5.14-japan-3-detail-a architecture preservation Highlights Relevant to Sustainable Design: We can look at preservation with new perspective and rethink the “tear down” culture as it relates to job creation and the preservation of construction trade skills. The Ise...read more
5.15-japan-3-detail-b local manufacturing Highlights Relevant to Sustainable Design: We can look harder at local manufacturing for job creation and also reduce transportation cost and pollution. This is an example of the interior cross section of a silkworm farm, with...read more
5.17-japan-4-detail-a wall construction Highlights Relevant to Sustainable Design: Rethink walls. This familiar roofline of the Buddhist Bible store is typical of traditional Japanese roof shapes but unique in that the wall construction is made up of diagonally,...read more
5.18-japan-4-detail-b Japanese hand saw Highlights Relevant to Sustainable Design: Rethink the simple tools that have shaped our world. The saws in this sketchbook, with teeth directed toward the handle, are typical of Japanese hand tools. The direction allows the...read more
5.19.Japan-4-detail-c Japanese roof tiles - Highlights Relevant to Sustainable Design: Rethink the lifetime total cost of ownership of building envelopes starting with the roof. Asphalt roof shingles are commonplace across the roofs of American homes. Many countries...read more
5.20-japan-4-detail-d Japanese teahouse Note: the low square entrance of a traditional Japanese teahouse at the top of this sketch is described at the end of the Learn from Looking book Chapter 5 here is the relevant excerpt on the Japanese teahouse for your...read more
5.22-japan-5-detail-a renewable resource Highlights Relevant to Sustainable Design: We can learn to leverage more out of raw materials. I worked with bamboo on different projects, and its potential impressed me at multiple levels. Bamboo grows from the ground straight...read more
5.26-japan-6-detail-a Highlights Relevant to Sustainable Design: We can build cultural memory into our architecture and personalize objects in our world. The gateway at this temple includes little stones that visitors place on top as a means of signifying their visit....read more
Learn from Looking: See the world around you with fresh perspective.
Learn from Looking goes beyond looking for a way to support a belief and focuses on first-hand learning that has come from looking at solutions in the field. This resource informs and also serves as a catalyst to inspire others to document and share their insights. The Learn from Looking collection of travel drawings reflects a twenty year journey to different places around the world. The exploration was not scheduled or linear, and the circuitous path led to innovations that range from building an eco-smart home to launching a U.S. manufacturer of energy-saving LED lights. The combination of the Learn from Looking drawings and observations sheds new light on critical thinking for young and old minds, high Return on Investment (ROI) for business opportunities, and a springboard for groundbreaking future innovations. Collectively, the drawings and observations lead to a sustainable triple bottom line that supports people, the planet, and profit.