Seeing the Building for the Trees

By Sarah Williams Goldhagen, New York Times
January 7, 2012

A revolution in cognitive neuroscience is changing the kinds of experiments that scientists conduct, the kinds of questions economists ask and, increasingly, the ways that architects, landscape architects and urban designers shape our built environment. This revolution reveals that thought is less transparent to the thinker than it appears and that the mind is less rational than we believe and more associative than we know. Many of the associations we make emerge from the fact that we live inside bodies, in a concrete world, and we tend to think in metaphors grounded in that embodiment. More … 

Cascadia Board of Directors Election

Are you interested in taking a leadership role in the bioregion’s most influential green building non-governmental organization? Consider running for a position on the Cascadia Green Building Council’s Board of Directors and help shape the future of green building. There are four seats open in the upcoming election; one each in Alaska, British Columbia, Washington and Oregon. To submit an application, or suggest a nomination, visit the web site at A nominating committee will review all applicants and select qualified candidates. In order to stand for election, you must be an individual member of the Cascadia Green Building Council. The nomination period extends until February 17, 2012. For questions or additional information, you can also contact Emily DeWolfe (

Role Call: Oral Reviewers

Are you an architect (MAIBC) interested in volunteering at the AIBC?  The institute is expanding its roster of oral reviewers and is looking for members interested in contributing to this important step in the registration process.  Oral reviews are held three times per year (February, June and October).  Oral reviewers make up the three-person review panel that assesses and evaluates a candidate’s ability to understand the practice of architecture and how it is carried out and regulated in British Columbia. Candidates include Intern Architects, broadly-experienced foreign architects and alternative qualifications candidates. Each person on the reviewers roster will be provided with complete training. Note: reviewers are entitle to  one self-reported non-core learning unit for each evening of attendance. Dinner is also provided. The next session of oral reviews is February 22 and 23, 2012.  If you would like to attend as an observer, or would like more information about the oral review process or the role of an oral reviewer, please contact Registration and Licensing Administration Assistant Emily Tyler at