Living Future 2014Two weeks ago, I departed for Portland, Oregon, for the annual UnConference of the International Living Future Institute. The UnConference is a collection of industry leaders who are pushing the most extreme boundaries within the built environment. It is an inspiring place to be.

The focus of this year’s event was beauty and inspiration, both too often ignored in our daily lives. And a quote that caught my attention was was from R. Buckminster Fuller: “When I’m working on a problem, I never think about beauty. I think only how to solve the problem. But when I have finished, if the solution is not beautiful, I know it is wrong.” After having time to reflect on what I learned and how I was inspired at the UnConference, and more specifically about this quote, I feel that Bucky’s statement appropriately applies to Burh Becc at Beacon Springs.

We have been engaged in solving some very difficult design problems for nearly two years now. And just recently, the construction documents were released to the team. In reflecting on the design of the project and the problems that it attempts to solve, the solution is truly beautiful; therefore it is right.

My compliments to the owners, design and construction team!

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