Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Our blog has moved! We hope you will join us on our new blog.

Hi everyone, thank you so much for following along on our Grow Community blog. We've moved our blog over to our new website and hope you will join us over there. So, if you're subscribed to this blog and want to keep following our updates, point your browser to:

Hope to see you there!

Grow Community Bainbridge

Contact Details:

Grow Community Bainbridge
428 Grow Avenue NW,
Bainbridge Island, WA 98110
T: 206.452.6755

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Weekly construction update! Learn how the Grow Community is building energy efficiency (and savings) right into the walls.

A lot has been happening at the Grow Community construction site this week and we want to make sure you’re kept in the loop! Last week we talked about the air barrier being put up on the Aria which left some residents wondering if we were painting all of the homes at Grow black. We know that with a project this size there will be lots of questions and general curiosity from the community, so read on for your weekly digest of construction updates at the Grow Community and please let us know in the comments if you have any feedback or if there’s anything specific you would like us to address in a future blog post. 
Energy is the Name of the Game at Grow this Week 
Energy efficiency is about more than turning down the heat.  And we have always said that living at Grow isn't all about warm beers and cold showers.  While residents will need to be mindful of their energy use in order to achieve net-zero energy in their homes, we have put an incredible amount of thought into how we can design homes that will be inherently energy efficient, and even more than that, homes that will be comfortable. You won't be chilly in these homes. We promise.   
In order to achieve this, it’s necessary to build the savings right into the walls. Creating enough solar energy to power an entire home with the amount of space available on most roofs’ is very difficult, so the goal is to eliminate enough heat loss (during the winter), control heat gain (during the summer) and to tighten up the energy systems within the home to keep power needs to a minimum. The cheapest energy in the world is that which is not used.
After much exploration of different types of wall systems, we settled on double-stud walls, which you can see a cross-sectional view of in the picture to the left.  Most homes are built with a layer of insulation within a single 6-inch wall. The homes at Grow are using a double wall system of two, 2x4 walls. This wall system creates insulated areas with a 1" thermal break between them which greatly reduces heat loss and gain, keeping the home warm during the winter and cool during the summer. Combining the efficiency of the walls with the waterproof air barrier system we have put on the outside, the home is essentially given a shell with an R-Value more efficient the Washington State Energy Code requires. Greg Lotakis, our Project Manager on the Grow Community construction site, described it as being as if the home were, “wearing a thicker jacket, but in this case, it’s not just about keeping you warm, but also about keeping you cool in the Summer months”. 

Friday, June 8, 2012

Grow Drinks Was a Huge Success! Thank You all For Participating!

Our second Grow Drinks was a huge success! We really enjoyed meeting with everybody and being able to share our vision and ideas for the Grow Community and to hear all of your feedback and listen to your thoughts.

We had expected to give a simple presentation and then mingle with the crowd, but instead, an amazing thing happened: 

Our simple presentation turned into a lively round-table style discussion that felt truly unique and collaborative. We felt very connected to the community and everyone who's interested in the project in that moment. It's extremely important for us to be able to enter into conversations about the Grow Community and One Planet Living so we can design a better community for all.

We were honored to have Geof Syphers, an early proponent of the One Planet Living framework in North America, and lead on the Sonoma Mountain Village project, join our discussion and to be able to provide his insight and experience with One Planet Living and sustainable development.

So, in the spirit of last night's event, we invite you to keep the conversation moving forward with us and to please send us your thoughts here on the blog, on Facebook and Twitter or to join our mailing list for news and updates. 

Don't forget to mark your calendars for our next Grow Drinks, on July 12th! But don't worry, we'll send you an update to remind you. 

Thank you!

The Grow Team 

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Wondering What's Going On at the New Construction Site Along Grow Avenue?

