The Green House: New Directions in Sustainable Architecture, Part 3

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Princeton Architectural Press, Jun 2, 2005 - Architecture - 192 pages
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Foreword 9 camera-ready green design ONE AFTERNOON SEVERAL MONTHS AGO, we found ourselves waiting in the quiet, impossibly picturesque Swiss town of Domat/Ems to meet an architect named Dietrich Schwarz. Though still in his th- ties, Schwarz has already earned a reputation as one of Switzerland’s leading practitioners of the environmentally friendly approach to architecture known as sustainable, or “green,” design. Using a c- bination of new, high-tech materials—some of his own invention— and old-fashioned architectural wisdom, he creates houses and other buildings that are snugly energy-ef?cient and sit lightly on the land. Introduction 10 Camera-Ready Green Design 11 Standards and Practices Introduction 12 A Very Short History Camera-Ready Green Design 13 A Movement’s Priorities Introduction 14 Camera-Ready Green Design 15 The Damage Done Introduction 16 Camera-Ready Green Design 17 city Cities have been around for more than six thousand years, drawing successive waves of new residents with their blend of commerce, culture, energy, and opportunity. The first city to surpass a population of one million was Baghdad, thirteen centuries ago. London topped ?ve million in 1825; New York exceeded ten million a hundred years later. The metropolitan area around Tokyo surpassed twenty million in 1965 and is now closing in on thirty. City 18 18 Urban City 19 City 20 Rotterdam, the Netherlands P .A.R.A.S.I.T.E. project Korteknie Stuhlmacher Architecten Rien Korteknie and 2001 Mechthild Stuhlmacher P.A.R.A.S.I.T.E. Project 21 City 22 Urban 23 City 24

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Page 16 - ... glass ironically. The hope that glass would connect us to the outdoors was completely stultified by making the buildings sealed. We have created stress in people because we are meant to be connected with the outdoors, but instead we are trapped. Indoor air quality issues are now becoming very serious.
Page 16 - How many of you know how to find true South?" I rarely get a raised hand. Our culture has adopted a design stratagem that essentially says that if brute force or massive amounts of energy don't work, you're not using enough of it. We made glass buildings that are more about buildings than they are about people. We've used the glass ironically.
Page 17 - Just to pick one example of inefficiency, every year $16 billion worth of energy in the form of heated or cooled air escapes through cracks and holes in residential buildings in the United States alone.2-!
Page 16 - Homes in Southern California are framed with old-growth lumber from Washington and powered by burning coal strip-mined from Navajo sacred lands in Arizona. Ultimately, the costs of poor design are borne not solely by a building's owner and those who work and live there, but by everyone.
Page 17 - ... with remarkable accuracy while they are still on the computer screen. As a result, green architects of all kinds are ditching their old reputation as regressive Luddites who were content to labor in isolation from cultural — and architectural — developments. "At the beginning of the [twentieth] century, technology was like a big train breaking everything, a killing machine,

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Alanna Stang is Executive Editor of ID Magazine.

Christopher Hawthorne is architecture critic for Slate and a frequent contributor to the New York Times.

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