First, I created this site to showcase what you can accomplish sustainably without compromising conventional comfort. It begins with materials. Take concrete for example, something I always try to assess personally + professionally prior to spec’ing. Concrete is the number one off-gassing producer of CO2 on the planet. It has contemporary applications, but is dramatically overprescribed across the construction industry. Combined with its post-installation permanence, concrete needs to be rethought in our everyday life.

Creative alternatives + reuse of materials are a passion, and I feel this thinking is a necessity for our collective future. To return again to concrete, I have completed a variety of relatively common domestic projects at different scales that are conventionally ubiquitous with concrete, but I entirely eliminated concrete from them. Furthermore, the performance data + dynamics of these alternative design approaches satisfied- if not exceeded concrete. Those data range from the engineered load-bearing properties of alternatives, to the flexibility + reduced invasiveness of the project intervention across its lifespan through post-installation. Repurposing a concrete footing is pretty limited. The most common application I’ve seen it reused for is crushed gabion fill. Whereas the helical screw pile footing can be extracted, reused, and installed without gas-powered equipment, without nearly as much terrestrial invasiveness, and for a comparatively competitive cost (especially when factoring labor + performance).

Second, I tend to always be working on something. When I encounter voids for design solutions a switch flips in my mind. To hearken Frost, I go in to get back out. Also, ideas need to be shared. And in my mid-20’s it became apparent to me a lot of others were interested in similar project endeavors. So I finally decided to showcase them, and will continue to showcase them as they roll out.

Site Story

I built my first worthwhile website in 2009. It was based off a Flash template for my grad school portfolio of student design work. Shortly thereafter I realized my favorite program [Adobe Illustrator] could export crude table data with PNG links using its Slice tool. This gradually allowed me to construct new websites, from the ground-up, working backward in Dreamweaver to help interpret how websites were structured in basic HTML. That led to developing CSS and manipulating javascript, thereby appending my page like Frankenstein as life allowed. Ultimately it all pointed to this blog-style page which is a leap from all that. It took forced surrender from the masochistic control of editing native code in order for me to accept the easy-bake module. I was not initially a fan, but it has allowed documentation of my physical projects without maintaining the latest code and browsers, which means more opportunity to format + showcase content. I hope the site proves useful somehow.

Keenan Gibbons, PLA, LEED GA