Houston Tomorrow will present its Winter Distinguished Speaker Series featuring Steve Mouzon, author of the Original Green on January 18, 2012 at 6:30pm at the United Way Community Resource Center, 50 Waugh Drive.
The timeless qualities of sustainable buildings: nourishable, serviceable, securable, accessible, lovable, durable, flexible, frugal
Don’t miss this important presentation on the collective intelligence behind sustainable places.
Originally, before the Thermostat Age, as Steve says, the places we built and buildings we built had no choice but to be green, otherwise people would freeze to death in the winter, die of heat strokes by summer, starve to death, or other really bad things would happen to them. Today, as we are working to re-learn how to live sustainably, much of the focus is on the gadgetry of green: Gizmo Green. This notion that we can simply invent more efficient mechanisms, and throw in some bamboo to boot, is only a small part of real sustainability.
So this is what the Original Green makes... sustainable buildings in sustainable places... but what is it, really? The Original Green is the collective intelligence behind those places. In common terms, it’s the sustainability all our great-grandparents knew by heart.
About Steve Mouzon
Steve Mouzon is an architect, urbanist, author, blogger, and photographer from Miami. He founded the New Urban Guild, which helped foster the Katrina Cottages movement. The Guild hosts Project:SmartDwelling, which works to redefine the house to be much smaller and more sustainable. Steve founded and is a board member of the Guild Foundation; it hosts the Original Green initiative. Steve speaks regularly across the US and abroad on sustainability issues. He blogs on the Original Green Blog and Useful Stuff. He also posts to the Original Green Twitter stream.