The Better World by Design Conference ended a few days ago. The event has had me thinking about how local problems can be solved with better design. It was tremendously inspiring to see what several of the speakers, such as Iqbal Quadir, Aliza Peleg and Cameron Sinclair, are implementing in third world countries. How can we apply similiar techniques to Providence, and, for that matter, to an “over-developed” country?
On Sunday, I was part of a panel on Sustainable Architecture with Jonathan Knowles, Josef Mittlemann and Thomas Gardner. The discussion was quite good. A question kept coming up during the discussion which worth repeating. Why is urbanism not focused on more as a solution to climate change? I am planning on writing some more on this in a future post, stay tuned.
If there is any unknown areas in a renovation project it is better to do some exploratory demolition then to make assumptions. Unknowns that are found later in the project can cost more then a small amount of demo.
There was much discussion over the new pedestrian bridge, taking the place of the existing I-195 highway, during the charrette. I did a sketch inspired by the Weeks Bridge in Cambridge. This is a great chance for a city to create a timeless piece of civic architecture.