Sep '06 - Dec '09
This is the first on what I can only imagine will be a series of rants/thoughts/questions/requests.
In this first such post I have a request.
I would love to see all the words that archinecters (and others) use to describe design that innovatively engages natural, environmental, and climatic systems, and seeks to use as little resources (energy, etc...) as possible. Examples: Green, Sustainable, High Performance, Eco-Design, etc...
If you can, also please post why you use it (even if you use it disparagingly), and what the potential positive and negative connotations are for the word you use. Finally, please give a suggestion for a word that you think might be better to describe such design?
Well throughout the week I have had conversations with people, and it seems like there are no good words to describe the design I mentioned above. Not only that, but certain words seem to turn people off to the subject completely. I myself do not think that words like green and sustainable really convey what people want them to. For example, a doctor friend of mine who is a member of Physicians for Social Responsibility (www.psr.org) once told me that he didn't like the word ”˜sustainability'. Why? Well he says that it gives an impression of a “status quo” world. He is of the opinion that most people involved in ”˜environmental, green, sustainable' field are really trying to innovatively improve the ”˜status quo'. I mostly agree, although cannot find a suitable substitute.
Furthermore, in the design field people seem to run away from ”˜green' and ”˜sustainability' labels as if they were the plague. Many of the best-known architects will engage the environment, but wholeheartedly refuse the label. I applaud them as I am of the opinion that the right word to use for buildings that innovatively engage natural, environmental, and climatic systems, and seek to use as little resources as possible, is this simple and elegant word: ARCHITECTURE. Still, I do think that we need a descriptive word for now, and I am sure archinecters have opinions on the subject.
What is your word? Why? What would be better?
you can post answers and get invovled in the discussion in this very blog or here
Oh, that poor Kermit