Those of you who have driven by Grow Avenue have seen that we have started construction and may be wondering what we are up to.  We have recently begun construction of three model homes that will be prototypes for the Grow Community. The model homes face Grow Avenue and are intended to showcase the different designs and floor-plans which will be available throughout the site. Construction will be complete and the homes available to tour mid-summer.

Grow is the first endorsed One Planet Community to build residential homes in the United States. A One Planet Community is built to the highest standards for environmental, economic and social sustainability. One Planet takes development beyond the standards of LEED, requiring not only sustainable building design, but sustainable lifestyle design. The Grow project pays attention to every detail - not only how buildings are built, but how people live in those buildings. We at Asani believe that our built environment affects our health and happiness and are building Grow to reflect our needs as social creatures as well as the needs of the planet.  With solar power on the roof, a garden in the backyard and a car share program on-site, it will not only be easy, but affordable and fun to live a zero-carbon lifestyle at Grow.

To accomplish this, our team has designed incredibly energy efficient homes which will provide residents with an easy way to live a carbon-free lifestyle.  We have worked hard to balance cost considerations with the latest in building systems and technologies. The homes you see under construction just now are model homes that will be used to test not only the various energy-efficient building designs and systems, they will also be used to gather feedback on the home layout and design, as well as the One Planet living concept. 

The three homes that will be available for touring in the next couple of months are the Aria, the Ocean and the Everett.The Everett, the largest of the group, is a single-family, 3 bedroom dwelling meant to comfortably house a family.  With a study, a mud room, a playroom and endless storage, this is the perfect family house. The Ocean is an intergenerational home designed for main-floor living with a master suite on the ground floor.  A second master suite and roof-top deck on the second floor make this a flexible house for all different living situations. The Aria, a 2-bedroom single family dwelling with a light footprint, has tons of space and is perfect for a young family.

As these homes go up we will be sharing more about the designs and the thought-process behind the sustainability choices we have made.  We will be sharing our mistakes as well as our successes.  We look forward to an open dialogue as we learn and hope that our efforts will spark new and interesting discussions around sustainable design.

Check back next week for more details on the energy-efficient wall designs being tested at Grow and for general construction updates and progress reports. Let us know if you have any questions, comments or concerns here in the comment section, or on Facebook and Twitter.

The Grow Team

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Is Johnny Cash Moving to Grow Avenue?

We’ve been getting a lot of questions at the GROW site regarding the new homes being built along Grow Avenue. Mostly, people seem interested in the progress on the site, when the homes are going to be ready for touring, and why they appear to be being painted black and if we plan on leaving them like that. Our Project Manager, Greg Lotakis, laughed and said he thought it looked like Johnny Cash - the infamous ‘Man in Black’ - was moving to the Grow Community.

You might be a little disappointed to learn that the late, great Johnny Cash is not moving to Bainbridge Island. You will, however, be happy to learn that we aren’t planning on building black homes along Grow Avenue, but are instead, in the process of building some of the most energy efficient homes in North America.

What you’re seeing going up on the first model home at the Grow Community is a weather resistant barrier system called Enviro-Dri, created by Tremco. We chose Enviro-Dri, as opposed to more familiar home sheaths like Tyvec, because the product is top in its class for weather resistant barriers and works for the life of your home to remove moisture and fight molds and mildew, an important aspect to home building in the Pacific Northwest.  

Each of the three model homes will be constructed using slightly different wall systems and materials.  We will be testing and monitoring each combination for effectiveness and cost efficiency.  The next home will be coated with a similar product called StoGuard Gold Coat

As we learn more through the application of each of these different products, we will be posting our thoughts and inviting your feedback.  Let us know in the comments if you have any questions or connect with us on Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news and information on the Grow Community project.

The Grow Team.

Thursday, May 31, 2012

Announcing GROWdrinks 2 - JUNE 7th at 7 pm!

Join Us For GROWdrinks Part 2 On June 7th! 
Our first GROWdrinks was a huge success so we would like to make this a monthly event.  We hope you can join us for our second GROWdrinks on Thursday, June 7th from 7-9pm.

