Admittedly, we are idealists. Very often our conversations revolve around a world in which bicycles are the fastest vehicles on the city streets, and wind-turbines dot the landscapes beyond. A world in which compost nurtures our urban farmsteads and plastic is only mentioned when talking about the past. Most significantly, we talk about a city in which buildings aren't the largest contributers to the piles of waste we ship beyond city limits, but are the central means by which we produce, save and share our energy.
Now, we realize that we have a long way to go. And it's not only a matter of believing we can get there. By taking the small steps that will make the big changes simply occur as a matter of course, by setting the sails now to catch the wind, and drive our boats in the right direction, we can inspire and encourage change. And that is why we started this blog.
This platform is a way for us to document and share the research that we do for our clients and in our practice. Because change happens incrementally, this blog will focus on the ways that are available on a comparatively small scale, locally and right now in which we can affect our built environment. We will address clean energy sources, building materials, passive and active ways to efficiently shade, light, cool and heat the buildings we occupy. We will aim at giving you a detailed breakdown of cost, tax incentives and life cycle analysis of the things that we discuss here, to make them as easy as possible to manifest in reality.
As Obama said "It’s about what can be done by us together." So lets go!