The most widely used symbol of measurable human impact is the carbon footprint, which may seem negative as a quantification of the damage we do to the Earth. As a counterpoint, Overland developed the Human Handprint, a methodology used to measure the positive impact of which we are capable. This episode features guest Ana Calhoun, Manager of Research and Innovation at Overland, in discussion about what the Human Handprint entails and it’s significance beyond the scope of architecture.

About Building Impact

Building Impact is a bi-weekly podcast hosted out of the offices of Overland Partners, an architecture and design firm located in San Antonio, Texas. Our podcast brings together diverse talents to discuss modeling how we should live and influencing the world. Led by hosts Angelica Mata and Sydney Aschbacher, these conversations capture the stories cultivated from the firm’s unique approach to designing, building relationships, and fostering a community of people who aim to make a difference in the world.

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Stay tuned for the release of Episode 3 on Monday, May 28th!

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Building Impact—Episode 2: The Human Handprint

  • Elizabeth Williams

    Post occupany evaluations are so important! Otherwise you are relying on the studies of others that may not be significant regionally or culturally to determine your next project outcome. Plus, wouldn’t you want to know the results of how your project is impacting your client? Congrats on implementing your own!