Robert Thiele, Architect, LEED AP - Facilitator for the San Diego Living Building Challenge Collaborative
Upon my return from Portland and the Living Future 2012 unConference, Women Reshaping The World, I pause to remember and reflect on what happens to the mind and imagination when you immerse yourself in a journey of self discovery, alignment of purpose and practice compassion without boundaries. So it was for 5 days, like a bee collecting pollen, I became a sponge with a thirst for more understanding of how living systems work in our natural, cultural and built environment and imagined how we as people, all men women and children, have this sexy relationship with natural systems and when we start looking at everything through that lens, the world looks even more amazing.
So from my inner spiritual migration, my Zugunruhe, I emerged with a new appreciation for WATER. How does this limited resource in San Diego, a Coastal Desert biome remain sustainable for future generations?
I am inspired for our San Diego bioregion as we contemplate our needs and use of water looking into the future for the next 100 years, the future of our children’s children. The Balboa Park Watershed is a perfect laboratory to study and educate ourselves on living infrastructure within a watershed and demonstrate a living home or a living building, an eco-district or a living community and measure it through the lens of the Living Building Challenge. The Park's Centennial Celebration in 2015 is a perfect timeframe
The San Diego Living Building Challenge Collaborative is interested in partnering with Balboa Park entities to help facilitate a conversation around water reclamation and reuse throughout the parkland's 1200 acres. Let's all join in this inspiring conversation. Talk back soon.