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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Are you certifiable?

Posted on Apr 25, 2015 in inspiring INvironmentalism

By Brett Marlo DeSantis It’s in our history and nature to award a decorative object as a sign of our success. Today, we give every child a ribbon because they gave it try. They practiced and participated. It’s showing up that takes the most effort, right? I’m currently a soccer mom, and I want a […]

Is your home really a good investment?

Posted on Jan 2, 2015 in inspiring INvironmentalism

By Brett Marlo DeSantis The average American is getting older and the average American household is getting smaller. Most of us want to age-in-place where we developed our social connections and invested in our community. We are looking for financially sustainable lifestyles as solutions. And luckily, for some of us, ADUs are that answer. An […]

Why is tiny so BIG?

Posted on Nov 15, 2014 in inspiring INvironmentalism

Why tiny is so BIG? By Brett Marlo DeSantis In my parent’s generation size represented wealth. Bigger was always better. Now we know that’s simply not true. The more space you have, the more problems you have, whether you can afford them or not. Bigger is not an indicator of quality of life. Today, the […]

What makes a city sustainable?

Posted on Sep 24, 2014 in inspiring INvironmentalism

Part Two: What makes a city sustainable? By Brett Marlo DeSantis In part one, we discussed creating livable cities fostering connectivity, creating jobs and thriving economies bustling with locals and tourists. The City of Vancouver knows how to do just that. They recently won a World Green Building Council Government Leadership Award for Best Green […]