News : Local Architecture Firm Serves Sustainability Locally and Globally

Feb 15, 2013

From the Exeter and Portsmouth Patches

By Jim Cavan

For as well worn and bumper sticker-ready as it’s become, the mantra implies an unintentional duality counter to its very meaning: You can do one or the other, but attempting both would amount to tilting at windmills. become, the mantra implies an unintentional duality counter to its very meaning: You can do one or the other, but attempting both would amount to tilting at windmills.

Not if you’re Paul Fowler and Bob Cook, that is.

Despite having only recently launched their Portsmouth architecture firm, adaptDESIGN, Fowler and Cook’s involvement in two high-profile projects – one local, the other half a world away – is proof positive that giving back knows neither boundaries nor borders.

Back in October, Fowler received a call from a Cornell University representative seeking a green-minded design and architecture firm to help sponsor student efforts to construct a prototype for a new kind of sustainable housing unit in Nicaragua. The Cornell representative had gotten wind of adaptDESIGN by way of Green Alliance, the Portsmouth-based “green business union” that adaptDESIGN joined a little less than a year ago.

According to Sustainable Neighborhoods Nicaragua’s (SNN) website, Nicaragua is currently facing one of the most acute housing crises in the world, with nearly two out of every three citizens experiencing impediments of one kind or another in finding adequate housing. The goal of SNN is to construct long-term housing units that are affordable, sturdy, and sustainable as possible...

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