As a result of a friendly one-dollar wager between two millionaire brothers, Chris Lambert was plucked off the streets and thrust into his current position in helping to build business for Cannon Design's sustainability services group. Writing on this blog is just one way for him to contribute to this grand social experiment.
The research group Urban Institute just released its Metro Trends dashboard. Anyone who has tracked down data from the US Census or Bureau of Labor Statistics should rejoice at the outstanding, simple visual summary of key data about several hundred US metros. Metro Trends summarizes each metro area in broad categories (Jobs, Housing, Demographics and [...]
Yesterday, Cameron Sinclair, co-founder of Architecture for Humanity, sent a Valentine to the architectural profession. Given the remarkable social entrepreneurship of Architecture for Humanity’s programs, it’s easy to see that love for people and for the profession in equal measures drive the organization. Head over to ilovearchitecture.org to learn more about ways you can contribute [...]
As part of our research on the energy embodied in building materials, our team has connected with a range of designers, manufacturers and vendors that are researching related issues in their work. We’ve been delighted to learn about broad interest across industries in the subject of how much energy is consumed in making the materials [...]
Time for a confession: in my weaker moments, I take energy for granted. For me, and a sizable portion of the world, energy seems easy. Dozens of times every day, we flip a switch, touch a screen, press a button or turn a key. High-quality, controlled and reliable energy is literally at our fingertips, and we take notice only [...]
March 22 is World Water Day, an event that has persevered for nearly 20 years regardless of widespread indifference to its existence across much of North America. This year, event organizers in Cape Town, South Africa have focused on studying the impact that rapid urbanization—particularly in developing countries—has on the world’s water resources. Many of the world’s largest cities are consistently failing [...]
On February 22, residents across Chicago’s 50 wards will vote in a city council and mayoral race that for the first time in decades does not include Richard M. Daley’s name on the ballot. Thousands of words—positive and otherwise—will be written about his legacy, but right now we’re facing a much more interesting question: who’s [...]
In a Thursday, February 3 press event, President Obama announced the Better Buildings Initiative—a series of incentive programs that encourage commercial and institutional building owners to make energy efficiency upgrades. Early reactions suggest that major players in the real estate industry favor the initiative. Companies including Jones Lang LaSalle and Johnson Controls as well as organizations like BOMA, the AIA, the [...]
At the Meet and Match event we held in Chicago in June (well-documented in photos and video elsewhere on this blog), Cannon Design helped connect more than a dozen representatives of non-profit agencies and design professionals. Earlier this month, we continued building on the success of that event by hosting a brief discussion with Lucy [...]
The end of this year’s Environmental Awareness Week calls for a brief retrospective. For those of you who missed the live simulcast presentations, please follow this link and take a gander at the video recordings of this year’s lectures in the On Demand tab. Like the Oscar recipient who forgets to acknowledge his parents in an acceptance speech, I face the challenge of sending thanks to (an [...]
In his Environmental Awareness Week presentation, Jon Sader offered heaps of data, a few choice insights on the importance of understanding a local labor pool and an enlightened approach to value engineering. Jon Sader of the Make It Right Foundation describing the impact of Hurricane Katrina (photo by Jason Meyering) It’s easy to feel awestruck at times by the daunting work that [...]
Brett McQuillan - 14 Jun 2013
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architectrix - 05 Jun 2013
To keep learning and to keep teaching and to keep listening and to keep tal...
Yemm & Hart Ltd - 03 Jun 2013
"Personally" - to bring "heart" into everything I do. ~ Deborah Hart Yemm
Iryna - 28 May 2013
Hi all team of Cannon Design! I have visited your office on Doors Open eve...
Susan Welker, AIA - 18 May 2013
Exactly! I did research during my Masters in Architecture about how more w...