An “8 x 8” of the 8 x 8

Eight speakers, eight minutes, eight fascinating presentations. Once again, WiD hosted the annual 8 x 8 speaker panel which never fails to educate as well as inspire.

Held at the Flower Garage and with an overwhelming turnout, eight speakers took to the stage with fierce (and at times humorous) determination to meet the eight minute time limit. Covering the elements of earth, wind, fire and water, building industry related professionals enthusiastically shared products, projects or concepts related to one of the elements.

In the spirit of the eight minute concept, here is an eighty second summary of this 3rd annual event:

  • Lydia Ruyle, covering the element of earth, discussed the benefits of rammed earth walls. An architectural construction method invented by her parents, Lydia continues to share the benefits of earth architecture while enjoying a career as a world renowned local artist.
  • Elicia Ratajczyk of EV Studio discussed intelligent design versus expensive technology in building construction. Focusing on passive solar and evaporative cooling, she explained the benefits of maximizing synergies in a low tech format and having a better relationship with nature. “Harness and control the flow of energy and use it to our advantage,” she stated.
  • Shannon Abote of Bella Glass Studios presented some of her company’s projects and the “firing” innovations in glass art including dichroic glass, while Slaterpaull (Jennifer Cordes, Adele Wilson) presented a LEED Platinum awarded firehouse renovation which will house their new offices.
  • Suzanne Tegen of NREL spoke of the advances in wind technology while Nicole Delmage of Barrett Studio emphasized the advantages of “gentle architecture” and her firm’s progression in honoring the earth in addition to receiving top awards in sustainable design.
  • Laurel Raines of AECOM introduced architectural projects that contain “visual and participating water” while Mike Sukle of Sukle Advertising & Design delighted everyone with his presentation of his company’s “Use Only What You Need” advertising campaigns. Developed for the Denver Water Department, he asked if any of us have seen “running toilets” in downtown Denver or clad-less cabs. Yes on both counts and now we really get it.

All in all, the evening was fun, entertaining and highly enlightening. WiD hopes to see you at the next 8 x 8 in the Fall of 2011. Perhaps you are an attendee or perhaps you are a speaker. Are you up for the challenge? More importantly – was that eighty seconds?

Submitted by Jacqueline Trice, WiD member and owner of Canvas Design, LLC a firm specializing in design journalism, holistic design and philanthropic pursuits.

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