circle.

We don’t ask about Return-on-Investment when we fall in love. Work is love made whole. Do work that makes people fall in love with sustainability.

If you want people to build a boat, don’t have them gather wood, rather, teach them to long for the sea.

If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.

The universe will reward you for taking risks on its behalf.

You get about 100 laps around the sun. What are you going to do with your laps?

Partners in sustainable building.

Partners in sustainable building.

Notes from Jason McClennan’s presentation

Jason McLennan addresses Living Future 2014.

Jason McLennan addresses Living Future 2014.

Beauty: It is about soul. Either we give it way too much attention or not enough.

Beauty is not a pursuit; it is rather the result of the decisions we make from a place of sustainability. True beauty is an outward manifestation of Inner meaning.

As architects, in what we do, can we add more meaning to our work? We protect what we fall in love with.

We live in a civilization where we need to defend renewable energy, healthy building, people-centered processes, ecological water flow. Regeneration is not impossible; it is the only creative response to a planet where every living system is in decline.

Life is so startling that there is no time for anything else.

Some comments from Jay Harman

Jay Harman encourages us to bring our world back to health.

Jay Harman encourages us to bring our world back to health.

An award-winning entrepreneur and biomimetic inventor, Jay Harman has taken a hands-on approach to his lifelong fascination with the deep patterns found in nature. He has founded and grown multi-million-dollar research and manufacturing companies that develop, patent and license innovative products. Harman is also the author of The Shark’s Paintbrush. Harman’s goal – both as an author and an entrepreneur – is to show industry that improving the efficiency of industrial equipment is beneficial for both the bottom line, and the planet.

Some highlights from his presentation:

  • Humanity has exhausted the unsustainable presumption of the Industrial Revolution. The world is waking up to an entire overhaul of the industrial world. The makings of a technical revolution are underway.
  • We humans use energy to overcome friction. We seek the path of least energy, which is the shortest distance between two points – a straight line.
  • But there is no energy shortage in nature – even though nothing in nature is a straight line; all in nature is curved. And nature doesn’t invest in inefficiency.
  • We can bring this world back from the brink. Nothing works the first time; we make mistakes – so we need to maintain our appetite for making things right.

 


 

Art in the natural landscape, by David Trubridge.

Art in the natural landscape, by David Trubridge.

Separate from Jay’s presentation, we conference-goers were inspired by natural landscape art by David Trubridge, who believes that “Without beauty there is no care.”

Helpful, Inspirational, Wonderful

Tom Elliott describes the journey through the Living Building Challenge.

Tom Elliott describes the journey through the Living Building Challenge.

Some amazing and thought-provoking comments from Barbara and Tom Elliott in their presentation on their Desert Rain LBC residential project:

  • The process of creating a Living Building is not linear. Have patience. Allow things to happen on the edge of chaos.
  • Tom shared a lesson learned on their ranch regarding leafy spurge: In order to eradicate the leafy spurge, they had to partner with it in a way. The problems are not “out there,” they’re “in here.”
  • A Living Building Challenge project happens through a network of partnerships.
  • For Tom and Barbara, Desert Rain is an outer expression of their inner values. Outer beauty attracts; inner beauty captivates.

    Desert Rain residential project presentation

    Desert Rain residential project presentation

  • We’re at a bifurcation point with our building processes on this planet Earth: Either we learn and integrate the lessons learned and move forward – or you collapse and fall backward into maximum chaos. The question is: How do we remake our human systems so they align with natural systems? The answer is: Through countless individual acts.