The patterns and forms of Chaco Canyon in New Mexico leave an inspiring imprint. Some lessons I’d like to learn from Puebloan culture relative to sustainable design:
1. Live with acute awareness of the land. Water connects us to life. The tracings can be read through the vegetation and wildlife as functional and poetic.
2. Be aware of our position in the larger setting. Chaco is aligned with the stars, and patterns of the sun and moon. There is mystery, but also direct connection to the seasons and earth rhythms effecting survival.
3. Community: Their shared space reveals a social structure connecting families to community and interesting arrangements of privacy versus interaction.
4: Materials: Even to my untrained eye, the benefits of utilizing thermal mass and the beauty of hand built masonry are inspiring.