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In our blog, we try to highlight creative architects, engineers, and designers that have chosen not to wreak havoc on the environment by way of cutting or distorting the natural land but creatively finding ways to blend their designs with nature. Designers that have built on land thought to be more difficult because of its site, such as the Iconic Tolo House by architect Alvaro Leite Siza.
To take a quote from Paul Hawken, environmentalist, entrepreneur, and author ‘the first rule of sustainability is to align with natural forces, or at least not try to defy them‘.
This is exactly what we explored in our article entitled Biomimicry: Imitating nature in our designs.
Today, we have decided to discuss how exactly can you create a green design. Mendler et al. identify global goals that must be part of a green design:
- Waste nothing (a “less is more” approach; reuse, avoiding speciﬁcation of scarce materials).
- Adapt to the place (indigenous strategies; diversity, form ﬁt to function).
- Use “free” resources (renewable energy, renewable materials, locally abundant resources).
- Optimize rather than maximize (synergies, less reliance on active, mechanical systems).
- Create a livable environment (protect sensitive ecosystems, actively restore damaged habitats, look for pedestrian-friendly and mixed-use design options; avoid toxic materials).
To conclude, we do so with a quote:
‘Green design transcends mere descriptions of the techniques that may be employed in shaping a more sustainable existence on Earth. It must also incorporate the principles, processes, and cycles of nature in a way that leads to a deeper understanding of what makes a design successful.’
Vallero, D., & Brasier, C. (n.d.). Society’s Call for Green Design. InSustainable Design. The Science of Sustainability and Green Engineering. 2008: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.