mother knows best (biomimicry part 1)

Mother knows best Part 1 “Nature doesn’t have a design problem. People do.” -McDonough & Braungart By Brett Marlo DeSantis Mother Nature has been ignored for too long. In fact the industrial age could have taken some of mom’s advice! Some may consider billions of years of evolution as sage wisdom. How does nature work? Everything […]

Tiny Home makes BIG impact in Gig Harbor

We are thankful for the wonderful press + pics! Journalist: Andrea Haffly Photographer: Veronica Foley check out the story here: http://www.thenewstribune.com/news/local/community/gateway/g-living/article75846497.html  

making over manufacturing: from mechanization to makers’ spaces; a modern day renaissance (part 2)

Making over manufacturing: from mechanization to makers’ spaces; A modern day Renaissance Part 2 By Brett Marlo DeSantis Is the Maker movement the versatile response to the industrialist revolution we are in search of; innovation in our backyards? Yes! Maker culture is diverse, equitable and accessible culture. Generations thrive by working together. Resourcefulness and sharing   […]

making over manufacturing: from mechanization to makers’ spaces (part 1)

Making over manufacturing: from mechanization to makers’ spaces; A modern day Renaissance Part 1 By Brett Marlo DeSantis We are living in amazing times! In this modern day Renaissance, we are in the process of shaping the future of human civilization. From water-wheels to clocks to the steam engine, humans continued to work toward improving the design […]

Hemp as Building Material, Part 2

Posted on Dec 27, 2015 in inspiring INvironmentalism

Hemp as Building Material Part 2 From doubting to touting By Brett Marlo DeSantis It is environmentally friendly, easy to use and long lasting. How does hemp become a real building material? In 1938, Popular Mechanics Magazine reported: From the farmer’s point of view, hemp is an easy crop to grow and will yield from […]

Hemp as Building Material Part 1

Posted on Nov 10, 2015 in inspiring INvironmentalism

From sprouting to doubting By Brett Marlo DeSantis Hemp produces 250 times more fiber than cotton, suppresses weeds, requires no pesticides and enriches soil with nitrogen. Hemp for a whole house can be grown on just a few acres of land in just a few months. This quick turnaround makes it a very affordable sustainable […]

Defining DESIGN + our dependence upon it.

Posted on Oct 10, 2015 in inspiring INvironmentalism

Defining DESIGN + our dependence upon it. the good, the bad, the fatal. By Brett Marlo DeSantis In our modern world, we depend on design. Your home is designed (along with everything in it); your car, the roads you drive on, your community, your workplace, your doctor’s office, the book you are reading and the […]

Cultivate culture by salvaging structures. Part two.

Posted on Aug 29, 2015 in inspiring INvironmentalism

“Protect the past. Shape the future.”-DAH&P By Brett Marlo DeSantis If every building has its own story to tell….what would yours say? Would you save the structure if you could? Would it have historic integrity? What are the qualities of a certified historic structure? What are the benefits of historic preservation?  There are the seven qualities to assess when considering […]

Cultivate culture by salvaging structures. Part one.

Posted on Aug 28, 2015 in inspiring INvironmentalism

“Protect the past. Shape the future.”-DAH&P By Brett Marlo DeSantis   Why would we want to preserve buildings? Well, frankly it’s a good thing; good for you, your community, your pocketbook, our nation and our environment. Whether it’s a house, barn, theater, notable fishing site, garden, sculpture or commercial building, we quite literally shape the […]

Transport yourself…

Posted on Jun 15, 2015 in inspiring INvironmentalism

Gain time, relax and enjoy your trip. By Brett Marlo DeSantis Will you peddle a bike? Or go for a hike? Would you forgo your car if the trip was not far? Would you get on a bus if it wasn’t a fuss? Take a trip on a trolley, and bring your friend Wallie? Every […]