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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Shelter and it’s Significance

June 2016 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. From single houses to multi-unit dwellings, we have options. […]

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 […]

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 […]