5.42-japan-9-detail-d Japanese Experience - Highlights Relevant to Sustainable Design: This post includes the brief notes on the drawing in additional to the insights on the overall Japanese experience. Step up and challenge preconceptions. This railing detail has...read more
7.1.USA-1-Horizontal-with-Figure Introduction to USA sketchbooks - farmhouses America is simply awesome. We have abundant resources, a foundational spirit of self-reliance, creativity, and the desire to help those in need around the world to our best ability. When it...read more
7.2.USA-1-detail-a Highlights Relevant to Sustainable Design: Build a community of trust. Here are three examples of rosette hex details. The rosettes are painted two to three feet in diameter on the sides of barns in very vivid colors, and they are intended to deter...read more
7.3.USA-1-detail-b windmills and deciduous trees Highlights Relevant to Sustainable Design: We can rethink power production. Since the Amish are off the utility gird, they typically use windmills to generate the power to pump water from their wells. Years after...read more
7.5.USA-2-detail-a grain mill Highlights Relevant to Sustainable Design: Preventive reinforcement is more cost effective than reconstruction. Mills have come to symbolize a time in American history that seems simpler. Mills are often painted alongside a picturesque...read more
7.6.USA-2-detail-b barn cupola Highlights Relevant to Sustainable Design: We can rethink the form and function of natural ventilation. For connecting wood, the dovetail joint in the upper left of this sketch is strong and effective. It is time-consuming to produce and...read more
7.7.USA-2-detial-c Highlights Relevant to Sustainable Design: We can rethink operable shutters. Old houses are often loaded with design innovations that come to life on close inspection. These are “shutter dogs” in the upper right, where the metal part above the pivot...read more
7.9.USA-3-detail-a thick walls - Highlights Relevant to Sustainable Design: We can rethink using hills for efficiency and building thick walls. This sketch illustrates a Pennsylvania “bank barn,” which is typically dug into a hillside. The design allows for animals 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.