If you're thinking about living at the Grow Community - or are interested in learning more, and would like to meet others who are interested as well - join us for a positive evening of connection:  drink some wine, eat some cheese, and partake in some stimulating conversationIf you are interested in connecting, please RSVP here and mark the date on your calendar!


The festivities will be taking place at OfficeXPats in the Pavilion on Bainbridge Island. We'll be meeting from 7 - 9 pm and are really excited to meet everyone and talk about the Grow Community! Check out the map below for directions and if you're coming from Seattle, go here for the ferry schedule. 

OfficeXPats is located at: 

403 Madison Ave. N, Ste. 240
Bainbridge Island, WA 98110

Can't make it?  UPCOMING GROWdrinks DATES:  July 12th and August 9th. You can sign up here for our newsletter if you're interested in future events and news from the Grow Team. 

See you next week! 

Grow Team 

Monday, May 28, 2012

Share Common Ground

More boomers are opting for smaller neighborhoods with a bigger sense of community

Pocket neighborhoods are small on space but big on community. — Photo by Misha Gravenor
Rosemary Fowler calls them "the parade of gawkers." Every night after dinner, as she sits in the white wicker chaise on her front porch, she sees them stream by to check out her cozy neighborhood-in-the-making.

See also: Pocket neighborhood slideshow.

The Carmel, Ind., nurse, 56, is not surprised that her sunny yellow house, and the seven other two-story cottage-style homes in various stages of completion, are attracting attention. Instead of a street separating the $225,000-to-$400,000 homes that face one another, a landscaped courtyard divides them. Visitors walk to the front door of each home through a common walkway.

Although the houses are clustered together, their layouts ensure privacy: The houses may be close, but if one has large windows on one side, the wall of the house next door will be windowless. Each cottage has a picket fence in front.

Eventually, the development, called Inglenook, will have 27 cottages in groups of six or eight ranging from 1,000 to almost 2,200 square feet.

Fowler, who bought the small three-bedroom home and shares it with her best friend, Becky Meadows, 60, has not regretted her move from her bigger house and yard. "This is beautifully designed, easier to maintain and gives me more time to get to know my neighbors," she says.

Not that there are any yet. Fowler and Meadows are the new kids on the block in fact, the only kids in Indiana's first pocket neighborhood. Developer Casey Land is writing new contracts, so it's only a matter of time before Fowler will chat with neighbors hanging out on their porches. "I'm going to be part of a close-knit community where people look out for one another, socialize and when needed, take care of each other," says Fowler. "I fell in love with the concept."

A what?
Chances are, you will be hearing more about pocket neighborhoods. This increasingly popular housing option generally consists of a dozen or so compact houses or apartments that share common or green space. That might be a pedestrian walkway, garden, courtyard or shared backyard or alley. Central mailboxes give neighbors even more opportunities to interact.

Backyards are typically small, with the focus on the front especially those porches. Usually, pocket homes have an open floor plan and are newly constructed, but could also be in an existing enclave. Regardless, they are tucked into "pockets" of a neighborhood or part of a larger new development, often near walkable destinations like shops and restaurants.

Parking, you ask? Pockets may have a separate parking area or attached garages, but they deemphasize the automobile mentality, where drivers pull into garages and disappear into houses until it's time to hop back into the car. Instead, the architecture emphasizes forming relationships with neighbors.

Click here to read the rest of this article

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Status on the Construction Site: Foundations

Each week we get a bit closer to seeing what our new homes will look like. Last week we completed the concrete foundations for the first three model homes along Grow Avenue. Framing of the homes will begin next week while site work continues for utilities and driveway into the community.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

A Visit from Pooran Desai, Co-founder of BioRegional

Pooran Desai, Co-founder of BioRegional and International Director of One Planet Communities visited with our Grow Community team today.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

INTRODUCING GROWdrinks - May 10th


Thinking about living at Grow Community?  Would you like to meet others who are? Join us for a positive evening of connection:  see a short, thought-provoking film, drink some wine, eat some cheese, and partake in some stimulating conversation.

