Pumpkin Spice_CNG 2018

Introducing Carbon Neutral Goods: A New Kind of Shopping!

Carbon Neutral Goods is a new Etsy shop selling fashion goods with a carbon neutral footprint. Check it out here! The shop inspiration comes from The Ecology of Commerce by Paul Hawken. I have been a fan of Hawken for some years now, and this book has revolutionized the way I view free enterprise and the environment.  I’ve always had an abstract idea of the degradation and lack of accountability companies have for their environmental footprint, but Hawken makes the argument that if we require companies to include the total embodied carbon footprint in the cost of a product and service, it will evolve our economy and society – for the better! He argues, “We require political, environmental, and business communities CLICK for more


Pine & Clay – empowering foreign artisans in the American design market

I like well-designed products, hand-crafted art, and, very much, a good story. West Elm has become a visionary in the furniture & home decor retail sphere with their business model that brings us stories of beautiful products from far away lands and people, while empowering those very people to have a measurably improved quality of life.


Starchitects, Toilets, and Empowerment

Do you have a job?  Are you educated?  Are you able to use bathroom facilities without the fear of the spread of communicable disease? Not everyone is so fortunate.  Luckily, we all know this, and luckily, the building industry is catching on to the value of social equity and empowerment. We see certain companies such as TOMS (started by Blake Mycoskie) with sustainable business models.  More about that can be found in SUCCESS magazine. And now, while globalization, TED talks, activitsts, humanitarians, and the news show us all of the tragedy and poverty that our country works so hard to avoid ourselves, a few companies within the building industry are seeking this fresh approach of giving back to those in CLICK for more


From Tipi to Skyscraper: A History of Women in Architecture – book review

The point is not that women are more likely than their male counterparts to have found the answers to the difficult issues confronting the profession of architecture, but that perhaps they are raising some new and different questions which are pertinent to its future. -Doris Cole As mentioned in the previous post, I recently completed reading the succinct history of women in America and their role in their built environment in Doris Cole’s From Tipi to Skyscraper.  This book, written in 1973, speaks of a rather linear, yet not progressive, evolving role of women in the public sphere and civil sectors of work, from Native Americans, female pioneers, the age of domesticity, a transition to the public sphere in wartime, CLICK for more


Women, America, & the Architecture Profession

It wasn’t until I spent a year as a Construction Volunteer Lead with Habitat for Humanity that I truly noticed a disparity in the treatment of men and women in the field of built environment.  It was the rare off-hand comment, such as how sexy women look with power tools, or a general disregard for our authority in the given situation that heated my blood and produced a deluge of questions – am I not confident enough? should I voice my feelings of disrespect?  am I being overly sensitive about the situation?  In my graduate studies, this newfound realization led me to understand our gender treatments much more, mostly through a women’s studies class, that disentangled gender roles and expectations, CLICK for more