How It Works

"If we change the way we look at things, the things we look at change."

Our workshops use the Re:Vision Framework™ to create solutions and ideas that might otherwise go un-noticed in traditional settings.

They are designed to be an intervention for traditional patterns of designing.

These one or two-day workshops gather together a select group of architects, community leaders, decision makers, agencies, managers and other stakeholders to create design solutions.

Through a patented process, the workshops begin with a series of collaborative exercises to create hundreds of ideas for a specific topic. At this early stage, there is no bad idea and nothing is eliminated. Future exercises build on these ideas to filter, focus and direct them to reach a series of tangible, deployable solutions.

By exploring the urban, rural or suburban block as a holistic system, all of the issues are considered at once.

  1. Well-being
  2. Energy Systems
  3. Transportation
  4. Economies
  5. The Natural Environment
  6. The Built Environment
  7. Community
  8. Finance
  9. Policy/Law
  10. Technology
  11. Waste/Water/Air Quality

Impact

"What if we designed our spaces and places to create the experiences and outcomes we truly desire?"

Changes in our environment do not only affect individuals. They are visible on a citywide, real-world level.

Changes in Decision-Making

When the Re:Vision Framework™ is used, it streamlines the approval process by including all constituents, minimizing typical tensions that can lead to inferior solutions. The workshop process itself deepens long-term relationships between people in the community.

Economic Change

The Re:Vision Framework™ directs designers toward solutions that improve quality of life while using fewer raw materials. The ancillary benefit is that the economic health of the community also improves. It costs less for developers to build because they use local and available resources. The city can often offset costs, since the city is usually involved throughout the process.

"It is incredibly important that Dallas has been chosen for this project. If this were done in Chicago or New York or San Francisco, people would just nod their heads to the news. but the world will watch Dallas because it’s a bold step for a city that is younger than many others [in moving towards sustainability]."
– Cameron Sinclair, founder of Architecture for Humanity

A more livable city means a healthier bottom line.