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Sunday, April 17, 2011

Sustainable Architecture

Sustainable architecture is a general term that describes environmentally conscious design techniques in the field of architecture. Sustainable architecture is framed by the larger discussion of sustainability and the pressing economic and political issues of our world. In the broad context, sustainable architecture seeks to minimize the negative environmental impact of buildings by enhancing efficiency and moderation in the use of materials, energy, and development space. Most simply, the idea of sustainability, or ecological design, is to ensure that our actions and decisions today do not inhibit the opportunities of future generations. This term can be used to describe an energy and ecologically conscious approach to the design of the built environment.

Example of green projects:
Lofts @ Cherokee Studios / Pugh + Scarpa

Lance Armstrong Foundation Headquarters / Lake|Flato Architects and The Bommarito Group

Step Up on Fifth / Brooks + Scarpa

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