ThinkWoven develops design strategies to weave urban systems into ecosystems.
Regenerative or highly sustainable design typically aims for net positive or zero impact within the boundaries of a project site, without fully considering outsourced impacts or opportunities. A deep understanding of natural systems has led ThinkWoven to a different approach. A mature ecosystem is collaborative, diverse and resilient. It makes best use of daily inputs of solar energy and rainfall, and cycles energy, water and nutrients within its system boundaries. Every organism plays a unique role within the larger system, and needs to collaborate to thrive.
Cities can function similarly, and embody the vitality, diversity, density and resilience of natural ecosystems. Buildings can be designed to play a positive role within social and natural systems. ThinkWoven develops strategies so that the energy, water and materials used in the construction and operation of buildings has positive impact locally. A city can be designed to provide suitable conditions and habitat for wildlife as well as humans.
ThinkWoven works with entities of different scales, from project teams to city agencies, to create strategies and inspire designers to transform the built environment.
ThinkWoven is currently working with ClosedLoops LLC and Foodprint Group, to further the dissemination of the Zero Waste Design Guidelines. This includes education sessions at architects, engineers and developers offices and a Zero Waste Challenge for firms working within the built environment, organized through the AIANY. ThinkWoven is also working to adapt the Zero Waste Design Guidelines for other cities, and to include reference to them in the next update of LEED v4, Living Building and Community Challenges, and the RELi standard.