We have arrived at the final Petal in the Living Building Challenge: Beauty.
Recognizing that beauty is impossible to mandate, the LBC strives to raise the level of discussion and care for preservation, conservation and serving the greater good by making genuine efforts to design and build projects that create beauty.
Imperative 19: Beauty + Spirit
Imperative 20: Inspiration + Education
Educational materials about the operation and performance of the project must be provided to the public to share successful solutions and to motivate others to make change.
It can be an aggravating and frustrating experience for me to drive through most neighborhoods as a residential designer. Boxes upon boxes, side-by-side for block after block, each looking no different than the ones next to it or across the street. "Curb appeal" and a desire for the best real estate prices has created a consumer mentality when it comes to building our homes. As I stated in a previous post, the blame can be shared equally between designers, builders and homeowners.
Our focus should be on designing homes appropriate to the natural environment we are building in, that are beautiful and exciting to live in and appealing in our neighborhood settings.
The more we can design and build these type of homes, the more opportunities we have to showcase our projects and create an excitement and desire in our communities to build homes to a higher standard of beauty and performance.
Quotations and information cited comes from the Living Building Challenge 3.1. To learn more or download a copy of the Living Building Challenge, visit the International Living Future Institute. Neither Joshua Stewart nor JDS Design Studio is a paid advocate of the Living Building Challenge nor a member of the LBC Ambassador Network. As a residential design firm the purpose of creating this blog series is to inform, educate and advocate for a sustainable approach to designing and building fully self-sufficient homes and communities.