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Welcome to our Blog. In this space you will find writings that explore the idea of Dwelling and ways of building and living with an ecological consciousness. Here we try to challenge the conventional limits and horizons of architecture.

In our Ecological Design Practice we often mention that the greenest architecture is that which is not built at all. While we grapple with this contradictory aspect of our work, we try to make sense of the interconnected web of life and how we might help our clients and communities forge a deeper understanding of their place in this world. We hope this leads to transformational change and positive contributions towards the health of the natural systems we are a part of.

We hope to create a space where you feel comfortable to explore these topics with us and welcome your comments and contributions towards this dialogue.

Dwelling Workshop: Creating Soul Nurturing Homes

New Dwelling: A Way Home workshop on April 8th, 2017! Explore your spiritual connection to your home, community and place by working with poetic images of home through creative/meditative exercises. Bill’s Dwelling project is a series of writings based on his explorations of spiritual traditions, meditation, poetry, being in nature, dance and play. Helicon Works…
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Ways of Dwelling workshop Oct. 29

Bill Hutchins, Principal Architect, is leading a new Ways of Dwelling workshop on October 29th. Don’t miss your chance to explore the dialogue between your inner Home – our life’s journey to wholeness – and our physical home. By working with poetic images of Home through creative and meditative exercises, participants deepen the way they…
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“A Conscious Collaborative” by Sam Hudgins

Helicon Works Architects is featured in Natural Awakenings with an article by Sam Hudgins. Thank you Sam for capturing the spirit of Helicon Works Architects and Bill Hutchins’ work when you describe us “A Conscious Collaborative”. Since 1989 Bill has practiced ecologically sensitive architecture. With the remodel and straw bale addition of his home in…
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“Wild Earth, Wild Soul” book talk with Bill Pfeiffer May 27 at Helicon Works

Bill Pfeiffer of Sacred Earth Network will be giving his talk “Wild Earth, Wild Soul Book” at HWA next Friday the 27th of May. I first met Bill Pfeiffer a year ago, when he gave a talk on his Deep Ecology work. I participated in his one-day workshop the following day, and it was all…
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Biophilic Cities event in DC May 23

Biophilia is a movement gathering momentum, in a few forms, around the world, and, heartwarmingly, it’s coming to Washington, DC! Join me at the Biophilic Cities event, galvanizing many of our efforts to bring nature-consciousness (really, human consciousness) further into the way we create and live in cities. We at Helicon Works Architects have been,…
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New Home Exploration Workshop!

This Home Exploration workshop explores the dialogue between our inner Home – our life’s journey to wholeness – and our physical home. By working with poetic images of Home through creative/meditative exercises, participants deepen the way they live in their home by revealing life-giving impulses, that they can embody in their home. When: Saturday, April…
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Welcome to our new blog!

Welcome to our new Blog. In this space you will find articles and writings about ecological architecture and green building, explore the idea of Dwelling, and ways of building and living with an ecological consciousness. Here we will challenge the conventional limits and horizons of architecture. In our Ecological Design Practice we often mention that the…
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“Lawn Free”

“Lawn Free” from Bethesda Home, reflects the growing trend in gardening of lawns being replaced by regenerative landscapes with native plants. The article includes two of our collaborators, Debra Gilmore and Beth Knox. Read the article.
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“Artistically Green”

“Artistically Green” is an article by Ellen Tani for Architecture DC that highlights two very different projects – a multi-family building and a single-family home – based on green design. Read the article.
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Ecological architecture & natural building news, inspiration & project updates.

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