May 10th, 7-9pm at OfficeXPats in the Pavillion – Bainbridge Island.  Don’t miss the fun!

If you are interested in connecting please RSVP to and mark the date on your calendar!

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Tulane University Students Visit Grow Community

We were thrilled to have 16  graduate students in a Sustainable Real Estate Development program, from Tulane University in New Orleans, visit with us yesterday to learn more about Grow Community and its One Planet framework, and to learn about our commitment to both economic and social sustainability.  Thank you for visiting with us and sharing your valuable insights.

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Grow Play Spaces designed for Kids by Kids!

Last Saturday we gathered a bunch of Bainbridge Island kids together at the place they love best, Kids Discovery Museum, and asked them to design the play spaces for Grow Community.  The only rule: it has to be awesome!

Young ones ranging from 3-12 years of age dived right into playdough, paper cut-outs, sticks and stones to build multiple models of their ideal play structures.  A good time was had by all.  Thanks to all those brilliant and creative young minds for their invaluable ideas!

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Our Grow Community Trees.

Part of the careful planning we’ve put in place for this project includes everyday environmental choices that incorporate the beauty of our surroundings. This project is in the R-14 zone, which, under the new land use code, does not require retention of existing trees on the site.  The Grow project will meet Built Green 5-Star certification, which requires substantial tree retention.  In addition, we are committed to contributing to the long-term tree canopy goal of 50% coverage in Winslow, as outlined in the Bainbridge Island Urban Forest Management Plan.   

In order to meet all these goals, our plan is to retain existing vegetation as much as possible. To accomplish this, we continue to work with a professional arborist, Katy Bigelow, to identify the maximum amount of trees that can reasonably be retained with the urban density that is planned. 

We have focused on retaining trees in clusters and larger areas, for instance, at the corner of Grow Avenue and Wyatt Way, to maintain native vegetation areas, preserving habitat and maintaining existing green corridors.  In addition, we are planting more than 250 new trees throughout the site.  The new vegetation will enhance the existing green corridors and contribute to stormwater uptake and carbon sequestration, absorbing more than 900 metric tons of carbon over the next 100 years, almost double what the existing trees would have absorbed over that same time period.

As with all projects designed for urban densities, some trees must be removed, as preserving large trees next to new construction rarely works in the long-term.  For the trees that do need to be removed or relocated we are taking the utmost care.  All trees marked for preservation have been fenced at the dripline and no root systems will be disturbed by heavy equipment.  Several Vine Maples have been saved for reuse in the project, a Dogwood is going home with one of our Contractors, several other plants will be going to a local landscaper, and we are working with the Kitsap Conservation District to salvage evergreens for Salmon Restoration projects.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Recycled Homes at Grow Site

Construction is officially underway at the Grow Community job site. All materials from the homes being dismantled at the site are being donated to Habitat for Humanity to be re-used on the future home of a person in need.

Click here to learn more about Habitat for Humanity.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Trees for Global Benefits Fundraiser - Thank You!

A huge THANK YOU to all who came to our TREES FOR GLOBAL BENEFITS fundraiser.  With the help of the Lorax we raised $1800 for EcoTrust, Uganda.

Still interested in donating to this important program?   
Send checks to:
Plan Vivo Foundation
710 John Nelson Lane NE
Bainbridge Island, WA 98110

click here to learn more

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

LEGO buys $500 million worth of wind turbines

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Adapting to the Future

By Jon Quitslund

Architecture is a social art. It becomes an instrument of human fate, because it . . . shapes and conditions our responses. . . . It modifies and often breaks earlier established habit. (Richard Neutra, 1958)

On February 9th, the proponents of the Grow Community development finally had their chance to present the project to the Planning Commission, and a three-hour meeting was devoted to the formal presentation, Q & A with Commission members, and public comment.
It was a lively evening, with none of the droning explanation and passive listening that sometimes settles over the Council chambers for long intervals.  There was a good audience for the proceedings.  I was present with other citizens who had contributed to the project’s ‘Sustainability Action Plan,’ a book-length document that provides the rationale for a somewhat utopian community.

