Seeing Problems as Opportunities

Seeing Problems as Opportunities

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Recently, I was asked to speak at the Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City for a Sustainable Design and Construction series being offered as a diploma course. I wanted to illustrate the benefits achieved by performing a whole-systems site assessment for development clients—a service we call Integral Assessment. When conducting an Integral Assessment of place, we seek to understand the way a place functions, its current state of health, and the existing constraints it poses to the aspirations of the project. Underlying this process of analysis is the philosophy that the study of a site’s constraints will offer insight into their reconciliation—or, that many problems can be seen as opportunities or solutions.