Considering the Principles of Regenerative Design for Your Project

An increasing number of designers and architects want to bring sustainable and regenerative concepts to their luxury architecture and interiors, both to create groundbreaking projects and to have a developmental impact. But what exactly does regenerative design mean? How do we begin to consider the regenerative capacity of our projects? The nature of regenerative design is to be holistic. So just... Continued

How to Evaluate the Green in Green Building Materials

Each year, building and construction activities worldwide consume 3 billion tons of raw materials, accounting for 40 percent of total global use of raw materials. Given dwindling nonrenewable resources throughout the world, it's more important than ever for modern designers to make the jump from energy efficient to energy renewing with green building materials. After all, the use of the right... Continued

How Do I Take Sustainable Interior Design to the Next Level?

The sustainable interior design industry is changing to be more environmentally friendly and more informed about manufacturing practices.  As the buying power of Millennials and Generation Z consumers grows, so too does the importance of their expectation for luxury brands to share their personal values, including patronage of sustainable and/or socially conscious brands and products.  PHOTO... Continued

We Can Do Better Than Sustainable Building Materials

For those seeking better than sustainable materials, the good news is that regenerative materials are here! Everyone seeks to be better or do better or give better. We also want the power of our investments to produce better outcomes. The promise that sustainability would produce “better” has stalled in recent years. Sustainability is defined as “the ability to be maintained at a certain rate or... Continued

Regeneration in Dezeen, Climate Change in Fashion and the 2020 UN Summit

Architecture and Fashion take the stage to increase awareness about the urgency of climate-system-disruption – but is it enough? Michael Pawlyn, AIA told Dezeen Magazine: "We urgently need to look at means to be regenerative" Pawlyn believes the solution is regenerative design – the development of restorative and  Continued

Buckminster Fuller Questions – Bark House Responses

A Regenerative Source Guild of the Blue Ridge is the exact initiative that our state needs to be behind in the face of the dire consequences of climate-systems disruption.  The Buckminster Fuller Institute launches various challenges that encourage creators of whole-systems to succinctly communicate their potential, and I routinely take advantage of these exercises.  I was finishing up my... Continued

ASU Job Fair: ID Students Choose Bark House

Interior Design students, Kenneth McGill and Elli Miller at Appalachian State University share why they integrated Bark House wall finishes into their project designs.  Sustainability, beauty and natural materials that excite and inspire creativity are the top reasons for their choice.  Kenneth specified the product for a work setting and Elli chose it for a non-profit kiosk.  Thanks for sharing... Continued

ForestHer NC: Women Landowners in the Blue Ridge

  Chris McCurry attended the first of several workshops in Morganton, geared toward women landowners in the Blue Ridge Region.  The room was filled with smart women who really care about their land, their community and nature. ForestHer NC is a new initiative created by conservation organizations in North Carolina to provide women who are forest landowners with tools and training to help them... Continued

REGENERATIVE SOURCE GUILD OF THE BLUE RIDGE

How Can We Live Together And Prosper? In the context of widening political divides, growing economic inequalities, and a disrupted climate system, we join many to call on every Architect, Builder, Designer, Organization and Individual to imagine places in which we can generously live together.  One of these places is the Blue Ridge Region of North Carolina. Continued

NC JOBS & CLIMATE CHANGE

Executive Order 80 – North Carolina Climate Initiative NC JOBS & CLIMATE CHANGE: LISTENING SESSION WITH NC DEPT. OF COMMERCE On Friday, July 19 Chris McCurry joined other business leaders in a panel discussion for Governor Cooper's charge to the NC Department of Commerce: “HOW NC CAN GROW JOBS WHILE ADDRESSING CLIMATE CHANGE” Continued

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