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 […]

And They Championed: Gig Harbor Park(ing) Day

Posted on Oct 2, 2017 in community, Gig Harbor

Featured in the October 2017 Issue of Gig Harbor Living Local By Brett Marlo DeSantis If you didn’t make downtown on September 15th or 16th, here’s what you missed. We managed to put on our first Park(ing) Day event! Most parklets were in groups: Pioneer, Harborview, Skansie Park, Millville, Donkey Creek and Finholm. If you […]

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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

Hemp as Building Material, Part 2

Posted on Nov 27, 2015 in inspiring INvironmentalism

Hemp as Building Material Part 2 From doubting to touting By Brett Marlo DeSantis It is environmentally friendly, easy to use and long lasting. How does hemp become a real building material? In 1938, Popular Mechanics Magazine reported: From the farmer’s point of view, hemp is an easy crop to grow and will yield from […]

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 […]