Several aspects of the project were given a good going-over by members of the Planning Commission and concerned citizens.  Impacts on traffic, characteristics of the faces that the buildings on Wyatt will turn toward Wyatt Ave., plans for handling surface water, and the adequacy of pathways through the open spaces between Wyatt Ave. on the north and Madison Ave. on the east were all discussed. And the need for adequate parking came up, of course: more on that later.

These were all legitimate concerns, touching on problems of first importance to the architect and other contributors to the project.  From the beginning, it has been crucial to provide for dynamic relationships of the residents and the built environment of the new community with its near neighbors and the Island as a whole.

Several people expressed a hope that as this innovative project takes shape, with the developer assuming responsibility for its boundaries, the City and various citizen groups will coordinate efforts to improve the infrastructure of roads, trails, and sidewalks beyond those boundaries.

Just maybe, we can break free of a tendency toward reactive, piecemeal, and contentious responses to our problems and opportunities, and commit to projects that fit into long-range plans.  We could, simultaneously, increase vitality in neighborhoods and provide attractive connections of each place with others.

When I had an opportunity to comment, I started with the quotation from the architect Richard Neutra that appears at the beginning of this post.  “Architecture is a social art.”  The Grow Community project is a bold instance of architecture as a social art.  Many people – both professionals and amateurs – have contributed to the project, and many more will be involved in its unfolding.

When it is imaginative and original, architecure “becomes an instrument of human fate.”  Richard Neutra’s thoughts about the architect’s social role, shaping behavior and breaking established habits, emerged against the backdrop of 20th-century modernism in the International Style.

The two decades after the end of WW II were an epochal time for architecture in the United States, and for the planning and building of cities and suburbs, with all the infrastructure needed to provide people and commerce with a mobility to match the era’s prosperity and its newfound need for convenience, efficiency, and freedom.  Real progress in the quality of life for the great majority of Americans was achieved in those decades, but in recent years it has become clear that some Faustian bargains were made.

Now the devil’s at the door.  Cheap energy and the other non-renewable resources that made the American dream possible aren’t so cheap any more, and efforts to keep fossil fuels cheap are wrecking our environment.  Land isn’t cheap either, except in places where cities, towns, and suburbs are blighted and jobs are scarce.

Mobility is still important, but sometimes it’s problematic.  People love to travel, but long commutes by car are less and less feasible.  We’re getting more aware of mpg ratios, more interested in carpooling and the availability (or not) of public transportation.  Those who are fit and brave enough to commute by bike or scooter are envied; likewise, those who can walk to work or work at home.

Which is more important: high speed internet access, or hassle-free driving, anywhere, any time?  I think our culture is already redefining mobility, and reexamining the priorities that shape how we spend our time, how much stuff we need to own, what big-ticket purchases our incomes must support, and what we can do without.

Concern for the environmental impacts of an acquisitive lifestyle isn’t the only factor that’s driving these cultural changes, nor is the current economic downturn and the dim prospects for a return to go-go growth.  Thoughtful people are considering in fresh ways what choices and activities make them happy, and what circumstances really contribute to their security.

These changes, and others related to them, are already shaping our future, regionally and right here on Bainbridge.  Which brings me back to the Grow Community, and to the proposition that the architects who build a community can modify and even break established habits.

Marja Preston acknowledged that the prices for units in the new neighborhood are not “affordable” by conventional measures, but she pointed out that if the community’s emphasis on teamwork, common property, and cost-sharing means that you won’t need a car of your own, or a washer and dryer, and if much of your food comes from community gardens, then the total cost of living there won’t be so high after all.

