A protocol is a set of guidelines, procedures, identifiers, or rules whose definitions aim to clarify and streamline understanding of particular processes according to a set routine.

Lenses for a Maximum Potential Future

The Lenses for a Maximum Potential Future are protocols for our goal of creating a more sustainable present and future.  They may be used independently or combined for different conceptual views, and may reflect cultural and regional distinctions and serve as a framework on which other lenses should be added as the field of sustainable design continues to advance.


Prototyping is an essential process for research and advancing replicable models and methods. ProtoScope is a means of organizing how prototypes are conceived. Beginning at a global (“protoMetric”) scale, ProtoScope identifies databases, patterns, partners, and site information to effect a full-scope prototype design process.

Visible Green

Sharing information is key to creating a green world. Visible Green is a visualization protocol which exposes articulated (“visible”) green and promotes subversive (“invisible”) green. Visible Green functions at three scales--person, home and community--and through four primary techniques--discovery (through feedback), interpretation (using codification), attraction (via design), and participation.


EcoBalance is a design and planning tool which seeks equilibrium between the human and natural environments by identifying and quantifying key life support systems (Air, Water, Food, Energy and Materials) and Life Cycle Principles (Source, Process, Use and Re- Source). EcoBalance recognizes that a circular economy as well aslife cycle behavior is critical to green design.


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