Eric Corey Freed of Cannon Design on the Imagine a Place Podcast

How to grow a building.

When it comes to sustainability and architecture, there are few on the planet that are more progressive-minded and informed than Eric Corey Freed. We can also now say with certainty that there are none more witty and entertaining. Eric Corey Freed is the Senior Vice President of Sustainability at Cannon Design, where he is leading them on a mission to have every project be net-zero energy and halve embodied carbon by 2030. He’s authored a dozen books on the topic of sustainability— his most recent: The Circular Economy for Dummies.

In this episode, he discusses the future of green building, bio-engineering, designing for the human senses, and how we can get others to take climate change more seriously. There are some amazing moments in this conversation. There are countless laughs. We can promise that you’ll enjoy Eric’s style and you’ll be imagining a whole new world of architecture like you’ve never imagined before.

Topics discussed in this episode:

  • The circular economy in the design industry
  • Sustainable design and architecture
  • The future of architecture
  • Green architecture

More about Eric Corey Freed of Cannon Design: 

Eric Corey Freed is an award-winning architect, 11-time author, global speaker and notorious comedian. He is Founding Principal of organicARCHITECT, a visionary design leader in biophilic and regenerative design. Eric is the author of 11 books, including “Green Building & Remodeling for Dummies.” His past roles include Vice President of the International Living Future Institute and Chief Community Officer of EcoDistricts, both nonprofits pushing innovative new paradigms for deep green buildings and communities.

Eric is considered a leader in the field; named by San Francisco Magazine “Best Green Architect” in 2005; “Best Visionary” in 2007; and “Green Visionary” by 7×7 Magazine in 2008. In 2012, he was named one of the 25 “Best Green Architecture Firms” in the US, and one of the “Top 10 Most Influential Green Architects.” In 2017, he was named one of Build’s American Architecture Top 25 and the following year, Fixr’s Top 200 Influencers in the Construction Industry. He also holds a prestigious LEED Fellow award from the US Green Building Council.

Growing our next generation of buildings | Eric Corey Freed | TEDx:

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