With more than 100 architecture and design tomes to his name, including the recent "Green Architecture Now!" (Taschen, $39.99) and the boxed set, "100 Contemporary Green Buildings" (Taschen, $59.99), Philip Jodidio has illuminated some intriguing thoughts about sustainability:
What's green: The 1993 definition of the World Congress of Architects immediately comes to mind: "Sustainability means meeting our needs today without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs." There are a thousand ways to respond to this injunction, and organizations such as US Green Building Council have sought to codify them to the greatest extent possible. Do not get your materials on the other side of the world, use renewable resources, protect your building from the sun, and find ways to consume less.
Less is more: Sustainable buildings have always existed around the world, and those that are the least sophisticated are often the most "green."
And more may be less: Adrian Smith and other noted architects such as Norman Foster have long argued that there is a case to be made for the inherent sustainability of tall structures as opposed to an equivalent amount of low buildings. It is certain that in terms of infrastructure, ranging from roads to the power grid, a single tall building might well finally be greener than a large number of small structures. Silent start: Modern interest in the protection of the environment can easily be traced back to Rachel Carson's "Silent Spring'' (1962) that documented the detrimental effects of pesticides on the environment and is sometimes credited with being at the origin of the environmental protection movement.
Conserve current and currency
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Opt for the R-Factor
Reclaimed, recycled, repurposed, reused or rejected from their original function are the qualifications Uhuru has for the materials it uses in its imaginative handmade furniture. Proof of its success is the fact that two major museums have already acquired Uhuru pieces for their permanent collections, with the Brooklyn Museum adding the Standard dining chair ($1,200) and the Smithsonian's Renwick Gallery adding their Cyclone Lounger ($7,200). Find them at Green Home Chicago Design Center.
—Lisa SkolnikCopyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun