Uncover Creative Possibilities

The fundamental strategies of low-carbon design can result in beautiful, exciting, and emotionally resonant spaces.

Shift the Attitude Around Reuse:

Show clients that they should value elements and spaces that are not new. Teach them to appreciate materials and products that are older but durable and beautiful. Take on the role of a steward of materials.

Elevate Reused and Recycled Elements:

Try to create something exciting and motivational through reuse. Know the sources of materials, not just from the standpoint of chemical transparency, but also to connect with the soul of materials and appreciate the resources and skill that went into creating them.

Tell a Story Through Materials:

Strive to create an emotional connection between the materials and the end users of the space. Incorporate reuse and
recycling as part of placemaking.

Connect to Clients through Reuse:

Reuse materials that have a connection to the client—products from their operations or with a connection to their staff or history. By using older elements to bring out their story, designers can help clients attract and retain talent and customers while also lowering their carbon footprint.
(Dig deeper with Thomas de Monchaux’s essay, “No New Buildings”)

Discover the Power of “Less is More”:

An optimized, minimal material palette can open up creative solutions and make for a powerful spatial experience, while also keeping the carbon footprint low. Similarly, consolidate amenity spaces so that multiple users share multifunctional amenity spaces—this can help build social cohesion while doing more with less.

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