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Why I design with sustainability in mind

Architect Blake Jackson tells us how sustainable design became central to his philosophical approach to projects.

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<p><p>00:00</p> <p><p>[Music]</p> </p> </p> <p><p>00:01</p> <p><p>I became a designer just because I think</p> </p> </p> <p><p>00:04</p> <p><p>like all of us we want to change the</p> </p> </p> <p><p>00:05</p> <p><p>world and we think that we are a riot</p> </p> </p> <p><p>00:07</p> <p><p>and everyone else is less right and you</p> </p> </p> <p><p>00:09</p> <p><p>know we have kind of ideas about how</p> </p> </p> <p><p>00:12</p> <p><p>things should be and we'll never be</p> </p> </p> <p><p>00:14</p> <p><p>satisfied and it keeps us interested and</p> </p> </p> <p><p>00:16</p> <p><p>intrigued and I think that that's</p> </p> </p> <p><p>00:18</p> <p><p>something that's kept me a designer and</p> </p> </p> <p><p>00:21</p> <p><p>so sustainability was one of these</p> </p> </p> <p><p>00:22</p> <p><p>things that from a sort of philosophical</p> </p> </p> <p><p>00:25</p> <p><p>standpoint for me it became very</p> </p> </p> <p><p>00:26</p> <p><p>interesting because suddenly it was not</p> </p> </p> <p><p>00:29</p> <p><p>about you know what your design style is</p> </p> </p> <p><p>00:31</p> <p><p>and what's fashionable right now but it</p> </p> </p> <p><p>00:33</p> <p><p>was really an idea about we can all</p> </p> </p> <p><p>00:36</p> <p><p>agree that philosophically clean air is</p> </p> </p> <p><p>00:38</p> <p><p>better than polluted air and clean water</p> </p> </p> <p><p>00:40</p> <p><p>is said of in polluted water and healthy</p> </p> </p> <p><p>00:44</p> <p><p>buildings are better than non healthy</p> </p> </p> <p><p>00:45</p> <p><p>buildings so if you could turn that into</p> </p> </p> <p><p>00:48</p> <p><p>kind of an ethos and that would give you</p> </p> </p> <p><p>00:50</p> <p><p>something to stand on that was sort of</p> </p> </p> <p><p>00:52</p> <p><p>time I think that at the end of the day</p> </p> </p> <p><p>00:54</p> <p><p>the thing that I'm trying to do is to</p> </p> </p> <p><p>00:56</p> <p><p>make the building more sustainable more</p> </p> </p> <p><p>00:59</p> <p><p>healthy and more resilient and so if I</p> </p> </p> <p><p>01:01</p> <p><p>can accomplish any one of those three</p> </p> </p> <p><p>01:03</p> <p><p>things or all of them that I feel like</p> </p> </p> <p><p>01:05</p> <p><p>I've had a good day</p> </p> </p> <p><p>01:06</p> <p><p>[Music]</p> </p> </p>

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