Salt Lake City, Utah: May 29th — June 1st, 2013
Many thanks to Scott Doyon, PlaceMakers, DPZ & Steve Mouzon for making the combined Original Green/Hope for Architecture presentation happen. The talk received a standing ovation followed by a half hour of Q&A which prompted an enthusiastic and delving exchange between audience and speakers.
We arrived to the still covered snow peaks surrounding the valley city. Last minute snap shot across the airport parking lot — not the best, but you get the idea. This trip was our initiation to the Culture of New Urbanism, and I have to say, there was an unexpected and pleasant intimacy regarding the flow of ideas and community.
Scott Doyon speaks tactically during a humorous evening debate at the Peery
NU Spirit Undergoing Good Natured/Boisterous Decompression After Day’s Lectures.
Speaking the Language without Equivocation.
At 5 slides per minute, Steve Mouzon concisely outlined the common sense of why vernacular works, and conversely, the problems with ignoring the lessons of nature which can only be taught over many generations — hence ‘a building tradition.’ Steve deflects every time it’s mentioned, but his influence on what we are doing with ‘affordable permanence’ via the Hope for Architecture Initiative has been very significant. He puts into a language what I’ve acted upon only by instinct for many years; it’s so important to clearly define good practices — the nuts and bolts of what actually makes them work both practically and aesthetically. Once we understand these parameters, then we are able to create fresh, relevant designs that are actually informed by something. Of course, if we’re truly committed to making the world a better place, Steve’s book Original Green is a staple road map.
Mason/Designer, Clay Chapman Presenting HFA’s Frugal Permanence Concept
We couldn’t be happier with how well this event went. After the presentation, it was refreshing to hear so many well thought out and probing questions; the dialogue that followed was both revealing and entertaining.
Clay Chapman and PlaceMaker Scott Doyon
Following Mouzon/Chapman Presentation
For those of you who haven’t heard, we are currently in design for the next HFA iteration which will be built in Oakhurst Village/City of Decatur just out side of Atlanta. Excited to take our ‘affordable permanence’ model to the next level and tighten the process further.