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A Building as a Flower?

Posted by Pierce | October 29th, 2007 | Filed under Design, Environmental Change, Positive Change, Sustainability

LBC.jpgImagine a building that is built to operate as elegantly and efficiently as a flower. Imagine a building that is informed by the eco-region’s characteristics and that generates all of its own energy with renewable resources; one that captures and treats all of its water on site, using resources efficiently and for maximum beauty.

The Cascadia Region Green Building Council (Cascadia) is issuing a challenge to all building owners, architects, engineers and design professionals to build in a way that will provide us, and our children, with a sustainable future.

I learned about the Living Building Challenge from a Cascadia member at a recent party. During our conversation, she remarked that 50 projects are already competing to become the first “living building.” Through this chance meeting, I discovered an organization truly committed to pushing the envelope of sustainability.

Read more about it HERE.

One Response to “A Building as a Flower?”

  • October 31, 2007 at 11:16 am | Daron says

    Hey Pierce,

    See also Institute Without Boundaries (www.institutewithoutboundaries.com), Massive Change (www.massivechange.com), and World House Project (www.worldhouse.ca).

    Learned about these projects from a summary of an upcoming lecture at The Wexner Center for the Arts featureing Bruce Mau (http://www.wexarts.org/ed/?eventid=2403):

    “Bruce Mau, one of design’s most innovative thinkers and engaging speakers, and a 2007 AIGA medalist, returns to the Wexner Center to speak about his latest projects and initiatives. Mau is the Creative Director of Bruce Mau Design Inc. and the founder of the Institute Without Boundaries, a studio-based postgraduate program. His firm has collaborated on a wide range of projects, including the Walt Disney Concert Hall, Seattle Public Library, Netherlands Architectural Institute, and Zone Books. Mau’s latest undertaking is Massive Change, an ambitious exhibition/book/on-line forum, whose objective is to start a global movement of people committed to supporting a new vision of sustainable life on the planet.”


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