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Rodney Allen Trice: Creator of Basel House

has been a pioneer in the refitting (upcycling) movement for more than two decades. Refining the transition of the shapes and forms of an object, taking it from one purpose to another, and learning how the materials age and react to manipulation is a process that continues to excite and inspire him.
    After moving from a small town just outside of the industrial environment of Pittsburgh to New York City in 1988, sparks of inspiration began to inform Trice’s creations. Those sparks have now manifested into an ever-expanding body of work and the formation of his “refitting” business: t.o.m.t. (The Other Man’s Treasures). The legendary furniture designer Vladimir Kagan has called Trice’s work “brilliant,” and described it as “the most extensive and useful collection of repurposed housewares that we have seen to date.” When Trice and his work were highlighted in Time magazine’s “Green Design 100 List,” his growing acclaim helped launch a television pilot, which has just been finished, and his first series of classes, held in his Bushwick studio.  
    Next on the drawing board for Trice is realizing his desire to build a house from ground up. Not a renovation, this would be a new build that uses materials in much the same way as his furniture designs do. In June of 2013, a Miami-based gallery owner visited Trice’s studio and suggested he’d do well in Miami’s Art Basel. This encouragement inspired Trice to plan a one-man show at that world-famous, international art exposition. The time to build a house is now.


David Bergman: Architect

was a teenage environmentalist in the seventies. He received degrees in architecture and economics and became an architect in the eighties, but then got sidetracked from environmentalism until the early nineties when he discovered he could create ecodesign that didn’t look like it belonged in the sixties.
    These days, Bergman is an NYC-based architect, an eco-product designer, author, and educator. Though he once vowed he’d never be an academic, he’s been teaching sustainable design at Parsons the New School for Design and elsewhere for nearly twenty years. He is the author of of Sustainable Design: A Critical Guide (Princeton Architectural Press, 2012).
    Recently, his work has expanded into the intersection of (eco)design, economics and policy. Through his teaching, talks and his blog, EcoOptimism, he explores the synergistic, win-win solutions to our concurrent ecological and economic problems—the solutions that lead us not just to sustainability, but to flourishing.

Adrian Fidalgo: Realtor

brings more than 25 years of executive real estate experience to his position as founder and president of Altered Perspective Realty. He guides investors of all sizes, as well as homebuyers, through the process of finding, purchasing and, when necessary, renovating properties.
    His real estate background has provided the ideal training for this new venture. Though the years, he has sharpened his sales, marketing, portfolio management, property management, budgeting, financing and employee training skills at large mortgage, investment and realty firms. 
    Career highlights include: managing a $1.5 billion multi-family and commercial portfolio in the Northeast; managing a 1,800-unit portfolio; and expanding a $3.5 billion portfolio across the western and southeastern regions of the U.S. 
    Fidalgo is also proficient in all aspects of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac financing, as well as conduit lender compliance.
    Hard work, a commitment to property maintenance, strong tenant relations, and a willingness to make tough, pragmatic decisions that increase property values and stabilize the values of properties in down markets are keys to Fidalgo’s long-term success.

Gisella Baque: Finance Director

is an environmentalist at heart, a design junkie, and a patron of the arts.
    Raised in Brooklyn and Manta, Ecuador, Baque received a BS degree in Finance and International Business from New York University, Stern School of Business. For almost two decades, her career has spanned various fields: corporate law, financial equities analysis, credit risk analysis, commercial banking administration, and education. In the last several years, while employed by major international banks, she has closed over 350 corporate loan syndicated deals valued between $100MM-$10BN.
    It became clear to Baque that the demand for power sources produced by the US was increasing exponentially as she closed many deals in the energy sector. This “insider’s knowledge” inspires her to focus on our need for alternative energy sources, as well as for energy conservation.
    After consulting on the Refitting the Planet pilot, Baque has been inspired by Rodney Trice and his team, and is delighted to lend her energies to help create a magnificent energy-smart home—the Basel House.