About the blog
www.see-change.net is a blog for anyone with an interest in cities and the built environment. It is written by an Ottawa, Canada based architect and was started in 2010.
This blog was established based on a vision for cities, buildings, and places that contribute to human health, happiness, and the health of the planet. www.see-change.net covers everything from architecture, urban design, sustainability, and planning to art and design.
www.see-change.net has had 9,500 views and readers are mostly from Canada, the U.S., and Brazil.
The name for the blog comes from the word ‘sea change’ which connotes massive change. As is now being understood, there is a fundamental change needed in the way we look at the world and the way we operate. www.see-change.net is based in a vision that we can and need to change the way we do things on a day to day basis. To paraphrase Bill McDonough the goal is to establish a “… utopianism that is grounded in a unified philosophy that—in demonstrable and practical ways— can change design of the world.”
Full fathom five my father lies;
Of his bones are coral made;
Those are pearls that were his eyes:
Nothing of him that doth fade,
But doth suffer a sea-change
Into something rich and strange. – William Shakespeare The Tempest
what readers are saying
“… Writing isn’t easy. It takes time and a lot of self discipline. There’s a terrific quote from George Orwell about the discipline it takes to describe what one is actually looking at or experiencing. Its easy to fall into cliché or attempts to explain away failure or unpleasantness.
Good writing shows clear thinking, so keep it up!” — Stephen Pope, Architect and Sustainability Consultant
about the author
Born in Kigali, Rwanda, Christopher Hoyt grew up in Alberta, Canada and has over 18 years’ experience as an architect and urban designer working at nationally recognized architecture firms in the US and Canada. While in the Chicago office of Esherick Homsey Dodge and Davis, Christopher worked on Factor 10 House, chosen as one of the AIA Committee on the Environment’s Top Ten Projects in 2004. Factor 10 House established clearly that sustainability, high design, and low budget can be compatible concepts. Chris also worked on such noteworthy projects as City Centre DC in Washington DC, Bridgepoint Health Redevelopment, and the Bay Adelaide Centre, both in Toronto.
Chris has designed single family residential projects in Ottawa, Washington DC, and Toronto. He was recently asked, along with a small group of alumni, to consult on the master plan for his alma mater Andrews University in Berrien Springs, Michigan.
Chris has taught architectural and urban design studio at his alma mater in Michigan and Carleton University. He has served on numerous design juries, including at Andrews University, for the American Institute of Steel Construction’s National Student Design Competition, Carleton University in Ottawa, and at the Corcoran College of Art in Washington DC.
Chris is currently Senior Architect with the National Capital Commission in Ottawa. He is licensed in the District of Columbia and is a member of the Ontario Association of Architects, The Royal Architectural Institute of Canada, and the American Institute of Architects. The views expressed on this blog are entirely those of the author.