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Notes on the Project: Flower Power

Drawing on the excitement from the design discussion yesterday, I decided to just take a look into orchids, three-petal flowers and the Fibonacci sequence, etc. This is what I would do if I were on the design team— I couldn’t help myself— on my own time, of course.

What I found was VERY interesting. In several ways the orchid references many of the design goals of this project.

The orchid is:

1. Possibly one of the oldest plants on the earth— potentially 100 million years’ old (orchids would have coexisted with dinosaurs, perhaps even earlier).

Referencing longevity in its simple design

2. Found on all continents except Antarctica

Referencing replicability all over the world.

3. Composed of both feminine and masculine aspects. Specifically, the top of the flower is very feminine in shape and direct visual look, while the root base; often called ‘testicles’ as there are two bulbs, is very masculine.

Referencing a balance between masculine and feminine.

4. Representative of the Fibonacci sequence in terms of the flower’s shape.

5. One of the most diverse flower species in terms of shape and colour.

Referencing adaptability to local areas when thinking about replicability.

6. Self-pollinating (not relying on bees, but works with them too)

Referencing self-reliance, self-sustaining.

There are so many ways this design idea works! I think I’ll share this with Dennis and Christy.


Website: EcoAmmo

Stephani Carter, LEED AP, EcoAmmo

Stephani is all about the action and proving that Edmonton can build incredibly aesthetic buildings while being respectful of the environment they occupy. Steph is passionate about making sustainability a fun and engaging endeavor.

She’s the subject-matter expert in green building-rating systems, and facilitates group discussions to ensure that it’s the cutting edge, cool, sustainable project it’s supposed to be. Her company is going to be one of the first tenants, so she brings a user perspective to the table.

Stephani is somewhat of a collector of all things cool, but has a penchant for things that are old. As a young lady, she always dreamt about restoring historical buildings to be cutting-edge eco-friendly, or retrofitting classic cars with emission-free engines.

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