Can you give us a teaser of your talk?
I am very interested in the interconnected web of all people and things; how action around climate awareness, housing, medical care, economic growth, jobs for all, living wage, and income for all, as programs, can transform San Francisco as a microcosm with the potential for these to become national or global norms. San Francisco has long been a bell weather city and conferences like Tulip help to connect the world with not only shared goals and vision but action.
The need for green housing alternatives gave birth to the radical concept that a historic home is green.
Tell us about what you are working on right now.
A historic home clearinghouse and registry. Historic homes are literally a dwindling resource. With each home that is gutted, invaluable irreplaceable assets are destroyed and contemporary resources are wasted. Education about green practices, why these structures are more valuable untouched, and why it is important to leave them intact is essential. Creating a clearinghouse so these homes can be traded to an educated buyer will give current homeowners who are attempting to preserve their resource a measure of peace of mind.
What is your background?
I love saving and restoring decaying housing stock and making it viable again. This lead me to practice interior design, real estate, and historic home research. The need for green housing alternatives gave birth to the radical concept that a historic home is green.
What should we look out for in the next 5 years?
Ground shaking disruption is yet to occur in the real estate industry, and yet the issues are large and looming: sea levels rising, extreme weather events that damage existing housing stock, housing shortages, housing costs skyrocketing, and no great new ideas in the category. Consolidation in the industry is making consumer choices fewer rather than greater and reducing competition. The pressure is on for the next new thing.
Who is doing good work in your field?
How do you hope Tulip will be different / better?
Access to international thinkers and doers.