Sustainability: Summary of the Series
We’d like to wrap up our Sustainability Series by providing a quick overview of the things we discussed, as well as leaving you with our promise to continue to research and post about ways to develop more sustainable practices as consumers and designers. We mentioned this throughout the series, but it’s important to recognize that protecting our environment is not about any one person or group doing zero waste perfectly or about a single company becoming carbon neutral. While we don’t want to downplay the significance and relevance of those achievements, we also want to remind those of you anxiously worrying over every plastic bag you’ve ever discarded, that this is also about consistent change. The issue of the health of our planet is about gradual and continual improvement and effort on the part of the 8 billion people who reside here. It’s about all of us committing, together, to take steps in the right direction and continue the conversation on sustainability.
Tortazo by Rick Bayless
In this first post, we addressed the ever growing farm-to-table movement. We touched on a couple restaurants in the Chicagoland area we were inspired by, as well as the story behind the farm-to-table concept and how you can participate as an individual consumer! Our biggest take away from the research we did here, was the importance of knowing where your food comes from!
Here we explored how the farm-to-table concept can work in tandem with an understanding of circular economic systems. We took at a look at an amazing example of a “closed loop” system right here is Chicago, as well as addressed (as always) ways in which you can help! In this segment, the focus was really placed on the importance of supporting businesses that are committed to sustainable sourcing, use and disposal of their waste, a.k.a “Green Businesses”!
To conclude the series, we wanted to hone in on waste disposal and the reality of landfills in the US. Within this post, you’ll find some incredible resources to help guide and inspire you on your journey towards zero waste, a peek inside an incredible plant-based restaurant practicing sustainable waste practices as well as some tips to become a more efficient recycler and composter!
Welcome to another addition of Meet the Team! Will Olds joined our team in August 2019, fresh off completing his master’s degree at Kansas State University. In Will’s time at Aria, he has worked on a wide variety of projects including True Food Kitchen, Cooper’s Hawk and most recently Shake Shack. Will has aided our […]Read More
Interior Courtyard Redevelopment Rendering While modern society looks towards the next shiny and new place to be, we often neglect to address our current spaces and how we use them. In an ever-expanding online world, shopping malls have taken a hit. With the effect of the pandemic this past year, the result has meant closures […]Read More
Stan’s Donuts Receives 2020 RD+D Award – Best New Prototype Runner-Up The annual RD+D Magazine Awards honor the best in restaurant design across seven categories. We are thrilled to announce that Stan’s Donuts & Coffee has been recognized in the Best New Prototype Category – Runner-Up. Check out the RD+D March/April 2021 issue here! A […]Read More
North Star Mall Opening Day 1960 (Express News Archives) Take a drive down the business highway in most mid-size towns, and odds are that you will inevitably pass by one of the great relics of a bygone era in American culture. The indoor mall was once the epicenter of shopping convenience and consumer capitalism in […]Read More
It is crazy to think it’s been over a year since the pandemic began and almost a year since our office started working remote. So much has happened. It has been the longest year, but also feels like it has flown by. As we dive into this new year and look forward to getting back to […]Read More