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ERIC Number: EJ814576
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Sep-26
Pages: 1
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0009-5982
Green Era Should Herald Smarter Buildings
Carlson, Scott
Chronicle of Higher Education, v55 n5 pA4 Sep 2008
In the past two decades, the most elite and ambitious colleges have commissioned buildings by "starchitects" for notoriety. However, people live in a green era now and there is a need for a new kind of star architecture to go with it, one in which the building is a star for its efficiency as well as its elegance. The new star architecture would strive for "living building" status, a grail for the architecture profession. It would be made of recycled, nontoxic, and renewable materials. It would produce more energy than it uses. It would recycle rainwater and waste in a closed loop. It might even provide microhabitats for animal and plant life. Moreover, it would be a building that teaches about natural systems, building systems, and a groundbreaking style of design--lessons that should be part of every college curriculum these days. If the best colleges and universities want to be in the vanguard of design and research, they might start by setting examples with their buildings--making the way they work as sexy as how they look.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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