For the Future of Rural Communities

In my work, leading the Design for Community Resilience program in the University of Minnesota’s Center for Sustainable Building Research. I work with communities across Minnesota in assisting the design and implementation of their sustainable futures.  It is very rewarding work on many levels, not the least of which is the connection to the work…

Nomadic or Settled?

Reading a book Living in Motion: Design and architecture for flexible dwelling by editors Mathias Schwartz-Clauss, Alexander Von Vegesack (Vitra Design Museum, 2002). It examines flexibility and dynamic qualities from work designed by Modern architects Frank Lloyd Wright, Charles and Ray Eames, Rem Koolhaas, Shigeru Ban and others and mobile and flexible vernacular dwellings from…

Visual Flows

Have you seen this incredible work by Fernanda Viegas and Martin Wattenberg, found here?  You can see a real time wind map of the United States showing the ‘the delicate tracery of wind flowing over the US.’ What strikes me is the minimalism and apparent simplicity of representation, which can have been anything but simple…

Sustainability or Resilience?

A couple weeks ago, an article by professors Melinda Harm Benson and Robin K. Craig, The End of Sustainability, published in Ensia magazine (‘Ideas, information and inspiration to change the world’) sparked off a debate in sustainability circles. It calls for us to ‘collectively reexamine — and ultimately move past — the concept of sustainability,’ even…