Stephanie Aurora Lewis

Stephanie Aurora Lewis

Stephanie, an NCARB registered architect and LEED AP, draws upon her studies in architectural history and theory from Sarah Lawrence College and her master’s degree in architecture from The Ohio State University. Providing copy for publications and performing marketing work for the construction industry, Stephanie works as an independent freelancer from Columbus, Ohio.

Here's To Unchopping Your Christmas Tree This Year

Fri, Dec 18, 2009

National reporter Ted Anthony wrote "Analysis: Climate 'debate' pits loud vs. louder" yesterday for The Associated Press about the international debates encircling the climate change in Copenhagen. As experts present scientific data, the public pounds back with rebuttals via the UN's web portal called, "Add your voice to the Climate Petition." In short, Anthony suggests the experts' voices should take precedence over the general public's voice that is, in his opinion, based on information that is anything but scientific.

Maybe we should realize that we do not live in a world that is purely scientific? It would be naive to miss the fact that scientists do interpret data via their biased lens, just as easily as the "perceived uninformed public opinion" can validate natural occurrences with their own personal experiences.

Moving on, is it really worth it to debate now whether or not our planet is showing us signs of its weariness? Do we need to continue to justify our exorbitant use of natural resources? Even one little home / life change can help all of us to achieve the goal of "use less, waste less."

Human nature does not live on facts and data alone. We are passionate, compassionate, and are all capable of using our intuition to make advanced thoughtful conclusions, thus the difference between human and robot.

So, why not use all of our senses to wage a war on global change?

After all, that is what the famous architect Maya Lin did in her video about rainforest deforestation. Take a look.

Developing a Green Building Momentum

Wed, Dec 16, 2009

The tables have turned as owners are coming to architects requesting a LEED Certified building, reports Bruce S. Fowle, FAIA and LEED AP of FX FOWLE. Furthermore, “According to FMI Management Consultant’s 2008 U.S. Construction Overview, construction industry stakeholders are increasingly recognizing green building capabilities as "good" — and as a necessary part of a firm's best practices. Green building is no longer a niche sector,” reports HGTV in their News Trends article Construction Industry: Green Building is Good.

Pervious Pavement

Mon, Dec 14, 2009

(As previously published in Modern Contractor Solutions.) Pervious pavement is a green, sustainable strategy that can assist in lowering stormwater runoff, naturally decreasing automobile pollutants, recharging the water table supply and moderating the heat island effect. Similar to other complex construction systems, in order for the sustainable pavement to perform as it was designed, it needs to be installed with precision and maintained with diligence. To drain water effectively on any given site, different geographical areas require special adjustments to the technology as well.

Green Elevator Strategies

Wed, Dec 09, 2009

Eco-friendly inventions now enable elevators to operate with much less energy, use less building square footage by eliminating traditional elevator utility rooms, and incorporate eco-sensitive finish materials. Likewise, green strategies for eco-modernizations are also available to renovate traditional elevators. Yet beyond new green technologies and renovations, an elevator itself is an important green tool.

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