Green Architecture Poll Results

Months ago ecAr asked our readers to participate in a sidebar poll regarding, “Green” architecture. The results of the survey are as follows:

  • Yes 80.9%
  • No 6.4%
  • Too Soon To Tell 10.6%
  • Much Needed 21.3%
  • Green 10.6%

So it would seem that most readers are in favor of the pursuit of environmentally friendly architecture and design and that is, in fact, a long time in coming into vogue. Green building and sustainable architecture should not come as a surprise to any of our readers as methods to achieve more favorable development within our environment. There are many movements and organizations under way that are working to that end, the USGBC and Architecture 2030 to name a few. Listed below are some additional links to interesting websites on the subject.

Theo Jansen Speaks At TED

Here is the description for the lecture given by Jansen from the TED website:

Dutch artist Theo Jansen demonstrates his amazingly lifelike kinetic sculptures, built from plastic tubes and lemonade bottles. His “Strandbeests” (Beach Creatures) are built to move and even survive on their own.”

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Theo Jansen at Gel 2005

Alex Steffen Speaks At TED

Here is the description for the lecture given by Steffen from the TED website: founder Alex Steffen offers a fast-paced round-up of radical (but possible) answers to our planet’s greatest challenges, ranging from green cities and buildings, to digital collaboration tools, to ingenious tools for the developing world (flowers that detect landmines; straws that purify water as you drink; merry-go-rounds that pump water using the energy expended by children at play). As Western-style consumerism spreads to developing countries, we must re-imagine our world — a process he believes is slowly happening in such cities as Vancouver and Portland, Oregon, and also in the developing world, where new technologies and new forms of collaboration are combining to solve 21st-century problems.

US EPA Laboratory RTP, NC

The United States Enivronmental Protection Agency RTP opened in 2002 is a multi-building complex that contains over 600 laboratory modules and approximately 2000 scientists and support staff. The 1.2 million square foot complex consists of four 5 story lab buildings, three 2 story office buildings and a 6 story office tower.

The designer Hellmuth, Obata + Kassenbaum set out to achieve a solution that would encompass its client’s environmental goal. Which according to their website was, “The design embodies the EPA’s goals for preserving the natural environment, reducing energy use, conserving resources, preventing pollution and fostering education about sustainable design. Strategies for energy efficiency and water conservation are saving the EPA $2 million a year in operating costs.”

Some of the key environmental issues targeted for consideration during the design included: ecosystem protection, energy and water conservation, pollution prevention, and indoor environmental quality. The completed project also won the 2002 Washington DC Chapter AIA Presidential Citation for Sustainable Design.

Cameron Sinclair Speaks At TED

Here is the description for the lecture given by Sinclair from the TED website:

Accepting his 2006 TED Prize, Cameron Sinclair demonstrates how passionate designers and architects can respond to world housing crises. The motto of his group, Architecture for Humanity, is “Design like you give a damn.” Using a litany of striking examples, he shows how AFH has helped find creative solutions to humanitarian crises all over the globe. Sinclair then outlines his TED Prize wish: to create a global open-source network that will let architects and communities share and build designs to house the world.