Wednesday, April 15, 2009

William McDonough's "Bill of Rights for the Planet"

Just something I found today when I was researching sustainability:

A model of the new design principles necessary for sustainability is exemplified by the "Hannover Principles" or "Bill of Rights for the Planet," developed by William McDonough Architects for EXPO 2000 held in Hannover, Germany.

  1. Insist on the right of humanity and nature to co-exist in a healthy, supportive, diverse, and sustainable condition.
  2. Recognize Interdependence. The elements of human design interact with and depend on the natural world, with broad and diverse implications at every scale. Expand design considerations to recognizing even distant effects.
  3. Respect relationships between spirit and matter. Consider all aspects of human settlement including community, dwelling, industry, and trade in terms of existing and evolving connections between spiritual and material consciousness.
  4. Accept responsibility for the consequences of design decisions upon human well-being, the viability of natural systems, and their right to co-exist.
  5. Create safe objects to long-term value. Do not burden future generations with requirements for maintenance or vigilant administration of potential danger due to the careless creations of products, processes, or standards.
  6. Eliminate the concept of waste. Evaluate and optimize the full life-cycle of products and processes, to approach the state of natural systems in which there is no waste.
  7. Rely on natural energy flows. Human designs should, like the living world, derive their creative forces from perpetual solar income. Incorporate this energy efficiently and safely for responsible use.
  8. Understand the limitations of design. No human creation lasts forever and design does not solve all problems. Those who create and plan should practice humility in the face of nature. Treat nature as a model and mentor, not an inconvenience to be evaded or controlled.
  9. Seek constant improvements by sharing knowledge. Encourage direct and open communication between colleagues, patrons, manufacturers, and users to link long-term sustainable considerations with ethical responsibility, and reestablish the integral relationship between natural processes and human activity.



Tuesday, April 14, 2009

My new Job

So after over 3 months of searching I landed a job working for Timmons Design Engineers.

I am really excited to get to work and to learn from engineers committed to sustainable design. I am really glad that I didn't settle for just any company and got what I was searching for: a company who's mission was to.... well i just show you what Timmons is.

"TDE’s commitment to energy performance, resource conservation and pollution reduction in the built environment has evolved into a true sustainable design practice. TDE provides integrated engineering and sustainable design services ensuring a true balance of conservation, constructability, schedule and budget. "

I am excited to share what I learn... till then