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The Fallacy of Maintenance-Free - StrongTowns University

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   Building "maintenance-free" is an illusion. When so-called maintenance-free items fail, they fail catastrophically so that you have to rip all of the mess off and cart it off to the landfill. The high standard should be materials that can be patched and repaired, as I explain in this sub-2-minute conversation with Chuck Marohn of StrongTowns University.


   ~Steve Mouzon


Gizmo Green - StrongTowns University

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   This 3-minute clip with Chuck Marohn of StrongTowns University highlights the dangers of framing everything within a Gimo Green view. Gizmo Green is the proposition that we can achieve sustainability with better equipment and better materials. Gizmo Green is a part of the solution, but only a small part.


   ~Steve Mouzon


Quality of Life vs. Standard of Living - StrongTowns University

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   Standard of living focuses on how much we've got, while quality of life focuses on how good we have it, as discussed in this 2-minute clip with Chuck Marohn of StrongTowns University. Bigger vs. better. When one goes up, the other goes down… it's just simple economics. 


   ~Steve Mouzon


Making Architecture Sustainable at StrongTowns University

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   Sustainable architecture is possible only when we're allowed to share wisdom broadly. Unfortunately, as I discuss with Chuck Marohn of StrongTowns University, we have burdened the profession of architecture with the necessity of uniqueness. Your work is expected to be your own unique creation if you expect to get published in the architectural magazines. But if you're not allowed to use other people's good ideas, then truly sustainable practices cannot spread broadly. This is one of the most important dilemmas in architecture today.


   ~Steve Mouzon


Living Traditions at StrongTowns University

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   Living traditions are proven methods of spreading the wisdom of sustainable construction. They have spread sustainability broadly from the beginning of human history, until we gave them up and all became specialists over a span of several decades nearly a century ago, as I discuss with Chuck Marohn of StrongTowns University.


   ~Steve Mouzon


The Problem With Specialists - StrongTowns University

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   Chuck Marohn of StrongTowns University and I talk about the problem with experts and specialists in this sub-3-minute clip. Actually, it's not a problem that we have specialists, but when everybody becomes one, it leaves a tremendous common sense vacuum because specialists focus on narrower and narrower bands of practice, leaving the wider view unconsidered.


   ~Steve Mouzon


Lovable Buildings at StrongTowns University

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   Here's a 4-minute clip I did with Chuck Marohn for StrongTowns University on the importance of lovable buildings. If a building can't be loved, it won't last. It's carbon footprint means nothing once its parts have been carted off to the landfill.


   ~Steve Mouzon


The Danger of Wishes - StrongTowns University

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   Sustainability targets are nothing more than wishes if someone else sets them up for you, as Chuck Marohn of StrongTowns University and I discuss in this sub-2-minute clip. Targets only have meaning when they are my targets for me, not my targets for you.


   ~Steve Mouzon


Proverb Coding at StrongTowns University

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   This 4½-minute clip with Chuck Marohn of StrongTowns University tells the story of a fascinating recent discovery in Rose Town, one of the poorest neighborhoods in Kingston, Jamaica, that I believe provides crucial insights into how we might re-start living traditions.


   ~Steve Mouzon


Nature's Many Avenues for Growth at StrongTowns University

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   City growth since World War II has been almost exclusively outward, leapfrogging at breakneck speed into the countryside. But while nature limits physical growth in every creature, many other types of growth can occur… things can grow smarter, better, etc., not just bigger. Thanks to Chuck Marohn of StrongTowns University for filming these episodes!


   ~Steve Mouzon


Adaptable Buildings at StrongTowns University

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   Buildings that can be used for only one thing aren't likely to last for very long. Building uses come and go all the time… telephone exchanges didn't exist just over a century ago, whereas indoor shopping malls are quickly becoming obsolete even as we watch. Chuck Marohn of StrongTowns Network and I discuss the details in this 2½-minute clip.


   ~Steve Mouzon


Nourishable Places at StrongTowns University

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   I tell Chuck Marohn of StrongTowns Network the story of nourishable places in this 2¼-minute clip. In a nutshell, if people can't eat there, they can't live there. Today, we can ship food in from all around the world, but that may not always be true as energy costs rise. And today, more people are celebrating the virtues of local food. 


   ~Steve Mouzon


Stacking the Deck for Lovable Buildings at StrongTowns University

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   If architecture were nothing more than fashion and style, it would be impossible to design buildings that would be loved by future generations because we have no idea what fashions will be like even just a few quarters into the future, much less in the lives of our descendants. But as I discussed with Chuck Marohn of StrongTowns University in this clip, there are things we can do to stack the desk in our buildings' favor, giving them a much greater chance of survival long into an uncertain future.


   ~Steve Mouzon


Uniqueness in Architecture

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   If you want to be a significant architect today, your work must be largely unique. Isn't that a good thing? Doesn't it spur inventiveness and creativity? Yes, but there are huge sustainability problems which I discuss here with Chuck Marohn of StrongTowns University.


   ~Steve Mouzon


What is the Original Green?

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   Here's my one-minute summary of the Original Green with Chuck Marohn of StrongTowns University.


   ~Steve Mouzon


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