One of the most insightful moments of Beth’s trip happened during a late afternoon lecture by California architect David Hertz. He shared highlights from his recent book, “The Restorative Home, Ecological Houses by David Hertz”. In David’s own words – “I’ve always had a social and ecological concern. The honest expression of materials and structure, a response to climate and a blurring of the boundary between indoors and outdoors are important to me.” According to his books introduction by Michael Webb, David’s projects, “seek to move the client beyond the merely sustainable to the restorative”. David expands the meaning of restorative “a restorative building is one that gives back more than it takes. It generates more fresh air, nurtures vegetation, harvests energy and captures more water than the building consumes in its lifetime.”
Beth left his seminar ready to rethink existing methods and design solutions yet remain true to her social and ecological leanings. What a refreshing, revitalizing and affirming lecture! Rethinking the use of materials to problem solve for our housing needs, both functionally and aesthetically, can, in turn, create nurturing spaces; spaces that connect us to one another, our environment and our innate needs. For us, design is about feeling and people, making the most from what we have or need. It’s a simplistic design, one that is not carried away for the sake of design or trend, but instead nurtures the human spirit while simultaneously igniting creativity, beauty and human connection.