WEATHERS is a Chicago based office founded by Sean Lally that builds teams of architects, landscape architects, engineers and researchers to explore new opportunities for how we design and build the environments we live in. The greatest challenge facing architecture and our broader society today is the need for advancements in harnessing energy. Rather than continue to focus on maximizing efficiency for its conservation and consumption we must provide an architecture with lifestyles for the future that give us new worlds to strive for and realize. In our projects we test the social, organizational, economic and aesthetic implications of these new architectures. Without this fundamental rethinking between architecture and energy, both will remain to be seen as distinct; architecture as a building of walls and energy as a fuel for filling it. Instead, architecture is at a unique and adventurous stage for questioning and reinforming our definitions of architecture and the environments and lifestyles they foster. (from the WEATHERS website)