What do you expect to hear from Archbishop Desmond Tutu at a Greenbuild Conference? That American’s are “crazy people” and that they are doing the most wonderful of things. Archbishop Tutu brought a dramatic world view to our green building movement. He was truly inspired by the community’s increasing numbers and accomplishment. However, his perspective on the need to reach out beyond our boarders and increase our focus on the social equity that building sustainably can bring was stern. He was very cleaver with his rant about how more is not necessarily good. That enough is good. A pleasing way to look at the world… a hope that one day enough will be good.
Brown & RISD’s “A Better World by Design” conference is coming up this weekend. It will be great to hear Camron Sinclair, from Architecture for Humanity, speak. I am giving a tour of Downtown Providence Saturday and will be on the Sustainable Architecture panel Sunday. You can follow the conference blog here. Quite a green weekend ahead.
Last night’s concentric showed off Providence’s first net-zero energy building. The interest in this unique project brought folks from all sectors and industries together. With our goal for Concentric being to break down silos and encouraging collaborative innovation, this event was clearly a success. We are looking to hold another Concentric at the Black Rep later this winter. Stay tuned for more details.
“Formerly a jewelry factory built in 1890 which became an electronics supply warehouse in 1941, the building has undergone a complete transformation at Jacobson’s hand, to become the first and only commercial building in the state to be fully self-sustainable, powering its total energy needs from its own energy sources.”