Last month, Manitoba held its own version of the TED talks, and Winnipeg architect Scott Stirton explored this question: “Why do we continue to live in and build “dumb” architecture?” Meaning buildings that adversely affect our health, inhibit human interaction or deplete non-renewable resources.

There are new and far better ways to balance high technology and common sense, says Stirton, and move toward a more “Intelligent Architecture.” Stirton is the CEO of Smith Carter Architects and Engineers, whose own office building is one of the most sustainable, innovative – not to mention beautiful – work environments in Winnipeg.

In this presentation, he explores concepts such as Healing Environments (e.g., in hospitals) that reduce stress and promote recovery; Social Environments, which foster human connection rather than isolation; and Sustainable Buildings, designed to harness natural energies embodied in local micro-environments.

It’s a whole new way to build smarter, healthier, happier spaces – and there’s nothing dumb about that. Check out what Stirton had to say.

Author's Bio: 

I’m a girl from the Canadian prairies who likes wide-open spaces, fresh ideas, a great story, and inspiring environments, buildings and art of all kinds. I have written feature stories about architecture, urban, rural and lakeside living, cool neighbourhoods, and everything from business to pleasure (tourism and travel).

I believe that powerful writing, too, can link the artistic with the practical.

My feature writing has appeared in: Ottawa Citizen, Winnipeg Free Press, The Western Producer, The Cottager, Manitoba Business Magazine, Manitoba’s Northern Experience, Home & City, Manitoba Gardener, Ciao and up! (WestJet’s magazine).

Barbara Edie