Daily activities are a theme that includes a variety of sustainable processes and behaviors, such as turning off lights in a room that is not in use or turning off the tap while brushing, and challenging large projects. Manasc Isaac is an architectural firm based in Edmonton, Alberta that focuses on sustainable design and is a favorite. The company’s design style and sustainable practices have won numerous honours. In addition to being recognized for designing the first C-2000 green building in Alberta, Manasc Isaac also designed Alberta’s first LEED (Energy and Environmental Design Leadership) certified building and Edmonton’s first certified Europe. LEED (“Our Job”, company profile) may reach 50 to 59 points in seven different categories, 35-50% energy savings compared to non-certified buildings (LEED Green Building Rating System 2009 explained, Enermodal). As pointed out by Martina Keitsch (2012), “In addition to ecological advantages, architecture and design can serve as catalysts for social sustainability and social inclusion.” (p. 142). In an effort to integrate engineering and provide an architecture that meets today’s needs without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs, the company focuses on five key areas – sustainable site development, water efficiency, energy efficiency, material selection, and indoors. Environmental Quality. This environmentally-friendly mission draws the attention of Dana Dusterhoft and Jonathon Schell, students of the MacEwan University Documentary Photography Program and part of the Design Studies program.
In late January 2014, Dusterhoft and Schell were responsible for producing a photographic article on the role of sustainable development in everyday behavior. Photographers come from two very different backgrounds. Environmental responsibility has always been an important part of Shel’s life, and his father is an active member of the Green Party. On the other hand, Dusterhoft from Alberta’s oil-rich Drayton Valley arrived in Edmonton in 2011 and spent the first year at McEwan University without being affected by environmental issues. The project’s initial ideas revolve around traditional images and institutions related to the environment, such as the natural environment protected by Canadian parks (Dusterhoft and Schell, Personal Communications, June 2, 2014). However, due to the prolific construction activity in downtown Edmonton, the two researchers saw an opportunity to focus their photography skills on the atypical theme of sustainable architecture. Online research led them to the Manasc Isaac Architects website, which led to Garth Crump, a building technology expert who led the photographer through photography and explained the key concepts and the value of Manasc Isaac technology.
A qualitative study of interviews and photographic records of the Manasc Isaac project throughout the city was conducted throughout the semester, with most of the photography taking place in March 2014. In collaboration with Mr. Crump, the photographer filmed the completed project and is still under development, including the Manasc Isaac office, the co-founder Vivian Manasc’s downtown loft, the customer building ABSA (Alberta Boiler Safety Association) and the south side, Edmonton Research Park, home to the Servus Credit Union. Each location ultimately shows different aspects of Manasc Isaac’s operations and vision. After setting up a photo library, the two researchers selected a few of the studies they thought would most accurately reflect them, and then arranged them into the final layout based on location.
The document begins with a cover slide image of the downtown PCL office project. Rethinking sustainable building and construction practices through images of construction cranes mirrored outside the glass, a common material used in company design. Nature is presented through the blue sky and willow clouds to provide contrast to the image.
The first set of photos comes from the heart of the Edason office’s Manasc Isaac operations, and the selected images reflect the company’s values by capturing the bright, open, relaxed atmosphere and fun of the workplace, as well as highlighting sustainability. Practice is put into use. Although the first photo of the Manasc office photo looks like a bright blue sofa and Ottoman, it is a model of the comfort, openness of the construction company and an example of a unique approach, with a relaxed space, creative space, and The rest of the Manasc Office photo collection continues to record this corporate ideology. A large overview of the office, so the open Schell had to use the Sigma 18-35 wide-angle lens to show how the company deconstructed the interior walls to allow natural light to enter from both sides, and cleverly demonstrated the superior 100% recyclable and recyclable carpets. Dark colors pass through the gradient of green and gray (Sheer, personal communication, June 2, 2014). The ultimate image of the employee’s cute Yorkshire Terrier on a pile of blueprints fully symbolizes the company’s willingness to prioritize comfort and health to create a fun and engaging workplace.
