It's been a while since I've written about regionalism in sustainable design. Lately though, especially through my involvement with the Irvington Green Initiative, I've had a number of discussions about the sustainability of local business. So when I read an article by Lance Hosey in Architect magazine about "Localism" in sustainable design, I figured it was time to re-visit the subject and try to tie two of my passions together.
- They support local jobs / local economy
- They provide services and products specifically needed in your area
- They often utilize materials and resources that are sourced locally
- Time-proven, local building techniques are familiar to local craftsmen and support local jobs / local economy
- Time-proven, local technologies for heating, cooling and use of natural resources are often more efficient and less expensive
- Time-proven, local materials have weathered the storm (both literally and figuratively) and have proven themselves over generations