We, at Donald Aitken Associates, have dedicated our lives to helping individuals and companies, communities and cities, states and nations, fulfill their missions and goals through policies and buildings that are in harmony and balance with the Earth's natural systems. We believe that we are, thus, contributing to sustainability in the truest sense, while enhancing the quality of life of our clients and the strength and stability of their cultural and economic support systems.
Donald Aitken Associates
We see many who are following in the giant footsteps of Rachel Carson, a '50's-'60's era ecologist and author of the epochal and profoundly disquieting 1961 book, Silent Spring, warning of the same things today: the contamination or destruction of the natural systems that sustain our planet. We are still overusing chemicals that are poisonous to all living things. And when we can see the air we breathe, it is obvious we are overusing polluting fossil fuels for electricity production, industry and transportation.
But even with two-thirds of all of the nation's electricity used in buildings, most of them are created without regard for the potential energy-saving techniques offered by daylighting, passive solar heating, natural cooling and ventilation, and a host of other non-polluting opportunities that cost little to nothing. And rarely does an architect do a "whole building" design that couples a holistic, energy-saving building envelope with mechanical and electrical systems that only need to supplement a building's natural provision of light and comfort.
What does it say about us as individuals that we care so little for the welfare of this beautiful planet, and for the future, unto the seventh generation, of our children and grandchildren? And what does it say about our culture that we pay so little attention to environmentally destructive practices, and invest so little of our creativity in the environmentally benign and available solutions? We must begin to think of the creation of human habitat as an encroachment on the natural environment and on all other creatures in the ecosystems that previously did just fine without human intervention. It is not our right to encroach. It is a privilege that we must approach with humility and generosity toward all living and physical systems.
Only when the environmental values that we know to be right in our hearts match our actions in this world will we be truly whole. And only then can we truly do our part to bring light and healing to the beautiful blue planet that we call home. That's why we, at Donald Aitken Associates, are dedicated to help individuals and companies, communities and cities, states and nations, to fulfill their missions and goals-through better policies and buildings--in harmony and balance with the Earth's natural systems. In this way we believe that we are contributing to sustainability in the truest sense, while enhancing the quality of life of our clients and the strength and stability of their cultural and economic support systems.