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The Ecology of Collaboration

April 25, 2019 @ 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM


Join representatives from Kaplan Thompson, Briburn and Scott Simons Architects to learn more about their collaboration in the Living Building & Living Community Challenge at the Ecology School in Saco Maine.


Living Building + Living Community Challenge in Saco  Maine with  

Kaplan Thompson Architects, Briburn  Architecture & Scott Simons Architects

In the summer of 2015 the Ecology School of Saco, Maine had the  opportunity to purchase a historic farm along the Saco river some five miles inland from their current location on Ferry Beach.
The School has run small, seasonal residential education programs out of their current leased location for twenty years and this chance to purchase a beautiful riverfront farm that was bound by conservation lands was one they could not pass up.
This interactive panel discussion will provide a candid insight into this unexpected collaboration, exploring lessons learned, challenges, and the rewards of this unique process. And, importantly this discussion will focus heavily on how the complexity and capacity provided by this team helped and hindered the process of developing a Living Building Challenge project.
This discussion will illustrate the process of learning, stumbling, and support that we all went through and will highlight a number of specific lessons learned that may be useful to other teams trying to find best practices and would most certainly be scalable to other teams.
Some of the specific topics we will cover will be; the value of communication, the importance of trust, the appreciation of the unseen on other’s process, and the pragmatic beauty of slowing down to go fast. While at times we felt that things were a bit of a mess they were also at times hugely rewarding and have added the organic value the client had envisioned.
This event is FREE but please register HERE
(please note – this is a bring your own lunch event)


April 25, 2019
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM


Maine Charitable Mechanics’ Hall
519 Congress St
Portland, 04101
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