COTE Book TALK: People, Planet, Design

An AIA COTE and Island Press event

Thursday, February 8, 2024 - 1:00pm EST

What if great design were defined by its ability to cool the planet, heal communities, enhance ecological functioning, and advance justice?

In People, Planet, Design, architect Corey Squire builds the case, provides the data, and lays out the practical tools for a transformative human-centered architecture. This approach integrates beauty and delight with an awareness of how every design choice impacts the community, the planet, and the people who will use the building.

Outcome-focused with a deep dive into practical design strategies, the book showcases ten building systems that embody design excellence. Corey Squire suggests focusing on the desired outcomes—that buildings shelter us from the elements without disconnecting us from the world, that buildings provide the quality of air, light, and views we now know to be essential to health, productivity, and joy—we can move beyond the checklist mentality that has captured much of the design community.

Corey discussed his new vision for sustainable architecture design solutions while he also outlines clear guidance on how it can be implemented. Corey believes that it is only when design prioritizes people, as it should, that architecture can realize its full potential.

Corey was joined by Lyndley Kent, AIA, of Neumann Monson. Lyndley is a member of the national AIA COTE Leadership Group.