Whole-Building mobilizes investment in the built environment to improve the health and vitality of communities and nature to create whole-communities. This practice views “building” as an opportunity to engage the essential capacity of all stakeholders to participate in communal, economic and environmental enrichment as an integral function of creating a built-environment.
This process begins, seeking first to understand the unique potential that a product, a building or a community has. As resources are identified, the idea of waste dissolves and yield is redefined. Particular attention is given to what’s happening in the margins, at the edges and intersections of a multitude of diverse things moving between patterns and detail while integrating levels of complexity all at once so we can creatively use and respond to change. When shared alignment occurs, these connections engage new energy that supports growth from within.
Whole Building uniquely acknowledges that a building product, a business in the building industry, a built project and a development may all be regenerative. They have equally important independent or intertwined potential.
Whole-Building is a whole-systems approach with a specific intent to work within the built environment. Projects add dimension that express the alignment of a shared intent. They increase capacity but don’t necessarily increase the scale of regenerative design.
The Bark House Legacy is an example of Whole-Building. The company’s approach responds to this important question: “How can Bark House Wall Coverings support the essential capacity of everyone that touches them to participate in communal, economic and environmental enrichment?” The Bark House identifies beauty in nature that others have not discovered and employs a larger process of Whole-Building to bring that to the design community in support of regenerative design and development.
The principles are intended to provide a logical and succinct means for creating whole communities.
All human and ecosystems are accounted for in a particular field and incorporated into the system design. Scale is irrelevant. Each entity is equally important as the whole. Entities may include building products, businesses in the building industry, buildings, projects and communities for example.
Field accounts for a physical ecosystem in a particular place and is also the non-physical intersection where potential is shared. This helps establish a unique boundary in which work occurs. Natural elements, social and geological history, cultures and life are considered. A unique collective is harnessed.
Focus is on what is uniquely possible at the intersections where vocation is shared in context and co-operation occurs. Each potential in the system is met with the intent to support its essential growth throughout time. Resources are engaged to build a higher order when working with potential as compared to working only to fix problems. Working with potential uses the tension that was created by problems as a creative force for a higher level outcome, but does not focus on problem-solving as a goal.
Seeks to identify a collective vocation unique to the program work. Collective vocation holds the highest level of energy for the growth of an entity’s co-operators. Each element of the design will align to a shared source connecting back to nature and forward to community.
Views different levels in relationships as potential co-operators and seeks to develop them individually and systematically –evolving the whole.
All systems form connections and are involved in communities of mutually supportive relationships. The unique contribution of every element in a system is valued independently and interdependently. Each relationship strengthens the whole system. Each entity in the system provides support to more than one other entity. Scale is irrelevant to the importance of an entity or system. All members if a community are participants in and influencers of the design.
Seeks points of opportunity where connections can be made to spark dynamic growth in and entity and the system. These connections are seen more clearly by using framework tools to understand context.
Framework tools help sort, hold, understand and share a complexity of information during the planned process of formation and growth. Context changes as growth or degradation occurs.
Every given program has a minimum whole and an infinite optimal yield. Support for the exchange of ideas and social practice as well as other resources is embodied. Complex ideals can be viewed as simple constructs when working with whole systems.
"Quality is not a goal here… It’s a way of life."