Building Environments: Placemaking Through Design


Building Environments: Placemaking Through Design

Design impacts the world around us in so many ways, including the actual, physical world around us. By applying the principals of thoughtful design to placemaking efforts, we can create a world that is more responsive to the challenges of our time, including food supplies, energy consumption, and climate change. The Eat and Speak Luncheon series provides four different opportunities to explore this theme.

On Wednesday, September 23, Megan Gardner of Gardner + Gerrish Landscape Architects will lead a talk on “Design Initiatives in the Emerging Field of Vertical Farming.” This exciting – and challenging – field holds great possibilities for incorporating greenspace and food production into urban environments, and Megan will present concepts and design examples of vertical farming at work.

The charmingly titled “I’m a Landscape Architect. No, I Won’t Mow Your Lawn” (Thursday, September 24) features Birchwood Design Group. They will talk the important role landscape architects play in the built environment – and how that role is often misunderstood – illustrating the ways this industry can help us come to terms with climate change.

Also on Thursday, September 24, Union Studio Architecture and Community Design hosts “House Party: Understanding the Passive House Standard of Sustainable Architecture.” Passive House is emerging as one of the highest standards for energy consumption in buildings, and Joe Haskett, Rhode Island’s first Certified Passive House Consultant, will help demystify this concept, and explain how it holds the potential to drastically reduce the energy we use to heat and cool homes and commercial spaces.

Finally, on Friday, September 25, engage in an “Architect-led Tour of Rhode Island’s First Food Incubator,” Warren’s Hope & Main. This former school has been repurposed as an innovative incubator space for culinary entrepreneurs. Architect Greg Speiss will show how thoughtful renovations were able to breathe new life into a decommissioned school building.

DESIGN WEEK RI is not just about the people who are making our world look better, it’s also about celebrating the work of those who make it feel better, too.