Story Category: Environment

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.” Climate Change. Preservation. Culture. These words evoke complex ideas, connotations, definitions, and emotions. For Placework, they also define our work with and for Strawbery Banke Museum.  Our most recent project addresses all three: a... 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 »

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 »

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 »

THE CARBON IMPERATIVE

Alyssa recently published an article in Forum, the magazine of AIA New Hampshire.  To see the article, click here, or read the text as reprinted below. Annually, the embodied carbon of buildings is responsible for 11% of global GHG emissions. The Imperatives outlined by AIA in the 2025 Strategic Plan are bold, visionary, and require the... Read more »

A NEW VISION

Last month the US Senate passed H.R. 3684 - Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, also known as the “INVEST in America Act.”  As architects that advocate for progressive planning that supports environmental and equitable communities, we see this bill – which will hopefully soon become law - as a major step forward.  It is progress... Read more »