1.3.countertop-sketch-book-layout-with-pen This is a photograph of two of the many fold out sketchbooks, shown here partially unfolded. The upper left book includes one of the brush pens used for the field drawings. The upper right includes a stack representing a...read more
5.1.Japan-map-of-country-with-bullet-train - Introduction to Japan and sustainable practices Japan seems to be a country of juxtaposition and contradiction. A profound love of nature coexists with an equally deep love of technology. Both loves are rooted in a...read more
5.2.Japan-1-Tokyo-skyline - sustainability in construction - Highlights Relevant to Sustainable Design: We can look to more proactively build up in cities versus out in suburbs to reduce the burden on sprawl and automobile transportation. From the roof of the Olympic...read more
5.5-japan-2-horizontal-with-figure - sustainable building materials - Highlights Relevant to Sustainable Design: The figure outline in this image is for scale to illustrate the size of the fold-out field drawing. The descriptions of certain key elements and insights...read more
5.8-japan-2-detail-a Highlights Relevant to Sustainable Design: Local material use reduces transportation costs and pollution from fossil fuels. The stone wall illustrated here is comprised of multiple-sized stones. Notice that the stones are skillfully pieced...read more
5.9.Japan-2-detail-b total cost of ownership Highlights Relevant to Sustainable Design: Look for component modularity and longevity. This sketch illustrates a diagonal carpentry detail used to connect the lower part of the post to the one above. This detail is used so...read more
5.10-japan-2-detail-c tatami mats Highlights Relevant to Sustainable Design: Modular flooring streamlines design and maintenance. We sometimes take for granted systems in commercial flooring like carpet tiles or the modular ceiling grids overhead in facilities, from...read more
5.12-japan-3-extended-circle-triangle-square Japan 3: Extended—Metaphysical Speed Bump between Sketchbooks We cannot bridge differences on major issues like climate change and create meaningful solutions unless we first accept that there are no exact right answers to...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.