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 […]

Redesigning Our City Streets

Posted on Aug 2, 2017 in community, Gig Harbor

Featured in the August 2017 Issue of Gig Harbor Living Local By Brett Marlo DeSantis The City of Gig Harbor is currently re-imagining its transportation plan and you are invited to take part in the process! The first two public workshops took place in June and were named pop-up studios. On June 22, the public […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]