Life in the Built Environment
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For several hundred thousand years Homo sapiens roamed the Earth as hunter gatherers, then about 12,000 years ago we stopped roaming – as much – and we started building. Life in the Built Environment explores the things that happened during those 12,000 years that made it possible for primitive huts to become cathedrals. However, along with the remarkable architectural achievements, the built environment is story of inequality, oppression, racism, and environmental damage.
Life in the Built Environment is a story written as a conversation between the author and students that explores the human story of design innovation and proposes ideas and plans for a better, brighter future.
Each chapter includes conversation between the author and students along with a mix of links to relevant videos, readings, discussion questions, and other supporting materials
Chapter 1: Welcome to Life in the Built Environment
Chapter 2: When the Buffalo (and Woolly Mammoth) Roamed
Chapter 3: We're Going to Need a Wall
Chapter 4: Shovels and Bulldozers
Chapter 5: Magnificent Indulgences
Chapter 6: Canals Over Rivers
Chapter 7: A Greenhouse for a Global Party
Chapter 8: We Choose to Go to the Moon
Chapter 9: O'Leary's Cow and the White City
Chapter 10: Going Up?
Chapter 11: A Feather on a Woman's Head
Chapter 12: Jigsaw Puzzles
Chapter 13: Hot Rods and Houses
Chapter 14: Empty Pools
Chapter 15: Sweet Air and Lawn Care
Chapter 16: Odds or Evens?
Chapter 17: We're Going to Need Another Wall
Chapter 18: The Future of Water Is Futures
Chapter 19: (un)Affordable Living
Chapter 20: Dystopian Visions and Billionaire Fantasies
Chapter 21: The Greatest Generation 2.0
Chapter 22: It's Time to Form a New Plan
Chapter 23: What Would Susan B. Anthony Do?
Chapter 24: A Tale of Two Houses—Make That Three Houses
Chapter 25: Think Different(ly)
Greg Tew is a designer and educator with international recognition and awards for his work as an architect, interior designer, and industrial designer. Throughout his career, Greg has attempted to create memorable designs from a pragmatic focus on problem solving. That strategy has led to publication of his work in leading design and news publications around the world including: Detail, Architectural Review, l’architecture d’aujourd’ hui, The Wall Street Journal, Esquire, Los Angeles Times, ARCHITECT, Ottagono, Metropolitan Home, Architecture, Interior Design, Interiors, and Gourmet, as well as the books XS: Big Ideas, Small Buildings and PreFab: Adaptable, Modular, Dismountable, Light, Mobile Architecture.
As an academic, Greg has taught architecture and interior design and has won numerous awards including the Virginia Tech Sporn Award for Teaching Introductory Courses—that prestigious award is the only university-level teaching award where the winner is nominated by students and selected by a committee of students. Greg was also inducted as a member of the Virginia Tech Academy of Teaching Excellence.
His primary focus in teaching during the past 10 years has been the ongoing development of Design Appreciation, a course focused on the grand challenge of our time—imagining a way of living that is unquestionably better than the life we live today and that is also sustainable.