This presentation focuses on a simple diagrammatic concept which has become ubiquitous in both academia and the design and building industry – the MacLeamy Curve (a.k.a. the cost-influence curve). In this conversation we will explain, discuss and challenge the traditional version of the diagram through two primary lenses – the definition of “influence” and the extents of “time”. We have been taught the lessons of the curve with regard to the ability to influence cost but it can also apply to the other attributes of triple bottom line thinking – environmental and social impact. Further, we will pose a challenge to owners, designers and builders to think beyond the perceived limits of a project to understand and embrace the increased value of influence in the project planning and post occupancy phases.
Cost, Influence, and the Triple Bottom Line has been presented at regional conferences and events by Green Building United, AIA Philadelphia, and for private clients.
Researcher/Presenter: Drew Lavine, Re:Vision Architecture