Archinect - Features 2014-07-22T05:18:34-04:00 http://archinect.com/features/article/44552589/525-golden-gate-seismically-and-systematically-sustainable 525 Golden Gate Seismically and Systematically Sustainable Nam Henderson 2012-04-16T13:45:00-04:00 >2012-04-21T21:18:47-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/er/erfa0z1kyq0lscg1.jpg" width="514" height="344" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> <em>by Nam Henderson</em></p> <p> One beneficial result derived from the public's growing familiarity with the phrase &ldquo;<em>green design</em>&rdquo; is a renewed examination of what defines green or sustainable design. Within the field of architectural design and construction, this prominence has inevitably prompted a conversation on the nature of sustainable architecture. The proliferation of superficially and systemically &ldquo;green&rdquo; buildings during the past decade has also spurred this dialogue. Specifically, I am referring to a range of normative practices including the use of green roofs, green walls, wind turbines, various integrated energy and graywater systems or solar panels, as well as industry standards like LEED, SITES, or BREEAM.</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/7370136/sustainability-of-workers-rights Sustainability of Workers' Rights Ann Lui 2011-05-23T14:33:01-04:00 >2011-11-24T09:05:52-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/of/ofpwl0bvbij9p2u7.jpg" width="514" height="397" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> The USGBC&rsquo;s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating system promotes sustainable construction; however, despite the system&rsquo;s focus on occupant health and comfort, LEED turns a blind eye to worker safety. The building practice, by the nature of its scale, will always rely on mass labor for construction. Yet from early monuments like the Egyptian pyramids or the Great Wall of China to recent slavery charges in the UAE documented by the Human Rights Watch, architecture has always had a complicated relationship with labor rights.</p>