The second set of photos is centered on the private penthouse of Manasc Isaac co-founder and senior chief architect Vivian Manasc (“Vivian Manasc,” associate). Her private penthouse is located on the top of her company’s redesigned building and is a technologically innovative little wonderland; even in the middle of a blizzard, the indoor temperature of the reusable utility room is well regulated by heat insulation and waste heat. The photographer did not notice that the window was open (personal communication, June 2, 2014). For Dusterhoft, the penthouses that visit Manasc offer the opportunity to re-use the power of photography to eliminate the stereotypes of reusable materials because of “old and useless” (personal communication, June 2, 2014). Dusterhoft highlights Manasc’s personal commitment to the environment by capturing the contradictory modern fashion of retro furniture aesthetics and reusing time-honored furniture. Sheer’s contribution to this episode is once again focused on the technology being used. Although the long-range shot determined the size of Vivian Manasc’s penthouse and her team helping to redesign the building, a closer image of his angular style showed the solar panels connected to the side of the penthouse, even in the middle The middle of the march absorbs the blizzard.
Manasc Isaac’s environmental technology is at the forefront of the photo collection at the Alberta Boiler Safety Association building, where the ABSA staff lounge is located in front of the image. The high ceilings and exposed wood of the room are not just aesthetic considerations – the wood is locally sourced, while the contrast between dark and recycled carpets (personal communication, June 2, 2014). However, it is impressive in the second image of the high-tech floor. The ventilation system is a modular, zone-controlled heating and cooling system with electrical capabilities that are almost entirely within the floor, with access to the floor panel (Schell, Personal Communications, July 16, 2014). Often, extensions or refurbishments are required to accommodate changes in the layout. With this specialized floor, waste is greatly reduced in the case of repair or reorganization. The entire HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning) system operates on this principle, allowing for additional venting and system reprogramming as needed during extremely cold winters or during extremely hot summer months. Finally, the external sloping side not only provides the viewer with a perspective view of the exterior, but also highlights the simple design elements, in which case the slope of the wall and roof is effective in mitigating weather changes. The sloping design reduces the amount of sunlight taken from directly above during the longer summer months, but captures more during the short winter months, reducing summer cooling costs and winter heating costs.
All of these different ideas end up in the final photo collection of Servus Credit Union, a building that represents Manasc Isaac’s aesthetics and sustainable practices, and is also very suitable for the photographer’s personal style. While other locations show how Manasc Isaac reuses materials and furniture as much as possible, the entire building was re-used in the case of the Edmonton Corporate Center at Servus Credit Union (personal communication, June 2, 2014). This is the company’s dedication to deconstructing demolition. Manasc Isaac cuts off the crowded interior, while windows and skylights naturally illuminate throughout the day. While customer privacy and sensitive information has been banned in certain areas of the bank, photo collections are still a model for Manasc Isaac to pursue its goals. The opening image of the Servus set conveys all these ideas in a clean image; an open interior, once with a crowded concrete and cubicle core, highlighting the angular outline and bright natural light. The building is also a Silver LEED in addition to documenting this environmental achievement, the photographer also focuses on the professional façade system. Tiles can be individually disassembled and replaced, eliminating costly waste in the event of damage, and can be reused on other projects in the unlikely event of a building being demolished. In addition, the green panel below the window captures the designer’s aesthetic and environmental responsibility, and the bright blue sky once again becomes the negative space for the entire structure.
Although these photographs represent architectural aspects, in order to increase depth and color, the photos rely on the soft colors of green and blue-green to reflect the environmental nature of the project. This squirrel not only represents the analogy of teaching photos on the cheeks of squirrels and photos like nuts, but also represents the environment in a way that reflects what the photographer finds about the company itself.
Construction and protection
The connection between people and their place is very important and may be overlooked when considering sustainable practices and daily actions. However, many people spend most of their time indoors, and how their environment affects them and the world in which they live is a key consideration. How we build is as important as what we build. Building and construction practices literally determine the way society is developed, making sustainability throughout the process a key factor in shaping the future. For Manasc Isaac, the future is one of the zero-creation communities. Construction companies are not satisfied with building one or two green buildings here and there, envisioning the entire community relying on superior energy efficiency and on-site renewable energy to meet all of their heating, cooling and power needs. However, before that, they are still an example of how sustainable practices can be found in industries that are often unrelated to environmental protection movements. Documentary photography provides a visual way to catalogue sustainable building practices, green technology features, and demonstrate how large projects can be positively impacted by everyday activities.