Members of the Planning Commission asked the designers to find room for more parking spaces before the project is fully built out.  I seriously doubt that they will be needed.  We don’t know what the future will hold, so things have to be done step by step, adapting positively to contingencies and possibilities.  I hope this process won’t be hindered by outdated assumptions.

Monday, February 27, 2012

Grow Community Playground Workshop

March 31st 10.30am at KiDiMu

Kids…would you like to help design our community playground?

We will be hosting an interactive workshop for kids on March 31st at the Kid's Discovery Museum, Bainbridge Island, to gather ideas and brainstorm for the design and use of the community play spaces in the Grow neighborhood.

If you are interested in participating please RSVP to and mark the date on your calendar!

Monday, February 13, 2012

Sustainable Seattle: OECD Measuring Well-being

Sustainable Seattle
OECD Measuring Well-being

The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, (OECD) is turning 50 and they are now considering “life satisfaction” along with its existing economic measures. They have developed the “Your Better Life Index” measuring 11 domains in each of the OECD 34 member countries. OECD secretary-general Angel GurrĂ­a says, "[The Index] has extraordinary potential to help us deliver better policies for better lives."

Starting tomorrow the OECD is hosting New Directions in Welfare II, a three day conference focused on discussing the economics of welfare and public policy. Economists from around Europe and the World began this discussion with part one in 2009 in Oxford.

Additionally they are collaborating with Action for Happiness, an organization founded last year in Britain that is dedicated to bringing people together to create a happier society.

Just over a month ago New Zealand published a national happiness study. The study, "Working Towards Higher Living Standards for New Zealanders," conducted over 18 months acknowledges that, “living standards are broader than income alone, and are determined by a wide range of material and non-material factors." Ross McDonald, a senior lecturer at the University of Auckland Business School, says, "We've got to get out of the mindset that sees growing economies as our ultimate purpose in life,"

French President Nicolas Sarkozy has called the movement from GDP to the measurement of happiness a “revolution.”

Learn more >>



Friday, February 10, 2012

Join our Grow Community CHILLY HILLY bike team!

Sunday February 26th

Grow Community will have a team riding in this years Bainbridge Island Chilly Hilly bike ride. We would love for you to join our team. Please contact: if you are interested.

Go to the official event page to learn more:

Friday, February 3, 2012

"The Lorax" Trees for Global Benefits Fundraiser - March 3rd!

BUY YOUR TICKETS ONLINE NOW! to reserve your space.

The Lorax is coming to
Bainbridge Island!

We hope you will join us for a private showing of Dr Seuss'
"The Lorax" on opening weekend to raise funds to support EcoTrust - Uganda's Trees for Global Benefits initiative.

Your ticket will grant you access to our pre-movie reception where we will have refreshments and kid-friendly activities, followed by a private showing of Dr Seuss' "The Lorax" movie.  All proceeds from ticket sales will support EcoTrust - Uganda's TREES FOR GLOBAL BENEFITS initiative, assisting small farmers in Uganda to plant and maintain trees, a program that helps to offset global carbon impacts while improving economic opportunity.

Thursday, February 2, 2012

DJC: Kitsap County gets its first LEED gold office

Daily Journal of Commerce
Tuesday, January 31, 2012

A development firm named Asani teamed up with PHC Construction and Coates Design Architects to turn a neighborhood eyesore into an energy efficient building.

All three companies now have their offices in the Granero Office Building on Bainbridge Island.  Asani said the project recently became Kitsap County’s first LEED gold building.

The structure was a municipal shed built in the 1950s and used for truck maintenance.  Today, it is an energy efficient, light-filled office space.  The project was completed in 2009.

Marty Sievertson, owner and president of PHC Construction, said he was delighted to participate in the project and is happy with the results.  “Our people really enjoy the open airy feel and collaborative work environment that was created here.”

