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Beautiful, Innovative, and Sustainable: The Future of Green Architecture

Beautiful, Innovative, and Sustainable: The Future of Green Architecture | ENA7 Nature and Sustainable Development | Scoop.it

Today, architecture finds itself at a crossroads.

Building materials and new construction, along with the operation and maintenance of buildings, account for a significant sum of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions.

 

Faced with this fact, how are architects to responsibly pursue the act (and art) of architecture without further deteriorating the planet’s environmental make-up or depleting its resources?

What forms of high and low technology can be developed to curtail the injurious side of building?

Can good—or even great—architecture be sustainable?

 

The answer, of course, is yes. The best buildings have always shown a concern for their immediate environs and how they fit in them, whether they were conscious of “sustainability” or not. Now, all architects and buildings are expected to be engaged with sustainable standards, such as LEED titles, photovoltaic cells, or green roofs—all things that these 10 projects have in common. Check out our favorite projects in architecture + sustainability...


Via Lauren Moss, Society for College and University Planning (SCUP)
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Lauren Moss's curator insight, January 17, 2013 6:32 PM

A curated collection of (relatively) recent sustainable building projects that highlight innovative approaches to environmental design and green building, with links provided for additional information and details.

Paige's curator insight, August 6, 2014 2:47 PM

Green architecture! I've dreamt and have considered going into a field of real estate specializing in the building and selling of eco-friendly homes!

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Upcycling project: How to make yourself a fab ebook reader case using an old hardback book! | Making | The Simple Things

Upcycling project: How to make yourself a fab ebook reader case using an old hardback book! | Making | The Simple Things | ENA7 Nature and Sustainable Development | Scoop.it
How to make an ebook reader cover / case by recycling an old hardback book.
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Gold for going green - Abbotsford Times

Gold for going green - Abbotsford Times | ENA7 Nature and Sustainable Development | Scoop.it
Gold for going green
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The Green Leader Award was presented to Travis Drew and Colin Hutchinson of Lucerne Foods, Clearbrook, who spearheaded a large number of environmental initiatives at the Abbotsford facility.
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Recycling as an aspiration

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The European Commissioner for the Environment tells Christine Ottery the UK needs to tackle landfill and sets out his vision (RT @JanezPotocnikEU: Interview with me - Recycling as an aspiration | Materials Recycling Week
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Creating an Environment That Nurtures Your Creativity - Psych Central

Creating an Environment That Nurtures Your Creativity - Psych Central | ENA7 Nature and Sustainable Development | Scoop.it
If you're a photographer, your most important environment might be the great outdoors. If you're a writer, you might prefer coffee shops or libraries for.
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