Thursday, July 21, 2005
Caitlan's interpretive center
An intermediate goal of the larger sustainability project is to develop an interpretive center and showroom. People will be able to experience Shelter which looks very familiar and comfortable, but is filled with earth and people friendly solutions by being fully integrated into both our human infrastructure and the natural world. In interpretive center design, it's important for visitors to know what the theme is of what they are discovering. Then they move through the space, discovering for themselves all the parts and relationships that make up the whole.
Caitlan demonstrated this brilliantly last night. I'd just let her drive the electric car up the driveway to the outlet.
"Dad, I was thinking. While I was on the bus, I noticed people's driveways all have oil stains on them. If everybody drove electric cars, we wouldn't have those oil stains. Also, if everyone drove little, lightweight cars, our driveways wouldn't have to be so strong. We could make them out of something pretty, like stones and bricks. Then, water could go through, and without oil stains, the water would be cleaner, too."
For my daughter, her entire world is an interpretive center.
Posted by Robert van de Walle