Story Category: Environment

ON REGENERATIVE DESIGN

Much deeper than the mechanics of the design and construction of buildings, regenerative work is about how we exist in right relationship with the natural living world. Architecture creates conditions conducive to life.   The term regenerative design is becoming more commonly used among architects and others in the building professions.  Overuse – or misuse... Read more »

An Innovative Community Model

In our work as architects, we frequently seek out creative solutions to everyday issues. Dreaming up innovative ways to build community connections, reduce carbon emissions, and maximize our client’s budgets is all in a day’s work here at Placework. But sometimes, we encounter a project where some of that thinking has been done for us.... Read more »

Designing for Experience

Designing for Experience Learning environments hold potential to shape and enhance awareness; they have the power to call our attention to the significance of consciousness itself. Awareness and sensory engagement offer a chance to be curious about one’s position in the environment, fostering connections between individuals and the places they inhabit. Designing educational spaces involves... Read more »

Climate Action Clinic

We worked with a team of UNH students to establish a baseline carbon footprint.  Our team - Olivia Audet '25, Nate Maybach '25 and Peer Mentor Durga Raga '25 - visited our office to present their work. The UNH Sustainability Institute’s Climate Action Clinic offers students experience in greenhouse gas emissions accounting; it’s an opportunity... Read more »

Climate Positive Practice

A climate positive architectural practice holistically improves the human ecological condition through design, practice, and advocacy. The national Zero-Emissions Policy will require buildings to be energy efficient, produce no on-site emissions and use 100 percent renewable energy. Alyssa is currently serving as the New Hampshire representative to the AIA (American Institute of Architects) Strategic Council. ... Read more »

Designing for Place

Progression and reuse are two central components of this planning process. We say it often - the most sustainable building is the one that is already built. As designers, we seek to understand as much as possible about a place before beginning our work. Josh Lacasse joined the Placework team about a year ago, and... Read more »

Planning for Resilience

  “Humans created the challenges facing this site, but it’s by turning back toward the natural world where we find inspiration.” May 2024 Update: Listen to Horsley Whitten Group and Brian Murphy discuss the stormwater management plan. Climate Change. Preservation. Culture. These words evoke complex ideas, connotations, definitions, and emotions. For Placework, they also define... Read more »

Nature-Based Education

At Placework we think deeply about the assets of the natural world and how we can act as responsible stewards so that future generations can inhabit thriving natural ecosystems that coexist with the built environment. “It was a life changing day - seeing what can happen outdoors, feeling how it impacted me, and how it... Read more »

BUILDING AS CLIMATE ACTION

How can we do better?  How can we redirect a process that we have shaped to be destructive to the natural world into one that is regenerative? Climate action comes in many forms. From individual habits to federal policy, corporate initiatives to art installations, climate action is often perceived as something other than business as... Read more »

MUNICIPAL CLIMATE ACTION PLANS

A good climate action plan is not just a laundry list of regulations; it should help cities and towns advance the goals for development, health, equity, resiliency, and job creation while preparing for the impacts of climate change. Many NH seacoast municipalities are currently developing Climate Action Plans. In Portsmouth, a group of residents that... Read more »