Introducing Two Degrees

We’re on a mission to make a Smarter Impact for people and planet. Two Degrees is a collective of stories from people who share that mission.

Why the name?

The countries who signed the Paris Climate Agreement in December 2015 resolved to work toward keeping the earth’s temperature from rising two degrees celsius above pre-industrial levels, a threshold at which we risk increasingly significant, irreversible climate catastrophes. Drastically reducing our carbon footprint can help meet this goal and combat climate change.

At Shaw Contract, we realize that everything is connected. We’re conscious of how our actions impact our communities and the planet — and how we are linked to each other by a matter of degrees. Our journal’s name refers to this crucial limit and this inextricable relationship.

 

Stories

Chapter: Self

Form Us With Love

Today, the design industry is complex. Key ingredients used to be attention-to-detail, market analysis and strong technical knowledge. However, ethics and building consensus increasingly surface as more important design skills.

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John Cary

Architect, author and speaker John Cary shares the impact of “The 1%” pro bono design program that he co-created with one of his colleagues. The idea was simple: Challenge architecture and design firms to pledge just one percent of their billable hours to charitable causes.

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Chapter: CREATIVITY

 

Chapter: COMMUNITY

MASS Design Group

Architecture firm MASS Design Group, in collaboration with African Wildlife Foundation, explores how design can foster conservation and community development in the jungle of the Congo Basin.

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Cazu Zegers, Elora Hardy and Mariam Kamara

Profiles of three design professionals share how sustainability can take many forms - exploring how architecture responds to the local environment and speak to a global audience.

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Chapter: EARTH

 

Chapter: COMMUNITY

Cooper Hewitt

Read highlights from an exhibition that provides perspective on the importance of collaboration between designers and scientists, engineers and other environmentalists.

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Juli Bolaños-Durman

Second chances abound in the work of emerging artist Juli Bolaños-Durman. She transforms old beer bottles and other discarded glass into playful sculptures that spark emotion—delight, desire and a certain tenderness.

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Chapter: EARTH

 

Chapter: COMMUNITY

Shannan Billings & John Stephens

John Stephens is the head of marketing for Shaw Contract. Shannan Billings, is the Global Sourcing Director of Raw Materials for Shaw Industries, the parent company to Shaw Contract. They share how their decisions make an impact at home, in community and on the planet.

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Victoria Sambunaris

We explore the process and findings of American landscape photographer, Victoria Sambunaris.

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Chapter: EARTH

 

Chapter: COMMUNITY

The City of San Francisco

City governments are increasingly recognized as leaders on environmental issues. But one important tool they use to promote sustainability—procurement—sometimes flies under the radar. We explore how The City of San Francisco is driving change.

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