The Harbor Commons

Featured in the November 2017 Issue of Gig Harbor Living Local By Brett Marlo DeSantis Yes, Gig Harbor, there could be such a place! Would it look exactly like this flexible community space called the Harbor Commons? Maybe….maybe not. These studio projects open our minds to what the future of our built urban environment could […]

A Social Experiment: Gig Harbor Park(ing) Day

Featured in the September 2017 Issue of Gig Harbor Living Local By Brett Marlo DeSantis Why now and why in Gig Harbor? Why not Gig Harbor! What is a social experiment and why is it important? We are often so busy with life that we miss opportunities to reflect, connect and intentionally design our lives […]

Reinventing Retail: Creating Community Destinations

Featured in the June 2017 issue of Gig Harbor Living Local by Brett Marlo DeSantis Recent national articles have posed the question: Are Malls Over? Think about it. According to the New York Times, approximately one in ten Americans work in the retail industry. Here in Gig Harbor, our population explodes (practically doubling) every day […]

Your Welcome Plaza at Skansie Brothers Park

Posted on May 21, 2017 in before-n-after, community, Gig Harbor, local materials

Featured in the May 2017 Issue of Gig Harbor Living Local By Brett Marlo DeSantis If you are wondering about what is going on at Skansie Park, here is your chance for an intimate perspective before the plaza makes its debut at the end of this month. Skansie Brothers Park, the hub of downtown to […]

Local Makers: Families Crafting Relationships Through Wood

Featured in the November 2016 Issue Of Gig Harbor Living Local By Brett Marlo DeSantis Chop it, cut it and plane it. Dry it. Form it into slabs, boards and veneer. Design it. Build it. Enjoy it. Meet three family-owned businesses doing just that—locally. Fallen trees become the wood that our local makers employ while […]

Eat Like a Locavore

Featured in the October 2016 Issue of Gig Harbor Living Local Health + food security in our communities. By Brett Marlo DeSantis Whether you prefer to shop at by visiting your local farm or visiting farmers markets or you food garden at home, you are already contributing to the local food movement. Perhaps you choose […]

Spurring Solar Power in the South Sound

Featured in the September 2016 Issue of Gig Harbor Living Local By Brett Marlo DeSantis Photographs courtesy of Synergy Electric & Technology How strong is solar in the Puget Sound region? You may be surprised to hear that we receive more sunlight here, in western Washington, than the world leader in installed solar capacity. That’s […]

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. […]