Shelter: Survival, Sense of Place + Social Status (Part 2)

By Brett Marlo DeSantis All living things on this planet need a form of shelter to survive. A fairly simple concept—shelter—something that forms a place of protection. Yet the subject is far from simple. How do we meet our basic needs in today’s built environment? We have become a somewhat static civilization. Most of our […]

Shelter; Survival, Sense of Place + Social Status (Part 1)

By Brett Marlo DeSantis All living things on this planet need shelter. In fact, most would consider shelter one of the few basic needs to survive. A fairly simple concept—shelter—something that forms a place of protection. Yet the subject is far from simple. First and foremost, we need the built environment for refuge. What that […]

Shelter and it’s Significance

June 2016 By Brett Marlo DeSantis All living things on this planet need shelter. In fact, most would consider shelter one of the few basic needs to survive. A fairly simple concept—shelter— something that forms a place of protection. Yet the subject is far from simple. From single houses to multi-unit dwellings, we have options. […]

Mother Knows Best: Biomimicry (Part 2)

Posted on Jun 1, 2016 in Uncategorized

Design by humanity, nature-inspired. By Brett Marlo DeSantis According to William McDonough & Michael Braungart: Taking an eco-effective approach to design might result in an innovation so extreme that it resembles nothing we know, or it might merely show us how to optimize a system already in place. It’s not the solution itself that is […]

Mother Knows Best: Biomimicry (Part 1)

Mother Knows Best  “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 is connected […]

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 (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 […]

An Intentional Way of Life

February 2016 Issue GHLL By Brett Marlo DeSantis Ravish natural resources, manufacture toxic things, produce more and more stuff with a less skilled workforce, developing a world of waste requiring rules and regulations to protect us from the stuff we have brought into being. Was this the intention of the Industrial Revolution? Industrialists were eager […]

To Behave or Not to Behave…

Featured in the January 2016 Issue of Gig Harbor Living Local Rethinking the way we inhabit (the short list.) By Brett Marlo DeSantis Recently George Washington University published a study on Nature and nurture: Human brains evolved to be more responsive to environmental influences. They are suggesting that the human brain is extensively shaped by […]