IMA’s Planet Indy: The Not So Big House with Sarah Susanka

The Indianapolis Museum of Art wants people to live better lives. Whether it is by engaging with the free Indianapolis art on their walls or conversing with one of the many lecturers they bring to Indianapolis education each month, the IMA offers a multitude of opportunities for Indianapolis people to live, learn and grow. Their Planet Indy series is designed to not only help the Indianapolis community live better lives, but to improve the overall quality of life on the Planet by educating the community about important carbon reducing measures. Thursday, May 20, 2010 IMA’s Planet Indy welcomes author and architect Sarah Susanka to discuss her book The Not So Big House: A Blueprint for the Way We Really Live. This Indianapolis event is only $7.00 for the public, $4.00 for members of this Indianapolis museum and free to Indianapolis kids with a valid student ID.

Sarah Susanka is a best selling author, architect and cultural visionary who happens to be leading the movement to redefine American home and lifestyle. With a “build better, not bigger” approach to residential architecture has changed the way the United States views home building. Her “Not So Big” philosophy has transcended the the field of architecture to permeate many facets of life in America today. Susanka’s focus on improving our habitations has easily transitioned to improving how we inhabit our daily lives. In both realms, her simple ideas with the catchy phrase “Not So Big” are the first tangible steps toward sustainability for both our individual well being, our collective well being and the well being of the home we all share: Planet Earth.

Sarah Susanka has written nine books on the subject including The Not So Big House (1998), The Not So Big Life (2007), Not So Big Remodeling (2009), and most recently More Not So Big Solutions for Your Home (2010). Each addition to her series of “Not So Big” living techniques provides important and easy to access guidance about how to create not only a more sustainable life but a more sustainable world. Whether she is writing a blueprint for home design or a new blueprint for living, Susanka has the ability to make the complex simple, unlocking even the most obscure ideas.

She has appeared on numerous television and radio programs including Oprah, Charlie Rose and The Diane Rehm Show, heard in the Circle City on WFYI. She has been repeatedly celebrated as a cultural leader of our time. Fast Company included her in their debut list of “Fast 50” innovators. Newsweek magazine chose her as a “Top Newsmaker” in 2000 and US News and World Report both named her an “innovator of American culture” in 1998. In May 2007, the Lindbergh Foundation presented Susanka with the Anne Marrow Lindbergh Award for “outstanding individual achievement, demonstrating a spirit of initiative and exemplifying great dedication toward making positive contributions to our world.”

Come with plenty of questions for this forward thinker at the Indianapolis Museum of Art’s Planet Indy Series. The topic for discussion: “How do the size, scale and design of our homes affect our well being, our family relationships, and our planet?” Sarah Susanka will illustrate the connection between smart design, domestic pleasure and lower carbon footprints in this exciting Indianapolis education event.

Grab dinner before the talk in the near by Indianapolis cultural district, Broad Ripple Village. With a host of Indianapolis restaurants and Indianapolis bars to choose from, it is easy to support the local economy at these Indianapolis businesses. Stay tuned to Indianapolis News, Events and Information on Fun City for all the latest on fun things to do in Indianapolis. We cover Indianapolis attractions to Indianapolis sports and everything in between. Get out in Indy and find some fun!

Planet Indy: The Not So Big House with Sarah Susanka
Thursday, May 20, 2010 at 7:00 pm

Indianapolis Museum of Art
4000 Michigan Rd
Indianapolis, IN 46208

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