More than half of the original structure was reused.  The new building has exterior shades to reduce light pollution, extremely low-water fixtures including waterless urinals and dual-flush toilets.  The landscaping requires no irrigation.  Interior lights are on timers or occupancy sensors and 75 percent of the building is daylit.  FSC wood was used for the majority of the framing and all composite wood is free or urea formaldehyde.

The building is near the Bainbridge Island ferry terminal at 710 John Nelson Lane N.E.  Nearby bus routes offer alternative commuting options.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Community Workshop - Friday Jan. 27th

A huge thank you to everyone who attended the community-building workshop last Friday.  We were inspired, amazed and humbled by your interest and your incredible ideas.  We look forward to more thoughtful discussions as we develop a new model for living at Grow Community.

Thursday, January 19, 2012


Due to severe weather conditions we have rescheduled our workshop to next Friday.
We hope you can still attend! 
Community Workshop
January 27th 2-6pm

Interested in joining us to help shape the Community Center and the Governance Structure for the Grow Community?

We will be hosting an interactive workshop on January 27th to gather ideas for the design and use of the Community Center and also to brainstorm ideas about the Governance Structure for the community. 

If you are interested in participating please email and mark the date on your calendar!

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

The Holstee Manifesto - Live a Life full of Intention

The Holstee Manifesto is a call to action to live a life full of intention, creativity, passion, and community.

The LifeCycle Film came about as a desire to bring the energy and passion behind the Manifesto to life through something we love--biking. As we seek to live mindful lifestyles that leave a positive impact on the people and world around us, biking has become a passion that is much more than a transportation alternative. It is a way of fully experiencing the city we love and all of its details.

This Film is a celebration. It is a celebration of gatherings, of diversity, of life, and of the beauty of shared experience. We hope you enjoy.

The Holstee Manifesto Lifecycle Video from Holstee on Vimeo.

Holstee Manifesto written by Dave, Mike and Fabian
Music "Almost Everything" by Wakey!Wakey!
Director / Producer / Editor Cooper Miller
Cinematographer Anna Farrell
Producer Juliette Richey
Production Coordinator Whitney Matthews
Production Assistants Shawn Maguire & Wendi Miller
Book Cover Design Ray Shappell

Film direction, production and editing

Almost Everything by Wakey! Wakey!

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Trends in Quality Sustainable Housing

Grow Community was recently featured in WestSound Home & Garden Magazine's Winter 2011 edition - now selling.

"Grow Community is a mixed residential project being developed by Asani LLC.  The Grow Community located in Winslow on Bainbridge Island is in the permitting phase and expects to be certified by the One Planet Living.  The project will consist of detached single-family homes as well as multi-story flats (rentals) clustered around community assets including pea patches, a community building, and more - making it a community within a community.  Sustainable design principles and materials will be used extensively throughout the project."

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

American Street Philosophers: in Pursuit of Happiness

"American Street Philosophers: in Pursuit of Happiness" at

Start the New Year enjoying art, culture, and some downtown dining on Friday, January 6
with the first FIRST FRIDAY Art Walk of 2012, from 6-8 pm.

This month OfficeXpats hosts the featured exhibition entitled “American Street Philosophers: in Pursuit of Happiness.” It is a series of thirty Northwest natural photos by Steve Wilson. Steve is an acclaimed photojournalist with a portfolio from the Seattle World’s Fair to LIFE and National Geographic magazines. In recent years he has turned his attention to listening and photographing street people, and was surprised at the articulate wisdom and sensitivity he was privileged to capture. Steve will be at the reception to show photos and read from a complete draft of his project, called American Street Philosophers: in Pursuit of Happiness.

Drinks and appetizers will be served.

Friday, January 6, 2012
7 – 8pm
OfficeXpats is located at
403 Madison Avenue N, Suite 240
– second floor of the Pavilion.

For more information visit