So what's the role of architects in all of this?
Architects often become the de-facto landscape designers, because the majority of money in any development budget is spent on the buildings. Any landscapes design, much less integrated landscape design, is a often a tired afterthought. To go beyond sustainability, we need to step past this paradigm! The following notes are from a talk I gave at the University of Massachusetts in September 2008
As architects for a resilient & thriving future, here are your tasks:
• OBSERVE - prolonged at thoughtful observation instead of protracted and thoughtless action
• DESIGN the simplest, most functional, and most vital built 'environments' possible.
• INTEGRATE your buildings with the landscape so that they functionally interconnect with as many living systems as possible
• REGENERATE openly seek out and heal the damage and oppression done to living systems -- both internally and externally.
• LEVERAGE your work to do the greatest good for the greatest number of beings for the longest amount of time by EMPOWERING people to design with you. Spread your energy and knowledge and excitement through the networks as fast as possible.
- What is the simplest solution? what's the most functional? and what will serve the interests of all life-giving forces on the planet and meet their needs in the most harmonious way?
Whad'ya all think? Do these directives resonate with any of you architects out there?