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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]