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.

ThinkWoven works with entities of different scales, from project teams to city agencies, to create strategies for circular material loops and zero waste within the built environment. We work at the micro and macro level to understand systems holistically and identify problems to be solved as well as opportunities for positive change. We collaborate with diverse groups of stakeholders to create design strategies and a roadmap to achieve goals.

ThinkWoven is a certified WBE and has worked with companies, city agencies and developers, including DSNY, NYCHA, Google, Hudson Companies, L+M, MHANY, and DBI. We create zero waste resources for companies to use as they develop new buildings, and work as zero waste design consultants for individual buildings or district masterplans. We are worked to disseminate the Zero Waste Design Guidelines through education sessions at architects, engineers and developers offices, as well as developed a Zero Waste Challenge for firms working within the built environment, organized through the AIANY.