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 a 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 use concrete as an example, I have completed a variety of pretty common domestic projects at different scales that are conventionally ubiquitous to concrete, but 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, and often removal and reinstallation. Repurposing a concrete footing is pretty limited. The most common application I’ve seen it reused in 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. And ideas need to be shared. In my mid-20’s it became apparent that a lot of others were interested in similar project endeavors. So I finally decided to showcase mine, and will continue to do so as they roll out. Thank you.
Keenan Gibbons, PLA, LEED GA