- Utilize local materials
- See building as the extension of a local economy
What does the selection and utilization of construction materials have to do with a wholeness-based architecture? Everything. Although it is slowly improving, the current marketplace where construction materials are bought and sold is predominantly a ‘blind market’. Meaning that the impact of extraction, means of production, residual toxicity, environmental costs, etc. become invisible to those purchasing materials. Price becomes the primary consideration in a blind market, fragmentation is calculated and the interconnectedness of things is intentionally obfuscated.
Simply by preferring locally extracted and produced materials, we can begin to heal the supply chain rifts currently experienced. Local materials are more transparent in that we know those involved with their development and are aware of their practices. Dollars spent on local materials stay longer in the regional economy, adding a certain robustness to local communities.