Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Good Earth Architectural Seminar Series

The 2011 Good Earth Home, Garden & Living Show takes place this coming weekend, January 21-23, at the Lane County Fairgrounds. The show is one of the largest consumer events held annually in Eugene, attracting 30,000-plus visitors over a three-day period.

This year's Good Earth Show includes over 250 earth-friendly, exciting, and informative exhibits grouped into seven “Pavilions of Sustainable Style.” The show will also feature 65 seminars presented by leading experts in architecture, green building, design, naturescaping, gardening, and sustainable living. Of note to AIA-Southwestern Oregon members is that several of our knowledgeable and talented colleagues will be showcased by the Good Earth Architectural Seminar Series, sponsored by local television station KVAL 13.

The line-up is as follows:

Friday 7:30 pm
Rethinking Scale: Appropriate Home Design for the New World Economy
Todd Miller, AIA ~ Todd Miller Architecture

Saturday 12:00 noon
Extreme Green! Passive House Construction Achieves Net-Zero Energy
Jan Fillinger, AIA, LEED AP ~ Studio-E Architecture
Win Swafford ~ Ecobuilding Collaborative of Oregon

Saturday 3:00 pm
Who Needs an Architect? Residential or Commercial
Nir Pearlson, AIA, LEED AP ~ Nir Pearlson Architect

Sunday 12:00 noon
Sustain + Connect + Inspire
Richard Shugar, AIA, LEED AP ~ 2form Architecture

Sunday 2:00 pm
Lifestyle of the Simple and Sustainable
William Randall, AIA, LEED AP, CSBA ~ Arbor South Architecture

Kudos to KVAL and the Good Earth Show for providing a forum for these AIA-SWO members to demonstrate how architects’ special education and skills can enhance the value of anyone’s home, in both measureable and unmeasureable ways.

Visitors to this coming weekend’s Good Earth Home, Garden & Living Show have the opportunity to learn what architects can do for them. They’ll hear about how architects are going past the rhetoric of sustainability to fulfill its promise. They’ll learn that good design is not easy but that it does make a difference. Architects are trained problem solvers. Architects don’t just design four walls and a roof—they create total environments, functional and exciting places in which to work and live. Architects are trained to help their clients get more out of their investments than they may have possibly imagined.

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