Possible futures for sustainable building design
M. Altwicker, New York Institute of Technology, USA
Good building design can be defined as responsive to site and efficient in means. A simple and direct definition such as this allows a building to be sustainable within the many different definitions that the word embodies in a variety of discourses. Within this definition, there exist a number of different strategies available to achieving these goals, which makes sustainability attainable. More than anything else, sustainability is defined by the relationships that the building creates between its own internal systems and the external systems of the site and the environment. Understanding this complex network of relationships ...