Ken Yeang speaks about the importance of designing buildings to imitate nature (no waste, renewable energy sources) and emphasizes that making the world green is an ethical issue.
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“You, me and the bugs,” eh? Great line. And essential observation that buildings need a better balance of organics with inorganic mass. We love plants, soil, animals — and yet we spend 90% plus of our time indoors where there is a poverty of those essential earthly neighbors and infrastructure. As to green being an ethical issue rather than economically justified — I disagree. The ethics of survival is embedded in economics. And our work, businesses, etc. are the PRODUCTIVITY of our lives…just clustered in a public space. Work is about survival first — not ethics. Then comes ethics when we get beyond greed and into community relationships. You’re right that the two cannot be separated, but I think survival comes first…then how we organize ourselves and how we treat one another. Great interview…good insights! Carolyn
Definitely true that technology is but a part of the solution to greening the building industry, and the impetus should be from all aspects of living in the 21st century. I do also agree that green is never ever going to be justified on a commercial front (sorry Carolyn! ) because commercialism inherently rests on the consumerist ideal of the modern society – and greater consumption of goods and resources is, in my opinion, directly opposite in values to Sustainability!
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