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1. Robert Nieminen, The Power of Knowledge
Robert believes there's nothing more inherently
sustainable than extending the useful life of an
existing building. "Recycling used building materials
into new construction projects is essential, but
preserving the structures themselves eliminates
even more waste and keeps embodied energy and
carbon in place to lessen a project's impact on the
environment," he explains. A different historical
mindset was uncovered while developing his story
on educating the next design generation (p. 24).
According to Robert, "I was encouraged to learn
many design schools are broadening the scope
of design and art history instruction beyond
western civilization to include the contributions
of other cultures and nations that have often been
omitted from the existing architectural canon.
Students can feel more empowered and valued
when they are exposed to the contributions of
people and cultures with whom they can identify.
By expanding students' views of history and
culture, I believe the future of the profession
will be much richer because of it."
2. Diana Mosher, Closing the Gap
Diana enjoyed the many interesting statistics and
ideas that emerged during her interviews about
housing trends (p. 34). "Designers are in the
position to educate their clients about possibilities
they never imagined existed, because [they] are
continually exposed to new ideas through their
own curiosity, continuing education opportunities,
and exchanging information with colleagues.
Designers who think outside the box to stay abreast
of thought leadership in real estate, academic,
and international design will be in the know
about emerging ideas from around the globe and
especially well-positioned to bring value to their
clients," she states. With respect to preserving
older structures, Diana feels an individual doesn't


have to be a history buff to appreciate or want
to learn more about a beautiful adaptive-reuse
project. "Preserving our built past is a way to
connect with previous generations. While working
on such projects, designers learn about the choices
that were made in that era for materials and
space configuration and can revisit these choices,
sometimes discovering that what's old is new
again," she says.
3. Jesse Bratter, Rest, Relax, Recharge
Jesse says she's always looked to using lowand no-VOC paints in her own home, but writing
her article on bedroom design (p. 50) gave her a
new awareness of other "healthy" materials that
should be considered. "I've never given thought
to the chemicals used in my mattress-hidden
away underneath my sheets, it never seemed to be
something I should be concerned about. There's
been such a surge in appreciating organic and
natural when it comes to the food we put into
our bodies and the ingredients we use to take
care of our skin, but sleeping on a mattress night
after night, breathing in whatever those sheets
and mattresses are made of, should be at front of
mind as well," she notes. When it comes to historic
structures, Jesse compares such influences in design
to her own professional livelihood. "Just like
knowing our social, economic, and political history
helps us move forward in society or how reading
the works of various authors makes you a better
writer, learning from and preserving our built past
provides the foundation for designing in the
present and future," she asserts.
4. Brian Libby, Redesigning History
One thing that surprised Brian while working on
his article, "Redesigning History" (p. 42), was a
recognition that historic preservation is changing.
"Today, it's often about preserving the essence

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of a design, not maintaining every detail,"
he explains. "That can be a good thing, because
it allows more creativity. But, we also must be
mindful of historic integrity and not blur the lines
between something truly historic and a cartoonish
copy." He imagines that the overall appeal to this
segment of the built environment is that "people
want to visit and spend time in places with a
connection to the past. Whether it's a small-town
main street lined with old brick buildings or a
historic mountain lodge constructed from massive
timbers, the craftsmanship and beautiful materials
give designers a great head start on creating an
interior space people love. And, yet, whether it's
a contemporary or a period-influenced approach,
the room for creativity is as great as there would
be in a new building."
5. Ambrose Clancy, ICONic Profile:
Dan Menchions & Keith Rushbrook
When asked about learning from and preserving
our built past, Ambrose says "it seems that one
trait we all share is a need to be connected to
others, to a community, to people in general.
Preserving structures connects us to past eras, but,
more importantly, to the people who built them
and dwelled in them." Always one to gain insight
from his "ICONic Profile" interviews, this issue's
focus on the principals of II BY IV DESIGN
(p. 48) did not disappoint. According to Ambrose,
he uncovered some great techniques to use when
interviewing job applicants. He explains: "[Keith
told me he] asked people what they were reading.
Also, he asked them if they were without electronic
devices, where would they go for inspiration.
Kind of connecting to that idea of why we should
preserve our architectural and design heritage."

Image 1: Robert Nieminen/Image 2: Rashidah De Vore/Image 3: Charles Dundas-Shaw/Image 4: Valarie Smith/Image 5: Kirk Condyles

History tells its own story-just like the authors in this issue of i+D, who offer lessons
learned while researching their specific assignments and reveal their perspectives about one
of our featured topics: preserving older structures.


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