A distinct spin-off phenomenon has been occurring in our industry over the past several years: the green building/ sustainable development constellation has been spawning a bunch of new asteroids. Not just new organizations, but new branding around concepts and approaches to improving the way we design and build. Notable among them:
- Regenerative Design, a term and concept that have emerged from sources including Bill Reed and the Regenesis Group, and Penny Livingston & crew at the Regenerative Design Institute
- Living Buildings and the Living Building Challenge, brainchildren of Jason McLennan, now administered by the International Living Futures Institute
- Resilient Design and more recently the Resilient Design Institute, offspring of BuildingGreen, Inc., founder Alex Wilson (the RDI, incidentally, features a star-studded cast of advisors — congratulations, Alex!)
- And most recently on my personal horizon, Crowdsourced Placemaking, genius of Neil Takemoto who, with Andres Duany, co-founded the National Town Builders Association. Click here for video about Crowdsourced Placemaking.
All of these ideas and directions are important indicators that as a community, we are enlarging our horizons in potentially game-changing ways. Who and what are next?!