Imagine a Community…Intentionally

Featured in the December 2016 Issue Gig Harbor Living Local By Brett Marlo DeSantis We connect through story. In fact, we create our collective identities through the telling and retelling of stories. They are so critical that human civilizations thrive and organize, or diminish and fail, by how we frame these narratives. Take a moment. […]

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 […]

Designing Walkable Communities (Part 2)

Posted on May 30, 2015 in inspiring INvironmentalism

Gig Harbor, you walked + reconsidered Designing walkable communities Part 2 Check out what your fellow citizens think of our downtown! By Brett Marlo DeSantis In February, you were invited to join the City of Gig Harbor & the Downtown Waterfront Alliance in conducting a walking audit of our downtown. We thank you for your […]

Water: it’s everywhere, right?

Posted on Apr 7, 2015 in inspiring INvironmentalism

By Brett Marlo DeSantis While it’s not as sexy as “The Ice Bucket Challenge,” the clean water challenge is essential to our survival. LID, Low Impact Development or GIS, Green Infrastructure Systems, call for us to implement strategies that attempt to ensure our survival through Best Management Practices (BMPs) in our built environment. While this […]

Designing Walkable Communities

Posted on Mar 24, 2015 in inspiring INvironmentalism, Uncategorized

Home redefined + reconsidered: Designing walkable communities By Brett Marlo DeSantis When people ask about your home, what do you say? Do you comment upon the structure you live in, the neighborhood, or your location within the community? By definition, your home is the place where you live. So, why did you choose where you live? […]