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William McDonough and Michael Braungart: "Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way We Make Things"

"Reduce, reuse, recycle . . . perpetuates a one-way, 'cradle to grave' manufacturing model that dates to the Industrial Revolution and casts off as much as 90 percent of the materials it uses as waste, much of it toxic. Why not challenge the notion that human industry must inevitably damage the natural world, they ask. In fact, why not take nature itself as our model?” Read more

More Opsis Architecture Picnic Photos

Posted Sept. 7, 2010 Read more

Statesman Journal reprint

From September 23, 2008 Statesman Journal: Businesses from construction to retail are working to GO GREEN Pringle Creek is helping Salem-area builders gain environmental skills Greening your business makes sense. What began as part of the environmental movement has become good business practice as the cost of energy soars and the demand for healthy products grows. The emergence of green marketing during the past few years is nothing short of amazing. Small businesses and giant conglomerates are on the bandwagon. BP and Exxon promote renewable resources while the local dry cleaners advertise nontoxic methods. Environmentally responsible products and services are everywhere. But consumers are ... Read more

Earth Day ’08 Photos

Photos of Earth Day '08 at Pringle Creek Community Read more

Live-Work-Breathe course description

Architecture 484/584 • Spring 2007 • Brook Muller + James Meyer and OPSIS Architecture*LIVE • WORK • BREATHE*CREATING COMMUNITY AT PRINGLE CREEKThe studio entails collaboration with OPSIS Architecture in Portland and utilizes their state-of-the-art Pringle Creek “green” development in Salem as the locus for design inquiry. Our challenge will be to design high quality and high performance live/work units in close association with memorable, attractive and ecologically rich outdoor space.11 ISSUES, OBJECTIVES AND OPPORTUNITIES THAT WILL HELP TO DEFINE OUR STUDIO CULTURE:*Working in Teams*Effective collaborative work settings increase the likelihood that we will raise the kinds of questions that ... Read more
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