On Education, Design and the Built Environment

Author : Dale Clifford

Currently, the building industry as a whole has no long-term strategy to globally address the economic impact, effect on quality of life, or strain on infrastructure and natural resources that is resulting from the recent and unprecedented proliferation of the built environment. In general, we as architects, designers, developers and policy makers have just begun to significantly address the implications of current energy consumption in the building sector, the largest contributor to CO2 emissions. An alternative model for the construction industry is required, a model that recognizes that our built world can be constructed as a network of regenerative environmental filters as opposed to the more common practice of building barriers.

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