Nantucket Principles: A Policy Agenda for Architecture and Design Firms on Green and Sustainable Design
What follows was authored and unanimously agreed to by the Delegates of the Design Futures Council at the Architects’ Environment Summit, Nantucket, and since updated at subsequent summits.
Facilitated by Phil Enquist, Partner, SOM and Sandra Mendler, Vice President HOK
On Sept. 28-30, 2002, 85 design firm professionals and AEC leaders gathered on Nantucket, MA, for the first Design Futures Council’s Architects’ Environment Summit. The think-tank session focused on analyzing, discussing, and debating the trends and issues that will influence green building and sustainable design over the next three years. During the event, participants developed an action agenda to equip firms and organizations of all sizes with a recommended strategy to facilitate the successful movement forward in green and sustainable design.
What follows was authored and unanimously agreed to by the Delegates of the Design Futures Council at the Architects’ Environment Summit, Nantucket, and since updated at subsequent summits. Current practices in the design and construction of the built environment are contributing to our accelerating environmental crises. The architecture, engineering, and interior design professions and their clients are a critical part of the solutions – solutions that point to a bright, alternative future.
Recognizing the fragility of our environment, design firms and clients should redefine themselves:
It is time to operate under a new paradigm, a new set of values, a new set of ethics, and with new awareness of the impact of design.
Under these Nantucket Principles, design and construction organizations commit to the principles of sustainable development, including:
Design excellence shall incorporate, by definition, the meeting of sustainable principles. We believe that there is no conflict between sustainability and the art of architecture and design.
Our future and our solutions start here...today.
It is time to redefine our conscience and look toward expansion. We must expand our view of the client to include tomorrow’s child.
We must expand our obligations to include the health of the public environment and the planet.
We must expand our consideration of the community, site, and space to always include the larger systems and influences.
We will integrate these models of sustainability in our future work:
Sustainable design is the conception and realization of environmentally sensitive and responsible expression as a part of the evolving matrix of nature.**
An action agenda...the next steps for architecture and design professionals and firms:
Broaden the profession:
Redefine success goals in terms of service:
Collaborate with leaders in your region to align larger development strategies that are more inline with sustainable principles, including:
Envision your future victory and celebrate each increment of success. Sustainability is now clearly an ethical issue for us as professionals. It shall be reflected in all of our future work.
Authored and unanimously agreed to by the Delegates of the Design Futures Council at the Architects’ Environment Summit, Nantucket, September 2002; updated and revised during subsequent summits.
- From the U.N. Brundtland Commission, 1987.
** Part of the Hannover Principles, 1992.
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