Philosophy of Design
Human Habitat’s purpose of life is to increase awareness of the potential of a holistic & humanitarian approach to design and architecture. We design for longevity, disassembly and reuse. Human Habitat creates and develops design that intends to help restore the ecological balance, secure resilience against climate change, and help more people meet their basic needs. In this context we define the primary basic needs as; access to shelter, clean water, clean energy, an adequate amount of nutritious food.
Human Habitat also aim at increasing awareness of the philosophy of the Cradle-to-Cradle principles. We exist to show the world that it is possible to create meaningful and satisfying lives while achieving a lower ecological footprint, and thereby a true sustainable development for the benefit of present and future generations.
At Human Habitat we have two main goals
- We strive to raise awareness about the potential of a more holistic and circular approach to architecture and design. We want to show that it makes economic sense to embrace a radically different approach to design, and to show the world that it is possible to create the foundation for a meaningful and satisfying life while achieving a lower ecological footprint. We design with durable robust natural materials that do not contain harmful chemicals, and develop design for longevity, disassembly and reuse.
- We seek to develop and provide resilient design which can be implemented in the areas of the world where peoples lives are most threatened by climate change as well as areas characterized by poverty, uncertainty and conflict.
THE HUMAN HABITAT TEAM
The partners represent different educational backgrounds. We have teamed up to combine our skills, knowledge and creativity to be a force of positive change. Human Habitat designs and builds with human well-being in focus with respect for the boundaries of our planet.
Ronnie Markussen is a trained carpenter and is educated as a construction architect. Ronnie has renewed the ancient role of master builder for the Impact Farm- from concept to fabrication to installation to farming, his dedication to delivering timeless quality, innovation and human value is his life’s focus. Ronnie has many years of direct experience in sustainable architecture and the circular economy from some of the leaders in the public and private sectors in Denmark and the US.
Development & Communication
Mikkel Kjær has experience and keen insights to international development, economics and communication. He completed his academic thesis on the sustainable transition of the Danish economy and in recent years has been devoted to building promising democratic organisations in Denmark. He is dedicated to contribute to human progress and being a part of shaping the future of business. From his unique perspective, Mikkel co-conceived the socio-agricultural concept of the Impact Farm with Ronnie Markussen.
Architect & Living Systems Urbanist
David Goehring is a US-NL practicing architect residing in Copenhagen, with a passion for housing and resilient living urban systems. Winner of international architecture awards, David has developed some of the first Cradle to Cradle inspired buildings in Europe, the US and Asia, bridging cultures and humanising the built and living environments. His active implementation of the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals with key Danish green organisations, plays a vital role for Human Habitat.