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ArchDaily has gone green!
The color, that is. Whether it is for its calming qualities or it’s health benefits, “green” has become a staple for wellbeing. In fact, as versatile as the color is, the “green approach” has been adapted to many different architectural design processes and functions. And with that, many questions were raised such as how can green cities create equitable futures and contribute in creating ideal cities, and what is the influence of green to begin with?
Take a look at how we have tackled these questions and explored the impact of green with the selection of articles that our editors have worked on throughout February.
From Past to Future: The Urgency of “Green” in Architecture
The climate crisis has revealed the poor planning of our cities and the spaces we inhabit. Both construction and projects contribute to high carbon gas emissions. Fortunately, there are several ways to intervene to bring change into this scenario, either through materials and techniques adopted in each initiative or through geographical and social impact. In this scenario, the only certainty is that: to think about the future we cannot ignore the “green” in all its recent meanings from nature to sustainability, and ecology.
With the increase of urban density and the decrease in the availability of land, the verticalization phenomenon has intensified in cities all over the world. Similar to the vertical growth of buildings — which is often a divisive issue for architects and urban planners — many initiatives have sought in the vertical dimension a possibility to foster the use of vegetation in urban areas.
From Farm to Fork: How Architecture Can Contribute to Fresher Food Supply
When you come to think of it, most of the food on your plate has a history behind it – a long journey that we are unable to describe. In her book Food Routes: Growing Bananas in Iceland and Other Tales from the Logistics of Eating (2019), Robyn Shotwell Metcalfe refers to the paradox of fish being caught in New England, exported to Japan, and then shipped back as sushi, revealing a large and complex network that nobody can see when they buy takeout Japanese food at the local grocery store.
The world is constantly changing, and our built environment is continuously evolving and adapting. As we find ourselves immersed with challenges, experts and thinkers are re-examining the approaches humanity has adopted so far, in order to set new ideas for a better tomorrow.
When we were forced to be confined at home due to the self-quarantine policy of the COVID-19 global pandemic, everyone must have spent a tremendous amount of time looking out from their window. Sometimes when we are so exhausted with everyday work and life, we just wish to have a quick getaway to oceans and forests, somewhere close to the natural green.