5.27.Japan-6-detail-b Japanese rock garden Highlights Relevant to Sustainable Design: Some solutions have elegance in their simplicity. In the center, there is a Japanese rock garden with a pair of rectangular stepping-stones. They are set parallel to each other but...read more
5.28.Japan-6-detail-c Hiroshima and Fukushima Highlights Relevant to the Sustainable Design: History should not repeat itself for human sustainability on earth. The sobering memorial for the Hiroshima atom bombing includes one of the only buildings that was left...read more
5.29-japan-6-detail-d life is precious Highlights Relevant to Sustainable Design: We can remember how life is precious. This is a cemetery for babies and small children who died well before they had a chance to live a full life. I visited the site in the rain, and...read more
5.33-japan-7-detail-c bullet train Highlights Relevant to Sustainable Design: Energy-smart transportation could start with rethinking rail in America. One early morning, as I waited on the platform of the Shinkansen, Japan’s ultra-high-speed bullet train, I thought...read more
5.35.Japan-8-detail-a natural light Highlights Relevant to Sustainable Design: We can rethink natural light over artificial light. Professor Koyama teaches at the University of Tokyo, and he is a friend of Kinya. When we met, one of the points he raised was about...read more
5.39-japan-9-detail-a Japanese police station - Highlights Relevant to Sustainable Design: Sustaining security for health and happiness promotes stronger communities. The architecture of Tokyo includes a rich tapestry of work by contemporary architects. In the upper...read more
5.40-japan-9-detail-b Highlights Relevant to Sustainable Design: There are multiple opportunities to rethink natural light and materials. The domed interior of a contemporary library allows light to enter through a diffused grid of steel rebar. The rebar is typically...read more
5.41-japan-9-detail-c STEM education Highlights Relevant to Sustainable Design: Science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) count. Knowledge of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) is most likely a key driver for gainful employment in the...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.